January 12th, 2008
07:43 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama ads hit Super Tuesday states

 Obama is hitting the airwaves in two states that vote February 5.

Obama is hitting the airwaves in two states that vote February 5.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democrat Barack Obama’s campaign has hit the air in two February 5 states.

In Arizona, a state with a large retirement population, Obama’s new television ad relates a story he tells often on the campaign trail, about his mother’s battle with cancer and mounting medical bills.

“My mother died of cancer at 53. In those last painful months, she was more worried about paying her medical bills than getting well. I hear stories like hers everyday,” says the Illinois senator in the 30-second spot, titled “Mother.”

“For 20 years, Washington has talked about health care reform and reformed nothing. I've got a plan to cut costs and cover everyone. But unless we stop the bickering and the lobbyists we will be in the same place twenty years from now. I'm Barack Obama and I approve this message because to fix health care we have to fix Washington.”

On Friday, the campaign announced the endorsement of Janet Napolitano, the state's popular Democratic governor.

In “Quiet,” Obama points to oil as both an environmental and a national security issue, and stresses his straight-talking credentials.

“I don't accept that we should be still sending eight hundred million dollars a day, part to hostile nations because of our addiction to foreign oil,” says Obama in the new 30-second ad, airing in California. “And in the bargain we're melting the polar ice caps.

“I went to Detroit to insist that we have to increase fuel efficiency standards. Now, I have to admit, the room got kind of quiet. We can't just tell people what they want to hear. We need to tell them what they need to hear. We need to tell them the truth.”

The ads are Obama’s first in states set to vote on February 5, the so-called Super Tuesday contests.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Arizona • California • Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (184 Responses)
  1. Alice Black

    Obama's plan for healthcare in this country does NOT cover everyone! Hillary Clinton's plan DOES. Look at the facts: Obama says he will work with insurance companies to ask them to make insurance more affordable (good luck in that), AND he says that once insurance is "affordable" (whatever that means), that everyone will just go out and buy it – even young twenty year olds with low paying jobs! Yeah, right. Last time I checked, most young people thought they were "indestructable", and would rather go out and buy a new flat screen TV, instead of buying health insurance. Obama shows a real lack of understanding of human nature, when he says that young people will all rush out and buy insurance, all on their own! The reality is that everyone needs insurance – because we ALL have to pay for the irresponsible people who refuse to buy their own insurance, once those people get sick (the hospitals raise OUR costs to cover those uninsured people.) People need to pay their fair share. Obama doesn't understand this basic principle – scary! That's why he needs more experience, and time to study issues, before he could even think about becoming president.

    January 12, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. Robert A. Hunter Jr.

    Barack's running a strong, honest, and an extremely effective campaign. He is going to make it extremely hard for me to vote for Hillary. Hillary is starting to come-off as a little desperate with the "tears". One more switch in campaign style and she will completely lose any chance in my vote. She has already lost my wife's.

    January 12, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. Horace

    Good stuff but I don't think Obama or Clinton will be able to win in a general election.

    Vote Edwards.

    January 12, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. s.positive

    Best to stay constantly focused on the reason why you are running for office rather than distracted by folks muddled in issues of the past...

    January 12, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. Matt Moynihan

    Obama Can do this reform, For REAL, BECAUSE HE DOESN'T ACCEPT ANY MONEY FROM LOBBYISTS! He is the man we need right now, Look around people! The Country is headed for Recession, the health care system is broken, Our Energy Policy is terrible, There is Mounting Discontent towards america abroad, China is Killing us! the Next 3 – 5 years are very scary, Change is Here, now, and it is happening more and more rapidly each day. We as a nation need to decide if we are going to embrace that change or be flattend by it. we need Obama as president, Even if he doesn't pass half of his reforms, his presidence would be a symobol to John Q American that we are trying something new, That we as a nation can do better. and that in the end is worth more than anything else. OBAMA 08!!

    January 12, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  6. Concerned American

    "I've got a plan to cut costs and cover everyone."

    During the last debate didn't he say he wanted health insurance mandatory for kids only?
    Didn't he argue with Sen. Clinton because her plan was for insurance for all?
    Why the sudden change...Oh I forgot..you have a habit of changing your mind. Got it.

    January 12, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. chevy

    i don't know how barack is running his campaign so well, but i he continues the democratic nomination will be his

    January 12, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. Doreen, Buffalo Grove, IL

    The republicans want Obama to win the nomination because they feel they can easily defeat him in the general election. The republicans are totally afraid of a Hillary Clinton nomination, as she has the ability and resources to defeat the republicans in the general election.

    January 12, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. Annie Independent

    is obama running for "most popular contestant" on the campaign trail 😉 some of the overly gushy, adoring, fawning comments by not only obamafans BUT members of the mass media as well = really makes an intelligent person begin to wonder!

    romney all but gave out obama's web site to try encourage independent voters to cast their ballots for obama rather than mccain AND obama STILL couldn't put it away in NH!! unbelievable…

    well maybe with his NEW Cesar Chavez slogan "Yes We Can" he can put the Latino votes to bed. oh no wait – HE'S NOT CHAVEZ!

    don't tell him he's not MLK OR JFK either — we hate to see a grown man cry

    January 12, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. Eric, California


    January 12, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |

    that is exacly what we need.the truth.Go Obama you have my vote

    January 12, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. deryck

    go obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 12, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. samuel

    Bravo,sentor obama .that is all we need you are the best candidate.when senator obama wiil be a president,the world will look us a different persipective and we will see peace all over the world.i am really preying and hoping for senator obama.God sends obama specfically in order to establishe peace all over the world.Thank god for giving obama to us.

    January 12, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. sally garcia


    Thank you for your honesty and integrity...I have been watching you for several years and knew three or four years ago that you would run for president of this great country. When you get in please do not let Washington change you....I want to make a donation but haven't figured out how yet. Will contact Texans for Obama. You are a precious jewel to this country.

    Sally Garcia

    January 12, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  15. EE

    Obama seems to be a world class leader. I was watching German television and was surprised by the news on America. They call him the Black Kennedy. In the UK they call him the Kennedy incarnate.

    Amazing this Obama guy. I dont support him but I cant hide my admiration for this guy

    January 12, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. Annie Independent

    didn't anyone else see the view monday morning? even elisabeth who is a dyed in the wool conservative made an observation about obama's tacky cooment at the NH debates, regarding hillary.

    whoopi pointed out that "change" has to come from changing the system including congress = the house of representatives AND the senate. otherwise all you end up with is a new "face" in the white house.

    change is all well and good but how does barack propose to change the WHOLE system in 4 years? throw out over 200 years of the good ole boys club in office for starters? hmm THAT sounds like a winner, where can the ALL girl's social society sign up?

    BTW hope he is airing his ads before all the old folks 😉 go to bed at 8pm in Sun City!

    January 12, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. Peter Damoah-Afari

    Senator Obama is the right man for the Job!!! I hope most Americans will not let any greedy politicians trick them with "name" and "experience".

    January 12, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. Andy, Michigan

    I was at the Detroit Economic Club meeting where Senator Obama argued for increased fuel standards and he's absolutely right about the room getting quiet.

    Cobo Hall, where the event was held, was overfilled and composed of about 95% business executives (who in Michigan are at least peripherally related to the automotive sector if not directly involved in it) and about 5% student groups sponsored by various businesses. Looking around when the speech first started addressing the topic of carbon emissions, I tried to see who in the room was clapping and who sat with their hands folded in a show of disagreement. Understandably, many of the executives were less than enthusiastic about Obama's comments at first.

    By the end of the delivery, though, I saw more and more people agreeing with what he had to say. This was interesting to me on a couple of levels. One, it was great to see that he was able to win over a large number of people who, on the surface, you'd expect to stand in ardent opposition to everything he had to say on the matter of emissions control and corporate responsibility. Two, he started his speech sounding critical of the status quo in terms of where our current environmental policies are taking us, but before ending the speech he provided a plan to improve the situation by a combination of both regulation and governmental incentives. He also explained the importance for weening our nation off its oil dependency and provided an optimistic picture of where our country and, specifically, Michigan could be if the automakers and automotive suppliers embraced better energy policies. One by one, the Senator from Illinois won over the execs in the room. And while not everyone left as a supporter, people saw the merits in his plan and could at least agree with him

    This got me thinking. If this individual could sway a group of auto executives on the topic of emissions control, what could he do for foreign policy? What could he do for health care reform? What could he do to improve our nation's lagging educational system? I'm excited to find out where this country could be under a president who can bring together the opposing sides on an issue and get them working towards the common goal of improving our nation and world.

    January 12, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. Ozair

    YES WE CAN!!! Obama '08
    God, coverage of super Tuesday is going to be chaos for CNN, down with FOX!!!

    January 12, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. ....

    You are the best,Obama! America needs a real change,and you are the only one that can make that happen. There will be NO change with another Clinton. And if she is so "good",why is she dragging Bill everywhere with her?
    You are not only competeing against one Clinton,but TWO Clintons! That shows your great potential!

    Obama forever!

    January 12, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. Inquiring Mind

    For those that think Barack Obama is an under cover Muslim this is one way to justify he isn’t. He is proposing to stop sending monies to countries that are hostile to America by reducing our dependency on fossil fuels, and keeping that money here in America for Americans to reap the benefits.
    Now if someone were a Muslim extremist he wouldn’t propose these types of sanctions because conventional wisdom would tell you he would be more interested in keeping business with these countries, then reducing it.

    January 12, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  22. Jeff

    Exactly the kind of straight talk, on issues, that will make this man President – and a good one.

    Stay focused, be frank, stick to issues, point to the need to turn the page.

    I wish the general election was tomorrow so we could vote, and get on with it!

    January 12, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  23. Jeff

    A primary ad in California. Who would have thought that a year ago? Glad to see a sheft away from the non representative states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

    January 12, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. jp/michigan


    January 12, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  25. anon middle america

    In “Quiet,” Obama points to oil as both an environmental and a national security issue, and stresses his straight-talking credentials...

    Oh PUL-LEEZE someone tell obama NOT to keep high jacking Senator McCain's campaign slogan "straight talking" - how uncouth and definitely NOT kosher.

    Maybe he should pay his writers more to come up with fresh new ideas of their own instead of stealing everyone else's like ~Yes We Can~ what they didn't think everyone would recognize César Chávez's ~Si Se Puede~ IN ENGLISH?! ROFLOL give us a break, the American public isn't as dumb as you think they are 😦

    MOST have been around long enough to have just plain old-fashioned good common sense.

    And most have been there done that.... especially in AZ where the majority are staunch GOP. Probably would have gotten more bang for his buck to have stuck with the "inspirational messages" like before.

    January 12, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
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