January 12th, 2008
07:43 AM ET
1 year 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. kate

    If Edwards doesn't get the Nomination I will CHANGE my party affiliation to INDEPENDENT and cast my vote accordingly.
    Clinton is a Corporate Democrat who Sam Walton of Wal Mart called "his little lady."
    And Obama has spent his entire time in the senate campaigning for President missing many key Votes.
    An unknown commodity at best.

    January 12, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. Tom Davie

    Nick writes

    ..................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......................

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    I am a full blown Hillary Supporter. We all know Hillary will make the decisions, but Bill is going to be right there to advise her as well. With Clinton , we know we are getting a quality white house who wont SCREW it up even more.

    I am actually a big Obama fan. He is an excellent candidate for 2012, when he will have more experience in washington and can write meaningful bills and tackle big problems on the floor.

    Problem is, he and Michelle think THIS is the time to get in, as they believe a democrat will win the white house. If he doesnt get in NOW , the Democrat president will be running for re election and he wont get a chance.

    Therefore he is running right NOW before he is actually ready to lead.

    January 12, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. Bob, Florida - RFO

    Clearly Super Tuesday will be the make XOR break for every candidate.

    January 12, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. jaye

    Hillary's healthcare plan is foolish. Mandated healthcare doesn't make sense. Lets say she wins and mandates healthcare. If I can't afford healthcare her mandate does nothing for me. All it means is now not only can I not afford it but I'm being Fined aswell which puts me even more in the hole. Obama's plan is to make healthcare more affordable which in the long run is better for everyone. Also Hillary's economic plan speaks about 70 billion for helping people pay mortgages and bills. But she doesn't point out where this money will come from. She doesn't say how she would have to raise taxes in other areas to cover the cost of her plan. It's basically taking more money from the people in one area to pay for another while giving the perception that it's money from the government. No, it's money from the people. And the last thing is every democratic candidate was speaking of experience except Barack Obama. He was the only one speaking of Change. Now that they see Change works they all speak of change. That should let you know which candidates are only saying what they need to inorder to reach the whitehouse and not what they feel.

    January 12, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. Tom Davie

    One more point to add on the topic ,which is super tuesday.

    These guys endorsing Obama wasnt supposed to happen yet. The deal was to wait until AFTER super tuesday.

    Edwards is trying very hard to stay in the race to get enough delegates to make a difference in the Nomination.

    A whole pile of people are endorsing Hillary. They are all going to come out of the closet AFTER super tuesday and rally behind who is winning.

    The reason why these guys are changing their mind and doing it NOW is they fear that Obama WONT carry the vote thus need the extra push BEFORE super tuesday.

    its a gamble if he doesnt win the nomination.

    January 12, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. Abed

    Surely you won't vote for Hilary Clinton the experienced lady who failed to detect her husband affair under her own roof.

    January 12, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Prayu

    Hillary has tried, and failed before concerning health care. Currently her plan to mandate health care doesn't work, because hey there's a lot of people who just plain CAN'T AFFORD IT. I work in a hospital in Massachusetts, where health insurance is now mandated, and let me tell you that it's not working. These people aren't not buying insurance because they want flat screen TV's, they are struggling to feed and shelter themselves and their children.

    Obama's approach, no matter how impossible it seems to you, is the better one. Healthcare needs to be affordable, not forced on people.

    And Doreen, you are ridiculously wrong. There are Republican candidates, on video, saying that Obama is more of a worrisome opponent because of his cross over appear and youth voters that are usually left unaccounted for. The Republicans are ready for Clinton and already have precise plans laid out on how to take her on because she's been the frontrunner and "obvious" Democratic nominee for so long. They didn't plan for Obama.

    The budget surplus and economic prosperity is not thanks to Bill Clinton, by the way. The country was on an economic peak, driven by the emerging internet and new technologies. Giving the Clintons the credit for the economy is like saying Al Gore invented the internet. Furthermore, the husband's accomplishments are not the wife's. This is a dangerous precedent to set, because then any successful President can then have his wife run and claim years of HIS experience. Just like Hillary is doing.

    January 12, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. Lanre Arogundade

    The world needs a change. Real change can only come when somebody who is neutral in the politics of the Washing establishment is voted in as President of the US. It is treu that Bill Clinton did well. Now that issues and times have changed, there is the need to heal the wounds of religion induced wars under the guise of fighting terrorism, it is therefore neccessary that the world has a new leadership with new ideas and different point of view to lead the US and in directly the world.I appeal to the US voters to consider somebody like OBAMA to lead.

    January 12, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. Grace Smith, Charlton, SC

    Before you claim that Hillary's health plan will definitely cover everyone, I want you to answer this question – WHERE IN AMERICA HAS A PLAN LIKE HILLARY'S EVER WORKED?

    It's premature to claim that something that has never been done before will definitely work 100%. The only example we have of Hillary's plan is the one in Mssachussets and it has failed. It's common sense to first reduce the costs.

    Her argument was rejected in Iowa and NH, both states which Obama won.

    January 12, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. mike

    The difference with bush and obama is bush had all these people in his administration ( except Powell) who wanted to democratize the middle east. it was an old plan of theres from the late 70s, and after 9/11 people came up to him and said now is your chance. you don't belive me read pat buchanons new book, and he is a republican. the point is it is all aobut the past, and that is what orries me about the clintons. what hidden agendas did they leave unturned in the 90s that they still want. it is all about them(the clintons) and not about the people. do not be manipulated people like wyou were with gw... sure obamas has his faults, but clinton has millions of those and to not look at that is hypocritical... vote for unity, obama 08

    January 12, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  11. carol moola

    I have always voted Republican. This year, I will be voting for Barack Obama. What Mr Obama represents at this time in our history is nothing less than John Kennedy represented to the country when I was still too young to vote, "hope for a better world in which we can all participate no matter who we are or where we come, a better country and a better place in the world. He offers a profound change in the status quo. It is not only a change on "same old, same old" but a change in the very way government isrun at its core. Further, his life represents what so many of us view as the way the world around us is today. He wasraised in a home with an absentee father, a mother who struggled with making a living while also working hard to raise her son with good values and Grandparents who sometimes stepped in as the surrogate parents. Torn between a white world and the black world, his story could have gone a very different way. It is true, he went to good schools but not because they were a "given" for him. It was hard work and determination that allowed him not only to attend these schools but more importantly excel. The reason he was able to rise above everything was because even as a young man, he questioned, he studied and he posessed that elusive trait, crtical thinking. It was his critical thinking that brought him to vote against going into Iraq when much more "experienced" politicans thought differently. It rarely happens in our lives that someone comes along to make us really believe that through his leadership and our hardwork, we can be more than we thought possible. The moment has come and the person that can lead us in that direction is Barack Obama

    January 12, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. connie

    what worries us about OBAMA that his EGO is too big and his speeches are transparent. we are so sick of hearing the same story from OBAMA and EDWARDS. we are afraid that the blacks are voting for him because of the color if his skin not his QUALIFICATIONS. The MEDIA has put him on the runaway STAR train. doe anyone really know anything about what this man stands for OR are they giving him more coverage for higher ratings. i guess there is no more honest reporting. sounds like the MEDIA is very BIAS. what a shame. and why were they trying to play the race card in New Hampshire , they sure didnt say anything in IOWA.

    January 12, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. Mark tanstill

    To Doreen in Buffalo , you said Republicans want Obama to win the nomination,
    Will that be why Carl Rove is attacking Obama instead of Clinton if they really wanted Obama to win.

    Carl Rove attacking Obama is a tactical endorsement of Clinton By Carl of all people.

    January 12, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. Donne

    Hello, Yes we can. you have the best health plan. No matter how good your plans are , Clinton fixed workers will always attack you. Don"t worry , God is with you.

    Today they have started fighting you through the same journalists whom they used to tell the world that you are on top Now they said that Clinton is on top..

    Americans are tired of Clinton. Obama , with God all is possible..

    Be not worry , Move on ,you are a winner not a loser.

    YES WE CAN

    January 12, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. Jack, Greenville, SC

    Obama has a clear, implementable health care plan. Clinton's has very little chance of ever getting passed, and includes penalties for those who refuse to buy into it. That is what the mandate is: you buy it or you are punished. I guess that's one way to make it universal. And, yes, you do have to pay under Clinton's plan, for those who suggest that you don't.

    January 12, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. Jensen

    I've noticed that many people, especially young people who support Obama, have NO IDEA of his specific proposals – they are just emotionally swept away by his grandiose "bible revival" style speeches. We need more than just public speaking skills in our next president – we need someone who thoroughly studies problems, pays attention, and develops solutions to our country's complicated issues. We don't need someone who watches a football game in the middle of a national debate (Obama admitted to this during the debate in NH last week.)

    January 12, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. Dr. James O.O

    It is real amusing and beyond logic to say that:The republicans want Obama to win the nomination because they feel they can easily defeat him in the general election. i believe that is not logical from the writer's point of view.will the democratic voters side with the republican after the primary in the general election in order for Obama to lose?or will they vote for their consensus democratic candidate in the person of Obama?mathematically, one half +one half = one.which means the part that votes for hillary will equally team up together to vote for their candidate-Obama.
    Therefore, give Obama your full blown support for things to change in the USA and for her(USA) to, once again, BE RESTORED TO HER GLORY BOTH AT HOME AND IN THE INTERNATIONAL ARENA.
    People talks of Experience,in no doubt, it places its role,but wisdom excels.Obama has the wisdom and the tenacity to bring changes to this blessed nation!!! give him a chance!!!

    January 12, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  18. OJC, PHX

    "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 "

    Obama's premise is that people will puchase if they can afford. Which means the people that don't have it are too lazy to spend 5 minutes online filling out forms...If its mandated, how do you police it? Tax people? Send them to Jail? The mandate is just silly.

    January 12, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. Truethis

    We have to be honest with ourselves.....do you really think we going to have TRUE Universal Health Care?? We are so divided between Democratics and Republican that we can't get anything passed in Washington and you think that we can get these things under the Clintons. But I rather have a chances to have cheaper health insurance than nothing. Because this country is so divided we need TRUE change and I think that Obama can bring that to us by uniting.

    January 12, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  20. Justjean

    First respondent is sadly misinformed. It is not OK to pass off disinformation. Obama wants to provide a government plan that is in serious competition with private plans. That is how prices will come down. People will be able to keep the plan they have if they prefer. While people will not be forced to carry health insurance...it is still a free country is it not?...it will be AVAILABLE to everyone. Allowing people to choose is hardly leaving them out.

    It is a real stretch to say that forcing everyone is "not leaving anyone out." What a spin! Obama is clear, honest and fair. People who prefer someone else keep trying to give out disinformation on him. Go to barackobama.com and get the real thing.

    January 12, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  21. John

    Whether it is Barack, John, or Hillary, they are American patriots who wish to do their best for the American people. I believe they hold in their hearts, a belief that their service will make an impacting difference for the better.

    I have been intrigued and impressed by what has made Hillary “tick” and by her dedication to what she has believed in. One principal example is her understanding and dedication to the cause of children and family (Please read “It Takes A Village To Raise A Child”).

    She was highly criticized because of her phrase “Vast right-wing conspiracy,” when trying to defend her husband. Yet, this was very personal to Hillary. She was defending her husband.

    But, what has been evolving throughout the years? According to A.C. Nielsen, in the US, talk radio is largely made up of conservative political commentators. The top five programs are those of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, Neal Boortz, and Glenn Beck. Other top programs: Bill O'Reilly, Jim Quinn, Bill Cunningham, Melanie Morgan, Mike Gallagher and Laura Ingraham. On TV we have Bill O Reilly and Sean Hannity and the FOX channel. Trash Democrats in any type of media and you have a substantial following. Doesn’t Ann Coulter come to mind?

    I believe Hillary has a profound understanding of our evolving history, our country, and the true concerns and needs of all Americans. Pore over Hillary’s past, accomplishments, devotion to serving, and what those who have been close to her say about her, and we would see and feel that we have before us an extraordinary woman and an extraordinary leader.

    It’s my belief that all her life, without her knowing exactly why, Hillary has been preparing herself for this momentous time in history. I pray that she becomes our 44th President.

    January 12, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. Brandon

    Whoever said that the republicans want obama to get the nomination is completely wrong. America wants change thats clear, ask yourself this question honestly do you really feel after a year of rallying people around change which is what he will do that they are going to pick a John McCain or any of the other GOP? Face it the republicans conservative ways will cost them the election next year. People want something different not a step up from Bush which would be McCain

    January 12, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. charlotte

    I hope people keep refering to the Clintons as a team, we need the best team we can get. Two for one, sounds good to me.

    January 12, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  24. Jeff

    So, what's all this experience that Hillary touts? 35 years doing what?

    She's been a Senator for what, 7 years. And behind that, what's her experience? Elected office? Administrative? She was an attorney, and then a spouse. She's been in the public eye a lot, but is that experience? CALL HER ON THAT! Asserting that she has experience, in a believable way, does not mean that its true!

    Obama has fewer years experience as a Senator, but at least has the state legislative experience behind him.

    If experience is the byword in this election, then McCain, bless his heart, will bowl everyone else off the alley.

    January 12, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  25. Brian, NYC

    Obama double-talks so much he can't remember what he's said.

    Regarding his Speech to the Culinary Workers' Union, he said:

    “We have walked in your shoes... I don’t come from money, I don’t come from a lot of privilege...I was raised by a single mom, and my grandparents. When I see a single mom somewhere trying to raise her children, I know what that’s like. ... When I see people at the end of the month saying, 'We don’t have enough.' ... I’ve been there. I spent three-and-a-half years doing what the men and women of Local 226 are doing today, and that is organizing and working and fighting to keep the American dream alive for all people... I was walking in picket lines fighting for people like you."

    1) He was raised by his mom and step-father, and grandparents (LIE #1)

    2) He CERTAINLY comes from privilege: He attended a Hawaiian prep school where the Hawaiian royal family went to school... he then attended COLUMBIA University, and then Harvard Law School... not from privilege?? I graduated from Duke University (another top 10 school), and although I was dirt poor while there, I would never be so arrogant as to say I DIDN'T come from privilege.

    3) He never spent 3 and a half years doing what the Cullinary Workers' Union members do. Those people work TOUGH, lower-paying jobs. Obama may have had a tough time of it when he began his political career in Chicago, but MOST young college grads (especially grad school grads) have a tough few years at first.

    4) Walking in picket lines is great, but where is the LEGISLATION for Unions? Did he write any? Did he help pass any legislation into law?

    January 12, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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