Obama, Clinton, and Edwards all purchased extra TV time to air longer messages urging Iowans to vote for them. Here’s a story on it from the AP followed by each video:
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) â€” The leading Democratic candidates capped months of expensive advertising Wednesday with evening news appeals to Iowa voters as Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton focused on change and John Edwards relied on a laid-off worker to make his case.
Clinton, Obama and Edwards all purchased extra television time for their summations, wrapping up their campaign themes and offering more than the customary 30-second TV sound bites viewers have become accustomed to during the political season.
First, Hillary Clinton’s full video:
She basically argues that, at this time of crisis in America due to the Bush administration, she’s the only candidate with the experience to lead the country forward. The lighting and makeup look good, she’s warm an inviting which is rather uncharacteristic of her.
Next, here’s Barack Obama’s full video:
Obama basically argues that Hillary Clinton might as well be Hillary Bush and he’s the only candidate who can offer real “change”, whatever that may be. Essentially assuring voters that what he lacks in experience, he’ll make up for in his ability to care.
Finally, Edwards chose to rely on a laid-off Maytag employee to make the case for him:
Arguing that Edwards, not Obama or Clinton, is the only candidate who will actually fight “corporate power” and stand up for the individual worker. Still, I’m wondering just how exactly the President of the United States is going to fight for private sector jobs besides forcing a company not to lay anyone off by law.
Overall they each have a valid appeal to certain sectors of the Democratic electorate. I think Edwards’ choice to use a voter in his ad was a pretty good political move since, after all, the voters have seen plenty of the candidates.
We’ll see tomorrow if any of these spots actually swayed some voters.