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March 01, 2008

Didn’t Democrats Once Accuse Republicans of Terrorism Fear Mongering … Clinton Ad Draws Ire of Obama

Posted in: 9/11,Child Welfare,Politics,Polls,Presidential Election 2008,War on Terror

Wasn’t it Democrats that always complained about fear mongering?

Every since the 9–11 attacks in 2001 Democrats have consistently accused Republicans of using fear mongering ads during elections. Now it appears that Hillary Clinton seems to think that protecting the United States from terrorists foreign foes is an important role of a president and does so in the following ad. The Clinton ad certainly cast doubts on Barack Obama’s readiness. And so it should.

Playing on anxieties about national security, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has produced a “red phone moment” advertisement that suggests she would be better able to respond to a crisis than Senator Barack Obama.

 Hillary Clinton’s New Ad

“It’s 3 a.m. and your children are safe and asleep,” says a narrator as threatening music surges over dark black-and-white images.
There’s a world crisis and the White House phone is ringing. “Your vote will decide who answers that call,” the narrator says. “Whether it’s someone who already knows the world’s leaders, knows the military — someone tested and ready to lead in a dangerous world.”
It is truly amazing how when a candidate has no experience in dealing with terrorism cries foul when the issue is brought up. So what does Barack Obama do when he knows he has no experience dealing with the biggest threat to the United States today? Obama fires back with an ad about Iraq. Heaven forbid, Barack Obama answer the issue regarding terrorism and national security or his lack of experience. New flash to Obama … terrorism existed long before Iraq. How will you deal with it is important! Giving speeches does not a president make.
Barack Obama’s lame response to Clinton’s ad.
Later the Obama campaign released a new ad to respond directly to the one from Mrs. Clinton’s campaign. It says in part: “It’s 3 a.m. and your children are safe and asleep. But there’s a phone ringing in the White House. Something’s happening in the world. When that call gets answered, shouldn’t the president be the one — the only one — who had judgment and courage to oppose the Iraq war from the start.”
Will these ads affect the primary races in Texas and Ohio? Will voters actually take a breathe and look at the candidates as to substance or just style? Presently, Obama has a small lead in Texas while Hillary Clinton leads is Ohio.
Obama, an Illinois senator, has a 6-point edge on Clinton in Texas, 48 percent to 42 percent. He trails Clinton 44 percent to 42 percent in Ohio — well within the poll’s margin of error of 3.8 percentage points.

UPDATE I: Clinton leads Obama in Ohio – barely: 47% to 43%

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