‘Toon Network asks for a vote

Characters to run in mock campaign ads

Cartoon Network is gearing up for Campaign 2000. The cable net is asking viewers to vote for their favorite cartoon character and has recruited former senator Bob Dole as a spokesman for Bugs Bunny.

Cartoon Net is creating mock campaign ads, modeled after actual ads run by Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton during their respective runs for president.

“Each character has their own definitive platform. Fred Flintstone is pretty hardcore conservative. He’s our Pat Buchanan. Johnny Bravo, who is a pretty boy and a shameless flirt, is our Gary Hart,” said Michael Ouweleen, senior VP/creative director, on-air.

From March 5-9, the toon cabler will air the nominated cartoons during a hosted two-hour block each night.

Viewers can vote via telephone or online for their favorite character.

Winners will be revealed during “The Top 50 Cartoon Campaign 2000” countdown, which will air live on March 18 from noon-10 p.m. The top 10 countdown, including an inaugural ball, will air March 19 from 7-9 p.m.

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