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Clinton Releases Tough New Anti-Obama Ad in Pa.

By Anne E. Kornblut
PHILADELPHIA -- Keeping up her pounding on Sen. Barack Obama for his "bitter" remark a week ago, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton finally launched an ad off the event -- and it is arguably her toughest so far in the campaign.

The 30-second spot, running here in Pennsylvania, features her supporters describing their unease over a comment that has become the focal point (this week, anyway) of the Democratic race.

"Barack Obama said that people in small towns 'cling to guns or religion ... as a way to explain their frustrations,'" an announcer says in the new ad.

"I was very insulted by Barack Obama," one woman says on camera. "It just shows how out of touch Barack Obama is," a male voter follows up.

"I'm not clinging to my faith out of frustration and bitterness. I find that my faith is very uplifting," a second woman says.

"The good people of Pennsylvania deserve a lot better than what Barack Obama said," follows a second man.

The spot closes with a slightly happier message, with the first woman saying: "Hillary does understand the citizens of Pennsylvania better." A third woman finishes: "Hillary Clinton has been fighting for people like us her whole life."

Clinton made a splash with her "3 a.m." ad before the Texas and Ohio primaries, but the attack in that case was implicit (i.e. that Obama was not ready to answer the national security batphone in the middle of the night). This one is direct, and -- featuring people who appear to be working-class voters -- aimed at his demographic Achilles heel rather than his resume.

By Web Politics Editor  |  April 14, 2008; 7:33 PM ET
Categories:  Ad Watch , Barack Obama , Hillary Rodham Clinton  
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