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Thursday, October 4, 2007
Clinton Airs Health Care Ads
By JIM KUHNHENN –
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton seized on public attention over President Bush's veto of child health insurance legislation to launch a new ad Thursday that casts her as the candidate best able to provide universal health care.
The ad, which will air statewide in Iowa and New Hampshire, makes no mention of Bush's rejection of a $35 billion expansion of child health coverage. But the imagery is clear. The camera scans black and white pictures of children as an announcer says: "Hillary stood up for universal health care when almost no one else would, and kept standing until six million kids had coverage."
The reference is to Clinton's role as first lady to President Bill Clinton. In 1993-1994, she headed the administration's failed effort to overhaul the nation's health care system. The bill Bush vetoed Wednesday would have broadened the reach of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, created during President Clinton's second term.
The 30-second spot, titled "Stand By Us," also provides an implicit contrast with Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, who has built his candidacy on his reputation as the in-charge mayor of New York during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Lately, Giuliani has been portraying himself as a foil of Clinton, arguing he is the Republican best able to beat her in a general election.
"She stood by ground zero workers who sacrificed their health after so many sacrificed their lives, and kept standing until this administration took action," the ad's announcer says as a photograph of Clinton, wearing a face mask at the World Trade Center cite, appears on the screen.
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