The Clinton campaign is demanding Obama stop running his ad on healthcare.
The demand is the latest salvo in an increasingly charged back-and-forth between the two presidential candidates on the issue of healthcare. Each has accused the other of not being straightforward about their plan's limitations.
"This ad is demonstrably false and it should be taken off the air," Clinton Campaign Manager Patti Solis Doyle told reporters in a conference call. "The claim that his plan covers everyone not only contradicts the judgment of healthcare and economy experts, including Paul Krugman in today's New York Times, but public statements made by Sen. Obama himself."
The 30-second ad first launched in Iowa late September but began running in New Hampshire this week. In it, Obama discusses the death of his mother at 53 and says, "She was more worried about paying her medical bills than getting well."
"For twenty years Washington's talked about health care reform and reformed nothing," he says. "I've got a plan to cut costs and cover everyone."
Obama spokesman Bill Burton said the campaign had no plans to take down the ad and questioned the timing of the request.
“The Clinton campaign didn't say a word when this ad was released a month ago, and the only thing that's changed since then is the poll numbers," he said. "The truth is, Barack Obama would offer health coverage to every single American who can't afford it, and he'll do it by bringing Republicans and Democrats together like he's done before.
"Rather than spending their time attacking Barack Obama, the Clinton campaign should explain how exactly they plan to order every American to buy health insurance even if they can't afford it," he added.
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney