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Moving On, But Not Up

March 6, 2008

In Today's Ad Spotlight:

Barack Obama For President: "Running In Place"

Hillary Rodham Clinton's victories in Texas and Ohio on Tuesday transformed the Democratic primary race into a whole new ballgame. But with debate raging over whether to redo primaries in Florida and Michiganfocuses on how Obama's economic plan can help residents. "For decades now, as Wall Street has prospered, most Americans have been running in place because the deck has been stacked against them," the Illinois senator says in the ad, insinuating that Bill and Hillary Clinton did little to help middle-class Americans while they were in the White House in the 1990s. Obama, on the other hand, would "close corporate tax loopholes, so we can cut taxes for working families and start small business in Wyoming, so our kids don't have to leave home to follow their dreams," an announcer adds.

The ad airing in Mississippi goes after the New York senator for comments she supposedly made about the state last year. Former Gov. Ray Mabus, an Obama supporter, accuses Clinton of being hypocritical for courting Mississippians now A Clinton campaign official recently admitted to the Washington Post that overlooking such contests was "one of the biggest blunders we had," and the team seems determined not to repeat that mistake before Saturday's Wyoming caucus.

 

As part of Clinton's effort to challenge Obama in Wyoming -- regardless of his perceived advantages there -- her campaign has tripled the number of Clintons on the ground: Both Bill and daughter Chelsea joined Hillary on the trail there this week. In addition, her campaign bought time for a radio spot devoted to health care, an issue Clinton has returned to throughout the long primary season.

In the ad, a New Hampshire mother named Barbara Marzelli tells the story of her son's medical problems and lauds Clinton's commitment to improving and expanding medical coverage. The ad is not new -- Clinton first ran it three months ago in New Hampshire as part of her campaign's effort at the time to soften her image. That her team would choose to rerun it now makes sense given the short time frame since Tuesday's big primaries, the cost of producing an entirely new spot and the possible fallout from mounting what could be perceived as an overly negative campaign.

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