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Barack: Hillary Already Had Red Phone Moment

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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liliblu liliblu 8 years
I keep seeing posts that talk about Obama's voting present. Here is a quote I read today that speaks to that and much more. "Furthermore, when push came to shove in this campaign, Clinton proved herself willing to betray core feminist values. She allowed Emily's List President Ellen Malcolm to spearhead an effort to mischaracterize Obama's pro-choice record, emphasizing the number of times he voted "present" while a state senator and ignoring that his votes were part of a legislative strategy to protect abortion rights. When Clinton allows high level surrogates to perpetuate such deceptions, she undermines the credibility of the pro-choice community and betrays all of us who struggle to protect that right." http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/04/AR2008030401431.html?hpid=opinionsbox1
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Thank you guys! ;)
liliblu liliblu 8 years
Jillness great posts!!!!
Jillness Jillness 8 years
If you look at the events of the world in recent years, so many things have changed because the US has become more vulnerable than ever before. Our debt has strengthened China, Iran has become more bold, the list goes on and on. These are all side effects of our Congress members ignoring the facts and making the wrong decision to go to war. As Obama's speech shows, the facts were available. You just have to be smart enough pay attention.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Right on, Jillness!
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"who truly knows what his vote would have been" He didn't just casually mention that he was against the war. He made a very long speech that very SPECIFICALLY listed the reasons that we shouldn't go to war. The reasons that he listed are exactly what has happened. As Newsweek pointed out, Obama has accurate long term vision. It was a risk for him to speak out against the war. When he sought re-election, Keyes used it against him. Here is his speech: http://www.barackobama.com/2002/10/02/remarks_of_illinois_state_sen.php Hillary made the wrong decision. The information that would have lead to the right decision was available, and she ignored it and came to the wrong conclusion. Going to war in Iraq has made our world SO MUCH MORE DANGEROUS. We have not made any progress against the people who do organize and carry out attacks on American soil, because we are too distracted by this money pit. We have levees breaking, interstate collapsing, schools failing, all because our government made the WRONG decision to go to war.
Lorien209 Lorien209 8 years
I also want to give Blondie props for her comments above. As for me.... I'm so sick of hearing about the vote for the Iraqi war. I'm fine with the fact that Hil voted for the war. I'm just disappointed that she hasn't owned up to the fact that it wasn't the best decision. I think one of the virtues of a great leader is being able to look critically at yourself and recognize if mistakes were made. That's one of the many problems I have with Bush. Let's face it. While in hindsight the war was/is a bad idea, the worst part of it is not the fact that we went there, but what happened when we landed there. We did nothing to protect the citizens of Iraq and that is what we should be ashamed of the most. They are still unprotected unless you count the Iraqi Army and Police (almost all Shi'a)or the local militias sponsored by the US that have been formed (bribed)(mostly Sunni). Our soldiers could be their best bet BUT they don't know who to trust and they don't understand the language. Nothing good will come from this...
Lorien209 Lorien209 8 years
Last night Jon Stewart blew up Hil's new commercial. It's the exact same commercial Mondale had in 1984. You can see the obvious rip-off in the link below. Don't pay any attention to the tool that posted it though. He's just a Hil-hater. Barrack just lifted a speech recently, so I think they can call a draw on this one. Ugh.... I still can't decide who I like better :( http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1143531689790987412&q=hillary+mondale++commercial&total=4&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=1
piper23 piper23 8 years
I agree with that, and I don't even like Hillary!
blondie01 blondie01 8 years
Obama probably would have voted against the war....who knows, but my point is that he is chastising Hillary for her vote when he never voted, soooo thats a cheap shot below the belt...well maybe not for hillary but you know what I mean
blondie01 blondie01 8 years
:ROTFL: there we go lol
blondie01 blondie01 8 years
hahahaha good point piper, it probably would have been "present" :rofl:
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
whatever all the ads are ridiculous and just give me cramps
liliblu liliblu 8 years
Many Americans are unhappy with the direction our country has taken. People are dissatisfied with where they are and the way the country is being goverened. America is divided in so many ways and the gaps keep growing. We are divided by race, gender, religion, and class. Many of our elected officials play on those divisions to fulfill there ambitions. Well there are a lot of us who are tired of it. We are tired of the race baiting that plays on people's fear of difference. We are sick of lies being spoken as if they are truth. Many of us want CHANGE. We are ready for the country to take a different course, a different direction. We want to change the way we deal with one another in this country. People want their concerns, their voices to be heard and a real say in how the country is run. People who want change are looking to make this country a better place. We will know when we accomplish it when we see a difference in our country and in ourselves.
piper23 piper23 8 years
Since Obama didn't vote then how can he use Hillary's vote against her? Besides, if he had been able to vote, with his history of voting practices his vote probable would have been "PRESENT". Thanks for clearing that up for me, Cine!
liliblu liliblu 8 years
Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe that 126 democrats in the House of Representatives voted against the October 2002 resolution giving Bush the authority to start a war against Iraq. There were also 21 democrats in the Senate who voted against the resolution. I have no reason to doubt Barack Obama stance on the Iraq occupation. There were 147 democrats who had the good judgement to vote against the resolution. Senator Obama would have made it 148.
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
piper don't you know Change=progress!
piper23 piper23 8 years
Ok, can someone please explain to me what Obama's camp means by "change"? Change from what to what? Change from Bush to Obama? Cause that's pretty obvious but if there's a deeper meaning that I'm not getting, please explain.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 8 years
Bahhhhhhhhhahahahahaha!
indielove indielove 8 years
In response to blondie's comment, he know what he WOULD have voted from this: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Barack_Obama's_Iraq_Speech 'Nuff said.
janneth janneth 8 years
Obama supporters, how do you respond to blondie's comment???
zeze zeze 8 years
OK 2 things.I - this sounds like an ad for McCain - military experience and has been tested in a crisis???? Hello - earth to Hillary, you were first lady, not Secretary of Defense. If she gets the nod, I can imagine McCain running the ad and saying at the end, "see, even Hillary thinks I should be president"2- she keeps making bad "crisis policies, she voted for the war, and even that would be not bad if she had learned from it, but she did not, she recently voted on somethings that may give Bush or McCain if he is elected a basis to use unnecessary force against Iran.I'm not really a huge Obama supporter, but she has been losing it lately, if anything her recent attacks and stupid ads made me lean towards Obama by showing her faults!
zeze zeze 8 years
OK 2 things. I - this sounds like an ad for McCain - military experience and has been tested in a crisis???? Hello - earth to Hillary, you were first lady, not Secretary of Defense. If she gets the nod, I can imagine McCain running the ad and saying at the end, "see, even Hillary thinks I should be president" 2- she keeps making bad "crisis policies, she voted for the war, and even that would be not bad if she had learned from it, but she did not, she recently voted on somethings that may give Bush or McCain if he is elected a basis to use unnecessary force against Iran. I'm not really a huge Obama supporter, but she has been losing it lately, if anything her recent attacks and stupid ads made me lean towards Obama by showing her faults!
genvessel genvessel 8 years
sugarbean... that's exactly what jon stewart said tonight! way to channel the funny...
tee0206 tee0206 8 years
I LOVE sugarbean's response, haha. Those commercials are running like crazy here in Texas. All I can say is that I already voted early and I can't wait to rock the cauc-us tomorrow.
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