Clinton seeks witty, pretty ditty

The Baltimore Sun

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is seeking advice on "one of the most important issues" of her presidential campaign: picking a campaign theme song.

More than 100,000 Americans have responded to her lighthearted call for help. Some have been inspired to compose original tunes. The reaction is another example of the Internet's growing role in politics.

More than 500,000 people have watched Clinton's videotaped appeal on YouTube or her campaign Web site since the campaign posted it Wednesday. She's expected to announce her choice in the next week or so.

Picking the right song can be tricky since the signature tune will be played to death.

In the 1800s, when campaign songs became a staple of presidential politics, candidates commissioned original tunes.

More recent presidential candidates have just adopted well-known tunes as their own. In 1992, Bill Clinton played Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow)" at almost every campaign stop.

Hillary Clinton has asked voters to choose from nine titles or propose their own songs. The campaign's options, selected by the candidate and her staff, are a mix of country, rock and soul.

Smash Mouth's version of "I'm a Believer," The Temptations' "Get Ready" and Shania Twain's "Rock This Country!" are on the list, along with KT Tunstall's "Suddenly I See," the Dixie Chicks' "Ready to Run," the Staple Singers' "I'll Take You There" and Jesus Jones' "Right Here, Right Now."

U2 has two contenders, "City of Blinding Lights" and "Beautiful Day."

Peter Daou, overseeing the song search as the director of Clinton's Internet operations, said, "Anyone who's ever been to a political event knows the music makes a difference. It gets people pumped up and excited."

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