Shad Plank: Obama versus Hillary Clinton redux

Democrat Brian Moran's new radio ad dives back into the protracted primary clash between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama — hitting Terry McAuliffe for guiding Clinton's campaign.

Moran, McAuliffe and Sen. Creigh Deeds are all running for governor in a Democrat primary to be decided on

June 9. For the better part of the past few months, Moran has been the aggressor, challenging McAuliffe on his resume, background and commitment to Virginia. McAuliffe has hit back when challenged but opted to basically flood the state with staffers and ads.

But this latest attack by Moran — which his campaign says "clarifies McAuliffe's record on President Barack Obama" — is running on urban radio stations in Richmond and Hampton Roads. Moran has also released his first TV ad slamming McAuliffe. McAuliffe has been wooing young and black voters since he entered the race, bringing in hip-hop stars and running ads on the very same stations that talk about how he helped elect "our President Barack Obama."

According to Moran's new ad:

Terry McAuliffe may have a lot of big money for his campaign, but don't let that hide the truth. The truth is, Terry McAuliffe led the campaign that ran the '3 a.m.' attack ad against Barack Obama. McAuliffe worked to put up the ads that questioned Obama's ability to be president. The fact is, if Terry McAuliffe had his way, Barack Obama wouldn't be our president today. McAuliffe even went on national TV and joked that Barack Obama could, quote, 'kiss my ass.' The New York Times put it best, saying '(Barack) Obama ran against exactly the kind of big-money 1990s politics that McAuliffe has come to represent.' We need to stand against McAuliffe's big-money politics today. Brian Moran has been fighting for our community for decades. Brian Moran will take on big- money Wall Street politics and fight for our streets as governor.

McAuliffe's campaign fired back, sending out a fundraising letter blasting Moran, releasing videos of McAuliffe campaigning for Obama on television at public events and the like. McAuliffe's team says Moran's ads are designed to mislead African-Americans into believing that McAuliffe opposed Obama on the campaign trail. McAuliffe was also able to tout his endorsement from Tom Daschle, who helped chair Obama's national campaign. From McAuliffe's team:

Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. Immediately after the primary, Terry led the charge for Democrats to unite behind Barack Obama. The Obama campaign asked Terry to campaign on its behalf and Terry held dozens and dozens of events in Virginia and across the country — making the case that President Obama was the right person to turn the page on eight devastating years of Republican rule and restore the promise of America. The Obama campaign trumpeted Terry's support — releasing professional Web videos of Terry's campaign stops in Virginia and other swing states.

The problem is that while he was working for Clinton, McAuliffe had to be outspoken against Obama.

Most Democrats have their own take on last year's primary.

So do you remember McAuliffe stumping for Obama in the fall, or do you remember him leading the charge for Clinton?

Memorial Day events

Memorial Day weekend is a huge, extended barnstorming event during a campaign — it offers candidates the ability to connect with voters at community parades, family picnics, backyard barbecues and all sorts of outdoor gatherings where candidates can relax and connect with individual voters. It's a smorgasbord of celebrations that usually aren't filled with partisan rancor or discourse.

Republican Bob McDonnell is taking to the campaign trail with Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele today in Bristol and will be at Monday events in Chesapeake and Portsmouth.

Sen. Creigh Deeds have breakfast with Virginia Beach Democrats today, head to three church services in Hampton Sunday and a community parade and lunch in Portsmouth on Monday. Brian Moran will be in Norfolk at Vivian Paige's annual bash today and at church in Hampton Sunday. McAuliffe is barnstorming up north.

Kimball Payne can be reached at 247-4765 or via e-mail at kpayne@dailypress.com.

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