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John Sununus not-so-greatest hits (VIDEO)

John Sununus not-so-greatest hits (VIDEO)

When John H. Sununu suggested Thursday night that Colin Powell endorsed President Obama because both are African American (he later backpedaled), he stoked controversy for what seemed like the umpteenth time this election cycle.

Sununu, a former New Hampshire governor and White House chief of staff under President George H.W. Bush, has been one of Mitt Romneys most active surrogates. Hes embraced the role of attack dog, lambasting Obama at every turn, from cable news interviews to conference calls with reporters. Along the way, his brash, outspoken manner has gotten him into some hot water. Heres a look back at some Sununu comments that have turned heads this election season.

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Mike Huckabee vouches for Todd Akin

Updated at 6:05 p.m. with more from Ralph Reed

Mike Huckabee vouches for Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.),CrossroadsGPS spends $4 million more on Senate races and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has a laugh.

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Bill Clinton makes pitch for Obama in new ad

President Obama is enlisting the help of former President Bill Clinton in his latest TV ad, a 30-second spot in which the former president casts the election as a “clear choice” between two competing economic plans.

“The Republican plan is to cut more taxes on upper income people and go back to deregulation,” Clinton says in the spot. “Thats what got us in trouble in the first place.

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Jeb Bush’s Clintonian quest

The first families of the two major American political parties are proving to be a little bit of a thorn in their teams’ sides these days.


Former Florida governor Jeb Bush on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on June 1. (J. Scott Applewhite — Associated Press)
First it was Bill Clinton wandering off-message a couple times in recent weeks, seeming to depart from the Obama campaign’s line on Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital and ending tax cuts for the wealthy.

Now, it’s become quite clear that Jeb Bush, son and brother to the 41st and 43rd presidents respectively, is on a quest to push his party away from the political extreme.

And, in fact, the efforts are somewhat comparable.

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