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Robert Squier, one of the most successful media consultants in American politics, died Monday of colon cancer at his Virginia home. He was 65. From Hubert Humphrey to Bill Clinton, with dozens of Democratic presidential, gubernatorial and congressional wins in between, Squier helped shape the look, feel and outcome of elections for 30 years, largely by pioneering techniques for television commercials that now are widely used. "In the entertainment business you count by how many Oscars you get.
May 1, 1994 | Steve Proffitt, Steve Proffitt is a producer for Fox 11 News and a contributor to National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition." He spoke with Stuart K. Spencer at Spencer's home in Palm Desert, Calif.
"Politics is never a science," Stu Spencer likes to say. "It's always an art." While Richard M. Nixon--the first Californian elected President--is credited with bringing the state into the political mainstream, it was Stuart K. Spencer who developed the modern California political campaign style, made it into an art form and exported it nationwide. As the dean of Western political consultants, Spencer helped make Ronald Reagan look engaged and informed, Gerald R.
When President Bush tried early this year to enlist public relations executive James Lake as a member of his senior staff, the answer--for then--was no. Offered the post of White House communications director, Lake told Bush aides that he wanted to help the President in any way he could. But he said he felt an obligation to maintain his ties to corporate clients. Under federal ethics laws, he could not maintain such a dual allegiance.
March 14, 1988 | Bob Secter
A defiant Bob Dole vowed Sunday to continue his faltering drive for the Republican nomination no matter how poorly he fares in the Illinois primary on Tuesday. "Our new theme song when we leave here is going to be 'On Wisconsin,"' Dole said, referring to that state's April 5 primary. "We're going to hand out sheet music today and road maps to all the traveling press."
March 25, 1988 | Leo C. Wolinsky
Donning straw hats and posing for photographers on the steps of the state Capitol, 39 of California's 50 Republican state lawmakers announced their support Thursday for Vice President George Bush. The legislators' backing for the Republican presidential front-runner came in the wake of Bush's overwhelming endorsement last weekend by the California Republican Assembly, the largest and544042867roots GOP organizations.
As Democratic candidate for governor Dianne Feinstein gained strength and oomph with a powerful early television advertising campaign, the question has followed her: When will her rivals feel they must start firing back with their own campaigns on the airwaves? The answer came Thursday night as the first counter-volley was aired in Fresno and Eureka. The new commercial did not come from fellow Democrat John K. Van de Kamp. Instead, it was the work of Republican U.S. Sen.
June 24, 1988 | Associated Press
A group in Washington calling itself "Americans for Bush" said Thursday it will spend $10 million in an effort to elect George Bush as the next President, including a series of television commercials. But the Bush campaign says organizers of the effort have been asked to stop using Bush's name in their fund raising. "We feel that this committee has misrepresented itself," spokeswoman Alixe Glen said. "They're misrepresenting that their group is an authorized campaign committee, and they're not."
May 14, 1988 | Keith Love
A private meeting between the Rev. Jesse Jackson and prominent Los Angeles Jewish leaders, which appeared to be in doubt earlier this week, will take place as scheduled Wednesday, according to Rabbi Allen Freehling of the University Synagogue in Brentwood. The meeting will not be under the auspices of the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, which was part of the negotiations with Jackson at one point.
July 8, 1988 | James Gerstenzang
President Reagan, Vice President George Bush and their senior political advisers conferred over lunch Thursday at the White House to map out a role for Reagan in Bush's presidential campaign. White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said Reagan acknowledged during the meeting that "the vice president will want to take positions during the campaign that may differ from the President on Administration policy."
October 22, 1988 | KEITH LOVE, Times Political Writer
Crime, an issue usually associated with state or local races, remained sharply in focus in the 1988 presidential campaign Friday, with both sides launching TV ad campaigns pounding away at the subject. Democratic presidential nominee Michael S. Dukakis' campaign came slugging back on a nagging issue--prison furloughs--by unveiling a new national television ad that accuses Republican nominee George Bush of distorting the facts.
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