Clinton Campaign Unveils First Official TV Ad

May Open Floodgates on Democratic Side

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WASHINGTON ( -- New York Sen. Hillary Clinton today is launching her first ad of the presidential campaign, airing a spot in Iowa suggesting too many people are invisible to President Bush's administration. Ms. Clinton's buy may kick off full-scale advertising among the Democrats, even as the exact date of the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary remain unresolved.

"As I travel around America, I hear from so many people who feel like they're just invisible to their government," says the spot, from the campaign ad team headed by Mandy Grunwald. The ad features footage from one of Ms. Clinton's speeches, along with shots of individual meetings with farmers and others.

The campaign describes the buy as statewide and major, but didn't provide details.

"If you are family that is struggling and you don't have health care, well, you are invisible to this president. If you are as single mom trying to find affordable child care so you can go to work, then you are invisible too," says the spot.

"I never thought that I would see our soldiers who serve in Iraq and Afghanistan would be treated as they were invisible as well. ... Americans from all walks of life may be invisible to this president, but they're not invisible to me," says the ad, which may also air later in New Hampshire.

A narrator says, "Hillary Clinton has spent her life standing up for people others don't see."
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