McCain, Obama videos campaign for attention on YouTube
John McCain‘s image takes a drubbing in the world of Web video, particularly in comparison to his likely opponent for president, Barack Obama. Nearly 51,000 people subscribe to Obama’s channel on YouTube, the most popular video sharing site, compared to less than 5,000 for McCain. Videos posted by the Obama campaign have logged 14 million views, compared to 675,000 views of videos posted by McCain’s camp.
A search of the Top 10 videos as displayed on YouTube Thursday shows Republican McCain targeted mostly by parodies and hard-edged commentary, while Obama gets mostly garlands from his supporters.
Top John McCain videos
The candidate depicted as a double-talker. 1,506,000 views
The candidate linked to the controversial pastor. 117,000 views
McCain offers conflicting views on the Iraq War, the Confederate flag and on evangelical preachers. 675,000 views
Parodies pro-Obama “Yes We Can” video with a dark, war-mongering McCain. 1,697,000 views
Tim Russert uses McCain’s statements on Somalia to try to box him in on Iraq. 236,000 views
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McCain takes a few barbs and slings. 144,000 views
McCain strikes back at a town hall guest who suggests he’s too old. 561,000 views
The candidate defends the possibility of a prolonged military effort to the U.S. presence in Japan and South Korea. 116,000 views
Another parody on “Yes We Can” portrays McCain as a hope crusher. 480,000 views
Celebrates McCain’s service in the Navy and 5½ years as a Vietnam prisoner of war. 137,000 views
Top Barack Obama videos
Obama’s Memorial Day Speech. 47,000 views
Obama speaks about education. 10,000 views
The candidate speaks on race and his one-time pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. 4.5 million views*
The candidate on why he is running. 1.1 million views
Ode from Will.I.Am, John Legend and other hipsters. 12.8 million views*
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The candidate talks tech at the Internet firm. 257,000 views
Obama dances and chats with the daytime TV comedian. 921,000 views
Pundits praise the candidate for candor about his youthful marijuana use “as a kid.” 554,000 views
Faux campaign promises, including No 8: “Appoint Mitt Romney Secretary of Lookin’ Good.” 460,000 views
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A risque romp with actors as the Democratic contenders. 9.2 million views
Source: YouTube.com*"Views” figure comes from more than one YouTube channel.
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