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Archive: June 1, 2008 - June 7, 2008

Democrats Target 'McCain's Lobbyist Friends'

The Democratic National Committee has released a new Web-only video critical of the lobbying work of several of John McCain's campaign advisers. The video surfaces one day since the DNC revised its rules on campaign donations from lobbyists. The video calls out McCain campaign adviser Charlie Black, campaign manager Rick...

By Ed O'Keefe | June 6, 2008; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

McCain Plays it 'Safe' in First General Election TV Ad

The first TV ad of John McCain's general election campaign is a direct-to-camera appeal that once again highlights his military career, but makes it clear he's no fan of war. The ad will air in battleground states, according to the McCain campaign, in a bid to address concerns about his...

By Ed O'Keefe | June 6, 2008; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (8)

Meet The New Boss

In a speech today in Bristol, Va. Barack Obama said he doesn't taken money from special interests and, from now on, neither will the Democratic National Committee. Sound Bite: "We will not take a dime from Washington lobbyists or special-interest PACs. We're going to change how Washington works. They...

By Ed O'Keefe | June 5, 2008; 2:42 PM ET | Comments (6)

'Is Obama Still Hiring?'

The top 10 things heard in Hillary Clinton's campaign headquarters. Sound bite: "No. 2. It's not the end -- you can always get fat and make a global warming documentary."...

By Ed O'Keefe | June 5, 2008; 2:30 PM ET | Comments (2)

Rezko Topic of GOP's Latest Anti-Obama Video

Less than two hours since a jury found Barack Obama's former neighbor Antoin "Tony" Rezko guilty of influence peddling, the GOP has released a new Web-only video, "Obama's Money Man." The video plays back clips of Obama distancing himself from Rezko. "Nobody had an inkling that he was involved in...

By Ed O'Keefe | June 5, 2008; 9:28 AM ET | Comments (41)

The Twists and Turns of The Clinton Campaign

The Post's Dan Balz reviews the final months of Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign in this video report, which features footage shot in the past few months by several washingtonpost.com videojournalists:...

By Ed O'Keefe | June 4, 2008; 12:24 PM ET | Comments (2)

McCain's 1st General Election Radio Ads Are in Spanish

The first radio ads of John McCain's general election campaign are 60-second, Spanish-language spots airing in New Mexico and Nevada. "Estamos Unidos con John McCain" ("We Are United With John McCain") delivers a hopeful message about McCain's economic proposals. A general translation of the Spanish-language ads: Here in (Nevada/New Mexico),...

By Ed O'Keefe | June 4, 2008; 8:37 AM ET | Comments (3)

GOP Videos Question Obama's Experience

In a preview of what residents of battleground states may soon see on TV and hear on the radio, the Republican Party is targeting Barack Obama in a series of online videos that question his experience, and the unity of the Democratic Party. "Experience," posted on the Republican National Committee...

By Ed O'Keefe | June 3, 2008; 11:07 PM ET | Comments (11)

McCain Quietly Spending on TV in Swing States

By Matthew Mosk in The Trail: Republican John McCain has quietly spent about $1.5 million on television ads in key swing states over the past 90 days, trying to get an early edge with voters while his Democratic rival remains bogged down by a protracted primary battle. The McCain advertising...

By Ed O'Keefe | June 2, 2008; 2:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Mark Warner's First Senate Campaign Ad

Former Virginia Governor Mark Warner is out with the first TV ad of his Senate campaign. The ad debuted on Saturday -- the same day that Virginia Republicans nominated another former governor, James Gilmore, in a closely contested nomination fight. "Budget Mess" is a 60-second message about how Warner addressed...

By Ed O'Keefe | June 1, 2008; 1:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

New Clinton Ad Uses Interesting Numbers

Hillary Rodham Clinton's newest ad "17 Million" suggests she has won more than 17 million votes, a figure sure to be disputed by almost everyone else. Here's the ad script: Tuesday it's up to you. You can over 17 million people who voted for a leader to fix the economy....

By Ed O'Keefe | June 1, 2008; 2:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Video Highlights of the DNC Meetings

A few video highlights from Saturday's Democratic National Committee Rules and Bylaws Committee meetings in Washington, D.C. The first one gives you a sense of the crowd outside the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. A few hundred supporters, mostly from Florida, chanted, argued, then later marched to a nearby rallying point:...

By Ed O'Keefe | June 1, 2008; 12:05 AM ET | Comments (28)

 

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