Obama's Labor Backers Planning TV Campaign
Updated 12:59 p.m.
By Matthew Mosk
Yesterday, the radio ad launched by UNITE HERE's local chapter in Nevada sparked sharp exchanges between the campaigns of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards.
Today, they'll have a television commercial to argue about. The group disclosed its plan to launch the commercial in a filing with the FEC this morning. The filing says the union spent $13,645 to buy time for the ad on the local Univision station, and it said the ad would be supportive of Obama.
Unlike the UNITE HERE radio ad, the television commercial is a warmer approach in support of Obama that doesn't mention the names of any of his opponents.
"Together we can elect a President who will unite people," is one line in the ad.
This comes on the heels of the group's pugnacious Spanish-language radio ad that called Clinton "shameless" and "unforgivable" because of a lawsuit her supporters filed to try to block caucus activities in casinos where the union's members work.
Clinton advisers said they didn't find the radio ad particularly "hopeful." The Clinton and Edwards camps took issue with Obama for accepting help from a union, given his earlier criticism of labor support for Clinton and Edwards in Iowa and New Hampshire.
"Senator Obama shouldn't be saying one thing about independent groups in Iowa and another in Nevada," said Phil Singer, a Clinton spokesman.
Obama's aides pointed out that in this case the union was directing its own independent effort. Campaign efforts by local chapters of SEIU in the earlier contests were handled by a separate "527 group" and overseen by one of Edwards's former top advisers.
A full transcript of the television spot follows the jump.
Translated from the Spanish:
Together we built our Culinary Union and together we are winning the Las Vegas Dream.
The companies can't divide us by race or by casino or by the job we do.
Senator Barack Obama believes that the way to change America is by bringing all people together.
Together we can elect a President who will unite people.
Barack Obama for President.
Together we win. Como Siempre.
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