The first television ad of the 2012 presidential campaign supports Hillary Clinton, and its creator said that he thinks Clinton would have done more for equality by now than President Barack Obama.
CNN first reported on the $5,000 ad purchased by Chicago dentist William DeJean that began to run Wednesday in New Orleans. Watch a version of the ad below.
"She has more experience working in and with the White House than most living presidents,” the ad says about Secretary of State Clinton. “She is one of the most admired women in our nation's history. Let's make sure the president we should have elected in 2008 will be on the ballot in 2012. Hillary 2012: Hillary Clinton for President. Start now. Where there's a Hill there's a way.”
Contacted by The Advocate about the ad, DeJean said, “I think my commercial is saying what most are thinking right now. I think there's a lot of buyer's remorse with Obama.”
The ad does not address gay rights, and DeJean said that progress on that front did not specifically motivate the ad. However, he said that he believes a Clinton administration would have accomplished more for equality than President Obama has achieved at this point.
“I think she would have done what she said she was going to do,” said DeJean. “I don't think he's necessarily followed through on his promises. I saw a sign at the Chicago gay pride parade that said, 'Change, my ass.'”
He added, “Bill Clinton recently came out for gay marriage. I am certain that eventually Hillary Clinton would have come out for gay marriage.”
The ad may also run in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, and possibly Houston.
Clinton has repeatedly denied any interest in making another run for the presidency.