December 10th, 2007
05:59 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton not letting Obama into Nevada alone

Clinton and Obama will both debut ads in Nevada on Tuesday.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) -– These days, every Obama action seems to have an equal and opposite Clinton reaction.

On the eve of Barack Obama’s first ad on Nevada television, Hillary Clinton’s campaign announced Monday that she would also debut an ad in the Silver State Tuesday, titled “New Beginnings.” The spot is already airing in the early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

While the Illinois senator’s 30-second ad focuses on reform and a refusal to take campaign contributions from lobbyists and political action committees, Clinton’s 60-second spot features a broader message, calling for “a new beginning” for issues like health care, education and foreign policy. In the ad, she points to “a very clear record of 35 years fighting for children and families, fighting for working people, fighting for our future.”

The message comes on the heels of recent polls that show Iowa Democrats say they are looking for change this campaign season, and believe Obama is more likely to provide it than Clinton.

The latest poll numbers in Nevada reflect the recent early primary state trend of Obama closing the gap on the New York senator. A Mason-Dixon poll released Sunday showed Clinton seems to have lost a solid double-digit lead in the state, although she remains ahead of Obama, 34 percent to 26 percent. The margin of error for the survey was plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Obama and Clinton’s ads will be the first presidential spots in Nevada this cycle for both parties.

– CNN Nevada Producer Alexander Marquardt


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Nevada
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Silverspoon, Lilburn, GA

    New beginnings?
    Doesn't sound like it...
    "record of 35 years fighting"
    If it hasn't worked for all that time give up....

    December 10, 2007 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  2. Grace Lakeville, MN

    This is nothing new for Hillary. She follows Senator Obama everywhere. Now that she is running scared, she's following him into Nevada. Her campaign came up with "lunch with Hillary", several months after Senator Obama's fund raiser for "dinner with Barack & 4 supporters". Her campaign can't come up with one original idea. They even steal lines from his speeches.

    December 10, 2007 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  3. Emmanuel, RESTON, VA

    I don't get it, why is Hillary doing the following and chasing Obama into every county where he sends his ad? This is so laughable so where is the talk of inevitability?

    Obama is now the leader while Clinton follows:) The tide is not turning, it has turned. The haters will bring on false statements and accusation on Obamas experience like we need that same old Washington experience that has ruined our lifes and image abroad.

    If i had my way I will put all so-called experienced politicians on a ship and send them off to NEVERLAND never to return home.

    The kind of experience we need in our next President is someone that has experienced our pain and needs from the grassroot level, walked the walk, will bring back our government to the people, kick out the corporate lobbyists, and is immaculate from Washington experience of corruption.

    Only one candidate meets my requirements and that is Barack Obama. Its no longer time for politics as usual, it is time for politics un-usual. It is Obamas time and he has just the right experience, nobody knows tomorrow so I'll rather have him now than wait for things to get worse.

    Put him in the White House now because he has the right judgement, he can do no worse than Bush, besides the fresh air will give us hope as he works to unite the country and face our problems.

    And don't even get me started on Hillary all you Hillarious hillary supporters. And by the way good recommendation that she leads the senate as long as she has no ideas about still becoming the president because she can be very calculative, if you know what i mean. Read between the lines and understand me.

    December 10, 2007 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  4. Lioness, Washington DC

    I suppose one way to look at Clinton's copycat campaign is:

    Imitation is the highest form of flattery.

    December 10, 2007 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  5. Kerri H, Archbald, PA

    The American people are too smart to be fooled by Hillary's copycating. Barack Obama is the real deal. He is the authentic one. He is the one who is going to work his butt off for us. He is not in his race for the glory or to make history (although he will) He is in this race because he knows the American people have gone too long without a voice and he is going to be our voice. Once you watch this man speak, with the honesty and sincerity that no other politician in a long time has done you will instantly feel that he is the one who is going to bring change and not only feel it but be confident about it too. Hillary is just going to play dirty until the end, she's done – put a fork in her, because she is totally done and even she knows it.

    December 10, 2007 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  6. Pablo, West Branch

    Clinton does not get it. People want to get the stink out of politics, and right now that stink is her. We need a fresh start, not a do-over.

    December 10, 2007 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  7. Mary Sacramento, CA

    she uses the word "fighting" 3 times in one sentence. I am tired of "fighting", I want working and accomplishing.

    December 10, 2007 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  8. Dan M, Phoenix AZ

    It sure appears as though Senator Clinton has been following Senator Obama's lead and then copycatting him at every opportunity. From speaking to our enemies, to "carrot & sticks" & "saber-rattling" to, "I'm the Change candidate". For the machine that was supposed to be inevitable, she strikes me as being nothing but a follower.

    December 10, 2007 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  9. Danny B

    She has no original Ideas at all and is so transparent it makes me sick! She copies everything they do over at Obamaland!

    The way I see it the main difference between these two is this

    Hillary is running for president for her.

    Barack is running for President to win for for all of us!

    I am from NY (Her fake home state)and I know a lot of people her cant stand her!

    December 10, 2007 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  10. Tom Sprague, Denver, CO

    I have Clinton fatigue already.

    December 10, 2007 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  11. Jimmy

    Hmm Like Senator Obama, she is running for President of these United States. Besides I don't see any big talk show host who has nothing to do with politics standing on a stage acting as if they did. That is why Oprah never made it big in pictures she is not a good actress. Senator Clinton President of the United States. She will be a great uniter

    December 10, 2007 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  12. Jim

    You Hillary bashers are sooo funny. Chasing Obama. Ha Ha. Seems as if he is trying to catch her. Oh yea you Obama people are not real experienced are you?

    December 10, 2007 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  13. Jimmy

    Don't know if they will put my commit, Cnn and Times magazine fully surrport Barack Obama only because they are part of the right wing and know they can beat him in the General Elections. There are a whole lot of Democrats that will NOT vote for Obama. His honesty is at stack. He has lead a hatful campaign. Politics as usual. Hillory Clinton hasw stood up to 17 men and has been the least mud throwing of them all.

    December 10, 2007 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  14. Geri Sacramento CA

    Of course Hillary is going to make her case in Nevada. She'd be a fool not to. She[s popular in Nevada. Now Obama is trying to beat her to the punch, in the hopes of lowering her poll numbers. I can't believe you whiners are asking why she is following him everywhere. He has copied her shamelessly since the beginning of his weak campaign. It wasn't working so now he has brought in Big Mama Oprah to help him out. Good luck with that. That maneuver can easily turn off a lot of voters and ultimately backfire. Anyway, Nevada is every candidate's territory, not just little Obama's.

    December 10, 2007 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  15. Betsy, Kansas City, MO

    Go Home Hillary!

    December 10, 2007 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  16. Alex, Austin, TX

    Follow the leader, I guess.

    Obama '08!!!

    December 10, 2007 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  17. Mary, Cedar Rapids IA

    well, Senator Clinton, imitation IS the sincerest form of flattery. Now, as I recall, Karl Rove said you should take other's phrases and statements and blur the lines, confuse everyone. Carrots and sticks, change...you HAVE read the playbook!! Good "girl."

    December 11, 2007 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  18. joe, leesville, la

    What is this? It's really getting sad. She's the poor man's Barack Obama. Barack has dinner, she has dinner, Barack puts an ad in Nevada, so does Hillary, Barack gets Oprah, hillary gets a broke-down old wrinkled Mayo Angelou...If she puts on one of those black faces from the 30's, i just might slit my wrist.

    December 11, 2007 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  19. Patrick, Allentown, PA

    Grace, I agree with you; and for Hillary to be following in Obama's footsteps, she has clearly shown that Obama has good judgment. Let us not forget that the same Hillary who called Obama's idea to meeting with certain foreign leaders "naive and irresponsible" has adopted the same idea. By the way she made that comment to belittle Obama, and that was how she started the whole attack thing that she accused the men of. If Dodd or Biden had made that remark she would not have used those words.

    December 11, 2007 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  20. Jeff, Sparks, Nevada

    Emmanuel you had posted:

    "The kind of experience we need in our next President is someone that has experienced our pain and needs from the grassroot level, walked the walk, will bring back our government to the people, kick out the corporate lobbyists, and is immaculate from Washington experience of corruption.

    Only one candidate meets my requirements and that is Barack Obama"

    Although I find Obama a charsimatic speaker he has committed to very little. He did not come from the streets as lower class Dennis Kucinich did, a guy who lived in 21 different apartments before the age of 18 and even a car twice with his parents and six siblings. If you truly believe what you said then Dennis Kucinich should be your candidate. He is the only candidate to have voted against the Iraq invasion and ongoing occupation every time and the Patriot Act and who has committed to Public Funded Elections to run lobbyists out. He brought an impeachment bill forward on Cheney and plans to do the same with Bush while Obama does not support impeachment. Kucinich will repeal the NAFTA and WTO treaties while Obama is non-commital. To me, Obama has not deomonstrated a clear vision of what he plans to do and ceratinly not the same level of courage that Kucinich has time and time again. And by the way, Obama would be my second choice. That is how much better of a People's Candidate Kucinich is. Actually, if you think about how teh US Government was envisioned by our founding fathers then Kucinich is actually an easy choice with all due respect.

    December 11, 2007 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  21. Joyce Waterloo, Iowa

    How dare she copy Obama! Can't her campaign think up their own strategies and ideas instead of borrowing them from other competitors? This is pathetic.

    December 11, 2007 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  22. babyboomer Everytown USA

    Now that the Obama campaign is gaining steam – his record or lack thereof will finally start to be more thoroughly scrutinized – like Guilianis, then Romneys, now Huckabees = ALL three leading GOP contenders are starting to stink worse than yesterday's flounder. And the loyalty of the ordinary American voters is about as long and astute as their attention spans = zilch

    Who even remembers

    So now the concern is does Obama have skeletons in his closet that will suddenly start tumbling out too? Maybe he doesn't have enough old baggage yet to get in the way of his current new aspirations. (At least with Hillary as she has pointed out – EVERYONE already knows EVERTHING there is to know about HER dirty laundry for better or worse LOL) But I've decided that I for one am going to withhold my decision UNTIL all the facts are outed about all the candidates... I DON'T WANT ANOTHER EIGHT YEARS OF THE GOP though – that's for certain.

    Here's what to watch for: Obama will declare himself an Independent if he doesn't get the Democratic nomination and just like Lieberman will rehit the campaign trail on his own merits (and Oprah's money). If Hillary carries the primaries – it will be interesting to see who she selects as her running mate (is there anything in the Constitution that says Bill can't run for VicePrez LOL or is everyone wearing their Oprah for VP political rally buttons now) Huckabee might win the GOP nod as the least stinkiest of the bunch. Bloomberg is as yet an unknown force/factor to be reckonned with if he decides to throw his hat in the ring as an Independent (don't know if Obama would agree to run as VP but the two have already had an introductory meeting in NYC) Yet maybe Obama promised he'd get back to Bloomberg one way or the other AFTER the primaries are tallied? Since he would still be young enough to quest for President in 2016 – coming in as an Independent INCUMBENT VicePresident.

    Yep maybe it's about time our country went to a three party system. Then there would be a candidate for everyone as it should be: the left the right AND THE MAJORITY of the middle of the roaders (beep beep :o) see y'all again in 2008

    December 11, 2007 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  23. Barry Osborne, OH

    I am an Obama supporter, but sometimes I hate the way other Obama supporters act. They really get on my nerves and under my skin. Who cares if Hillary puts up an ad in Nevada after Obama? Who cares if she sends Bill to South Carolina when Obama has Oprah there? This stuff doesn't matter. It should be all about the issues, and the issues are why I am voting for Barack Obama in the primaries. Should Hillary win the primary, then I will vote for her in the general election. Enough with this other media-driven stuff that does not matter.

    Obama 2008!

    December 11, 2007 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  24. Independent in IA

    Actually, it's a smart move. While Oprah's lap dog is whinning about contributions from PACs and 'reform', Clinton uses the time to put forward her message of what's REALLY important.

    December 11, 2007 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  25. Moose, Anchorage, Alaska

    Hillary should follow Obama into Nevada and watch him, because Obama can play dirty tricks (e.g., push polls) there.

    Hillary should be able to maintain her double digit lead over Obama there, while the republican candidates (e.g., Romney) are busy infighting and not helping Obama in negative campaigning against Hillary. These guys want Oabama to win as he is beatable. These repub candidates are going after their new target, Huckabee.

    Most dem voters know that HIllary beats Obama hands down in the following categories: representing dem core values, experience and electability. It will be a big loss to the dem party if she is not nominated, and a bigger loss to america if she is not elected.

    Hillary 08!

    December 11, 2007 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
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