INDIANAPOLIS -- In a direct appeal to voters' pocketbooks, Hillary Clinton is up with a new ad in Indiana and North Carolina today that tries to cast Barack Obama as a foot-dragger on the economy. The ad cites his opposition to two domestic proposals Clinton has made in the primary campaign: a temporary freeze on mortgage foreclosures, and a gas tax holiday this summer.
"The economy's in trouble," the ad's announcer says. "When the housing crisis broke, Hillary Clinton called for action: a freeze on foreclosures. Barack Obama said no. Now, gas prices are skyrocketing, and she's ready to act again ... Barack Obama says no, again."
"People are hurting," the narrator concludes. "It's time for a president who's ready to take action now."
Nevermind that some independent analysts have questioned Clinton's approach on both issues, saying that her proposed moratorium on foreclosures, for example, could further damage the housing market. Or that Obama has proposed his own remedies for both the mortgage crisis and record gas prices. Clinton merely hopes voters will see her as the candidate offering tangible solutions.
UPDATE: The Obama campaign accused Clinton's of more misleading "Washington-style attack ads."
"In election after election, Hoosiers have rejected negative, attack politics," Indiana State House Majority Leader Russ Stilwell said in a statement provided by the Obama camp. "Indiana families are hurting, and they're desperate to hear the candidates’ positive vision for doing something about their pain. If we don’t break free from the old politics, we’ll never be able to pass new solutions."
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