February 12th, 2008
11:40 AM ET
14 years ago

Clinton hits the air in Wisconsin

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/12/art.clintonad.cnn.jpg caption="Clinton is hitting Wisconsin airwaves."](CNN) - Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is launching its first television ad in Wisconsin Tuesday, a state that may prove crucial to the New York senator should she get swept in Tuesday's Potomac Primary.

The 30-second spot, called "Obligation," highlights Clinton's healthcare plan, with the announcer saying Clinton is "the only candidate for president with a plan to provide health care for every American."

The ad does not mention rival Barack Obama by name, though Clinton often criticizes the Illinois senator for not adopting a healthcare plan that mandates coverage for all Americans.

Following primaries in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia Tuesday, the next battlefront will be Wisconsin, set to vote February 19. The state has a large working-class population – a voting bloc that has leaned toward Clinton in previous contests. It also has a large student population and a sizeable number of Independents - groups that have favored Obama in earlier primaries.

But in a sign the New York Democrat is already looking ahead to the March 4 Ohio and Texas primaries. She's headed to El Paso, Texas Tuesday night and plans to spend all day Wednesday stumping in the delegate-rich state.

Obama, meanwhile, is heading to Madison, Wisconsin Tuesday night. His campaign began airing a television ad there that touts his own healthcare plan earlier this week.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Jul, NY

    way to do Hillary. I think Hillary is the best qualified for the job. I think there is no doubt that Hillary will improve the economy and health care and restore the leadership around the world since Bill Clinton had done that. She definitely know how to do it. Why do people with middle income and low income support Hillary?? That's because they believe that Hillary can do better in economy and health care than Obama. They are the ones who really need help right now and Hillary can do the best job for them. Why do educated people and rich people support Obama? I think that's because they are not much affected by the downturn of the economy and they choose Obama because of his likability.

    February 12, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. pat

    All talk Obama, you have little background to back it up.
    Michelle, Mrs Obama, what nerve you have saying(when asked if she would work with Hillary if her husband lost) said with great hesitation,well, I'll have to think about that!!!!!! She's bigger than her pants already.

    February 12, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. Anna, SW Missouri

    Georgia, motivation is a good thing. We need someone in the White House that can MOTIVATE the Republicans and Democrats to work together to get the peoples work done. That is the CHANGE that the American people want. We are sick and tired of politics as usual. We need them to work together to solve the problems.

    February 12, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. Ratgurl

    Please post my comment made at 12:50 ET, CNN. Or are you trying to help Hillary by not posting positive comments for OBAMA??

    Here's what I said previously:
    "The ad does not mention rival Barack Obama by name, though Clinton often criticizes the Illinois senator for not adopting a healthcare plan that mandates coverage for all Americans."

    Nor should it mention his name. Obama's plan is not to MANDATE healthcare (which looks good on paper for those of us who can actually afford healthcare), but rather to make it affordable so people don't have to choose whether to pay rent OR to pay for healthcare insurance. Talk about pandering to the Insurance companies!

    February 12, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. Jasmine - AZ

    Just because Obama hasn't been a first lady doesn't make him less qualified...

    What part of being a first lady, makes her more qualified for the presidency, because she has lived in the White House...

    Do we really want another President in office that doesn't fully report their finances..??

    You see what happened the last 8 years...Secrecy is what we have now.. We don't need another president hiding things from the American people...

    I can't trust Hillary or Billary...

    OBAMA 08!!!!

    February 12, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. Debby Tulsa OK.

    I think Obama's people need to grow up a little bit. Look how rude they are all over the internet. There are ways to stop a movement from over taking the goverment.

    Calm down children and let the people vote

    February 12, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. Dylan the California Liberal

    Joe i just want to point out that you mentioned just about every glittering generality that each and every politician uses in their campaign. Does Obama not "want change?" Is he not "for freedom?" Is he not "for you and me?" Basically you just posted a whole lot of nothing.

    Plus, if you're going to throw in Obama's middle name you need to mention the middle name of EVERY candidate. Otherwise you sound like a racist, using his middle name simply to scare ignorant people into thinking that Barack is a Muslim, which he clearly is not. And even if he was, who cares anyway?

    February 12, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. Doug

    I don't want forced healthcare on society either as the earlier poster stated. She has worked an entire life on healthcare and got nothing done except take money from healthcare and big pharma all of these years.

    February 12, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. Lena

    I wonder if Laura Bush will run for President next time around. She has gained so much experience too…

    February 12, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. ANTI CLINTONS

    Oh what does Hitlery know about health care, is she covering anyone in her staff? answer: NOOOO! it is just another step for a leftist marxist state that she wants with the other lib loser, Kennedy, Boxer, Pelosi, Reid, Kerry...the list goes on and on.

    The health care issue sucked 15 years ago, it still sucks, nothing should be shoved down our throats.

    Obama wouldn't do that, Hitlery wants to. What is wrong with this picture!

    Obama!

    February 12, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. Susan

    Hillary aren't you trying to change a system that you have been a big part of developing during your "35" years of experience. You are such a fake. Kind of like voting to allow corporations to outsource jobs and then saying that you want to abolish the tax cuts you gave to oranizations who out source jobs that you voted for in the first place. Health care using Clinton logic is the same. Obligation to garnish ..wait isn't that socialism. Socialism is not obligation to garnish that I am not in favor of is socialism.

    This was of course after Obama suggested that he is in favor of abolishing tax cuts for the corporations who out source jobs overseas.

    GO OBAMA..STOP THE MADNESS.

    February 12, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  12. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Good luck Hillary but I'm still voting for Obama.

    February 12, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  13. Angela

    Senator Obama will mandate that all children have to have healthcare insurance so if you have children you will be forced to get insurance . Also do you really think because Senator Obama says pretty please insurance premiums will go down? If you do then you are living in fairyland

    February 12, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  14. Christine Atlanta, Ga.

    I love the 'fake posts' from people called 'Pedro' and 'Maria', who's entire town are voting Obama.
    Obama Bloggers: perhaps you can get a little more creative with the names. I note nothing on CNN about John Glen's endorsement of Hillary in Ohio today.

    February 12, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  15. Leslie Somerville, Seattle, Washington

    Goodluck Obama, but I am still voting for the best-HILLARY

    February 12, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  16. Jaime-Austin, TX

    VIVA HILLARY!!!! We the Latino voters here in Austin will vote solid for HILLARY! We love Bill Clinton and what he did for all the HISPANIC people in CA, NM, AZ and TEXAS. We believe that she will continue the fight for our causes and she will fight for all the latinos in the USA! We will be forever greatful to the CLINTONS, Not even Obama can ruin this relationship. VIVA HILLARY!

    February 12, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  17. katey WI

    You pay attention to endorsements? Dosen't mean diddly to me. They are just people who want something.
    I see Obama took VA big time. 90 per cent of the black and 50/50 of whites.
    I don't want Hillary messing with my health care. I have good ins. now and I'm in no mood for higher taxes. God only knows we are taxed to death in this state any way.
    Polls show Obama will take WI the 19th.
    wisconsinite here.

    February 12, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  18. Veronica Ward

    Hillary didn't show up to vote? OH MY GOODNESS!!

    How can she say that Obama only voted "Present" in the seante but then turn around and NOT VOTE AT ALL. All of the senators were in Washington, so that's no excuse. She had Bill there on the stump for her, so why couldn't she take the time out to vote?

    She's a hypocrite!

    GO OBAMA!

    February 12, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  19. Laura

    I agree, no Hillary, then my vote will go to McCain.
    By the way, is it also socialist to require citizens to buy insurance for their cars.

    February 12, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
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