Bill Clinton likes to tell voters that he'd be backing Hillary for president even if she wasn't his wife.
Now in a new TV ad starting to air today in Iowa, Dorothy Rodham says she would be supporting Hillary even if she wasn't her daughter.
"What I would like people to know about Hillary is what a good person she is," Rodham says in the 30-second spot. "She never was envious of anybody -- she was helpful. And she's continued that with her adult life with helping other women. She has empathy for other people’s unfortunate circumstances. I've always admired that because it isn't always true of people."
The ad features a family snapshot showing Hillary as a baby, points out that Rodham lives with Clinton, and shows Rodham on the campaign trail with her and former first daughter Chelsea. The plug from Rodham could help humanize Clinton, whose critics call her cold and calculating.