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Archive: Barack Obama

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)

Obama Releases 'Keating Economics' Documentary

The Obama campaign has released a 13 minute video called "Keating Economics: John McCain & The Making of a Financial Crisis." The video tells one version of the story of McCain's involvement in the "Keating Five" scandal and helps the Obama campaign make the argument that the Republican candidate...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | October 6, 2008; 12:13 PM ET | Comments (13)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Obama Paints McCain as a Man of the Past

By Howard Kurtz in The Trail: The Ad: 1982. John McCain goes to Washington. Things have changed in the last 26 years. But McCain hasn't. He admits he still doesn't know how to use a computer, can't send an e-mail. Still doesn't understand the economy. And favors $200 billion...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 12, 2008; 01:24 PM ET | Comments (1)

DNC's First General Election Ad to Air in Michigan

ST. PAUL -- The Democratic National Committee continues its "Bush and McCain More of the Same" arguments today in its first television commercial of the general election campaign. The 30-second spot, called "More," will air in Michigan starting today. The ad features footage of both President Bush and John...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 4, 2008; 05:33 PM ET | Comments (10)

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)

Rain Dance

Some guy from Focus Action, the political arm of Focus on the Family (James C. Dobson's organization) does Old Testament shtick, asking folks to "pray for rain" during Barack Obama's acceptance speech on August 28 at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Why? Because "I'm still pro-life" and "I'm...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 13, 2008; 09:28 AM ET | Comments (6)

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)

What Obama-Kaine Might Look Like

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By Ed O'Keefe | July 29, 2008; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (7)

Another Obama Ad on National Security

The latest in a series of television commercials touting Barack Obama's national security proposals starts airing Thursday on national cable channels. Here's the full script: Forty years ago it was missile silos and the Cold War. Today, it's cyber attacks, loose nukes, oil money funding terrorism. Barack Obama understands...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 16, 2008; 02:52 PM ET | Comments (3)

Obama Touts Work Securing Loose Nukes in New Ad

By Ed O'Keefe in The Trail: As Barack Obama gives what his campaign is billing as a "major address" on national security, he will start airing a new ad that promotes his efforts to secure nuclear weapons around the world. Calling it "the single most important national security threat that...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 15, 2008; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

Obama Strategy Update

Barack Obama campaign manager David Plouffe speaks with supporters with a direct-to-YouTube update on the state of the campaign's finances and grassroots efforts: Plouffe notes the big cash raised by John McCain and the RNC, and encourages supporters to donate what they can to fight what he calls "untrue negative...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 15, 2008; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

New RNC Video Highlights Obama's Iraq Shift

Asked by a voter today in Georgia if he has shifted his opinions on Iraq, guns and the death penalty, Barack Obama suggested "The people who say this haven't apparently been listening to me." "You're not going to agree with me on 100 percent of what I think, but don't...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 8, 2008; 07:48 PM ET | Comments (4)

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)

The Evolution of a Message

The Republican National Committee has started airing a new ad critical of Barack Obama's energy proposals, or, as they see it, lack of such proposals. The 30-second message "Balance" will air in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Ohio. (Read more about the message in The Fix.) It introduces McCain's policies...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 6, 2008; 09:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

New RNC Ads Go After Obama on Energy

By Chris Cillizza in The Fix: The Republican National Committee last night began running ads questioning Barack Obama's commitment to energy reform, the first major ad buy by either party in the presidential race. "Record gas prices, a climate in crisis," says the ad's narrator. "John McCain says solve it...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 6, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Black Conservative Group Rips Obama in New Radio Ads

By Darryl Fears in The Trail: From the black conservatives who brought you radio ads two years ago claiming that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican come the new summer blockbusters: ads calling Sen. Barack Obama a racist and an elitist. King, of course, was an independent,...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 2, 2008; 05:32 PM ET | Comments (7)

Civics Lesson

If you have a half-hour to spare, here's Barack Obama's speech on patriotism. Sound bite: "And yet at certain times over the last 16 months I have found for the first time my patriotism challenged at times as a result of my own carelessless more often as the result...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 1, 2008; 09:47 AM 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)

Gordon Smith Suggests Obama Supports Him

Oregon Democrats have no fear: Barack Obama supports your candidate for U.S. Senate, even if incumbent Sen. Gordon Smith's latest ad leads viewers to think otherwise: "Who says Gordon Smith helped lead the fight for better gas mileage and a cleaner environment? Barack Obama!" the ad's announcer declares. "Truth" is...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | June 24, 2008; 08:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

McCain Ad Attacks Obama's Funding Decision

John McCain has released the first attack ad of the general election cycle, a Web-only video critical of Barack Obama's decision to forego public financing. "Words" features clips of Obama's past statements about public financing, and quotes from several critical newspaper editorials critical of his decision. The video ends with,...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | June 24, 2008; 12:14 PM ET | Comments (11)

Not as if He Needs The Money

So here's a "behind-the-scenes look" at (read: commercial for) an Obama poster, ending with a link to the Obama store, where it's for sale at $70. Title of the video: Artists for Obama. Next: T-shirt sweat shops for Obama?...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | June 23, 2008; 03:09 PM ET | Comments (1)

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)

Obama Announces Financing Decision On Video

Barack Obama announced his decision to forgo public financing of his presidential campaign in a video e-mailed to supporters this morning: Here's the full script of the video: Hi, this is Barack Obama. I have an important announcement and I wanted all of you - the people who built this...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | June 19, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Michigan Republicans Blast Barack

The Michigan Republican Party on Monday posted a YouTube video asking Barack Obama "Why did you boycott Michigan for so long? They also charge that "You stiffed our voters" and "You insulted our way of life" (replaying the "bitter" Americans audio bite). What? None of Reverend Wright's greatest hits?...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | June 17, 2008; 01:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

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; 02:42 PM ET | Comments (6)

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; 09:28 AM ET | Comments (41)

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)

Will the Real Rev. Pfleger Please Stand Up?

It wasn't long ago that the Rev. Michael L. Pfleger of Chicago was preaching the virtues of racial harmony and the need for society to address racism in a direct manner. Here's what the Chicago-area Catholic priest told The Post's Hamil Harris in late April, following the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 30, 2008; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (11)

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)

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)

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)

And Now, a Live Parrot for Obama

By Garance Franke-Ruta in The Trail: It's another morning (afternoon?) after, and as the superdelegates continue their steady march toward Barack Obama, online, a video that combines virtually every element necessary to create a YouTube hit is starting to go viral around the web. It's no "An Engineers Guide to...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 21, 2008; 01:54 PM ET | Comments (8)

GOP Slams Obama on Guns, Obama Counterpunches

As John McCain addressed the National Rifle Association on Friday, the Republican National Committee released a Web-only video critical of Barack Obama's record on guns. The video says in part that: In 2004, he voted against legislation drafted to protect homeowners from prosecution in cases where they used a firearm...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 18, 2008; 03:57 PM ET | Comments (11)

Fair to Compare?

We wrote a post yesterday about Sen. Barack Obama's speech to the Detroit Economic Club in May 2007. It caused quite a furor. Many of you contend the auto industry folks in attendance actually responded very cooly to Obama's call for higher fuel efficiency. However, as far as we can...

 

By washingtonpost.com | May 16, 2008; 12:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Thoroughly Modern Superdelegates

Lauren Wolfe and Awais Khaleel are not only the President and Vice President of the College Democrats of America but they're also superdelegates. And today they effusively endorsed Barack Obama. On YouTube. Of course....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 15, 2008; 01:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

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)

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)

Obama's Top Ten List

Barack Obama took his message to The Late Show with David Letterman last night. Here are the "Top Ten Surprising Things About Barack Obama": (The Obama campaign posted the clip on YouTube.) In the same spirit, the Republican National Committee has released its "Top Ten Reasons Barack Obama Isn't Ready...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 2, 2008; 09:05 AM ET | Comments (4)

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)

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)

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)

Religious Leaders React to Rev. Wright

Following Rev. Jeremiah Wright's speech at the National Press Club on Monday, The Post's Hamil Harris spoke with several religious leaders who were in attendance: "It took this outpouring of slanting, of stereotyping by soundbites to get the press involved and they have heard things that they have never heard...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | April 29, 2008; 01:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inside Obama's War Room

KatieCouric launched a new reporting project Thursday night about the campaign staffs of Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Barack Obama. She started by profiling Obama's staff, and visiting his Chicago campaign headquarters. For those that follow campaign politics closely, the piece puts faces to the names of frequently quoted people:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | April 25, 2008; 02:05 PM ET | Comments (23)

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)

Obama Comments an Issue in Pa. House Race

By Paul Kane of The Trail: PHILADELPHIA -- In a sign of the fall campaign the GOP hopes to run against Democrats, a Republican candidate today unveiled a web advertisement linking a House freshman to Sen. Barack Obama's comment that many small town Americans "cling" to gun rights and religion....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | April 21, 2008; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (2)

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)

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)

New Obama Ad Stars Pennsylvania Senator

The Pennsylvania ad wars continue today with a new Barack Obama message starring Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.) "It Won't" carries an economic message, just days after Obama's "bitter" comments. Speaking from Scranton, Pa., Casey says: "In towns like yours and mine, families are struggling with bills they can't afford and...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | April 14, 2008; 09:14 AM ET | Comments (3)

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)

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)

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; 06:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton Fact-Checks Obama

Just as the Obama campaign is circulating a video fact check of Hillary Clinton, the Clinton campaign has produced a similar video critical of Barack Obama's plans to withdraw U.S. service members from Iraq. The video combines Obama's statements about troop withdrawals with the comments of his former foreign policy...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | March 24, 2008; 03:54 PM ET | Comments (14)

Obama Reaches Out to Republicans and Independents in PA

Barack Obama aired three TV ads in Pennsylvania this weekend, ahead of the state's Monday voter registration deadline. The ads aim to convince younger Democrats, Republicans and independents to register to vote in the Democrats-only primary on April 22nd. "Carry" has aired in other states, and it highlights Obama's bipartisan...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | March 23, 2008; 08:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama On The Air in Pennsylvania

Barack Obama is airing two radio ads in different parts of Pennsylvania, hoping to convince college students, Republicans, and independent voters to register ahead of the state's March 24 voter registration deadline. The first ad is aimed at college students: > The second ad is aimed at Republicans and independents:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | March 19, 2008; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (45)

The NEW Pastor at Obama's Church

Several news organizations are reporting on the racially-charged words of Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright, the founder and retired pastor of Barack Obama's Chicago church, Trinity United Church of Christ. Otis Moss III, 37, is Wright's hand-picked successor at Trinity. He's the son of Otis Moss Jr., who preached with Dr....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | March 14, 2008; 04:01 PM ET | Comments (204)

Your Obama Ad, Oliver Stone Approved

Moveon.org is asking members to submit a 30-second ad for the Sen. Barack Obama. Best of all, the group has recruited academics, activists, authors, and celebrities to pick the winner. Oliver Stone, Moby, Jesse Jackson, Ben Afleck, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Lessig are just some of the folks that will pick...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | March 13, 2008; 01:50 PM ET | Comments (20)

The Commander-in-Chief Threshold

Flanked by retired military heavyweights, Barack Obama explains why he is the most qualified candidate to be commander-in-chief. Sound Bite: "The real commander-in-chief threshold doesn't have to do with years tallied up in Washington. It has to do with the judgment and vision that you will bring to the...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | March 13, 2008; 11:02 AM ET | Comments (2)

Obama's Closing Statement to Texas

"Leader" is Barack Obama's two-minute closing statement to Texas voters, airing statewide tonight: In lieu of such an ad, Hillary Clinton will host a "Texas-Sized Town Hall" tonight at 6:30 CT on Fox Sports Southwest, and at HillaryClinton.com....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | March 3, 2008; 06:15 PM 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)

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)

Obama Gets Specific

Barack Obama's campaign has released a new Web video reminding voters that he's got specifics to back up his rhetoric. It's a response to charges that he gives an "eloquent but empty call for change," as stated by John McCain Tuesday night, and hits back at accusations made by Hillary...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | February 20, 2008; 05:50 PM ET | Comments (8)

Obama and Clinton: Copycats?

Several news organizations report today that Barack Obama used elements of a 2006 speech by then-gubernatorial candidate Deval Patrick (D) in an address to Wisconsin Democrats on Saturday night. Here's a YouTube example produced by user chrisoh7: "Sen. Obama is running on the strength of his rhetoric, and the strength...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | February 18, 2008; 12:33 PM ET | Comments (168)

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)

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)

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)

They Like Him, They Really Like Him

There are lots of cheering crowds on Obama YouTube videos, but this one has an Oprah-sized throng. It's a clever use of YouTube to make it look as if he has the mo'....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 18, 2007; 07:48 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)

Candidates Show Voters How to Caucus

It's no secret that the caucus process can be confusing. In an effort to help potential participants in Iowa and Nevada, the Democratic frontrunners have produced creative "how-to" videos to explain the process. Hillary Clinton's video -- "Caucusing is Easy" -- debuted two weeks ago. Husband Bill exercises and eats...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 4, 2007; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (3)

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)

Using YouTube to Make a Point

We've noticed a great example of how some campaigns use YouTube to edit pre-existing video journalism to make a point. Following last week's Democratic debate in Las Vegas, CBS News White House correspondent Jim Axelrod fact-checked statements that Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, and Barack Obama made during the two-hour tussle....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 19, 2007; 05:48 PM 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)

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)

Googling Obama

Sen. Barack Obama makes the obligatory pilgrimage to Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA. After a short address, he sits for an extrended Q&A. Sound Bite: "I will appoint the nation's first chief technology officer to coordinate and make certain that we are always at the forefront of technology...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 15, 2007; 10:38 AM 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)

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)

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)

Obama Match Game

Sen. Barack Obama mixes social networking with fundraising in his latest appeal for money. You send in a check, then you get a message from another donor -- with whom you presumably talk about Barack and change and hope. Sound Bite: "No matter how much you choose to give,...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 25, 2007; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

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)

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)

Labor Day Highlights

Various presidential campaigns have posted, and will be posting Labor Day campaign highlights online today. As The Post's political team reports today Clinton, Edwards, Obama, McCain, and Romney marched in parades, picked up key endorsements, and shook hundreds of hands. Barack Obama spoke to a large crowd in Manchester, N.H....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 4, 2007; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama on the Daily Show: "You Rock, Barack!"

Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama appeared on Jon Stewart's The Daily Show Wednesday night. Here are some highlights. [Watch the full two-part interview below.] * As the interview begins the candidate is greeted by members of the audience yelling "You Rock, Barack!" * Stewart giving advice on how Obama can...

 

By washingtonpost.com Editors | August 23, 2007; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (7)

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)

Obama Girl Part III: The Attack Ad

The "Obama Girl" is back -- this time as the target of an "attack ad." The ad raises questions about Obama Girl's spending habits, her political preferences, her social standing, and -- a warning for the faint of heart -- the fact that she appears in lingerie and bikinis. Oh,...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 8, 2007; 04:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

An Obama Birthday Boo Boo

It may change by the time you watch this, but the Obama campaign has put up a new video, showing the senator spending his "birthday" with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Obama's birthday is Aug. 4 (you'd know this if you read his washingtonpost.com candidate profile page). The video however...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 7, 2007; 01:29 PM ET | Comments (9)

Ad Watch: Obama's "Take It Back"

The Obama camp is out with a new ad, touting the senator's financial independence from political lobbyists and PACs. (It follows last week's mysterious YouTube ad suggesting Obama has taken money from lobbyists.) "Take it Back" is a 30-second spot, using clips of Obama's formal announcement speech from last February....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 1, 2007; 12:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

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)

Edwards Debate Video Leading The Pack

As of 4 p.m. ET Tuesday, it looks like John Edwards' "Hair" video submission for Monday night's debate is proving most popular on YouTube. The video is set to the song "Hair" and plays off the recent back and forth about the cost of Edwards' grooming, a subject his campaign...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 24, 2007; 04:28 PM ET | Comments (2)

D.C. Mayor Fenty Endorses Obama

Washington, D.C. mayor Adrian Fenty endorsed Barack Obama Tuesday, primarily because the Illinois senator supports congressional voting rights for the District. Washingtonpost.com's Alexander Trowbridge attended the endorsement ceremony, on a hot day in the nation's capital. Check out his fine work below: Play Video VIDEO | Fenty Endorses Obama...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 18, 2007; 11:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Girl vs. Giuliani Girl

The headline is no joke: The Obama Girl creators have produced a follow-up to the YouTube mega-hit, starring the Obama girl, and a new character, named Giuliani Girl. Two scantily clad ladies, and their equally attired friends have a dance- and sing- off on the streets of New York (reminiscent...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 16, 2007; 09:34 AM ET | Comments (3)

PostTalk: Sen. Richard Durbin

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) spoke with washingtonpost.com's Chris Cillizza and The Washington Post's Shailagh Murray about the Senate's Iraq war debate, and his support of Sen. Barack Obama (D)....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 10, 2007; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Candidates React to Scooter's Commutation

Candidates used the web to react to the Scooter Libby pardon. Joe Biden on his web site urges voters to call the White House in protest. Take that, operators! Barack Obama put a statement up on the campaign blog; ditto Chris Dodd. Hillary Clinton's campaign put up video of...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 3, 2007; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama's New Iowa TV Ads

Over at The Fix, Chris Cillizza reports on Barack Obama's first ad buys in the Hawkeye State. As Chris writes, "Both of the ads -- a 30-second and a 60-second spot -- are biographical (watch them both below). They begin in black and white with the words "The Obama Story"...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | June 26, 2007; 09:02 AM ET | Comments (12)

Meet an Obama Volunteer

Just days before the second quarter fundraising deadline, Obama's campaign profiles one volunteer, and donor, getting a more substantial view of a supporter than all those why-I-love-him videos. Smart. -- Ed O'Keefe & Jeff Jarvis...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | June 25, 2007; 11:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Crush ... With Eyeliner

We thought the song of the summer was Rihanna's inspired and inescapable "Um-brel-la, ella, ella, eh, eh, eh ..." Boy were we wrong. It seems that "I Got a Crush ... on Obama," a music video posted on YouTube yesterday by "barelypolitical," a.k.a. Obama Girl, should easily take the cake...

 

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 14, 2007; 09:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Walking With Obama

The Obama campaign clearly made an investment in having lots of video cameras out on their "walk for change" canvassing day. This compilation is just slick enough -- good sound, good editing -- and just rough enough -- it looks more casual, more authentic....

 

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 14, 2007; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dinner With Obama

Barack Obama will pick four donors at random and invite them to dinner with the candidate -- his treat, no mention of the menu. He says its their effort to keep the campaign building from the grassroots. It's also a good excuse to get publicity and skip the rubber...

 

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 13, 2007; 09:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Family Tours Northern New Hampshire

washingtonpost.com videographer John Poole followed Barack and Michelle Obama along with their daughters Sasha, 5, and Malia, 8, as the candidate made campaign stops across northern N.H. over the Memorial Day weekend. Play Video VIDEO | Obamas Tour Northern N.H....

 

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 29, 2007; 04:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Gets Real

We've been critical of Barack Obama (D) for saying little in his videos, handing over the stage to his cheering audience. This one is a step in the right direction. At a town hall in New Hampshire, he answers a simple question -- his first three priorities in office...

 

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 22, 2007; 08:12 AM ET | Comments (1)

It's Obama's Fault

The Chasers War on Everything -- a hilarious Australian fake news show (which, by the way, you can get via a YouTube podcast subscription) -- takes to the streets to America to ask us who we think is behind this darned war. The answer? Barack Obama....

 

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 11, 2007; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama on Energy

In Sen. Barack Obama's recent address to the Detroit Economic Club, he says a "clean secure energy future" is the country's "next great task." And "if we're going to make significant progress, we're going to have to start with our cars."...

 

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 10, 2007; 04:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama: 16 Votes and What Do You Get?

You get an override of President Bush's veto of the Iraq funding/troop withdrawl timetable bill, said Sen. Barack Obama in a speech at the National Conference of Black Mayor's Annual Convention in Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday. Obama said he will pressure Congress to continue sending bills to President...

 

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 8, 2007; 02:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Running for First Lady

In this clip from the Obama campaign, the very personable Michelle Obama talks about how she met Barack, what a funny and special guy he is, how they both grew up in "teeny little apartments," how they share "good old midwestern values," how their two children keep them "grounded...

 

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 3, 2007; 01:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Asks Dean to Drop Restrictions on Debates

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is joining with top bloggers and technology leaders in asking the Democratic National Committee to make all video of Democratic presidential debates available for free after they air. In a letter sent to DNC chairman Howard Dean earlier today, Obama suggests debate video should be placed...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 3, 2007; 01:02 PM ET | Comments (1)

 

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