New Obama Iowa ads stress populist themes: The Swamp
 
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Posted December 28, 2007 4:54 PM
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By Mike Dorning

CORALVILLE, Iowa—Barack Obama began airing two new television ads in Iowa today that suggest his campaign has an eye warily fixed on the populist appeal of rival John Edwards.

Both commercials stress the us-against-them combat of “special interests” that has been a core theme of the Edwards campaign.

Edwards has been creeping upward in the polls slightly in recent days, with contest in Iowa a dead heat. And Obama’s advisers believe many undecided voters have in effect chosen not to support Clinton without making a firm decision on which candidate to back.

In one of the new ads, titled "Interest,"Obama laments that “While Iowans struggle with health costs, outside groups are spending millions to stop change, including false attacks on Barack Obama's health plan” before going on to rebut the criticism.

One of the outside groups recently in the news is a “527” independent-expenditure group financed by labor unions supportive of Edwards.

In the other ad, titled "Listening," Obama says he is “in this race to tell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over.”

He goes on to claim “I have done more than any other candidate in this race to take on lobbyists–and I have won.”

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The Barack Obama train is leaving the station.

All aboard.

Leave all that old baggage behind.


Doug,

Since its the Obama traing, I thought the Greatful Dead would be appropriate "Ridin' that train, high on cocaine..."

Seriously, when you play the populist theme, it means you have no ideas to sell and you are afraid of the Breck Girl.


Senator Clinton's friends from Washington are distributing a mailing that misleads caucusgoers about Barack's universal health care plan.

Political Attack: The Washington D.C. leadership of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union is running radio ads and sending out mail attacking Senator Obama for not supporting individual mandates, which would force people to buy health insurance that they can't afford.
Reality: Earlier this year, AFSCME President Gerald McEntee testified before Congress that he was "concerned with the...reform model [that] attempts to achieve near-universal coverage through the use of individual mandates." And AFSCME's own health care resolution says that reforms that rely on "'individual mandates,' are incompatible with AFSCME's principles and long term interests." The mandates they were against just months ago are the same mandates that Senator Clinton and Senator Edwards support.

Political Attack: Some of our opponents claim that Obama's plan leaves 15 million Americans without insurance.
Reality: This attack ignores several features of Obama's plan, including his program to provide health insurance subsidies to low and middle income families, mandate coverage for children and provide affordable coverage for young adults 18-25 (who are the least insured and most likely to disregard a mandate). The reality is that Obama's plan will cover every American. Take it from Robert Reich, President Bill Clinton's Secretary of Labor, who compared Obama's plan and Clinton's plan (with individual mandates) in detail, and wrote, "in my view Obama's would insure more people, not fewer, than Clinton's."

Political Attack: Some say that individual mandates are the only way to ensure universal coverage.
Reality: There is no evidence that forcing people to buy health insurance before it's affordable actually works. There's a mandate in Massachusetts, and they're already about to start exempting people who can't afford it. In fact, other candidates who are offering plans with mandates have exemptions for Americans who can't afford coverage. There is no sense in mandating something people just can't afford. The Obama plan focuses on lowering costs and providing subsidies for people to get into the health care system currently provided to members of Congress.

Another group, run by Senator Edwards' former campaign manager, is spending nearly a million dollars of unregulated money to run a so-called "issue" ad in Iowa this week. The ad touts "the Edwards plan" and prominently features a picture of John Edwards -- but the group claims it isn't meant to promote one candidate or another. Edward's former campaign manager left the campaign to form an independent organization to raise money from special interest groups, yet Edwards runs on the idea that he doesnt take money from special interests.
Obama 08!


Excellent ads that highlight issues Obama began working on long before he started running for President. Health care has been a serious issue for him ever since his mother lost her medical coverage while she was dying of cancer.


NO more Clinton dynasty and corrupted Health Industry.
Its time to end 20 years of Clinton/Bush political
dynasty.

!!! ITS TIME FOR CHANGE !!!

Barack Obama once quoted " if the United States had not gone to war in Iraq, the US Army would have had more resources to deal with the greater threat in Afghanistan and Pakistan"

BARACK OBAMA WAS RIGHT ON IRAQ.

BARACK OBAMA WAS RIGHT ON IRAN.

BARACK OBAMA WAS RIGHT ON PAKISTAN.

BARACK OBAMA HAS RIGHT JUDGEMENT FROM THE BEGINNING.

BARACK OBAMA's JUDGEMENT TRIUMPHS OVER HILLARY'S WRONG
EXPERIENCE.


!!! VOTE FOR BARACK OBAMA !!!


Obama is our next president. I can't wait.


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