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Before Character Attacks, a Policy War on the TV

By Ed O'Keefe in The Trail: 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. The McCain...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | October 6, 2008; 04:38 PM ET | Comments (8)

McCain Spot Asks: 'Who Is Barack Obama?'

By Howard Kurtz in The Trail: The Ad: (Narrator:) Who is Barack Obama? He says our troops in Afghanistan are -- (Barack Obama:) "... just air-raiding villages and killing civilians." (Narrator:) How dishonorable. Congressional liberals voted repeatedly to cut off funding to our active troops. Increasing the risk on...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | October 6, 2008; 04:34 PM ET | Comments (33)

NRA Delivers New Ad in Spanish

By Ed O'Keefe in The Trail: 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 criminals in citizen's homes. The ad will air...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | October 1, 2008; 02:08 PM ET | Comments (2)

Independent Group Raises McCain Health Issue

By Chris Cillizza in The Fix: In an attempt to intensify voter doubts about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's readiness for office in advance of Thursday's vice presidential debate, the California Nurses Association has launched an ad raising questions about John McCain's health. The ad went up in six battleground states...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | October 1, 2008; 02:06 PM ET | Comments (5)

Enviro Group Expands Wolf-Killing Policy Ad Buy

By Juliet Eilperin in The Trail: Capitalizing on the success of its hard-hitting ad questioning Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's support for predator control, a national environmental group is expanding its television buy in time for Thursday night's vice presidential debate. The ad by Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, which focuses...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | October 1, 2008; 02:05 PM ET | Comments (2)

Veterans Group Hits Obama on Afghanistan and Iraq

By Ed O'Keefe in The Trail: 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...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | October 1, 2008; 09:40 AM ET | Comments (3)

House Republican Ad Exploits Rangel's Ethics Problems

By Chris Cillizza in The Fix: House Republicans have launched an ad attacking a freshman Wisconsin Democrat over his ties to embattled Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel (N.Y.), the first of a series of attempts to use Rangel's ongoing ethics woes as an anchor around the necks of...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 30, 2008; 04:53 PM ET | Comments (3)

Obama's Two-Minute Ad on Taxes

By Ed O'Keefe in The Trail: Amid continued claims by the McCain campaign that he would raise taxes on lower-income Americans, Barack Obama lays out his tax proposals in a two-minute commercial release by his campaign today. "On taxes, John McCain and I have very different ideas," Obama says...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 30, 2008; 04:50 PM ET | Comments (2)

New RNC Ad Dismisses Bailout as McCain Works for It

By Ed O'Keefe in The Trail: 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, potentially confusing voters by leading them to think the senator opposes the measures. The ad also criticizes Barack Obama...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 30, 2008; 04:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

McCain Takes to Radio Over Coal and Stem Cells

By Ed O'Keefe in The Trail: Joe Biden's recent declaration to an Ohio voter that he wants "no coal plants here in America" is the focus of new McCain campaign radio ads airing in key battleground states. Biden's statement conflicted with Barack Obama's support for coal plants that emit less...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 30, 2008; 04:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

MoveOn Hits McCain On Economy Again

MoveOn.org's latest television commercial once again mocks John McCain for repeatedly using the phrase, "my friends" and suggests the candidate and his close advisers are to blame for economic troubles. "John McCain's friend Phil Gramm wrote the bill that deregulated the banking industry and stripped the safeguards that would...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 30, 2008; 01:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

NRA Targets Obama-Biden in Ongoing Ad Buy

By Ed O'Keefe in The Trail: 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, according to an NRA spokesman. The group...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 24, 2008; 01:31 PM ET | Comments (13)

Obama Talks About the 'Economia' in New Spanish Ads

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By Ed O'Keefe | September 23, 2008; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (2)

Obama Ad: McCain Helps Ship Jobs Overseas

By Ed O'Keefe in The Trail: The Obama campaign's advertising folks have been busy in recent days, releasing several messages about immigration and the economy. One of the ads, airing in Pennsylvania and other battleground states, blames John McCain for the loss of hundreds of jobs at a Corning...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 18, 2008; 04:59 PM ET | Comments (12)

McCain Camp Decries Obama Spanish Ads

By Ed O'Keefe in The Trail: 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. The McCain campaign sent out a release this morning with...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 18, 2008; 04:52 PM ET | Comments (8)

Obama Invokes Rush Limbaugh in New Spanish-Language Ads

By Ed O'Keefe in The Trail: The Obama campaign has released new radio and TV ads in Spanish that seek to tie Sen. John McCain to anti-immigrant comments made by radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. The ads also suggest the Republican has "dos caras" -- "two faces" -- when...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 17, 2008; 01:59 PM ET | Comments (30)

McCain and Obama's New Economic Ads

Barack Obama and John McCain start airing direct-to-camera appeals today addressing the nation's economic troubles. Obama's two-minute message, to air nationally on cable and on broadcast stations in some battleground states, provides some specifics of his economic plans. McCain's ad speaks more to voter emotions and sneaks in an attack...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 17, 2008; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (73)

Democrats Slam Coleman On Iraq

By Chris Cillizza in The Fix: For the last month -- at least -- the Minnesota Senate race has featured some of the hardest hitting television ads in any contest (the presidential included) in the country. After Sen. Norm Coleman's campaign released an ad late last week that painted Democratic...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 17, 2008; 08:38 AM ET | Comments (7)

Immigration Again Focus of McCain -- in Spanish

By Ed O'Keefe in The Trail: John McCain continues to pound Barack Obama in Hispanic media, launching a new radio ad in Nevada that says McCain is a friend of Hispanics who "stood up" and "spoke out" during last year's debate on comprehensive immigration reform while Barack Obama did little....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 17, 2008; 06:45 AM ET | Comments (1)

Veterans Group Compares Petraeus and Obama on Surge

As Gen. David Petraeus departs Iraq to lead U.S. Central Command, Vets for Freedom is airing a new television commercial that compares his views on the Iraq "troop surge" with those of Sen. Barack Obama. "I think we're making progress, and progress is defined as progress towards winning," Petraeus...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 17, 2008; 06:30 AM ET | Comments (51)

MoveOn Calls Out McCain's 'Friends'

By Ed O'Keefe in The Trail: Listen to most John McCain speeches and he's bound to say the phrase "my friends" close to a dozen times. A new 30-second message by the liberal group MoveOn.org seizes on the phrase to target some of the candidate's closest associates. The ad flashes...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 16, 2008; 04:26 PM ET | Comments (7)

Strong Economic Fundamentals? Not in New Obama Ad

By Howard Kurtz in The Trail: The Ad: (Graphics:) Sept. 15, 2008. Lehman Bros. Collapses. Markets in Turmoil. Job Losses at 605,000 for the Year. Foreclosures at 9,800 a Day. And John McCain Says? (McCain:) Our economy I think, still, the fundamentals of our economy are strong. (Graphics:) The fundamentals...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 16, 2008; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (1)

McCain-Palin Ad Says Economy in 'Crisis'

By Ed O'Keefe While John McCain suggests the fundamentals of the American economy are strong, his latest television ad suggests it's in "crisis" and will require "proven reformers" named McCain and Palin to fix it. The 30-second spot called "Crisis" will air nationally on both broadcast and cable networks, according...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 15, 2008; 06:26 PM ET | Comments (120)

Several Independent Groups Launch TV Attacks

With just 50 days until Election Day, several independent groups have bought air time to run television ads designed to boost the chances of John McCain or Barack Obama. Both candidates have asked these groups "to stay on the sidelines, hoping to steer funds to their own campaigns and party...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 15, 2008; 05:21 PM ET | Comments (3)

Coleman Warns Minnesota of 'What to Expect'

Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) has launched a creative preemptive strike against expected attacks from Democratic opponent Al Franken and other groups. "What to Expect" is a 30-second ad that once again mixes Coleman's self-depricating style with mentions of his Senate record, a strategy that's worked for him before ("He...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 15, 2008; 06:36 AM ET | Comments (10)

McCain Radio Spot Trumpets Stem Cell Policy Palin Opposed

By Robert Barnes in The Trail: Republican presidential candidate John McCain's campaign today released a radio ad that four times trumpeted his support for stem cell research but never mentioned that his vice presidential pick opposes it. The ad, which the campaign said is running in "key states,'' says that...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 12, 2008; 06:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

McCain Paints Obama as Disrespectful

By Howard Kurtz in The Trail: The Ad: He was the world's biggest celebrity, but his star's fading. So they lashed out at Sarah Palin. Dismissed her as "good looking." That backfired, so they said she was doing, "what she was told." Then desperately called Sarah Palin a liar. How...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 12, 2008; 01:50 PM ET | Comments (6)

New McCain Ad Uses Biden's Words Against Obama

By Ed O'Keefe in The Trail: DENVER -- You knew this was coming. The McCain campaign has released a new TV ad that features statements by Sen. Joe Biden criticizing Barack Obama's experience and praising the presumptive GOP nominee. "Is he ready?" George Stephanopoulos asks Biden at an August 2007...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 23, 2008; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (16)

Obama Paints McCain as Wealthy and Clueless

By Howard Kurtz in The Trail: The Ad: Maybe you're struggling just to pay the mortgage on your home. But recently John McCain said, "The fundamentals of our economy are strong." Hmm. Then again, that same day, when asked how many houses he owns, McCain lost track -- he...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 21, 2008; 01:29 PM ET | Comments (25)

GOP Brings Back the 'Bitter'

By Ed O'Keefe in The Trail: 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. "High gas prices. Pain at the pump. An energy economy in turmoil. What's Barack Obama's energy...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 15, 2008; 08:42 AM ET | Comments (11)

Obama Set to Air Second Olympic Ad

By Jonathan Weisman in The Trail: The Ad: Barack Obama's campaign will release a new, feel-good economic advertisement this afternoon extolling the senator from Illinois's economic plan and slated to begin a nationwide run on Monday during the Olympics. After two negative attack ads on John McCain, the latest ad...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 14, 2008; 05:02 PM ET | Comments (3)

Who's The Celebrity Now?

Striking back a bit harder than before, Barack Obama starts airing "Embrace" on national cable today. It's a stronger response to John McCain's "Celeb" ad than the Obama campaign has offered previously, suggesting that it's the GOP candidate who has enjoyed the love of daytime and late night talk...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 11, 2008; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (164)

MoveOn Responds to McCain 'Celeb' Ad

If you have trouble seeing the above video, please click here. By Ed O'Keefe in The Trail: The Obama campaign responded last night and now MoveOn.org Political Action Committee will also air a response ad to John McCain's recent ads critical of the Democrat's energy policies. "Senator McCain, you...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 31, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (12)

Obama Knocks 'Old Politics' of McCain

By Howard Kurtz in The Trail: The Ad: John McCain is blaming Barack Obama for gas prices? The same old politics. Barack Obama thinks high gas prices deserve serious answers and a serious plan. Crack down on oil speculators, raise mileage standards and fast-track alternative fuels. Analysis: This response...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 30, 2008; 07:48 AM ET | Comments (4)

'Hope' Ad Hits MTV and Comedy Central

By Ed O'Keefe in The Trail: If you have trouble seeing the above video, please click here. MoveOn.org has purchased ad time on two cable networks popular with younger viewers -- and voters -- to air a spot in support of Sen. Barack Obama. The 30-second message, originally produced for...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 28, 2008; 06:50 PM ET | Comments (5)

Obama Responds to RNC Energy Ad with Own Spot

By Ed O'Keefe in The Trail: The Obama campaign will air an ad promoting his energy plans and criticizing his GOP rival's in the same four states where the Republican National Committee has aired an ad critical of his proposals. "On gas prices, John McCain's part of the problem," the...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 8, 2008; 03:58 PM ET | Comments (1)

McCain Ad: 'Love' vs. 'Hope'

John McCain's latest ad makes subtle suggestions that Barack Obama's rhetoric does not qualify him to serve as president. It also reminds baby boomers that while many of them were participating in the excesses of the late 1960s, he was serving time in a North Vietnamese prison camp. The 60-second...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 8, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Veterans Group Urges Support to 'Finish the Job'

By Michael D. Shear in The Trail: Sen. John McCain will get some battleground-state help this week from Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, who appear in a television commercial aimed at convincing the public that the United States is winning in Iraq. Produced by Vets for Freedom, an organization of veterans...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 6, 2008; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

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

From The Trail: John McCain's staff shakeup earlier this week came amid concerns that his campaign lacked a consistent message and had made few attempts to contrast himself with Barack Obama. A new Spanish-language radio ad released yesterday by the Arizona senator shows McCain's campaign beginning to take a more...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 4, 2008; 06:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama's Working Class Pitch

By Howard Kurtz in The Trail: The Ad: He worked his way through college and Harvard Law. Turned down big money offers, and helped lift neighborhoods stung by job loss. Fought for workers' rights. He passed a law to move people from welfare to work, slashed the rolls by eighty...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 1, 2008; 09:44 AM ET | Comments (2)

Obama Launches Nationwide Ad Campaign

From Chris Cillizza in The Fix: Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) will launch an 18-state ad buy beginning tomorrow in which he speaks directly to voters in an attempt to get out in front of the misinformation likely to be spread about him as the general election campaign revs up. The...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | June 19, 2008; 12:55 PM ET | Comments (1)

McCain Goes 'Global' While Sierra Club Hits Back

John McCain has started airing an ad that outlines some of his environmental proposals. Meanwhile, a leading environmental group has begun slamming him over those same ideas. McCain's ad "Global" will air on national cable stations, and in key battleground states: John McCain stood up to the President and sounded...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | June 17, 2008; 01:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

John Cusack Quizzes Voters on Bush and McCain

Actor John Cusack fronts a new MoveOn.org ad that continues the group's efforts to tie John McCain to President Bush. "Betcha Can't Tell Them Apart" is a 30-second spot that is critical of McCain's stance on Iraq, veterans' health care, Social Security and the past lobbying work of some of...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | June 11, 2008; 03:09 PM ET | Comments (1)

New Ads Show the 'Stubborn' and Soft Sides of Inhofe

With the presidential contest settling into its general election groove, we'll start paying closer attention to the advertising for this year's congressional races. Let's start in Oklahoma, where incumbent Sen. James Inhofe (R) is seeking reelection, but faces six challengers, including a few Republicans. In an effort to get ahead...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | June 11, 2008; 01:10 PM ET | Comments (6)

McCain Continues Spanish Radio Outreach

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this report incorrectly attributed a statement to Loretta Anaya. The person who actually made the statement is Madeline Lamela. This post has been changed to correct the error. John McCain is once again reaching out to Hispanic voters on the radio, this time targeting Cuban-Americans...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | June 10, 2008; 06:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

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)

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; 08:37 AM ET | Comments (3)

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; 02:32 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; 01:45 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; 02:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

New Ads Thank Democratic Lawmakers for Stimulus Package

Starting Monday, Americans United for Change (AUC) will start airing ads thanking four Democratic members of Congress for supporting the recent economic stimulus package. It's a "low six-figure" ad campaign that will air on local broadcast channels and during local cable ad breaks through next week, according to the group....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 30, 2008; 12:14 PM ET | Comments (2)

More Obama Ads in Puerto Rico

Barack Obama is airing even more ads in Puerto Rico, in English and Spanish. The campaign started airing a direct-to-camera Spanish appeal earlier this week. Here's the English-only version: The campaign is also airing English and Spanish version of "He Understands Us," or "Nos Entiende." The English version: The Spanish...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 30, 2008; 11:07 AM ET | Comments (1)

Clinton Getting Ad Help in Montana and Puerto Rico

The American Leadership Project is airing ads for Hillary Clinton in Montana and Puerto Rico. Different production elements, announcers, and characters, but basically the same message: Clinton's plan is best for middle class Americans, and she should continue her campaign. The Montana spot: The Puerto Rico spot: -- Ed O'Keefe...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 29, 2008; 05:50 PM ET | Comments (43)

'Only One' (More?) Ad From Clinton

It's not clear what Hillary Clinton will do following the Puerto Rico, South Dakota, and Montana primaries. For now, she's still spending money on ads. "Only One" is airing in Big Sky Country. Here's part of the script: She's the only one in this campaign who voted against the Bush...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 29, 2008; 10:52 AM ET | Comments (5)

Obama Speaks Spanish in New Ad

Making use of relatively simple Spanish, but a very good accent, Barack Obama addresses the Democratic voters of Puerto Rico. "Mensaje a Puerto Rico," or "Message to Puerto Rico" is a direct-to-camera appeal by Obama. "Naci en una isla," he says, meaning "I was born on an island." "Entiendo que...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 28, 2008; 04:20 PM ET | Comments (77)

YouTube Viewers Can Now Donate Directly to Obama

Anyone who watches a Barack Obama video on YouTube now has the option of donating directly to his campaign. The campaign activated the Google Checkout option on all of its YouTube videos on Tuesday, meaning viewers can make donations from $15 to $1,000. Checkout allows online shoppers (or in this...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 28, 2008; 05:30 AM ET | Comments (23)

MoveOn Says Bush and McCain Are the Same

As President Bush and John McCain raise campaign coin together today in Arizona, MoveOn.org is buying ad time to once again tie the GOP nominee-to-be to the commander in chief. The MoveOn ad will air in the Phoenix market, as well as nationwide on CNN, according to group spokesman Doug...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 27, 2008; 06:45 PM ET | Comments (3)

Clinton Stresses 'Responsibility' in S.D. Ad

While Barack Obama airs an ad touting the support of South Dakota's current and former Democratic members of Congress, Hillary Clinton is airing an economic message in The Mount Rushmore State. "Responsibility" outlines Clinton's stance on fiscal responsibility. "Hillary Clinton will stop spending money America doesn't have. She'll end fifty...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 27, 2008; 04:48 PM ET | Comments (5)

McCain Airing New Ad in Michigan and Pennsylvania

John McCain is airing a new TV ad in Pennsylvania called "Accountable." The 30-second message is similar to a Web-only ad his campaign released roughly two weeks ago. Here's part of the script: "As president, John McCain will make taxes simpler, fairer; energy cleaner, cheaper; health care portable and affordable;...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 27, 2008; 04:45 PM ET | Comments (1)

Daschle Stars in New Ad for Obama

Former senator Tom Daschle has emerged as a leading surrogate and spokesman for Barack Obama. The latest proof: The former Senate Democratic leader is starring in a 30-second spot called "Straight" that's airing in Daschle's home state of South Dakota. Daschle has been mentioned as a potential Obama running-mate or...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 26, 2008; 09:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

New Ads for Clinton in Kentucky and Oregon

Proving she has no plans to leave the race just yet, Hillary Rodham Clinton is airing new messages in Kentucky and Oregon. "Partner" delivers her economic message to middle class voters. "It's hard to pick between a gallon of milk, and a gallon of gas," says one man in the...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 16, 2008; 12:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton's Last-Minute W. Va. Radio Ad

With voting underway in West Virginia, Hillary Clinton is airing a 60-second radio ad in the Mountain State. Here's part of the script: "In Washington, some people say the presidential primary in West Virginia doesn't much matter. That your voice doesn't count. But you know what? Tuesday we can show...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 13, 2008; 11:43 AM ET | Comments (5)

MoveOn's Winning Ads for Obama

It's been two months since MoveOn.org asked group members to submit ads in support of Barack Obama, who is endorsed by the group. Having received more than 1,100 submissions, the group picked "Obamacan," a 30-second message produced by David Gaw and Lance Mungia of Monrovia, Calif. It's about Obama's bipartisan...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 12, 2008; 02:51 PM ET | Comments (6)

McCain's Environmental Message

John McCain gives what his campaign describes as a "major speech" today on global climate change in Portland, Ore. The Post reports today that an "examination of McCain's voting record shows an inconsistent approach to the environment: He champions some 'green' causes while casting sometimes contradictory votes on others," McCain...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 12, 2008; 01:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wilson and Plame Star in New Clinton Ad

Former CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson and her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, star in a new ad for Hillary Rodham Clinton. "Strongest Plan" is a 30-second spot that discusses Clinton's plans for ending the war in Iraq. "Ending the Iraq war means a lot to us, and that's why...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 10, 2008; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (67)

Clinton Releases New Ads in Indiana, Oregon

Two days before the Indiana primary, Sen. Hillary Clinton released two 30-second television spots. The first one, called Partner, focuses on jobs and the economy in Indiana. Clinton supporters give their testimonials on how the economy is affecting their lives, from "living paycheck-to-paycheck" to deciding "between a gallon of milk...

 

By washingtonpost.com | May 5, 2008; 02:04 PM ET | Comments (14)

Two More Minutes From Obama

Barack Obama is airing a closing statement to TV viewers in Indiana and North Carolina. Most voters will see it during the evening news on Monday, but some will see it as soon as Sunday. "Minute" is actually two minutes long, and once again states Obama's opposition to a federal...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 3, 2008; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (25)

Obama Takes Gas Tax War to The Airwaves

Debate about a gas tax holiday will play out all weekend on Indiana airwaves, thanks to Barack Obama's new ad. "Pennies" calls out Hillary Clinton for supporting a tax holiday, something Obama opposes. Here's the script: Another negative ad from Hillary Clinton. But here's what she's NOT saying. USA Today...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 2, 2008; 02:57 PM ET | Comments (2)

SEIU Airs New Ads in Three States

The political arm of Service Employees International Union, SEIU COPE, is quickly emerging as one of this cycle's most high-profile PACs. It's airing new spots in support of Barack Obama and congressional candidates in Indiana and Louisiana, in addition to an Ohio ad critical of John McCain's health care proposals....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 1, 2008; 04:13 PM ET | Comments (4)

Easley for Clinton in New NC Ad

As she has in Pennsylvania and Indiana, Sen. Hillary Clinton is making use of her most powerful surrogate in North Carolina. Gov Mike Easley (D) appears in a new 30-second spot, singing the New York senator's praises. Here's the script: These are tough times in America and I think that...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 1, 2008; 11:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Speaks Gas Tax 'Truth' in Ind. and NC

Barack Obama is pushing his opposition to a gas tax holiday in a new ad called "Truth." Versions are airing in both Indiana and North Carolina. The Obama campaign has also sent several e-mails citing Tom Freidman, an ABC news, and other sources who agree with the senator's position. Here's...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 1, 2008; 11:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

MoveOn Strikes McCain on Iraq

MoveOn.org is concerned that John McCain is "on the air unopposed" in some states, so it's airing a new ad attacking him on the Iraq war. "Candles" starts with a birthday cake with five candles, to mark the five years since President Bush's "Mission Accomplished" speech. It also uses images...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | April 30, 2008; 05:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Maya Angelou in New Ad for Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton has called upon a big-name supporter to help her out in North Carolina. The poet Maya Angelou is appearing in a new 60-second TV ad in the Tar Heel State, calling the New York senator "a prayer" for American voters. Here's the script: Hillary Clinton is a prayer...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | April 30, 2008; 04:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

New Ads Attack Obama in Indiana

Hillary Clinton, and the pro-Clinton independent 527 group American Leadership Project are attacking Barack Obama in Indiana with new ads about the economy. ALP has been airing ads in support of Clinton's economic proposals since February. Members of the group told The Post's Matt Mosk that they started the organization...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | April 30, 2008; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton and Obama's Latest Indiana Ads

Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are airing new TV ads in Indiana. For starters, Obama is airing a 60-second biographical message called "Opportunity." This message -- complete with old family photos, grainy black and white video, and emphasis on his grandmother's work in a bomber factory -- also ran...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | April 29, 2008; 05:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

SEIU Attacks McCain's Health Care Plan

John McCain is unveiling his health care proposals today in Florida, and is airing a new TV ad on health care in Iowa. But one of the nation's fastest-growing labor unions is also airing ads attacking the plan. SEIU is airing "Feeling the Pain" in Ohio, and Washington, D.C.: SEIU...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | April 29, 2008; 02:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Same Ad, Different States for Clinton

Hillary Clinton is running "Cost" in both Indiana and North Carolina. The message discusses her energy plans, and proposed efforts to help reduce gas prices -- including a temporary suspension of the gas tax. "These days it costs 50 bucks to fill up the tank. How can Indiana/North Carolina families...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | April 27, 2008; 09:00 PM ET | Comments (21)

DNC Releases First Anti-McCain Ad

The Democratic National Committee has launched its first ad against presumptive GOP nominee Sen. John McCain. The ad shows footage of McCain at a GOP debate in Los Angeles, Calif. at the Reagan Presidential Library. McCain answers the question of whether Americans are better off now than they were eight...

 

By washingtonpost.com | April 25, 2008; 04:07 PM ET | Comments (5)

McCain Pushes N.C. GOP to Drop Obama Ad

Aboard his Straight Talk Express bus this morning, John McCain talked about a recent collision -- one with the North Carolina GOP. The state party has announced it will run an ad that reminds voters of the controversial Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama's former pastor. The spot begins with an...

 

By Washington Post editors | April 23, 2008; 04:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Candidates Look Ahead to Indiana and North Carolina

Just hours ahead of the Pennsylvania primary, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are looking ahead to the next two battlegrounds: Indiana and North Carolina. Obama's stumping in Indiana later today and Clinton has launched a TV spot just ahead of an appearance tomorrow. Her new ad focuses on what she...

 

By Washington Post editors | April 22, 2008; 04:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Responds to 'Fear' Ad

The ad wars continue in the final hours of the Pennsylvania campaign. Now Barack Obama is responding to Hillary Clinton's "Kitchen" ad, which the Obama campaign is calling "the Fear ad." Here's Obama's response: ANNOUNCER: Who has what it takes to really bring change? To finally take on the special...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | April 21, 2008; 06:08 PM ET | Comments (7)

Four More From Clinton in Final Day of Campaigning

SCRANTON, PA. -- The latest poll suggests four percent of Pennsylvania's likely Democratic voters are still undecided about tomorrow's primary. If they happen to watch TV today, they'll be coaxed by several new ads from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Over the weekend, Obama started airing two new messages, touting...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | April 21, 2008; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Democrats' Ad War Continues in Pa.

With less than 48 hours before Pennsylvania's presidential primary, Barack Obama is up with a new ad. "Exactly" responds to Hillary Clinton's response to his two most recent ads that criticize her health care plan and her character. Here's the script: "Newspapers call Hillary Clinton's negative attacks the "old politics."...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | April 20, 2008; 02:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton Critical of New Obama Ad

YORK, PA. -- On a hot day in Pennsylvania, Barack Obama starts airing two new ads that criticize Hillary Clinton for her health care proposals, and her character. "Afford," calls out Clinton's health care proposals by stating in part that: "Hillary Clinton's attacking, but what is she not telling you...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | April 19, 2008; 05:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Hits Clinton Back on Oil Money

Responding to Hillary Clinton's televised attack regarding political donations from the oil industry, Barack Obama is now airing "Dime" across Pennsylvania. "Across Pennsylvania families are struggling. What's Hillary Clinton's answer? The same old politics. Misleading negative ads. "The truth? It's Barack Obama who's taken on the oil companies, worked to...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | April 16, 2008; 02:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton Defending American Jobs in New Ad

Hillary Clinton is airing a new ad in Indiana that talks about her plans to save American defense jobs. "Right here over 200 Hoosiers built parts that guided our military's smart bombs to their targets. They were good jobs, but now, they're gone to China. And now America's defense relies...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | April 16, 2008; 02:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Responds (Sort Of) to "Bitter" Controversy

As reported by Chris Cillizza of The Fix: Anyone paying attention to the Democratic presidential race knew that once Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) began running television ads in Pennsylvania attacking Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) for comments he made to a group of donor last week, a response from the...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | April 15, 2008; 05:13 PM 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; 04:25 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; 04:18 PM ET | Comments (4)

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; 04:32 PM ET | Comments (4)

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)

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; 01:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Two New Clinton Ads on National Security, Economy

On the eve of the Ohio and Texas primaries, Sen. Hillary Clinton is out with two more ads designed to raise "central questions" about who is better prepared to be commander-in-chief, and who is the right person to manage the nation's economy, according to campaign aides. "True" attacks Sen. Barack...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | March 3, 2008; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (44)

Clinton en Espanol

As the most recent polls suggest she is still favored by Texas Latinos, Hillary Clinton makes a direct appeal to them in her most recent 30-second message. "I know your traditions, and culture, but I also understand the problems you face," she says. But, as the subtitles demonstrate, she doesn't...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | March 2, 2008; 04:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton Invokes Your Kids in New Ad

Hillary Clinton just brought your kids into the argument. A new 30-second spot airing in Texas raises the question of national security experience, suggesting to Texas parents that an Obama presidency means you and your kids won't sleep soundly. "It's 3 a.m. and your children are safe and asleep," the...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | February 29, 2008; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

New Obama Ads in Ohio, Texas

Barack Obama is airing a new 30-second spot in Ohio about his economic proposals. "Plan" joins new pro-Obama ads by SEIU already airing across the Buckeye State. Obama says: "All across America, people are working harder than ever, doing the best they can. But for decades now, as Wall Street...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | February 27, 2008; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (10)

Clinton Levels With Texas

Another Hillary Clinton ad in Texas. This one about her economic plans: "She's fighting for America's middle class," the announcer says. "She'll end $55 billion in giveaways to corporate special interests, and invest it to rebuild the middle class, create jobs, end tax breaks for companies that ship companies overseas,...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | February 27, 2008; 01:46 PM ET | Comments (4)

Labor Union Airing Ads for Obama

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is now broadcasting its support of Barack Obama with three new ads airing in Ohio and Texas. SEIU is a member organization of the Change to Win labor coalition, which has also endorsed Obama. "Leadership" is airing in Ohio, "What We Need" is airing in...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | February 26, 2008; 05:32 PM ET | Comments (3)

Hillary's 'Moment' Replaying in Texas and Ohio

In addition to three other ads airing in Ohio and Texas, Hillary Clinton is taking advantage of her "moment" and re-airing a 60-second version of it in the Buckeye and Lone Star States. "Resolved" plays highlights of Clinton's closing statements during last Thursday's CNN debate. Clinton says, in part: "You...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | February 24, 2008; 06:48 PM ET | Comments (109)

Clinton Ads: Three for Texas and Ohio

Hillary Clinton is airing new ads in Ohio and Texas. Level "Corporate special interests" bad. Middle-class tax breaks good. Deliver A folksy narrator says "In Texas, when there's work to be done, talk doesn't cut it." Proud Former Ohio Senator John Glenn says Hillary fights for "working people."...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | February 22, 2008; 01:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton's 'Voice' in Vermont, 'Night Shift" in Tex. and Ohio

Looking past what might happen in Hawaii, Wisconsin, and Washington tonight, Hillary Clinton continues to spend ad dollars in the states voting on March 4: Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, and Vermont. "Night Shift" is airing in Ohio, and is aimed squarely at working-class, or middle-class voters. "You pour coffee, fix...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | February 19, 2008; 03:37 PM ET | Comments (151)

Obama Answers Clinton's 'Debate' Ad

From our brother blog, The Trail: Hillary Clinton filed the first shot -- with an ad attacking Barack Obama in Wisconsin. Now Obama has answered back with this ad: The negative exchange may be the first on-air clash between the two Democratic frontrunners. But it is a decidedly gentle tussle....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | February 14, 2008; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (47)

More Ads From Clinton, Obama

A new day, and new ads from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. "Enough" is Obama's latest message, airing in Wisconsin. The 30-second spot has aired before in other states. "Ordinary people all across the country are struggling from paycheck to paycheck. If the plant moves to China, and you've been...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | February 14, 2008; 12:50 PM ET | Comments (4)

Clinton Airing New Ads in Ohio, Texas, Wisconsin

Fresh from defeats in the Potomac Primaries, Hillary Clinton is now airing new ads in Wisconsin, Ohio, and Texas. Clinton is airing her first attack ad against Barack Obama in Wisconsin. It lacks the black and white photos and ominous music of most attack ads. Insteads it lightly jabs the...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | February 12, 2008; 01:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton's 'Obligation,' Obama's 'Mother'

Hillary Clinton is airing a new ad, called "Obligation," in Wisconsin. The Badger State votes Feb. 19. The 30-second spot is about health care. "If you believe health care is America's moral obligation, join her," the announcer says. Barack Obama is airing his first ads in Ohio and Texas. The...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | February 12, 2008; 09:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Campaign Ad War Comes to D.C.

With only a few days before the Potomac Primaries, candidate ads are airing on TVs and radios across the Washington, D.C. region. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John McCain have purchased airtime in the Washington, D.C. market (which covers Northern Virginia and parts of Maryland), and other markets in...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | February 8, 2008; 02:03 PM ET | Comments (3)

Two New Economic Ads From Clinton

Hlilary Clinton is airing two new economic-themed messages in Super Tuesday states. "Freefall" makes dramatic use of a skydiver to show that only Hillary will help release the (economic) parachute. "Can Do" delivers similar themes directly from the senator. "We know you can't solve economic problems with political promises," Clinton...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | January 31, 2008; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (5)

McCain Produces 'A Tale of Two Mitts'

Just in time for the Florida primary, John McCain is out with a new Web ad casting light on Mitt Romney's change of positions through the years. The 60-second ad is an opposition researcher's dream come true: It combines statements made by Romney during his Senate and gubernatorial campaigns, with...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | January 29, 2008; 01:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Targeting Florida's Spanish-Speaking Vote

Rudy Giuliani -- "Un Plan" Mitt Romney -- "Mi Padre"...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | January 22, 2008; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Giuliani Attacks Romney; Romney Attacks McCain

Rudy Giuliani recently launched an ad attacking Mitt Romney in Florida and now Romney's out with one of his own. Yet rather than playing offense against Giuliani, his Sunshine state spot indirectly attacks a mutual Republican rival -- John McCain. In the spot called "Chairs," Romney begins with the statement...

 

By Washington Post editors | January 17, 2008; 01:34 PM ET | Comments (9)

Minnesota Democratic Senate Ads

Comedian-turned-Democratic candidate Al Franken starts airing new TV ads today in an effort to convince Minnesota voters that his senate campaign is no joke. The "Saturday Night Live" alum faces trial attorney Mike Ciresi in the Feb. 5 Democratic caucuses. The winner faces incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.). Franken's two...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | January 15, 2008; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (2)

Romney Ads Attack McCain, Huckabee

Mitt Romney is out with a new ad in New Hampshire attacking John McCain. As eerie, dissonant music sets the tone of the spot, an announcer asks whether McCain is "the right Republican" for the future. McCain, the announcer says, "opposes repeal of the death tax and voted against the...

 

By Washington Post editors | December 28, 2007; 05:05 PM ET | Comments (6)

McCain's Christmas Story

Let there be no doubt: There is a cross in John McCain's Christmas ad. (Some have suggested Mike Huckabee's holiday ad had a subtly placed cross in the background of his holiday message.) McCain's Christmas ad follows similar messages from several other candidates. McCain tells a story about spending Christmas...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 23, 2007; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (2)

New Ads From Clinton, Dodd, McCain

Clinton: You Need to Work for Change Hillary Clinton has earned praise for her statement at the Des Moines Register debate that "Everybody on this stage has an idea about how to get change. Some believe you get change by demanding it, some believe you get it by hoping for...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 20, 2007; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Holiday Ads From Candidates

Holiday ads from the presidential candidates continue to roll in. Ron Paul was first, then Mike Huckabee, and now Rudy Giuliani, Barack Obama, John Edwards, and Hillary Clinton are airing ones too. The former mayor co-stars with Santa Claus in his ad, which will air in New Hampshire. "There are...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 19, 2007; 04:16 PM ET | Comments (9)

New Ads From Clinton, Richardson, Romney

Another Clinton Register Endorsement Ad Hillary Clinton is airing another TV ad reminding Iowans that she earned the Des Moines Register's endorsement this past weekend. The ad cites the Register's comments that Clinton's "readiness to lead sets her apart," that she is "emerging as an effective legislator" who "possesses the...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 19, 2007; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (2)

Obama's 'Candor' in New Ad

Barack Obama lost the contest for the Des Moines Register endorsement to Hillary Clinton so his new ad quotes from a different section of the paper. "Candor" is a 30-second spot that cites the Register columnist David Yepsen who credits Obama for having "refreshing" candor and "scrupulous honesty." -- Ed...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 18, 2007; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (5)

Bipartisan Hillary

Hillary Clinton brags about getting the National Guard and Reserve health insurance by "reaching across the aisle" to work with the Republicans. It's about leadership and accomplishment, that's the message....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 18, 2007; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (3)

Romney Ad: 'Judgment'

Mike Huckabee's star is rising and Mitt Romney tries to dim it a bit in his latest TV spot. Message: Huckabee's soft on crime. Mitt's a hardass....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 18, 2007; 07:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton Ad: 'Great Things'

Here's the latest Iowa ad from the Hillary Clinton campaign, heralding the Des Moines Register's endorsement of Hillary for the January 3, 2008 caucus. Sound Bite: "Her readiness to lead sets her apart."...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 18, 2007; 07:50 AM ET | Comments (2)

Edwards Ad: 'Fight'

In this 30-second spot, John Edwards says "corporate greed" is "stealing our children's future." Sound Bite: "Saving the middle class is going to be an epic battle and that's a fight I was born for."...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 18, 2007; 07:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rudy and Ron Air New Ones

Giuliani Has 'Will' and Leadership in New N.H. Ad Rudy Giuliani is airing a new ad in New Hampshire that clearly states his immigration reform proposals. But the ad also provides several reminders of Giuliani's leadership experience: he says the word "leadership" twice, and it also flashes on screen a...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 14, 2007; 09:35 AM ET | Comments (6)

Clinton Ad Blitz Stars Mom Dorothy and Daughter Chelsea

Hillary Clinton's mother, Dorothy Rodham, and daughter Chelsea star in a new TV ad airing in Iowa. "Dorothy" is a 30-second spot that includes an on-screen reminder that Rodham now lives with her daughter at the senator's Washington, D.C. home. "What I would like people to know about Hillary is...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 13, 2007; 12:25 PM ET | Comments (3)

McCain, Giuliani Talk Fiscal Conservatism in Granite State Ads

McCain Touts Union-Leader Support John McCain highlights his "conservative plan to cut your taxes" in a new 30-second spot. He also mentions his recent endorsement from the Manchester Union-Leader. "One man has a plan to cut taxes for 25 million middle class families. Bold solutions to our toughest problems. A...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 12, 2007; 02:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

ONE Campaign Hits Airwaves

The ONE Campaign is spending $1.8 million on ad buys in Iowa, New Hampshire, and on national cable stations in an effort to get presidential candidates talking about poverty. The ad campaign starts today and continues through next Thursday. It will be the group's main ad buy of the primary...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 12, 2007; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Maya Angelou Calls Clinton 'My Girl' in S.C.; Biden and Paul Release New Ads

Clinton is Angelou's 'Girl' Hillary Clinton is airing a new radio ad in South Carolina starring poet and author Maya Angelou. "Let me tell you about my girl, Hillary Clinton," Angelou says in the ad. "As a child, Hillary Clinton was taught that all God's children are equal. So as...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 11, 2007; 03:58 PM ET | Comments (11)

Romney Attacks Huckabee; Dodd in Iowa; Edwards in S.C.

Mitt Romney is airing a new ad in Iowa attacking new frontrunner Mike Huckabee, as polls show the former Arkansas governor surging even farther ahead of the former Massachusetts governor. The 30-second spot, called "Choice: The Record," clearly states that the two candidates have several similarities: They're both former governors,...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 11, 2007; 08:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Two New Huckabee Spots Air in IA, NH, SC

This week Mike Huckabee starts airing two new ads in early decision states, as new polls show him surging even farther ahead in Iowa. "Secure Borders" will air in Iowa. The ad includes clips of Huckabee's Oct. 20 speech to the Values Voter Summit. The clips used suggest the ad...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 10, 2007; 09:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton, McCain, Obama, and Paul Release New Ads

Clinton's 'New Beginning' Hillary Clinton's new 60-second spot will air in New Hampshire. It tells viewers the nation needs a "new beginning" on health care, education, and foreign affairs. "It takes strength and experience to bring about change," Clinton says. "I have a very clear records of 35 years fighting...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 9, 2007; 09:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

AFSCME Takes to Airwaves for Clinton

Read the full analysis in The Fix The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees will unveil a flight of ads in Iowa today designed to promote the candidacy of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the leading edge of a seven-figure expenditure on behalf of the New York Senator by...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 6, 2007; 07:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wesley Clark On Air for Clinton

Retired general and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark appears in a new ad for Hillary Clinton "I see that Hillary's opponents have started attacking her. That's politics. What this country needs is leadership," Clark says. Clark adds: "I know she has what it takes to end the war in...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 5, 2007; 07:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Edwards Ad: No Difference Between 'Corporate Republicans' and 'Corporate Democrats'

The third ad released by John Edwards this week steps up his populist rhetoric, and hits both Republicans and fellow Democrats. "Rigged" is the fifth Edwards ad to air in New Hampshire since last summer. Another ad, "Together" is also airing statewide this week. "This system is corrupt. And it's...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 5, 2007; 02:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

New Giuliani Ad in N.H. Ratchets Up Security Message

GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani will begin airing a new television commercial Wednesday in New Hampshire featuring the release of the Iranian hostages in 1980 just as Ronald Reagan was being sworn into office. In the spot, called "One Hour," Giuliani argues that the best way to deal with tyrants...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 5, 2007; 09:06 AM ET | Comments (1)

Another Provocative Tancredo Ad

Tom Tancredo will air another TV ad in the Des Moines market. It's just as blunt and graphic as his previous ad. The ad starts with Tancredo once again stating he approves the message, "because someone needs to say it." "Mother killed. Children executed," the announcer says. "The tactics of...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 5, 2007; 08:56 AM ET | Comments (1)

Edwards: This Could Be First Generation to Fail

John Edwards is airing another direct-to-camera appeal in an ad called "Twenty Generations." "Twenty generations of Americans have left their children a better life. My dad worked in mills for 30 years to do it for us. Now corruption and corporate greed mean we could be the first generation to...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 4, 2007; 09:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Edwards Health Care Ad in New Hampshire

John Edwards is airing a new ad in New Hampshire about health care. "We don't have universal health care because of drug companies, and insurance companies, and their lobbyists in Washington, D.C." Edwards says. "What child in this country is not worthy of health care?" he asks as the ad...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 3, 2007; 09:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

New Giuliani Ad in New Hampshire

Rudy Giuliani is airing a new ad called "Promises" in New Hampshire. It's similar to his his previous messages. -- Ed O'Keefe...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 1, 2007; 11:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Romney Takes Charge in New Ad

Mitt Romney began airing this new ad in Iowa and New Hampshire today. "Take Charge" is a 30-second spot about what the former Massachusetts governor did, and would do about the immigration issue, if elected president. It's a stylistic departure from Romney's most recent ads: new music, new graphics, and...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 26, 2007; 05:40 PM ET | Comments (2)

New Ads: Romney, McCain, Edwards

In addition to Mike Huckabee's new ad out today, there are also new ones from John Edwards, John McCain, and Mitt Romney. Edwards 'Mess' in Iowa; Reminds Voters He Was Born in South Carolina The former North Carolina senator says his generation will leave things better for the next generation...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 26, 2007; 09:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Huckabee Asks Iowans to 'Believe'

Mike Huckabee is starting to spend his money -- and his political capital. In a strong, serious follow-up to his ad with actor and supporter Chuck Norris, Huckabee makes his sales pitch to Iowa Republicans seeking to support a conservative, Christian Republican candidate. "Faith doesn't just influence me, it really...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 25, 2007; 10:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giuliani Ad Shows Off the Shiny Big Apple

The newest campaign 2008 TV ad comes from Rudy Giuliani. "Challenges" is another reminder of Giuliani's New York turnaround narrative. The ad will air in the Boston and New Hampshire TV markets. "The world's seventeenth largest economy, swimming in red ink. Record crime. Runaway taxes. A million on welfare. That...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 21, 2007; 09:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

New Ones From Obama and Edwards

In addition to a new ad from Hillary Clinton out today, Barack Obama is airing a new ad in South Carolina called "Hope and Change." It uses the same music he used in a radio ad aimed at Black voters, and you'll notice the TV ad focuses on his work...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 20, 2007; 02:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton Ad Blasts Republican 'Attack Machine'

Hillary Clinton has released a new ad designed to remind Democrats that Republicans are the most fearful of her, and that she has the "strength and experience" necessary to be president. The ad is set to air in the New Hampshire and Boston TV markets, not in Iowa, where the...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 20, 2007; 09:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Talks Jobs in New Ad

Barack Obama has a new ad airing in Iowa about jobs. "You've got CEOs who are making more in ten minutes, than ordinary workers are making in a year," Obama says. "The middle class have been treading water or worse," he adds. The Obama campaign says that the senator's Middle...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 19, 2007; 02:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton, Rudy, Romney Release New Ads

Clinton Gets Assist From Constituent in New Ad Hillary Clinton is running a new 30-second spot starring Joe Ward, of Lisbon, N.Y. (which is in the Northern-most corner of New York State -- almost in Canada). Ward says in the ad that his son, Joel, needed a bone marrow transplant...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 19, 2007; 09:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Huckabee's First Ad is 'Chuck Norris Approved'

Mike Huckabee starts airing the first ad of his presidential campaign this week, and it co-stars one of his biggest (meanest?) supporters: Chuck Norris. The star of the TV's "Walker, Texas Ranger" and movie classics like "Top Dog," "The Delta Force," and "Slaughter in San Francisco," among others, recently announced...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 18, 2007; 10:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Ads of the Week

It's been a super-busy week for political ads on TV and online, so busy in fact that it's worth a quick review. After reading the recap, make sure to vote for your favorite ad of the week in the comments section below. MONDAY: McCain's 'Outrageous' Ad John McCain started airing...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 16, 2007; 03:12 PM ET | Comments (2)

Obama Discusses Father In New Ad

A new Barack Obama ad airing in New Hampshire draws out some personal comments about the senator's past. "Chances I Had" focuses on the senator's education policy proposals, but also manages to make mention of his childhood. "My parents weren't rich, my father left me when I was very young....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 16, 2007; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

Giuliani's First TV Ad

Rudy Giuliani has aired some radio ads in early decision states, but never a TV ad -- until now. "Tested" is a 60-second spot that starts airing in New Hampshire on Thursday. It's pure biography. "They used to call it unmanageable, ungovernable," Giuliani says of his hometown. "A large majority...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 14, 2007; 10:23 AM ET | Comments (11)

Edwards Is First Dem to Go on TV in S.C.

On the same day that his campaign started airing a new TV ad in Iowa, John Edwards becomes the first Democratic presidential contender to unveil a TV ad targeting South Carolina primary voters. And he takes full advantage of his home field advantage. "America's Jobs and America's Workers" is a...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 13, 2007; 10:18 PM ET | Comments (3)

Edwards Threatens to Strip Health Care Benefits From Members of Congress

John Edwards is airing a new ad in Iowa. In it he repeats the threat to use presidential powers to take away health care coverage from his cabinet and from Congress if they cannot provide universal health care coverage by July 2009. "There's no excuse for politicians in Washington having...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 13, 2007; 11:53 AM ET | Comments (6)

Is Tancredo Too 'Tough On Terror'?

Tom Tancredo starts a new TV ad in Iowa this week that is sure to raise eyebrows, and provoke conversations. "Tough on Terror" is Tancredo's attempt at the famous 'Daisy' ad, but will it have the same impact? Tancredo starts the ad by saying he approves the message, "because someone...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 13, 2007; 06:17 AM ET | Comments (37)

New McCain Ad: 'Outrageous'

The ad isn't outrageous, but the title is. The 30-second ad, "Outrageous," will air in New Hampshire and in the Boston media market, in order to reach Granite State residents who live in the southern reaches of the state. It ticks off a number of so-called "wasteful spending" projects, and...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 12, 2007; 02:39 PM ET | Comments (9)

Clinton Energy Ad, NH and Iowa Style

Television viewers in Iowa and New Hampshire today start seeing a new ad from Hillary Clinton that delivers the same message, tailored ever so slightly to each state. The 30-second spot called "Energy Independence" focuses on... you guessed it: her plan for American energy independence. In the New Hampshire ad,...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 12, 2007; 09:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Romney Ad: 'Change Immigration'

Television viewers in Iowa and New Hampshire will start seeing another Mitt Romney ad today. "Change Immigration" introduces voters to his immigration reform proposals, and is bound to continue conversation about the controversial wedge issue. Key soundbites: "As Governor, I authorized the state police to enforce immigration laws. I opposed...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 9, 2007; 11:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Democrats Target McConnell -- Again

Now that Kentucky's scandal-plagued Gov. Ernie Fletcher (R) has lost reelection to Steve Beshear (D), Democrats have wasted no time once again targeting their next Republican target in the Bluegrass State: Sen. Mitch McConnell. As The Fix has reported, "There are too many balls in the air in the state...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 8, 2007; 01:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Advertising In, Flying Across Iowa

Barack Obama is spending most of this week in Iowa, as reported by washingtonpost.com's award-winning Campaign Tracker. But as The Post's Dan Balz reports in sister blog The Trail, Obama's schedule "was not supposed to include a stop Tuesday night in the Des Moines airport." But, "sometimes even in...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 8, 2007; 11:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

McCain 'Guts'

John McCain is moving on from his recent Woodstock fix to remind voters he's against wasteful government spending. And where better to run such an ad than in New Hampshire, where pocketbook issues dominant political discourse. "Guts" is a 30-second spot. "All the candidates say they'll stop wasteful spending. One...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | October 31, 2007; 01:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

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...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | October 31, 2007; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ron Paul Hits the Air

Ron Paul is starting to spend his campaign money. Two new ads from the Texas Congressman are now airing in New Hampshire. The first ad is certainly not nearly as slickly produced as ads from other campaigns. It features supporters talking about why they are supporting the longshot Republican. "Look,...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | October 30, 2007; 11:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Richardson: I'm Not the Best Looking

Bill Richardson starts airing a new 60-second spot in Iowa today. "When I Began" is a direct appeal from the New Mexico governor to voters in which he admits he is not as polished as the other candidates. "I'm sure not the best looking, or the flashiest, but I know...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | October 30, 2007; 09:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hillary 'There For You'

Hours after Barack Obama released an ad focused on his Social Security proposals (complete with senior citizens in the audience), Hillary Clinton is out with a new ad reminding seniors in Iowa and New Hampshire that she's "been there for you all along." "These days it seems every candidate on...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | October 29, 2007; 05:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

McCain 'Tied Up' In New Hampshire

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Capitalizing on his great one-liner from last Sunday's GOP debate in Orlando, Fla., John McCain is now airing a 30-second TV ad here that takes a shot at Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton while touting McCain's record of military service and his experience as a...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | October 26, 2007; 04:49 PM ET | Comments (1)

Ad Watch: Dodd, Obama, And Romney

Obama's New Radio Ad Full Of... Manure Barack Obama starts airing a distinctly Iowa radio ad today in... Iowa. It stars Norma "Duffy" Lyon, the creator of the famed Iowa butter cow, which is displayed each year at the Iowa State Fair. "You know, you see a lot of...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | October 24, 2007; 11:08 AM ET | Comments (14)

Clinton Ad: 'Trapdoor'

In a new ad aimed at middle-class voters, Hillary Clinton says "we have to change course on the economy." (Translation: More government programs for y'all.) Sound Bite: "The Bush economy is like a trapdoor. Too many families are one pink slip, one missed mortgage payment, one medical diagnosis away...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | October 19, 2007; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Romney Ad: 'Our Home'

In this 30-second spot featuring clips of Mitt Romney playing with an army of kids, Ann Romney says Mitt is a good family man. (Take that Rudy.) Sound Bite: "Mitt says there's no work more important than what goes on within the four walls of the American home."...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | October 18, 2007; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Romney's 'Not Fair' Ad

Frequent readers of Channel '08 know that Mitt Romney is the political ad king. As The Post's Matthew Mosk and Sarah Cohen report today, "Romney had placed 10,893 television and radio ads through Oct. 10, according to Nielsen Co., and advertising accounted for almost a third of Romney's outlay over...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | October 16, 2007; 01:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Ad: 'Quiet'

In a new ad running in New Hampshire, Barack Obama says "we can't just tell people what they want to hear, we need to tell them what they need to hear." And what do we need to hear? America is addicted to foreign oil and the polar icecaps are...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | October 11, 2007; 01:28 PM ET | Comments (4)

Radio Rudy, Radio Romney in New Hampshire

As Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani's recent war of words continues to gain press attention, both candidates are now airing new radio ads in New Hampshire. Giuliani's new ad is called "Tested," and is a 60-second biography, explaining the former mayor's leadership skills. "I've been tested in a way that...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | October 5, 2007; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

New Clinton Health Care Ad

Just as President Bush vetoes the S-CHIP bill, Hillary Clinton starts airing a new ad in Iowa and New Hampshire about her health care proposals. The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that 66 percent of Democrats trust her most to handle the health care issue, compared with 15 percent...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | October 5, 2007; 02:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Red Meat Rudy

In Palm Springs, Rudy tells the National Federation of Republican Women how great women are, especially Republican women. Then he rips into the Democrats. Sound Bite: "To the Democrats, business is the enemy. They want to tax it. They want to regulate it. They want to shrink it." Sound...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | October 3, 2007; 03:19 PM ET | Comments (4)

The Other McCain Ad

PrezVid's Peter Hauck wrote about one of John McCain's new New Hampshire TV ads, but there's one more worth noting. "One Man" is a much more dramatic 60-second spot that uses footage of McCain being interrogated when he was a Vietnam POW. "One man sacrificed for his country. One man...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 28, 2007; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (1)

New McCain Ad: 'Live Free'

Sen. John McCain's got a new TV ad running in New Hampshire. Same old, same old: leadership, character, service, courage, experience, judgment. Sound Bite: "The character to put America's interests before his own. New Hampshire -- you know who he is."...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 27, 2007; 02:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Romney's Consistent Message on Iran

As an example of Mitt Romney's consistency on an issue, his campaign is airing a new radio ad demonstrating his continuing opposition to visits by Iranian leaders to the United States. The campaign reminds us that then-Gov. Romney opposed a 2006 visit by former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami to Harvard...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 24, 2007; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (12)

60 Seconds With Obama

If you're a believer in Barack Obama, then you'll love "Believe," the senator's latest TV ad going up in Iowa. Obama speaks directly into the camera for the duration of the 60-second message, asking viewers "to believe not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington. I'm...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 19, 2007; 05:28 PM ET | Comments (7)

New Ads From Romney

Mitt Romney's 13th TV ad is now airing in New Hampshire, and will start airing in Iowa later this week. The former governor asks frustrated Republicans to join his campaign so that the GOP will no longer have "ethical standards that are a punchline for Jay Leno." "When Republicans act...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 19, 2007; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (7)

Giuliani Hits MoveOn, MoveOn Whacks Back

The Ad War between Republicans and MoveOn.org continues today, with Rudy Giuliani airing a radio ad, stating the group is targeting him because he can beat next year's Democratic nominee. In response, MoveOn is taking its anti-Giuliani ad national. Let's review this Ad War so far: -- MoveOn runs a...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 18, 2007; 03:55 PM ET | Comments (47)

Hillary Clinton's New Health Care Ad

The day after rolling out her new health care plan, Hillary Clinton is out with a new ad in Iowa and New Hampshire, explaining the basics of her proposals, and suggesting she "changed our way of thinking" when introducing the concept of universal health care back in the 1990s. The...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 18, 2007; 11:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

McCain: No Surrender

Senator McCain says "the threat of radical Islamic extremisim" is the "transcendant challenge of our time" and that he's the best qualified candidate to meet that challenge. Sound Bite: "If we set a date for withdrawl and withdraw as the Democrats want us to do, you'll see chaos, genocide...

 

By washingtonpost.com Editors | September 11, 2007; 12:51 PM ET | Comments (4)

Ad Watch: Kids In Fatigues

Several anti- and pro-war ads are airing nationwide ahead of next week's Congressional hearings and debate on the future of the Iraq war. The pro-war Freedom's Watch group aired several of its ads during the Republican presidential debate Wednesday night on Fox News Channel, and they're also airing on other...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 7, 2007; 12:38 PM ET | Comments (8)

Ad Watch: Richardson's 'Change' AND 'Experience'

Just as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama begin running ads in Iowa and New Hampshire emphasizing their change potential, Bill Richardson "Offers" a new one emphasizing change and experience. The ad is called "Offers," and talks up the governor's foreign policy experience, including his work on the North Korean conflict,...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 7, 2007; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (4)

Ad Watch: Clinton's 'Change' And Obama's 'Change'

So you say you want a change? Then turn on the TV set in New Hampshire or Iowa today. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are both running ads with "change" as a theme. Sen. Clinton's ad, called "Ready for Change," features stock footage of supporters cheering her on as a...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 5, 2007; 02:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ad Watch: Romney's 'Energy'

Another new ad from Mitt Romney hits airwaves in New Hampshire and Iowa today. The latest version, called "Energy," is similar to an ad released last week, called "Leadership." Both "Energy" and "Leadership" will start airing in South Carolina in the next two weeks, according to the Romney campaign. The...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 5, 2007; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ad Watch: Fred Thompson's First

The first ad of the Fred Thompson for President campaign makes it TV debut tonight. It makes its online debut here. Play Video VIDEO | Fred Thompson TV Ad: 'Debate' The 30-second ad is set to run once tonight during the Republican presidential debate on Fox News Channel. An updated...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 5, 2007; 09:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ad Watch: Romney's 'Leadership' and Lakeside Jog

The 11th campaign ad of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign hits Iowa and New Hampshire airwaves today. A narrator plays up Romney's experience running the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, his corporate experience with Bain Capital, and his tenure as Massachusetts governor, all while we see Romney jogging around a lake...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 30, 2007; 11:12 AM ET | Comments (9)

YouTube Impacting (Local) New Hampshire Politics

The "YouTubization" of American politics has gone local, and it's doing so in New Hampshire of all places. As if the residents of Manchester, N.H. didn't have enough politicking to worry about already, a city mayoral candidate has attacked his opponent with an online video. New Hampshire's primary day is...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 23, 2007; 03:20 PM ET | Comments (16)

Ad Wars Heat Up Ahead of 'Surge' Report

Gen. David Petraeus is scheduled to begin testifying on Capitol Hill about the troop surge strategy on Sept. 11, exactly six years since the attacks in New York and Washington. Several anti- and pro-war- groups are spending money this month to mold public opinion ahead of Petraeus' comments, and the...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 22, 2007; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (153)

Ad Watch: Cardboard Cutouts Airing In Iowa

There are three new TV ads running in Iowa targeting the Democratic frontrunners -- Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, and Barack Obama -- on the issue of health care. The ads were paid for by the California Nurses Association, and Physicians for a National Health Program, two groups pushing for a...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 20, 2007; 12:43 PM ET | Comments (75)

Ad Watch: Anti-War Ads Target College Students

An anti-war campaign funded in part by MoveOn.org, labor unions and other liberal groups is set to begin running TV ads on Monday in four areas of the country. The ads criticize GOP members of Congress for supporting the Iraq war. Americans Against Escalation in Iraq (AAEI) will run the...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 17, 2007; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (4)

Ad Watch: Pro-War Ads Thank GOP Senators

A group called Vets for Freedom is buying ad time in 10 states to thank GOP senators supporting the president's Iraq war policies. The "Thank You" ads began running two weeks ago in Minnesota, singling out Sen. Norm Coleman for praise. The ads continued this week in Kentucky, Nebraska, Virginia...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 17, 2007; 03:03 PM ET | Comments (2)

Ad Watch: Romney Thanks Iowa

Mitt Romney is out with a new ad in Iowa, designed to thank the state's Republican voters for his victory at Saturday's Iowa straw poll. The ad uses video highlights of his straw poll speech, uses the same instrumental music heard in his other ads, and ends with a "Thank...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 15, 2007; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ad Watch: Two New Ones From Bill Richardson

Bill Richardson has two new TV ads that start airing in Iowa today. The first ad, called "Focused," is similar to the biographical ads produced in the past. It talks up New Mexico's economic rebound. "Candidates" continues the "Job Interview" ad series featuring some office workers shuffling through resumes of...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 15, 2007; 08:45 AM ET | Comments (1)

Ad Watch: Club For Growth's Anti-Huckabee Ad

Anyone watching TV in Iowa last week probably saw this ad several times. It's paid for by the Club for Growth and targets GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's tax policies -- a creative way of comparing the former Arkansas governor to one of his predecessors, Bill Clinton. Huckabee addressed the...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 14, 2007; 09:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ad Watch: Hillary Clinton's First TV Ad

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is out with her first TV ad of the presidential campaign cycle. It's called, "Invisibles" and is airing in Iowa. The 60-second spot says certain groups of Americans have been "invisible" to President Bush, but that these people would not be invisible under President Hillary Clinton....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 13, 2007; 01:03 PM ET | Comments (18)

Ad Watch: Obama's South Carolina Radio Ad

The Obama campaign is airing a new radio ad in South Carolina aimed at the state's African American voters. The 60-second ad, called, "It's Time," is set to smooth saxophone music, and plays up the senator's personal, and professional history. "Sen. Obama is looking forward to continuing his conversation with...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 25, 2007; 11:11 AM ET | Comments (10)

Ad Watch: Bill Richardson On Health Care For Vets

Bill Richardson has released a new ad, called "Heroes." It highlights the New Mexico governor's proposals to improve veterans' access to insurance and health care. It will air in Iowa and New Hampshire. The ad hits Iowa's airwaves as Richardson is scheduled to criss-cross the state today and tomorrow, according...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 24, 2007; 04:17 PM ET | Comments (1)

Ad Watch: Elizabeth Edwards

If you haven't watched the latest "PostTalk" interview with John Edwards, make sure to check it out. Chris Cillizza and Dan Balz quiz the former senator about his focus on poverty, the Iraq war, and his chances. It's worth your time. The PostTalk interview comes a day after Elizabeth Edwards'...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 18, 2007; 02:11 PM ET | Comments (1)

Ad Watch: Bill Richardson Airing a New One in Iowa

The campaign of Bill Richardson is on the up and up. The Fix wrote on Monday about the New Mexico governor's upward momentum, and some polling is putting Richardson ahead of John Edwards, suggesting he could soon be the number three candidate behind Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Camp Richardson...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 18, 2007; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ad Watch: Romney's 'Ocean'

The Romney campaign is out with its seventh campaign ad, called "Ocean." It's one minute worth of stock wave footage, and some kids running around a beach, while the former governor talks about cleaning up the country's culture. The ad will begin its run in New Hampshire, Iowa, and South...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 16, 2007; 03:42 PM ET | Comments (1)

Ad Watch: New Ad Targets Sen. McConnell on Iraq War

Starting today, folks in Lexington and Louisville, Ky. will start seeing a new TV ad, targeting Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ken.), the Senate Minority Leader. The ad calls out McConnell for his support of President Bush's Iraq strategy, and it comes a little more than a year before McConnell seeks reelection....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 13, 2007; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (3)

 

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