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. Nikki, Florida

    This is nice to see. It seems like she knows that she won't be the nominee and that she is trying to help unite the party.

    Thank you, Hillary, for seeing the bigger picture.


    May 16, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. JS and all you Hillary bashers

    Obama needs Hillary to win the GE in November.

    Stop the Hate! That is why McCain will win, because of you haters.

    May 16, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. ri

    If Bill wanted to be in White House what is wrong with that. When he was a president Americans had the best time of the half century regarding to the economy. Now will have MCain as president because Obama will never win the White House. He is about change, he said that he will change the Washington, he is talking like everbody is sleeping and his telling a good dream. What he think is he? How is going to find that power that allow him to change the Washington. As matter of fact everyone that runs for president says the same thing. I don't know how naive a person can be to beleive in such promise. One more thing is that the way that Obama supporters talk about Hillary will make it very hard for Obama to win in general election. They forget that they will need their vote.

    May 16, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    It's good to know that The Clintons finally see that negative isn't working this year. But keep it quiet.

    The Swift-Boaters don't know, so will lose with their negativity.


    May 16, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. Karen G

    You obama followers just don't get it , we would not vote for obama even if he was white, yellow ,red,or a woman, it is the person he is that we do not like, we do not trust him for the same reason you say you do not like Hillary, DO YOU GET IT YET!!!!!

    May 16, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. Sick & Tired

    Awww, loook, now she's ready to make nice.

    May 16, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. Enlightened Voter

    Hey people – the guy posting as OBAMA SUPPORTER is definitely not an Obama supporter, not with that hate stuff so i figure he is either republican or a sore loser Hillary supporter. What do yall think?

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

    Who's Hillary Clinton?

    May 16, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. Sam, St. Louis, MO

    Look, it is Obama and his camp who is constantly calling Hillary a liar, a racist, untrustworthy, etc. His has always been personal while Hillary draws a contrast between their policies.

    The Obama supporters are in for a rough ride in the general election if they think that Hillary has been negative in her campaign.

    May 16, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. Juan from L.A.

    I think Hillary is being advised to go positive and end on a good note. Although sometimes its hard for her to do cause she subtly still throws out venom at the Obama. But she knows its over. More importantly I think they are still in it just to not let her followers down who are still avidly supporting her.

    May 16, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. lDEE, MO

    Democrats it is Republicans on this blog spreading the hate. Let's play operation chaos with the Republicans. LMAO

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

    Go ! Go! Hillary R. Clinton Someone above is in your. In belief all things are possible. We the People believe in you

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

    Kudos to Clinton. If she had put a muzzle on Bill and ran her campaign in this fashion from the beginning we would have all been better off for it.

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

    Go ! Go! Hillary R. Clinton Someone above is in your corne . In belief all things are possible. We the People believe in you

    May 16, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. Lisa


    What I believe is important to women is Health Care, Domestic program for children, Education, After School Programs. Those are issues that are important to me and millions of women around the country. Barack has no Health Care Plan, never heard him talk about Domestic programs, after school programs for children. The only thing I clearly remember him talk about is change. Change what? He's scared to debate Hillary so when are we going to hear about these issues.

    May 16, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. Whiskey

    To all the

    "If not Hillary then McCain" fools...yes fools. You obviously are not Democrats in any way , shape, or form and must be a gluton for punishment under the failed Republican rule.

    and, even dumber.......
    "Hillary in 2012" morons

    You think that she will be entitled the nomination once again. WRONG. I hear many people write how they are bitter and will not support Obama and that he can not beat McCain w/o your support. Well, there is a possibility that the statement may be true. But to think that people will support Hillary in 2012 after many of you plan on turning your back on the Democratic party because your candidate lost, YES LOST, are greatly mistaken.

    Smarten up and grow as an enlightened person.

    -57 female, white, lesbian, veteran, farmer from WV

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

    America's view on race has not changed since the 1600's. It is just more modern in its views. It would take a very special white person to run as vice president to Obama. White people in America, for the most part will not work under or come under the authority of an African American authority. It's that way in schools, churches, employment, and definitely government. Think about it!

    May 16, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  18. Uncle Sam

    We have on the one hand a naive presidential hopeful, while on the other an experienced heroic statesman with a proven record of change. Am I missing something?

    Americans for McCain '08

    May 16, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  19. OBAMA 08

    I supported Clinton but I understand .... she has lost .
    I`ll give my voice to Barack Obama!

    Democrats unite!

    May 16, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. Ted, Washington DC

    Keep on lady, keep on fighting. These young guys will never see the White House and one of them was smart enough to reject being part of the ticket.

    May 16, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. Jason

    I think the Edwards endorsement finally did Hillary in. I think she was banking on Edwards to back her if she could catch up on the popular vote. I respect Hillary and she was my second favorite candidate.

    By the way, anyone knocking Obama for his lack of experience can just look at Honest Abe's career. Another Illinois senator with little experience. How did that turn out??

    May 16, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  22. Dan (TX)

    So now she's nice? Wow, she's been all over the personality map this campaign (crying, angry, negative and now positive.)

    Her whining about having more votes total (if she includes MI & FL) is like saying you should win the superbowl because you had more fans at the game!? Utter nonsense – play by the rules Hillary.

    May 16, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  23. Nicole in NE

    McCain has the most experience? Experience at what? Making the rich richer with Bush tax cuts? Prolonging a war and sending more people to be killed for FAILED policy?

    The war "being won" in 4 years is a myth. Our prolonged presence in Iraq is why terrorist groups flock there.

    Bush and Cheney are supposed to be SO experienced! They have run this country down. SO – if this is EXPERIENCE, count me out!

    May 16, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. Lisa

    Hillary is the only candiate that cares about women's issues. These men are completely clueless what's makes this country special. That's why men are trying to kick Hillary out. Just like what Edwards did to her, I think that was very unprofessional. She just beat Barack by 41 points and people just wrote that off like it wasn't important. It was very important, it showed that they are trying to throw Barack down out throats and no one is buying it. Men of course they don't care about domestic issues and health care. They just want to have a man in office and not a women. Edwards is clueless and he knows Barack doesn't have a health care plan and endorsed him not even 24 hours after Hillary's big win in West Virginia.

    May 16, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  25. La Raza.

    Some of the women here are crazy. This "I am woman hear me roar" stuff is getting old. Look, Hillary and Obama both ran excellent campaigns. The result is that Obama is WINNING on all fronts. If Hillary was WINNING on all fronts I would be supporting her but she's not.

    May 16, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
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