Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Obama eyes the West Wing, not "The West Wing"
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. Barack Obama unveiled the official name of his presidential campaign Monday in papers filed with the Federal Election Commission. Eschewing the traditional "Obama for President" moniker, the Illinois Democrat has opted instead for "Obama for America."
Other presidential campaigns that have used the "[Candidate] for America" nomenclature include:
* "Dean for America" (2004) -- Howard Dean (D-Vermont)
* "Bartlet for America" (1999-2006) -- fictional TV president Josiah Bartlet (D-NBC's "The West Wing")
In 2003, the Dean campaign acknowledged that a campaign staffer and "West Wing" fan suggested the name "Dean for America" after hearing the "Bartlet for America" slogan on the NBC TV series, and that the former governor decided on the name without realizing the connection.
Dan Pfeiffer, an Obama spokesman, tells the Ticker that the new campaign name is not in homage to the show but rather "reflects the grassroots nature of an Obama candidacy."
Obama's FEC filing
-- CNN Political Research Director Robert Yoon
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