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. Peg

    If you think the health care plan will end up looking like Obama or Hillary's plan, you need more experience in politics. Neither plan will be implemented exactly the way they would like, Washington doesn't work that way.

    Also, I'm sick of hearing the word "experience"......we have President Bush who has had lots of govermental experience, and look where he's taken us! Smarten up.....let's try something different.

    January 12, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. T

    The man talks and says nothing.

    January 12, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. Adam Smith

    People should not be forced to buy Health insurance. Hillary needs to remember that America was founded on liberty not government running your life with the insurance companies really calling the shots. The truth behind the health care problem is greed, Most doctors live in homes costng over one million dollars and practice medicine in a maximum profit mode, the drug companies instruct doctors and the public to use all the drugs they can and ignore other remedies for staying healthy. Greed is what its all about and Hillarys plan will in no way fix greed. Once insurance is mandated costs will go up even more because there will be more demand. Government needs to step up and provide the insurance because its now a proven fact that the private sector is incompetent in very aspect just look at the mortgage crisis, with out goverment hand holding and subsidies most private companies would quickly go bankrupt.

    January 12, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. uremeh ikechukwu

    i believe and i know that in new hampshire something terrible happened that changed the course of the result in the democractic party convention. To tell me that someone who was trailing by as much as 13 points in the polls in the eve of the election and now won the same election the next day doesn't add up. How come it was perfect for the republicans but not so for the democrats. I still could not farthom what happened, the pollsters were right, i refuse to buy the argument that the pollsters were wrong. Something funny happened and very soon the democractic party establishment would be exposed.

    January 12, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. Tom Davie

    Obama has no chance with the retired vote.

    His strength is youth and those who hate Hillary clinton. He has endorsements from the Arizona govenor, but I dont know how much thats going to help with all the latino vote.

    Obama has a real chance in Nevada. Its a show of hand caucus, and has 2 unions behind him. He also has John Kerry, but many experts wonder why he would even accpet that kind of 'old school' endorsement.

    I admire Obama.

    January 12, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. Cathy

    The Republicans are too busy trying to pick their own nominee to engage in a conspiracy picking the Democrat side. But no matter who the fractured Republican party will settle on, you can bet they're hoping Hillary is their opponent because nothing unifies and energizes Republicans like battling the Clintons!

    Obama '08!

    January 12, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. Tom Davie

    ...........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!.........................

    Bill Clinton TOTALLY changed the country. No wars under Clinton. Balanced Budget. Surpluss.

    This is the real thing that boggles my mind about the young voters. They (somehow) lump the democratic Clinton campaign in with the utterly destructive Bush campaign.

    Its rather obvious they are not, and voters know that.

    Unfortunately, most young voters didnt even know anything about BUSH SR and when Clinton took over the white house.

    For a 20 year old voter, it would mean they were 4 years old at the time. They wouldnt have a clue how different it really was.

    January 12, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. M Lowe

    Yes we can, Obama!

    Hillary had her chance to fix the health care problem. Remember she claims her 35 years of experience. People don't have coverage because they can't afford it. Obama's plan will work to make it more affordable for everyone.

    January 12, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. Obot

    The issue with Obama's candidacy is the vital change he brings to american politics. He inspires the younger generation to realize that all things are possible, and that's why so many young people are getting involved. I dont think we should undermine this gravity that pulls us together; white, black or hispanic. Obama is the voice of a new generation. Give him a chance and let the pressures of race and be extinct. Thanks

    January 12, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  10. kris

    Alice Black-–so are you saying we should be forced against our will to get health insurance??..now tell me ..who does that benefit??..if not insurance company.

    January 12, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  11. Mark, Chicago, IL

    As a fairly staunch Democrat... I can't vote for Obama. I don't want 4 more years of an inexperienced leader addressing tough global and domestic issues – 8 years of Bush as an inexperienced 'leader' tells me to be wary of those who talk the talk but have not shown how to walk the walk... Hillary, even with her flaws, has done a lot of walking that can be criticized but at least she's done the walk and has a broader sense on the possible pitfalls along the road... Obama and Edwards just don't have the experience... we went into this war because we had an inexperienced President with no foreign policy experience.

    If Obama or Edwards are the Democratic candidates, I be as happy to stay home on election day... I can't contribute to another 4 years of sending this country into ruin...

    January 12, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. kris

    Alice Black-– it is hillary that does not understand what its like not to be rich.

    January 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. Al, San Francisco, CA

    Hillary is a good candidate with ready answers to all problems; but she is not going to win any more states than Al Gore and Kerry. People (even core democrates) do not get excited about Hillary ticket. Obama can be compated to JFK and Robert Kennedy. Yes he had some drug problem which he talked about in his book. Yes his middle name is Hussain. But you know those things did not matter to Iowa and New H. (he was a close 2nd) voters. And if I look at both the candidates, I somehow trust Obama. He is perceived to be honest, humble and truthful. I do not feel the same way about Hillary. I think that's very important. Remember George Bush and Kerry. Somehow Bush was perceived to be honest, humble and down to earth and that's why he won. People say kerry lost because of swift boat thing. I do not believe so. Kerry lost because of him and not for other reason. he could not connect to people as Bush did.

    January 12, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. nick

    Obama is just rhetoric. He is not going to get anything done and if he wins he will just be another Bush (who interestingly enough also campaigned on uniting the country).

    January 12, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. darrell

    Some experience! !

    As her husband Bill said in 1992, (That type of experience is irrelevant)

    As president, It is your supporting cast the makes a good admin. Actions surrounding your agenda.

    More on Experience, Bidden and others should be in the lead, if that were the case. (Long good records)

    People want Authentic Change. Not a week to week change as Hillary has done to win the campaign.

    Obama empowers each American as having a role in this Movement for Change.

    Same old congress promised change last year. Very little has been done.

    Change requires working together with both parties. I see that more in Obama.

    Early in Hillary campaign, all she would say is the republicans are out to get her.

    We do not need a paranoid president,

    We need change.

    Although Hillary is a good candidate, she is not a beacon for authentic change. Or uniting the Democratic Party


    January 12, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. Adam

    Alice, neither plan will cover everybody, just those who don't have insurance through their employers. Let's look closer...

    Hillary's plan will have mandates, which means two things: 1) Lower premiums 2) Fines for people who don't buy the insurance.

    For the people who don't buy Hillary's insurance because they can't afford it they will surely opt to pay the lesser of the fine and the insurance. These people would rather pay for a $100 – 200 fine rather than a $1000 – $2000 premium.

    The result several years down the line: premiums will rise or fines will rise.

    In either case, the UNinsured (those who pay fines but don't buy the insurance) will be paying for the insured.

    Think about it.

    January 12, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  17. Dennis, Philadelphia, PA

    Hey Peg,
    President Bush did not have any experience... why do you think we're in the situation we're in...

    "Let's try something different" – this is not a fashion contest as your simple remark seems to imply...

    I wish Democrats would stop being so contrite about this election... "change, difference..." They say this EVERY election... get over it... listen to the plans, listen to the objectives and outcomes...

    If you were interviewing for a new job... what is the main thing most employers look for .... EXPERIENCE!!!!

    Hillary is the only one who provides even any sort of concrete plan – why? Because she's done it, she's been there... I'd rather hire someone who has experience than a fresh kid out of college with all of their ideals and optimism... I'm not knocking new kids... we need them, we need them in government, in Hillary's support team but the actual LEADER needs to be someone with experience.

    January 12, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  18. Joe

    "For two years I have been in the Senate and have offered no major changes to any health care for Americans"..........that would be the truth. But running as President he now sees he can make a change when Presidents don't create legislation they veto or approve it.

    January 12, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. James

    Alice, are you talking about the same healthcare reform Hillarry outlined in 1993 which FAILED miserably? At least Obama's healthcare plan was practiced on the state level (when he was a state senator in Illinois), which resulted in 150,000 children getting healthcare.

    Seriously, the reason why America is in an Oligarchy for the past 20 years is because Americans in general are attracted to name brands and not the substance and don't even bother to do the research on their own. As a result, they buy into whatever people with the last name of "Bush" or "Clinton" tell them (e.x. Hillary's 35 years of experience, and after losing in Iowa, it's now 35 years of experience + "as an agent of change"). I have been spamming google and other search engines to digg up more reference regarding these 35 years of experience Hillary touts. All I got is that she was a first lady in the state and executive level for a total of 20 years, then wooed her way into a U.S senate seat for 8 years. Unless she doesn't know basic math or she's selfish enough to include her years as a lawyer, her experience as a political figure adds up to 28 years, which 20 of those wouldn't even qualify her as a town secretary, let alone the president of the United States.

    It's no surprise that in both Iowa and New Hampshire contests, people with higher education voted in favor of Obama while those who haven't even completed High School or haven't made it into college favored Clinton. On this note, Obama is on the right track when advocating education as a major issue in his campaign; America needs to smarten up. Biden, Dodd and Richardson dropped out after realizing that most Americans wouldn't know relevant experience if it slapped them across the face.

    January 12, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. Pamela

    I am reading some of the readers comments on this site that confirms what I have always believed. There are some really, really sick puppies in this country on both sides of the isle. Whoever is elected need to put aside more funding for mental health care judging from this crowd. UNBELIEVABLE.

    January 12, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  21. Richard

    Republicans more confident they can beat Obama over Hillary? Are you kidding? Did you see their first debate after Iowa? The didn't know how to adapt. They are freaked out, as he's drawing a lot of independent and Republican support away from them... Hillary is a more than capable leader, but the key disadvantage in this election is that she rallies the Republican base more fiercely than anyone else. Obama being unapoligetic and vocal about his faith has genuinely attracting many evangelicals, despite his fidelity to pro-choice issues.

    Those who think he's all style and no substance, go check out his site. There are extremely detailed plans backing up all of his proposals. There are times and places for policy lectures, but right now, people are relieved to be able to rally to a leader which genuinely inspires them, and for him to slow down right now and get wonky would likely work against what distinguishes him from the rest of the field.

    Obama 08!

    January 12, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. osirisravanz

    check this out people.

    This page is an evolving compilation of outstanding citizen investigation of the highly suspicious New Hampshire primary voting results. We are borrowing and synthesizing from many sources cited and credited here.

    Thursday 1/10: Bruce O'Dell writes:

    Theron Horton and I have confirmed that based on the official results on the New Hampshire Secretary of State web site, there is a remarkable relationship between Obama and Clinton votes, when you look at votes tabulated by op-scan versus votes tabulated by hand:

    Clinton Optical scan 91,717 52.95%
    Obama Optical scan 81,495 47.05%

    Clinton Hand-counted 20,889 47.05%
    Obama Hand-counted 23,509 52.95%

    The percentages appear to be swapped. This seems highly unusual.

    Recall that the specific model of Diebold op-scan [1.94w] and central tabulator in use in New Hampshire are proven by demonstration [Hursti Hack] to be vulnerable to insider manipulation.

    Theron Horton and I are proceeding with the intra-county and demographic analysis.

    More to come.

    Bruce O'Dell
    Co-Coordinator for Data Analysis
    Election Defense Alliance

    January 12, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. Mike, Austin Texas

    First of all do check out FactCheck.org because it does go into all of the presidential candidates quotes and misquotes and analyzes details of the debates, etc. That being said you will also find out about all the smearing that other candidates have done to Obama and his campaign and you can find out the truth about the man behind the message of change and though he does make mistakes he is an impressive candidate without a doubt and definately stands out amongst the pack.

    His healthcare plan is not universal because it does not require everyone to have insurance but it does make insurance much more affordable. Hillary's plan sure..it requires that everyone has insurance but the problem is so now where you had a choice of whether or not you wanted to pay high insurance costs, now you have no choice at all to pay high insurance costs.

    January 12, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. GH

    Totally agree with Alice. I heard him say that people WANT health insurance, they just can't afford it and if they could, they would ALL buy it. I am a resident physician admitting patients all day and night at a community hospital and trust me, there will always be people – young, old, white, black, hispanic, illegal immigrants, 4th generation americans, people with jobs, homeless people – you name it who would rather spend money on a car, a flat screen TV, booze, whatever before they will buy insurance no matter how cheap it is. Car insurance is mandatory, health insurance should be too. This is a public health issue – not just a financial one.

    January 12, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. Bob, Florida - RFO

    Go Obama!

    January 12, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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