Producer: GMMB and AKP Message & Media
Barack Obama For President: "Leader"
Running Time: 2:00
Debut Date: Jan. 2, 2007
Ad Buy: statewide in Iowa
Cost: not available
Script of "Leader" (TV)
BARACK OBAMA: Tomorrow we'll come to the end of a 10-month journey. You've heard from all of us, you've read our plans, you've been bombarded with mailings and phone calls, and you'll be glad to know that this is one of the last times you'll hear me say: I'm Barack Obama, and I approve this message.
The question you have to ask yourself when you walk in to that caucus tomorrow is this: Who can take can take us in a fundamentally new direction? I'm running to finally solve problems we talk about year after year after year. To end the division, the obscene influence of lobbyists and the politics that value scoring points over making progress. We can't afford more of that -- not this year, not now.
I've spent my life working for change that's made a real difference in the lives of real people. That's why I passed up a job on Wall Street -- to fight joblessness and poverty on the streets of Chicago when the local steel plant closed. That's why I turned down the corporate law firms to work as a civil right lawyer -- to fight for those who have been denied opportunity. That's why I fought for tough new ethics law in Illinois and Washington -- to cut the power of lobbyists -- and I won. That's why I brought Democrats and Republicans together to provide health care and tax relief to working families. And that's why I opposed this war in Iraq from the start. It wasn't popular, but it was right.
This country is ready for a leader who will bring us together. That's the only way we're going to win this election. And that's actually how we'll fix health care and make college affordable, become energy independent and end this war.
I'm reminded every day that I'm not a perfect man. And I won't be a perfect president. But I can promise you this: I will always tell you where I stand and what I think. I will listen to you when we disagree. I will carry your voices to the White House and I will fight for you every day I'm there.
So I ask you to caucus tomorrow -- not just for me, but for your hopes, for your dreams, for the America you believe is possible.
(Text on screen: Caucus tomorrow: 6:30 pm; 888-OBAMA-IA; Paid For By Obama For America)