Sen. Hillary Clinton’s, D-N.Y., first television ad hit the airwaves in Iowa on Tuesday. In it, she says, “As I travel around America, I hear from so many people who feel like they’re just invisible to their government. … But they’re not invisible to me and they won’t be invisible to the next president of the United States.”
The New York Times’ Patrick Healy observed, “Mrs. Clinton may be running in the wide-open Democratic primary battle, but this commercial leaves the impression that she is running against President Bush — which she is, to a degree. … With the soft background music and warm images, Mrs. Clinton comes across as likable and concerned about people who feel left behind — an approach that helped her win votes in economically depressed, traditionally Republican upstate New York. And while Mrs. Clinton is sticking up for ordinary people in the advertisement, she has also drawn attention for defending lobbyists and donations from them to her campaign.”
Mike Glover of the Associated Press said the ad “is aimed at softening Clinton’s image. While polls have shown her running strongly, her negatives remain high and the spot is designed to introduce her to voters.”
The senator hopes to further that introduction Tuesday when she travels to Iowa, stopping in Dubuque and Council Bluffs to deliver a speech on economic prosperity and meet with Iowans. She plans to stay in the state through Wednesday to visit a community center in Waukee, attend the state fair in Des Moines and speak at the Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO Presidential Forum in Waterloo.
Clinton was in Nevada Monday — one of the early caucus states — where she spoke with residents of Pahrump and participated in the Service Employees International Union’s “Walk a Day In My Shoes” program in Henderson by joining registered nurse and SEIU member Michelle Estrada to discuss the issues.