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Two New Clinton Ads on National Security, Economy

On the eve of the Ohio and Texas primaries, Sen. Hillary Clinton is out with two more ads designed to raise "central questions" about who is better prepared to be commander-in-chief, and who is the right person to manage the nation's economy, according to campaign aides.

"True" attacks Sen. Barack Obama's recent admission that he has not held hearings as chairman of a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee with oversight of NATO operations in Afghanistan.

"He was too busy running for president to hold even one hearing," the announcer says. "Hillary Clinton will never be too busy to defend our national security."

Meanwhile in Ohio, Clinton is airing "Partner."

"It's time that the American worker had a partner in the White House," Clinton says. "The wealthy and the well-connected have had a president. It's time the middle class had a president to stand up for you."

"True" is a follow up to the "3 a.m. phone call/Children" ad released Friday, which campaign aides say has helped give Clinton renewed momentum.

"[The ad] set up a national debate that has raised over the past few days, which I think has raised I think very significant questions both about Senator Obama and also I think put before the voters one of the most central questions that will typically be before the voters in a presidential race," Clinton strategist Mark Penn said in a conference call with reporters Monday. "I think we've seen a tipping point and change in momentum in the past week. I think that momentum is tipping to Senator Clinton," Penn added.

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  March 3, 2008; 11:30 AM ET Ad Watch , Hillary Rodham Clinton
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Some people still say they don't know who Obama is, so here goes:
1. Eight year record in IL senate http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2007/07/29/us/politics/20070730_OBAMA_GRAPHIC.html
Over 800 bills clearly showing his priorities and ability to get things done. This would be impossible without depth, convictions and leadership.
2. His first year in the U.S. Senate, he authored 152 bills and co-sponsored another 427. These included:
**the Coburn-Obama Government Transparency Act of 2006 (became law),
**The Lugar-Obama Nuclear Non-proliferation and Conventional Weapons Threat Reduction Act, (became law),
**The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, passed the Senate,
**The 2007 Government Ethics Bill, (became law),
**The Protection Against Excessive Executive Compensation Bill, (In committee), and many more.
(That is three more substantive bills than Senator Clinton who has zero - see Library of Congress site http://thomas.loc.gov)
3. He crosses divides at every chance.
Susan Eisenhower, the granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower (R) endorsed him and said "If the Democrats choose Obama as their candidate, she wrote, "this lifelong Republican will work to get him elected and encourage him to seek strategic solutions to meet America's greatest challenges." "To be successful, our president will need bipartisan help."
Peggy Noonan, the Reagan-Bush speechwriter, calls him "thoughtful" and praises his "classy campaign." George Will, the columnist and television pundit, describes him as "an adult aiming to reform the real world rather than an adolescent fantasizing mock-heroic 'fights' against fictitious villains in a left-wing cartoon version of this country." Peter Wehner, the former Bush White House aide, calls Obama "a well-grounded, thoughtful, decent man" whom Republicans "would find it hard to generate much enthusiasm in opposing."
4. Obama is the only candidate running who was successful at passing a healthcare reform (in Illinois). Although he was a charismatic social activist in a poor, black area of Chicago, as an Illinois state legislator in Springfield Obama knew when to cut deals with power brokers. In 2003, he passed a bill that offered health-care coverage to an additional 150,000 people--but only after an attempt to push a bigger, universal health-care proposal stalled.
5. On the Iraq war, Obama's 2002 NO-HOLDS-BARRED Iraq speech took a lot more courage than Hillary's vote. It risked his run-for-the-Senate WHILE the wise Democrats of Congress, fearing to look weak, voted as a group for the war resolution.
http://www.digg.com/politics/Full_text_of_Barack_Obama_s_2002_Speech_Against_the_Iraq_War
6. In Aug 2006, Obama took criticism from both parties, for his vocal case for attacking terrorists in Pakistan. They said he was endangering our only ally Musharraf. Obama: "Let me make this clear: There are terrorists holed up in those mountains, that murdered 3,000 Americans," said Obama during the counterterrorism address. "If we have actionable intelligence about high-valued terrorist targets and if President Musharraf will not act, we will."
In December Bhutto was assassinated by terrorists and in January the Washington Post reported that in late January, a CIA aircraft fired on several buildings in the Pakistani town of Mir Ali, killing a senior al-Qaida commander and several others. The paper, quoting anonymous U.S. officials, said that the action was done without seeking approval from the Pakistani government. In February, Musharraf was voted out of power; US has spent $11B trying to prop. up Musharraf.
7. Obama also took a stand on talking with our enemies with preparation but without pre-conditions. He has been compared with Nixon and Reagan who were also criticized in their time for opening up relations with China and the Soviet Union, respectively.
8. In February '08, senior Democrats that have worked closely with both Senator Clinton and Senator Obama are endorsing Obama. Russ Feingold expressed high regard for New York Senator Hillary Clinton, with whom he has clashed in the past. But he spoke at great length about having worked with Obama on ethics legislation in the Senate, and hailed the Illinois senator's ability to judge people and hold firm against pressure from interest groups and party insiders. Chris Dodd says "I believe that Barack Obama has the experience, the ability the vision to lead this country, to make a difference both at home and abroad"
9. Obama is building a bi-partisan, deep bench of foreign policy advisers, including several who served in the Clinton administration: former national security adviser Tony Lake, former Navy Secretary Richard Danzig and Susan Rice, who was assistant secretary of state for African affairs. Obama's chief foreign policy adviser on the campaign is Denis McDonough, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. Obama is discussing the secretary-of-defense position with Chuck Hagel-R (close friend of McCain and decorated Vietnam war vet) and Richard Lugar-R for Secretary of State.

Posted by: Young Atheart | March 3, 2008 2:18 PM

I think it is about time we Americans wake up and see what we are doing. We are falling behind in the world and this is not the time to experiment. As much as I like Obama, I cannot let that decide the fate of the country. I do believe in due time, he will be a good president. This is not the time. We need to stop the bleeding first. HRC for 4 years, Obama for the eight years after that.

Posted by: jack | March 3, 2008 2:24 PM

hillary for 4 more years.. why so that she can continue to enjoy facny meals and world tours that she so proudly states.. Its time we bring a honest trasnparent sincere president to stand OBAMA, and be a America that we use to be instead of getting the same people with same politics back to the white house. It america is not ready now it will never be as we continue to keep going in huge deficit...

Posted by: Anonymous | March 3, 2008 3:01 PM

I think the 1st ad is very effective. The second one, not so much.

Posted by: Renaud | March 3, 2008 3:15 PM

She promised 200,000 jobs for NY state. Did not deliver. In fact NY state lost -30,000 jobs due in part to NFTA which she said would be good for America.

Be careful Ohio!!

Posted by: Dave | March 3, 2008 3:37 PM

The National Security Ad is true and overdue. I want a president who didn't just treat his/her U.S. Senate term as a speedbump on the road to White House. Check this out:
"As chairman of the subcommittee on Senate Foreign Relations responsible for NATO and Europe, Obama, by his own admission, said he has been too busy running for president to organize a single policy hearing on Afghanistan --none. At the same time that Obama was racking up one of the worst attendance records in the Senate, Senator Clinton chaired extensive hearings of the Subcommittee on Superfund and Environmental Health and attended many others as a member of the Armed Service Committee."
Read more at:
http://
www.huffingtonpost.com/joe-wilson/obamas-hollow-judgment_b_89441.html


Posted by: VideoAngels | March 3, 2008 3:41 PM

The National Security Ad is true and overdue. I want a president who didn't just treat his/her U.S. Senate term as a speedbump on the road to White House. Check this out:
"As chairman of the subcommittee on Senate Foreign Relations responsible for NATO and Europe, Obama, by his own admission, said he has been too busy running for president to organize a single policy hearing on Afghanistan --none. At the same time that Obama was racking up one of the worst attendance records in the Senate, Senator Clinton chaired extensive hearings of the Subcommittee on Superfund and Environmental Health and attended many others as a member of the Armed Service Committee."
Read more at:
http://
www.huffingtonpost.com/joe-wilson/obamas-hollow-judgment_b_89441.html


Posted by: VideoAngels | March 3, 2008 3:42 PM

Hillary Clintons new fear ad in Texas is no more than an attempt to place fear and stamp out hope with the voters. I found this interesting reflection from non other than her husband, Bill Clinton. Check this video from Bill out, how ironic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZW0m2nWB_M

Posted by: Dave | March 3, 2008 3:49 PM

To those who post the long list of Obama's achievements during his time in Chicago.

First, I appreciate the effort because there has been very little information about this candidate.

Second, after reading the list, I am struck at the lack of significant battles on controversial issues that he has taken on. The bi-partisan bills were not that of the controversial. Personally, I was looking for some serious battle scars like the famous Clinton's 1993 failure when she first tried to reform healthcare; and what she learned from her mistake was satisfactory to me because it yields a very good health care plan for the children. Clinton even worked with her chief critics from the Republican side Gingrich to co-sponsor critical bills...

Obama has good intention and that is fine . But the reality is to solve any big problems, you need to experience beyond just 'let sit down and be nice to each other'.

Posted by: vote4thebest, Morgan Hill/USA | March 3, 2008 4:07 PM

Hillary knocked out a lot of Ohio families with NAFTA! A million jobs went overseas!

Now Hillary is asking the families that lost jobs to vote for her?

Courting all Moms for Obama ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anSpBUxsgAU ...
Hang On Sloopy ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oPiBSktp6M ...

Obama will bring all Americans together to end the gridlock in Washington DC!

Vote Obama 08! Join Us!

Posted by: cooday | March 3, 2008 4:47 PM

Which Hillary would answer the phone?
Can American afford a multi-personality president?
Can Hillary handle Bill? or Bill will tell her what to do?

Being first lady and travelling around the world, 80 countries, does not call for experience. The so called "experience" has failed and American is still sleeping.

Posted by: Katy | March 3, 2008 5:00 PM

Hillary was too busy campaigning to veto the domestic spying bill that Bush wants to push through, that gives telecom carriers immunity when they want to do Bush's dirty deeds. Barack Obama was there to vote against it. Come on Hillary, spare us this BS.

Posted by: So what? | March 3, 2008 6:34 PM

Let's hire the arsonists to put out the fire! There's something about TV ads put out the night before an election that just ain't right. No analysis, no rebuttal, just gut response. Positively Rovian.

Posted by: thebob | March 3, 2008 6:35 PM

If you vote for any candidate without doing your research first, shame on you! Good luck on finding anything of substance on Obama.

Posted by: Chris | March 3, 2008 8:58 PM

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...

Posted by: jacksmith | March 4, 2008 4:41 AM

jacksmith 4:41 A.M.

USING THE WORD IDIOT!!!! Not Nice.

Refused to read your comment and hope others do the same.

Sounds campaign gobsmacked.

We all know the campaign is tight, so take a break.

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