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. Bill

    Go Hillary. You are our only hope for change, you are the only one with the experience and insight. For some of us Hillary supporters, Obama is a fraud and far worse then any McCain that is why we will not be voting for Obama and never will.

    May 16, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. jonny

    if "She's been right when it matters" then the Iraq war doesn't matter? She voted to go to war. She either thinks that wasn't a mistake, or doesn't matter?

    May 16, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. Hey Kenneth

    Kenneth, do you have a problem with your mother? You are sexist.

    May 16, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. Jan from Boca Raton FL

    I have to give this lady credit, she's a fighter..

    All I've heard for two days now is Obama winning about Bush to get


    May 16, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. Venus

    Way to go Hillary!

    Finally – welcome back! I started out liking Hillary!

    We have too much don't going right in millions of lives and negative doesn't help anyone!

    This is a nice way to exit the stage and save face! Thank you Hillary!

    What most people don't understand is that after this race – the Republicans are waiting to use all the nasty things Hillary's camp threw at Obama!

    May 16, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. ted

    Hey FAR – you speak the truth. thanks

    All you Obama supporters that are bashing Hillary are also Bashing 49% of of your own party. If you want the Party to coalese around Obama you should be gracious to her rather than getting angry. For a democrat to use the word "hate" about another democratic candidate makes me want to run away from the democratic party.

    May 16, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. proud army and navy mom

    you all leave Hillary alone. she's a member of our Democratic family after all. come on back home Hillary, we leave the light on for you, bill and yes Chelsea too. you have to behave though

    May 16, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. RuthieM

    Wow, it seems like two different scenarios are going on right now: It looks as if Clinton is campaigning for - something, and the other scenario looks like Obama is running for president..

    May 16, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. Hing Channarih (

    Keep continue as you, Sen. Hillary Clinton, are the best candidate...
    Via CNN, I always enjoy seeing your speech...

    May 16, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. Ed

    Obama supporters have been so clearly blinded by love that they failed to see how Obama and his supporters played the race card repeatedly- first with regard to Bill Clinton's FACTUAL comments in South Carolina, then again with the whole race speech because of the Wright fiasco, and then again when Hillary gave FACTUAL comments to the press about her core demographics. Meanwhile Clinton did not play the gender card. Not once. And when she highlights a legitimate issue about Obama, that's considered "negative," but when Obama's campaign calls her "a monster" and "a panderer who will say anything" and "old politics as usual," that's not considered negative? White guilt, anyone? Double standard, anyone? The mainstream media and the DNC should be ASHAMED that they blew their best chance to reclaim the White House. This time, the Democratic Party's loss in November will be well-deserved.

    May 16, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. HP Boston

    Hillary is going to the convention with the support of all the women who have been as sullied and degraded through this campaign as she..
    Women are the majority and we will write her in on the Nov ballots.
    We have boycott plans and are still giving her support.
    We have no problem with a vote for McCain if necessary, no BO.
    We do not and will not vote for BO no matter who begs!
    The democratic party has been complicit in this degradation and they are dead to us!

    May 16, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. Randy - Denver

    If she had talked this way her entire campaign I think the outlook might have been different right now. I thank her for her continued presence in the campaign and think she is doing the right thing. She SHOULD continue to campaign and then, once Mr. Obama gets the required number of delegates PER THE DNC she should drop out anything else would be wrong. Right now the delegate count is 2026, my personal HOPE is that he does not get that number until after the last selection date, after FL and MI have been counted. By doing so she will HELP the Democratic party regain some of its unity (I KNOW there are a few who would rather die than admit they backed a candidate who did not win.. sorry there will always be those who cannot see beyond themselves). I also think she would be a FANTASTIC Keynote speaker here in Denver... or better yet her daughter.....

    May 16, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  13. Enlightened Voter

    God what a phony. So it took her over a year to realize that people were tired of the negative so she is now copying off of Obama who started positive and stayed that way. One more thought how is she more electable when she is losing. Will someone please explain that to me. Good riddance woman, it's enough already!!!!

    May 16, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  14. Jo

    Clinton is a tough campaigner and gave her all to this campaign. The Obama campaign is ill prepared to combat negative advertising if they think Clinton has been negative and devisive.

    If Obama wants to win in November, he should put Clinton on the ticket and let her be the attack point on McCain so Obama will be free to stay above the fray and give those inspiring speeches. He needs Hillary to serve as the lightning rod.

    May 16, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. Gope

    Hillary is clearly a better candidate than Obama. If Florida and Michigan didn't screw up, she would have had a huge lead and the theme of this entire campaign would have been reversed. The media jumped all over Hillary from Super Tuesday on because of this and as a result we will most likely have a nominee that is basically a speech machine with absolutely no experience.

    Well done America, you've all fallen for another sweet talker who will have no idea what he's doing.

    Clinton '12

    May 16, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  16. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    I'm shocked. Hillary running a positive campaign?

    But that's not how Karl Rove told her to do it! Boy, is he going to be upset when he hears this! 🙁

    May 16, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  17. Katie


    May 16, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. A. Harrison in Georgia

    Yay Hillary!

    May 16, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. Sandi

    This lady should bow out with grace and stop embarrasing herself and the Democratic Party. What part of the addition does she not understand? Does she not have any pride? The postive ads are not going to, by some miracle, give her the edge she so desperately thinks she deserves – it's been over and we will see soon just how much support she will offer Senator Obama. My guess, and based on her level of integrity, it is highly unlikely she will campaign in his favor. This is not about the Democrats taking the Presidency, this is about Hillary living in the White House!!!! Go home Hillary and let the process begin.

    May 16, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. Angela

    If Obama gets elected President, he's going to have to do the same things as W did. Surround himself with people who actually know what they are doing, because they don't have enough experience themselves. We've seen how well that worked for W....

    I have so much respect for Senator Clinton and hope with everything I have that she'll be the nominee and President.

    May 16, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  21. Denial






    May 16, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. faye, NV

    That is very good Hillary, negative ads make you, and anyone who run them, character killers. Run on strength and let go selfishness and ego.

    May 16, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. Crush Rush

    Hillary sees the light.Now lets get Limbaugh and his sponsers like we did with Imus.

    May 16, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. White Male -CA

    If we Democrats can't unite, what makes us think we can get Republicans to unite with us?

    May 16, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  25. fiona

    I dont see why pointing out the oppositions weakness is negative. Obama is just all talk and no action. Hillary wiped him in W. Virginia and thats a real problem. If you ignore that warning then your not in touch with reality. Hillary is the best candidate. Its a shame that the democrats are jumping on the losing team.

    May 16, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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