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Spin Control

Thursday’s quickie political briefing

Today's videos: Britney is showing up in campaign commercials. Really. (We can't make this up, it's too bizarre.)
She has a quick cameo in the latest McCain ad:

And, very quickly, there's a counter ad that hits back.

Maybe it's time for a third video, a new version of "Leave Britney Alone!"

Here are the headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press
McCain campaign says Obama played race card; calls move ’divisive and wrong’

Poll: Obama leads McCain in Pennsylvania; McCain tied with Obama in Ohio, Florida

Ron Paul’s followers vow to fight on in West, playing possible spoiler for John McCain

Effort to get Obama to pick Clinton as his No. 2 ends with conclusion she won’t be picked

To read the stories behind these headlines, click here and scroll down.
Barack Obama campaigns in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, before heading to a fundraiser in Houston. John McCain meets with voters in Racine, Wis.
“We’re in very serious times, and people want serious answers to serious problems. We think they’re going to get that from Barack Obama. We’ll let John McCain and his campaign scoop out footage of Paris Hilton or Britney Spears and whatever other person they want to put on TV.” — Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs, speaking on NBC’s “Today” show about a McCain ad.
In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George Bush won Wisconsin’s 1st District, which contains Racine, with 54 percent of the vote. Democrat John Kerry took Iowa’s 2nd District, where Cedar Rapids is located, with 55 percent of the vote.

The Spokesman-Review's political team keeps a critical eye on local, state and national politics.