Candidates Take On Hair (and Hare) Queries

Hair, or perhaps a hare, was the focus of two of the presidential candidates' campaign videos that aired in conjunction with Monday's CNN/YouTube Democratic presidential debate. Campaigns were asked to create YouTube-style videos to be played sporadically throughout the evening.

While one candidate showcased his white hairs, equating them to his years of experience in Congress, another was hoping to bring the focus off his well-groomed locks.

In his campaign video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LassUzs34E), snow-topped Sen. Chris Dodd sat next to a white hare, a rabbit named Lancaster who was saved from a Lancaster, Pa., animal shelter.

A reporter asks Dodd, "What's with the white hare?" Dodd cites his years of experience and calls his white hair a nonissue. "Well, how many white hares do you have?" the reporter asks.

"Hundreds, thousands, I presume," Dodd says ruffling his white plumage.

The reporter is flabbergasted, staring at the rabbit.

The other hair video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1qG6m9SnWI) was created to turn the attention away from John Edwards's mane. With a song from the musical Hair blasting in the background, the video shows an assortment of hair, including Edwards's, and then scenes from Iraq and Hurricane Katrina. "What really matters?" flashes across the screen. And then "you choose."

Edwards's campaign questioned the media's attention on his $400 haircuts. "In our video, the Edwards campaign has taken on what the press is convinced is its biggest vulnerability: a haircut," campaign spokesperson Eric Schultz said.

The "Hair" video has been an Internet hit since its debut yesterday, already receiving upward of 45,000 hits. Dodd's "Hare" video hasn't gotten as much play, with 2,000 hits. The Dodd campaign would not respond to whether Lancaster the hare would appear alongside the white-haired senator in future campaign material.


By Nikki Schwab
  • CBSNews

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