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. Randy - Denver

    Oh yeah I forgot to add this to my previous post Obama/Sebilious 08

    And since I do seem to be blackballed by CNN for most of my post if my previous one is not posted the upshot of it is simply I feel if she had ran her campaign this way throughout there would be less anger within the party and she, most likely, would ahve been the candidate of choice for more people.

    I also thank those who supported her for their time in this campaign and the energy they have put into it and know that MOST of them will move forward after Mr. Obama is the candidate and do the right thing, to those who are poor losers and cannot, and those Obama supporters who are poor winners and cannot win without feeling THEY are somehow morally superior.. sorry folks but your parents did a TERRIBLE job of raising you and maybe, just maybe you will learn how to be an adult... someday

    May 16, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. No Way

    Wow! Would have helped it they went that way earlier in the campaign.

    May 16, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Davind King

    Forget Hillary!

    She's almost a well forgotten memory. Barack is doing fine all by himself! Hillary, she's a ricist, polarizing, scheming, devisive, backstabbing, do anything, say anything, no integrity, poor character, lying, deciving, B-OTCH!

    May 16, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. Obama v McCain

    I'm sorry fellow Obama suporters.. but i believe with all my heart that she has a huggggggeee bomb that shes waiting for the right moment to play!!!.. My hubby says that is she had this bomb she's have used it already..but i think hmmmm what better time to drop this bomb than at the convention?

    I would love to gain my respect back for her.. i just dont trust her long enough to do it. Obama better wear helmets until after the convention!

    May 16, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. Denial


    "Obama Supporter" is one of them they are many more on these blogs ....

    May 16, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. Burt

    I think if this was Clinton's approach from the beginning, we actually could have seen the 'dream ticket'. It's really a shame.

    May 16, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. sophia nyc

    Too little too late.

    The woman of many faces.

    May 16, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. Sam

    At least none of the Clintons gave Obama the finger in public . He looks like a 12 yr old boy on YouTube. Real nice elevation of standards there, Sweetie.

    May 16, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Christine H.

    We know so very littlte about Barack "O' and interestingly enough the ever present, 24 hr. talking heads are making sure that that he has a nice shield around him. How is it that the American public has its head so deeply buried in the sand to not want to know more about this person who could become the next president.

    I'm sticking with Hillary; the media has certainly made sure we know everything that anyone would care to know and a whole lot more that we aren't even interested in knowing.

    Let's have a president with knowledge, experience, and who doesn't really care about the glitz!

    May 16, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. Carole, OR

    Hillary has run a very civil campaign. So many of the comments posted here are from people who are too young to remember all the negative, bitter, slash-and-burn campaigns from years ago. Yes, the candidates do point our differences and tell why their plans, policies, etc. are better than the other's but that is always to be expected. For God's sake, both of these candidates have run respectable campaigns!

    May 16, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  11. Sam C

    Why is Hillary still in the discussion? Hillary is finished! We need to move on to addressing McCain.

    May 16, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. Kiran


    OBAMA/BILLARY = DISFUNCTIONAL MARRIAGE....wait, doesn't she already have that

    May 16, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  13. AP

    To BJ May 16th, 2008 12:59 pm ET
    Obama supporters, just read your own comments. Then wonder why Hillary supporters cannot bring themselves to "unite" with you.

    Amen to that!!! When I read all the Hillary-bashing from Obama supporters on this blog, all I can think is that I don't want to be a part of this hate-filled, reverse-racism movement.

    I too am a college grad, and the comments saying all Hillary supporters are racist, uneducated rednecks are absurd. Has it ever occured to them we're voting for her because we believe she's the most capable person to lead our country?!?

    It's tough to "unite" with a group of people who cut Hillary supporters down and categorize them in such a way. I'll be writing Hillary in in November, thank you very much. Good luck!

    May 16, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  14. Matthew

    Before her negative campaign I respected the Clinton clan and thought she was an excellent voice for the people. After her smear campaign and utter refusal to concede defeat I've come to the conclusion that she's only in this for herself, not for the people. It's a shame

    May 16, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. William

    Hilary Clinton is much more deserving of the nomination and the "negative ads" were simply intended to point out the many flaws and lack of experience of Obama. GO HILARY.

    May 16, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. Roll Bama Roll!!!

    Oh yeah. I remember Hillary. Wasn't she going full speed ahead to the White House? I remember something like that...

    May 16, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  17. NH Mom

    Write in Hillary in November. Let's send the DNC (and media) a message that they can't simply shove women to the back and treat them so disrespectfully. Women matter too. We are a strong voting block. The first viable woman presidential candidiate was treated terribly by the Democratic Party leaders and the media.
    If Hillary is not the nominee, then write her name in on your ballot in November. That way you're voting for a Democrat and sending a message to the powers that be.


    May 16, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  18. mitchell from arkansaw

    you would have had a better chance,if you had stayed positive,all along.negative campaigning will no longer work,with the american people.we will not be fooled ,any longer.unite the party!unite this country!kick out the divisive politicians of the past!it's time this nation evolves into what our forefather's envisioned for it! the freedoms they fought and died for,must be implemented for everyone's right to the pursuit of happiness!hillary,join us in making these dreams come true!we can do better!

    May 16, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  19. Russ C, Seattle, Wa

    Just one thing for "Obama Supporter"

    What's with Hate! Hate! Hate!????

    IF you TRULY are an Obama supporter you aren't doing anyone any favors with that B.S. Can you please loose the hate?

    May 16, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  20. ian

    I am a huge Obama supporter, but it is silly to get wrapped up in what Hillary is or isn't saying, and especially stupid to be insulting of her.

    Let her conduct herself how she sees fit and we should do the same.

    It's not what Barack's about so show some respect to fellow Dems.

    Let's get together on this thing and end the war!

    May 16, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  21. i LOVE Obama

    ======hey to that obama supporter:
    Obama Supporter May 16th, 2008 12:46 pm ET

    1--you are NOT his supporter–
    2-you are either in hill or mcsame--
    3-we are not fools, you sure a FAKE supporter–

    obama supporters do NOT like hate.

    god bless

    May 16, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. Roryryn


    May 16, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. Bobby


    OBAMA 2008-2012!!!!!!!!

    May 16, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. Ed

    Thank Hillary ..fresh air. you are listening now ....VP slot awaits Hillary!!

    May 16, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |

    I have always voted for the Democrats on the ballot. This November, I will be voting for a Democrat for president who happens to also be a woman. Hillary is the strongest presidential candidiate, she received a raw deal from the DNC, Democratic party leaders and the media. I am voting for the best candidiate and that is Hillary Clinton.

    Obama is inexperienced and, unfortunately, doesn't share my values. I do like Senator Obama, but I can't support him at this time for the presidency.

    I urge Hillary supporters to write her name in on their ballots in November if she is not the nominee.

    Write In- Right On.

    May 16, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
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