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The ad includes excerpts from Mr. Obama’s speech to the NAACP, in which he lists problems facing blacks — more black men in prison than in college, serious illnesses disproportionately affecting blacks and the argument that it takes a hurricane to show the rest of the country about problems of race and poverty.

“I know what you know,” Mr. Obama says. “Despite all the progress that’s been made, we have more work to do.”

Soft jazz plays in the background as a deep-voiced announcer describes Mr. Obama as a Christian family man, a former civil rights lawyer and state legislator. “It’s time for Barack Obama,” the announcer says repeatedly.

Not a Hillary backer

Juanita Broaddrick, who appeared on “Dateline NBC” in January 1999 to accuse then-President Bill Clinton of raping her in Arkansas back in 1978, is supporting the most serious rival to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic presidential contest.

According to a money-in-politics database at, which is operated by the Center for Responsive Politics, Ms. Broaddrick has contributed $450 so far this year toIllinois Sen. Barack Obama.

Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or