May 16th, 2008
11:15 AM ET
13 years ago

Clinton campaign airing a series of positive ads

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(CNN)— Hillary Clinton’s campaign released a series of positive ads in Oregon and Kentucky Friday, as the Democratic primary race continued its second straight week without a negative spot.

“What’s Right,” airing in Oregon, stresses her support for universal health care and her opposition to President Bush’s energy bill and No Child Left Behind education policy.

“In Washington, they talk about who's up and who's down,” the announcer says. “In Oregon, we care about what's right and what's wrong. She's been right when it matters… She'll be there when it counts.”

Clinton continues her appeal to the blue collar voters who have overwhelmingly supported her presidential bid with two new Kentucky spots that highlight her image as a fighter for the working class.

“The wealthy and the well connected have had a president. It's time the middle class had a president who will stand up for you,” Clinton says in “Partner.”

The new campaign ads come on the heels of a positive ad released in Oregon Thursday by the American Leadership Project - a pro-Clinton 527 group that had aired anti-Barack Obama ads in Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania and Indiana. The Obama campaign filed a complaint over the spots with the Federal Election Commission last month.

But the group’s latest ad makes no mention of Obama, instead focusing on Clinton’s positions on energy and job creation. "Gas and food prices are squeezing Oregon families from both ends. Hillary Clinton has the right plan to help,” says the announcer in the 30-second spot.

Since the Indiana and North Carolina primaries May 6, neither Clinton nor Obama have run spots attacking each other, instead running positive ads or focusing their fire on President Bush. Both Clinton and Obama have pledged to support the eventual Democratic nominee.

soundoff (257 Responses)
  1. bandito

    Finally, Hillary has gone positive. Too little, too late

    May 16, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. Ellie

    Wow... this seems somewhat "shallow" at this point. She should have done this EARLY on in her campaign. Unfortunately, Americans just don't TRUST her anymore. She's damaged goods right now and not too many Americans are willing to "risk" supporting her at this end of the GAME!!

    May 16, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. Creative Woody

    Too little, too late, mi amiga.

    May 16, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. Kel from Auburn AL

    How wierd! Looks like someone's trying to go out graciously...

    May 16, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. Melissa- OHIO

    Consistently done whats right? NOT ON HER WAR VOTE. NOT IN CONDUCTING HER CAMPAIGN

    And “In Washington, they talk about who's up and who's down,” the announcer says. “In Oregon, we care about what's right and what's wrong."-- AND NOW SHE'S STEALING OBAMAS WORDS!

    OBAMA 08, bye bye Hillary!

    May 16, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. from CT

    I am an Obama supporter but before her negative campaigns I was happy no matter who would win, I was in that 75% that would love to see either of them in the white house. After her negative adds I was strongly against her, and didn't want to see her as VP nevermind president, but I must say, she is starting to win me back again. I hope she continues this positive trend, the people have had enough of smere campaigns and bullying tactics, I mean I sure hope so after 8 years of it...look where it got us...

    May 16, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. R

    her ads were not negative to me. it's politics. saying things that you oppose against your opponent isn't negative

    May 16, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Lisa

    I'm willing to still support Hillary and I hope she continue to campaign until all of the votes are counted. I'm not going to vote for Barack unless he addresses issues that are important to women.

    May 16, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. Ralph

    If she would have done this earlier, it would have gone a long way to tricking more voters to vote for her. Oh well.

    May 16, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. Obama Supporter

    I've been changed!

    Come on everybody and unite with the Obama Campaign!

    Hate Hate Hate 2008
    Hate Hate Hate 2008
    Hate Hate Hate 2008

    Hate Hillary
    Hate McCain

    Hate Hate Hate

    Obama '08

    May 16, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. Rachel

    Okay lets hear all the hillary haters slam her.

    May 16, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. Michael

    Well, at least we wealthy had a president. We didn't have a lying philanderer, who sent his wife and his best friends out to carry out his utter mendacity.

    May 16, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. An Agnostic Democrat

    Too Little ... too late!

    Mi, Mi, Mi ... She's warming up folks and it ain' t to sing Hillary's tune.

    Different mask, different personality, different dialect, different state, different pant suit ... Same old Hillary that can't be sold no matter how you try to package damaged goods.

    May 16, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. Debby

    Good for her it will only make her appeal better among Americans even if she lost the nomination. She was really dealt an unfair hand by her own party and the media during her campaign.

    May 16, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. Jessica in IL

    She must be trying to "make nice" so she can be Obama's VP.

    May 16, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. John Tiller in Dallas Texas

    Keep pushing on.

    Clinton 08!

    May 16, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. NickNas

    Too Little and Too late I am sorry to say. It is not possible to reverse the image we have of her now. How can we all just FORGET? Also knowing just how political an animal Hillary is we know deep down inside that this is just another political " Face" she is showing for her own benifit.

    May 16, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  18. MCD

    I think she has seen the writing on the wall and knows she can't keep tearing Obama down, and I appluad this. It is a step in the right direction.

    May 16, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  19. RON

    good

    May 16, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  20. CW in DC

    I can only wish that things had gone this way from the beginning.

    Fellow Obamanacs, we have to do as Obama would have all Americans do and come together. It's time to stop with the insults and name calling and rally around one another to get these nutty Republicans out of office.

    Look at it this way, if Obama's olive branch to the enemy doesn't work, Hillary can go and smack them around a little bit. At least they'll both get to keep their reputation as the peace-keeper and the fighter.

    Now there's a thought. I might just warm over to the Obama/Clinton ticket after all.

    May 16, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. Rick in Florida

    Its finally sunk in....that she's LOST. So what does she do now??? Unburdened as she is by normal boundaries of truth and morality she gets SWEET and NON-THREATENING, and hopes for a VP invitation. Well, Hills, old gal...it AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN for you. Not now...not ever... you learned TOO LATE how Americans feel about pathological liars!! But look on the bright side...you've got all those nice pantsuits!!

    May 16, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. Independent

    Thank you for coming aroound to the positive side of life Hillary. It is great to see that you are beginning to come together to beat the Republicans. I wish you well.

    May 16, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. The Truth

    Stark is an idiot. Go Hillary. Don't forget it is 2210 delegates. I think McCain ought to start calling Florida and Michigan and stating the Democrats don't like you, but I love you. Vote Hillary or McCain in 2008. The same in West Virginia, PA, OH, NY, CA NJ, MA. Can you really image ND and SD and Iowa voting for a Democrat. Give me a break.

    May 16, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. Lucyna

    Although I am Obama supporter, I believe Hillary earned respect. I am certain that she will work hard to help Obama be elected, so please people, SPECIALLY OBAMA'S SUPPORTERS, STOP trashing her. We all know Hillary has a lot of "dirt in her closet", we all have more or less, but if we cannot say anything positive about her, lets say nothing at all.

    May 16, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. Joyce

    Don't we have already a president who is running a war which he can't win? Who wants another president who fights, where is nothing to fight anymore.Also, who wants a president who tries to bend the rules until they fit. We have that already too.

    May 16, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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