Hillary Clinton's latest ad flashes images of children sleeping. The White House phone rings in the background to announce to the president that something bad has happened in the world. Hillary Clinton is there, in her Clark Kent glasses, to pick up the phone. The message: Hillary has the experience needed in dangerous times.
Barack Obama's campaign wasted no time in responding. The message of his ad, which lifts the images from Hillary's, repeats Barack's trump card: Hillary already had the chance to answer the phone, and made the wrong call on Iraq. Obama touts judgment over experience.
Regardless of where you stand on the experience debate, these ads demonstrate the skill and sharpness of the Obama campaign. Hillary tries one more time to frame the debate as one over experience, but Obama brings it back to change. Watch the ads, and tell me what you think. Are you more persuaded by one? Is back-and-forth on this topic a preview of the general election?
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