Obama Turns Tables on Clinton

In Apologetic rhetoric on March 1, 2008 at 10:32 am

In a new presidential campaign ad, Senator Hillary Clinton implicitly accuses Senator Barack Obama of being too inexperienced to lead the nation during these troubling times.

In the television ad, a voiceover describes how a telephone is ringing in the White House and how “your vote” will determine whether it will be answered by “someone tested and ready to lead in a dangerous world.” Later in the ad, Clinton is shown answering the phone while the voiceover says: “It’s 3 a.m., and your children are safely asleep. Who do you want answering the phone?”

The Obama campaign responded with an attack the accuser strategy. Obama dismissed the ad as fear-mongering. In addition, he turned the tables on Clinton by accusing her of making poor decisions in the past, despite her “experience.”

Obama stated: “The question is not about picking up the phone. The question is, what kind of judgment will you make when you answer? We’ve had a red-phone moment; it was the decision to invade Iraq. And Senator Clinton gave the wrong answer.”

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