December 17th, 2007
04:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama, Clinton launch dueling ads in Iowa

Clinton won the Des Moines Register's endorsement, but Obama is touting the positive media coverage he's received.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton won the Des Moines Register's coveted endorsement over the weekend, but rival Barack Obama is making sure Iowa voters know a slew of media outlets have also praised his candidacy.

In a new 30-second TV spot that seems designed to counter Clinton's big endorsement, an announcer reads several glowing descriptions of the Illinois senator delivered by journalists the last year - including two quotes from the Register itself.

Meanwhile, the New York senator’s campaign also launched a new ad Monday that touts the Des Moines Register's endorsement. The ad's announcer reads quotes from the Sunday editorial backing the senator, and ends with the words: "Hillary Rodham Clinton can do great things for our country."

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Iowa
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Claude Calgary tx

    Why do we have to jump into the mud and make a comment that his/her colour is the reason why he/she will not be President. Are we not bigger than that? Grow up and think about the direction that you want the country to head. Generational Bush/Clinton Presidency needs to be stopped. Hillary, Jeb, Chelsie than Jenna? God forbid.
    Please-do you not cheer for Tiger Woods because he is a black American that gets it done on the golf course? Why can't you vote for Obama that will get it done in the White House. Vote for who ever you want. But this stigma of race and sex needs to be lost in the closet. Look at the canidates and what they have been doing, what they are prepared to do to make your life and or you future grandchildrens life better.

    December 17, 2007 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  2. Charles Good Springfield, Illinois

    Why didn't you give readers the option of viewing the Clinton ad as well. This is another example of the CNN Political Ticker's pro-Obama bias. How unfair!

    December 17, 2007 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  3. Jeremy, Jacksonville Fl

    Obama 08

    December 17, 2007 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  4. NO LIBS,LA.

    THERE MADE OF JELLO!!

    December 17, 2007 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  5. Allan

    Which one is better: His 'candor is refreshing.'? OR 'Hillary Rodham Clinton can do great things for our country.'? One describing personality (obama) the other describing actions (clinton). I would prefer actions than pleasing personality any time of the day. Please vote for Hillary, she's the best!

    December 17, 2007 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  6. Chuck, Miami Fl

    None of these people will change if Washington doesnt want to be changed. We voted for the Dems to end the War and now we are sending more money and more money. None of these people will chang Washington.

    December 17, 2007 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  7. Marcus, Dallas Texas

    Hey Jason, Richmond Hill, NY
    DUDE! stop the stereotyping. Obama isn't even going on a "TV" show until the end of Jan. It'll be Gail's show then and do you really think she'll fall for that...wait, do you really think HE will fall for that. What are you talking about! Dude! you really made that one up! LOL!!

    December 17, 2007 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  8. Liberal Chic

    Chris, Middletown, CT :

    Dude what kool-aid are you drinking? I would have liked to have seen Giuliani run (as personally repugnant as he is) but now his talking about constitutionalist judges. He, like everyone else in DC, has to cave in to forces beyond his control.

    Obama is going to find out the same, or more likely, he knows it but is a liar and says it will be otherwise.

    Is it honest for Obambie to have bought land for his house through one of his fundraisers? Is it honest of him to talk about abolishing lobbyists then deliver $75K pork to one of his donors in Chicago? Is it honest of him to talk about working for the working man, the poor man then support an organization founded by one of the richest men in the country for the benefit of his (the richest man's) cohort?

    You're probably not that young. Why don't you smell the coffee and face the fact that Obambie is a politician like any other?

    December 17, 2007 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  9. Dan, TX

    By Susan Page, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON — Democratic voters increasingly are focused on nominating the most electable presidential candidate, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama fares better than New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton against prospective Republican rivals.

    OBAMA IS MORE ELECTABLE THAN CLINTON!!!!!!!!!!

    December 17, 2007 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  10. William Courtland, Waterford, Ontario

    I know that the party system is like the comforter that surrounds you when you wake up, but one can not get anything done while remaining in bed.

    The party system is not constitutional.

    Looking down you realize that the comforter is the flag of your country. Not a sense of pride, but a token of commercial interest meant to designate your ship for identification when visiting foreign ports of call when meeting the harbormaster.

    Change…

    Why use that word when the changes will be based on causality as time provides, options as they have always been, and just a switch of the party label.

    The democratic governments of the world are currently afflicted with multiple personality disorder due to the party system.

    As the partied Governments can not fully function at the highest capacity the money markets now exist in debt; this while The Governments elected officials still gain employ and payment from the federal treasuries and the tax payer, yet the government is equally incompetent due to the party system as any individual ruled in the mind by a multiple personality disorder; they could not manage full function at a high demand work station and it is the same with the governing body.

    I declare those individuals found of the party system unfit for rule and further declare the world democratic government without confidence.

    Those who hold debt while the currency is also in debt hold a positive in mathematics. To prove confidence the stock market must be reigned to understand and control a stock keeping unit which is purchased for wholesale exchange or consumer sale, while that stock market is separated from a market system which handles the flow of capital investment.

    It seems those of the party’s should alter the American flags they bear, sure maybe keep the colors the same, and avoid the look of France’s or Italy’s; imagine electing representatives: the ass or the elephant and how they would treat an individual’s viewpoint.

    What symbol did the federalists hold? The lion? Maybe a dragon? or just an unstopable force of a nation united?

    Anti-adminsitration, no, that can be altered every four years.

    December 17, 2007 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  11. julie Medford,Oregon

    Biden is the only candidate of either party who seems to have the leadership qualities and the foreign policy knowledge to get our country back on track.

    December 18, 2007 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  12. Humor of the Hour - On the Campaign Trail

    QUESTION FOR FORMER PRESIDENT CLINTON: "Hey Bill, why do many of your former foreign policy advisors back Obama over your wife?" ;)

    ANSWER: Probably because they've been out of a job for so long that they've run out of unemployment, and Hillary want fresh new faces :)

    December 18, 2007 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. lianette

    I don't wonder why this big newspaper endorsed Hillary. They know it very well that Hillary is there for change. This newspaper has been watching.......well they report news anyway. They have seen all the candidates, and finally decided to endorsed Hillary because Hillary is the most qualified among the candidates. I congratulate this newspaper because they make the right decision. No matte who is the candidate, I will vote for that person who has the experience and knowledge to run our country. I saw that in Hillary. I know more people are seeing that on Hillary. All of us will make the diference in the hisotry of our country. We will be voting the first woman president of the United States of America.

    December 18, 2007 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. JD, Syracuse, NY

    I like Hillary's ads better.

    December 18, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. cicilia,nashua,nh

    I don't wonder why this big newspaper endorsed Hillary. They know it very well that Hillary is there for change. This newspaper has been watching…….well they report news anyway. They have seen all the candidates, and finally decided to endorsed Hillary because Hillary is the most qualified among the candidates. I congratulate this newspaper because they make the right decision. No matte who is the candidate, I will vote for that person who has the experience and knowledge to run our country. I saw that in Hillary. I know more people are seeing that on Hillary. All of us will make the diference in the hisotry of our country. We will be voting the first woman president of the United States of America.
    Posted By lianette : December 18, 2007 1:06 pm
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    Wrong! I really think you are really wrong on this one. I will take Obama anyday. This lady is nothing but a piece of nothing!

    December 18, 2007 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  16. Clinton 2008 IOWA

    Media coverage for Obama has been overwhelmingly positive much manufactured by reporters, but fails to inspire, suggested divisiveness in Washington stems from struggle of 1960s. that’s naïve. national crisis when Americans come together, politics has always been a divisive affair. Obama Has Not Won a Tough Contest, his ability to win in a difficult contest is reason for concern. Republicans will eat him alive ask John Kerry, Al Gore, or Michael Dukakis. Obama can't hope for change; you must fight for it. His first opponent, Jim Ryan, pulled out of the contest following the release of details from divorce. Obama has only faced ONE difficult battle for Congress against Rep. Bobby Rush. receiving only 30% and lost. Obama's inexperience hurt him.

    His speech opposing Iraq war "I am not opposed to all wars. I'm opposed to dumb wars. War protesters have not been able to count on him, during his ballyhooed speech at the 04 Dem convention; he failed to decry the war, followed form and strongly supported John Kerry. When asked how he would have voted on Iraq resolution, don’t know said Obama. Since arriving in the Senate, Obama and Clinton have had identical votes on Iraq. His health plan, lacks a universal mandate, echoing his conservative peers, insists Social Security is crisis that needs immediate attention, not true, Social Security Trust Fund would run out 2046.

    Obama Takes Black Voters for Granted, when a controversy erupted over the Jena Six. Obama chose not to take up the mantle of past civil rights leaders by not joining the Jena Six protest, Jesse Jackson (Obama supporter) said he's acting like he's white. Was a unique moment for Obama to show support for the black community, but didnt. Now he must explain to Democratic voters why he doesn't want to continue the fights of the 1960s - included battles over civil rights, the antiwar movement, expansion of Social Security and expanding health care (Medicare). This is not the time for obama

    December 18, 2007 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  17. Beth & Jeff Chicago, IL - HILLARY IN 2008

    :) WE SUPPORT HILLARY '08

    She's the only one who can "roll up her sleeves and clean up the mess" left by the GOP — NOT dreamer boy!!

    Or vote Biden or Richardson b/c God save our country if the newbie gets elected – who isn't even wise enough to realize what he DOESN'T KNOW yet; let alone play pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey in the Oval Office –> He clearly could have waited until 2012 or 2016. He's only 47, but he's such a baby that he's demanding to be King now :( Sadly the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Senator Obama is certainly NOT!! AND Oprah should stick with her own life and hawking her Book Club (which she can't even get right all the time either).

    Senator Obama wants to raise the minimum age (again) to receive maximum Social Security benefits! Have not our parents and our elders waited long enough?!

    NO MORE having to explain to our children – why it's (NOT) OKAY for the President Of Our Nation to do drugs!! It's time to take back our country and make America proud again.

    JUST SAY NO – TO OBAMA IN '08 :(

    December 20, 2007 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
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