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Change in the Air,
And On Airwaves

Hitting the airwaves for the first time in New Hampshire, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton declares herself the - what else? -"change" candidate in an advertisement by the same name.

With a triumphalist soundtrack playing in the background, a male voice intones: "If we have the will, she has the strength. If we have the conviction, she has the experience. If we're ready for change, she's ready to lead." (It does raise the question: Is her campaign really conditional? Is she really only strong if we have the will? And what is our will, anyway?).

The footage shows Clinton, in an array of variously colored pants suits, greeting a diverse group of voters. Women. Veterans. An African-American. And the only sound of her voice is the one required by law ("I'm Hillary Clinton and I approve this message"). Coincidence?

Sen. Barack Obama has his own "change" ad on the air in Iowa - this one featuring his work on ethics reform. "If you join me, we're going to take our country back," he says in the spot.

--Anne E. Kornblut

By Washington Post editors  |  September 5, 2007; 2:40 PM ET
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