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. BJ

    Obama supporters, just read your own comments. Then wonder why Hillary supporters cannot bring themselves to "unite" with you.

    Some of you are just so offensive, you gloat, you condescend... then you pander to us. It's insulting.

    And yes, quite a few of us are college grads, and yes , we probably have more, and make more money than most of you put together. So this is not the real problem. The problem is your lack of manners and respect.

    You are free to vote for Obama, we don't take that away from you. And we are free to vote for whom we feel will benefit our individual issues at this point.

    And come November, let's see who voted correctly for the winner 🙂

    May 16, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. Obama Edwards 08

    I applaud Senator Hillary for going positive and staying in the race to protect her legacy but she can make a BETTER stand in the books of history by BACKING Obama NOW.

    The dichotomy of Hillary finishing this race to the end will weigh more on the negative side of history as a sad pathetic story of a woman challenged by her own greed. She should rather make a HARD STANCE and say, LET'S DO THIS TOGETHER by backing Obama.

    YouTube will not allow history to be re-written how Hillary WANTS to tell her tales but it will remember all of her negatives.

    HIllary can save her legacy but the question is, will her ego allows her to.

    May 16, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. fred

    We wouldn't vote for Obama if Hillary was her VP!!

    Go Hillary!!

    If not Hillary...then McCain!!

    May 16, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Adam from NY

    She's been right when it counts? Like with the Iraq war?

    May 16, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. Proud1of 26% in WV

    Talk about a flip-flop.If she had not went so negative before Ohio and Texas It would have been all over by now.Now It looks like she is trying to salvage a little bit of credibility.June 3, 18 more days then Good Bye

    May 16, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. rumpusgoopus

    Come now, Obama supporters (me being one of them). There's no reason to hate on her for this. It's the right thing for her to do at this point, and probably better off for Obama for Clinton to finish up the remaining contests while being at least somewhat competitive. Can you imagine what he media would have done with W.VA. if Hillary weren't still running? It would have even worse than it was. Anyway, thank you, Clinton, for changing the tone of your campaigning when we need you to most.

    May 16, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. Robert Wiseman

    I wonder how any of would have acted following 9/11 if we were politicians in New York State with regard to the Iraq war vote. I have been absolutely opposed to the war from the beginning, but I don't know what I would have done had I been the senator from New York in those early days. I would have feelings about the loss of life and those two buildings to terrorists. I would feel obligated to my constituents to take a strong stand and act, even if my actions were questionable. We all look back after seeing the conduct of the war and the lies that moved the US into Iraq and condemn those who voted, but I honestly don't know what I would have done were I the senator or a congressman from New York. What is important is the position that Hillary Clinton is taking on the wan NOW, and what she is commited to doing NOW.

    The other aspect of this campaign I have found troubling is the relative lack of analysis of the impact of misogyny on the campaign and the coverage of Hillary Clinton. Lots about racism, but next to nothing about sexism. Obama can refer to a professional reporter as 'sweetie', which reveals a mindset that is troubling in a supposedly progressive man and he gets a walk. He is a bit like a teflon man, nothing seems to stick to him. I think that is because people are wanting a dream and projecting that onto someone who really hasn't earned it yet. He may earn it in the future and may not be a mistake, but at this point he truly isn't proven. Certainly his flipping on Rev. Wright doesn't impress me, nor does his arrogant attitude to the woman reporter that he disrespected.

    May 16, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. Relevant

    Look, don't fuel the Clinton/Obama feud with negative comments anymore. Obama isn't negative, Clinton has stopped being negative, why should the supporters of both campaigns be any different?

    I still say the biggest "shame on you" goes to the media, for inciting the riot to begin with.

    May 16, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. A Democrat

    She can make a very good Hollywood star. Go Obama 08!!

    May 16, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. Yes we can!


    May 16, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. Kenneth M

    I am so sick of these women for Hillary who now want McCain. You are acting like a bunch of little girls. It is so typical of women “Give Me My Way or I will destroy you”. You would rather endure 4 to 8 years of republican rule as a punishment to Obama. Sorry to all of the citizens who need the relief of a Democratic Party? That is as selfish as a little girl who takes the basketball home because she can’t win against the boys. Stop acting like a bunch of brats. You can’t get your way because you cannot articulate your will. We know you want Hillary to be president but she lost. Obama ran a better bid. So now which is it? Are you going to?
    Vote McCain: Continue the war
    Stay Home: Not support the party Hillary has pledged allegiance to.
    Protest at the Convention: Weaken the party to spite your face.

    May 16, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. lol

    hillary clinton isn't going to chat with our enemies like obama is willing to do. when hamas is supporting you, i quess you go out of your way to appease them. obama is pathetic on foriegn policy. his inexperience is showing. we don't need a community orgainizer the run the country. hillary is strong, and has experience. wake up superdelegates, obama can't beat mccain.

    May 16, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  13. Paul Dobro

    I wonder how much Chelsea Clinton made as a fund manager and what she paid in taxes?

    May 16, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. Bob

    OBAMA SUPPORTER...There really are other blogs you can play on.

    May 16, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. Lisa

    Barack supporters are silly, they need Hillary's supporters to win the nomination. Without Hillary Barack is toast in November. Don't give up Hillary we don't want Mccain to win the White House in November. They are not going to elect an inexperience empty suit wearing guy named Barack to become the President Of The United States. This is just a waste of time. I will tell you right now that if Barack is the best the DNC has come up with to represent the democractic party in November then i'm switching parties.

    May 16, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. georgia

    Go home .Begin to think about how to salvage your senate seat . Youve deliberately burned too many bridges. @ some point you & Bill will have to just face one another !! Then what ??

    May 16, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. Jeff Radun

    It is sad to see these above posts from Obama supporters.
    She does positive adds and the Obama supportes make it out to be negative.
    Well they will see how many Hillary supporters will support Obama in November.
    50% if he is lucky.
    When McCain gets into the white house you will have only the Obama nation to blame for the dems loss.
    I think after PA you should have been a more gracious group instead of the having the same attitudes as Mr Wright

    May 16, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. Bill

    The ever changing Hillbilly morphs again. She just becomes whatever she needs to be at that moment.

    May 16, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. Clear Thinking Indepedent Voter

    Looking forward to the Clinton family getting on a bus and crisscrossing the rural portions of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Western Virginia AND West Virginia, Kentucky, Arkansas, Georgia and Florida for 4 months “Stumping” for the ticket.

    This will put here in a much better light for here future aspirations in the party. Continue to push away from the "Ralph-Nader-like" legacy Hillary.

    May 16, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. J. Moses

    I think it's time we stopped sniping at each other here. Obama has this pretty well locked up. As an Obama supporter, obviously this makes me happy. I'm no fan of Mrs. Clinton, but can we at least give her a break when she's doing something right? We all sounded off when she went negative; and now that she is going the other direction she's getting jumped on all over again. We need to stand together to defeat the republicans in the General Election. It's time to get it together here. All this talk about voting for McCain if our candidate of choice doesn't get the nod is childish and self defeating. It's time to move FORWARD !

    May 16, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. For realsies

    This is good to see. Now can both democratic factions make their peace with the other side, as the candidates are now starting to do. The target, dear friends, is the Repugs.

    May 16, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. eric from canada


    May 16, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. shelly in IL

    It's time for the democratic party to take Washington back from the bully "GOP's". I am with whomever is the nominee, get them out of there. And, thank you Hillary for the kinder, gentler campaigning and most of all the inter party attacks have stopped. Good job Bill and Hill!

    May 16, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. Lana

    Thank you Hillary!

    As an Obama supporter, I would have gladly and proudly supported you for the GE if you would have started and stayed with this type of campaign in the very beginning.

    This was the promise of Senator Clinton that is now showing through. I am just very sad that she did not follow this course initially as then I believe she WOULD have been the inevitable nominee. As they say, we all live and we learn.

    While it looks like this is the end of her Presidential campaign, I wish her all the best and hope she gets to be Senate Majority Leader, a place where she could truly do good works. Senator, please support our presumptive nominee, Senator Obama and claim your position in the Senate as a strong, powerful and trusted ally to help get this country back on track.

    May 16, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  25. Jim

    Let's have 2 real unity tickets:

    Barack Obama (D)/ Chuck Hagel (R)


    John McCain (R)/ Hillary Clinton (D)

    May 16, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
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