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Obama, Schwarzenegger, Feinstein in New Ad

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November 1, 2008

Ali Bay
November 1, 2008
Phone: 916.284.9187
Julia Spiess
Phone: 916.601.8282


Ad Answers Proposition 8's Dishonest Flyer Targeting African-American Voters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – 11/1/08 – Hours after the Proposition 8 campaign admitted it had mailed a flyer to African-American voters that lies about Sen. Barack Obama's position on the initiative, the NO on 8 Campaign launched a statewide television ad reminding voters that Sen. Obama, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, as well as the state's leading newspapers, have all called for the defeat of Proposition 8.

Using the words each of these leaders has used to describe the unfair initiative, the new ad makes clear that Sen. Obama has called Prop 8 "divisive and discriminatory," that Gov. Schwarzenegger has said "it should never happen," and Sen. Feinstein closes by telling voters: "No matter how you feel about marriage, vote against discrimination, and Vote NO on 8."

In response to the mailer received by African-American Californians that misrepresented the position of Sen. Obama and his running mate, Sen. Joe Biden, the Obama campaign released the following statement last night:

“The Obama-Biden ticket opposes Proposition 8 and similar discriminatory constitutional amendments that could roll back the civil rights he and Sen. Biden strongly believe should be afforded to all Americans."

"This incredible cross-section of support comes at the same time that Prop 8 continues to spin a campaign of lies and distortions," said Patrick Guerriero, NO On Prop 8 Campaign Manager. "Proposition 8 is wrong, and targeting certain communities with lies is wrong. Voters get it, and that’s why Prop 8 will fail on Tuesday."

The full text of the new ad follows:


Shot of Barack Obama close-up, NO on 8 “divisive and discriminatory”
(VO): Barack Obama says NO on 8

It’s divisive and discriminatory

Cut to close-up of Arnold Schwarzenegger, NO on 8 “it should never happen”
(VO): Arnold Schwarzenegger says it should never happen

Cut to close-up of Dianne Feinstein, NO on 8 Prop 8 “eliminates rights,” “terrible mistake”
(VO): Prop 8 eliminates rights says Dianne Feinstein. It’s a terrible mistake

Cut to close-up of teacher, NO on 8 “will not affect teaching in our schools,” California Teachers Association
(VO): It will not affect teaching in our schools say California’s teachers

Cut to graphic: Daily News “intolerant,” Union-Tribune “offensive,” San Jose Mercury-News “the law should not discriminate”
(VO): It’s intolerant, offensive, and the law should not discriminate.

Cut to Dianne Feinstein
Dianne Feinstein: No matter how you feel about marriage, vote against discrimination, and vote NO on 8

To view the ad, go to www.noonprop8.com.

Television producers and reporters looking for a broadcast quality version of the advertisement can go to:

FTP Site Information:

Cut and paste https://mail.perrycom.com:440

You will see a certificate error. Click "Continue to this website (not recommended)" to proceed. The next window you see will ask for the "User:" and "Password:"

User: prop8public

Password: pub!2008

(type in password rather than cut and paste)

Upon entering the login information, select the prompt for the Basic Web Client and click "ok."

Click on "TV" then "Divisive" to see the ad. You will need to have Quicktime installed on the computer you are using to view the files.

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