- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has begun airing radio ads in Iowa and South Carolina that sound off against income inequality — the same platform on which her top rival Bernard Sanders has been running.

In the South Carolina advertisement, Mrs. Clinton takes on the issue of raising families incomes, with the spot airing on predominately African-American stations.

“Families are stretched in so many different directions and so are your budgets. Out of pocket costs for everything from prescription drugs to child care to college seem to go up a lot faster than wages,” Mrs. Clinton says in the advertisement, according to a statement released by her campaign Tuesday. “Boosting incomes for hardworking families so they can afford a middle class life is the defining economic challenge of our time.”

In the South Carolina ad, Mrs. Clinton pledges to create good-paying jobs, raise the minimum wage, ensure equal pay for women, protect Obamacare and get drug companies to lower their prices.

In another radio ad released in Iowa, Mrs. Clinton focuses on ending the wage gap and attacks Republicans for letting corporations write their own rules.

“On average, it takes 300 Americans working for a solid year to make as much money as one top CEO,” a narrator says. “It’s called the wage gap.”

Mrs. Clinton’s messaging in both advertisements mirrors the message Mr. Sanders has been espousing about economic inequality since the beginning of his campaign.

“We are living in a rigged economy where corporate profits soar while millions of our children live in poverty,” Mr. Sanders tweeted Tuesday.

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