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. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Makes me wonder if a secret deal has been cut? If he does choose her, just watch the flack against HIM. How would that fit in with his 'no baggage' message??? It would rip a huge hole in the net that has 'captured imaginations', with a promise to change the way things are done in politics.
    He has already beat the second best candidate. He won't have trouble against the one the GOP's let carry the bucket.
    (Ever wonder if Guliano, Romney, et al, saw their chances to be President would better in the future?)

    May 16, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. Jeff

    Lisa, why do you need Obama to address women-specific issues when Clinton isn't addressing men-specific issues? Maybe if you and others would articulate what it is you're looking for special gender-based focus and attention on, candidates would have a better idea of what issues to address.

    I've yet to hear of anything Clinton has done special for women, other than degrading women through her demonstration of weakness with the way she dealt with Bill's years of cheating.

    May 16, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. mike

    Give credit where it is due. From an Obama supporter that really was fed up with some of the Clinton tactics, this is a refreshing change and
    everyone should acknowledge the benefit to the democratic party.
    Let's tone down the negative rhetoric and unite against McCain, who looks absolutely foolish right now after his failed attack on Obama.

    May 16, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. OBAMA support

    Way to go Hillary. Is time to unit now so John MCcain will shutup his old mouth.
    OBAMA 09-13

    May 16, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. Jeff Radun

    I am a Hillary supporter and if she does not win I vote for McCain.
    If she is offered the VP job and accepts I vote for McCain.

    Good luck to the demicratic party of race verse gendor, and race and the good old boys club won against gendor I mean lost the white house.

    I think every single woman that voted for Hillary should vote for McCain and then start a womans movment to put Hillary into the white house in 2012.
    I think it is about time woman took control of the country.
    Woman old, young, religious, poor, educated, republican, and demicrat should stand together regardless of their beliefs and elect Hillay in 2012

    May 16, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. Dallas

    Lisa: May 16th, 2008 12:46 pm ET

    "I'm not going to vote for Barack unless he addresses issues that are important to women."

    Just curious, do you feel that McCain addresses those issues that you fear Barack does not??? It seems that Barack is closer aligned to the views of Clinton on Women's issues yet you are willing to not vote or vote for McCain??? To me this seems counterintuitive.

    May 16, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. Crush Rush

    Its about time.

    May 16, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Mike NYC

    I am going to vote for hillary because she has more experience then obama.

    Then I am going to vote for John Mccain because he has more experience then Hillary.

    After all its all about the experience right?

    May 16, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. Ratgurl

    Now see? If she had run her WHOLE campaign like this, she might've won all that support that went to Obama. Americans wouldn't have developed such a bad taste for "Clinton". Now, maybe she can salvage what's left of her political career by going back to her NY Senator position & making some things happen.

    May 16, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. Helen

    Good bye Hillary. It has not been fun.

    And no you are not welcome on the Barack's ticket

    May 16, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  11. Oracle99

    Yes she like a chameleon changing when ever she has to pander to a certain group. After she gave fuel to the Republicans she is pretending to be sorry.

    May 16, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. Liar, Liar, pants on fire.

    Positive is good! Good, Hillary...positive is good.

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

    Had she done this from the beginning, perhaps she would not have lost. Too little too late.

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

    Had Hillary ran a more positive campaign from the beginning she would have been a much stronger and tougher candidate to beat.....
    Good Luck to you Senator Clinton we do wish you the best.......

    Obama 08

    May 16, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  15. Michael in Lorton, Virginia

    Hillary is realizing that she will have to return to her old job in the Senate; and now is trying to safe face with her collegiates after trashy racist campaign bashing of Obama.......she realizes that it is all goes to prove that you touch the spots of the lepoard, but you can never change them. How does Hillary live with herself......but to her advantage....once Obama is declared the Democratic nominee......she will just have "one face" to put her make-up on every morning.

    May 16, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. Clara

    Obama 08, the HATE campaign, an agent ofg HATE, HATE whites, HATE women, HATE HATE HATE!! Yes we CAN!

    OBAMA 08* He's beautiful!

    May 16, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. DPZ

    Rachel- I am not a Hillary hater but Hillary and Bill have said some things throughout this race that has offended the African American
    community along with the people who supported her out of respect for
    Bill.Now at the beginning I liked Hillary and Obama but now I dont think she deserves to be in the same room as him or his supporters
    she should beg the world for forgiveness and remember to maintain
    her image at all times....Maybe the world will forget how FAKE she
    has been throughout this race.

    May 16, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. Sir Geshko

    I really think some of these people are commenting to instigate between the Obama and Clinton Factions. I don't know any Obama supporters who would say or believe ANYTHING like what 'Obama Supporter' is saying (eg. hate).

    There are two problems with the internet, the first is the mask of anonymity allows you to do and say anything without being accountable for it, and second, people tend to take things far too personally.
    Lets all try to take it easy!

    May 16, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. 60 year old white female, Mo

    Hillary is positive now hoping for VP position... Its too late now...

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

    positive, negative? Snipers? Rocky? Pants suit? "They aren't attacking me because I'm a woman, they're attacking because I'm ahead"? Obama wanna pillow?

    No one cares about Hillary anymore. She has bee marginalized. She is insignificant. She no longer matters. She is a foot blister that takes a long time to go away because you have to wear shoes during the day when you go to work.

    May 16, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  21. FAR

    The timing of endorsement, coming on the heels of Hillary Clintons win in WV has convinced me that there is something very funny going on here. Edwards, the DNC will do anything to sabotage Hillary's campaign. What the leaders of the democratic party should be looking at and analyzing seriously is what a super flawed candidate they are picking as their nominee. This presumptive nominee is losing in the states that democrats need to win inorder to defeat McCain in the GE. As a 59 year old independent voter, I truly recent the negative treatment that Hillary Clinton's campaign has received from the media and members of her own party. But justice in the long will prevail and when the democrats once again lose the WH, then they'll realize the collossal mistake they made in choosing a novice politician over a candidate ,Mrs. Clinton, who has the all the qualification and heart to lead this nation during these critical times.

    May 16, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  22. @americans

    Honestly, Hillarious should save those "positive" ads money to pay her debt!

    I'm not sure why Hillarious is still in the race this late in the game; either she is delusional or she wants to ruin the dems '08 chances of capturing back the White House!

    May 16, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  23. Good Grief

    I wish she had run her campaign like this. It would have made a difference. I'm glad she's doing it now. Thank you, Sen. Clinton.

    May 16, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  24. R. I.

    All the negativity came from Bill Clinton who desperately wanted to be back in the White House at all cost.
    For some days now he's been silent because he knows he's NOT going there.

    If Hillary had followed her heart and campaigned in a positive manner, the country would have flocked to her. But the Bill Clinton factor doomed her.
    All she can do now is to support Obama like she's already doing.

    May 16, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  25. Rick in Florida

    50% of all Americans say they wouldn't vote for Hillary under ANY why hamstring Obama with her as his VP?? Let him choose someone who can deliver a swing-state, like Gov Rendell of PA....but not Hillary, with so much baggage that Americans would rush to McCain if she were ANYPLACE on the ticket.

    May 16, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
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