Raleigh, N.C. — With the Nov. 8 election still almost five months away, the presidential campaign is quickly picking up steam in North Carolina.
On the heels of a Greensboro rally by presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, started airing two campaign ads Thursday in North Carolina and seven other battleground states.
"Through the years, there have been challenges, setbacks," a narrator says in a one-minute ad titled "Always," "but for Hillary, one thing's never changed. Helping children has been a cause of her life, and it always will be."
Together with a 30-second ad titled "Quiet Moments," the ads focus on Clinton's work with the Children's Defense Fund, on education reform efforts and her role in creating the Children's Health Insurance Program in 1997. CHIP provides federal funding to states to promote health care coverage for children of low-income families, and the Kaiser Family Foundation says it has helped more than 8 million children nationwide and more than 235,000 in North Carolina since its inception.
The ads, along with a third one, "Who We Are," which juxtaposes inflammatory comments by Trump with images of Clinton talking with families and workers, are scheduled to air for six weeks in North Carolina, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio and Virginia. The campaign described the effort as an "eight-figure" ad buy "that will lay out the choice voters face in this election."
"Recycling debunked falsehoods about her biography won’t make voters forget that Hillary Clinton is still facing an FBI investigation into her illicit email server and that her corrupt family foundation took millions of dollars from foreign governments that oppress women and help support terrorism," Kara Carter, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, said in a statement.
Clinton is also expected to make her first campaign appearance in North Carolina since the March 15 primary during a Raleigh visit next Wednesday. Details haven't been released yet.