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. i LOVE Obama

    i'm sorry, but, no matter what i could never, ever trust her.

    she voted yes to Iraq, i just dont understand why anyone would wanna vote for her.

    obama 2008

    May 16, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. Robert from Washington

    I was on Hillary's side — until she ranked Obama below McCain, and talked about how a possible candidate from her own party was unelectable. That was too much.
    Obama 2008

    May 16, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    R. I.:

    I think you may be right. Bill has been known for being a ruthless politician. Most likely he taught Hillary the ropes. Maybe she should have followed her own heart.

    And also, I was hoping that her moral values would trump her desire to be President. I hope she learns from this, because I think that deep down she's a decent person.

    May 16, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. Whiskey

    Maybe if you positive all along you would have been the nominee

    May 16, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  5. EDW

    Obama supporter,
    you must be a plant. You sound like a Republican that is trying to divide the Dems. I'm not falling for it.
    Thank you Hillary, let's take back the White House.

    Democrats '08

    May 16, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. Jason from Colorado

    I for one am very glad that Hillary has come around. Now that it's clear that Obama will win, it's best for the party to just unite. If Hillary keeps this up, then I think it's a very good thing for this thing to go all the way to June 3rd. If we're getting positive ads from Hillary, then it will help the party's credibility as a whole, and I think it may help some "McCain Democrats" open up their eyes and see that it would be ludicrous to actually vote McCain in November, especially when Hillary herself has told her supporters that if they really support her, they will vote for the Democratic Nominee (who will be Obama) in the fall.

    OBAMA 08!

    May 16, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. JT

    Wake upt DNC, you are doing the Liberman job on Hillary.

    May 16, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. Zeenethia

    Everyone Beware!!! The person who is calling himself an "Obama Supporter" is really for McCain! Everyone Beware!!! The person who is calling himself an "Obama Supporter" is really for McCain! Everyone Beware!!! The person who is calling himself an "Obama Supporter" is really for McCain! Everyone Beware!!! The person who is calling himself an "Obama Supporter" is really for McCain!

    Do not let this person who is too coward to reveal his name or say something that's in standard english, divide us. Its time to unite. I am proud of both candidates. It is a competition. One would have to lose. Now its time to unite. All of you who say that you will vote for McCain, sound like George Bush!

    May 16, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. bones

    For all of you spoiled brats who will vote for McCain or take your marbles and go home if Hillary does not win the nomination– WE BARRACK SUPPORTERS DON'T CARE! There are hundreds of people lined up to your 1 who are more than anxious to vote for him. If it is the will of God that he be the president of this country at this time in history, nothing you or anyone else can do will stop it. We are really tired of reading about your threats. Get over it!

    May 16, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. noMcBush, cambridge, MA

    You mean Hillary Rodham Clinton is not "wealthy and well connected"?

    Time to unite against McBush, Hillary supporters.

    May 16, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  11. Sherri

    Thank you Senator Clinton.

    I support Senator Obama, however I truly appreciate the positive tone of your campaign in Oregon. It informs. It does not divide.

    May 16, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. AJ, IL

    What is being lost in translation here on CNN's Political Blog is the delegate math?

    Obama is within 120 delegates of clinching the nomination while Hillary is 255 from the nomination. If the Kentucky and Oregon primaries go as expected (Obama wins Oregon and Hillary wins Kentucky) with the fact that Obama is gaining support among superdelegates at a rate of 34 per week, Obama will cinch the nomination by May 29th!

    Obama in 08!

    May 16, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  13. H

    I'm an Obama supporter but I would most definitely vote for Clinton if by some WAY off chance he doesn't get the nomination...These people who'll vote for McCain if Clinton doesn't win the nomination make me sick.

    May 16, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  14. Tony Z- MD


    HRC is working to bring the party together. She is no longer really concerned with winning. She wants to make sure the Democrats start getting united.

    May 16, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  15. Shasta

    Good for Hillary! At this point, even if this doesn't earn her the nomination or a VP slot, at least she is working to ease the tension and unite the party against the real problem, the Republicans.

    May 16, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. Jason, Omaha, NE

    Careful Obama supporters, we need the Hillary supporters to win the general election. Keep in mind Obama never EVER attacked Hillary for being a women. His supporters on these sites have said some harsh and mean things about Hillary and her supporters, but Obama him self has never said anything. Also, all the scandal you can dig up about Obama doesn't compare to this disaster of foreign policy, broken economy, high gas, and broken health care in the US. I think once we get down to the issues between McCain and Obama, he will win. People don't want a 3rd Bush term, they want health care reform and our troops home.

    May 16, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  17. Bobby tray

    Many people who have written above who said they will vote for McCain because they supported Clinton have issues I believe are far beyond the political spectrum. The ones who said they will not vote if Obama is the democratic candidate, well that's are just plain dumb. The last election, I did not care for any of the major candidates so I considered the smaller parties. You have that option. It makes a statement. But not voting at all does not makes sense to me.

    May 16, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    As a Barack supporter, I thank Hillary for her recent comments and actions showing a more unified Democratic party. As with any large family, there will be arguments and squabbles but when attacked by those outside of the family, we always rally. Barack and Hillary both have a great deal to offer to our party and nation as a whole!!!

    Democrats Unite!

    May 16, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  19. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Fred – you are a broken record – you are so sophomoric and so boring. STOP IT !!!!

    May 16, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. Mia and Mike

    Thanks Senator Clinton! This is what the American people want to see in the candidates. It's time to start talking about the issues, and you have great views on most of them!

    May 16, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  21. Sherri

    Obama Supporter: Stop it now. You do not represent the spirit of the Obama campaign. There is no place for hate in Senator Obama's message.

    Obama 08. Democrat in the White House in 08!!!

    May 16, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. Democrat from NC

    BJ, I'm an Obama Supporter and I agree with you on the first part of your post. However, both sides are constantly posting stupid comments on here that DO NOT help their candidate.
    We have to unite as Democrats come Nov. The alternative (McCain) is unacceptable.

    May 16, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  23. Linned

    Senator Clinton supporters need to know that it is Republicans pretending to be Democrats trying to keep up fighting and saying mean things to each other. They know that they cannot win if we unite. Remember divide and conquer.

    May 16, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. Melanie

    Obama Supporter,

    Despite what has happened with Hillary she is on OUR side so stop your hate crap. We have had enough division in our country to last us 10 life times. I have have been outraged by some of the Hillary stuff before, but life is to short to hold grudges. So I forgive her and except her. You should too, for everybody's sake.

    May 16, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. Jim


    May 16, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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