Articulate and Bright and Clean
New from Slate: Joe Biden ring tones and more political sound bites for your phone.
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Already got a dozen Barack Obama headbands? It's time for a new campaign accessory: Slate's political ring tones. Get one of these clips, and you'll hear John McCain say, "My friends," every time you get a call. Or if you're in a less friendly mood, you can switch to the "Shame on you, Barack Obama!" ring tone.
To get a ring tone, send a text message with one of the order codes listed below to the number 98999. For the Hillary laugh, for example, text SLATE LAUGH to the number 98999. We'll send the ring tone to your phone as a text message that includes a downloadable link. For more detailed instructions, click
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Joe Biden declares, "You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent."
Text SLATE 711 to 98999 to get on your phone.
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Joe Biden calls Barack Obama "the first mainstream African-American [presidential candidate] who is articulate and bright and clean."
Text SLATE CLEAN to 98999 to get on your phone.
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John McCain says, "That's not change we can believe in."Text SLATE NOT to 98999 to get on your phone. Download now (74KB)
Hillary Clinton announces, "I am standing with Sen. Obama to say, Yes we can!"Text SLATE HILLYES to 98999 to get on your phone. Download now (104KB)
Illustration by Robert Neubecker. Photograph of Hillary Clinton laughing by Sloan Breeden/Getty Images. Photograph of John McCain winking by Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images. Photograph of Barack Obama by Chris Hondros/Getty Images. Lower photograph of Clinton by Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images. Lower photograph of McCain by Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images. Photograph of Jeremiah Wright by Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images.