Thursday, April 10, 2008

Clinton sounds off over Obama TV ads

When your foot hurts, blame it on the other guy's shoes.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's camp complained Wednesday that Sen. Barack Obama was trying to buy the Pennsylvania Democratic primary with an extensive television advertising campaign, saying his rising popularity with the state's voters was partly the result of misleading ads.

Spin. It worked before, when she complained of being asked the first question all the time in debates, and of unfair media coverage. And counterspin.

Obama aides credited the Illinois senator's recent bus tour through the state for his rise in the polls, while also trying to lower expectations raised by the new data. But what was clear was that both camps were confronting new numbers suggesting that Obama was narrowing Clinton's lead in the April 22 primary to within a few percentage points.

It seems to be close, closer than two weeks ago.

Meanwhile, the Clinton campaign called on Obama to drop a TV ad in which he declared himself free of oil company money. The Clinton camp noted that although it was illegal to accept money from corporations, Obama had accepted about $200,000 in donations from oil company executives and employees. Obama had collected $213,884 from people in the oil and gas industry as of Feb. 29, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Clinton collected $306,813 from the same sources.

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