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DES MOINES--Hours before the start of the final Democratic debate before the Jan. 3 caucus here, the Barack Obama campaign is making a fund-raising appeal based off of a Clinton backer bringing up Obama's past experimentation with drugs.

Obama campaign manager David Plouffe writes in a pitch for $25 donations, "On Wednesday, their top advisor in New Hampshire tried to recycle old news by smearing Barack for experimenting with drugs as a young man -- something Barack candidly wrote about years ago in his memoir and has since talked about with young people in an effort to teach them the lessons he learned from his mistakes."

The Clinton campaign said it did not condone the comments of New Hampshire Clinton co-chair Bill Shaheen. The Clinton operation was not looking to stir up controversy the day before a big debate. Shaheen said he was not talking on behalf of the campaign. This episode shows how just a few words can quickly change the dynamic of a race and inject new narratives into the campaign storyline.

Click below for Plouffe letter...

lynn --

This race took a sharply negative turn yesterday.

With recent polls giving Barack the lead in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, and just three weeks left before the Iowa caucuses, the attacks on Barack's character that Hillary Clinton has called "the fun part" of this campaign have reached a new low.

In an increasingly desperate effort to slow Senator Clinton's slide, the focus of the Clinton campaign has moved from Barack Obama's kindergarten years to his teenage years.

On Wednesday, their top advisor in New Hampshire tried to recycle old news by smearing Barack for experimenting with drugs as a young man -- something Barack candidly wrote about years ago in his memoir and has since talked about with young people in an effort to teach them the lessons he learned from his mistakes.

The only way to stop these kinds of tired, desperate attacks is to demonstrate very clearly that they have a real cost to Senator Clinton's campaign.

If 5,000 people donate in the next 24 hours, we can show their campaign that we reject this kind of divisive politics. Make your donation of $25 now:

https://donate.barackobama.com/costofnegativity

These remarks crossed a line that should never be crossed in a Democratic primary. In fact, even Republicans think it's beyond the pale. When asked about this very topic recently, one of the GOP presidential frontrunners actually commended Barack's candor and honesty.

It's a sad day when a Democrat running for president takes up a line of attack that even a potential Republican opponent refuses to dignify.

Raise the cost of this kind of negativity for the Clinton campaign by making your donation of $25 now:

https://donate.barackobama.com/costofnegativity

Make no mistake -- this kind of attack is becoming a pattern as Clinton's support declines.

Since the last time I wrote to you about their attacks, the Clinton campaign has mailed brochures in Iowa that distort Barack's health care plan, produced negative television ads for New Hampshire, and actually sent emails asking for information that could help them smear Barack's efforts to fight poverty and joblessness as a community organizer in Chicago.

It's up to you to demonstrate to the Clinton campaign that these kinds of attacks will backfire and make us stronger.

Reject this negativity now:

https://donate.barackobama.com/costofnegativity

Growing outrage at this line of attack already has the Clinton campaign backtracking in the media, but it's up to us to stop these tired, petty tactics once and for all.

Please respond and make your voice heard for a new kind of politics. Let's bring real change to America.

David

David Plouffe
Campaign Manager
Obama for America


2 Comments

So exactly what is the message? From the flippant responses that Obama makes to his COCAINE use, one gets the message that it is just fine to experiment with the drug since you will soon be able to quit it, get serious about life, go the Harvard Law School, become a Congressman/Senator, then run for President. That worked for him, but it hasn't worked quite so well for MILLIONS OF ADDICTS in the country.

Major League Baseball isn't nearly so forgiving of it's athletes who are even SUSPECTED OF USING ILLEGAL DRUGS IN THE PAST. They are trying to figure a way to retroactively punish players for acts WHICH WEREN'T EVEN ILLEGAL AT THE TIME THEY WERE COMMITTED.

Michael Vick is doing serious hard time for alledgedly participating in acts WHICH WERE NOT ILLEGAL AT THE TIME. Furthermore he is getting the full stick for NOT SHOWING SUFFICIENT REMORSE for his actions.

Joking about acts which were ILLEGAL AT THE TIME, to high school students,and on national T.V. shows, esn't exactly show Obama as being REMORSEFUL about his crimes.

I respect and i will always respect the brain of Barak Obama even if he fail to win the white house sit.

If this man can talk about meeting the leaders of states United state called rouges states,

this means he will be a good world leader.

Since the beginning of the campaigns, i was thinking about myself because if there is problem with the

United states, the whole world will have to look for a good doctor.

Until today in this world, we have never settle any problem with gun power. Instead, we complicate the

problems.

A good example is Iraq and Somalia, if we didn't forget, no one kill Hitler and United State left

Vietnam without victory. North Korean nuclear problems ends on the dragons table in Beijing not with gun powder

Maybe talking to all this rouges would have been a good thing since we all known that a stupid man has

some good time.

If we go back to Philosophy, we will remember that they said everyman has his/her 5 minutes madness in a day.


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