FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 21, 2008
Contact: Press Office, 703-875-1271
Statement By The Clinton Campaign On Senator Obama's Violation Of The
Early State Pledge
The Obama campaign today began airing paid television advertisements in
a national cable buy that include advertising in the state of Florida.
There is no question that these ads are a clear and blatant violation
of the early-state pledge that Senator Obama and the other leading
Democratic candidates signed last year.
The early state pledge was crystal clear in its prohibition against any
kind of campaign activity (outside of fundraising) in states that do
not adhere to the DNC calendar. There is no ambiguity. Among the list
of prohibited activities are "electronic advertising that reaches a
significant percentage of the voters in the aforementioned state."
(According to Nielsen, there are 6,6 million TV households in Florida that
receive CNN through either local cable systems or satellite dishes. This
represents 92% of all Florida TV households.) The Obama campaign
knows this, but has chosen to violate the pledge regardless.
Just last week the Obama campaign snubbed the people of Florida in a
memo that stated that Florida did not matter in the nominating process.
After consecutive losses in New Hampshire, Michigan and Nevada, they
appear to be changing course.
Senator Obama's flagrant disregard for the pledge that he signed is
disturbing and calls the integrity of the pledge into question.
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