44: The Obama Presidency


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The Ad War Continues in Ohio

With just five days until Election Day, independent political groups continue to spend money on advertising in battleground states. This time it's the Service Employees International Union, spending $425,000 to air a 30-second spot, called "Meghan," statewide on cable and broadcast stations.

Posted on October 30, 2008 at 05:42 PM ET | Comments (13)

RNC Pushes Obama Experience Argument

The latest ad from the Republican National Committee's independent expenditure unit continues the GOP's harsh attacks on Barack Obama's experience.

Posted on October 29, 2008 at 09:59 PM ET | Comments (30)

Axelrod: Obama TV Show to Focus on 'Where He Wants to Lead'

By Robert Barnes NORFOLK -- Barack Obama's 30-minute informercial airing Wednesday night will feature vignettes...

Posted on October 28, 2008 at 09:54 PM ET | Comments (21)

Several New Ads Hitting Airwaves in Battleground States

With one week to go until Election Day, here's some of what battleground state voters will see and hear in the next week.

Posted on October 27, 2008 at 06:41 PM ET | Comments (84)

Obama's 30-Minute Program Will Also Air on Univision

The Obama campaign will air a Spanish-language version of its 30-minute infomercial on Wednesday night on Univision, the highest-rated Spanish language television network.

Posted on October 27, 2008 at 03:03 PM ET | Comments (17)

Obama Ad Attacks McCain's Attacks

The Obama campaign will air the political commercial "New Subject" on national cable stations starting Monday.

Posted on October 26, 2008 at 11:30 AM ET | Comments (101)

Early Look at Obama Speaking Spanish in New Ad

Someone has leaked an early version of a new Barack Obama campaign commercial during which the senator speaks only in Spanish, in an appeal to the nation's Latino voters.

Posted on October 24, 2008 at 11:26 AM ET | Comments (17)

Crist Delivers McCain's Message in Florida Radio Ad

Gov. Charlie Crist (R-Fla.) seizes on the McCain campaign "Joe the Plumber/Spread the Wealth Around" talking points in a new campaign radio commercial airing in the Sunshine State.

Posted on October 23, 2008 at 07:21 PM ET | Comments (17)

Biden Gaffe Featured in Conservative TV Ad

Some of Joe Biden's recent comments about Sen. Barack Obama have found their way into the latest TV commercial produced by Let Freedom Ring USA, a conservative group set to spend $5 million by Election Day on a series of TV and radio ads in five battleground states.

Posted on October 23, 2008 at 05:50 PM ET | Comments (29)

Firefighters Target McCain, GOP Senators on Health Care

The International Association of Firefighters has launched its voter mobilization campaign in support of Barack Obama with a new ad that attacks John McCain's health care proposals -- and two vulnerable Senate Republicans.

Posted on October 22, 2008 at 11:28 AM ET | Comments (37)

Obama Continues On-Air Latino Outreach

By Ed O'Keefe The Obama campaign continues its recent radio and television ad campaigns...

Posted on October 22, 2008 at 09:40 AM ET | Comments (4)

Obama Aired Ad Targeting Women During Palin's SNL Performance

A new television spot from the Obama campaign relies on a group of everyday female supporters to sum up several of its arguments against a John McCain presidency.

Posted on October 19, 2008 at 04:04 PM ET | Comments (38)

McCain Calls Obama 'Risky' in Spanish

As an RNC unit questions Barack Obama's ability to handle a crisis, the McCain campaign will call the Democratic candidate "risky" in a new Spanish-language television commercial.

Posted on October 16, 2008 at 03:50 PM ET | Comments (17)

Obama's Post-Debate TV Ad

Folks watching cable channels nationwide today may find a new ad from the Obama campaign that repeats an often-used line of attack on John McCain -- that he's in lockstep with the Bush Administration -- and seeks to undermine his protestation to the contrary at last night's final presidential debate.

Posted on October 16, 2008 at 09:55 AM ET | Comments (4)

Conservative PAC Targets Michigan with Inflammatory Obama Ad

By Ed O'Keefe A California-based conservative political action committee called Our Country Deserves Better...

Posted on October 15, 2008 at 04:33 PM ET | Comments (14)

'Gossip Girl' Stars Featured in New MoveOn Ad

Spoofing antidrug public service announcements that target teens and their risky behavior, the latest commercial from MoveOn.org Political Action stars two actors from the hit CW teen soap opera "Gossip Girl" encouraging parents to just say no to a behavior common to their age group: Voting for John McCain.

Posted on October 14, 2008 at 12:14 PM ET | Comments (7)

Obama Reaches Out to Smaller Latino Communities

By Ed O'Keefe The Obama campaign launched new Spanish-language advertising today, shifting from immigration,...

Posted on October 9, 2008 at 06:31 PM ET | Comments (5)

Sierra Club Again Targets McCain in Ohio

Add the popular environmental rights group Sierra Club to a growing list of independent groups working in Ohio in support of Barack Obama and against John McCain.

Posted on October 8, 2008 at 05:57 PM ET | Comments (9)

Coalition of Liberal, Rights Groups Attacks McCain Health Care Plan

By Ed O'Keefe Health Care for America Now, a coalition of liberal, labor, women's...

Posted on October 8, 2008 at 05:47 PM ET | Comments (4)

RNC: a 'Trillion' Reasons to Vote Against Obama

The Republican National Committee's independent expenditure unit will spend more than $5.5 million in the next week to air an ad in five battleground states that claims Barack Obama's government spending proposals could cost close to $1 trillion.

Posted on October 8, 2008 at 08:25 AM ET | Comments (12)

Immigration Ad War Continues in Spanish

McCain and Barack Obama continue to fight over the issue of immigration in only their Spanish language ads.

Posted on October 7, 2008 at 03:05 PM ET | Comments (4)

SEIU Launches New Ad Critical of McCain Health Care Plan

The Service Employees International Union is targeting John McCain's health care plan in a new ad airing in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, suggesting the Republican's plan will mean tax increases for middle income Americans.

Posted on October 6, 2008 at 04:54 PM ET | Comments (37)

Before Character Attacks, a Policy War on the TV

New ads released over the weekend by Barack Obama continued a focus on health care, while John McCain's criticized Obama's record on taxes in perhaps the last gasp of the policy-related ad war that has dominated the airwaves in recent weeks.

Posted on October 6, 2008 at 08:46 AM ET | Comments (47)

Matthew 25 Network Expands Advertising

It announced that next week it will make its largest radio ad buy to date as it continues its efforts to woo Christian voter support for Barack Obama.

Posted on October 2, 2008 at 02:00 PM ET | Comments (31)

McCain Revives Immigration Fight in Spanish

The McCain campaign today announced another Spanish-language television commercial blaming Barack Obama for killing immigration reform.

Posted on October 1, 2008 at 06:20 PM ET | Comments (7)

NRA Delivers New Ad in Spanish

The latest TV ad from the National Rifle Association invokes the immigration debate by suggesting that Barack Obama voted against a 2004 Illinois bill to provide additional legal protections to individuals defending themselves with firearms against illegal immigrants committing crimes in the citizen's homes.

Posted on October 1, 2008 at 11:40 AM ET | Comments (4)

Veterans Group Hits Obama on Afghanistan and Iraq

Having targeted Sen. Barack Obama's stance on the Iraq war before, the pro-McCain group Vets for Freedom this week begins airing a hard-hitting message accusing the Democratic presidential candidate of focusing more on his campaign than on his Senatorial oversight duties of military operations in Afghanistan.

Posted on September 30, 2008 at 09:28 PM ET | Comments (30)

Obama's Two-Minute Ad on Taxes

By Ed O'Keefe Amid continued claims by the McCain campaign that he would raise...

Posted on September 30, 2008 at 02:31 PM ET | Comments (61)

New RNC Ad Dismisses Bailout as McCain Works for It

A new ad from the Republican National Committee's independent expenditure unit seems to dismiss the economic bailout proposals that John McCain continues to work on.

Posted on September 30, 2008 at 12:11 PM ET | Comments (16)

McCain Takes to Radio Over Coal and Stem Cells

McCain is running ads challenging Obama's stance on coal plants and ads about stem cell research.

Posted on September 30, 2008 at 11:19 AM ET | Comments (19)

Jewish Democrats Asked to 'Schlep' Home for Obama

Sarah Silverman makes a funny.

Posted on September 25, 2008 at 02:58 PM ET | Comments (12)

NRA Targets Obama-Biden in Ongoing Ad Buy

The National Rifle Association is likely to spend "in the eight figure range" on radio and television advertisements in the next 42 days as part of its efforts to deter undecided voters from voting for Barack Obama.

Posted on September 23, 2008 at 07:51 PM ET | Comments (40)

Obama Talks About the 'Economia' in New Spanish Ads

Barack Obama today started airing new Spanish-language television and radio ads in Colorado, Florida, Nevada and New Mexico.

Posted on September 23, 2008 at 12:14 PM ET | Comments (34)

McCain Invokes Chavez in Latest Spanish Attack Ad

By Ed O'Keefe John McCain's newest Spanish-language television commercial calls out Barack Obama for his...

Posted on September 19, 2008 at 04:24 PM ET | Comments (18)

Christian Group Airing Pro-Obama Ad in Ohio

A new radio ad that begins airing in Ohio on Friday employs some key biblical phrases in an attempt to gain support for Barack Obama among the state's Evangelical Christians.

Posted on September 18, 2008 at 06:48 PM ET | Comments (71)

McCain Camp Decries Obama Spanish Ads

Republicans struck back at Barack Obama's new Spanish-language TV and radio ads, calling them "offensive and dishonest" in their attempt to tie John McCain to comments by conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

Posted on September 18, 2008 at 02:25 PM ET | Comments (271)

Obama Ad: McCain Helps Ship Jobs Overseas

New Obama ad airing in Pennsylvania and other battleground states blames McCain for the loss of hundreds of jobs at a Corning plant in State College, Penn.

Posted on September 17, 2008 at 07:45 PM ET | Comments (37)

Obama Invokes Rush Limbaugh in New Spanish-Language Ads

The Obama campaign has released new radio and TV ads in Spanish that seek to tie McCain to anti-immigrant comments made by radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh

Posted on September 17, 2008 at 01:22 PM ET | Comments (542)

MoveOn Calls Out McCain's 'Friends'

A new 30-second message by the liberal group MoveOn.org targets some of McCain's closest associates.

Posted on September 16, 2008 at 01:37 PM ET | Comments (26)

McCain Revives Immigration Debate -- in Spanish Only

The McCain campaign has started airing a new Spanish-language television commercial in the battleground states of Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico that lays the failure of comprehensive immigration reform at the feet of Barack Obama and his Democratic colleagues -- despite the fact that Obama supported the bipartisan John McCain-Edward Kennedy efforts to enact such reforms and voted for their final proposal last year.

Posted on September 15, 2008 at 04:07 PM ET | Comments (60)

DNC's First General Election Ad to Air in Michigan

The Democratic National Committee continues its "Bush and McCain More of the Same" arguments today in its first television commercial of the general election campaign.

Posted on September 4, 2008 at 04:36 PM ET | Comments (5)

McCain Ad Contrasts Palin and Obama

By Ed O'Keefe ST. PAUL -- In a conversation with Washington Post reporters, editors...

Posted on September 3, 2008 at 02:32 PM ET | Comments (51)

Liberal Group Buys Anti-GOP Ads on Hotel TV

By Ed O'Keefe ST. PAUL -- The Campaign for America's Future, a progressive group...

Posted on September 2, 2008 at 02:06 PM ET | Comments (7)

Palin Ads Showcase Family, Conservative Values

political ads from her 2006 gubernatorial campaign reveal a folksy style that emphasized her youth and accomplishments as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.

Posted on August 30, 2008 at 11:15 AM ET | Comments (101)

New McCain Ad Uses Biden's Words Against Obama

By Ed O'Keefe DENVER -- You knew this was coming. The McCain campaign has released...

Posted on August 23, 2008 at 10:48 AM ET | Comments (126)

Buckeye State Ad Battle

McCain and Obama release dueling ads over Ohio DHL deal.

Posted on August 15, 2008 at 05:00 PM ET | Comments (8)

Christian PAC Ad Emphasizes Obama's Faith and Family

New Christian PAC to air pro-Obama spot during religious forum.

Posted on August 15, 2008 at 01:30 PM ET | Comments (67)

GOP Brings Back the "Bitter"

A new 60-second radio ad paid for by the Republican Party of New Mexico cites Barack Obama's "bitter" comments from early April while attacking his energy proposals.

Posted on August 14, 2008 at 07:06 PM ET | Comments (72)

MoveOn Responds to McCain 'Celeb' Ad

MoveOn.org PAC airs a response ad to McCain's most recent attack on Obama.

Posted on July 31, 2008 at 09:51 AM ET | Comments (35)

'Hope' Ad Hits MTV and Comedy Central

MoveOn.org has purchased ad time on MTV and Comedy Central to air an ad this week in support of Sen. Barack Obama.

Posted on July 28, 2008 at 05:26 PM ET | Comments (24)

MoveOn Ad Slams McCain on Iraq Withdrawal Timetable

MoveOn.org has produced a new ad using recent comments by Iraq's prime minister to make its case that John McCain is wrong about the Iraq war.

Posted on July 16, 2008 at 03:48 PM ET | Comments (174)

Obama Touts National Security Credentials, Again, in TV Ad

"Barack Obama understands our changing world," says the spot.

Posted on July 16, 2008 at 02:15 PM ET | Comments (131)

Planned Parenthood Spot Targets McCain on Birth Control

The spot uses recent footage of McCain struggling to express his opinion when asked what he thought of some health care companies' decision to cover Viagra, but not birth control.

Posted on July 16, 2008 at 01:19 PM ET | Comments (10)

Obama Touts Work Securing Loose Nukes in New Ad

"America's Leadership" promotes his efforts to secure nuclear weapons around the world.

Posted on July 15, 2008 at 11:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

New McCain Ad Cites Service of Latino Military Veterans

Updated 10:03 a.m. By Ed O'Keefe John McCain's newest ad attempts to humanize the...

Posted on July 11, 2008 at 09:49 AM ET | Comments (141)

Obama Responds to RNC Energy Ad with Own Spot

Obama campaign will air an ad promoting his energy plans.

Posted on July 8, 2008 at 03:52 PM ET | Comments (18)

McCain Campaigns Against '60s in New Spot

Latest McCain ad reminds boomers that while they may have participated in the excesses of the late 1960s, he was serving time in a North Vietnamese prison camp.

Posted on July 8, 2008 at 12:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Coalition of Latino Groups Launches Voter Drive

A multi-million dollar ad campaign designed to encourage voter registration and increased political participation among Latinos who are legal residents launches today nationwide on Spanish-language television and radio stations.

Posted on July 7, 2008 at 11:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

McCain Continues Aggressive Spanish Radio Play, Targeting Obama in New Spot

Updated 1:26 p.m. By Ed O'Keefe John McCain's staff shakeup earlier this week came amid...

Posted on July 4, 2008 at 12:40 PM ET | Comments (25)

More Energy Advertising From McCain

John McCain has released another TV ad about energy, with yet another campaign slogan.

Posted on June 27, 2008 at 11:20 AM ET | Comments (4)

Republicans Seek to Frame Obama as "Dr. No"

John McCain yesterday released a Web-only ad that compares Barack Obama to the namesake of the 1962 Bond movie, Dr. No.

Posted on June 26, 2008 at 12:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

An Environmental Ad War

The Sierra Club launches a new radio ad in Ohio attacking John McCain's environmental bona fides. --Ed O'Keefe

Posted on June 17, 2008 at 02:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Big Name, Small Buy for MoveOn's Latest Anti-McCain Ad

MoveOn releases a new ad tying John McCain to George Bush. --Ed O'Keefe

Posted on June 11, 2008 at 03:11 PM ET | Comments (15)

McCain Targets Fla. Cubans with New Radio Spot

John McCain is once again reaching out to Hispanic voters on the radio, this time targeting Cuban-Americans in South Florida. --Ed O'Keefe

Posted on June 10, 2008 at 07:55 PM ET | Comments (29)

McCain Launches Spanish Radio Ads in NM and Nevada

As Barack Obama moved to consolidate the support of his party, John McCain today launched the first radio ad of the general election campaign. --Ed O'Keefe

Posted on June 4, 2008 at 07:52 PM ET | Comments (12)

GOP Targets Obama in New Videos

The Republican National Committee released two attack videos on its website today targeting Barack Obama.

Posted on June 3, 2008 at 10:59 PM ET | Comments (24)


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