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Clinton, McCain, Obama, and Paul Release New Ads

Clinton's 'New Beginning'
Hillary Clinton's new 60-second spot will air in New Hampshire. It tells viewers the nation needs a "new beginning" on health care, education, and foreign affairs.

"It takes strength and experience to bring about change," Clinton says. "I have a very clear records of 35 years fighting for children and families. Fighting for working people. Fighting for our future. I will stand up for you every single day in the White House."

Schilling Says McCain Has 'Backbone'
Mike Huckabee has Chuck Norris, but John McCain has Red Sox pitcher Curt Shilling. This new ad will air in New Hampshire, a loyal colony of the "Red Sox Nation."

"We're living in a complex and dangerous world that requires a leader who embodies character, judgment and experience. John McCain is that man. John has a backbone of steel," Shlling says.

More Shilling: "He's a man of principle who sticks to his guns. He's been tested like no other politician in America. I've seen some tough competitors in my time, but none tougher than John McCain. He's a winner."

Obama First Democratic Candidate to Air Ads in The Silver State
Barack Obama becomes the first Democratic presidential candidate to air TV ads in Nevada. The ad is exactly the same as the first ad he aired in Iowa back in August.

The spot starts airing Tuesday on broadcast and cable TV stations in the Las Vegas and Reno markets. It touts his financial independence from PACs and lobbyists, and uses footage from his formal announcement ceremony last February.

Obama's campaign has also produced a "How to Caucus" video for Nevada voters, something his Democratic rivals have yet to do.

Paul Airing New Radio Ad in Early Decision States
Ron Paul is spending some of his millions by airing a new 60-second radio ad in Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. It discusses his health care proposals, and reminds voters that Rep. Paul is also a doctor.

"As president, Dr. Ron Paul will make all medical expenses tax deductible," the announcer says. "Dr. Ron Paul supports health savings accounts, so patients and doctors can make the decisions."

Also: "Dr. Ron Paul has cared for thousands of women and children, and he understands. As president, he will solve the health care crisis."

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  December 9, 2007; 9:25 PM ET Ad Watch , Barack Obama , Hillary Rodham Clinton , John McCain , Ron Paul
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shill, n., A decoy or accomplice, esp. one posing as an enthusiastic or successful customer to encourage other buyers, gamblers, etc.

Curt "Shilling"...hah! This typo makes my day!

I mean, really, when everything is boiled down, Curt Schilling, Chuck Norris, Oprah Winfrey, and even Bill and Chelsea Clinton are nothing more than shills for their respective candidates. It's just funny to hear them called that, even if accidently.

Posted by: blert | December 10, 2007 1:32 AM


Go Oprah! We ALL know if anyone can't take the attention off of obama's no experience lack of leadership, refusing to show up and vote in the senate on Iran, Abortion measures etc... Seeking a trillion-dollar tax hike and raising the retirement age for Social Security!!!! Is not in favor of a health care plan to cover all children rich or poor and that he cannot make a decision on his own. You can....YOU have disgraced American woman, now as a last ditch effort you throw Dr Kings name at the black voters, now American knows where you stand on race...


WAKE UP AMERICA! Its time we stop playing with Oprah and elect a QUALIFIED PRESIDENT!!! not just a man because he's black and oprah says so, she may know soap and books, but why in he world would anyone jeopardize your future because a TV talk show host said so?... This weekends Oprah circus, will not help obama, its make us all realize Oprahs running the show not obama...Our great country needs a qualified leader, maybe if oprah was legally running, but obama is.... Glad the dog and pony show is over

Oprah is a shame to her gender, yes the same gender that made her who she is today and she turns her back on them in a second when race is involved...

I think its time WE ALL tune out the oprahbama show, and let's elect a REAL Presidential candidate like CLINTON!

Posted by: sick of OPRAHBAMA | December 10, 2007 10:09 AM

Hillary's historic statement at the United Nations Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 that "women's rights are human rights" still echoes worldwide. As a lawyer, advocate, First Lady, and senator, Hillary has fought for issues important to women here at home and around the world for decades. Today, despite the progress women have made, they earn only 77 cents for every dollar men earn -- and women of color earn even less. Hillary is leading the charge in the Senate to strengthen equal pay laws and end pay disparities between men and women. She introduced the Paycheck Fairness Act to strengthen the penalties associated with wage discrimination, to ensure that the federal government sets a higher standard, and to increase oversight of employers. Hillary has also worked to increase access to capital and other support for women-owned businesses.
When it comes to each woman's ability to make the most personal of life decisions, Hillary has stood firm as an advocate for a woman's right to choose. She has expanded access to family planning services, including for low-income women. She spoke out forcefully against the Supreme Court's April 2007 decision that -- for the first time in decades -- failed to recognize the importance of women's health.
Hillary has worked to empower women throughout the world, especially low-income women. She has advocated for access to microfinance programs that enable women to start their own businesses and spoken out strongly against the tragic practice of sex trafficking.
As president, Hillary will continue her lifelong fight to ensure that all Americans are treated with respect and dignity

Posted by: CLINTON 2008 | December 10, 2007 10:10 AM

I'm a McCainiac all the way, but I'm not sure how much I like the idea of celebrity campaigning. It just smacks of the popularity contest of high school elections transposed over all of America.

Posted by: Alex Kowaleski | December 10, 2007 11:45 AM

Al Gore, in Oslo tonight to accept the Nobel Peace Prize, quoted Einstein:
'The problems of our world cannot be solved by the same level of consciousness that developed them'. Hillary has no new beginning, because she has no new consciousness, just a constantly new veneer- first a laugh, then suddenly no laugh again (how natural is that?), or first a series of attacks, then no attacks again.... We need a new consciousness to solve today's problems. We need Barack Obama.

Posted by: katharine | December 10, 2007 1:36 PM

Okay, both "sick of OPRAHBAMA" and
"Clinton 2008" are posting the same messages on multiple blogs. And it's annoying. And Clinton 2008's is probably a slightly altered stump speech.


Posted by: Brian | December 10, 2007 2:26 PM

It's no surprise that Obama's numbers are growing, people are just starting to tune in! As they become more familiar with him, Hillary, the only name they've recognized until now, seems less and less appealing. Her machine is an incredibly powerful one and Barack is going to have a hard time defeating it, but put them on even footing and he'll win every time, no question.

Posted by: colourtheory | December 10, 2007 3:47 PM

As always, the free market solution to health care seems most reasonable. Health care is not a human right, it is an earned benefit, because there are different levels of health care and health coverage and always will be. The make healthcare a powerful incentive to earn and save more money - Ron Paul understands this from the most valuable perspective: that of a doctor.

Please remember that Ron Paul knows that he can't get all of his changes through in Washington, but you can be sure that if elected President, the tone from DC would be different. At last we'd have a generous, empowering man at the helm - a man who believes in our inherent goodness and ability to use freedom responsibly.

Whether elected or not, Ron Paul has cured me of my political apathy. If I ever run for office, which I'd now love to do more than ever before, it would be on Paul's platform. He's empowered my generation and the future is one of micro-government.

Posted by: Alex Kaufman | December 10, 2007 5:10 PM

I really like the idea of patients and doctors making the right decision, not some pencil-pusher at an insurance company. I also like the idea of a sound fiscal policy. Everybody seems real good at spending money they don't have. Raising taxes and devaluing the currency further to pay for these grand schemes only hurts us and our children. Ron Paul is the only candidate addressing this. We need REAL answers in Washington, not more spin.

Posted by: E Philipp | December 10, 2007 5:46 PM

Hillary is a bilderberg. She only cares about money in her pocket and in pockets of corporations.

Its a shame she is probably going to be our next president.

Posted by: Shane | December 10, 2007 8:17 PM

It would be nice to just go to the doctor who could best treat me without having to worry if he's in my managed care plan or not.

I also had similar problems with my HMO's drug formulary not covering the medication my doctor thought was best for my illness.

Letting me save that money tax-free, and spend it the way my doctor and I think best... that really seems to be a solution that would work and not cost a lot of money.

Posted by: Kevin Houston | December 11, 2007 12:03 AM

Health care is the only industry where prices go up every year, instead of going down. Health care costs 10X more per capita today than it did in 1960.

This is because government is involved in health care. Industries where government is not involved and does not regulate, see prices go down, and quality go up. Computers today are thousands of times cheaper, and millions of times more advanced than they were in 1960.

The free market is the answer.

From 1900 to 1950, life expectancy went up 28 years. From 1950 to 2000, life expectancy only went up 8 years. This is because the free market was ignored and high-taxation/big-government was brought in.

Ron Paul for freedom, health and prosperity!

Posted by: Mike | December 11, 2007 9:52 AM

Ms. Hillary Rodham (otherwise known as Hillary Clinton) talks about her many years of very valuable experience. What experience is that and where did she get it? Let's face it, she was only the wife of "slick Willie", our womanizer ex-President. Her claim to fame is to have publicly bastardized herself by refusing to separate (or divorce) Bill Clinton when he was running for President and the news of his infidelities became public. I am sure Bill told her something like, if you stick by me now I'll help you further your political ambitions. Her experience as an assistant and advisor to her president husband is not worthy of belief inasmuch as Bill Clinton was too busy pursuing his sexual endeavors. One could argue that both Gennifer Flowers and Monica Lewinsky would be as qualified or more than she is. After all, they both worked directly under Bill Clinton and were more successful at it than she was. Is that all the high level experience that she has to offer? Of course, Bill helped her get a Senate seat for the state of New York, and she is now a U.S. Senator. But almost all other Democratic candidates are also either Senators or Congressmen.

Now calling on her "foreign policy experience", Hillary is demanding that the U.S. interfere in the internal affairs of Pakistan by leading an international investigation to learn exactly who killed Benazir Bhutto. This sounds like something President Bush would say. The president of Pakistan is at the beck and call of the U.S. but cannot do what this country is asking him to do: to hunt and capture Osama Bin Laden. Osama Bin Laden is of course a had core criminal. But should our country keep an entire army in Afghanistan and spend more than 100 billion dollars just to get ONE MAN? And even if we got him, or even killed him, the next day someone else would take his place. We went to Afghanistan and whipped their butt. We can now tell them that if they ever mess around with us again we'll come back. Then we leave. Finish.

If Hillary were to win the Democratic Party nomination the election would be a disaster for the Party. About half of the Democrats can't stand her. And over 75 percent of the Republicans and Independents hate her guts. I doubt very much she can beat any of the Republican candidates she would face. On the other hand Barack Obama can beat any of the top level Republican candidates. If you don't believe this see all the head-to-head presidential polls.

Posted by: Fred | December 29, 2007 11:00 AM

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