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. Xavier, St. Louis, MO

    It's sad that it has taken Hillary so long to realize that a person wins by their own merits, not by putting someone down. That's the old Washington Politics of the past. Obama beat her by killer her with kindness and staying positive. As the old saying goes, "you can catch more flies with honey, than you can with vinegar.”

    For Hillary, too little, too late. The best thing for her to do is stay positive and join the Obama campaign. This race is over. Join us.


    May 16, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. Shawn

    BJ says:

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

    What about when Hillary was offensive, gloatng, and condescending...then then pandering? You think that wasn't insulting?

    And if you're going to vote accross the party for what's gauranteed to be a bush 3rd term, SIMPLY because your feelings are hurt, then this country has HUGE problems!

    May 16, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  3. Jeanne

    She wasn't right about the Iraq war. I'd prefer Obama pick a running mate that is clear on that point. I'm glad she's stopped the negative campaigning and I now feel that I would grudgingly vote for Obama-Clinton, but it's not the ideal ticket as far as I'm concerned.

    May 16, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. Christine

    I keep hearing it is time to unify or that we will all come together. Saying it doesn't make it so. So far I don't see a good reason. Former First Lady and 2 time Senator Clinton has been and continues to be treated with disrespect. Every insult strengthens my resolve to support her and turns me away from Senator Obama.

    May 16, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. Sweetie

    It still bothers me that BO's thugs managed to get away with tactics that I witnessed that I'm sure aren't even legal! Let alone democratic!

    Yet they declared Hillary "too negative"!

    One of the many reasons I've been inspired to become a McCain Democrat!

    McCain 08

    May 16, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. Dexter

    “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.”

    Ok, I'm glad Hillary is starting to act like a human being, but in annoys me to no end to see her repeatedly rip off Omama's lines. She's done it since Iowa, and apparently no one notices that she's taking his words, rearranging a couple, then pawning them off on her own.

    Man, I'm glad she's out if this thing.

    May 16, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. Obama Supporter

    I'm not playing. I've been struck with the fever! My legs are tingly!

    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 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. Amber

    Ummm....have you folks forgotten alll the nasty negative comments that came from teh Obamas. That Michelle Obama wanted to "rip out" Bill Clinton's eyes. And that Hillary "couldn't control her own household so how was she going to control teh White House". Yeah....people forget about those! They just like to blame the Clintons for everything. Well, news flash...your precious Obama was NEGATIVE too. The Clintons NEVER trashed the Obamas personally (their family, marriage, etc.). Only the Obamas stooped that low. So, if you can't take it...then don't dish it out!!!

    May 16, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. Me!

    She's had and run MANY and MOSTLY positive ads. Just check her web site. You just chose to call her negative for the past year. She would have been one hexck of a President!

    May 16, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It does seem that the math doesn't work for Clinton. Why is the campaign and the candidate spending money they don't have? It is really unlikely that Clinton can win given that she would need to win 90% of the remaining delegates and superdelegates. Given that is very unlikely to happen, why is still campaigning? Let the primaries continue, but stop campaigning.

    May 16, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. Nia - AZ by way of MN

    Are pigs flying?! Hillary runs a "Nice campaign ad"? Does it self destruct at the end?

    May 16, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. Anna, SW Missouri

    I hope that she starts stressing how important it is to defeat McCain in November because he will appoint 2-3 new judges to the Supreme Court that will make it possible to overturn Roe vs. Wade.

    McCain flipflopped on this issue during the early primary season and pledged to the Republicans that he will appoint judges like Roberts and Alito.

    Hillary and Barack need to make it clear that to vote for McCain will be a vote against women. I have seen posts of his comments in 1999 saying he wouldn't do it, so women have a false sense of security about voting for him, they obviously were not paying attention to the early Republican primary when he flipped.

    Women must unite against McCain!

    May 16, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. Bitter Allen Hissein from Visalia

    As an Obama supporter, I am happy to see Hillary's positive tone. She has every right to stay in and if I was a resident of one of the few states remaining, I would want in the the fun the rest of the country had. In 3 weeks, we will have a unified party to take down Bush, McCain and the Repugs!

    May 16, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. Dem in CA

    Hillary is a brillant, confident woman. Her and Bill deserve our respect and admiration. I don't know of any two people who have dedicated their lives to the service of their country as much as those two. They are truly American heroes.

    I also don't believe that Obama can win without her as a VP. However, I am so disapointed in the DNC that I am going to vote independant. The democratic party is a old boys club still and doesn't deserve my vote.

    May 16, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. Comedy Central

    The most negative folks in this campaign have been Obama supporters. Obama didn't have to go negative. He had plenty of help from his surrogates, pundits and supporters who have been sickening. The queen of negativity in this campaign goes to Michelle Obama, a pitiful example for women. What an angry and sarcastic women she is, down to complaining that Barak doesn't put the butter away after breakfast and he has stinky morning breath. Way back when, she even said she probably wouldn't vote for the "other" Democrat if her husband didn't win. If Barak can't get his wife to be positive, how can he expect voters to be positive and unite this nation? That is exactly what an Obama supporter would say about Hillary and her husband Bill. I have learned a lot from the Obamabots.

    Write in Hillary '08

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

    I'm glad Hillary is shutting down the negative campaign. We need to start uniting the Democratic party and drawing in independents and disaffected Republicans. We need Obama in the white house, not another 4 years of neglect and abuse.

    May 16, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. musicnme

    Oregonian are smart..they are well educated people. They want campaign to be positive with substance and vision. No way they will go for negativeness of what people in PA and WV did. Senator Obama has vision and substance...he is forward looking candidate. I am voting for Senator Obama !!!! And for those who are racist, don't let that empty fear scare you....race doesn't matter....LOOK what George Bush did for our country. It was a mistake to vote for him!

    May 16, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  18. Jane

    Clinton's campaign has been much more positive than Obama's from the start, although the media has been spinning it otherwise. It was he who first aired that negative attack ad on her superior health care plan. Taking a cue from Carl Rove tactics, he was trying to make a positive quality appear to be a negative one.
    At any rate, despite his lack of qualifications for the job, his camp has certainly been successful at getting the democratic "leaders" and the media to promote him. In the end, he may win, but he will leave behind a trail of losers, including the media who subverted our sacred freedom of the press.
    We are missing a rare window of opportunity to elect a woman who probably would have been the most capable president in our country's history.

    May 16, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  19. Adam C

    it is about time, I like that better, Obama 08

    May 16, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  20. Tres

    Like Timbaland and One Republic sang:

    It's too late to apologize
    it's too late
    It's too late to apologize
    it's too late.....oh weeoh!

    May 16, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  21. NoMcSame

    Deeper and deeper and deeper in the hole she goes. Come on girl and get on board. We have fish to fry. She is digging this hole for herself and then she is going to want Obama to bail her out. That money could be used for his fight with the GOP but he may have to help her out. I hope that he say's no and still go on to win without her help. How sad.

    May 16, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. Herman in LA

    It's a shame she should have been doing this long time ago. What a waste of talent in such a smart women no joke she is. But because of the people that was around her they took her in the wrong direction.

    sad 🙁

    Obama 08!!!

    May 16, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  23. MCD

    CNN moderators, please quit letting the Hate in 08 guy post, it is disgusting.

    May 16, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. Bart in SC

    Rise Hillary Rise!!!

    Obama Supporter:

    Please stop the hate comments. We need to united.

    May 16, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  25. laura, CA

    LIke most women with insight, we realize that you could walk on water and have the best ideas to save the world...but if a man copies you it was all his idea.
    Obama goes negative on her either directly or his name-calling staff without actually using specifics against her....oh that's fine, but when she rightfully criticizes his bad ideas or shady past....that's off base.
    Double-standard = misogyny

    May 16, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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