Obama to Run Ads in North Carolina

Barack Obama kicked off his General Election campaign in North Carolina and will begin running his first general election ad in the state beginning Friday, June 20th. North Carolina, Alaska, Georgia, North Dakota and Montana are among the list of GOP stronghold states in which the ad is set to run in addition to airing in traditional battleground states.

The ad which will run in 18 states, clearly aims to emphasize Obama's humble roots, work ethic and love of country.

"I was raised by a single mom and my grandparents. We didn't have much money, but they taught me values straight from the Kansas heartland where they grew up. Accountability and self-reliance. Love of country. Working hard without making excuses."

Watch it:

Recent polls are showing North Carolina to be in play and the Obama campaign is taking this seriously, a move which could help boost Democratic turnout for downticket candidates. Voter registration and turnout for the North Carolina Democratic Primary set new records, with more than two million voters having cast ballots.

The release of the ad comes in conjunction with Obama's announcement that he will refuse public financing, giving him a tremendous financial edge over McCain. Obama raised around 270 million during the primary, a great deal of which came from small donors, compared to McCain's 90 million. Unlike Obama, McCain accepts federal lobbyist donations and has recieved over a million dollars from the gas and oil industry alone.

North Carolina Republicans are certain to be given a run for their money this fall.


I guess it is about time for me to give him money.

If he's going to run in North Carolina, the least I can do is raise some money.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

Good for you

It is going to be a very exciting election here in the state. I'm starting to get pysched up about it. I do think we will swing the state this time. I know I said that in 2004 but after four more years of Bush, the time is really ripe.

NCDem Amy on YouTube

Very, very moving ad

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

It's a good ad

The personal narrative has emotive undertones, no doubt.

I think it will be well recieved here.

NCDem Amy on YouTube

Good article in LA Times on this

...actually, I think it's a blog post. I followed a link on my Google alerts. Anyway...here it is.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.