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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)

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)

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)

Bush Impersonator Targets GOP Candidates

Just in time for the July 4 holiday travel week, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has recruited a George W. Bush impersonator to criticize 13 Republican members of Congress about oil prices. The ad campaign comes as conservative group, Freedom's Watch, prepares to air ads targeting 16 Democrats on the...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | June 30, 2008; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Minnesota Green Screen Debate

The campaigns of Sen. Norm Coleman (R) and Al Franken (D) have launched an ad war that has morphed into an unusual argument about production techniques used in ads. The battle started last week when Coleman started airing "Got It," an ad that features the senator and his wife, Laurie,...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | June 23, 2008; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (6)

Minn. Senate Race: Franken, Coleman on TV

Incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman and challenger Al Franken (D) have taken the Minnesota Senate campaign to the state airwaves in recent days. Both Coleman and Franken have active YouTube channels, but Coleman has just unleashed his first TV ads of the cycle. Franken has a new ad on TV too,...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | June 19, 2008; 01:50 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)

Va. Senate: A Shorter Mark Warner Ad

Mark Warner, the all-but-certain next U.S. Senator from Virginia, started airing his first TV ad last week. He's now out with a 30-second version of the ad: While Warner remains focused on his Senate campaign, Barack Obama's vice presidential search team has mentioned the former Virginia governor as a potential...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | June 11, 2008; 10:58 AM 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 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)

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 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)

Senate Republican Web Video Skewers Kerry

The National Republican Senatorial Committee has produced one of the smartest, funniest political web videos we've seen yet. It references the Backstreet Boys, "Office Space," and mildly insults Britney Spears while claiming that April 14th is the ninth anniversary of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) "not doing his job." Kerry's expected...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | April 14, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

As Petraeus Testifies, RNC Slams Clinton & Obama

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

 

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

Congressional Republicans Attack With Video

The GOP's House and Senate campaign committees have posted several items in the past few days designed to sitr up support, and favorable news coverage. The NRCC has posted a video attacking Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) for voting for "faulty legislation that jeopardizes our terrorist surveillance program." Giffords faces Arizona...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | March 27, 2008; 04:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

Minnesota's Senate Race On Camera

Minnesota's senate race is expected to be an expensive and nasty affair, with popular, well-funded Republican incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman facing a well-funded Democrat in the form of former funnyman Al Franken. Both candidates spoke Wednesday in St. Paul, Minn., and their campaigns quickly posted video of the events on...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | March 27, 2008; 12:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Congressional Candidates, Generals Unite to Present Iraq Exit Plans

Retired military officers and at least 25 Democratic House and Senate candidates are joining forces to present what it calls "A Responsible Plan" to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq. The group will present the details of its plan on Thursday. It calls for the removal of all U.S. military forces...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | March 25, 2008; 02:39 PM ET | Comments (3)

Democrats Target McCain

Democrats have started attacking presumptive GOP nominee John McCain on several fronts this week. The most recent example is a new web video by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee that lumps McCain together with President George W. Bush, and vulnerable GOP senators, criticizing their continued support for the war in...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | February 20, 2008; 11:34 AM ET | Comments (6)

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)

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)

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)

Kerry Responds to Taser Incident

Cable news is all over the story of the Andrew Meyer, the 21-year-old University of Florida student tasered by university police, after he refused to stop questioning Sen. John Kerry about the 2004 presidential election. Video (like the one below) show officers pulling Meyer away from a microphone after he...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 18, 2007; 12:58 PM ET | Comments (392)

Reaction to Iraq Debate

Iraq dominated Washington's attention this week, with Congressional hearings, controversial newspaper ads, newspaper ads criticizing newspaper ads, and the president's primetime address to the nation. There's been plenty of reaction in the last 24 hours to the president's speech, and other Iraq-related events. The most high-profile response to the president's...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 14, 2007; 11:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

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)

Republicans Stepping Up Online Video Efforts

Things may be tough for Congressional Republicans these days, with on-again-off-again resignations, unexpected deaths, and poor fundraising totals. But the folks responsible for electing Republicans to the House and Senate are forging forward, and making more use of online videos. It's no secret that the GOP has lagged behind Democrats...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | September 7, 2007; 12:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Romney Camp Removes Craig YouTube Video

Today's news about Sen. Larry Craig's June arrest at an airport in Minnesota has prompted Mitt Romney's campaign to take down a YouTube video starring the senator, who has been a supporter of Romney. The Romney campaign named Craig a co-chair of the former governor's Idaho Leadership Team back in...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 27, 2007; 09:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wanted: A Catchy Bumper Sticker

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is out with a new Web ad asking supporters to help them come up with a catchy bumper sticker slogan. And while the spirit of this ad is great, they may also need some help with their acting skills. DSCC spokeswoman Hannah August says the...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 22, 2007; 04:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

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)

Franken's Take On Bush and Coleman

Few Senate races have the potential to attract as much attention next year as Minnesota's contest, especially if "SNL" alum Al Franken is the Democratic nominee. Incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman (R) is considered vulnerable, and as The Fix reported Friday, "Democrats will seek to make the race a referendum on...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 21, 2007; 11:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

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)

New Democratic Congressional Ad Campaign

As Congress heads off for its summer break, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is launching a month-long campaign touting Democratic successes and targeting President Bush and GOP members of Congress. The first ad highlights Democratic victories on the minimum wage, an increase in veterans' benefits and the passage of some...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 6, 2007; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

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)

Ads Target GOP Senators on Iraq

The presidency isn't the only thing up for grabs next year. Congress is in play too, of course. And as Chris Cillizza reports on The Fix, the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC), today begins airing ads targeting four vulnerable GOP senators: Sens. Mitch McConnell (Ky.), Susan Collins (Maine), John Sununu...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 10, 2007; 11:53 AM ET | Comments (4)

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)

Chairman YouTube

Our fellow washingtonpost.com blogger Mary Ann Akers, better known as The Sleuth, reports that Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) posted the first ever YouTube video from, as he put it, "the chairman's perspective." Markey chairs the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, so it's perhaps appropriate that...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 10, 2007; 01:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

PostTalk: McConnell Talks Politics

In part two of this week's "PostTalk," Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) discusses the chances of GOP presidential hopefuls, and Democratic Senate colleagues seeking the White House. Don't forget to read Dan Balz and Chris Cillizza's recap of their interview with Sen. McConnell here. Play Video VIDEO | PostTalk:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 10, 2007; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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