Update: Factcheck.org investigated Obama's attack ad and found a critical claim made by Obama false and misleading.
The Obama campaign released a new ad Feb. 14 in Wisconsin called "Debate," quoting Bill Clinton's first Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich, as saying Obama's plan covers "more people" than Clinton's. We find the ad misleading and, in one respect, false.[...]
Reich did not, however, state in any of his blog items that the Obama plan "does more to cut costs" or that it saves $2,500 for the typical family. Those are claims made by the Obama campaign, not by Reich as the ad falsely claims.
I'm really glad Obama decided to take the negative approach first and roll out on the attack against Clinton back in late October of last year. Rallying the Clinton-haters has definitely made for a more interesting race.
Earlier this week the Clinton campaign 'went negative' television ad in Wisconsin that attacked Obama for failing to rise to the debate challenge in Wisconsin.
Less than 24 hours later Obama responded with his own attack ad answering Clinton's debate challenge.
Jerome Amstrong at MyDD, offers this from a Clinton PR that fact-checks Obama's attack ad above:
[On Screen: Obama's housing plan "stems foreclosures" AP, 1/14/08]
FACT: The actual source for the assertion that the Obama plan will 'stem the foreclosure crisis' is not the AP but their own campaign. "Barack Obama yesterday unveiled an economic stimulus package costing up to $120 billion that his campaign said would put money in the hands of workers and seniors, stem the foreclosure crisis, and cover state budget shortfalls." [AP, 1/14/08]
Obama counters with an attack ad that contains a quote they supplied themselves... but then attribute to analysis from the Associated Press? Classy....
and after another 24 hours or so Clinton's campaign has responded with this:
Obama has to demonstrate that he can defend himself against strong attacks -- and what Clinton has dished out so far is nothing compared to what the Republicans will throw at him if he's the nominee. So far he's matching Clinton each step of the way.
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