Politico: Obama has advantage on economy

By MARK PENN Published September 29, 2008 The financial crisis has redefined the presidential race, bringing into stark relief the candidate who can deal with the complexities of the global markets and return the country to prosperity over the next four years. The race is no longer about change, experience, […]

September 29, 2008

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Politico: Candidates must come out swinging

By MARK PENN Published September 24, 2008 The two prep teams for the presidential debates are moving into high gear, readying their candidates for the ring, knowing the stakes are probably the highest since the Kennedy-Nixon face-offs played a decisive role in the 1960 election. The winner of Friday’s presidential […]

September 24, 2008

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Politico: So goes the nation: New electoral map

By MARK PENN Published September 17, 2008 The outcome of the 2008 election will, like the last two presidential campaigns, come down to a small number of voters in a few places. Yet those votes will be affected by big, overarching events such as the emergence of Republican vice presidential […]

September 17, 2008

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Politico: Penn on who won at conventions

By MARK PENN Published September 9, 2008 Here’s my post-convention take on the most important questions likely to decide the general election. Who won the conventions? No one — or everyone — won. The post-convention polls suggest that the party gatherings did not fundamentally change the race — this is […]

September 9, 2008

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Politico: DNC sets high bar for RNC to reach

By MARK PENN Published September 1, 2008 As the Republicans get their turn this week at the GOP convention in St. Paul, Minn., they start out with a difficult — though not impossible — mountain to climb. Democratic nominee Barack Obama is getting his convention bump for his party confab […]

September 1, 2008

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Politico: Mapping a path to the White House

By MARK PENN Published August 19, 2008 During the Super Bowl, the seventh game of the World Series and the “American Idol” finale, Americans can be counted on to sit in front of their television sets. The same is true of the quadrennial political conventions. America is a country that […]

August 19, 2008

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Politico: Negative ads: They really do work

By MARK PENN Published August 11, 2008 Clever negative advertising works. That is reality. The tactic meets with media and pundit disapproval and spawns accusations of negativity, but the reality is that a clever negative ad can be devastatingly effective. The 2008 presidential race is shaping up to be a […]

August 11, 2008

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