Obama continues with his negative character attack ads
by gladiatorstail, Mon Dec 17, 2007 at 11:26:55 PM EST
As I had pointed out in one of my earlier dairy, Obama started his first negative attack ad. Now, he is continuing the pattern with airing more negative ads, this time on Hillary's character in Iowa. This has to stop or atleastplaying field should be leveled. Obama cannot keep saying he will change the textbook and yet keep running character assassination attack ads.
Clinton makes nice, but Obama questions her character
5 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AFP) -- New campaign advertisements Monday painted Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton as warm and loving, but her surging White House rival Barack Obama countered by raising fresh doubts about her character.
First signs of a soft focus came last week, when Clinton's 88-year-old mother Dorothy Rodham and daughter Chelsea appeared with her on the campaign trail.
In an accompanying ad, Rodham said of her daughter: "what I would like people to know about Hillary is what a good person she is."
On Monday, Clinton's campaign debuted a new website, "theHillaryiknow.com," featuring short films apparently designed to soften the former first lady's image.
One man, Joe Ward, looks straight into the camera, and tells how Clinton helped him when he couldn't afford the 400,000 dollar cost of bone marrow treatment for his 13-year-old son Joe.
"How do you thank someone for saving your child's life?" sobs Ward.
"It's the human aspect that she showed us, it wasn't the politician," he said, in a quote summing up the aim of the new ads.
Clinton's supporters say that despite her status as one of the world's most famous women, few people have any idea of her true character, arguing she has been sullied by years in the political crossfire.
In another ad, Shannon Mallozzi told how Clinton helped her through the trauma of finding out her young daughter had an incurable brain disease.
"'You are not one mother, I'm a mother too and I want to help you,'" Mallozzi, who joined Clinton on the campaign trail in Iowa Monday, quoted her as saying.
Obama hit back at Clinton with his own new advertisement in Iowa on Monday, stressing his leadership credentials, and leaving no doubt he was taking a shot at her character.
"His candor is refreshing;""His scrupulous honesty is far more presidential than the dodging of other candidates,">a narrator says, in a script pieced together from newspaper and magazine assessments of Obama.
"For Barack Obama, it's not politics as usual. It's change we can believe in."