Clinton: Obama ad misleading
Minutes after her campaign event at the Skyline Chili parlor in Oakley Friday morning, Hilliary Clinton did a short interview with the Enquirer from her campaign bus. Some of the highlights:
A Barack Obama TV ad running in Ohio, Clinton said, is making a claim that is not true - that Obama has a health care plan that would cover all Americans.
"There are many experts - independent experts, we could provide you with a long list of them - who will tell you that what Sen. Obama has proposed will leave 15 million Americans without health insurance,'' Clinton said.
Her plan, she said, would allow any uninsured American to choose from one of the 250 plans now offered to members of Congress and their staffs.
The Obama campaign put out a statement later saying his plan is, in fact, "universal health" which would cut health care costs by up to $2,500 for the average family.
But Clinton insisted that there is nothing universal about Obama's plan.
"Universal health care has been a core value of the Democratic party since Harry Truman," Clinton said. Obama, she said, is "throwing in the towel on universal health care before the fight even begins. I don't undertstand that."
Clinton spoke with Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory before the Oakley event. Mallory is one of Ohio's uncommitted "superdelegates." He is being wooed by both campaigns - he plans to meet with Michelle Obama before the candidate's wife speaks at a 6 p.m. Obama rally at Music Hall.
Clinton said she and Mallory talked "mostly about my plans to help America's cities and his own agenda for this city. The kind of things the mayor wants to do here fits right in with my own ideas."
"Obviously, it would be wonderful to have his support,'' Clinton said. "But I am looking forward to working with him when I become president no matter who he supports."
The New York senator also said that Republicans who believe she will be easier to defeat in the fall than Obama are misreading her.
"The facts just don't bear that out,'' Clinton said. "I have beaten back Republican attacks before. I have surived the onslaught."