New McCain ad asks why Clinton wasn't picked for VP
Published: Sunday August 24, 2008

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A new ad from the McCain campaign asks why Barack Obama 'passed over' Hillary Clinton as the vice presidential nominee and choose Joe Biden instead.

"The truth hurt, and Obama didn't like it," the ad's narrator says, suggesting that Clinton had been too openly critical of Obama for him to pick her for his running mate and that he was never the Democratic Party's best choice for a presidential nominee.

The attack is "aimed clearly at the 18 million disappointed Democrats who voted for her during the long primary season," the Los Angeles Times reported.

After stating that Clinton won "millions of votes" during the primary, the ad quotes her criticizing Obama regarding his connection to Tony Rezko and that that "you never hear the specifics" of his plans.

This is the second McCain ad that refers to Obama's ties to Rezko, a convicted Chicago power broker, The Chicago Tribune reported.

Obama strategist David Axelrod said on ABC News’ "This Week" that the ad was "demonstrably false" and disputed the notion that Clinton had been left out in any way, the Associated Press reported.

Axelrod said Obama "has a high regard for Senator Clinton. She's going to be an important voice in this campaign, she's going to be an important voice in moving this country forward in the next administration. But he felt Senator Biden would be the best fit for him at this time."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said McCain was "bankrupt of ideas" for releasing an advertisement that attempted to divided the Democratic Party, CBS News reported.

"I think the American people are going to tire of that," Pelosi said at a press briefing Sunday morning. "Please don’t insult our intelligence, they are saying to politicians. We want answers, we don’t want gimmicks."

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius dismissed the ad and said that suggestions of a fractured Democratic Party will be squashed when Clinton throws her full support behind Obama at the Democratic National Convention this week.

"I think [Hillary Clinton] will make it very clear on Tuesday night who her candidate is for president of the United States," she said in a brief interview.

Caroline Kennedy, a member of Obama's search team, said, "Joe Biden was absolutely the best" of the choices under review. She declined to say whether Clinton was screened, but called her a "tremendous groundbreaking figure. Everyone admires her greatly. He is going to need her in the Senate."

Wire services contributed to this report.