Friday, February 29, 2008

Clinton Tries Bush Tactic in New Ad

clinton has resorted to tapping into fears of terrorism to scare up votes. as i recall, that's a tactic that bush tried. many people fell for it. but not this time.
the ad:
The ad, launched Friday in Texas ahead of that state's crucial March 4 primary,
shows children asleep in their beds in the middle of the night while a narrator references a potential national security crisis and asks, "It's 3 a.m. and your children are safely asleep. Who do you want answering the phone?"
obama's response:

“I will never see the threat of terrorism as a way to scare up votes, because it’s a threat that should rally this country around our common enemies,” Mr. Obama said. “That is the judgment we need at 3 a.m.”

from cnn clinton response:

The Clinton campaign meanwhile vigorously defended the ad, and brushed aside notions it is reminiscent of the famous Lyndon Johnson "Daisy" ad, which portrayed a young girl counting down to a nuclear attack.
"This is a positive ad," Clinton adviser Mark Penn said. "Very soft images, not at all like that ad. Soft images. And it poses a question to people that they have to answer themselves: Who do they want to pick up the phone?"
"That ad basically envisions the apocalypse, and that is not what this ad does," Clinton communications director Howard Wolfson said. "This ad basically says, 'You know what? We are electing a president and it matters who is handling a phone call in
a crisis at 3 a.m. as president.' That is a legitimate matter for a presidential

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