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Kaine and Very Able

July 29th, 2008 by Matthew Slutsky

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What a day for DoubleSpeak! This morning we scored an interview with Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia and were able to be among the first people to ask him about the Washington Post’s reports that he sits atop Senator Barack Obama’s shortlist for Vice-President.

We’ve posted over at HuffingtonPost’s OffTheBus but wanted to give some love to all you DoubleSpeakers out there too. Here’s the recap as described on the HuffPo:

Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia woke up this morning to a new reality. He is, as reported by the Washington Post, on the short list to be Sen. Barack Obama’s running mate.

Kaine’s monthly radio appearance to discuss local issues pre-scheduled for today on WTOP radio in Washington, DC, was cast in different, higher intensity light. Kaine was joined by his colleagues DC Mayor Adrian Fenty and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley.

It was quite a scene with a catered buffet (which included an omelet station) and a throng of reporters waiting to get an answer to the question of the day: will Kaine be Obama’s Vice-Presidential pick?

Governor Kaine, Governor O'Malley and Mayor Fenty

WTOP Big Board

Immediately following the radio broadcast, we were able to get a few minutes with the Governor and ask a number of questions about his personal reaction to the attention he’s receiving and to get his response to Sen. McCain’s recent attacks on Sen. Obama’s overseas trip.

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Kaine on McCain’s campaign
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“It’s just desperation. They’re just looking for a handle to grab on and slow the momentum of this bus down. And, it’s a different strategy every couple of days. It really has the air of desperation about it.”


Kaine on Vice-Presidential Speculation
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“…I’m not going to make the case for myself because that’s not why I’ve endorsed Senator Obama…”

“And, it still seems unlikely to me, it’s nice being mentioned. My Mom likes it, you know, but look, I got on board in February of ‘07 because I knew the country needed a change in direction and from a good Democratic field– I thought the field was a good field– he just struck as the guy who could change the direction of the nation. I’m just so gratified by the way the campaign has been run and the chance we have nationally but also in Virginia.”

“It’s a little surreal. It’s surreal to be mentioned and again it’s nice to be considered but I know there’s a lot of folks they’re looking at– there’s a lot of different skills and attributes that they have to weigh– personal, geographic, political — a whole series of things. But, you know, I have grown to have tremendous confidence in Barack’s judgment, in the judgment of his team, in very hard moments along the campaign, you know, I’ve kind of been with him when things were going well and not so well but they’ve always, in a cool and deliberate way, made a good judgment, and I have no doubt that the pick they make is going to be a strong one.”

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A very special thank you to our talented photographer Kate Sokolov who negotiated her way through the gaggle of reporters to get some great pics. We also want to thank Governor Kaine’s staff for allowing us great access during the WTOP interview and for granting us one of the only one-on-one interviews of the morning.

Flashback: McCain in the Granite State

March 10th, 2008 by Joshua Skaroff

As now-Republican nominee John McCain heads back to New Hampshire, we turn back the clock to just 2 months ago, when Senator McCain’s triumph over his opponents was far from assured. From DoubleSpeak’s coverage of the New Hampshire Primary for the Huffington Post.

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Originally posted on Off The Bus.

More On Ron Paul and Fox News

January 4th, 2008 by Joshua Skaroff

If you enjoyed our video yesterday on Ron Paul and his New Hampshire campaign, give a listen to the extended version:

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As always, you can check out our videos on YouTube, photos on Flickr, and our commentary and analysis on the Huffington Post.

Axelrod Responds To Obama Victory: ‘Expects Attacks’

January 4th, 2008 by Joshua Skaroff

In an interview with DoubleSpeak, Barack Obama’s Chief Strategist David Axelrod responded to Obama’s Iowa caucus victory. During this interview at the Senator’s first campaign event in the state of New Hampshire, Axelrod said that attacks on Obama are to be expected from his rivals over the next few days.

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David Axelrod Reaction

Rough transcript after the jump.

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MT: Jon Tester, Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Jim Farrell

November 5th, 2006 by Joshua Skaroff

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Jon Tester, Candidate for U.S. Senate
Democrat from Montana

Governor Brian Schweitzer
Democrat from Montana

Jim Farrell, Executive Director
Montana Democratic Party

Music by Wilco, Marah and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones.

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IA: Chet Culver, AFSCME Pres. Danny Homan, Mike Stark

November 1st, 2006 by Joshua Skaroff

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Secretary of State Chet Culver, Candidate for Governor
Democrat from Iowa

Danny Homan, President
AFSCME Iowa Council 61

Mike Stark, Activist
University of Virginia Law Student and Former US Marine

Music by Dar Williams, Gecko 3, and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones.

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MN-05 & IA-01: Keith Ellison, Bruce Braley

October 25th, 2006 by Joshua Skaroff

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Keith Ellison, Candidate for U.S. Congress
Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District

Bruce Braley, Candidate for U.S. Congress
Iowa’s 1st Congressional District

Music by Barenaked Ladies, Dios Malos, and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones.

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WI: Kathleen Falk and Sen. Russ Feingold

October 22nd, 2006 by Joshua Skaroff

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Kathleen Falk
Candidate for Attorney General of Wisconsin

Senator Russ Feingold
Democrat from Wisconsin

Music by Carey Bell, Steve Earle, and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones.

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Governor Jennifer Granholm
Democrat from Michigan

Senator Debbie Stabenow
Democrat from Michigan

Debbie Dingell
Candidate Wayne State Board of Governors and Political Activist

Music by Junkyard Empire and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones.

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OH: Rep. Sherrod Brown, Ohio AFL-CIO

October 12th, 2006 by Joshua Skaroff

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Rep. Sherrod Brown
Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate

Kyle McDermott, Ohio ALF-CIO
State Political Coordinator

Ben Waxman, Ohio AFL-CIO
State Field Director

Music by Marah, Highway Dave and The Varmints, and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones.

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