Hillary Clinton, resigned to likely losing all three primaries today, is already pointing to the next contests as she tries to stop Barack Obama's growing momentum.
Her campaign announced this morning that it is launching its first TV ad in Wisconsin, which votes a week from today along with Hawaii. The ad focuses on healthcare, where she has been trying to draw distinctions with Obama by arguing that while her plan would cover all Americans, Obama's would leave out an estimated 15 million. The difference is that Clinton would require individuals to obtain health insurance, while Obama would not, focusing instead on affordability.
"She fought for universal health care, long before it was popular," the announcer says. "Got health insurance for six million kids and expanded access to health care for the National Guard. Now, she's the only candidate for President with a plan to provide health care for every American. A top economist calls Hillary's plan, 'the difference between achieving universal health coverage and falling far short.' If you believe health care is America's moral obligation, join her."
Meanwhile, even as the votes are counted in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia tonight, Clinton will be holding a rally in El Paso, Tex. She also plans to stump all day Wednesday in Texas, which along with Ohio on March 4, is emerging as a key contest for her to stay in the race.