Obama poster artist gets probation for evidence tampering
September 7th, 2012
06:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama poster artist gets probation for evidence tampering

New York (CNN) - The street artist who created the iconic red, white and blue Obama "Hope" posters in the lead-up to the 2008 presidential election was sentenced Friday to two years' probation after tampering with evidence, prosecutors said.

Shepard Fairey pleaded guilty in February to criminal contempt of court for falsifying and destroying documents and coaching a witness while embroiled in a copyright infringement battle over his use of a now-famous image by The Associated Press that featured then-Sen. Barack Obama.

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Filed under: 2008 Election • President Obama
Similarities seen between 2008 Obama ad, 2012 RNC video
June 9th, 2012
02:06 PM ET
2 years ago

Similarities seen between 2008 Obama ad, 2012 RNC video

(CNN) - If a web video released by the Republican National Committee on Friday looked familiar, no, that's not an old link from four years ago.

The web video, which hits President Barack Obama's comment on Friday that the "private sector's doing fine," bears certain similarities to an economy-themed television advertisement produced by the Obama campaign in 2008.
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Filed under: 2008 Election • 2012 • John McCain • President Obama • RNC
Tweet of the day: McCain congratulates Palin
April 3rd, 2012
03:48 PM ET
2 years ago

Tweet of the day: McCain congratulates Palin

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain of Arizona, something of a prolific user of Twitter compared to other senators, took to the site Tuesday to recognize his one-time running mate's guest hosting of a morning television show.

"Great job by @SarahPalinUSA on @TODAYShow this morning!" he tweeted of Sarah Palin's morning television appearance.
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Filed under: 2008 Election • John McCain • Sarah Palin
McCain: Palin was 'best qualified'
Then-Republican presidential nominee John McCain stands with then-Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin at the Republican National Convention on September 4, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
March 11th, 2012
04:10 PM ET
2 years ago

McCain: Palin was 'best qualified'

(CNN) – Despite the hype, Sen. John McCain has no plans to watch HBO’s “Game Change,” the new film about his unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign.

“I’m not going to watch it,” McCain said on “Fox News Sunday.” “It’s based on a book that’s completely biased and with unattributed quotes, et cetera.”
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Filed under: 2008 Election • John McCain • Sarah Palin
March 9th, 2012
05:27 PM ET
2 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: 'Game Change' doesn’t disappoint

(CNN) – Washington insiders were at the Newseum last night to see the new HBO film, “Game Change,” about Sarah Palin and the 2008 race for the White House.

I really wasn’t sure what to expect but I was very impressed with the finished product. It kept my interest for the entire two hours.

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February 24th, 2012
05:55 PM ET
2 years ago

Newly released Palin e-mails show frustration and discussion of her marital status

Washington (CNN) - Thousands of newly released e-mails from former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin show her frustration with the increasing ethics complaints filed against her and the mounting legal costs her family was personally incurring.

Also there is one tantalizing e-mail from Sept. 26, 2007 - almost a full year before she was tapped for the unsuccessful GOP presidential ticket - with the subject line saying "Marital Problems." Addressing two of her gubernatorial aides, she said "So speaking of ... If we, er, when we get a divorce, does that quell 'conflict of interest' accusations about BP?"
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Filed under: 2008 Election • Sarah Palin
Palin advisers condemn 'Game Change' movie
February 22nd, 2012
08:40 PM ET
2 years ago

Palin advisers condemn 'Game Change' movie

Phoenix, Arizona (CNN) - In a rare show of public unity from a notoriously media-shy group, several current and former Sarah Palin advisers spoke out Wednesday about the upcoming HBO film "Game Change," which they said portrays the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee in a harsh and unfair light.

"It's false portrait cobbled together by a bunch of people who simply weren't there," said Jason Recher, a senior adviser to Palin during the 2008 race who was a fixture at the candidate's side during campaign, but does not appear in the film.
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Filed under: 2008 Election • Sarah Palin
Gingrich plans major speeches, including one on space
January 22nd, 2012
11:29 AM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich plans major speeches, including one on space

(CNN) – Riding the momentum of his South Carolina win on Saturday, Newt Gingrich said Sunday he planned a week of big speeches offering “big solutions for a big country.”

“I’ll be at the space coast in Florida this week giving a speech — a visionary speech — on the United States going back into space in the John F. Kennedy tradition,” the former House Speaker said on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal.”
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Filed under: 2008 Election • 2012 • Florida • Newt Gingrich
Gingrich ad compares Romney’s ‘desperate’ attacks to 2008 campaign
January 19th, 2012
03:16 AM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich ad compares Romney’s ‘desperate’ attacks to 2008 campaign

Washington (CNN) – The Gingrich campaign reached back to 2008 in its latest ad attacking Mitt Romney, accusing the former Massachusetts governor of using the same “desperate” and “dishonest” attacks he used when he ran for president in 2008.

The ad, titled “Desperate,” starts with a narrator stating, “Why is Mitt Romney attacking Newt Gingrich?” It then cuts to a clip of John McCain, a recent Romney supporter, stating, “The best indicator that I am doing very well is when you’re attacked by Mitt Romney.”

Tune in Thursday at 8 p.m. ET for the CNN/Southern Republican Presidential Debate hosted by John King and follow it on Twitter at #CNNDebate. For real-time coverage of the South Carolina primary, go to CNNPolitics.com or to the CNN apps or CNN mobile web site.

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Filed under: 2008 Election • 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • South Carolina
DNC highlights old Romney-McCain tension
January 5th, 2012
05:00 AM ET
2 years ago

DNC highlights old Romney-McCain tension

(CNN) - As Arizona Sen. John McCain travels to South Carolina Thursday to show his support for Mitt Romney, national Democrats point to the duo's rivalry from the last presidential cycle.

The Democratic National Committee released a new web video showcasing McCain's 2008 attacks against Romney, many of which toe the same line the DNC now uses to paint Romney as a flip-flopper.
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Filed under: 2008 Election • 2012 • DNC • John McCain • Mitt Romney
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