WASHINGTON (CNN) – California Rep. Duncan Hunter is asking constituents to support his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, in the first television commercial aired by a candidate for the 2008 presidential race.
The ad shows Hunter sitting before a blue backdrop as he thanks Southern California voters for electing him to Congress and then solicits their support for a national campaign.
"I authorized it so that Lynne and I could thank you for some 26 years of great support as your representative in San Diego," Hunter said in the ad that began running Thursday on KUSI, an independent station located in the San Diego media market. "Now I'm running for the presidency and lots of folks have asked how they can help.
"Please join our campaign and help us spread this message of a strong national defense, border control and protecting American jobs," he added.
Hunter spokesman Roy Tyler did not disclose the amount being spent on the ad, but described it as a "test buy." Tyler said the campaign will evaluate their television advertising strategy next week.
"It is the first ad paid for by a candidate's presidential committee," said Evan Tracey, chief operating officer for TNSMI/Campaign Media Analysis Group, CNN's consultant on television advertising spending. "Hunter has been very aggressive in his use of TV advertising dating back to December of 2006 when his political action committee began running ads in key early states."
Tracey noted that Hunter has opened the door for what is going to be a record-breaking cycle for political ad spending.
"When all is said and done this will be an asterisk in the record books," he said. "The 2008 elections will be the longest and most expensive advertising cycle we have ever seen for a presidential race."
WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Democratic National Committee has chosen Denver to host the party's 2008 national convention, the committee formally announced late this morning.
Denver beat out other cities including New York for the right to host the party's presidential nominating convention that begins August 25 and runs through August 28. DNC Chairman Howard Dean cited the party's recent political successes made in the West as one of the reasons why he chose Denver for the convention site.
"There is no question that the West is important to the future of the Democratic Party," Dean said in a prepared statement. "The recent Democratic gains in the West exemplify the principle that when we show up and ask for people's votes and talk about what we stand for, we can win in any part of the country. Additionally, we have a number of strong Democratic leaders in the West who will be a part of showcasing the vision of Democratic leadership for America as we introduce the next Democratic President in the Rocky Mountains."
One of the leaders Dean is apparently referring to is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, who Democratic sources tell CNN urged the DNC to pick Denver as the host city.
In an interview with CNN, Colorado Democratic Party Chair Patricia Waak said the party received two calls from the DNC this morning leading her to believe that Denver would be selected as the 2008 convention site. At that time, Waak said she expected an official announcement shortly.
The last time a Democratic convention was held in Denver was 1908, when the Democrats nominated William Jennings Bryan as their nominee for a third time. News that the DNC picked Denver was first reported by National Journal's Hotline.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Democratic National Committee has chosen Denver to host the party's 2008 national convention, multiple senior Democratic strategists tell CNN.
The DNC would not confirm the selection, but Colorado Democratic Party Chair Patricia Waak told CNN that the party received two calls from the DNC this morning leading her to believe that Denver will be the site of the 2008 convention. Waak said she expected an official announcement shortly.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Republican National Committee will hold its 2008 presidential nominating convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Republican
officials announced Wednesday afternoon.
The Twin Cities beat out Cleveland, New York City and Tampa-St.
Petersburg in Florida for the right to host the weeklong convention, scheduled to take place Sept. 1-4, 2008.
Democrats have not yet announced the host city for their presidential nominating convention, which will be held the week before, Aug. 25-28.
Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York City, and Denver were bidding for the Democrats' convention. That list has now been narrowed to New York and Denver.
The first and only time a GOP convention was held in Minneapolis-St. Paul was in 1892, when Republicans re-nominated President Benjamin Harrison for a second term. He lost that year to Grover Cleveland. The Democrats have never held their convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul.