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. crockett in houston

    too little too late

    February 12, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. Greg

    Socialist medicine belongs in socialist countries. The United States is NOT a socialist country therefore socialist medicine does not belong here.

    Hillary needs to drop out...she will absolutely destroy this country!

    February 12, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  3. Joe-Wilmington, DE

    A lifetime fighting for healthcare...and getting nothing done.

    February 12, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  4. chris

    no..i dont want to be forced to get healthcare

    February 12, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. Hillarious

    ...and those who do not have health insurance will be FINED. How Socialist.

    February 12, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. Joe Texas

    1. Hillary Clinton is Truthful.
    2. Hillary Clinton wants Change.
    3. Hillary Clinton hears Our Voices.
    4. Hillary Clinton is a True Leader.
    5. Hillary Clinton is for Freedom.
    5. Hillary Clinton is for Afrain-Americans, Whites, Hispanics, Native-Americans, She is For YOU and Me.
    6. Hillary Clinton CAN and Will.
    7. Hillary Clinton Will Change Washington.
    God Bless, Vote Hillary Clinton 2008! For Change. Yes she can, Si Ella Puede.

    We are million the voting and voted for Hillary more then half we will never vote for BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA if Hillary is not the nominee of the Democrats we will vote Republican. True Independents

    February 12, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. VTDEM

    Lifeline, and othe morgage compainies are putting a freeze on foreclosers; this was something that Hillary suggested months ago. Even the pundints on CNN had to agree that she suggested it months ago to help the economy and stop the wave of foreclosers. I know she will not get the credit do her, because I now feel the race for president is no longer about race, it is about gender. People are not giving her a fair shot because she is a woman: regardless if you like her or not, she is smart.

    February 12, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. Travis

    It's been a lifetime becuase she screwed up her last chance!!

    February 12, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. Sue

    With all the discreet and obvious ties the Bush family has to oil companies and what not, this is the minimum that America should expect from its leaders. Income history is important to understanding the type of ties that link our leaders to corporate America. If you are not benefitting from Corporate America, you should stand in line to demand that information of all candidates – Democrats and Republicans.

    February 12, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. nic

    A LIFETIME fighting for health care? Is that what she did on Wal-Mart's board of directors?
    You'd think an entire lifetime of work, with all her experience and know-how, would've produced better results for us.

    February 12, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  11. C, Wisco

    This is funny. Wisconsin has a fairly good system already in place and a state government that continually tries to make it better. We also have 2 major hubs for top Healthcare companies located with 10 miles of each other, yet neither are planning to speak at either. I am curious where the money for this national healthcare is coming from, as we are already in debt and the only way to fund a huge expense like this would be to raise taxes or cut funding. And just so everyone knows, Americans spent more on healthcare than the war so that arguement wont work. It still wont be enough money.

    February 12, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. Sal in Phoenix

    Did anyone notice that the Lifeline plan just announced by the administration to put a hold on foreclosures is the same plan Hillary has been talking about for the past 2 months?

    February 12, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. Mighty Whity

    Hillary Clinton is correct about her experience argument. She had her chance to deliver universal healthcare when she was First Lady, but she failed. She had and her husband had their chance to make America safe by eliminating Al-Qaeda, but their failed. She has experience, the experience of failure. It is time to move on to a new chapter in American History. It is time for Obama.

    February 12, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. karl

    you are not going to win in wisconsin my friend you better go to texas where you think you can win my friend

    February 12, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. MKK

    I hope Clitnon wins, but this is where I wish she would spend a few days in Winsonsin and show she wnats to win. She is overlooking too many smaller states.

    February 12, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  16. Virginia, in Georgia

    If Obama really cares for this country, like he says, then he would reconsider and step down.
    He might be a fine person but, at this time, he doesn't have enough experience to serve as our President. In the future,after further experience,I think he could become a good President but now , i feel that he is hurting the Democratic Party.

    February 12, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  17. Pardon Me Mr. President

    I just viewed a link to a WSJ article on an ABC thread about Clinton's clemencies (pardons) in August 1999 of 16 prisoners of the organization Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN). They were responsible for 4 bombings in NYC. The thread was on Matthew Dowd's blog. I knew Clinton broke records with the number of pardons he made right before he left office, but I didn't hear about this one. Worth looking up or googling. Unbelievable.

    The article went on to remind us of terrorist threats during his administration , some of which included:
    The 1993 World Trade Center bombing
    The 1995 Tokyo subway Sarin attack
    The 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing
    The 1996 Summer Olympics Bombing
    The 1996 & 1998 Declarations of War on America by Osama Bin Laden
    The 1998 East African bombings
    The 2000 USS Cole bombing
    The 2000 Millennium bombing plot

    Well next time the Clintons speak about the good old 90's, maybe they need to be reminded. We all need to be reminded.

    February 12, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. kevin from alaska

    Heading to Texas?

    Hillary is overlooking upcoming primaries in favor of delegate-heavy primaries in states with electorates that play to her strengths but vote later in the process.

    Didn't Rudy try that already?

    Hillary is putting up her own money to boost her campaign.

    Didn't Mitt try that already?

    February 12, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. Georgia

    I wish people would listen to message and not get carried away by the motivational speeches. Motivation is good but what are you going to do.... As far as I am concerned Hillary is the candidate the people are just been fed a lot of nothing, by Obama...

    February 12, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |


    February 12, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. Adebayo

    Why are we still recycling the same old politician, if Hillary's plan is this good why she didn't advice Bill do it when they have the chance. I will rather take my chance on the smooth talker may be he will back it up with action.

    February 12, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. LatinoNation

    You go Hillary my Friends and family are waiting in Ohio, especially Texas and Pennsylvania! Viva Hillary Clinton

    February 12, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  23. Mighty Whity

    We have listened to Hillary Clinton's message and it is an old and outdated message. It is the message of failure and corruption. It is the message of divisiveness and discord. It is a message of false arguments and misinformation. Hillary and Bill had their say. Now it is time for Obama to have his say. Obama in 08!

    February 12, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. LisaMpls

    Keep it up, Hillary!! She will be in Milwaukee on the 16th. Chelsea is still in Wisconsin today. We Hillary supporters are excited and ready to work hard to get her the nomination so that she can continue to work hard for all Americans!!

    February 12, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  25. Randy - Denver

    I Agree Georgia people should listen to the message, have you looked at Mr. Obama's message, it is clearly stated, with long details, on his website? Or are you waiting for someone to spoon feed it to you? Also the message itself is not enough, the greatest messagge does nothing if the messenger is untrustworthy or cannot get the reciever enthused about following it. A leader excites their followers and motivates them to get involved and make changes. To me it is an easy choice, a leader who insipires and motivates me, who understands the problems and has a guideline for a good solution or one who bores me, who is lost in the details and makes me want to let them handle it and abrogate my responsibilities. Me I choose the first and therefore go with Mr. Obama.

    February 12, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
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