September 2nd, 2010
03:58 PM ET
4 years ago

Hillary Clinton for president ad hits airwaves

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A new ad advocating for Hillary Clinton for president in 2012 began running in New Orleans Wednesday.
A new ad advocating for Hillary Clinton for president in 2012 began running in New Orleans Wednesday.

(CNN) - We've still got two months left until the 2010 midterm elections, but we now have our first television commercial of the 2012 presidential campaign. And the ad advocates for a person who says she has no intention of running for the White House.

"She has more experience working in and with the White House than most living presidents. She is one of the most admired women in our nation's history. Let's make sure the president we should have elected in 2008 will be on the ballot in 2012. Hillary 2012: Hillary Clinton for President. Start now. Where there's a Hill there's a way," says an ad that began running on television in New Orleans Wednesday.

The commercial was paid for by a Chicago dentist named William DeJean.

When asked why he put the ad up, DeJean told CNN Thursday that "I'm a dentist and I don't think this country is headed in the right direction."

Regarding Clinton, DeJean says "I think she is the most qualified."

DeJean adds that he thinks people are having buyer's remorse about President Barack Obama and says the current administration is ruining the Democratic Party. He says he spent $5,000 to create the commercial and tells CNN that besides New Orleans, the ad will run in Washington, New York and Los Angeles, and possible Houston. DeJean says he chose to first run the ad in New Orleans because he's a native of the city and because the city's in the news due to the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

"I didn't expect to see any ads about 2012 before the midterms in 2010, although this will likely not be a big TV buy, Mr. DeJean clearly is motivated to see change," says Evan Tracey, Campaign Media Analysis Group and CNN's consultant on political TV ad spending.

According to data from CMAG, DeJean paid to run ads supporting Clinton during the 2008 presidential campaign. Clinton, senator from New York at the time, battled then Sen. Obama of Illinois in a marathon and historic Democratic primary season, nearly becoming the woman to win a major party presidential nomination, before ending her bid and endorsing Obama in June 2008.

Since becoming secretary of state in the Obama administration, Clinton has squashed any talk of her either challenging Obama in 2012 or making another bid for the White House down the road.

In an interview with NBC last October, Clinton said "no" three times to the question "will you ever run for president again?"

At town hall in Saudi Arabia in February, Clinton said "I am very proud to support Barack Obama and I will continue to support Barack Obama."

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soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. water bearer

    "I'm a dentist and I don't think this country is headed in the right direction."

    Or said a different way, "I'm a dentist and I want to waste my money. Plus, I've been sucking my own laughing gas.". Moron.

    September 2, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. one voice

    The perfect ticket in 2012 would be Obama/Clinton and Biden as Secretary of State. Hillary should run for President in 2016 and 2020 to secure a Democrat in the White House until 2024. For now let's stand by our Democrats coming up for election in 2010.

    September 2, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. David

    This dentist does know that she's a part of this current administration right? So what is his criteria for thinking she should run against her current boss?

    If it's the war – she's the Sec of State – so she's kinda tied into any military action we take. She certainly has the ability to voice her opinion and steer policy right now.

    If it's the economy – well – her campaign ran into the red quite severely – doesn't show a strong econ team on her side.

    If it's gay rights – well her husband was the one who signed DADT into law – so...that's not going to work.

    I think in 2016 if she wants it – it's hers – but not now and not in 2012.

    Plus she's doing an excellent job as Sec. of State.

    September 2, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. Bill, Bloomington Il

    This could derail the current president. Is this necessary?

    September 2, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. Matt

    I'd vote for her again in a heartbeat.

    September 2, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. Gobama!

    What an absolute waste of money. What a fool.

    September 2, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. Ann

    "I think she is the most qualified."

    YES

    September 2, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. Dave

    This would rock the democratic party to the foundations. A sitting president being challenged. I would also tend to believe that it would take a signification write-in candidacy to win. No way don't waste your money Mr. DeJean

    September 2, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. key

    he should have asked her first this want run long before the lawsuits fly.

    September 2, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. vic

    Experience candidate Hillary
    Smart candidate Hillary
    Strong candidate Hillary

    Over all best candidate for 2012is Hillary country need you Hillary Please

    September 2, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. John N.C.

    Please don't get this going again. I am enjoying not having to look at Hillary every time I turn the TV on.

    September 2, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. kimberly

    hes an idiot! more ignorant rantings of those who dont care about this country...I love her too,but shes not running, and people need to focus on getting her back in as sec of state...the right has more than its share of loons, we need no more on the left either!

    September 2, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. Laura, Boston

    I agree with him...go Hillary.

    September 2, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  14. larry

    This guy is obviously a moron. And I am not an anti dentite.

    September 2, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. Cindy

    Maybe he's thinking, if it worked for Betty White and SNL, it'll work for Hillary too?

    September 2, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. HypocriCNNation!

    Mr. William DeJean DDS Is The Poster Child For Birth Control! He's Also The Definition Of A Low Life Snake In The Grass!

    September 2, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  17. Larry

    Did not do much good in 08 and will not do any good in 12...but it is his money to WASTE!!!!!!

    September 2, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  18. gg

    This is just stupid..stupid..stupid they both share the same policies what the difference I think some people are trying to rush and push Obama to fix economy and create jobs overnight it will be fair to bring up the mood and the condition of the country before he took office. The guy done huge of a job from health care to the financial reform in less than two years. I know conservatives are self fishness they don't like financial reform because they don't want to be account for anything that goes wrong..they don't like heath care reform because they think it is privilege to them no meddle class or any immgrant deserve health care.. and they don't like union because they can control the middle class and immigrants by pushing them to work like slave "you don't like it quit".

    September 2, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. Seriously???

    Man, what are you smoking? Do you believe any Democrat would be having success in this partisan disfunction that is currently happening? The Party of NO, GObP or whatever else you want to call them, has made progress impossible. Watered down the stimulus package, watered down Healthcare. . .
    Hilary would not have fared any better, and she won't get that chance in 2012 as Obama needs to fulfill his second term in office.

    Don't muddy the waters any more than they are and if you are Democrat, do something more constructive than trying to replace President Obama before any of the new policies are given a chance.

    Show some patience and understanding. This 15 second fix that everybody is looking for is not going to happen. IT WILL TAKE A LITTLE LONGER!!!

    September 2, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. Geoffrey

    If you think this country is heading in the right direction....leave...go back to the land u immigrated from...take your entire family...I'll u these North Americans immigrants are not very smart...go home!

    September 2, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  21. Carlos Yanez

    Hilary 2012 ........................

    September 2, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  22. csh

    I admire and respect President Obama – he is smart, articulate and a great role model. But nobody is better than Hillary...............

    September 2, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  23. Big George in Big D

    Enough with Hillary! Dems are out out out!!! What on this green earth makes people think that bossy woman would made a POTUS?? Good lord, give it a rest!

    September 2, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  24. Ann

    Maybe the DeJean charater should check with Hillary Clinton first before trying to speak for her. I am sure that she does not appreciate your divide and conquor tactics. Hillary Clinton fought a long and hard campaign but what I have admired about her is that once the President was elected both her an Bill Clinton showed alot of class and united their efforts with the President to support the goals of the Administration. I don't think that she would try to divide the party by running against the President in 2012. She is doing a tremendous job as Secretary of State and Bill Clinton is out there supporting the Democratic Party in every way that he can. Hillary is a Democratic period and if she had won her goals for the country would not be much different from President Obama.

    September 2, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  25. All the news that is fit to omit

    She WAS far superior to Oweblamo in every single way, but you progressive geniuses needed to be cutting edge so an unqualified, clueless and classless fraud got the nomination over Hillary.

    Congratulations, it's worse than Carter.

    Funny, listening to uh, uh, uh, uh Barry the "wizard of uh's" talking is LIKE PULLING TEETHE............

    The dentist is sooooooooooo right.

    September 2, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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