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Obama Criticizes
His Rivals' Conventional Thinking

Obama Criticizes
His Rivals' Conventional Thinking

Presidential hopeful Barack Obama on Monday launched a new ad in focused on his message of change and implicitly criticizing his Democratic rivals for being conventional. In the 30-second television ad, Obama says it's time for the president to restore the United States' standing in the world and abandon conventional ideas -- key themes from his standard speech. ''We're going to lead with our values and our ideals by deed and by example,'' Obama says in the spot airing in New Hampshire. ''I want to go before the world and say America's back. America is back.''

Presidential hopeful Barack Obama on Monday launched a new ad in focused on his message of change and implicitly criticizing his Democratic rivals for being conventional.

In the 30-second television ad, Obama says it's time for the president to restore the United States' standing in the world and abandon conventional ideas -- key themes from his standard speech.

''We're going to lead with our values and our ideals by deed and by example,'' Obama says in the spot airing in New Hampshire. ''I want to go before the world and say America's back. America is back.''

Obama, a first-term senator from Illinois, has made his relatively recent entry into national politics a selling point for his campaign. In turn, he has repeatedly criticized front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton as too entrenched in the political establishment to bring any effective change or end the unpopular war in Iraq.

''We are a beacon of light around the world. At least that's what we can be again. That's what we should be again,'' Obama says. ''When we break out of the conventional thinking and we start reaching out to friend and foe alike, then I am absolutely confident that we can restore America's leadership in the world.''

The issue of negotiating with countries unfriendly toward the United States, such as Iran, has been a major difference between Obama and Clinton. Clinton said during a debate that she wouldn't sit down without conditions with enemies; Obama said he would. The conflicting positions fed one of the campaign's first foreign policy debates.

Obama also began a three-day swing through New Hampshire on Monday, planning to file his paperwork to get on the New Hampshire primary ballot. (Philip Elliott, AP)

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