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“Negative Attack Ads”- DNC Video

CHYRON: “John McCain… readying a newly aggressive assault on Sen. Barack Obama’s character.” [Washington Post, 10/04/08]VIDEO: Montage of McCain attack adsCHYRON: John McCain is “looking forward to turning a page on this financial crisis.” [Washington Post, 10/04/08]VIDEO: Montage of McCain attack adsCHYRON: McCain Campaign’s Ad Spending Now Nearly 100 Percent Devoted to Attack Ads [Talking Points Memo, 10/3/08]MCAIN: “I’m John McCain and I approved this message.”MCCAIN: “Uh, I, I just have to rely on the good judgment of the voters not to buy into these negative attack ads. Sooner or later, people are going to figure out if all you run is negative attack ads you don’t have much of a vision for the future or you’re not ready to articulate it.” Continue Reading →

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MN CD6 Debate – Bachmann, Tinklenberg, Anderson 10.1.2008

Republican Michelle Bachmann is running for re-election in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District.  Democrat Elwyn Tinklenberg and independent Bob Anderson are running for her seat.  Tinklenberg is endorsed by both the Democratic and Independent political parties.  Tinklenberg is a former Mayor in the district and was also Minnesota Transportation Commissioner under Gov. Ventura.  Rep. Bachmann is a former tax attorney.  Until recently, Bachmann was known for her passioante support of a constiutional ban on same-sex marriages and civil unions in Minnesota.  This past week she has become a vocal spokesperson for House Republicans opposed to the financial crisis bailout bill.  This debate was held in Stillwater, MN.  
*http://uptake-editorial.groups.theuptake.org/en/videogalleryView/id/887/ Continue Reading →

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Rep. Bachmann Glad Wellstone Mental Health Equity Act Will Pass Despite Her Earlier “No” Vote

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann probably didn’t realize The UpTake’s microphone was still on when she started talking to one of her opponents after Wednesday night’s debate.  
She told Bob Anderson, an independent candidate running for Bachmann’s seat, that she was “sure” that the $700 Billion bailout bill was going to pass the House due to the sweeteners added to the bill by the Senate on the night of Wed. Oct. 1st.  
One of the primary sweeteners of the final passage is the Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act, a bill that was heavily supported by deceased MN Democratic Senator Paul Wellstone and retiring MN Republican Representative Jim Ramstad among others. Continue Reading →

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“Betting On McCain” – DNCC Video

 MCCAIN: “Well, I am a betting man.” [NBC Nightly News, 9/25/08]  CHYRON: Betting on McCain? Casino Lobbyists AreIMAGE: “For McCain and Team, a Host of Ties to Gambling Industry” [New York Times, 9/28/08]  CHYRON: John McCain Stacked The Deck For His Favorite Lobbyists  PHOTO AND CHYRON: Scott Reed, Former Aide & Lobbyist  PHOTO AND CHYRON: Wes Gullett, Lobbyist & Family Friend  CHYRON: And They Returned The Favor …CHYRON: $400,000 Casino Campaign Fundraisers / PHOTO: Casino [New York Times, 9/28/08]CHYRON: Gambling With Casino Lobbyists At 2:30AM / PHOTO: McCain Gambling [New York Times, 9/28/08]CHYRON: Fundraisers with Famous Vegas Tycoons / PHOTO: Sheldon Adelson [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 3/29/08]  CHYRON: 40 Gambling Lobbyists on the Campaign [New York Times, 9/28/08]  CLOSING CHYRON: JOHN MCCAIN: Special Interest Driven Politics  CLOSING CHYRON: JOHN MCCAIN: More of the Same Broken Politics Continue Reading →

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Rep. Bachmann Blames Mortgage Crisis On Rules Designed To Help Minorities

 
Minnesota 6th District Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is placing the blame for the current mortgage crisis on actions by the Clinton administration 15 years ago.  
At a hearing Thursday she read portions of a story by Investors’ Business Daily’s Terry Jones which said the rules were written to allow more lending to minorities. (CSPAN video clip to right)
 
“Loans started being made on the basis of race, and often little else.” said Bachmann reading from the article.  
Earlier this week Bachmann told MPR “too much government intervention” was to blame for the nation’s financial crisis
 
Democrats Respond
DFL Spokesman Eric Fought said “Bachmann owes the people of Minnesota, especially her Sixth District constituents, an apology. Continue Reading →

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“Ashamed”- Al Franken Ad

FRANKEN: I’m Al Franken, and I approve this message. ANNCR: Is there anything Norm Coleman and his allies won’t say to get re-elected? ON SCREEN: Is there anything Norm Coleman won’t say to get re-elected? ANNCR: The latest ads are among the most misleading and false. ON SCREEN: “the most misleading” and “false” / -KSTP 9/24/08
ANNCR: Bring rape ads into our living rooms to smear Al Franken is a disgrace. Continue Reading →

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Erik Paulsen: Got To Go (MN-03)

Ad from The DCCC:
With Majority Leader Eric Paulsen in the statehouse, spending and property taxes skyrocketed while he voted to cut veterans programs ten percent.And instead of better benefits for our National Guard, Paulsen used our tax dollars to fund a golf course.This election, we need to tee up some new leadership.To see more TV ads, visit www.dccc.org/tv Continue Reading →

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GOP Ad: Al Franken Unfit

Script:Is Al Franken fit for office?Franken writes about committing rape and pornography so vile, Democrats, denounced him. His profanity laced anger…followed by violent outbursts. Franken physically assaulted a protester. Then there’s the $70,000 in unpaid taxes. Al Franken, degrading to women, …to us allAl Franken, frankly unfit for office
Ad from the National Republican Senatorial Committee Continue Reading →

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On Suspending Campaigns

This is Sock Le Puppet with breaking campaign news.Senator John McCain says he is going to suspend his Presidential campaign so he can focus on the nation’s financial crisis. He has challenged Barack Obama to do the same.However, John McCain did not define what “suspend” would mean.To help fill the this void of information, I, Sock Le Puppet offer a list of items that should also be suspended so we can all focus on this financial crisis.First : Sex. You can’t think about money when you’re having sex. Unless of course you’re being paid for it.Next: Mortgage payments. Isn’t this what started this whole mess anyway? Continue Reading →

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Rep. Michele Bachmann: ANWR “Most Perfect Place On The Planet To Drill”

(Please note the audio on this is bad at the beginning but gets better shortly into the video)
Norm Coleman cheer leads the crowd before a rally for John McCain in Blaine, Minnesota.  
Rep. Michele Bachmann goes after Obama for writing his biography twice and then blames Democrats for blocking reform that could have prevented the current financial mess.  
She says McCain wanted reform three years ago that would have prevented the economic collapse of the last week.  
Bachmann says Obama hired the man who was the head of Fannie Mae the “corrupt organization that backed the mortgages” to head up his VP search committee. But she neglects to mention that Jim Johnson resigned from that position months before Obama picked his Vice President. Continue Reading →

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Fundamentally Strong?

The Democratic National Committee today released a web video called “Fundamentally Strong?” highlighting McCain’s out-of-touch claim yesterday that “the fundamentals of the economy are strong” even as Americans watched the stock market plunge and saw their savings and retirement slip away and as two major financial institutions went belly up.  
 Text  MCCAIN: “I want to convince you of my belief and my firm conviction that  Americas economy, the fundamentals of it, are strong.” [Town Hall, Chula  Vista, CA, 3/24/08]  MCCAIN: “So our fundamentals, I still believe, are very strong.” [Town  Hall, Round Rock, TX, 2/29/08]  MCCAIN: “But the underpinnings of our economy are strong.” Continue Reading →

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The Andersons

The DSCC began airing a new television ad in Minnesota featuring Nancy and Claremont Anderson talking about the loss of their son Major Stuart Anderson, who was killed in Iraq. Nancy Anderson states in the ad, If Norm Coleman would have stood up to the President and said this is not a good idea, maybe he would have listened. Continue Reading →

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Why Isn’t Norm Coleman Outraged?

SCRIPTAl Franken: I’m sure you’ve seen Norm Coleman’s ad showing clips of me in some pretty, well, passionate moments. Look, I’m not a politician – I guess I get outraged. And sometimes I’ve gone too far. But my question is: with the price of gas and groceries and health care crushing Minnesota families, and Washington too busy taking care of the special interests to help – why isn’t Norm Coleman outraged? I’m Al Franken, and I approve this message. Continue Reading →

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“Who does Norm work for?” (Vol. 2)

Minnesotans know that Norm Coleman isn’t working for them in Washington. This ad is the latest in our series exploring just who he is working for — and what he’s getting in return.  
Communications Director Andy Barr:”Norm Coleman’s already on the hook for his under-the-table ‘arrangement’ with DC insider Jeff Larson. Now we’re finding out about his free luxury fishing trips with Big Oil executives – one of whom was convicted of bribery – paid for by indicted Senator Ted Stevens. The more you know about Norm Coleman’s history with corrupt special interests, the worse it smells. Continue Reading →

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Frankly Misleading (Vol. 1)-Sen.Norm Coleman Campaign Video

With Al Franken’s campaign lying about where Norm Coleman lives while working in Washington, the Coleman for Senate campaign today released a new webvideo to show Minnesotans the truth about Norm Coleman’s living arrangements. In Franken’s ad, he misleads Minnesotans by claiming that Senator Coleman rents a million dollar DC townhome for $600 a month. In reality, Senator Coleman rents one bedroom and a bathroom in the basement of the townhouse in question. “Frankly Misleading (Vol. 1.)” gives Minnesotans a virtual tour of the home, showing them that the unit Franken claims belongs to the Senator actually belongs to a family who lives above Senator Coleman. Continue Reading →

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Roosevelt: “Keep your hands off Social Security”-DNC Video

“It’s hard to remember now, but before Social Security, nearly half of America’s seniors lived in poverty. After a lifetime of playing by the rules and working hard, there was no guarantee of a secure retirement.”My grandfather, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and a majority of Americans thought that was wrong.”They believed that lifting our seniors out of poverty is a reflection of our nation’s core values.”That’s why my grandfather signed the Social Security act seventy three years ago today. One of the great successes of the 20th Century, today Social Security lifts nearly 13 million seniors and 1.3 million children out of poverty.”Back in 1935, a small minority did not share those values. They opposed the creation of Social Security because they believed that government should not have a role in ensuring a retirement with dignity or helping seniors stay out of poverty. They said, “You’re on your own”.”John McCain agrees with that old way of thinking. Continue Reading →

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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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