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Trial and Error

Can Cindy Beat Michelle This Week?

September 2, 2008 9:50 AM

Michelle Obama was the big winner at last week’s Democratic National Convention. At least in the viral video sweepstakes. Online video measurement service Visible Measures said the speech from Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s wife generated more views than those from Hillary and Bill Clinton combined. The measurement firm just focused on the supporting cast at the convention last week, not on Mr. Obama or his vice-presidential pick Joe Biden.

As of Aug. 29, Ms. Obama’s speech had been viewed more than 1.2 million times online, Visible Measures said. Hillary Clinton’s speech had been viewed more than 580,000 times and Bill Clinton’s more than 520,000 times as of Aug. 29.

This week Visible Measures will start tracking viral views of clips from the Republican National Convention, which has kicked off. My bet is the buzz surrounding Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin will push her past both Ms. Obama and any speeches by Cindy McCain, the wife of Republican candidate John McCain.


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