Posted: June 28, 2007 3:09 PM
Obama Releases First Iowa Ads
Illinois Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign announced this week that it will be airing its first television ads in Iowa, both focusing on Obama’s career before he was elected to U.S. Senate 2004.
The first, called “Choices” features Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe. Tribe, a former teacher of Obama’s, says “It was inspiring, absolutely inspiring to see someone as brilliant as Barack Obama, as successful, someone who could’ve written his ticket on Wall Street, take all of the talent and all of the learning and decide to devote it to the community and to making people’s lives better.”
The second ad, called “Carry,” features former Illinois Republican state Sen. Kirk Dillard saying “Republican legislators respected Senator Obama. His negotiation skills and an ability to understand both sides would serve the country very well.” Jeff Zeleny of the New York Times analyzes Obama’s timing and approach of his first Iowa ads, writing “Iowa caucuses more than six months away, most candidates are keeping careful watch on their money, weighing a chance to improve name recognition and saving their resources to mount an advertising spree in the fall when voters are likely to be paying closer attention. But strategists for Mr. Obama said the summer also presented an opportunity to begin broadcasting their message.”
Last weekend, Obama lashed out against the Christian right in a speech before the national conference of the United Church of Christ. He said that faith had been “hijacked” to drive people apart. He also again stated his goals of enacting universal health care and closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Meanwhile, Michelle Obama campaigned on her own in Iowa.
The Chicago Sun-Times also reported on Monday that Obama is giving $3,500 to charity, all money donated by people affiliated with indicted developer Tony Rezko.
Obama has been in Washington, D.C. most of the week focusing on Senate business, but on Wednesday Obama traveled to Peoria, Ill. to address supporters at one of almost 40 house parties held across the state to raise money for the senator.
Ahead of the June 30 fundraising the campaign has said it will top 250,000 individual donors. The campaign reported that 138,000 individuals donated to his campaign in the 2nd fundraising quarter alone, meaning Obama is likely to report numbers on par with his $25 million fundraising total from the first quarter.
On Thursday, Obama released a statement blasting the Supreme Court’s decision that two voluntary school desegregation programs are unconstitutional. He said, “Chief Justice Robert’s opinion reflects a disturbing view of the Constitution that equates voluntary integration with Jim Crow segregation - a view that is both legally and morally wrong.”
Looking ahead, Obama is schedule to attend the Minnesota Community Kick-Off event in Minneapolis. The senator has confirmed he will participate in the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials presidential candidate forum at Walt Disney World in Florida on Saturday. Monday he plans to be in New Hampshire and on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 4th, he’ll plans to hold various events in Iowa. Finally, next Thursday the Senator is scheduled to address the Essence music festival at the Superdome in New Orleans.
Meanwhile, Michelle Obama fundraised for her husband in D.C. on Thursday. Monday she is scheduled to be in South Carolina and with Obama in Iowa on Wednesday.