Clinton Ad Blitz Stars Mom Dorothy and Daughter Chelsea
Hillary Clinton's mother, Dorothy Rodham, and daughter Chelsea star in a new TV ad airing in Iowa. "Dorothy" is a 30-second spot that includes an on-screen reminder that Rodham now lives with her daughter at the senator's Washington, D.C. home.
"What I would like people to know about Hillary is what a good person she is," Rodham says in the ad. "She never was envious of anybody--she was helpful. And she's continued that with her adult life with helping other women. She has empathy for other people's unfortunate circumstances. I've always admired that because it isn't always true of people. I think she ought to be elected even if she weren't my daughter."
Chelsea's brief non-speaking appearance in the ad was filmed last weekend when she joined her mother and grandmother in Iowa for campaign events. (The Clinton campaign has posted an online-only video of the trio's campaign stops.)
This week's Front-Runners profile of Clinton reports that "Dorothy's childhood was difficult; she was semi-abandoned and forced to work from the age of 14 as a nanny and a secretary. She played the role of deferential homemaker in the interest of domestic stability, but she was a frustrated intellectual who devoured books, and she influenced Hillary in her own way."
Meanwhile in New Hampshire, the campaign is airing two new radio ads starring women talking about Clinton's work on health care. The first ad stars Barbara Marzelli, whose 10-year-old son has had four open-heart surgeries. The CHIP program funds the operations, and Marzelli credits Clinton with supporting the plan. The other ad, "Michelle's Law," stars Ann Marie Morse, whose daughter Michelle was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2003. As a former full-time college student, Michelle's insurance would not cover her medical care, and her situation led New Hampshire legislators to pass "Michelle's Law" in 2006. Morse says Clinton is now trying to make the New Hampshire law national policy.
-- Ed O'Keefe
By Ed O'Keefe |
December 13, 2007; 12:25 PM ET
Hillary Rodham Clinton
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