December 29th, 2007
08:51 AM ET
10 years ago

Clinton to launch second Nevada ad

(CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign announced Friday it would launch a second ad in Nevada next week titled "Stand by Us." The 30-second spot highlights how Clinton 'stood up' on health care for children, the National Guard and reservists and on raising the minimum wage.

Then the ad takes a local turn: "Now Hillary's standing up to stop the nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain."

Yucca Mountain is a key issue for Nevadans who don't want nuclear waste in their backyard. Presidential candidates tend to flaunt their opposition to the repository for potential caucus-goers.

A similar Clinton Campaign ad with the same title began airing in South Carolina on Thursday. The differences? There is no mention of Yucca Mountain and Clinton is 'standing up' against privatizing Social Security instead – a position not mentioned in the Nevada ad.

Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama are the only candidates running ads in the Silver State. By next week, they will have aired two apiece.

- CNN Nevada Producer Alexander Marquardt

Filed under: Extra • Nevada
December 29th, 2007
08:00 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama: My wife says 'now or never'


Obama and wife Michelle at a recent campaign event (Photo Credit: AP)

WILLIAMSBURG, Iowa (CNN) - Barack Obama told an Iowa audience Friday that his wife Michelle thinks he should not run for president again if he loses in 2008.

“One of the things I offer in this race is that we still remember what it means to be normal," said the Illinois senator.

"My wife and I were talking the other day. And she said 'We're not doing this again'. And those of you who met her know she doesn't mince words,” said Obama. “She meant that in eight years, I'm not sure we'll be the same people we are now."

He said that he and his wife had only recently finished paying off their own student loans and started saving for their kids' college education. He also said that, until recently, he would do the family's grocery shopping himself. He said Michele told him, "eight years from now we will have lost touch with what ordinary Americans are going through" and that "we'll be in a different orbit."

"I think when you're in Washington for a long time you lose touch" and "it becomes harder to relinquish power,” he added.

But he told the audience in this blue-collar town, "my wife still shops at Target."

In the new issue of Vanity Fair, Michelle Obama tells a reporter that when it comes to her husband's White House bid, “it’s now or never.”


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
December 29th, 2007
07:56 AM ET
7 years ago

The Best Political Podcast


WASHINGTON (CNN) - It's now less than a week until the Iowa caucuses on January 3 and the presidential race has turned to issues of foreign policy and experience in the wake of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination.

In the latest Best Political Podcast, Sens. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, and Barack Obama, D-Illinois, spar over how their campaigns reacted to news of Bhutto's death. Wolf Blitzer speaks with Clinton and Jessica Yellin speaks with Obama.

Dana Bash is out on the trail with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee as the GOP White House hopeful tries to seal the deal with voters in Iowa. But, Huckabee's response to the crisis in Pakistan has called the GOP front-runner's foreign policy credentials into question. Bash reports on a surprising admission by the Huckabee campaign.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is also using the situation in Pakistan to question Sen. John McCain's readiness to be president. Mary Snow reports from Iowa on the recent back-and-forth between the two GOP candidates.

Speaking of Iowa, voters in the Hawkeye State are being inundated with political ads. Suzanne Malveaux reports about how approximately one-third of television air time in Iowa has been dedicated to political ads as the caucuses approach.

Plus, because it's Friday, The Best Political Podcast has a fresh serving of Campaign Trail Mix.

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–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart

December 29th, 2007
07:41 AM ET
10 years ago

Dodd: Clinton was sitting on the sidelines

 Dodd had some sharp words for Clinton Friday.

Dodd had some sharp words for Clinton Friday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN)Hillary Clinton may tout her 35 years of experience as the principal reason to vote for her, but Chris Dodd says counting her eight years in the White House as First Lady as a qualification “is an exaggeration, in my view. That’s not experience, that’s witnessing experience.”

At the launch of his “Caucus For Results” bus tour, the Connecticut senator told a crowd at his Iowa campaign headquarters that “it’s not just enough sitting on the sidelines and watching your husband deal with problems over the years,” to argue that his 26 years in the Senate are better suited to bring people together and deal with unexpected events like the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

Dodd said the New York senator’s claim that her time as First Lady was experience would be like his wife Jackie taking credit for his Family Medical Leave Act, adding, “The experience of having witnessed history is not the same as having helped create it.”

- CNN's Alexander Marquardt

Filed under: Chris Dodd • Hillary Clinton
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