WASHINGTON---White House deputy press secretary Dana Perino called the new--and first--paid ad produced for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign "outrageous" on Tuesday.
In the spot, titled "Invisible" and running only in Iowa, Clinton’s sixty-second ad takes aim at President Bush (rather than any of her Democratic primary rivals) asserting that families needing health and child care and poorly treated Iraq and Afghanistan vets are invisible to the president.
Asked to react to the ad, Perino said, "But as to the merits of it, I think it's outrageous."
(for Clinton ad script, click down to Monday post)
for Perino comment, click below..
Q Dana, do you want to respond to a new ad that Senator Clinton is running in Iowa, in which he claims and charges that people without health care coverage are invisible to this President, and that U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan are invisible to this President>
MS. PERINO: Well, this is going to be tricky going into the campaign season, when people start running ads, because as tempted as I am to take that head on, I think I will refer to the RNC for the specific -- for answers on the politics of it. But as to the merits of it, I think it's outrageous. This is a President who, first and foremost, has helped millions of seniors across the country have access to prescription drugs at a much lower cost. That system that the President put in -- helped put in place, with the help of both sides of Congress, Republicans and Democrats, Medicare Part D, is helping millions of people, and working better than anyone would have expected. In addition to that, the President has tried to take on the issue at the root cause of it, and tried to change our health care system so that we actually are helping provide less expensive but still great quality care to people all over the country.
And as to whether or not our troops are invisible to this President, I think that that is absurd, and that is unconscionable that a member of Congress would say such a thing.