Obama’s New Hampshire Ads – Preview of National Race? Cause for Concern?

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These Obama ads currently running in New Hampshire are obviously designed to pick up independent voters. If Obama wins the nomination, is this what we’re going to see eight months of?

Obama highlights his independence and his ability to unify the country. Fair enough; he’s trying to win in a state with lots of independents. (The main competitor for those votes, as odd as it sounds, appears to be John McCain; independents in New Hampshire can vote in either primary.)

I’m getting worried; should we be concerned about Obama’s allegiance to progressive beliefs? Would a President Obama compromise on key issues in order to make it look like he is “bringing the country together”? And let’s say at some point in his term(s) he faces stiff Republican opposition in Congress that doesn’t share his passion for bipartisanship. Will he move to the center or to the right just to keep Washington from getting mired in gridlock?

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