Obama’s new ad
Democratic Sen. Barack Obama on July 31 tried to distance himself from the city where he works, airing a new television ad in Iowa.
The ad, “Take it Back,” features the Illinois senator speaking in Springfield, Ill., when he formally announced his candidacy and vowed to take back power from special-interest groups in Washington if he’s elected president.
“They think they own this government,” Mr. Obama says in the ad. “But we’re here today to take it back.”
The ad also includes Mr. Obama delivering one of his biggest applause lines, one that confronts his biggest weakness — that’s he too inexperienced to be president after just 2 1/2 years in the Senate.
“I know that I haven’t spent a lot of time learning the ways of Washington,” Mr. Obama says. “But, I’ve been there long enough to know that the ways of Washington must change.”
The ad is meant to draw a distinction with Mr. Obama’s chief rival for the nomination — New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Associated Press reports.