Obama’s new ad

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

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.

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