The Washington Times - June 19, 2008, 12:22PM

Sen. Barack Obama just released his first general election ad — a 60-second spot offering a mix of biography and warm and fuzzy outlines of why he loves the country.



He mentions his mom’s Kansas roots and his strong values.




Here’s the script:


OBAMA: I’m Barack Obama.


America is a country of strong families and strong values.  My life’s been blessed by both.


I was raised by a single mom and my grandparents. We didn’t have much money, but they taught me values straight from the Kansas heartland where they grew up.  Accountability and self-reliance.  Love of country. 


Working hard without making excuses. Treating your neighbor as you’d like to be treated.  It’s what guided me as I worked my way up – taking jobs and loans to make it through college.


It’s what led me to pass up Wall Street jobs and go to Chicago instead, helping neighborhoods devastated when steel plants closed.

That’s why I passed laws moving people from welfare to work, cut taxes for working families and extended health care for wounded troops who’d been neglected.

I approved this message because I’ll never forget those values, and if I have the honor of taking the oath of office as President, it will be with a deep and abiding faith in the country I love.


Also worth noting are the 18 states where the ad will run — Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Virginia — an indication of the states the Democrat hopes will be competitive under his new electoral map.


Earlier today, campaign spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters there is a poll in Alaska showing things are “close” and even Montana is “competitive.”


Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter, The Washington Times