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October 20th, 2010
09:31 PM ET

Politics: How low can they go?

(CNN) – Sharron Angle's latest campaign ad has been knocked to the mat.

The ad was removed from YouTube hours after its release because of a copyright claim made by Zuffa LLC, the Las Vegas-based parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

It is unclear what part of the ad is in question. The Angle campaign referred questions about the copyright claim to Zuffa. A Zuffa spokesman has not returned CNN's request for comment.

The ad, entitled "Supermodels," makes an issue of opponent Harry Reid's lifestyle, and contrasts it with the hardships faced by average Nevadans.

"While your family is just hanging on, someone's been hanging out with supermodels," an on-screen narrator says, pointing to a photo of Reid with a blonde supermodel.

The ad goes on to contrast Reid's luxury apartment at the Ritz Carlton in Washington with the fact that Nevada has the nation's highest foreclosure rate. Angle has frequently targeted Reid's apartment; it was the focus of another ad released yesterday, and was brought up by Angle in last Thursday's debate.

Some bloggers have also criticized the ad, which contains a heavily edited image of Reid.

"While you may be in the unemployment line, someone's more likely to be in a conga line," the narrator says while pointing to a photo of the Senate majority leader holding a woman's outstretched arms.

But, the photo has been reversed and cropped so that only the woman's arms are visible. Those arms belong to none other than first lady Michelle Obama, who posed with Reid at an event promoting her physical fitness initiative.

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October 20th, 2010
09:28 PM ET

Can write-in candidate win Senate seat?

(CNN) – Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski said officials have to be "more realistic" in their approach to problem solving in Washington, and that "consensus should not be a dirty word."

In an interview with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, Murkowski said, "I think what is important is how you achieve the ends here. When we're talking about reducing spending, lets not deceive people into thinking if you eliminate ear marks all of a sudden we will not be operating out of deficit. "

"We need to be more realistic when it comes to how we deal with our entitlements and that kind of spending, but right now there's a lot of very simplistic solutions out there to some very difficult and complex problems that we face as a state and as a nation."

Murkowski conceded to Tea Party-backed Joe Miller after he won the Republican primary in August. But she elected to pursue a write-in campaign after deciding she had a chance to once again win the Senate seat.

Asked about the views of the Tea Party, Murkowski said, "I think it's important to recognize that many of the issues that are brought up in the Tea Party – the issue of pushing back against government regulation, how we deal with debt and spending – these are issues we should all be focused on. Democrats, Republicans, Tea Party, non-Tea Party."

"Consensus should not be a dirty word in the political process," Murkowski said. "And yet there are some who believe that we should never be reaching across the aisle; I couldn't disagree more."

A new CNN/Time Opinion Research Corporation poll out Wednesday showed Lisa Murkowski and Joe Miller tied among likely voters.

If she wins this election, Murkowski would be the first write-in candidate to do so since Strom Thurmond won his write-in bid in 1954.

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October 20th, 2010
09:24 PM ET
October 20th, 2010
04:20 PM ET

Tonight on JKUSA...

Alaskan Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski will join us LIVE tonight…we’ll ask her about her decision to run as a write-in candidate after losing the Republican primary. What do you want us to ask her? Send us your questions NOW!


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October 20th, 2010
01:05 PM ET

Correction to last night's program

During a segment of John King, USA, last night, we discussed the long relationship between former President Bill Clinton and Rep. Kendrick Meek, a U.S. Senate candidate from Florida. We noted that Meek’s mother, Rep. Carrie Meek, had strongly defended Clinton during the impeachment process. To illustrate the point, we inadvertently aired video of Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL) from the same day on the House floor. We apologize for the mistake. Below is the transcript of Rep. Carrie Meek’s speech on the House floor on December 18, 1998:

REP. CARRIE MEEK (D-FL):

“Mr. Speaker, I stand to voice my dissent and my disagreement, and I rise to give my strong opposition to the articles of impeachment that have been brought before us today.

I know what has caused this to happen; I have watched it.

It took me 129 years to get to this Congress because of some folks interpreting the Constitution. I have heard a lot about the Constitution today. But the same people that are interpreting it wrongly today were obviously there long many years ago when it was misinterpreted and when some folks were left out.

How many more good people are going to have to lose their reputation because of what I am seeing here in this Congress? Good men are losing their reputation every day here. Who will be next because of this strive, this strive for gonadal agony?

We are going in the wrong direction here in this Congress. Because of this biased interpretation a man who has served this country very well is now up for impeachment.

Too many of my colleagues have a gotcha syndrome. They want to do their best to get Mr. President. I saw it from the very beginning with every kind of gate there was in government reform. There was a tailgate, there was a post office gate. Every gate imaginable was brought before that committee long before this impeachment started, but it was the beginning of impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton.

My colleagues have not liked him from the very beginning. I have tried to find out why. They dislike him, but they cannot get him in the manner which they tried before, so now they are going to use this gonad shriveling impeachment process to try and get him. It is unfair, it is tainted.

I have some familiarity with this unfairness and injustice that we see in this country. My colleagues cannot escape it. Every American knows that this impeachment process is partisan if they looked at the votes of the very good Committee on the judiciary hearings we had. I watched it. I read everything I could. It is partisan. It goes against the history of this country.

The Republican majority has chosen time and time again to exclude the Democrats. We are asking only for a chance for censure. That is what we are asking for. It does not mean we are going to win that, but at least they could give us that opportunity.

Mr. Speaker, our colleagues are out of touch with the people of the country, they are out of touch with the Constitution, and I say to the rest of them: Now is the time to try and give censure to a man who has given something for this country and give all of us who seek fairness and justice for this country. It was not only set out for certain people; it is for all the people.

Mr. Speaker, if my colleagues believe in the Constitution so strongly, they should act on it.”

Source: Congressional Record


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October 20th, 2010
12:36 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington.

Good day and a happy birthday to my jewel of a daughter. (14, gulp) The new NBC/WSJ poll is a very sobering read for President Obama and the Democrats. As noted yesterday, this is the "noise phase" of the campaign. And there is some evidence of some Democratic improvement. But there is more evidence, in this poll and on the ground coast to coast, of more Republican opportunities. Thirteen days. Strap in.

On to the bullet points, which tell you more than a little about the different moods on the left and the right. Jane – 13 days from an election that could end a four year Democratic surge uses all three of her points to take issue with a Democratic White House and its policies and proposals, from jobs to DADT to the coming deficit debate. Erick, on the other hand, acknowledges rising GOP worries about the PA Senate race, but then takes hearty aim at the opposition. the grassroots right, like the grassroots left, has plenty of grievances with its establishment. But with the primaries over, the right is setting aside most of its family feuding until post-election. Makes a difference. Enjoy the day. – John King

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Republicans are a bit concerned about Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania.

– Democrats are increasingly concerned about races they previously weren't worried about.

– Steny Hoyer says the Democrats will keep the House and Nancy Pelosi will remain Speaker. No one thought to measure his nose after he made that statement.

Firedoglake.com Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

Ten things President Obama could do right now to show leadership and make life better for most Americans.

– Lt. Dan Choi reenlists and shows Obama what leadership is. He may have to join the Army as a new recruit since the military lacks procedures for inducting DADT-discharged officers.

– French workers give US Social Security foes a taste of what the cat food commission will spawn. Are we paying attention?


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