May 16th, 2008
11:15 AM ET
14 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. Confounded

    It is ashame. I think Senator Clinton's policies and ideas are solid. I only had trouble with her campaign tactics.

    I will vote for the Democratic nominee this year, regardless of who it is. But had she ran on a positive note to begin with, she would have had an equal chance of winning my vote in the primary.

    May 16, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. John

    Are you kidding me, you Obama supporters are so negative on here it's ridiculous... I can't believe how you're acting!

    Hillary – possible '08
    Definite '12 because Obama doesn't have a shot at winning the white house

    May 16, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. Jackson

    I wish she had done this earlier but better late than never.

    May 16, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. Mary

    It seems that an ad is only negative if CNN, the media at large, and Obama supporters say it is...
    the post from "Obama Supporter" says it all for me: Obama and his supporters are about hate, it's just spun by the media to look good....perfume on doodoo is still doodoo

    May 16, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. Chris C from Florida

    ok dude whats with the hate? the one thing obama doesnt talk about is hate... he talks about unity...

    Obama '08

    May 16, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. Judy, South Carolina

    Hillary it seems as if you have stolen the words of Obama. Let's be orignal. Also why spend money for this type of ads. Don't you need to clear your debts first?

    May 16, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. Darth Vadik, CA

    Thank you Hillary, you are finally getting it.
    We want positive change, thank you again.
    Maybe you should be a VP.

    May 16, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. Jamaal Kansas

    The Wealthly had a President and I Got it Right when it Mattered? Hum How is that if you voted to Go Invade Iraq so does that mean you made the Right decison to Invade Iraq where over 4000 U.S Soldiers lost there lives and Wealthy Hillary you loaned your campaign 11. Million dollars looks to me you are the wealthy no wait you are The Very Rich! So Hillary even you you are nice you are a liar I could never ever vote for Her an will never. Obama 08 No matter what

    May 16, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Mario O'dwyer

    Lets not bash Hillary. I believe she has good intentions. She will work hard for Americans. She is not my first choice but i salute her and will ride with her in any other bids. Right now we need to unite as a country not just as a party. We need All democrats, Independents and Republicans that are tired of the status quo to rally up and lets change the direction we are going.

    God Bless America!!!

    May 16, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. mannan

    well done

    May 16, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. bill in pa

    She just doesn't get it. America is tired of the divisive politics of the last 20 years of Bush/Clinton. If these two families are the best the baby boomer generation has it's high time they retire to the old folks home and let 'adults' run the country.

    May 16, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. Darth Vadik, CA

    Obama Supporter,

    Despite what has happened with Hillary she is on OUR side so stop your hate crap. We have had enough division in our country to last us 10 life times. I have have been outraged by some of the Hillary stuff before, but life is to short to hold grudges. So I forgive her and except her. You should too, for everybody's sake.

    May 16, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. Adam, Los Angeles

    While I commend Sen. Clinton for for taking a different approach to campaigning, with all due respect, I have a few responses for the above-referenced ads.

    1. "right when it matters" –Iraq war
    2. "Wealthy and well connected have had a president" - Sen. Clinton has received more money from special interest groups than any other candidate.
    3. "the right plan to help" - NAFTA and a gas tax holiday that does nothing to correct problems and doesn't prevent the price of oil's continued climb.

    Respectfully objecting,
    Adam, Los Angeles

    May 16, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. Reality Check

    Right when it matters, meaning like voting for the war in Irag?

    May 16, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  15. USAF Sr. Airman

    Hey "Obama Supporter", will you stop it with those "hate hate hate" posts? You're telling Democrats to unite, but who would want to unite with that? Come on now.

    Obama '08

    May 16, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  16. Cammi317

    Fellow Obamamaniacs, it's never too late. That's the entire point of Obama's message, it's never too late to come together and do right. These constant negative attacks on a fellow Democrat, wheter justifed or not, are contrary to the message.

    OBAMA 08

    May 16, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. v.ananthan

    I think Obama and Hillary should get together and use some of their campaign money they are using for advertisements to have new elections in Florida and Michigan...

    In this way they can stop McCain from going to these states and telling that the democratic party doesn^t take the people of Florida and MIchigan seriously...

    May 16, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. same ppl=same idea. new folks = change

    oh ow she finally made it to the finish line only after the horn had be blow. laughable

    May 16, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  19. NC

    I just hope she doesn't come out with a negative ad the day before voting. She's showing some grace now, let's see how long it last.

    May 16, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  20. Carol, California

    Oh, she's still running?

    May 16, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. Sam

    Please Hillary drop out, because you just had your biggest win ever in WV, and it did not leave anyone excited. Obama keeks getting support from superdelegues day after day when you only got 1 since your big win. This should tell you that the race is over. You did a very good job campaining but it's over girlllll...

    May 16, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. Independent for Obama

    Thanks for doing the right thing, Hillary!

    I think Hillary has a right to stay in this until all the voting is done, and I think it is really appropriate at this stage of the game that both dem campaigns focus on the positive and don't go negative, unless to point out the differences between the dems and McCain, which are huge.

    May 16, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  23. Real Change

    Hillary... ...POSSITIVE!?

    I think this tells you everything you need to know about what your internal information is telling her about her chances.

    May 16, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. Vince Los Angeles, CA

    I cannot believe Hillary supporters!! McCain CLEARLY flipflops on the issue of talking to our enemies, FLATLY mischaracterizes Obama's position on the issue...and the story of the day.....BUSH GOES TO SAUDI ARABIA, HAT IN HAND, BEGGING FOR MORE OIL AND THEY SAY "NO"...but you Hillary supporters would prefer to vote for McCain if Obama is the nominee?????

    There is no other word for that sort of logic other than ....RACISTS!

    May 16, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  25. Annthony

    Hillary all the way Obama NO WAY

    May 16, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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