Hillary volleys

Clinton fires back at a John McCain ad invoking her words and images, and Joe Biden issues a video call to action.

Published August 24, 2008 7:18PM (EDT)

The new McCain campaign ad that employs damaging statements from Hillary Clinton about Barack Obama is creating a stir. Today, the Clinton campaign responded by releasing this four-sentence statement:

Hillary Clinton's support of Barack Obama is clear. She has said repeatedly that Barack Obama and she share a commitment to changing the direction of the country, getting us out of Iraq, and expanding access to health care. John McCain doesn't. It's interesting how those remarks didn't make it into his ad.

Meanwhile, the Obama campaign released a short video about Joe Biden, along with a “thank you” to the Obama campaign e-mail list and -- surprise! -- not so much as a single request to send in some cash. Biden does ask people to sign up, get involved, volunteer and talk with their neighbors. He shares his story a bit, and here’s a partial transcript of the accompanying e-mail:

Over the next few weeks, I'll be doing a lot of the things you've done to grow this movement -- reaching out day after day in neighborhoods all across the country, connecting with people who are hungry for the change we need.

This is no ordinary time, and this is no ordinary election. I plan to do everything I can to help Barack take back the White House.

I don't need to tell you that John McCain will just bring us another four years of the same. You can't change America when you supported George Bush's policies 95% of the time.

Barack has the vision and the courage to bring real change to Washington. But even he can't do this alone.

Join me by getting involved in your community -- and reach out to your friends and family to get them involved as well.

By Thomas Schaller

Thomas F. Schaller is professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the author of "Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South." Follow him @schaller67.

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