March 18th, 2009
02:30 PM ET
13 years ago

McAuliffe invokes Obama in new campaign ad

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="McAuliffe is running a new ad on black radio stations in Virginia."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman now seeking the Virginia governorship, is running a new advertisement on black radio stations in the commonwealth tying himself to President Obama.

The 60-second spot, which began airing Tuesday in central and southeast Virginia on urban and gospel radio stations, says that McAuliffe fought to protect voting rights for African-Americans during his tenure at the DNC.

"Terry McAuliffe defended our rights and was the leader who brought us together and united the party," says a narrator in the ad. "And in 2008 our voices were heard when we elected our president, Barack Obama."

Another female voice chimes in, promising that McAuliffe "will bring those skills to Virginia, that's the kind of leader we need."

The ad, of course, does not mention McAuliffe's outspoken backing of Hillary Clinton before the 2008 Virginia Democratic primary - a contest Obama won with the support of 90 percent of the state's African-American voters.

The radio ad is McAuliffe's second to target black voters, who will almost certainly be a crucial constituency in the June Democratic primary. One of his Democratic rivals, former House member Brian Moran, also launched a radio spot in the Hampton Roads area in February.

The new ad suggests that, for the moment, the so-called "Obama brand" continues to carry weight up and down the ballot in both parties. On Tuesday, Republican Jim Tedisco, who is running for Congress in New York's 20th Congressional District, began airing a TV ad invoking the president's bipartisan rhetoric.

"Like the president says, in these difficult times, we're not Republicans or Democrats," Tedisco says in the ad. "We're Americans, and that's the team I'm on."

Post updated at 3:00 p.m. EST

Filed under: President Obama • Terry McAuliffe
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. thomas

    "Like the president says, in these difficult times, we're not Republicans or Democrats" – words that seem to flow much easier in a campaign than on a floor vote. Another scattered feather falls to earth.

    March 18, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. Cynthia

    Hey why doesn't he use Hillary in the ad since he fought so hard for her during the primary.

    March 18, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. Mavrick

    Peter Hamby, CNN political producer is in the same league as the obama. Neither one understands that words have meaning.

    He writes [...] a contest obama won with 90% support of "African Americans. WRONG: obama won with 90% support of the negro population in that state. African American means nothing. How many of those so called African Americans were actually born somewhere in Africa so they could legally claim that title.

    It's time to give up on the stupidity of political correctness, it has no value.

    March 18, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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