From NBC's Mark Murray
As we first reported on Friday night, the Republican National Committee is going to be airing a new TV ad in Colorado, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. And now we know what the subject is: Hillary Clinton's tough words during the primaries that elevated McCain and diminished Obama by saying that all he brings to the table is an antiwar speech he gave in 2002.
Unlike the McCain camp ads on Hillary and that Hillary supporter now backing McCain, we know for sure this is a significant buy.
In response, Clinton gave these remarks today: "Every one of us could stand up and recite all the reasons why we must elect Barack. The Supreme Court is at stake; our educational system needs the right kind of change. We've got to become energy independent; we have to create millions of new green collar jobs. We've got so much work to do around the world."
"None of that will happen if John McCain is in the White House. I just want to make it absolutely clear we cannot afford four more years of George W. Bush's failed policies in America and that's what we would get with John McCain."
"Now I understand that the McCain campaign is running ads trying to divide us and let me state what I think about their tactics and these ads: I am Hillary Clinton and I do not approve that message."
Script of the RNC ad:
ANNCR: Who has the experience to govern our nation?
Sen. Clinton: "Senator McCain will bring a lifetime of experience to the campaign. I will bring a lifetime of experience. And Senator Obama will bring a speech he gave in 2002." (Source: CNN 3/8/08)
ANNCR: Barack Obama. He gives a great speech. But Americans must ask ourselves: should we elect the most inexperienced presidential candidate of our times? Or was she right? The Republican National Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising."