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March 21, 2004 | Edwin Chen, Times Staff Writer
At a rally marking the kickoff of his reelection campaign, President Bush on Saturday unleashed a blistering attack on John F. Kerry's domestic and foreign policy positions while portraying himself as a decisive leader who would keep America safe during troubled times. Returning to the heart of the state that delivered him the White House in the disputed 2000 election, Bush was greeted by a crowd of some 10,000 supporters at the Orange County Convention Center here.
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March 30, 2007 | Tina Daunt, Times Staff Writer
George Clooney can't decide what role he'd like to play. This has nothing to do with his flourishing movie career and everything to do with the 2008 presidential campaign, where the involvement of even a widely admired star can be the subject of a serious dilemma. On the one hand, the actor said in an interview, he would love to throw himself into campaigning for his friend, Sen. Barack Obama, a politician he compares to President Kennedy.
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NATIONAL
July 14, 2004 | Peter Wallsten, Times Staff Writer
For four years they have shunned the spotlight. No more. Barbara and Jenna Bush, now 22-year-old college graduates, are the stars of a Vogue magazine spread that hits newsstands today, in which they publicly embrace their status as scions of political royalty. Jenna, draped in a strapless, cranberry-colored Oscar de la Renta gown, poses with a half-grin and shows off a Harry Winston bracelet.
NATIONAL
March 26, 2007 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
The handful of people who have gathered on the patio of a Pasadena coffeehouse are either the answer, or the big question mark, in the upcoming presidential election. They have come at the behest of Mike Barako, a Los Angeles special-ed teacher who has been following Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.). Last month, Barako launched a website through Obama's online campaign to build a local committee of active supporters.
NATIONAL
September 23, 2004 | Nick Anderson, Times Staff Writer
Amid this week's campaign clashes over the U.S. mission in Iraq and reports of beheadings of American civilians, President Bush turned Wednesday to a novel image to attack Sen. John F. Kerry: windsurfing. In a 30-second advertisement to debut today, Bush lampoons one of his Democratic challenger's favorite recreational pastimes while attacking him as indecisive on Iraq and other matters.
NATIONAL
November 7, 2004 | Lisa Getter, Times Staff Writer
From coast to coast, political strategists, media consultants, lawyers and pollsters earned millions of dollars in the nation's most expensive presidential election in history. Olsen & Shuvalov, the direct marketing firm in Austin, Texas, that was founded by Karl Rove, President Bush's political strategist, received $34 million from the Bush campaign. Rove no longer has a financial interest in the firm. Integral Resources Inc., a Boston-area telemarketing firm begun by one of Sen. John F.
NATIONAL
March 9, 2004 | Nick Anderson, Times Staff Writer
The first Republican-linked television ad attacking presumptive Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kerry depicts him as an old-fashioned liberal who, despite his avowed populism, favors expensive haircuts and designer shirts and owns a 42-foot yacht and several lavish residences. The advertisement is airing this week in about a dozen states, according to the head of Citizens United, the conservative group paying for it.
NATIONAL
January 10, 2004 | Scott Martelle and Maria La Ganga, Times Staff Writers
Debbie Ayers, bundled against the bitter cold, stood beneath an awning in the heart of this ski town's business district a few days ago and listed the people still in contention for her vote in New Hampshire's Jan. 27 Democratic primary. She liked Howard Dean, the former governor next door, because of his passion but was wary of his lack of experience. Wesley K. Clark, the retired general from Arkansas, was "interesting," but "I'm cautious about a guy who's never been elected to anything."
NATIONAL
August 26, 2004 | Ronald Brownstein, Times Staff Writer
President Bush heads into next week's Republican National Convention with voters moving slightly in his direction since July amid signs that Sen. John F. Kerry has been nicked by attacks on his service in Vietnam, a Times poll has found. For the first time this year in a Times survey, Bush led Kerry in the presidential race, drawing 49% among registered voters, compared with 46% for the Democrat.
NATIONAL
May 15, 2004 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
Sen. John F. Kerry said Friday that despite public declarations from France and other European countries that they would not send troops to Iraq, there were indications some of the nations would be willing to change course with the right diplomatic effort. "There are senators and ...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2005 | Matea Gold
A book about CBS' airing of a flawed story last fall about President Bush's service in the Texas Air National Guard, written by a former CBS producer who was fired in the fallout, will hit stores next month. "Truth and Duty: The Press, the President and the Privilege of Power," written by former producer Mary Mapes and published by St. Martin's Press, is scheduled to be released Nov. 8.
NATIONAL
May 20, 2005 | From Associated Press
Ending one of the last fights from the contentious 2004 presidential campaign, Ohio's top judge declined Thursday to punish four lawyers who had challenged the results in court. Chief Justice Thomas Moyer ruled against Ohio Atty. Gen. Jim Petro's attempt to have the lawyers sanctioned for filing a "meritless claim" against the vote that gave President Bush a win in Ohio and, as a result, enough electoral votes to win a second term in the White House.
NATIONAL
April 12, 2005 | Ronald Brownstein, Times Staff Writer
Jewish voters remained overwhelmingly Democratic in the 2004 presidential election, but President Bush made inroads with those who attend religious services most often, according to a study to be released today. The study by a think tank associated with the National Jewish Democratic Council mostly confirmed the initial impression from exit polls in November that found little movement toward Bush among American Jews.
NATIONAL
February 23, 2005 | From Associated Press
A large voter turnout and poll workers' confusion contributed to the invalidation of many provisional ballots cast in the Nov. 2 election, the president of the League of Women Voters said Tuesday. In Ohio, 21% of provisional ballots were found to be invalid, compared with 13% statewide in the 2000 presidential election. Nationally, 32% of provisional ballots cast in last year's election were thrown out. Most states were using them for the first time. Last year, 5.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 2005 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
Documentary filmmakers James Stern and Adam Del Deo traveled to Ohio last November in search of a specific election story. When the presidential voting was completed, they ended up with a very different movie. Stern and Del Deo, both of whom voted for Sen. John F. Kerry, initially traveled to the battleground state to document how thousands of Republican poll watchers would challenge Ohio voters.
NATIONAL
February 13, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The battle for Ohio in last year's presidential campaign came with a huge price tag: $100 million for television advertising alone, according to a study released by political science professors from the universities of Cincinnati and Akron. Both sides also spent an estimated $50 million for mailings, door-to-door contacts and phone calls.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2004 | Anne-Marie O'Connor, Times Staff Writer
Wesley Clark stood before his supporters, his eyes tired and soulful, his smile warm and tinged with mixed emotions. His wife, whom he affectionately termed "the general's general," beamed radiantly at his side. There were red, white and blue banners, balloons and streamers, but it was not exactly a celebration. It was the end of his presidential campaign. "But it's not the end of the cause," Clark said, looking out with a steady gaze. "The real cause is the campaign for America's future."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 30, 2007 | Tina Daunt, Times Staff Writer
George Clooney can't decide what role he'd like to play. This has nothing to do with his flourishing movie career and everything to do with the 2008 presidential campaign, where the involvement of even a widely admired star can be the subject of a serious dilemma. On the one hand, the actor said in an interview, he would love to throw himself into campaigning for his friend, Sen. Barack Obama, a politician he compares to President Kennedy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2005 | From Associated Press
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday dismissed accusations that his decision to allow same-sex marriages motivated conservative voters to turn out in crucial battleground states like Ohio, helping President Bush win reelection. "That train had already left the station," Newsom said during an appearance at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. "This was going to be used as a wedge issue regardless of whether or not some crazy mayor was sworn in in San Francisco."
NATIONAL
January 13, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The state Supreme Court dismissed a challenge in Columbus to the presidential election in light of last week's certification of the electoral vote and the coming inauguration of President Bush. A lawyer for the plaintiffs, a group of 37 voters, had moved to drop the lawsuit, saying it is now moot. The high court agreed without comment to dismiss it.
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