Obama is targeting black voters in South Carolina with a new radio ad.
The ad, which will air on three dozen stations across the Palmetto State, according to The Associated Press, hits the airwaves a day after Obama faced his seven Democratic rivals for the nomination at the CNN/YouTube debate in Charleston.
During the debate, one YouTube questioner asked the Illinois Democrat how he would respond to African-Americans who say he is not black enough.
“When I’m catching a cab in Manhattan,” Obama replied, “I have… my credentials.” Laughter then broke out as the senator’s remarks trailed off and he segued into a broader stump answer.
“Race permeates society,” he added, “and I do believe in the core decency of the American people.”
The early primary state is an important one for Obama because African-Americans could make up nearly 50 percent of Democratic primary voters in the state.
Meanwhile, a recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll indicates Obama continues to battle chief rival Hillary Clinton’s popularity in the African-American community. The poll, conducted on July 16-18, showed the New York Democrat had a 14-point lead over Obama overall in the state and among black Democratic voters, her lead over Obama was 16 points.
– CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart