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Sweet: Edwards, Clinton camp ask Obama to denounce 3rd-party ads running for him. Obama's Burton says Obama "doesn't want help from outside groups."


LAS VEGAS, NV.— When third-party independent expenditure campaigns ran in Iowa to help John Edwards and Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama strongly denounced the spending.

Now third-party ads are running in Nevada that could be helpful to Obama-- by Unite Here, Obama’s first national union endorsement. Obama heads into the Saturday caucus vote with political muscle provided by the unions local, Culinary Local 226.

John Edwards is asking Obama to denounce the ads; so is Clinton’s team.

The Hispanic vote is seen as critical in the Saturday caucus voting. The Clinton camp has been pushing back against these Unite Here Spanish-language ads on Thursday and Friday, bringing out their top Hispanic backers and Clinton’s campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle, the daughter of Mexican immigrants, who urged Obama to “condemn” the ads.

The ads are harsh, calling Clinton ‘‘shameless’’ and that she ‘‘does not respect our people.’’

An effort by a Clinton friendly union to shut down nine precinct caucuses in casinos on the famous Strip was also blasted in the ad, linking Clinton to the drive.

Clinton ally Maria Echaveste said the spot, “saying in Spanish that Hillary Clinton does not respect Latinos” is “so far from the truth it makes my mouth drop.

Obama spokesman Bill Burton was asked twice about the third-party ads in a conference call on Friday and if Obama would call for them to be pulled. Said Burton, “Sen. Obama has said that these campaigns, his and others should be run by the campaigns themselves, funded by the campaigns themselves.”

Burton said Obama “doesn’t want help from outside groups and doesn’t think outside groups should be helping other campaigns.”

Clinton spokesman Phil Singer said that statement stopped way short.

“In Iowa, Senator Obama and his campaign went out of his way to attack labor unions for independently promoting other candidates. But in Nevada, he’s looking the other way as they falsely attack his opponents. "That's wrong. Senator Obama shouldn't be saying one thing about independent groups in Iowa and another in Nevada.“While we clearly disagree with the attacks being made against us, we do respect the right of labor unions to participate in the process. Senator Obama apparently has no problem with groups running ads as long as they attack others.“While that’s audacious, it’s certainly not hopeful.”


What on earth happened to the politics of Hope? All talk and no action. I can't believe I once supported this guy! He lied after he got to the US Senate and said he would not abandon the people of Illinois in his first time, and he is proving himself to be a hypocrite again and again. Why does he have such a double standard? These advertisements are vile, and as a minority, I am personally offended. These ads way cross the line. Senator Clinton has to scold and fire anyone and everyone who even looks at Senator Obama wrong, but he doesn't have to remove anyone from his company despite their way out of bound comments and actions: Jesse Jackson Jr who made sexist and race baiting comments on MSNBC after Senator Clinton won New Hampshire, to his South Carolina communications staff person who released a misleading race baiting memo, to Donnie McClurkin who made homophobic and bigoted statements about homosexuals at a fundraiser. According to Obama, even sexists, liars, and bigots fit under our umbrella of unity. The battles of the 60s, 70s, and 90s, largely consisting of progressive thought are not worth fighting for (just check out Obama's Reagan love video), but he basically says the good times of the 80s are. Is this guy even a Democrat?

What is wrong with campaigns being helped by outside groups? Do we not have freedom of speech in America?
The problem can be money laundering and the co-mingling of funds between these third party groups and candidate's political campaigns.
This has been a problem with some Republican campaigns were money went from these campaigns to the these so called independent groups.
This problem does not seem to be present with OBAMA.
So I think Hillary and Edwards need to get a life on this.

I just saw the Obama commercial about the wall street guys making more in 10 mins than the average citizen makes all week..then he says he'd gonna give us a 1,000 tax credit..who the hell is he trying to fool? more bullshit from him..

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