June 25th, 2007
12:05 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama launches two television ads in Iowa

Obama is launching his first television ads in Iowa.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Illinois Sen. Barack Obama is launching his first television ads of the 2008 cycle, his campaign announced Monday. The ads highlight the Democratic presidential candidate's biography and career.

The ads will start running Tuesday on local cable and network television in Iowa. Obama’s campaign called the ads part of a "low-level television advertising campaign," but wouldn't disclose how much it is planning to spend.

The first ad, "Choices," talks about Obama's time as a community organizer in Chicago. "It was inspiring, absolutely inspiring to see someone as brilliant as Barack Obama, as successful, someone who could’ve written his ticket on Wall Street, take all of the talent and all of the learning and decide to devote it to the community and to making people’s lives better," says Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe in the ad.

The second ad, "Carry," highlights Obama's eight years as an Illinois state senator. The ad quotes Illinois Republican State Sen. Kirk Dillard praising Obama for working with members across the aisle. "Republicans legislators respected Senator Obama. His negotiation skills and an ability to understand both sides would serve the country very well," says Dillard.

The campaign is holding a conference call Monday afternoon with Tribe and Dillard to discuss the ads in detail.

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Justin, Detroit, MI

    Since when has Obama served 8 years as an Illinois senator?? Isn't he a junior senator serving his first term? Which would mean he'd only completed 4yrs as a senator around election time.

    June 25, 2007 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. Mike, Omaha Nebraska

    Obama was in Illinios State Legislature for 8 years. He has been a US Senator for 2.

    June 25, 2007 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. Shardule, Boston, MA

    Senator Obama served in the Illinois State Legislature from 1996 – 2004.

    June 25, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. Mary, St. Louis, MO

    Maybe read a bit more carefully, Justin. Article says "eight years as an Illinois state senator."

    June 25, 2007 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Not to mention several years as a Constitutional Law professor, and devoting the rest of his life to serving the community.

    All this talk of Hillary having so much more experience than the other candidates is crap.

    June 25, 2007 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. Kyle, Columbia SC

    People like Justin (I have nothing against him) read something and for some strange reason they read what they want it to be not what its actually saying. The new television ads will run great in Iowa and will only touch the lives of voters in that very important state.

    June 25, 2007 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |