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Romney Camp Removes Craig YouTube Video

Today's news about Sen. Larry Craig's June arrest at an airport in Minnesota has prompted Mitt Romney's campaign to take down a YouTube video starring the senator, who has been a supporter of Romney. The Romney campaign named Craig a co-chair of the former governor's Idaho Leadership Team back in late May, but Craig has now distanced himself from the Romney camp.

"Senator Craig has stepped down from his role with the campaign. He did not want to be a distraction and we accept his decision," Romney spokesman Matt Rhoades told us tonight.

The news about Craig reminded us that we're a long-time subscriber to the senator's YouTube channel, because he has one of the best online video strategies of any elected official.

Sen. Craig's office produces "Washington Report" every other week. The show is posted on the Senator's Web site, appears as a podcast, and on the Senator's YouTube channel. "Report" updates Idahoans on the senator's work, and is hosted by Iris Amador, a spokeswoman for the senator who works with Spanish-language media. She hosts the show in English and Spanish. The senator's office produces "Report" in both languages, in order "for a portion of our citizens" to "better their understanding of the Senate," according to Craig's Web site.

The most recent "Washington Report" was produced Aug. 9. "Congress is a little bit quiet these days," states Amador at the start.

-- Ed O'Keefe

"Washington Report" in English

"Washington Report" in Spanish

By Ed O'Keefe |  August 27, 2007; 9:02 PM ET Congress
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Am I the only one who has noticed the large number of Republican conservatives and born agin ministers who 'really like playing with the boys' for want of a better selection of words. That seems the only thing we don't know is going on in the White House. Maybe we should start asking questions there.

Posted by: Betty C | August 27, 2007 10:43 PM

more of a loveseat than a co-chair

Posted by: In the Pubic Interest | August 28, 2007 12:09 AM

I really don't know what the Christian right has against gay marriage. If they could just be paired off with each other (Foley-with-Ted Haggard, Craig-with-Bob Allen etc), they wouldn't have to stalk pages, rent male hookers and proposition men in toilets nearly so often.

Just bite the bullet and come out, GOPsters. If you're feeling too shy, take some more oxycontin and crystal meth.

Posted by: OD | August 28, 2007 5:42 AM

Is everybody in the GOP some kind of pervert? Sheesh, and they talk about Godless liberals--what a bunch of hypocrites.

Posted by: Helena Montana | August 28, 2007 5:46 AM

Give this Bushie a presidential medal of freedom! The Bushes protected Senator Mark Foley (Republican, Florida) and solicited advice from Bush White House spiritual leader Pastor Ted Haggard while enjoying a sausage tasting at prayer breakfast. Republican Senator Larry E. Craig certainly belongs in Bush's loyal family. So now we know what made the Singing Senators sing!

"Let the eagle fly...

Posted by: Singing Senator | August 28, 2007 8:17 AM

It was very important for the presidential candidates to address the questions from YouTube and the general public. However, thus far, most media attention has focused on the war in Iraq and recent scandals in the White House. There are critical topics of great importance that I would like to see our candidate address in the future, especially with global poverty. As one of the nation that has pledge to fulfill the goals of Millennium Development Project, whose goal is the elimination of world hunger and poverty, this administration has not shown any substantial action to bring this fundamental problem to a stop. According to the Borgen Project, dedicated to fighting and ending Poverty around the world, only $19 billion dollars are needed annually to stop world wide poverty, hunger and malnutrition. However, more than $340 billion dollars has been poured into this "war on terror." And each year, our country has a military budge of $522 billion dollars. It's time for a new leader who will be addressing an issue that affects 1.2 billion people everyday worldwide.

Posted by: Mstessyrue | August 28, 2007 1:04 PM

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