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August 23, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- Reprising his role as one of the campaign's top surrogates, Bill Clinton testifies on behalf of President Obama's capacity to boost employment in a new campaign ad launched Thursday. The spot represents how the Obama campaign feels Clinton can best help the president's reelection bid, using what they say is Clinton's strong credibility on the economy to confront Republican attacks on the president's job record. In the ad, Clinton says that the Obama plan to grow the middle class mirrors “what happened when I was president.” “This election to me is about which candidate is more likely to return us to full employment,” Clinton says in the 30-second spot.
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NATIONAL
May 11, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Paul Babeu, the Arizona sheriff who announced that he was gay after he was accused by a former lover of abusing his power, has dropped his bid for a seat in Congress and will seek another term as sheriff. In a letter on Friday to supporters, Babeu said he decided to withdraw because of complications about the succession of his chief deputy, Steve Henry, as Pinal County sheriff. The federal government had ruled that Henry is unable to seek the sheriff's office while serving as chief deputy because the office receives federal funds, the sheriff said.
NEWS
November 8, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
By the standards of “Scandal,” “Icarus” is a remarkably uneventful episode. Oh, sure, some mysterious brunet gets killed, Olivia confronts Fitz about Operation Remington and Olivia signs up to work with Josie Marcus, the single biggest threat to Fitz's reelection. But really, the most memorable revelation in this hour is that, before she subsisted on a diet of Cabernet and popcorn, young Olivia was a fan of Fruit Loops. Shocking indeed. That's not to say this wasn't a wholly enjoyable hour -- it was -- only that this episode was more about setting up all the crazy yet to come.
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August 24, 1994 | DAVE LESHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For political insiders, the new campaign commercial Sen. Dianne Feinstein began broadcasting Tuesday is likely to be called "Son of Grabber." It contains 10 of the most dramatic seconds ever seen in a campaign ad, showing Feinstein at an emotional news conference shortly after the 1978 assassinations of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. Dubbed "The Grabber" when it was first broadcast during Feinstein's 1990 race for governor, the spot found a permanent place in California political lore when it triggered a dramatic shift in which Feinstein's stumbling campaign leapfrogged over two leading Democratic opponents and won the party's nomination.
NATIONAL
August 7, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
DENVER - As he ran for governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper played up his goofy charm, standing in a shower fully clothed in a campaign ad, vowing to run a "clean" campaign. The rail-thin former geologist still mocks his nerdiness - how he peered out at the world from behind thick glasses "before the miracle of Lasik. " But during this state's difficult summer, Hickenlooper has demonstrated another side of his persona, offering Coloradans solace and comfort after the July 20 movie theater shooting in Aurora that killed 12 and wounded 58. At Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Aurora on July 27, relatives asked Hickenlooper to speak about 18-year-old Alexander "A.J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 1994
Re "U.S. Judge Blocks Most Sections of Prop. 187," Dec. 15: From the riots to the welfare lines, Southern California has just been one big, open, free market for illegal aliens. A majority of us in California voted to stop this travesty and hopefully reverse it. I guess this is more proof that my vote doesn't count. We don't want anybody to go hungry, we don't want anybody to go uneducated or uncared-for. We just want everybody who is here illegally to go home! And if you're in that foreign country thinking about coming here illegally, don't!
NEWS
May 16, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Vice President Joe Biden today is traveling to this working-class city to amplify the Obama campaign's tough attack on Mitt Romney's economic credentials, accusing the Republican of profiting at the expense of laid-off manufacturing workers. It's the follow-through of a one-two punch from the president's reelection team concerning Romney's ties to Bain Capital, the private equity firm he controlled for 15 years. A campaign ad that aired in key battleground states told the story of a Kansas City steel plant that went bankrupt and laid off workers after Bain took control.
NEWS
June 14, 2012 | By Michael Finnegan
CINCINNATI -- It is no small task for Mitt Romney to find new ways to attack President Obama's record on the economy - day after day, week after week, month after month. But when he went at Obama again on Thursday, he was at least guaranteed to get more attention than usual, thanks to Obama's almost simultaneous campaign stop on the opposite side of Ohio, a state better placed than any to decide the November election. “Now you may have heard that President Obama is on the other side of the state, and he's going to be delivering a speech on the economy,” Romney told invited supporters on the factory floor of a manufacturing equipment maker.
NEWS
September 25, 2012 | By Morgan Little
The gloves are officially off in one of the most tightly contested Senate races of the year, with Sen. Scott Brown bringing personal attacks to the forefront of his campaign against Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts. Brown, who recently has fallen behind Warren in several polls, once again targeted the issue of her Native American heritage with a campaign ad released Monday. The new ad, “Who Knows?” combines a series of news clips about the revelation that Warren was listed as a minority in a Harvard Law School directory, and speculation that she attempted to use her claimed heritage for her own gain.
NEWS
May 29, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Michele Bachmann, a conservative sensation and briefly a Republican presidential front-runner, announced Wednesday that she won't seek reelection to her congressional seat in 2014. The four-term Minnesota lawmaker told supporters in an online video that it was "the right decision" not to run again. She said it was not a reaction to the difficult challenge she may face to hold the seat, or to federal inquiries into her campaign finances and activities. Bachmann, who won the 2011 Iowa straw poll and showed early strength in the leadoff caucus state before her presidential bid collapsed, did not foreclose a potential future run for national office.
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