December 26th, 2007
04:30 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton out with 'Stakes' ad

Clinton is out with a new ad Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democrat Hillary Clinton is set to launch a new ad in Iowa and New Hampshire Thursday in what seems to be the New York senator's closing argument, with only eight days left until the first wave of voters weigh in at the polls.

The 30-second spot, "Stakes", isn't narrated. Instead, the ad features still photographs set to dramatic music while text scrolls across the screen.

"A nation at war… Troubles at home…America at a crossroads…Demands a leader…With a Steady Hand," the ad's text says in part.

The new spot comes one day after Clinton launched her final tour of the Hawkeye State - a blitz the campaign is calling, "Big Challenges, Real Solutions – Time To Pick A President.”

The Democratic race in Iowa has been too close to call in most recent polls, with three candidates – Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards – in a dead heat for first place, although one survey released over the holidays seemed to show Clinton breaking away from her presidential rivals.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iowa • New Hampshire
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  1. David Monroe Iowa

    Senator Clinton understands the problems we face after Bush leaves and she has the experience and connections to get things done. She isn’t using oprah, or race card or lying about her up bringing or religious beliefs. I think IOWANS are much much smarter than obama and oprah gave them credit for. Also Michelle Obama said to Iowa voters, she can see if she lived in Iowa she would need to carry a gun! Nice ay fellow Iowans. Its time to send these two back to harpo productions and let them continue to divide the country with oprah. Obama has single handedly divided the country with his bogus race covered campaign. Just listen to his wife the one who causes hundreds of minority workers in Chicago to loose their jobs so she can get corporate experience. A vote for obama is a Hugh mistake!

    December 27, 2007 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  2. Alice, VA

    She claims she has experience that no other candidate has. The Clintons won't release their WH papers to offer proof. She DID NOT have National Security Clearance during Bubba's terms, so how in the world could she have the credentials she claims in foreign affairs? Unless, Bubba broke his security clearance by discussing secret issues with Hillary. If he did that, didn't he break the law? Probably....but that wouldn't be surprising, would it?

    December 27, 2007 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Senator Clinton understands the problems we face after Bush leaves and she has the experience and connections to get things done. She isn’t using oprah, or race card or lying about her up bringing or religious beliefs. I think IOWANS are much much smarter than obama and oprah gave them credit for. Also Michelle Obama said to Iowa voters, she can see if she lived in Iowa she would need to carry a gun! Nice ay fellow Iowans. Its time to send these two back to harpo productions and let them continue to divide the country with oprah. Obama has single handedly divided the country with his bogus race covered campaign. Just listen to his wife the one who causes hundreds of minority workers in Chicago to loose their jobs so she can get corporate experience. A vote for obama is a Hugh mistake!

    The Politico - Obama's "rookie mistakes:" Sen. Barack Obama's Democratic senator from Illinois "has also shown a tendency toward seemingly minor contradictions and rhetorical slips that serve as reminders that he is still a newcomer to national politics." we originally found ourselves a bit miffed that Sen. Obama has improved his fortunes so much. After all, as far as we can determine, the junior Senator from Illinois has distinguished himself for only two things: Uttering mind-numbing platitudes that would make the average politician blush and speaking ill-advisedly on matters of foreign policy.This, for example, was the guy who claimed he would blithely chat up Iran with no preconditions, right after he bombed Pakistan into the Stone Age. Well, that sounds pretty reasonable, doesn’t it? Tell us more about your deep-seated political wisdom, Sen. Obama.
    A foul-up again by the Obama campaign in South Carolina causing bad publicity in the home stretch. ministers have come forward and said they did not endorse Obama, despite their inclusion on his list of endorsements that the campaign had put out, .It could be that on a list of over 100 endorsements. Associated Press

    December 27, 2007 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  4. Proud to be an American in a Purple State

    We live in arguably one of the most liberal states in the union AND one of the most redneck!!

    Watching the news last night, I asked my husband if he thought Senator Obama could win in our state. He replied, "None of the guys I work with are going to vote for him… because he is black — But none are voting for Hillary either… because she's a woman." Therein lies the mentality of the average male voter in America.

    I have to point out that in the field he works in there may be 1 woman – both black or white – for every 50 men, and only 1 black guy for every 100 white guys — there are actually more Hispanics… but they wouldn't vote for Richardson either :( Say what you will – but racism AND sexism is still very prevalent in our nation.

    On the other hand I question whether these ~men~ even vote in the National elections?? They sure as heck make a point of getting down to the Halls to cast their ballot on their union issues… BUT I suspect they're really rather apathetic when it comes to actually voting in mainstream politics!! Hence, I would venture an educated guess that while they are not necessarily planning to VOTE FOR a particular candidate –> does not mean that they will make it a priority to "go out of their way" to VOTE AGAINST one either… They will just stay home and hang out at the tavern instead!! Trust me on this.

    Just because a person is a "registered voter", does not automatically mean that that person is one who regularly makes a habit of voting = Just because they claim that they would NEVER vote for a woman or a black guy, doesn't mean that they will be bothered to run out and vote against them either!! It seems to me that the candidate who actually has the greatest number of "supporters who are statistically and historically KNOWN TO VOTE" will be the best hope of winning back the White House.

    Does America honestly have time to "get to know an unknown and untested candidate at this point"?! What skeletons may yet fall out of his closet? Even if the antiHillary drummers beat their chests and rattle their toy sabers and threaten to mount an all out crusade –> would not AMERICA be strong enough to counter the attack?? Let's face it – it's highly unlikely that an African American -let alone ANY Democrat- would carry any of the Southern states. TN failed to elect Harold Ford, Jr in 2006 even though he was by far & away the best candidate (unless you were a white GOP male!!) AND CA failed to elect LA Mayor Bradley twice – despite the fact that he was leading the GOP contender by 10% points!!! Just because a candidate is black does NOT mean that all African Americans will automatically vote for him, just as it is silly to believe that ALL women will vote for Hillary — but right now she has the greater support of both Democratic women AND older voters = AND STATISTICS HAVE SHOWN OVER AND OVER AGAIN THAT THESE ARE THE ONES WHO GET AND OUT VOTE…

    I would be more than willing to roll up my sleeves and help Hillary win the White House in my state. My husband (who is very popular amongst one of the biggest unions in America) would be more than willing to help convince his Union Brothers Strong that "IT'S OK TO STAND UP AND BE A MAN -> AND VOTE FOR A WOMAN" = for the sake of their Mothers and their Daughters, for the sake of their Sisters and their Nieces, for the sake of their Grandmothers… and most of all for the sake of the FUTURE OF AMERICA.

    COME ON AMERICA – STAND UP WITH US TOO. TOGETHER WE CAN SHOUT DOWN AND DROWN OUT THE VOICES WHO WOULD DARE CRY OUT AGAINST AMERICA'S FUTURE!!!

    And if Ron Paul runs as an Independent he will further split the GOP… Regardless = The door is open, the time is right, we must forge ahead, and come out victorious.
    :) WE ~CAN COME TOGETHER AND STAND AS ONE~ TO ELECT HILLARY IN 2008.

    December 27, 2007 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  5. Tom, New York, NY

    it is amazing to see how negative the Obama supporters are....and how vicious their attacks of any other candidate are....and yet hypocritically they call themselves and their candidate the best people to bring the country together to face the challenges we have now....

    Don't they see their hypocrisy?

    Guess not....

    Hopefully the voters will...

    December 27, 2007 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  6. Anne - the Breadbasket of America

    Doesn't it appear that there are an over abundance of "childish" Obama supporters posting here? ROFLOL

    Must be a slow night on MySpace and Facebook, but the language?? Enough to make even the saltiest sailor blush. Where do you suppose they learn to talk like that though - rap maybe?! It is soooo demeaning to women and it really stands out with the crude vulgar personal comments being posted here :(

    So much for Senator Obama being the hope for uniting America and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Dream of bringing all God's children together in Peace and Harmony.

    Senator Obama has failed to even teach his supporters common decent courtesy and respect for others!! I shudder to speculate what he would be teaching the rest of our children?!

    Just Say NO Thank You – To Obama '08

    December 27, 2007 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  7. Scott, Des Moines, Iowa

    "Obama- Trendy, fast? Maybe, but only because he's so eloquent in his speech and has that Kennedy spark. Maybe it's too soon for him, but he has gotten more done as a rookie Senator than most do in their careers. Can you imagine sending Bill Clinton back to the oval office? Will our daughters be safe?"

    Posted By Gerald, Des Moines, Iowa : December 26, 2007 5:01 pm

    Totally wrong !! This country can not count on a "speech" guy, he has to be "trained" to "grow into" the field. Nothing personal, this country comes 1st, no matter what. He can not get the job done, he counts on others too much. I don't see his leadership at all, AND, DON'T tell me " I against the war from the beginning...." He was in the senate ?.....

    December 27, 2007 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  8. Shirely

    Is Barack Obama’s Church Racist? reporters) have then gone on to cite his membership in Chicago’s Trinity United Church Of Christ parish as proof that he is just a regular run of the mill American Christian.
    But a visit to the Trinity Church’s website proves that it is not your everyday Christian parish:

    Trinity United Church of Christ adopted the Black Value System written by the Manford Byrd Recognition Committee chaired by Vallmer Jordan in 1981. We believe in the following 12 precepts and covenantal statements. These Black Ethics must be taught and exemplified in homes, churches, nurseries and schools, wherever Blacks are gathered. They must reflect on the following concepts:
    1. Commitment to God
    2. Commitment to the Black Community
    3. Commitment to the Black Family
    4. Dedication to the Pursuit of Education
    5. Dedication to the Pursuit of Excellence
    6. Adherence to the Black Work Ethic
    7. Commitment to Self-Discipline and Self-Respect
    8. Disavowal of the Pursuit of “Middleclassness”
    9. Pledge to make the fruits of all developing and acquired skills available to the Black Community
    10. Pledge to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources for Strengthening and Supporting Black Institutions
    11. Pledge allegiance to all Black leadership who espouse and embrace the Black Value System
    12. Personal commitment to embracement of the Black Value System.
    Although we ALL agree that every American has the freedom to practice any religion, except, if your going to run our country that is made up of many types of people, not just balck folks,Do you think that if Mitt Romney’s local church talked about the White Community, White Institutions, and the White Value System that it would have gotten more attention from the Liberal Media than this has? Hey Obama MY GOD loves ALL people black,white, yellow tan etc….

    December 27, 2007 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  9. aaron, providence, ri

    was the dramatic music celine dion? and this argument that she is the most qualified for the job is just silly, wake up, time in washington does not necessarily mean good qualifications for the job...

    December 27, 2007 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  10. Len, Fallbrook, CA

    "Big Challenges"

    I agree

    "Real Solutions"

    They are?

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    "Time To Pick A President.”

    Not you.

    December 27, 2007 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. Independent in NH

    From the tone of several posters here, it might be safe to assume that they've had martial problems themselves and perhaps have been taken to the cleaners by their ex-wives ;) Why else would they keep harping on YESTERDAY'S OLD NEWS yawn...

    Of course they're probably the same ones who tout good old fashioned family values and put a recovered acoholic in the Oval Office twice and are looking forward to a former crack addict in the White House :(

    Just Vote NO On Obama '08

    - and PLZ take up a collection of Dialin for Dollars to put them in therapy and rehab –

    December 27, 2007 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. Jamie, Houston, TX

    It really gets old with people trying to blame Hillary for putting us at war. She, along with the other Senators, relied on their President looking them and the rest of America in the eye telling them that there were WMDs in Iraq. It's so easy for people to say they were against the war when there's no record of it. 99% of this country believed Bush and supported him then. You had soilders over there risking their lives because they believed him. We see now it was a mistake to believe him, but to say that she should have known that then is completely wrong. I respect that she realizes that was a mistake and is intent on bringing our troops home. It takes a true leader to admit they were wrong and to fix it.

    Hillary '08

    December 27, 2007 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  13. Larry, Poquoson VA

    Hillary Clinton is the worst candidate if you wish our troops to leave Iraq. Seriously, come on folks – say what you want to get elected and then take a poll for action. Seriously the American people are not that stupid and we will all see in a couple of weeks.

    December 27, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. tanarg

    That untested, inexperienced, bottom-heavy harpy is going to "solve our problems"?

    December 27, 2007 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  15. Patrick Oliver

    Let's face it: ALL national political candidates (no matter what party they're in) are power hungry, extremely ambitious, and self serving. Why else would they want one of the hardest, most thankless, (relatively) underpaying jobs in the world? For the power. But we deserve those leaders because of the often unrealistic and unfair demands we put on them and the fact that most of us aren't paying attention to what's going on. When the 2000 presidential race (in which Al Gore clearly won both the popular vote and Florida) was stolen from us because the Supreme Court consists of Bush family friends (and Cheney's hunting buddy) and democracy officially ended in this country, what did we do? Did we march on the capitol en masse? Did we demand that the will of the people prevail? No. We just shook our heads, said "well, what can I do?", and went Christmas shopping. Let's face facts. History always repeats itself, Rome is falling again, and there's little that can be done to stop it. Regarding this presidential race, it seems to me that when you absolutely "hit bottom" (i.e. the disaster that is the Bush presidency), the best thing we voters can do is go for the "surest thing". This year, that would clearly be Hillary Clinton. With her, we at least know what we're gonna get, i.e. another Clinton administration with Bill Clinton as her primary consultant (just as she was his) and relatively progressive, intelligent, outreaching people in power. And when you really think about the USA's respected standing in the world, the good economy, the balanced budget, and the relative level of optimism during the Bill Clinton administration (especially compared to the disaster we have now), it seems like it would be a good choice. Plus electing a woman would be a major historical moment in this country (one of the only major western powers to never elect one) and show that after 230+ years of independence, you don't absolutely HAVE to be a white (almost always Protestant) MAN to be President of the United States. It would likely potentially open the office to other women, as well as candidates of other races and religions as well. For all these reasons, I'm voting for Hillary.

    December 27, 2007 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  16. mark wilkes barre pa

    Bruce taylor berkeley Ca,,,, Wow !! in my 46 years on this planet, never !! and I mean NEVER did I think I would read such level headed comments on hillary clinton comming from berkeley Ca,,,,, Please tell me you are for real !! So as to know I am not seeing things. As I am sure I dont agree with most of what you are writing I couldnt agree more with your comment on hillary. it could not have been explained better. to add to what you have said in fairness, most of congress abedded the current administration continues to every time the matter comes up and then some how manages to steer clear of the fallout, leaving the current administration looking like there going it alone with arogance. If america is really looking for change it Will NOT find it by simply changing the party in charge this is proven by history. How to do this is up to you, the younger generations, the future leaders of our great nation. Those like you bruce who can think freely without compremise from political pressure to be loyalist's to there chosen parties. to be honest with your own moral character first before you judge others. To understand that people have different priorities and convictions that are different then your own, but yet can be adressed fairly with compassion and dignity. This is a tall order for change my friend, but I have faith and hope will come one day.

    December 28, 2007 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  17. Alice, VA

    "We see now it was a mistake to believe him, but to say that she should have known that then is completely wrong. I respect that she realizes that was a mistake and is intent on bringing our troops home. It takes a true leader to admit they were wrong and to fix it.

    Hillary '08"

    So tired of hearing this same old cop out from the Democrats and their Koolaid drinking supporters. Any of these weak kneed politicians admit they did not read the entire National Security document. For them to now blame Bush for inaccurate intelligence information and to flip flop is, well, just spineless and telling of their character. As far as Hillary or Bubba ever admitting anything...that just has not, and will not, ever happen. For them it is "I don't recall", "I had nothing to do with that". The Clintons by virtue of their constant poll-reading are not leaders, but followers of public opinion. Not someone we need. We need leadership in this country...leadership that can bring the Parties together.

    December 28, 2007 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  18. Cass and Andy in Iowa

    We are devoted Hillary supporters. She's the best candidate running for President.

    We will caucus for Hillary on Jan. 3rd.

    December 29, 2007 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. Helen Cimino

    Has everyone forgotton that Bill and Hillary pulled us out of debt and set this country straight before. They are a great team and can do it again.
    Vote Hillary ! Go .. Be our first lady president !!

    December 29, 2007 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
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