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August 6, 2008 | Kate Linthicum
Paris Hilton, the hotel heiress known for partying, not politics, wants your vote. She announced her candidacy for president Tuesday in an online video, making her case reclining poolside in a leopard-print bathing suit and gold high heels. "I want America to know that I'm, like, totally ready to lead," she said, beaming. It was a spoof, of course, a response to the ad Republican candidate John McCain launched last week comparing Democratic rival Barack Obama to Hilton and Britney Spears.
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August 4, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Paris Hilton's mother is annoyed that John McCain used her daughter to mock Democrat Barack Obama. McCain, the likely Republican presidential nominee, unveiled a campaign ad last week likening Obama to celebrities Hilton and singer Britney Spears. "It is a complete waste of the country's time and attention at the very moment when millions of people are losing their homes and their jobs," Kathy Hilton said on the liberal Huffington Post website. She called the ad "a complete waste of the money John McCain's contributors have donated to his campaign."
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August 2, 2008 | Nicholas Riccardi and Stephen Braun, Times Staff Writers
At the end of an increasingly contentious week of campaigning, Sen. John McCain denied Friday that he was going negative against Sen. Barack Obama, even as his camp released a new Web ad that mockingly contrasts Obama's soaring rhetoric with clips of Charlton Heston playing Moses in "The Ten Commandments." Earlier this week, McCain's campaign unveiled an ad that compared the Illinois senator to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton.
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July 31, 2008 | Bob Drogin and Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writers
Photos flash of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. Crowds roar and lights pop. "He's the biggest celebrity in the world," says a woman's voice. Then it becomes clear: The TV ad is not about a tabloid personality -- it's about Barack Obama. In launching a negative ad Wednesday that it says will run in 11 states, John McCain's campaign gave its clearest signal yet that its main focus right now isn't talking about the presumed Republican nominee.
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July 29, 2008 | Richard Simon, Times Staff Writer
As voters steam over gas prices, Republican congressional candidates are bracing for a gusher of ads from now until election day attacking their ties to oil companies. "What kind of mark has Bob Schaffer made as a politician?" says an ad attacking Colorado's Republican Senate candidate and former congressman.
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June 20, 2008 | Michael Finnegan, Times Staff Writer
Countering critics' portrayal of him as an unpatriotic elitist, Barack Obama opened his general-election ad campaign Thursday with a TV spot trumpeting his "love of country" and "values straight from the Kansas heartland." The Democratic Party's likely presidential nominee is running the commercial in a dozen battleground states, but also in six that lean heavily Republican: Montana, North Dakota, Indiana, North Carolina, Georgia and Alaska.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Tony Schwartz, who helped create the infamous "daisy ad" that ran only once during the 1964 presidential race but changed political advertising forever, has died. He was 84. Schwartz died Sunday at his home in Manhattan, N.Y., said his daughter, Kayla Schwartz-Burridge. He had been suffering from heart valve stenosis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud, Times Staff Writer
With days to go before Tuesday's election, the hot contest for the 2nd District seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is sending volleys of attack brochures to voters' mailboxes. Both main contenders in the nine-candidate field are experienced leaders. State Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) served on the L.A. City Council before being elected to the Legislature, and Councilman Bernard C. Parks was previously chief of the Los Angeles Police Department.
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March 5, 2008 | Peter Wallsten, Times Staff Writer
In winning New Hampshire a few weeks ago, Hillary Rodham Clinton declared, "I found my own voice." But it was a much different voice in the closing days before Tuesday's voting that carried her to victory in Ohio and Texas -- and which now lets her make a strong case for extending the Democratic presidential race into the spring and possibly beyond. Gone was the misty-eyed Clinton who scored points showing her human side.
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March 1, 2008 | Peter Wallsten, Times Staff Writer
As children sleep safely in their beds, a menace is set loose in the world -- and a phone rings in the White House. "Your vote will decide who answers the call," says a narrator, "whether it's someone . . . tested and ready to lead in a dangerous world." In her newest television ad, released Friday, Hillary Rodham Clinton shows who should answer the 3 a.m. call: She is pictured picking up the phone, confident and businesslike.
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