December 9th, 2007
04:21 PM ET
14 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. connie floyd Crockett, texas

    this exactly what the republicans want, to turn this into a black/white race, then we all lose. as someone said, "this race is about democrat vs. republican". its about our civil rights, the war, healthcare, social security. lets get it together. obama will not win the whitehouse, even if he gets the nomination. come on folks, use your head. we must get the republicans out of office. winfrey is just muddying the water. i'll never watch her again.

    December 9, 2007 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  2. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    LQ Rockester and Shannon NY, Please read "Living History" then you will know Hillary's position during 35 years. Lee Ann Arbor, Michigan, you are impossible human, our Country needs Hillary more than ever and more than any candidate. Your life is very much to be pitied.

    December 9, 2007 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  3. Liberal Chic

    Please, Hillary! Pull through on Iowa and New Hampshire! We can't let a neophyte like Obama have his try at the helm of the country!

    Christ, even Oprah said his election would be Martin Luther King's dream come true. We are not trying to pick the most politically correct candidate! Just the best one.

    Let's go, Hillary!

    December 9, 2007 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  4. Ginny, Byron, CA

    Sounds like a lot of Republicans are weighing in on this article. Nice try. Real Democrats know who the strong, experienced candidate is; the one who can stand up to swift-boating by you Republicans. . .and it sure isn't Obama. If he becomes the nominee, he'll fold like a house of cards under the onslaught of Republican attacks. He can't even stand up to criticism during a debate with fellow Dems. Just think back to his answer explaining why he was in favor of drivers' licenses for illegal aliens in Illinois. He stammered, stuttered, and nearly swallowed his tongue before finally getting out a half-way coherent sentence. And it wasn't received well either, judging by the booing from the audience. No wonder you Republicans are so pro-Obama; you know if he's the candidate, it will be 4 more years of a Republican in the White House. Now THAT is one scary thought!

    December 9, 2007 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  5. MK, Los Angeles, California

    Methinks Senator Clinton has an overinflated sense of time. 35 years - are we now including time as a lawyer in Arkansas? Goodness she was having a tough enough time defending her time as First Lady as counting toward experience, now this.

    One final note, another Senator Clinton "volunteer" has been fired for sending out that vile email concerning Senator Obama. This volunteer sent out the email to ten people back on October 5 - a full month BEFORE the last volunteer did the same thing. This is getting to look less and less like renegade volunteers and more and more like a campaign strategy.

    December 9, 2007 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  6. craig,nashua,NH

    Nice picture CNN. Did you just change the picture here on the ticker for her? C'mon CNN cowards! Where is wolf?

    December 9, 2007 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  7. Simon, IA

    what position has she held during those 35 years?

    Posted By shannon NY : December 9, 2007 7:29 pm

    You hold a position for 35 yrs? You are stubborn then with no evolvement as a human:-)

    December 10, 2007 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  8. Biggdawg

    Hillary '08!

    The REAL deal. She's not a media creation, and no one can dispute that. She shines despite the media's best efforts to undermine her!

    December 10, 2007 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  9. jimmy, atlanta,usa

    Hillary, you're good and politically correct not to save the sinking boat, only an amature like noah that can help. God has ways to show His power=== Sorry Hillary, its time for the country to learn what God has championed has no challenger.

    December 10, 2007 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  10. Joey Arbagey

    Hillary is the ONLY choice that has experience! Go Hillary. You have my total support and vote!

    December 10, 2007 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  11. Joey New York New York

    If Obama wins we will be in so much trouble. Hillary and Bill have good relationships with most of the world. We don't need Obama to go into the White House with no experience outside of the state he is Senator in. Hillary is the only choice!

    December 10, 2007 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  12. Justin Christiansburg Virginia

    HILLARY CLINTON should be the next president of the United States of America! I dont thik Obama will win against a republican. I think Clinton, Edwards or Obama would all bring about change in this country but changes isnt always GOOD! Thats why we need Hillary someone who will bring about good change in this country. She can and will beat the Republicans. The others cant! Do we want another REPUBLICAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE? I think no so I VOTE FOR CLINTON IN 08!! Blacks, Whites, Gays, Women, Men, Seniors, Veterans and for our CHILDREN who cant vote its our responsibility to vote for this women ALL OF USE FOR CLINTON!!

    December 10, 2007 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  13. Ann

    I am tired of these stupid posts that claim Obama's 'public experience'. They are a response to the crowds drawn by Oprah and by voters' inability to distinguish between substance and demagogy. Too bad the American voters may end up making stupid decisions as they did in 2000 and 2004.

    Hillary 2008!

    December 10, 2007 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  14. Tanisha, Oakland, California

    For Oprah to use her star power to support Obama is pure political racism. I hope the voters are smart enough to divide what they like to watch on TV and who actually can run the country effectively and hear the voice of the people. That's Hillary Clinton!

    December 10, 2007 04:36 am at 4:36 am |
  15. WILL PAGE, MEMPHIS TENN

    WHAT IS SO SAD IS THAT THIS OBAMA BELIVES THAT HE CAN BRING ABOUT A CHANGE IN THE COUNTRY WITH LITTLE OF NO NO NO NO NO THINK PEOPLE NO EXPERIENCE THE ONLY REASON SOME OF YOU BACK HIM IS BECAUSE U THINK HE IS A BLACKMAN, NEWS FLASH, HE'S NOT , ANOTHER LIE OBAMA AFRICAN DAD AN WHITE MOM = AFRICAN UUUUUUUUUUMMMMMMM AMERICAN , NOT BLACK AMERICAN AT LEAST OF THE TRIDITIONAL SORT, SAD YOU WANT BLACK FRIENDS SO BAD THAT THE FIRST FAIR SKIN NEGRO THAT COMES TALKIN' WHAT YOU WANNA TO HEAR U JUMP BEHIND HIM, THATS DOEST NOT CHANGE THE INJUSTICES THAT TOOK PLACE AN ARE STILL TAKING PLACE NOW YOUR DOING IT TO ONE OF YOUR OWN WHO IS MOST QUALIFIED IF THERE IS ONE. AFTER ALL THAT THE CLINTONS HAVE DONE ACROSS THE BOARD YOU SAD SACKS BASH THEM CUS OF THE LAST THING YOU REMEMBER ABOUT THEM IN OFFICE AN PUT YOUR FAITH IN AN UNKNOW WITH NO EXPERIENCE LOL. IF HE IS THE CANDIDATE SAD TO SAY I WILL GO REPUBLICAN FOR SURE CUZ YOU ALL ARE DUM, DUM , DAAAAAAAAAADUM.

    December 10, 2007 04:43 am at 4:43 am |
  16. Janet / Agness, Oregon

    Since when is 'experience' a platform for running for president? It only exists when a president runs for re-election.
    GW Bush had no experience, but it was never an issue. He was governor of a state that has the Lt. Governor doing the actual work, while the governor himself is just a figurehead.
    At this stage in America, I think that honesty, a connection to working & poor citizens (as opposed to large corporations), and a willingness and ability to use diplomacy instead of bullying force is what matters most to voters.
    Although Hillary has new ideas, I'm afraid her 'experience' may work against her. Voters are looking for a new face to go with a new direction.

    December 10, 2007 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  17. mark wilkes barre pa

    Hillary give it up already with the experience thing !!!

    December 10, 2007 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  18. babyboomer Everytown USA

    YAY HILLARY '08

    You stand for the rights and needs of women and aging boomers all across America (whether they're too thick headed to realize it or not – MAYBE some are secretly misguided GOPs LOL)

    It's time we bring America into the 21st Century – the dark ages ended with the renaissance – but apparently Dubya didn't believe the intel reports and so alas our citizens have been made to suffer for all those UNinformed votes (and hanging chads and Supreme Court decision by the more CONSERVATIVE leaning justices YIKES)

    Now the great task before us is to determine whether we want a *Dreamer or a DOER in the Oval Office instead of the Village Idiot & Co. (*sorry – John F Kennedy Obama is NOT – no matter how hard Oprama protests otherwise)

    So if we truly want to dig ourselves out from under the dismal suffocating mindnumbing morass left by Karl Rove (the man behind THE Man) who would be Prez 'cept he was smart enuf to know HE'D never get elected (at least not by the popular vote) Then we need to finally stand up and elect the Democratic candidate who actually knows how to WIN the White House back – not just another bunch of hotair and no substance... smoke and mirrors are GOP tactics

    December 10, 2007 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  19. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    ian, Queens, NY, negative people couldn't see the truth, they can see everything is lies because they lie to themselves all the time, it is very dangerous for our Country's future. carrol just lied to herself too. I am sure Hillary will be the best President and will bring back our Country's honor from the world. Madame President and First Gentleman. Our Country needs them badly.

    December 10, 2007 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  20. Sue, St. Louis, MO

    Hillary was no Nancy Reagan who agonized over the selection of Presidential china – Hillary worked for the Children's Defense Fund when she was First Lady. Hillary was no Pat Nixon who checked with her husband before any decision in the White House – Hillary coordinated and led a special panel to discuss and change the health care policy of this nation. Hillary waded through the dust and debris of 9-11 and resolved to destroy Al Queda, she waded through the streets of the 9th ward in New Orleans and gave comfort while George Bush's inept administration failed to support Americans in distress after Katrina. AS Margaret Mead once said, "liberate a woman, you liberate a man" and Hillary Clinton support to the women's movement is not one of radicalism but of conscience and equality with full equality for both sexes. There was another great First Lady – Eleanor Roosevelt whose briiliance added to White House and who did lead a nation – and it is that torch Hillary holds.

    December 10, 2007 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  21. Bill Skremsky

    Can not say I would ever vote for Obama he is just not experienced enough to take on this job at this critical time, It will b e Hillary Clinton getting our families votes.
    Regards.
    BS

    December 10, 2007 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  22. Clinton the smart choice

    It was wonderful to see all three generation with Mrs. Clinton, that’s the kind of support we woman need in this mans world, which is currently a mess! Shame on Oprah! Who put woman back 50years… Madame President of the United States…it's an extraordinary thought. We truly are in a momentous time, where a woman's potential has no limitations," "Hillary Clinton has already proven to a generation of women that there are no limits for success. She is driven by her passion for public service and her belief in the enormous potential of our country. Smart, capable and strong in her convictions, Hillary has transcended the dictates of what is thought to be possible for our time.
    "Hillary is a powerful voice for change as we find our country at an important crossroads. Under her leadership, our country will regain its respect within the global community. She will prioritize issues of global climate change, universal healthcare and rebuilding a strong economy. After 8 long years, the public will once again have faith in their government.
    "Another former first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt once wrote, 'In government, in business, and in the professions there may be a day when women will be looked upon as persons. We are, however, far from that day as yet.' More than 50 years later 'that day' is now upon us…and Hillary Clinton is ready to shatter through that glass ceiling for all women."
    SHAME ON YOU OPRAH!
    VOTE FOR CLINTON

    December 10, 2007 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  23. Smart woman 4 Clinton

    Hillary's historic statement at the United Nations Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 that "women's rights are human rights" still echoes worldwide. As a lawyer, advocate, First Lady, and senator, Hillary has fought for issues important to women here at home and around the world for decades. Today, despite the progress women have made, they earn only 77 cents for every dollar men earn - and women of color earn even less. Hillary is leading the charge in the Senate to strengthen equal pay laws and end pay disparities between men and women. She introduced the Paycheck Fairness Act to strengthen the penalties associated with wage discrimination, to ensure that the federal government sets a higher standard, and to increase oversight of employers. Hillary has also worked to increase access to capital and other support for women-owned businesses.
    When it comes to each woman's ability to make the most personal of life decisions, Hillary has stood firm as an advocate for a woman's right to choose. She has expanded access to family planning services, including for low-income women. She spoke out forcefully against the Supreme Court's April 2007 decision that - for the first time in decades - failed to recognize the importance of women's health.
    Hillary has worked to empower women throughout the world, especially low-income women. She has advocated for access to microfinance programs that enable women to start their own businesses and spoken out strongly against the tragic practice of sex trafficking.
    As president, Hillary will continue her lifelong fight to ensure that all Americans are treated with respect and dignity.

    Hillary has fought the relentless and insidious efforts by far-right Republicans to limit the protections of Roe v Wade, while also working hard to expand access to family planning services.
    Hillary has seen what happens when governments try to control a woman's reproductive health decisions. Whether it was Romania under a dictatorship saying you had to have children for the good of the state or China saying you had to have only one child for the good of the state, governments have dictated the most private and important decisions that we as individuals or families can make.
    She has championed the Prevention First Act, which expands access to family planning services for low-income women, requires health insurance companies to cover contraception, and provides a dedicated funding stream for age-appropriate, medically accurate, comprehensive sex education.
    As First Lady, she helped pass the Family and Medical Leave Act and helped found the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancies, which established and achieved a goal of reducing teen pregnancies by one-third between 1996 and 2005.
    In partnership with Senator Patty Murray, Hillary waged a successful three-year battle to get the Food and Drug Administration to accept the overwhelming recommendation of the medical community and make Plan B (the "morning after" pill) available over the counter.
    Hillary's work to empower low-income women has changed lives. She fought for the elimination of school fees, which prevent poor children in some countries from attending school, and for investments in health care and education for women and girls. And she helped found Vital Voices, a not-for-profit organization that continues to work to support women's leadership around the globe.

    December 10, 2007 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  24. Kim, Dallas, TX

    I don't buy it. This is called manipulation of words and clearly she fears Obama's platform of change. Now she feels she would be the candidate of change? I don't think so. Clearly she would be the most polarizing candidate the Democrats could nominate. She would bring out more Republicans to the voting booths to vote against her, thereby assuring a strong chance we would have another Republican in office. We cannot afford a candidate like Hillary. She DOES NOT have more experience than Obama, she is using that as a way to manipulate her audience. There is no way you can count being first lady as experience. Obama's record should stand for itself. He has the SHOWN ABILITY to bring about change; beginning with working together and getting rid of bipartisan stronghold. Can you honestly see Hillary being able to do so?

    December 10, 2007 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  25. Seam, Philly PA

    The Clintons are old news. It's time for something new. This is our chance to end the dynasty.

    December 10, 2007 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
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