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Halloween Gets Political

A few "tricks" and "treats" for your Halloween 2007.

First off, the AP recently asked voters which of the 2008 presidential candidates would make the scariest costume. Continuing her dominance in the polls, Hillary Clinton beat out every other Democratic and GOP contender, earning 37 percent of the vote. Rudy Giuliani placed second, with 14 percent.

Similarly, party store ShindigZ.com polled visitors to its Web site, and Clinton won again. She earned 53.2 percent of the vote, followed by non-candidate Al Gore, with 10.3 percent. Giuliani took third in this poll with 9.4 percent. Placing last, perhaps because of his good looks, was Mitt Romney, who earned just 3.1 percent.

In light of those poll results, consider this video from YouTube user freedomanddemocracy. It reviews potential Halloween costumes for the candidates:

Meanwhile, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is out with a Web-only ad designed to spook voters about six targeted Senate Republicans. But will the video "trick" help Democrats earn the big "treat" they covet?

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) "Deceived public about smear campaign against 12 year old boy," according to an on-screen banner. Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) "Took fishing trips with now-indicted oil executive." And Sen. John Sununu (R-N.H.) "Voted to cut heating assistance to low-income families." You get the idea.

The DSCC sent the 48-second ad to supporters asking them to vote on which of the six Republicans is the scariest.

The National Republican Congressional Committee is also trying to scare up supporters. Its Web-only video is called, "The Mother of All Tax Hikes" and juxtaposes the images of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), and Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) over the original actors from old movie film. The video is designed to criticize Rangel's recent proposals to change the nation's tax structure.

"Run, don't walk from the mother of all tax hikes," on-screen writing states. "It's indestructible. It's indescribable. Nothing can stop it," an announcer says. Horrors.

Finally, our colleagues at PrezVid.com discovered thisRon Paul supporter.

Sound Bite: "Sadly, dark days have befallen our country and one man stands alone. One honest man stands alone above the parcel of rogues that run this country."

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  October 31, 2007; 6:00 AM ET Ad Watch , Al Gore , Congress , Hillary Rodham Clinton , Miscellaneous , Mitt Romney , Rudy Giuliani
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