McAuliffe Unveils New Ad Mentioning Obama
Terry McAuliffe released a new 60-second radio ad today that is aimed at African-American voters in the Richmond and Hampton Roads media markets.
In the ad, McAuliffe says he fought when he was chairman of the Democratic National Committee earlier this decade to protect voting rights and he takes credit for helping to elect President Obama last year.
"Did you know that Terry McAuliffe fought to protect voting rights and led the effort to give Democrats in our region a stronger voice in deciding the party's presidential nominee?" a female asks in the ad.
"That's right," a male says. "Terry McAuliffe defended our rights and was the leader who brought us together and united the party. And in 2008 our voices were heard when we elected our president, Barack Obama."
McAuliffe was a national chairman of Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign during last year's Democratic primary. In that role, he was a frequent critic of Obama and his campaign. But after he started eyeing a bid for governor, McAuliffe campaigned for Obama around the state.
McAuliffe's efforts to link himself to Obama will surely become fodder for his opponents, former delegate Brian Moran and Sen. R. Creigh Deeds.
Moran and Deeds, however, can't link effectively link themselves to the Obama movement either. They both stayed neutral in last year's Democratic primary, only getting behind Obama when it was clear he had secured the nomination.
And because McAuliffe is the only candidate with the resources to extensively advertise, he so far has the early advantage in trying to create a narrative for African-Americans that he played a major role in Obama's victory.
As the campaign unfolds, however, McAuliffe's previous statements about the Obama campaign last spring could enter the discussion.
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