Hillary Clinton's new primary-eve TV ad in Pennsylvania stresses her argument that she -- and not Barack Obama -- is tough enough for the White House.
"It’s the toughest job in the world," the announcer says, as images of the 1929 stock market crash, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Pearl Harbor appear on the screen, followed by more recent scenes of Osama bin Laden and Hurricane Katrina.
"You need to be ready for anything -- especially now, with two wars, oil prices skyrocketing, and an economy in crisis," the narrator continues, with scenes of US soldiers, gas pumps, and foreclosure signs. "Harry Truman said it best – if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."
"Who do you think has what it takes?" the announcer concludes. The final scene is of a Clinton campaign rally with a supporter holding up two signs that declare: "Hillary" and "Ready."
UPDATE: The Obama campaign accused Clinton of fearmongering with the ad.
“When Senator Clinton voted with President Bush to authorize the war in Iraq, she made a tragically bad decision that diverted our military from the terrorists who attacked us, and allowed Osama bin Laden to escape and regenerate his terrorist network. It's ironic that she would borrow the President's tactics in her own campaign and invoke bin Laden to score political points. We already have a President who plays the politics of fear, and we don't need another,” Obama spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement.
Obama's camp also sent out a 2004 quote from former president Bill Clinton:
“Now one of Clinton’s Laws of Politics is this: If one candidate's trying to scare you and the other one's trying to get you to think; if one candidate's appealing to your fears and the other one's appealing to your hopes, you better vote for the person who wants you to think and hope. That's the best.”
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