December 19th, 2007
11:00 AM ET
15 years ago

Holiday political ads take center stage

'Tis the season for holiday political ads.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - With the first round of presidential nominating contests falling just days after Christmas this cycle, presidential candidates are looking for novel ways to reach voters during a season when politics is about as appetizing as a run-of-the-mill fruitcake.

Following Mike Huckabee’s Yuletide spot, two more presidential candidates are out with 30-second Christmas-themed TV ads Tuesday that look as if they could double as warm-and-fuzzy holiday specials.

The entire Obama family is the star of a new ad for the Illinois Democrat, sitting in front of crackling fireplace and perfectly decorated mantle.

"In this holiday season we are reminded that the things that unite us as a people are more powerful and enduring than anything that sets us apart," Barack Obama says. "And we all have a stake in each other, in something larger than ourselves."

Obama's young daughters Malia and Sasha end the ad with a "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Holidays" respectively. The spot will begin airing Friday in the early-voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.

Tough-as-nails former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani dons a softer image in his Granite State spot, appearing in a bright red sweater vest in front of a twinkling Christmas tree. His holiday wishes?

“I wish for peace with strength. Secure borders. A government that spends less than it takes in. Lower taxes for our businesses and families. And I really hope, that all of the presidential candidates can just get along," he says before Santa Claus himself makes a surprise appearance to interrupt.

“Ho, ho, ho, ho. I was with you right up until that last one. Ho, ho, ho, ho, ho.”

Giuliani responds, “Can’t have everything!"

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Ajay Jain

    Barak Hussien Obama can take his UNITY message to Super Tuesday but he can not win on Super Tuesday. He lacks the passion, organization and the political will of Hillary Clinton aand Bill Clinton.

    People, polls and pundits have unfairly exaggerated thyew importance of the IOWA caucuse results. Super Tuesday is all that matters. Why do all the pollsters behave as if 2008 cycle is like any other? It is NOT! Super Tueesday is different this time and organization and money will matter.

    Hillary has BOTH on her side and she is doing well nationally so GO HILLARY!

    December 20, 2007 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. Ajay Jain

    Hucabee our Christian candidate started it all and now all will follow. After all it is the festive season and religion is in the air. May Hucabee be the GOP nominee so Hillary can be President in 2009.

    December 21, 2007 04:07 am at 4:07 am |
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