Obama's First General Election Ad
by Josh Orton, Thu Jun 19, 2008 at 08:53:44 AM EDT
Obama's campaign just sent out their first general election ad - a 60-second bio spot called "Country I Love." It hits familiar themes like Obama's single-parent upbringing and his decision to become a community organizer:
The campaign also announced the states where the ad will run: Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Virginia.
This list shows some good, broad muscle-flexing. We've already heard about campaign infrastructure in states like Georgia, and running a 60-second bio ad in a state is a good way to show an opponent and the press that you mean business.
Perhaps Alaska was thrown in for good measure, since TV time is pretty cheap. We can believe it's really on Obama's target list when he makes the trip up there.
And off the top of my head, only one state seems conspicuously absent: Minnesota. SUSA's latest has Obama ahead only one point there.
Update [2008-6-19 13:18:7 by Josh Orton]: Some feedback from Minnesota people in the comments - I admit that the internals of the latest SUSA are funky (they've got McCain and Obama tied 48-48 among 18-34 year-olds, for example). And the past two Rasmussen polls have Obama up by 10+.