I’ll let the ad speak for itself, then give a bit of analysis afterward:
Clearly she agreed to 5 debates before March 4th in the hopes that they could paint Obama in this light. In fact, now that I see this ad, I’m betting it was calculated that Obama wouldn’t agree to all of them. Therefore, the Clinton campaign could accuse him of wanting to dodge the questions.
Notably, CNN’s Political Ticker has tried to paint it as “Clinton goes negative”, here’s there report:
The ad is Clinton’s latest attempt to put Obama on the defensive over his refusal to debate the New York senator more than twice between Super Tuesday and the crucial March 4 primaries in Ohio and Texas. Clinton, who has been widely praised for her debate performances this campaign season, had proposed one debate a week after Super Tuesday.
The Obama campaign later agreed to two debates â€” one in Ohio at the end of the month, and a CNN/Univision debate in Austin, Texas next week.
The ad is also a sign the Clinton campaign is still aiming for a strong showing in Wisconsin next Tuesday, despite the fact it is devoting much of its resources to the Ohio and Texas primaries a week later.
Responding to the ad, Obama campaign manager David Axelrod said, “We’ve debated 18 times, we’re going to debate two more, but we’ve got other business to do here in terms of meeting voters face to face.”
I sort of have to agree with Axelrod on this point, they’ve debated 18 times and Obama has agreed to two debates. Do we really need 5 Clinton/Obama debates? I can see 2, that’s fine, one in each of the big March 4th states, Texas and Ohio.
Beyond that, what can we possibly learn new about either candidate in 5 debates?