December 9th, 2007
04:21 PM ET
15 years ago

Hillary Clinton unveils new ad in Iowa and New Hampshire

Clinton's campaign has released a new ad at a time when several polls have found the Democratic race tightening.

WASHINGTON (CNN)-Hillary Clinton's campaign is airing a 60-second ad in Iowa and New Hampshire titled "New Beginning."

The spot comes on the heels of several recent polls that have found Illinois Sen. Barack Obama leads decisively among Democratic primary voters looking for change.

Amid shots of the New York senator addressing enthusiastic crowds on the trail, Clinton repeats some familiar elements of her stump speech, including calls for universal health care and an end to No Child Left Behind requirements and the war in Iraq. She also emphasizes her experience, an area where surveys show she holds an edge over Obama.

"It takes strength and experience to bring about change," says Clinton. "I have a very clear record of 35 years fighting for children and families, fighting for working people, fighting for our future."

- CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

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soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Independent in NY

    C'mon Hillary, what about fighting for the unborn children. How about fighting for the stay at home Mom's who want to take care of their own children but are forced into working to pay for higher taxes that provide YOU with a paycheck. Guess what? There are still some people in this country who DON'T want YOUR government intervention. Maybe you should go to China, your ideas would fit in well there. They've got the village you like.

    December 10, 2007 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  2. Melanie Mollihan, Okaloosa FL

    Bubba C. announced in a rally this weekend that he would be part of Hill's decision making process. Now, what kind of change would that be?

    December 10, 2007 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  3. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Clinton clear on issues? (supporters – pay attention)

    Oct 16
    "I hate to see any state being pushed into trying to take this into their own hands because the federal government has failed. So I know exactly what Governor Spitzer is trying to do and it makes a lot of sense, because he's trying to get people out of the shadows, come forward and we'll give you this license

    October 30 MSNBC debate:

    Well, what Governor Spitzer is trying to do is fill the vacuum left by the failure of this administration to bring about comprehensive immigration reform. We know in New York we have several million at any one time who are in New York illegally. They are undocumented workers. They are driving on our roads. The possibility of them having an accident that harms themselves or others is just a matter of the odds. It's probability. So what Governor Spitzer is trying to do is to fill the vacuum. I believe we need to get back to comprehensive immigration reform because no state, no matter how well intentioned, can fill this gap. There needs to be federal action on immigration reform.

    Moments later:

    You know, Tim, this is where everybody plays "gotcha." It makes a lot of sense. What is the governor supposed to do? He is dealing with a serious problems. We have failed. And George Bush has failed. Do I think this is the best thing for any governor to do? No. But do I understand the sense of real desperation, trying to get a handle on this? Remember, in New York, we want to know who's in New York. We want people to come out of the shadows.

    October 31 statement from the campaign:

    “Senator Clinton supports governors like Governor Spitzer who believe they need such a measure to deal with the crisis caused by this administration’s failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform.”

    The New York Times reported on that statement:

    “Mrs. Clinton’s aides said her statement Wednesday expressing general support for Mr. Spitzer’s plan was intended to signal that she broadly supported his goal of granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. But they said she had not studied — and was not endorsing — any specific plan.”

    Clinton campaigning in Clinton, IA on November 4:

    "I wasn't as clear as I should have been the other night. I have had a number of occasions where I have spoken to it and I believe clarified it, but I'd be happy to do it again. I believe in comprehensive immigration reform and I have been in favor of that for years. I have signed onto bills. I have voted for provisions and I think it is the only answer for our country."
    "Unfortunately, because the Bush administration has failed and as has the Congress, the federal government as a whole to bring about comprehensive immigration reform, governors are left holding the bag. They're the ones having to deal with the security issues, the safety of their roads and so much else. Therefore, I broadly support what governors like Eliot Spitzer are trying to do. I don't pretend to know the details. That's up to the governor and the legislature to try to work out. But I think that it's understandable that states are trying to fill a vacuum left by the failures of the federal government."

    Then in an interview yesterday CNN’s Candy Crowley…:

    CROWLEY: If I wrote a story that said: "Absent a broad illegal immigration bill, Hillary Clinton agrees about giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants," is that correct?CLINTON: No. What I have said is that I support what governors are trying to do. And governors are on the front lines because of the failures to get comprehensive immigration reform. There are already eight states that issue driver's licenses without any verification of citizenship. That is a decision that the governors and legislatures and the people of those states have made. I understand…CROWLEY: But you see why people think…CLINTON: Well, but you know, Candy…CROWLEY: … that you are not answering the question.CLINTON: Well, but you know, Candy, well, but I think that if you go back and look at the complexity of this issue, I don’t think a lot of these hard questions lend themselves to raising your hand. And I know that that’s easier in a 30 second context to try to do.

    December 10, 2007 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. Bill Seattle, WA

    Apparently Will Page heads up the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. Hey Will, you have no credibility whatsoever and your usage of all caps is super annoying.

    Many of us supporting Barack are doing so irrespective of skin color or middle names. It appears those are real issues for pathetic hooligans like you.

    December 10, 2007 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. dmw, roeland park,ks

    To MK in LA,CA: At least Hillary has been fighting. More than what can be said about Obama.

    If you know anything about politics, you know that all fights are not won when you have a divided Congress and a divided Country about what they feel is best for us.

    Hillary has been fighting for us for years and she has the scars to prove it!

    I see comments all the time saying her only experience is being married to Bill, this surprising to me. She is college degreed; she is intelligent; she is a hard-worker and has been all over the world talking to world leaders about the issues of the day.

    A lot of my experience has shown me that most Americans have used mentors, husbands, wives, gotten married, college buddies, sleeping around, etc to get ahead. So, I feel people who complain about Hillary being married to Bill is blowing smoke and not looking at the culture in America. We've all called upon someone to help us along our life path. So be please be realistic.

    Obama has not been tested on anything. He talks a good game. So, please tell me what has Obama done? It might change my mind about him.

    December 10, 2007 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. Liberal Chic

    Janet / Agness, Oregon :

    Exactly. Bush ran as the "new kind" of candidate above the fray - a bipartisan leader able to bring people together. Sounds a lot like the black dude running on hot air.

    And how great a president is Bush? That's what Obambie is going to be. A terrible president who's going to get eaten alive by the Republican congress when they take over in 2010.

    December 10, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Jerry , Adams Center , NY

    Team, it takes strength and experience to bring about change Hillary has a very clear record of 35 years fighting for children and families, fighting for working people, fighting for our future. If we fail to make her our next President we have failed our country.

    December 10, 2007 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  8. Nikky .NH

    'New beginning' All l see is a liar and a con-artist/politician.

    Obama is the only one that can bring about New Direction and a new beginning.

    same 'ol same 'ol with Bush/Clinton/Bush/ Clinton again?

    please no more. l am sick and tired of being sick and tired of two same families on TV all the time.

    December 10, 2007 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. A Voter in N.Y.

    "I have a very clear record of 35 years fighting for children and families, fighting for working people, fighting for our future."

    Never has the woman held any political position where she was responsible until she was in the senate. Since she started there, it has been nothing but posturing for the White House, why else did she come to New York?

    This woman will say ANYTHING to get elected. If you really consider voting for her, then use the Internet and learn about her true past.
    After that you will also shout


    December 10, 2007 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  10. Len, Fallbrook, CA

    ""It takes strength and experience to bring about change," says Clinton. "I have a very clear record of 35 years fighting for children and families, fighting for working people, fighting for our future.""

    OK, I'll bite, let's list her accomploshments.


    Thought so.....

    Blowing smoke does not qualify....

    December 10, 2007 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  11. Chris, Middletown, CT

    "Clinton’s 60-second spot features a broader message, calling for “a new beginning” for issues like health care, education and foreign policy"


    Health Care – a mandated universal healthcare – that does not address the root cause of high prices – tort reform – lawyers file suits daily against hospitals, doctors, drug companies…and a massive government program that will give us a socialist system proven in all countries that have adopted it to be inferior to our current system.

    Education?? The Democrats are in bed with the Teachers Unions – who have proven time and time again that their focus is membership in the unions – not quality education or reform to a better system – Hillary takes millions from the unions – other than pure communism – can you think of another system that forces the same payscale increases regardless of work output or merit? (even the bad teachers are paid well…and she would protect that?? I want better for my children..don't you?)

    Foreign Policy?? She voted for the war….voted to fund the war everytime…and now if critical of it…she speaks in double talk – ask six of her supporters why they are voting for Hillary….they might have the same issue…with polar opposite stances…because Hillary has said both – omg….please please read!!!!!

    December 11, 2007 11:20 am at 11:20 am |


    December 11, 2007 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  13. Darrel @Lone Rock Iowal

    Next time Hillary, puts a new ad in Iowa, I hope it will tell us about the platform she is running on. Right now I don't have a clue. Her charlatan message is going no place. Spell it out in Black and White so we the voters know just what platform you stand for. If you don't have one/ just tell us that also. Then we can move on.
    That would be a "NEW BEGINNING" to
    "Leave no voter Behind"

    December 11, 2007 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  14. Beth & Jeff Chicago, IL - HILLARY ALL THE WAY2008


    December 20, 2007 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  15. Debbie

    I am very of afraid of inexperience, I think experience is much more important than talking about change. The country is in to much trouble to go with a canidate because someone like Opra backs them I am very afraid people are not taking this election seriously it should not be a popularity contest. This is not a game. I do not want what we have now but we should be careful. This is our country and our future.

    January 8, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
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