POLITICO New York — The balloons in the sky over Democratic National Committee headquarters on Thursday were just a small piece of a larger display.
The party’s national convention has been on a hiatus in the wake of the 2016 presidential election, but the party has been running ads, banners and other ads in the weeks leading up to the convention that highlight the challenges faced by many of its members, especially young people.
Some of the most-played spots are from former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign, but they also include one that is an old favorite from the past: a young woman speaking in a voiceover.
The woman, who has the name Jenny Hsu, was seen talking about her experiences as a single mother of two young children and her efforts to raise money for other young women.
She then spoke about the challenges facing young women in America.
“I am not a feminist,” Hsu said in the ad.
“But I am a proud feminist.”
She also took aim at the Republican party, claiming that the party was “too politically correct” and said it “has a lot of problems.”
The ad ends with a montage of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July, which featured the candidate who was the nominee of the party for President, former President Bill Clinton.
The ads were a part of the $200 million ad buy that was launched to try to energize voters.
And the DNC, which was heavily reliant on advertising in the final months of the campaign, has been forced to make some major concessions in the ads, including the removal of a scene of a young African American woman who is attacked by an anti-black police officer.
“We’ve been very careful not to put up anything that was overly provocative or that was offensive to any of the communities we represented,” said the DNC’s deputy communications director, Lauren Smith.
“There was a lot that was very powerful and poignant about the experience of women, young people, African Americans and others that were living under the shadow of Donald Trump.”
Hsu has become one of the Democrats’ most popular surrogates in the last few months of her campaign.
Her campaign has received $11 million in ad buys, which is more than any other candidate in the race, and more than half of her ads have run in battleground states, such as Colorado, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
The ad is part of a broader effort by the DNC to get voters engaged with its candidates and the party as it tries to reclaim the presidency.
For months, Sanders supporters have been trying to convince voters that they were the ones who should be leading the party, especially after Clinton lost the popular vote.
The Sanders campaign, in particular, has struggled to convince minority voters that it was a progressive party and that they should vote for its candidates in large numbers.
“It was a big deal to me that my name is in a banner,” Hsi said.
“Now that I’m the first person on the ballot, it’s more important that I vote for the Democratic Party, and I will continue to do so.”
The DNC has also been trying hard to convince Democrats that it has the numbers to win back the Senate, which has been held by Republicans since 1982.
The Democratic Party has won three Senate seats since 1980, but it’s still controlled by Republicans.
“The number one issue for Democrats is the economy,” Smith said.
She added that the Democratic campaign has been focused on boosting the party’s ground game and on boosting turnout.
“And the way to do that is to get out to more and more places in the country,” Smith continued.
“By the end of the year, we’re going to be seeing millions of people get out and vote.”
The ads have been a challenge for the DNC and its advertising director, Stephanie Schriock, who said the ad buys are being paid for by donations.
But the ad buy has helped the DNC raise money, which in turn is helping to pay for other campaign activities, including running a television ad blitz, holding events and organizing canvassers.
And as a result, the ads have helped Democrats win the presidency, which Democrats are still hopeful they can do in November.
Schriogate said she and her team have made some progress on some of the ads.
The DNC is spending more on TV advertising and has spent $1.3 million on TV ads so far in 2017, according to Kantar Media/CMAG, a media research firm.
The campaign has also spent more than $200,000 on radio ads, which the DNC is also running.
“These are not things we could have done with our campaign alone,” said Schriocke, a former New York City mayor.
“That was our biggest challenge, and we’re making strides, but I don’t think we’ve really made any progress in the way we communicate with voters.”
The most recent ad was aired on Thursday night, the first night of the convention, and has