Message of the Week

Message of the Week
"Message of the Week"
The West Wing episode
Episode no. Season 7
Episode 135
Directed by Christopher Misiano
Written by Lawrence O'Donnell, Jr.
Production code 2T6203
Original air date October 9, 2005
Guest stars
Season 7 episodes
List of The West Wing episodes

"Message of the Week" is episode 135 of The West Wing.


It's three weeks into the presidential campaign and Vinick meets with Frost out on the trail. Santos pulls a stunt which leads to higher approval ratings and jolts the Vinick camp. Vinick and Santos try to kick each other politically while they focus on their messages of the week.


In the episode, Vinick attempts to wedge Santos into flip-flopping on an issue (the Central American Free Trade Agreement) that Santos had voted for in committee, but against on the House floor, prompting Santos to tell a reporter "I voted for CAFTA before I voted against it." This is a reference to the 2004 Presidential Race in the US, where Senator John Kerry gave almost the same quotation regarding the Second Gulf War, which is considered a major factor in his eventual loss to George W. Bush.

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