"Hillary Clinton does not respect our people," the Spanish voice says in the Nevada radio ad. "Hillary Clinton supporters went to court to prevent working people to vote this Saturday — that is an embarrassment."
As reported by Kate Snow and Eloise Harper, the ad calls Clinton "shameless" and says "Senator Obama is defending our right to vote. Senator Obama wants our votes. He respects our votes, our community, and our people."
The ad — decried by the Clinton campaign — is from the union UNITE HERE, representing 440,000 textile, hotel and restaurant workers, which endorsed Sen. Barack Obama last week.
John Edwards campaign’s deputy campaign manager Jonathan Prince, pointed out the hypocrisy of this, considering Obama’s anger about the unions helping Edwards back in Iowa. (Remember THAT?)
"When Senator Obama says turn the page, he obviously means turn to whatever page is most convenient," Prince said. "He loudly and repeatedly attacked independent ads by unions in Iowa as the product of special interests. But when a different outside group starts running ads on his behalf in Nevada, there’s not a peep from him or his campaign. It must be because he’s burning up the phone lines calling the head of UNITE HERE personally to demand he pulls the ads down right away."
Added Clinton spokesman Phil Singer, "In Iowa, Senator Obama and his campaign went out of his way to attack labor unions for independently promoting other candidates. But in Nevada, he’s looking the other way as they falsely attack his opponents. That’s wrong. Senator Obama shouldn’t be saying one thing about independent groups in Iowa and another in Nevada. While we clearly disagree with the attacks being made against us, we do respect the right of labor unions to participate in the process. Senator Obama apparently has no problem with groups running ads as long as they attack others.
"While that’s audacious, it’s certainly not hopeful."
Said Obama spokesman Bill Burton, "Senator Obama believes, and has said clearly, that campaigns should fund themselves and discourages supporters from spending outside the campaign. But no one should be confused about the effort that was run on behalf of John Edwards in Iowa. In that case, it was not the independent speech of individual union members, each contributing small amounts to amplify their voices. It was a special project of outside donors funding a massive 527 effort run by one of Edwards’ top political lieutenants.
"As for the Clinton campaign’s comment, coming from a campaign that is repeatedly launching absolutely false attacks against Senator Obama, it takes some chutzpah. The facts is their camp clearly would like to have worker’s voices silences and they need to live with that unfortunate position."
What do you think of it all?