Obama camp releases first general election ad

The spot, which introduces the senator from Illinois in his own words, will air in 18 states starting Friday.

By Alex Koppelman
Published June 19, 2008 4:40PM (EDT)

Barack Obama's campaign has just released its first television ad of the general election. Titled "Country I Love," the spot, which runs for 60 seconds, introduces voters to Obama and to his life story -- and it makes the case for him as patriot, something Republicans are already working hard against.

The Obama camp says the ad will run in 18 states -- Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin -- beginning Friday. The script and the video are below.

Ad script:

I'm Barack Obama.

America is a country of strong families and strong values. My life's been blessed by both.

I was raised by a single mom and my grandparents. We didn't have much money, but they taught me values straight from the Kansas heartland where they grew up. Accountability and self-reliance. Love of country. Working hard without making excuses. Treating your neighbor as you'd like to be treated. It's what guided me as I worked my way up -- taking jobs and loans to make it through college.

It's what led me to pass up Wall Street jobs and go to Chicago instead, helping neighborhoods devastated when steel plants closed.

That's why I passed laws moving people from welfare to work, cut taxes for working families and extended healthcare for wounded troops who'd been neglected.

I approved this message because I'll never forget those values, and if I have the honor of taking the oath of office as president, it will be with a deep and abiding faith in the country I love.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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