The Washington Times - February 29, 2008, 02:56PM
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HOUSTON, Texas — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is targeting her Democratic rival with a new ad that asks voters who they want in the White House during a national security crisis.\ \ \ “It’s 3 a.m. and your children are safe and asleep, but there’s a phone in the White House and it’s ringing,” a narrator says in her new ad, playing in Texas before the state’s March 4 contest.\ \ \ On the screen are dark images of children sleeping and a mother checking on them. Mrs. Clinton does not speak in the ad beyond the required disclosure that she approved the message.\ \ \ \0x201CSomething’s happening in the world. Your vote will decide who answers that call,” it continues. “Whether it’s someone who already knows the world’s leaders, knows the military — someone tested and ready to lead in a dangerous world.”\ \ \ The ad does not mention Sen. Barack Obama, but the implication is clear — the former first lady has long been portraying her rival as less experienced on national security. She evokes September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the stump and her role as a New York senator in the aftermath.
BEAUMONT, Texas — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign portrayed itself as on the rebound yesterday, when announcing a record fundraising haul of $35 million in one month.\ \ \ Her rival Sen. Barack Obama guaranteed it would top that figure and rejected claims of overconfidence even though he leaves every stump speech to Stevie Wonder’s classic song “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.”\ \ \ The former first lady said the $35 million flood of donations “says a lot” about the reinvigorated support for her run after the campaign was on the financial ropes a month ago, forcing her to lend it $5 million out of her pocket. She said the campaign still owes her.\ \ \ “When people found out that we didn’t have the resources to compete, and I did put my own money in, it just set off a chain reaction across the country,” Mrs. Clinton told reporters after a rally in Hanging Rock, Ohio. “Hundreds of thousands of people [were] saying, ‘Wait a minute. We want this campaign to go on. We support her and we believe in her and I’m going to show that by contributing.’ “\ \ \ About 200,000 new donors in the course of a month had chipped in at the campaign Web site, each giving a small contribution. The average donation was about $100, she said: “people want this campaign to go on.”\ \ \ Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe said the New York senator is in the race for the “long haul,” talking up the upcoming contests and races as far away as Puerto Rico in June. He said the campaign has brought in $167 million since announcing her bid, $135 million of which can be used for the primary.\ \ \ “We have the resources to play in the big states coming up … and states beyond,” he said. “Let me be very clear, what Hillary is going to do is she’s going to win this nomination.”\ \ \ The campaign has been sending out fundraising appeals all week noting that Mr. Obama is outspending Mrs. Clinton in Texas and Ohio and “has virtually unlimited funds.”
herecrafted this galleryfun videoChristina Bellantoni, national political reporter, The Washington Times