Hillary Clinton's campaign launched the first negative ad of the Pennsylvania primary on Thursday, painting the former first lady as the presidential candidate who "takes on the oil companies in real life, not just on T.V."
The 60-second statewide radio ad, which goes after rival Barack Obama by name, comes at a time when Clinton is being badly outspent on Pennsylvania television.
"Senator Obama's spending so far on television is about $6.5 million," said Clinton guru Howard Wolfson. "Our spending so far on television is about $2.5 million, which means that we're being outspent about 3-to-1, or almost 3-to-1, a difference of about $4 million."
Wolfson said Clinton was "forced" to put up her radio ad because Obama has refused to take down an ad in which he tells voters, "I don't take money from oil companies" without telling them that federal candidates have been barred for a hundred years from taking money from corporations.
The ad also slams Obama for talking tough about Exxon and prices at the pump given that he -- unlike Clinton -- voted for the "Bush-Cheney energy bill" in 2005.
Asked if Clinton's radio ad would be followed by a similar television spot, Wolfson said no options have been taken off the table (rather than his usual line about not discussing ad strategy).
Obama spokesman Hari Sevugan responded to Clinton by criticizing her for opposing higher fuel efficiency standards until this year.
Sevugan also sought to rebut Clinton's ad by saying, "The fact is, Barack Obama takes no money from Washington lobbyists or PACs while Senator Clinton has taken more than any Democrat or Republican in this race . . ."
DNC Plans Thursday McCain Briefing:
The DNC has invited reporters to a pen and pad polling presentation on John McCain at party headquarters at 12:30 pm ET on Thursday.
Presenting at the meeting will be DNC Chairman Howard Dean as well as pollsters Cornell Belcher (who is one of several pollsters working for Barack Obama's campaign) and Allan Rivlin (whose "Garin, Hart, Yang Research Group" firm is tied to Hillary Clinton).
100 Years on 'An Installment Plan':
Hoping to capitalize on Gen. David Petraeus' plea for more time, MoveOn.org has created a new web video going after John McCain on Iraq.
"How do you get to 100 years in Iraq?" asks the video's narrator. "Six months at a time."
Watch it here.
The video, which was emailed to MoveOn.org's members on Wednesday, splices together comments from former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, President Bush, and McCain from various points over the past five years.
The 100 Years line refers to McCain telling a New Hampshire voter in January that he is fine with U.S. troops staying in Iraq for 100 years on long-term bases if they are not in harm's way.
Fmr. Clintonistas Push Clinton-Obama Ticket, Rebut Pelosi:
VOTEBOTH, a new federal campaign committee which filed papers with the FEC on Tuesday, criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday for dismissing the chances of a Democratic unity ticket with both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
The two people involved with this effort (Adam Parkhomenko and Sam Arora) are former Clintonistas (which helps explain why the committee is called Clinton/Obama 08 and not the other way around.)
"Even in the White House, being a mom always came first, until Chelsea went off to college. Then she had to worry about me."
-- Bill Clinton on Hillary Clinton in "Us Weekly".
On the campaign front. . .
-- 12:00 pm ET: Attends town hall meeting with voters, Gary, IN
-- 6:00 pm ET: Attends town hall meeting with voters, Lafayette, IN
-- 6:30 pm ET: Delivers address at the Allegheny County Democratic Committee's Jefferson/Jackson Dinner, Pittsburgh, PA
-- 3:00 pm ET: Holds event with voters, Boonville, IN
-- 5:15 pm ET: Holds event with voters, Jasper, IN
-- 8:15 pm ET: Holds event with voters, Vincennes, IN
As for the Republicans. . .
-- Appears as a guest on The View
-- 12:45 pm ET: Attends small business roundtable with voters, New York, NY
-- 7:00 pm ET: Delivers address to voters, Lancaster, PA
At the White House and Beyond. . .
-- 7:15 am ET: Holds breakfast with General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, Washington, DC (Closed press)
-- 11:30 am ET: Delivers statement on U.S. Policy toward Iraq, Washington, DC
-- 12:00 pm ET: Departs for Crawford, Texas with the First Lady, Washington, DC
VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY
-- 6:10 pm ET: Speaks at the Defense Advanced Research Project, Washington, DC
-- 12:10 pm ET: Participates in a first bloom activity and delivers remarks, Dallas, TX
-- 9:45 pm ET: Speaks and accepts Methodist Health System's 2008 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award, Dallas, TX
-- 8:30 am ET: Releases the trade balance report for February, Washington, DC
-- 2:00 pm ET: Releases the March report on the federal budget, Washington, DC
PHILADELPHIA CITY COUNCIL
-- 2:00 pm ET: Endorses Barack Obama alongside several state representatives and state senators, Philadelphia, PA
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ABC News' Jake Tapper: Republicans Try to Falsely Spin McCain's "100 Years" Comment Away Entirely LINK
ABC News' Jennifer Duck: White House-Pelosi Face Off on Trade LINK
ABC News' Jake Tapper: McCain Stumbles on Shiites v. Sunnis. . . Again LINK
ABC News' Julia Hoppock: Ambassador Crocker Says Ready to Talk to Iran Again LINK
ABC News' Jake Tapper: "We Need More White People" LINK
ABC News' Russell Goldman and Nitya Venkataraman: Elizabeth Edwards Backs Clinton Health Plan LINK
ABC News' Jake Tapper: Clinton Campaign Debt Watch, Part II LINK
ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf: Harry Reid's "Twilight Zone": Iraq LINK
ABC News' Jake Tapper: The Hillary Wal-Mart Videos LINK
ABC News' Jennifer Duck: Bush Signs Substance Abuse Law, Reflects on Past Drinking Problem LINK
POLITICAL VIDEO ON ABCNEWS.COM
White House 'Fired Up' Over Trade
WH spokesperson Dana Perino reacts to Pelosi's action on Columbia trade deal. LINK
Bush Reflects on Past Drinking Problem
Bush signs Second Chance Act to "work to help prisoners reclaim their lives." LINK
Hasselbeck Defends Gen. David Petraeus
"The View" co-host believes his Iraq War testimony gave a note of caution. LINK
Elizabeth Edwards on Health Care
At Harvard, the wife of former senator talked about the important issue. LINK
The Bottom Line on Petraeus
George Stephanopoulos discusses the U.S. general in Iraq LINK
Iraq - What's Next?
Gen. David Patraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker talk about the future of Iraq. LINK
Bush Sheds a Tear Over Killed GI
The President was overcome with emotion honoring Petty Officer Michael Monsoor. LINK
Defending the Surge
Gen. Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker testify in congressional hearings. LINK
Crocker: US Needs "Face to Face" with Iran
Ambassador Crocker says talks with Iran are important for Iraq's security. LINK
Petraeus Hopes to Halt Troop Withdrawals
The senior commander in Iraq details the fragile progress made during the war. LINK
Democrats vs. Petraeus on Iraq
Stephanopoulos on how Obama and Clinton disagree with the general about Iraq. LINK