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Ira Teinowitz is covering the Democratic and Republican conventions, documenting how television and advertisers mix it up with the politicians.

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'Hardball' Takes on Crowds

August 25, 2008 2:31 PM

Across from Union Station, at MSNBC's live set, Chris Matthews is trying to conduct "Hardball" amidst a screaming crowd.

In the crowd is a man wearing a toilet seat costume warning that running water wastes water, people with Hillary Clinton signs, people with Obama signs and people with McCain signs—and I forgot the man in the Uncle Sam costume on stilts.

"It's like a carnival," says one man.

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