Clinton ads get the truth meter

February 29, 2008 4:18:46 AM PST
We turn the truth meter to Hillary Clinton's latest ads. The newest one is focused on the economy.

Clinton ad: "She's fighting for America's middle class."

This latest Clinton ad started airing in Ohio. Now it's airing here too. It pushes the Clinton plan to help the middle class.

Hillary Clinton ad: "It's time to level the playing field against the special interests."

It very well may be time now. But the truth meter throws up question marks here. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Hillary Clinton has taken more special interest money in 10 of 11 categories than either Barack Obama or John McCain.

Hillary Clinton ad: "She'll end $55 billion in giveaways to corporate special interests and invest it in middle class tax cuts and creating new jobs."

The truth meter again raises a question over the new jobs claim. Clinton promises 5 million new jobs in 10 years. But according to the Associated Press, when she was first elected to the senate she made a jobs promise for upstate New York. During her first term, that region lost jobs.

Hillary Clinton ad: "You know the hits I've taken in my life are nothing compared to what goes on every single day in the lives of people across our country."

Clinton's other ad on the air now is an excerpt from the end of last Wednesday's debate in Austin. Sixty seconds long, her campaign called it the moment "she retook the reins of this race."

Hillary Clinton ad: "I was called by my faith and upbringing."

There's little for the truth meter to test here, but a reminder that Clinton has faced public struggles in her life and is tested in that arena.

Hillary Clinton ad: "That's what gets me up in the morning and that's what motivates me in this campaign (applause)."

Last week, Bill Clinton sent an appeal to supporters for money specifically to run that last ad. Today, the Clinton campaign announced it is expecting to raise $35 million this month.

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