October 26th, 2007
08:45 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama, Clinton on the air in South Carolina ... on a Jumbotron

The Obama and Clinton campaigns will TV ads at a South Carolina college football game.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign will air its first television ads in South Carolina this weekend - on a football stadium Jumbotron.

The Illinois Democrat's campaign will run two TV ads on the Jumbotron at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium in Orangeburg on Saturday during South Carolina State University's homecoming football game against Delaware State. South Carolina State is the state's oldest and largest historically black university.

The campaign will run two upbeat ads. One ad, entitled "What If?," has already run in Iowa. The other, called "Join Us," was made by the campaign for the CNN/YouTube Debate in July.

Dawson Stadium seats 22,000 people. The SCSU sports information office told CNN the game is not yet sold out.

No Democratic presidential candidate has run a television ad in South Carolina. Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, have both run radio ads here.

UPDATE: The Clinton campaign tells CNN they will also be running an ad on the South Carolina State Jumbotron. Their ad, "Stand By Us," has already run in Iowa and New Hampshire.

- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. Mr. Rational Milwaukee, WI

    OBAMA...I guess the name really says it all.

    About the only better way to define this teenage Jesus freak is to read what all the folks – both of you – who believe in the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus and the Unicorn in my living room – i.e. OBAMA SUPPORTERS – have to say about him.

    It must be nice to live in Fable Land, along with your devils & angels...

    Are you folks sure this isn't the Matrix IV?

    October 27, 2007 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
  2. TR in CT

    Don't pay attention to the polls. They are unreliable. Polls were showing Lieberman ahead, then Dean and all of that didn't come about. Polls only ask people who have previously voted in the primaries. Has anyone here been polled?

    October 27, 2007 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  3. Scott, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    Robert M., don't let your hope wane. The national polls are purely an indicator of name recognition and the fact that no one is paying attention. Wait until Iowa. When Obama wins Iowa, the tide will begin to shift. Until then, just continue to spread the message of hope. This movement cannot be stopped.

    October 27, 2007 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  4. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Lyn, Mark didn't deserve your shallow language, plus your thinking power is disfunctional. "As always she waiting for Obama to vote so she would know how she should vote, she had to make a decidsion on her own". You made me and whole coutry dogs laugh:). Obama attacked Hillary's war vote, he wasn't eligible to vote in 2002, does your brain work right? I don't buy Obama's excuse why not vote. Obama is scared to make more mistake because the title of naive and inexperienced candidate. Obama said public "his judgment is better than Hillary's experience", then don't blame others, go by own judgment.

    October 27, 2007 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  5. cfz

    How do you know it's a gift? Politic is evil. If Obama is for change and really wants to make the world a better place, it should not run for US president. There are lot of ways to do good. Politic is the least of them. If he is elected President, he won't be able to bring change.
    First there is Iraq, and it's not a month situation. It easy to talk, but once in office the reallity is different.
    Second there is Iran, do you think he will be able to talk the Iranian president down? I don't think so!
    Third the is Russia. Russia wants to be notice.
    4th, Pakistan, and Avganistan. By the time he realized, 4 years will be gone and very few things will done. Remember! He still going to need the congress vote to deal with most of issues, and Republicans are not Obama.

    October 27, 2007 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  6. Ben

    Are baseless internet rumors usually accompanied by transcripts from the Senate Floor?

    The facts are available. If you choose to ignore them, you can. I won't stick my head in the sand and vote for someone who has a record of reckless disregard like Hillary Clinton does.

    It's America. You can make your own choice.

    October 27, 2007 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  7. Sarah

    Robert in NY:

    I can understand your concerns about Senator Obama and the polls. It's important for you to know that the news media does not tell us that 60% of voters are still undecided. The Obama camp expects Hillary to be ahead because she has the name recognition of an incumbent candidate. The polls also fail to mention how many Independent voters support Barack. And finally, Republican voters are crossing over to vote for him like never before seen in history.

    Don't lose faith. Things look great for Obama in the early states. The rest of the country will follow their lead after they see proof that he can win. New Hampshire is made up of mostly Independents. They will vote for Barack and some for John McCain. The polls don't represent these voters.

    Hang in there. Change is coming. Make sure you get out to vote so that we can end the dynasty of the two families who have already shown us that they are taking us in a direction that we don't want to go.

    October 27, 2007 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Good for Barack! He is taking his message to historically black colleges where future leaders are groomed.

    I am a graduate of an HBC and know that young people need to hear a message of hope and they need to be inspired to change the country through political participation.

    October 27, 2007 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  9. Lee, IA

    Jeez..what's next....ad on the Amber Alert signs along the freeway....use anything and everything available to share your warped campaign slogans.

    October 27, 2007 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. Mary B, Cedar Rapids IOWA

    For those who think that it's made up about Senators being told that they weren't going to vote; LOOK IT UP!! it's right there in the congressional record, from the day before. Now get over yourselves, look for the REAL facts; Senator Clinton wouldn't have to defend her vote (and jump on Jim Webb's 7 month old proposal without so much as a courtesy call when she found out she'd gone wrong politically–if you believe it, then stand by it!!!) if she hadn't MADE IT in the first place; she thought she had Senator Obama when Reid didn't let him know until an hour before the vote and he couldn't get back; thought he'd never be able to point out her vote as a difference in their policies. Fortunately, he has values. Her calling foul now won't cut it.

    October 27, 2007 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  11. anon, new york, NY

    Oh Mark …shut up.... As always was she (hillary) waiting for Barack to vote so she would know how she should vote?
    Posted By Lyn : October 26, 2007 6:12 pm

    MY comment:
    How naieve and blind that a obama supporter can be? How can obama's supporters keep finding excuse for obama for his inaction, no voting.

    The fact is that Obama is inexperienced in the federal and international politics. Therefore, contrary to hillary, he is afraid to take a stand becaue of not knowing the consequences.

    His inexeperience and indecision have shown up is his decling polls in recent weeks. Although obama and his supporters say they dont beleive in polls, polls of different orgranizattions show that obama is losing touch with the voters. Although obama spent twice the number od ads in Iowa than hillary, obama still cannot catch up hillary. The fact is that, across the nation, Obama has less supports and votes from the blacks and women than hillary. That translate into electability.

    Contrast to hillary, obama will not win any red states, loses most purple states and cannot win all blue states.

    At best, obama can hope for now is to be the VP of hillary, but the way he has trashed her, this may not be the case.

    October 27, 2007 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. Philo, Chicago, Illinois

    NO HILARY !!!! She is a two-faced washington politician. She talks about universial healthcare but then works actively against it. She voted fot the war and refused to say the vote was wrong. Then when public opinion turns heavely aginst the war, she all of a sudden is aginast it. If she is elected their will be a war in Iran, and this Iraq mess will continue. If Democrats are stupid enough to vote for such a poor choice, then I along with thousands of others will have no choice but to leave the Democratic Party. I cant align yself with such idiotic voters. SHame on all my fellow Democrats who support her. Get a clue!

    October 27, 2007 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. philo, chicago, Illinois

    To MArk from fort lauderdale....Your pathetic rip agianst Obama just shows that you are a HIllary supporter in disguise. If you really support HIllary then why dont just come out of the closet and admit that you are really a republican. VOTE REPUBLICAN/ VOTE HILLARY! Yeah way to make change people.

    October 27, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. Daniel, NY

    A new NH primary poll has Obama reducing Clinton's lead. Link.

    October 27, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. Philo, Chicago, Illinois

    Thanks for the link Daniel. I think the gap will continue to close with Obama winning in the end. To all my fellow Democrats, stop letting the Democratic machine pick the candidate. Let's break the cycle and elect a true leader, one with sound judegment. Lets elect Obama!!!! Peace............

    October 27, 2007 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  16. Mary B, Cedar Rapids IOWA

    Did anyone notice the title? I'm still trying to find anything in the article about Senator Clinton advertising on a jumbotron...can someone point it out to me? Also, since I know now that there are tickets left, I will certainly go and get one!!!

    October 27, 2007 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. Jesse, Burnsville, MN

    Do not vote for Hillary before you see this:


    Obama '08

    October 27, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  18. uriew, CA

    How scared are the Hillary campaign team! Now they also decided to put in their ad after Obama's team decided to do so.

    October 27, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. TheInsider

    Survey USA just released presidential numbers from Virginia, and the numbers are more than encouraging for Clinton:

    * She only trails against John McCain - and does so by a lot: 52% to 42%.
    * She wins all her other match-ups, 47%-46% against Giuliani, 51% to 43% against Thompson, 51% to 41% againt Romney, 52% to 38% against Huckabee, 54% to 35% against Ron Paul.

    Survey USA's new Virginia poll is the third poll in two months that has Hillary Clinton leading Rudy Giuliani and most other major Republicans in the traditionally GOP state. This is last month's SurveyUSA poll, in which Edwards also leads Republicans. And this is the September Rasmussen poll that has Clinton up on Rudy."

    Yes great news for... Obama?

    October 27, 2007 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. Theresa LV NV

    The big armament dealers in the US are dumping money into Hillary's campaign. Now ask yourself, why would they be doing that. Oh yeah, could it be they want her to win because she will keep the wars going and they will all profit. Just like in the Bush regime.

    The lobbyists, wall street, and the arms dealers know their money train will keep roller faster than ever if the Clintons are back in the whitehouse.

    If you value the lives of our brave young men and women, if you back our troups with more than a yellow ribbon bumper sticker – remember who is backing Clinton. The corporations who want to keep the Iraq war going and more wars to come. Is her Iran vote now making sense? Wake Up!

    October 27, 2007 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. Stacey Ann Manchester, NH


    "The Caucus", a blog of the New York Times, reports that the Clinton Campaign sent out an email attacking Senator Obama and it is obvious to this voter she didn't do the research I was able to do in 1/2 hour of reading. In the email she states:

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) and U.S. Representatives Barney Frank (D-MA) and Tom Lantos (D-CA) today introduced the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act of 2007, which empowers Americans to apply economic pressure on the Iranian regime by establishing a federal list of entities that invest in Iran and allowing for divestment. As Iran continues to threaten regional stability and international security by pursuing a nuclear program, rattling sabers at its neighbors – especially Israel – and supporting terrorist groups funded by its energy sector, this bill will enable investors and state and local governments to ensure they are not invested in companies that support Iran’s oil and gas industry.

    October 27, 2007 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. Uriew, CA

    You never give up dont you. Maybe Hillary and Howard Dean can have a get together party on the insignificance of polls. They are not elections, they are polls, a survey. They are the best way to escape the reality of an actual election. Obama knows that and is not worried about the polls. Ask Howard Dean, today what he thinks about polls and I am sure he is the best one to answer.

    October 27, 2007 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |

    Two of Saul's students. Do I understand that either way we will have a winner. Is that the final answer. Possible.

    October 27, 2007 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  24. RuthieM

    Oh, 'Update: the Clinton campaign will also be airing a TV ad in the Jumbotron.' Doesn't she get tired of playing Follow The Leader?

    October 27, 2007 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. Democrat

    I hear you. I know why now. I read 10 rules.

    October 27, 2007 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
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