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Archive: April 6, 2008 - April 12, 2008

McCain Says Play Nice With New Videos

John McCain seems to be laying down the markers for the tone of this year's general election campaign with a new video, while doing more to define himself before Democrats do it for him. Two key passages: "We have our disagreements, we Americans. We contend regularly and enthusiastically over many...

By Ed O'Keefe | April 11, 2008; 4:28 PM ET | Comments (1)

A Year's Worth of Political Conversation

washingtonpost.com's PostTalk program is marking its first anniversary of interviews with presidential candidates, congressional leaders, governors, and other newsmakers. Chris Cillizza reviews year one: Note: Please upgrade your Flash plug-in to view our enhanced content. var thisObj = "flashobj041008X12v"; var so = new SWFObject("http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/mmedia/player/wpniplayer_blog.swf", thisObj, "454", "305", "8", "#ffffff"); so.addParam("allowScriptAccess",...

By Ed O'Keefe | April 11, 2008; 11:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Responds to Clinton Radio Ad

Barack Obama is responding to Hillary Clinton's newest radio ad with a radio ad of his own. "Fill" is a 60-second message that outlines what exactly he meant when he said "I don't take money from oil companies." Here's the script: Across Pennsylvania, we're living the problems. An economy in...

By Ed O'Keefe | April 10, 2008; 4:25 PM ET | Comments (21)

MoveOn Attacks McCain in New Web Ad

Less than 24 hours since Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker completed their congressional testimony, MoveOn.org is attacking John McCain in a new Web ad, once again tying him to President Bush's Iraq war strategy. "Iraq: Six Months at a Time" uses previous statements by Donald Rumsfeld, President Bush,...

By Ed O'Keefe | April 10, 2008; 4:18 PM ET | Comments (4)

Rush Limbaugh Impersonates McCain

And boy, is it bad. Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh imitates what Sen. John McCain might have said in response to news that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is campaigning for vice-president. -- Emily Freifeld...

By washingtonpost.com | April 10, 2008; 12:25 PM ET | Comments (21)

A Conservative Rapper? Believe It.

Conservative rap may sound like an oxymoron. And it is. But there's a conservative rap rapping Barack Obama. -- Jeff Jarvis...

By washingtonpost.com | April 10, 2008; 11:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

Obama Criticizes Former Lawmaker in New Ad

Barack Obama is airing yet another TV ad in Pennsylvania. This one goes after a former congressman to remind voters that Obama casts himself as a Washington "outsider." In the ad, Obama refers to a provision in the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act: "Medicare could not negotiate with drug companies." "The...

By Ed O'Keefe | April 10, 2008; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton's New Radio Ad Attacks Obama

On the same day the Philadelphia Daily News noted the lack of negative campaign ads in the Keystone State, Hillary Clinton started airing a radio ad critical of Barack Obama. The Clinton ad responds to Obama's own ads in Pennsylvania, which state he does not accept political donations from oil...

By Ed O'Keefe | April 9, 2008; 4:32 PM ET | Comments (4)

McCain Comments On Iraq and His 'Girls'

In an interview with Fox News Channel, Sen. John McCain reacts to the so-called McCain Girls, and at the end of the interview opines about politically-themed viral video efforts: "I think this is part of the new technology and the new life we lead in politics, and a lot of...

By Ed O'Keefe | April 9, 2008; 3:05 PM ET | Comments (3)

Amateur Viral Video Goes On... and On

The latest political viral video comes to us courtesy of the Venetian Princess. She does "a lot of random comedy sketches and celebrity parodies," according to her YouTube page. So it's not quite clear where this video fits in: "When you're sad Barack's in the lead, I'll be there with...

By Ed O'Keefe | April 9, 2008; 3:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

More Obama Ads in Pennsylvania

In addition to an ad starring his sister, grandmother, and wife, Barack Obama is airing several other messages in Pennsylvania. "One Voice" is a rallying cry for supporters, emphasizing his "Change" message (notice the visual emphasis on young crowds): "Quiet" first aired in New Hampshire. It's about the nation's use...

By Ed O'Keefe | April 9, 2008; 10:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ad Showcases Women in Obama's Family

Barack Obama still trails Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania polling, but a new ad may help introduce him to voters still unsure about his work, and his life. "Maya" is a 30-second spot that features his wife, Michelle, his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, and his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng. "I think it's given...

By Ed O'Keefe | April 8, 2008; 6:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton: 'I Was Raised on Pinochle and The American Dream'

The Clinton campaign is airing five new ads in Pennsylvania, highlighting the candidate's plans for the economy, health care, and the state's Latino community. Of the five, "Scranton" stands out. It's a biographical spot narrated by Clinton that uses old family films, driving home her personal connection to the state....

By Ed O'Keefe | April 8, 2008; 1:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton Looking Ahead With New Ads

Looking beyond the Pennsylvania Primary, Hillary Clinton is airing new ads in North Carolina and Indiana (both states hold primaries on May 6). Last week in the Tar Heel State, Clinton urged voters to visit NCAskMe.com and submit questions. Her new ad delivers the same message. "I think you actually...

By Ed O'Keefe | April 7, 2008; 5:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

As Petraeus Testifies, RNC Slams Clinton & Obama

As Congress prepares to hear testimony this week from Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, the Republican National Committee is using the general's appearance as an opportunity to take aim at Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama. The RNC's new online video, "Politics vs....

By Ed O'Keefe | April 7, 2008; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (71)

 

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