WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democrat Barack Obama’s campaign has hit the air in two February 5 states.
In Arizona, a state with a large retirement population, Obama’s new television ad relates a story he tells often on the campaign trail, about his mother’s battle with cancer and mounting medical bills.
“My mother died of cancer at 53. In those last painful months, she was more worried about paying her medical bills than getting well. I hear stories like hers everyday,” says the Illinois senator in the 30-second spot, titled “Mother.”
“For 20 years, Washington has talked about health care reform and reformed nothing. I've got a plan to cut costs and cover everyone. But unless we stop the bickering and the lobbyists we will be in the same place twenty years from now. I'm Barack Obama and I approve this message because to fix health care we have to fix Washington.”
On Friday, the campaign announced the endorsement of Janet Napolitano, the state's popular Democratic governor.
In “Quiet,” Obama points to oil as both an environmental and a national security issue, and stresses his straight-talking credentials.
“I don't accept that we should be still sending eight hundred million dollars a day, part to hostile nations because of our addiction to foreign oil,” says Obama in the new 30-second ad, airing in California. “And in the bargain we're melting the polar ice caps.
“I went to Detroit to insist that we have to increase fuel efficiency standards. Now, I have to admit, the room got kind of quiet. We can't just tell people what they want to hear. We need to tell them what they need to hear. We need to tell them the truth.”
The ads are Obama’s first in states set to vote on February 5, the so-called Super Tuesday contests.
–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand