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Weekend Highlights

Saturday Night Live spoofed the Eliot Spitzer scandal, with the governor announcing his new line of work: It was Surrogate Sunday on the political talk shows. On CBS's "Face the Nation" Gov. Deval Patrick talked about last week's comments by Clinton supporter Geraldine Ferraro and Obama supporter Rev. Jeremiah A....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | March 17, 2008; 09:18 AM ET | Comments (1)

Bush Gridiron Dinner Video Raises Questions

YouTube users have posted even more video of President Bush's performance at last Saturday's Gridiron Dinner. The new videos feature a more direct camera angle as the president performs his rendition of "The Green Green Grass of Home." (You start to see the president about one minute into the video.)...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | March 11, 2008; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Eliot Spitzer on YouTube

A YouTube search for "Eliot Spitzer" reveals several videos, many added in the past 24 hours. The Post's Keith Richburg reports today that "his popularity quickly waned as he became enmeshed in scandals and political missteps, including allegations that his staff used New York state troopers to collect potentially damaging...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | March 11, 2008; 01:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

President Bush at the Gridiron Dinner

The Gridiron Dinner is the capital's annual white-tie affair that brings together the nation's top political journalists and the folks they cover. The Post's Monica Hesse reports that more than 600 showed up for this year's event, which included the first and last performance of President Bush and the Busharoos....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | March 10, 2008; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (119)

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)

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)

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)

Hillary4U&Me

A friend sends along this music video. Although originally posted on YouTube a few months back, the clip has been making the email rounds during the past week or so. It's audio-visual waterboarding....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | February 15, 2008; 02:56 PM ET | Comments (13)

Funny Film For (Or Against?) Romney

Michigan has an open primary system, meaning any registered voter can vote in either party primary. So YouTube user AndyCobbonUTube has produced a satirical video asking Michigan Democrats to vote for Mitt Romney, because his campaign will help Democrats. "Mitt Romney is the kind of candidate Michigan Democrats need right...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | January 15, 2008; 05:12 PM ET | Comments (1)

Looking Back on Kennedy's 'Houston Speech'

As Mitt Romney prepares to give a widely-anticipated speech about "Faith in America," here are clips of John F. Kennedy's address to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association, on Sept. 12, 1960 at the Rice Hotel. "I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant, nor Jewish. Where no...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 6, 2007; 09:00 AM 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)

The Firefighters' Road Trip for Dodd

The International Association of Firefighters endorsed Chris Dodd in late August. Now it's hitting the roads of Iowa to whip up support for the Connecticut senator. "If you haven't been inside a caucus in Iowa, you really won't understand what our members can do when a candidate fails to meet...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | December 3, 2007; 09:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 33: Yankees v. Red Sox

Crisgo3d asks Rudy Giuliani a tough one: Why did he root for the Sox after the Yankees lost?...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 10:16 PM ET | Comments (3)

Question 32: Will Ron Paul Go Independent?

YouTube user nexpres asks Ron Paul if he'll mount an independent candidacy if he fails to win the Republican nomination:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 10:13 PM ET | Comments (61)

Question 31: How do We Repair America?

From YouTube user hankhaba:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 10:11 PM ET | Comments (1)

Question 30: What Do 'Stars and Bars' Mean to You?

TheHoustonKid asks the candidates what the Confederate Flag means to them:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 10:09 PM ET | Comments (1)

Question 29: Why Don't Black People Vote Republican?

NewsinColor notes that many Black Americans hold conservative viewpoints on many social issues. So why don't they vote Republican?...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 10:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 28: A Mission to Mars?

Considering the economic impact of NASA on Florida (the debate is in St. Petersburg), an important quesiton on the future of the Space program. Asked by YouTube user Eisenmond:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 10:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 27: Will You Repay Money Taken From Social Security?

Another creative very YouTube-y ad from user PactAmerica asks about repaying money to Social Security:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 26: The Log Cabin Republicans

YouTube user wopnfla asks the candidates if they accept the support of the Log Cabin Republicans:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 09:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 25: Gays in the Military

Retired Brig. Gen. Keith Kerr, of Santa Rosa, Calif. asks if the candidates still support the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy regarding homosexuals in the military. Following the candidates' answers, Kerr told the debate audience that he is gay....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 09:48 PM ET | Comments (1)

Question 24: Will Your VP Have as Much Power as Cheney?

Houston Chronicle editorial cartoonist Nick Anderson asks an early candidate for best question: It's creative, and raises a good question: Will your vice president have as much power and influence as the current number two, Dick Cheney?...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 09:45 PM ET | Comments (1)

Question 23: Does Rudy Giuliani Exploit 9/11 for Political Purposes?

Rudy Giuliani is asked if he's exploiting the 9/11 attacks for political gain:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 09:42 PM ET | Comments (1)

Question 22: A Permanent Committment to Iraq?

BuzzBrockway asks if the candidates will make a permanent committment to Iraq:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 09:39 PM ET | Comments (1)

The YouTube Debate

So the sissy Republicans who tried to avoid their YouTube debate are finally facing The People. Anderson Cooper acknowledges the concerns about the kinds of questions asked last time but only manages to insult the entire field of questioners by featuring the stupid moments. Thanks, Andy. Next we have...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 09:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 21: Waterboarding

Andrew Jones, of Seattle, Wash. asks about the torture method known as waterboarding. Part of John McCain's answer: "Life is not '24' and Jack Bauer."...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 09:29 PM ET | Comments (1)

Question 20: Iraq, and The Image of America

tamimi08 wants to know how the Republicans will fix the image of America abroad....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 09:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 19: Do You Believe Every Word in The Bible?

calciumtoy, better known as Joseph Dearing of Dallas, Tex. asks simply "Do you believe this book?"...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 09:22 PM ET | Comments (1)

Question 18: Regarding the Death Penalty, WWJD?

IAmTheScum13 asks "The death penalty: What would Jesus do?" The question was directed to Mike Huckabee. "Jesus is too smart to run for public office, that's what Jesus would do," the former governor said when pressed for a direct answer....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 09:18 PM ET | Comments (1)

Question 17: Would You Sign a Federal Abortion Ban?

A.J. (or lordajay), of Millstone, N.J., asks the candidates if they would sign a federal abortion ban:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 09:16 PM ET | Comments (1)

Question 16: Abortion

Journey of Arlington, Tex. (YouTube user paperserenade) wants to know what crime a woman would be charged with if she got an illegal abortion:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 09:13 PM ET | Comments (1)

Question 15: Urban Crime

A father and son, known as printess5232 on YouTube, ask the candidates what they will do about violence in urban areas. An especially well-timed question considering the shooting death of Redskins player Sean Taylor....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 09:10 PM ET | Comments (1)

Question 14: How Many Guns Do You Own?

LOCUSLARSEN wants to know what, if any types of weapons can be found on the candidates' gun rack:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 09:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 13: Exam to Buy a Gun?

kipload asks Rudy Giuliani considering the Second Amendment, why he thinks citizens should have to pass an exam to exercise their right to defend themselves and their family:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 09:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 12: Gun Control

Jay Fox, of Boulevard, Calif. (YouTube user foxbrosstudios) asks "What is your opinion of gun control? And don't worry, you can answer however you'd like," he says while cocking his shotgun....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 09:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 11: Lead Toys, and Trade With China

You saw this coming: YouTube user leann3657 asks what the candidates will do about lead in her childrens' toys, and where they stand on the issue of doing business and trade with China:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 09:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 10: Farm Subsidies

tfaturos wants to know what the GOP 8 think about farm subsidies:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 08:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 9: Will You Pledge to Not Raise Taxes?

Grover Norquist (YouTube user Taxreformer) asks the candidates if they will pledge to not raise taxes:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 08:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 8: Do You Support the Fair Tax?

kntemplar asks if the candidates support the Fair Tax:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 08:53 PM ET | Comments (1)

Question 7: Federal Programs

emilyekins asks which three federal programs the GOP candidates would cut:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 08:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 6: National Debt

YouTube user sarah05l asks what the candidates will do to reduce the debt:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 08:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 5: The North American Union

YouTube user Seekster asks Ron Paul if he believes in the conspiracy regarding the North American Union:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 08:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 4: College Tuition for Children of Illegal Immigrants

YouTube user ashleylynn360 asks if the candidates support a federal law to requires states that give in-state tuition rates to illegal immigrants to give the same tuition rate to children of members of the military:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 08:36 PM ET | Comments (1)

Question 3: Guest Worker Programs

Jack Brooks, of Cambridge, Md. (YouTube user WillNuckols) and his co-workers ask, "What are you going to do to keep these guest workers coming to the U.S.?"...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 08:28 PM ET | Comments (1)

Question 1: Immigration

Ernie Nardi, of Brooklyn, N.Y. (YouTube user ejxit) asks Rudy Giuliani, "Will you continue to aid and abet the flight of illegal aliens into this country?"...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 08:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Musical Start

Chris Nandor of Snohomish County, Wash. (or YouTube user pudgenet) starts things off with a musical interlude....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 08:16 PM ET | Comments (2)

Tonight: The CNN/YouTube Debate

Tonight, after previewing the user-submitted questions for three days, we'll post the questions asked, the candidate-submitted videos, and some other thoughts on the GOP version of the user-generated political discussion. Feel free to post your thoughts in the comments section during and after the debate. -- Ed O'Keefe...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 07:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Preview: CNN/YouTube GOP Debate Questions, Part III

Channel '08 has brought you coverage of questions that might appear on tonight's Republican CNN/Youtube debate. Today we bring you questions that could prove to be too hot -- or too strange -- to handle. The questions are confrontational, poignant and might make the evening more interesting, IF they make...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Preview: CNN/YouTube Debate Questions, Part II

We are one day closer to the Republican YouTube/CNN Debate, and that means another look at the questions you might see tomorrow night. Today we look at health care and gay rights. Our first question comes from Dr. Hormoze Goudarzi, a practicing general surgeon from Wilmington, N.C. who wants to...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 27, 2007; 12:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dodd Submits YouTube Question for GOP Candidates

This week Channel '08 is reviewing some of the almost 5,000 questions submitted for Wednesday night's CNN/YouTube debate with Republican presidential candidates. In a bit of a twist, one of the questions for the GOP hopefuls comes from Democratic presidential candidate Chris Dodd. "Many Americans are concerned that the administration...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 27, 2007; 08:14 AM ET | Comments (1)

Preview: CNN/YouTube Debate Questions, Part I

The second CNN/YouTube Debate is Wednesday night, so we'll spend some of our blog space this week reviewing voter-submitted questions. After sitting through hours of low resolution video, from Christopher Walken impressions of Rudy Giuliani to another question from the notorious Billiam the Snowman, we bring to you the some...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 26, 2007; 01:12 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)

VoterVid: Republican Debate Questions

Here are some recent voter questions for the upcoming CNN/YouTube Republican debate. David from St. Petersburg, Fla. asks the candidates if they support re-instituting the military draft. This California mom wants to hear from the candidates on federally sponsored childcare or preschool for working families. Jackie Broyles and Dunlap,...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 15, 2007; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rudy News Update

The Rudy Giuliani team updates supporters in its latest installment of "Running With Rudy." Campaign aide Dan Meyers hosts the most recent episode from the South Street Seaport area of Lower Manhattan. The video ticks off the campaign's big highlights: the campaign's first TV ad, the former mayor's growing support...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 14, 2007; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

YouTube Impacting (Local) New Hampshire Politics

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

 

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

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)

Participating in the YouTube Debate

The debate among Democratic presidential candidates scheduled for July 23 will feature video questions from voters. Submit videos here. From YouTube, here are the some guidelines: * Be original -- choose your own approach. * Be personal -- your perspective is important. * Choose your focus -- you can...

 

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 14, 2007; 09:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

GOP Gains Ground on YouTube

Republican presidential candidates are gaining ground on Democrats in the YouTube arena. Neilsen//NetRatings announced earlier today that almost one-third of the total time users spent at YouTube watching campaign-related videos in April centered on Republican presidential candidates. That's up 21 percentage points from March, according to Nielsen, and it shows...

 

By | June 13, 2007; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

YouTube Joins the Debate

YouTube has been tight-lipped about how it was going to participate in its join debate with CNN in late July. Now details are coming out: They're going to take questions we, the people, have put up on YouTube and present them to the candidates. It's Prezconference. Bravo. Reports Ad...

 

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 13, 2007; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dorm Room Journalism

U.S. News has a nice feature today on our brother political video blogger, James Kotecki. James Kotecki's final semester of college was surely the most memorable. The 21-year-old international politics major at Georgetown University used the semester not to study intensely, party, or catch up on sleep but to...

 

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 13, 2007; 09:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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