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'China Cheats' Ad Targets Candidates

By Matthew Mosk
As independent groups continue to engage in the presidential primaries, the Service Employees International Union reported a fresh $60,000 mailing into Indiana on behalf of Sen. Barack Obama yesterday. A nonprofit group seeking to energize manufacturing and steel workers has also gotten into the act, waging an unorthodox campaign that appears in subtle ways to be helping Sen. Hillary Clinton.

The Alliance for American Manufacturing, a nonpartisan group organized under the tax code as a 501(c)4, had launched an advertising campaign called "China Cheats" in Pennsylvania and is now moving the effort into Indiana. The alliance is a project of the United Steelworkers union, United States Steel Corp. and Allegheny Technologies.

Newspapers in seven Indiana media markets -- Evansville, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, South Bend, Terre Haute and two outlets in northwest Indiana -- will be carrying the "China Cheats" ad, which demands candidates enforce trade laws with China (click here for a PDF of the ad).

Efforts to energize the group's target audience -- blue-collar workers -- stand to benefit Clinton, who saw a significant edge in support in western Pennsylvania's steel towns.

The alliance is also planning radio ads in Indiana and a candidate forum in the state, and it has launched a campaign blog monitoring candidate statements about trade and the economy. One Indiana newspaper reported the group purchased print advertising worth $250,000, but little is known about the group's overall spending plans.

The group's director, Scott Paul, said in a statement that the goal of the effort is to urge presidential candidates to speak out and hold China accountable for unfair trade practices that result in job losses. "Voters who care about the economy are the dominant demographic for the primary candidates," Paul's statement said. "The candidate who clearly commits to solving the China crisis is going to win Indiana."

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Opinions will differ; mine is that confronting, threatening and trying to embarrass China is more apt to cause the Chinese government to dig in its heels than make the changes that will ameliorate problems between us and allow everyone, everyone to benefit from trade.

Posted by: FirstMouse | April 27, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Jack Smith, who posted that Hillary would do a good job on the economy is an idiot. Hillary showed what kind of job she will do with the economy through how she has managed her own campaign money. Why should the American People turn the economy over to Hillary who has shown that she doesn't know how to manage her own campaign money? Everybody wants to talk about 35 years experience but she hasn't shown any experience in my book and it shows through her sinking campaign. Her Administration would be more chaotic then her campaign. People are smart enough to leave because they see a failing campaign and they are all jumping off of it. If her last name was not Clinton she would have been out of the race a long time ago which mathematical impossible for her to win. Only her dumb supporters think she is winning and that tells me a lot about them, uneducated and have failed math all their lives.

Posted by: Sexy | April 27, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse


It's time for everyone to face the truth. Barack Obama has no real chance of winning the national election in November at this time. His crushing defeat in Pennsylvania makes that fact crystal clear. His best, and only real chance of winning in November is on a ticket with Hillary Clinton as her VP.

Hillary Clinton seemed almost somber at her victory speech. As if part of her was hoping Obama could have defeated her. And proved he had some chance of winning against the republican attack machine, and their unlimited money, and resources. In all honesty. I felt some of that too.

But it is absolutely essential that the democrats take back the Whitehouse in November. America, and the American people are in a very desperate condition now. And the whole World has been doing all that they can to help keep us propped up.

Hillary Clinton say's that the heat, and decisions in the Whitehouse are much tougher than the ones on the campaign trail. But I think Mr. Obama faces a test of whether he has what it takes to be a commander and chief by facing the difficult facts, and the truth before him. And by doing what is best for the American people by dropping out of the race, and offering his whole hearted assistance to Hillary Clinton to help her take back the Whitehouse for the American people, and the World.

Mr. Obama is a great speaker. And I am confident he can explain to the American people the need, and wisdom of such a personal sacrifice for them. It should be clear to everyone by now that Hillary Clinton is fighting her heart out for the American people. She has known for a long time that Mr. Obama can not win this November. You have to remember that the Clinton's have won the Whitehouse twice before. They know what it takes.

If Mr. Obama fails his test of commander and chief we can only hope that Hillary Clinton can continue her heroic fight for the American people. And that she prevails. She will need all the continual support and help we can give her. She may fight like a superhuman. But she is only human.

Sen. Hillary Clinton: "You know, more people have now voted for me than have voted for my opponent. In fact, I now have more votes than anybody has ever had in a primary contest for a nomination. And it's also clear that we've got nine more important contests to go."


Jacksmith... Working Class :-)

Posted by: jacksmith | April 26, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse


If you think like Barack Obama, that WORKING CLASS PEOPLE are just a bunch of "BITTER"!, STUPID, PEASANTS, Cash COWS!, and CANNON FODDER. :-(

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think Barack Obama with little or no experience would be better than Hillary Clinton with 35 years experience.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience can fix an economy on the verge of collapse better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) led the greatest economic expansion, and prosperity in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience fighting for universal health care can get it for you better than Hillary Clinton. Who anticipated this current health care crisis back in 1993, and fought a pitched battle against overwhelming odds to get universal health care for all the American people.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience can manage, and get us out of two wars better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) went to war only when he was convinced that he absolutely had to. Then completed the mission in record time against a nuclear power. AND DID NOT LOSE THE LIFE OF A SINGLE AMERICAN SOLDIER. NOT ONE!

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience saving the environment is better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) left office with the greatest amount of environmental cleanup, and protections in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with little or no education experience is better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) made higher education affordable for every American. And created higher job demand and starting salary's than they had ever been before or since.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience will be better than Hillary Clinton who spent 8 years at the right hand of President Bill Clinton. Who is already on record as one of the greatest Presidents in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that you can change the way Washington works with pretty speeches from Obama, rather than with the experience, and political expertise of two master politicians ON YOUR SIDE like Hillary and Bill Clinton..

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think all those Republicans voting for Obama in the Democratic primaries, and caucuses are doing so because they think he is a stronger Democratic candidate than Hillary Clinton. :-)

Best regards

jacksmith... Working Class :-)

p.s. You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you don't know that the huge amounts of money funding the Obama campaign to try and defeat Hillary Clinton is coming in from the insurance, and medical industry, that has been ripping you off, and killing you and your children. And denying you, and your loved ones the life saving medical care you needed. All just so they can make more huge immoral profits for them-selves off of your suffering...

You see, back in 1993 Hillary Clinton had the audacity, and nerve to try and get quality, affordable universal health care for everyone to prevent the suffering and needless deaths of hundreds of thousands of you each year. :-)

Approx. 100,000 of you die each year from medical accidents from a rush to profit by the insurance, and medical industry. Another 120,000 of you die each year from treatable illness that people in other developed countries don't die from. And I could go on, and on...


Posted by: jacksmith | April 26, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Well researched, JadeD!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 25, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Hillary DIANE Clinton ain't going nowhere, not until the Fat Lady sings on the Convention Floor! The most recent polls I've seen -- before her 10-point win in Pennsylvania -- had her in the lead in Montana (25 delegates), Kentucky (60 delegates), West Virginia (39 delegates), and I assume she will take Guam and Puerto Rico as well. Given the front-runner attention finally being paid to Barack HUSSEIN Obama, she will probably do better than expected in all the remaining contests.

A new primary poll released today for Indiana already shows it to be a statistical tie. Indiana is part of ye-olde-rust-belt, so it should vote like Ohio and Pennsylvania, but with a couple of footnotes. First, northwestern Indiana is really suburban Chicago and gets Chicago TV, so Obama is well known in that part of Indiana. Second, the state has a lot of typical Midwestern farm towns. Third, unlike Pennsylvania which is basically a blue state and Ohio which is a swing state, Indiana is a red state -- which mean it probably goes to McCain either way -- Obama has done relatively well in other red states, but he certainly can't count on that here and both candidates will be fighting tooth and nail for this state. Hoosiers are not accustomed to being the center of attention, but this looks like their 15 minutes of fame.

Posted by: JakeD | April 25, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Keep it up, Democrats.

Posted by: JakeD | April 25, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

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