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“Exxon John” – DNC Video

The Democratic National Committee today launched the first web ad of the Exxon-McCain ’08 campaign. The ad, called “Exxon John,” highlights McCain’s promise of more giveaways for his new friends in Big Oil. Released on the same day activists across the country are participating in an Exxon-McCain ’08 National Day of Action, “Exxon John” is a parody of the “Big John” video released earlier this year by Republican Senator John Cornyn. Last week, the Center for Responsive Politics reported that campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry to Senator McCain are triple the industry’s contributions to Senator Obama. When contributions to the Republican National Committee are included, the McCain campaign has raised more than $2 million from Big Oil, and more than twice as much from the three most recognizable oil companies: Exxon, BP and Chevron. Continue Reading →

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“Job Killing John”-DNC video

With John McCain embarking on a so-called “jobs tour” aimed at hiding his job-killing record, the Democratic National Committee today released a new web video called “Job- Killing John” that highlights his pattern of putting his lobbyist friends ahead of Americas’ workers. The video comes days after the leak of an internal McCain campaign memo that shows McCain will attempt to distort the record by falsely portraying Senator Obama as a “job killing machine.” In reality–from opposing Buy American rules to supporting unfair trade deals that have cost America hundreds of thousands of jobs–John McCain has repeatedly supported policies that outsource American jobs. Now, recent reports show McCain has repeatedly intervened on behalf of his lobbyists friends at the expense of American workers. Last week, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that McCain intervened on behalf of a DHL-Airborne Express merger that now threatens the jobs of more than 8,000 Ohio workers. Continue Reading →

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“Maverick No More”- DNC Video

John McCain a maverick? The John McCain of 2000 wouldn’t even consider voting for the John McCain of 2008. The American people are learning that the John McCain of 2008 represents more of the same failed policies we’ve gotten from George Bush for the past eight years. Senator McCain is clearly in the tank for Exxon and big oil, for keeping our troops stuck in Iraq for decades to come, and for an economic policy that puts tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations above relief for hardworking families. John McCain has changed: he’s taken the low road, leveling false, negative and misleading attacks against Barack Obama. Continue Reading →

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“Puppet Masters” – DNC Video

TEXT: Who is Pulling the Strings on John McCain’s Energy Plan?MCCAIN: “Now as then, all a windfall profits tax will accomplish is to increase our dependence on foreign oil, and hinder exactly the kind of domestic exploration and production we need.” [McCain Speech to Oil Executives (Houston, TX), 6/17/08]TEXT (over applause): Big Oil: $143 Billion in Profits Over the Last Year [Securities and Exchange Commission, 2007-2008]MCCAIN: “I propose that the federal government suspend all taxes on gasoline now paid by the American people from Memorial Day to Labor Day.” [McCain remarks (Pittsburgh, PA), 4/15/08]TEXT (over applause): 200 Economists: Gas Tax Gimmick Means Even More for Big Oil [CNN, 5/6/08]TEXT: 33 McCain Advisors and Fundraisers Lobbied for Big Oil [Campaign Money Watch, 7/31/08:http://www.campaignmoney.org/files/It...TEXT: Oil Industry Contributes $2 Million to McCain Campaign [Center for Responsive Politics; Washington Post, 7/27/08]TEXT: Big Oil in the White House? We’ve Seen This Show Before.TEXT: John McCain: More of the Same on Energy Continue Reading →

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Hope- Move On.org

Help us air the funniest ad from the “Obama in 30 Seconds” contest on MTV to remind young folks of the hope that Barack Obama inspires in so many. As Republicans go negative on Obama, we’ll fight back with tactics and ads like this one—we’ll counter their unprincipled smears with humor and hope. Continue Reading →

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“Oh Mr. McCain” Cartoon- VA Vets

This is a turning point in our history, and the weight of some very serious issues has gotten pretty heavy. Almost no one knows that more than we do. But, it’s also important every now and then to take a moment to laugh. There’s certainly no shortage of things to chuckle about in our politics and policy debate. That’s why I’d like to introduce you “Oh, McCain” a new short cartoon created by our good friend (and VoteVets.org supporter) Charlie Fink. Continue Reading →

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“Desperate Times”- DNC Video

With Republicans, Independents and Democrats alike questioning the increasingly nasty and desperate tone of John McCain’s campaign, the Democratic National Committee today released a web ad called “Desperate Times.” The ad highlights the fact that, despite promising to “wage a respectful campaign,” McCain has resorted to questioning Senator Obama’s patriotism and launching false and misleading attacks that have been widely debunked. His campaign has stooped so low that one of McCain’s former advisors called his most recent ad “childish” and said the campaign’s strategy “diminishes John McCain.” [The Atlantic, 7/30/08]
(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080519/DNCLOGO )
“Like so many other promises cast aside in his pursuit of the White House, John McCain’s promise to run a respectful campaign didn’t even make it to his convention,” said DNC spokeswoman Karen Finney. “We all respect John McCain’s service to our country, but he has clearly become an honorable man running a deeply dishonorable campaign. Continue Reading →

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Obama TV Ad in Berlin Parody

The Republican National Committee (RNC) today announced a new Web video, titled “Obama TV Ad In Berlin.” In the aftermath of Obama’s European campaign swing, the Web video provides a parody of what an Obama TV ad in Berlin, Germany might look like, with video commentary from Obama’s international fan base. Continue Reading →

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“Freedom”- VoteVets.org Ad

Senator McCain once said that if the Iraqis asked us to leave, we would have to leave. Those of us who served agree with that. Senator McCain now either has to back off his refusal to set a plan to leave Iraq, as Prime Minister Maliki requested a number of times in the past week, or tell the American and Iraqi people why he would overrule Iraq’s government and turn our troops into an indefinite occupying force. Those are his only two options. Our new ad makes that clear. Continue Reading →

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Obama Chooses Washington Over Our Military

Title: “Obama Chooses Washington Over Our Military”

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There are few votes as important as funding our men and women in uniform. But when our military needed necessary resources, Barack Obama failed to stand up. Obama said that nobody wanted to play chicken with our troops on the ground. But when it came time to act, he voted against critical resources: no to individual body armor, no to helicopters, no to ammunition, no to aircraft. The bill Obama opposed even had funding for veterans’ medical facilities and rehabilitation programs.
And why did he say no? Continue Reading →

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McCain Is Rewriting His History On Iraq

TEXT: McCain: Rewriting His Own History On Iraq? Carly Fiorina: “But to say that John McCain was aligned with President Bush on the prosecution of the war in Iraq is to change history.” [Meet the Press, 7/13/08]

TEXT: Oh Really? QUESTION: Are you proud of the work and the leadership of the Commander in Chief in this war? MCCAIN: Yes I am. Continue Reading →

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Norm Coleman Falsehood: EFCA Takes Away a Secret Ballot

A front group for Norm Coleman now has attack ads up across the state, claiming that Al Franken is against protecting a secret ballot for forming unions. Truth of the matter is that this ad promoting Norm is actually a collection of business groups looking to get rid of the bill that protects the secret ballot! Both the Star Tribune and WCCO’s Reality Check called him out on the absurdity of the ad, yet Norm still claims it to be true. Continue Reading →

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Absolute Disgust

TEXT: John McCain’s Social Security “Disgrace”

McCain: “We are paying present day retirees with the taxes paid by young workers in America today. And that’s a disgrace, it’s an absolute disgrace and it’s got to be fixed.” [Denver Townhall, 07/07/08]

TEXT: John McCain’s Alternative? BUSH: “And the best way to reach that goal is through voluntary personal retirement accounts.” [State of the Union Address, 02/02/05]

MCCAIN: “We need personal savings accounts.” Continue Reading →

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John McCain & Phil Gramm: It’s All In Your Head

TEXT: John McCain on Advisor Phil Gramm (Before)

McCain: “A person I’ve had the honor and pleasure of knowing as a friend and a great economist… my dear friend and comrade, Senator Phil Gramm.” [McCain Town Hall, CNN Live Feed, (Waco, TX ), 3/3/08]

McCain: “There is no one in America that is more respected on the issue of economics than Senator Phil Gramm. So I’m honored that you are here, Phil. Thank you for your great service.” Continue Reading →

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Unions & MN Senate Race

As part of its ongoing public education campaign, the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) today launched a new television ad that identifies the positions of Minnesota U.S. Senate candidates Norm Coleman and Al Franken on workplace privacy and the mis-named Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), legislation introduced in Congress that threatens a worker’s right to vote for a union by private ballot. The ad, developed by nationally known media strategist Mike Murphy, is the second spot in the series that uses a widely recognized character who will be easily identifiable to viewers and will use humor to reinforce the need to protect private ballots for workers. Continue Reading →

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VA Vets Take On McCain

This week, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) launched a nationwide radio ad campaign raising serious concerns about Senator McCain’s commitment to veterans’ health care. In addition to the radio ads, AFGE, which represents employees in the Department of Veterans Affairs, launched a Web site, www.fundtheva.com, and a series of YouTube ads featuring union veterans voicing their concerns about McCain’s controversial veterans health care platform. Continue Reading →

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