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Maya Angelou Calls Clinton 'My Girl' in S.C.; Biden and Paul Release New Ads

Clinton is Angelou's 'Girl'
Hillary Clinton is airing a new radio ad in South Carolina starring poet and author Maya Angelou.

"Let me tell you about my girl, Hillary Clinton," Angelou says in the ad. "As a child, Hillary Clinton was taught that all God's children are equal. So as a mother, she understood that her child wasn't safe, unless all children were safe. I know what kind of president Hillary Clinton will be, because I know who she is. Hillary Clinton has always been a strong woman and a passionate protector of families. For 35 years, that is exactly what she has been doing. Each generation of African Americans stands on the shoulders of those who came before. Today, the challenges facing us threaten the dreams we've had for our children. We need a president with the experience and strength to meet those challenges. I am inspired by Hillary Clinton: A daughter, a wife, a mother, my girl."

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The Angelou ad is airing only a few days after the Barack Obama-Oprah Winfrey campaign rally in Columbia, S.C.

Biden Taking 'Action' in Iowa
Joe Biden is airing a new TV ad in Iowa called "Action."

"Being president is not the same thing as running for president," Biden says in the ad. "When this campaign is over, political slogans like 'experience' and 'change' will mean absolutely nothing. The next president has to act. The Biden Plan to end the war in Iraq has already earned bipartisan support. When Pakistan erupted in crisis, I spoke to [Pervez] Musharraf before Bush did. You don't have to guess what I'll do as president. Just look at what I've done."

This direct-to-camera is similar to an ad by Chris Dodd and another by Bill Richardson, who, like Biden, are trying break into the tight race for the Democratic nomination lead, which is now dominated by Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards.

Another Ron Paul Radio Ad

Ron Paul started a new ad blitz this week. The Texas Congressman is airing a radio ad about health care in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina, while a new TV ad is airing in Iowa and New Hampshire. The newest radio ad is about taxes.

"I want to end the IRS and replace it with nothing. No income tax, no sales tax, and responsible constitutional spending. That's a formula for prosperity and the way to a brighter future for our children and grandchildren," Paul says in the ad.

This is the sixth radio ad of Rep. Paul's campaign, according to his YouTube channel.

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  December 11, 2007; 3:58 PM ET Ad Watch , Hillary Rodham Clinton , Joe Biden , Ron Paul
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Maya Angelou, whom i admire, is sadly doing a disservice to african americans. When she says " Each generation of African Americans stands on the shoulders of those who came before." Hillary Clinton is NOT AFRICAN AMERICAN, AND HAS NOT "STOOD ON THE SHOULDERS" of ANY prior generations of african americans.

And how can Maya say " the challenges facing us threaten the dreams we've had for our children"? Her words "our children" imply african american children, and what does it say to the dreams of a young african american who wants to grow up to be president, when you are telling that child, "go ahead and dream, but don't dream of being president when you grow up."

Posted by: julieds | December 11, 2007 4:46 PM

Maya is an "American Treasure", but she's off base here. She has, as all of us do, a right to endorse anyone she chooses. However, I have to consider the following.

She's the latest in Clinton's line of "past their prime" endorsers. Andrew Young, John Lewis, Former Governor Shaheen in NH, Vilsack in Iowa and it goes on and on. How can she ask us to believe she she is the candidate of change when those who endorse her are the "old school" establishment.

Obama got Oprah at the top of her form. Clinton got Streisand well past her peak. Obama gets two new NH Congressman, Clinton gets the aforementioned Shaheen. It goes on and on.

Obama and Edwards offer change and a fresh approach plus an ability to cross over party lines for support. Clinton offers more polarization and "beltway politics as usual". Like her endorsers, I wonder if Clinton's time has not only come, but gone as well. The "old ways" and "Washington experience" have brought us Iraq, a blank check for Bush in Iran, a mortgage crisis and so much more. At 57, I'm no spring chicken, but I want a better future for those who come after me. Enough "business as usual". I back Obama, but Edwards also has broken out of the "mold of old". It's something to consider when entering that voting booth.

Posted by: The Future Is Now | December 11, 2007 5:02 PM

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Posted by: votenic | December 11, 2007 5:16 PM

Biden Should be the Nominee. Any way you see it.

...but the uninformed voters who brought us so many disappointments in the past, will mess up this one too. They'll either vote for the insipid egg-laying Clinton or the rainbow-colored bubble-blowing Obama.

(although Iowa is a little more politically-aware than us, the nation)

Posted by: Anonymous | December 11, 2007 5:35 PM

Maya Angelou, once the poet laureate of the US, is entitled to her opinion as are Andrew Young, John Lewis, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Shelby Steele and a number of other African-Americans.

They are -- in my humble opinion -- making the wrong choice. It is confounding that these people who fought so hard for some young African-American man or woman to have this chance, to seize this moment, to re-write history, would choose the pale facsimile that is Hillary Clinton.

And given that these same people have tasted the disappointment of championing someone who quickly forgets the boost you gave to cozy up to the entrenched politicos, you would think they would step up.

Fortunately, those of us who embrace Barack Obama come in both genders, come in all ages, come in all races, come in all ethnicities, come in all religions, and come together to stand up to the status quo politics as usual.

Barack is right. It is time for the Joshuas among us to strike out on our own. The old guard has taken us as far as they can. We can see the "promised land" where they can't.

OBAMA '08!

Posted by: jade7243 | December 11, 2007 9:42 PM

I am an African-American I am sad to see/hear people like Andrew Young, John Lewis, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Shelby Steele and a number of other African-Americans, who are stuck in the past and like to continue to lament and say "there is still racism in America.

This is a new generation. Move over the old guard. OBAMA is the Future, not just for blacks or whites but for ALL AMERICA!! And there are thousands of Obamas -BACK and WHITES, who are not prisoners of race or limited thinks

Posted by: Dan | December 12, 2007 2:51 PM

Maya Angelou have known the Clintons from way back in Arkansas. She also read a speech at President Clinton's first inauguration. She is a wise woman whom Oprah befriended and touts as her mentor. Obama gives eloquent speeches and rants about changing Washington as usual.He should look at his friend Deval Patrick in Massachusetts. He came in as a change agent, ready to change politics as usual. Patrick has a majority Democratic Senate and House, but he's having a hard time changing politics as usual. Obama might just start smoking again to relieve the tremendous pressure he'll have managing a World Power.

Posted by: Charly | December 13, 2007 12:36 AM

Maya Angelou is right. African Americans should vote for the person who would represent them the best - and that is not Barack Huesein Obama. I laugh at these people who call her a has-been. I bet if she endorsed Obama instead, they wouldnt be calling her names.

Maya Angelou DESERVES more than your degrading and disparaging comments, even if you disagree with her choice.

May I ask you Obama supporters how your actions reflect "Hope" if you cant even be fair to a grand old dame?

Posted by: John Stanford | December 13, 2007 1:53 AM

Let the old dame go get a rest. She and all the other tired old horses are trying to save Hilliary and it is no longer working. Nobody takes her on anymore. The day of pandering to the Clintons is over and her past as first lady of both Arkansas and the United States is catching up to her. Thank goodness

Posted by: James | December 13, 2007 1:05 PM

Let the old dame go get a rest. She and all the other tired old horses are trying to save Hilliary and it is no longer working. Nobody takes her on anymore. The day of pandering to the Clintons is over and her past as first lady of both Arkansas and the United States is catching up to her. Thank goodness

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