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Archive: John McCain

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

McCain Ad Suggests Obama is 'The Biggest Celebrity in The World'

If you have trouble seeing the above video, please click here. The first "Obama in Berlin" ad has surfaced, but it's not from the Obama campaign. "Celeb" is a 30-second spot that compares Barack Obama's global appeal to the star-wattage of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. Here's the script:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 30, 2008; 03:45 PM ET | Comments (29)

A New McCain Energy Ad

If you have trouble seeing the above video, please click here. Keeping his energy focused on domestic issues this week, John McCain's campaign has released a new TV ad about ... energy. The ad begins with a faint chant, and an announcer that says: "Gas prices four dollars, five...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 21, 2008; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (152)

Another MoveOn Anti-McCain Ad

MoveOn.org has produced a new ad using recent comments by Iraq's prime minister to make its case that John McCain is wrong about the Iraq war. "Timeline" is a 30-second spot that picks up on Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki's recent statements that he wants a withdrawal timetable for...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 16, 2008; 03:24 PM ET | Comments (133)

New McCain Immigration Ad Cites Latino Military Service

John McCain's newest ad attempts to humanize the nation's immigration debate by citing the military service and sacrifice of Latino veterans. It's a reminder to viewers that McCain once led immigration reform efforts, which died in Congress but proved popular with Latinos. "God's Children" is a 60-second message that...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 11, 2008; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

New Democratic Video Calls Out McCain on Iraq

Web-only videos produced by campaigns and other political groups probably earn more media attention than they deserve, since they're not widely watched. But they often are a preview of how that candidate or group will advertise more widely. One day after the GOP released a video questioning Barack Obama's stance...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 9, 2008; 03:40 PM ET | Comments (9)

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)

Democrats Target McCain Ahead of Economic Swing

The Democratic Party has released another version of its "McCain is like Bush" clip jobs, this one focused on John McCain's economic proposals: Democrats have seized on a Wall Street Journal report that McCain "will repackage proposals he has already outlined -- ones the campaign fears nobody heard." In response...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 6, 2008; 09:23 PM 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)

McCain Promotes Trade as Solution to Stalled Economy

As John McCain travels to Colombia, his campaign has released a Web-only ad that highlights the candidate's support of the Colombia Free Trade Deal. Efforts to pass the agreement have stalled in Congress. McCain says: "To fuel our economy, we must create more jobs for Americans, and for our neighbors...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 2, 2008; 05:27 PM ET | Comments (10)

Another McCain Energy Ad

John McCain's latest TV ad once again highlights his energy proposals, and features yet another new campaign slogan. "Purpose" will be cycled into the campaign's current ad buys on national cable stations, and in Nevada, New Hampshire, Colorado, Missouri, New Mexico, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Iowa, according to...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | June 27, 2008; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton Made Comments Similar to Charlie Black's

John McCain's top adviser Charlie Black is not the first or the only political veteran to suggest that another major terrorist attack would be a political benefit to the Republican Party. Last summer it was Hillary Clinton who made a similar remark during a town hall meeting in Concord, N.H....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | June 24, 2008; 03:13 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)

McCain Web Ad: 'Energy Security'

John McCain says that as president he's going "break with the energy policies" of the past and "achieve energy security for America." How? He rounds up the usual suspects: wind, solar, biofuel, clean coal, nuclear and, oh yeah, drilling for more of that stuff that's going for $138 a...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | June 23, 2008; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Pimping The 'Straight Talk Express'

John McCain has several "Straight Talk Express" buses, the first of which was purchased on eBay in Aug. 2007. Learn this and several other details in a "McCain Cribs Exclusive" video: The video, complete with cheesy a rock-and-roll music track, is hosted by Davis White, the McCain director of advance,...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | June 19, 2008; 09:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

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)

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's Election Strategy, YouTubed

So do you want to know all about John McCain's general election strategy and have 14 minutes to spare? You're in luck: The "McCain 2008 Strategy Briefing" is voiced by campaign manager Rick Davis, who admits the political environment is "among the worst for in modern history for Republicans." Highlights...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | June 9, 2008; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Democrats Target 'McCain's Lobbyist Friends'

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

 

By Ed O'Keefe | June 6, 2008; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

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

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

 

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

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)

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)

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)

McCain Jokes About, Advertises Democratic Fight

John McCain joked about the Democratic nomination fight on "Saturday Night Live." "Democrats, I have to urge you not, under any circumstances, pick a candidate too soon," McCain said. "Fight amongst yourselves." McCain added: "I'd urge Democrats not to get caught up in the idea that the candidate has to...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 18, 2008; 04:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

MoveOn Fires Straight Talk at McCain Campaign

MoveOn.org is calling on John McCain to fire one of his top aides, amid reports he's re-vetting his entire campaign staff for ties to lobbying. As first reported by The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder, the campaign is asking staffers to complete a questionnaire that asks if the person has ever been...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 16, 2008; 01:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

New McCain Web Ad Predicts Rosy Future

John McCain has released a new, Web-only ad that suggests that a McCain administration will have accomplished almost everything on the candidate's "to do" list by 2013. While much of the coverage today is about McCain's pledge that he will bring most American troops home from Iraq by 2013 if...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 15, 2008; 03:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

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)

New Group Criticizes McCain

Progressive Media USA (PMUSA), a new group fronted by former conservative David Brock, has launched an anti-John McCain site called McCainSource.com. McCainSource features online-only productions, such as this video marking the fifth annivesary since President Bush's "Mission Accomplished" speech: The site also mixes humor with criticism. "Pop Up Double Talk,"...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 2, 2008; 07:43 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)

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)

DNC Releases Second Anti-McCain Ad

The Democratic National Committee has released a second ad criticizing John McCain, this one focused on his comments about the Iraq war. (The first message focused on McCain's comments about the economy.) This ad uses only parts of the infamous Q&A session that McCain held with voters in January (courtesy...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | April 27, 2008; 02:45 PM ET | Comments (1)

McCain Airing New Ad in Pennsylvania

With one week until the Pennsylvania primary, John McCain doesn't want the two Democratic candidates getting all the attention. His new ad, "Ignite," strikes a bipartisan tone, saying that McCain will do what he can to fix the nation's economy. The script: "As President, John McCain will take the best...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | April 15, 2008; 08:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

McCain Says Play Nice With New Videos

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

 

By Ed O'Keefe | April 11, 2008; 04:28 PM ET | Comments (1)

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)

McCain Comments On Iraq and His 'Girls'

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

 

By Ed O'Keefe | April 9, 2008; 03:05 PM ET | Comments (3)

McCain's High School Days Ad

Sen. John McCain's campaign has launched a new TV spot, "American Hero." The ad highlights lessons of honor and integrity McCains said were passed down to him from his high school English teacher and football coach, William Ravenel -- the "hero" referenced in the ad's title. After an intro that...

 

By Washington Post editors | April 1, 2008; 01:37 PM ET | Comments (32)

It's Raining McCain!

A friend sends along this musical tribute to the candidate. One word: Ouch!...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | March 24, 2008; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Democrats Tie McCain to Bush (Again)

On the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq, Democrats are once again tying the words and actions of John McCain to President Bush: "Lockstep" is a 1-minute review of McCain's statements in the past seven years, and how they mirror those of Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld. Here's...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | March 19, 2008; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (10)

Video Marks McCain's POW Anniversary

John McCain's campaign has produced a video marking the 35th anniversary of his March 15, 1973 release and return home from North Vietnam, where he was held as a prisoner of war for six years. The video stars fellow POWs Orson Swindle, and Paul Galanti, and McCain's mother, Roberta McCain....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | March 14, 2008; 02:01 PM ET | Comments (3)

McCain and Grizzly Bears

The Post's Joel Achenbach reports today on a key element of John McCain's stump speech -- a $3 million study of grizzly bear DNA. "I don't know if it was a paternity issue or criminal," McCain jokes, "but it was a waste of money." The study featured prominently in a...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | March 10, 2008; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Man in the Arena

The Post's Michael D. Shear reports today that John McCain's aides are "determined to start crafting McCain's public image. They released a two-minute, online ad Friday called 'Man in the Arena,' which compares McCain to former British prime minister Winston Churchill and former president Theodore Roosevelt, focusing on McCain's military...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | March 9, 2008; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (4)

Democratic Group Launches Anti-McCain Ad

From our brother blog, The Trail, by Matthew Mosk: A Democratic group launched a massive new independently-financed ad campaign attacking John McCain today, launching the first assault on the Republican nominee in the absence of a Democratic candidate. The $1.1 million commercial, sponsored by a California-based group called Campaign to...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | March 5, 2008; 12:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

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)

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)

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)

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)

The PowerPoint Presidency

A John McCain strategist, campaign manager Rick Davis, shares a PowerPoint presentation pushing the McCain early-state strategy. It's actually sort of fascinating: spin, to be sure, but also an inside look into the thinking of a campaign. And that hinges on a win in New Hampshire leading to a...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 10, 2007; 12:00 PM 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)

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 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)

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)

Ad Watch: McCain On Woodstock (Again), Giuliani Takes 'Chances', Obama On Social Security

McCain And Woodstock, Take Two John McCain is airing another ad in New Hampshire criticizing Hillary Clinton for her efforts to secure $1 million in federal funding for the Museum at Bethel Woods, focused on the 1969 Woodstock music festival. "[The museum is] the farthest thing from a hippie museum...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | October 29, 2007; 11:36 AM ET | Comments (21)

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)

Endorsement Videos

The Romney campaign posts this video from 2002 of John McCain endorsing Mitt's bid for Massachusetts governor. Silly, but at least it's better than another clip about the line item veto. Former Wisonsin Governor and presidential candidate Tommy Thompson throws his support to Rudy Giuliani. Sound Bite: "I want...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | October 15, 2007; 11:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

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)

McCain: MoveOn Should Be Thrown Out of the Country

At a campaign event in Hudson, N.H., Thursday night, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) responded to MoveOn.org's "General Betray Us" ad by saying the liberal activist group should be "thrown out of the country." [See video of McCain's comments below] McCain's fellow presidential candidate, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani,...

 

By washingtonpost.com Editors | September 14, 2007; 06:37 PM ET | Comments (67)

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)

McCain Back On The Stump

John McCain relaunches his campaign with this 12-minute bio clip that focuses on his military service and experiences as a POW. His story remains heroic and compelling, of course, but it's hard to jumpstart a campign once it stalls....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 30, 2007; 11:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Invisible McCain

As his campaign staff regroups, Sen. John McCain has been keeping a relatively low profile. So low, in fact, that he doesn't even appear in his latest video. Instead, former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer delivers some classic campaign corn pone while introducing the candidate at a recent Iowa town...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 7, 2007; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

One Toke Over the Line

When asked about rumors that he's considering dropping out of the race, Senator McCain doesn't blow any smoke....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | June 26, 2007; 08:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

YouTube Spin

An operative for a campaign sent me a link -- telling me not to attribute it to him -- for this video sniping at John McCain because his senior media adviser, Mark McKinnon, said he would quit, apparently to change sides, if Obama won the Democratic nomination: McCain McKinnon...

 

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 11, 2007; 01:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

McCain Courts the Digerati

GOP presidential hopeful John McCain was in Carlsbad, Calif., Wednesday for the annual D Conference, a gathering of corporate types, journalists and entrepreneurs who work in (or with) new media, the Internet and technology in general. Here, McCain is interviewed by conference organizers Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. He talks...

 

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 31, 2007; 08:01 PM ET | Comments (1)

McCain's NASCAR Visit, YouTubed

John McCain gives us video from a NASCAR event, the Coca Cola 600, at which he thanks veterans for keeping us safe, if you can hear that over the revving of the engines and the cheesy music track. We await McCain, The Videogame....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 30, 2007; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

McCain Jabs Romney on Immigration

On a conference call with reporters, GOP presidential candidate John McCain nails Mitt Romney with a couple of quick jabs over the latter's opposition to the proposed immigration bill: "In the case of Governor Romney, you know, maybe I should wait a couple of weeks and see if it...

 

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 22, 2007; 11:57 AM ET | Comments (19)

Some Uninspired Straight Talk from McCain

John McCain follows up his turn in YouTube's YouChoose '08 Spotlight by responding to three questions (so far) from viewers. Unfortunately, McCain doesn't use the YouTube platform to its (and his) fullest advantage. He doesn't reference the viewer's question; he doesn't connect personally; he looks like he'd rather be...

 

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 14, 2007; 11:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

McCain: Googled and YouTubed

Senator John McCain sits for an interview with YouTube's News and Politics Editor Steve Grove and delivers a quick rant on government spending. He also answers some questions from YouTube viewers, including: Is homosexuality immoral? McCain punts it as high as possible: "I do not know . . ....

 

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 7, 2007; 02:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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