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. Cindy in Ohio

    Obama is providing something this country isn't used to: THE TRUTH.

    January 12, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. Ruth Mctizic

    Sen. Obama is and will be the best thing that has happened to America since
    John Kennedy...although America was denied the full affect of his presidency
    due to his untimely death. Wake up America...don't you recognize when God has his hand on a person......How could Sen. Obama possibly have stirred this country....this nation as he has without, and unless it is devine intervention

    January 12, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. Mike

    Go Hillary!

    January 12, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. Elizabeth Kane

    Why is CNN continuing to emphasize that Clinton is way ahead of Obama when Obama has 25 delegates, for sure, to Clinton's 24? This seems to be ignored by Josh and others. One doesn't need to be a statistician to know that 25 definite "votes" are better than 24. Statistics given without margins of errors and unknown populace are not proof sure. Furthermore, 39.4 is not a landslide over 36.?. I usually trust CNN news and reports, but when I hear jarring "falsified" reports I cringe.

    January 12, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. David Holmberg

    People tend to believe that the Presidential Race '08 is between Obama and Clinton.

    Don't count the republicans out. The thing with Hillary is that they can hardly run negative campaigns about her, everything in that way has allready been done -everything is known. Imagine the negative campaigns against Obama, it has allready begun about him being a "weak leader". Obama will be a great President some day, but Clinton would be a wise choise now. Obama needs to bring out a powerful own politic that match his rethorics.

    January 12, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. manny stanbrough

    Obama,Hiliary, Macain etc.... all canitdates wil nothing about immigration. This
    issue alone covers our national seurity, economy, and insurance problems.....and so much more. Also Obama has alot of family in Kenya how will this affect his if elected. the only person I've heared say any thing good is Romney.

    January 12, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. alex

    you guys don't get it... America will never have health coverage for everyone... it doesn't matter what Obama or Clinton says...

    January 12, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. Sue

    4 Reasons why Hillary should NOT be the democratic nominee:

    Hillary Clinton might win the nomination, but there are a number of problems with selecting her:

    (1)Recent polls have shown that 50% of the country won’t vote for her in the general election under ANY circumstances, so she’s already playing on a really short field. It’s tough to win if half the country has turned its back on your candidacy and you don’t know for sure if you have the full support of the other half.

    (2)The republicans want to run against her because they have 20 years’ worth of dirt against the Clintons to regurgitate in swiftboat ads during the general election.

    (3)She needs independents to win, and Obama polls better than her with independents in general election match-ups.

    (4)Bloomberg’s group, Unity08, has made it very clear that unless the parties nominate candidates that are NOT polarizing, they will place a very well-funded independent candidate (i.e. Bloomberg – who has up to $1 BILLION to spend) into the race. In other words they will throw in a SPOILER. Bloomberg is Ralph Nader X100. Hillary is the most polarizing candidate in either race, and she’s the one who 50% of the country won’t vote for in the general election, and who has a greater problem attracting independents – and the polls show this is in a two-party race WITHOUT a spoiler. So, the presence of a spoiler in the race is going to hurt Hillary (i.e. democrats) the most. Given these facts, I think Unity08 has been formed to stop Hillary from becoming president.

    I think if democrats insist on nominating Hillary, we will for sure be in for 8 more years of republican rule.

    January 12, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. Gobama

    Tom Davie January 12, 2008 1:56 pm ET

    If Obama only gets the votes that 'hate Hilary', he will sure to win. 60 percent of Americans hate Hilary. LOL

    January 12, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. AnnAloha, PA Independent Thinker

    Please tell these Ballot Bowl reporters to stop comparing registered hispanic voters in Las Vegas and whether having spanish language in the Obama and Clinton camps as a negative to South Carolina's Illegal Immigration issue's…and whether or not it will hurt Obama and Clinton in South Carolina.
    Can this get anymore rediculous?

    January 12, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. CNNBias

    Yes, CNN, we get it..... Obama goooood, Clinton baaaaaad.
    Audacity of home
    The urgency of now
    The wave (short commercial)
    Yes, we can
    The guy is one commercial campaign slogan after another.

    03/05 vote 20. No to a 30% cap on credit charges. He didn't feel the need to take on corporate banking and make a difference for the debt laden middle class but everyone should believe a statement that he is going to take on pharmaceuticals and insurance. Yes, Obama supporters the Senate has a website.

    I'm an independent. He would never get my vote. The guy is dull as dishwater and his voting record sucks.

    I'm just not on the Obama-rama-shama-lama-doo-da train. It's a good thing he's not divisive. I would hate to see what that looks like.

    Hey, where's that person who keeps posting the 24 inch Obama spiel?

    January 12, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. Ginny Ca

    To Tom Davie: Obama didn't just accept Kerry's endorsement, he actively pursued it. And Kerry, I believe, to "stick it to Edwards", made that endorsement on one of the first days of campaigning in South Carolina, Edwards home state.
    I'm puzzled, too, as to why Obama would want to have the endorsement of such an old, experienced, status quo politician as Kerry.

    January 12, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. Dragonfly3

    I think Barry should have gone with his softer side - look what happened in NH when he tried to go too macho! (He really shouldn't have taken Rove's advice 😦 about belittling and demeaning Hillary - it backfired on him big time!)

    And the AZ ad is sad about his mom but also kind of a downer. My Grandparents are retired there but they are both "bright red Republicans" since forever. They live in one of those huge retirement communities where they can live in their own home until they need to move into assisted living and then into the hospital or hospice – so with Medicare and Medicaid and supplemental insurance they are already taken care of – as are most of the seniors in their area. But for those under 62, it might be ok.

    It's too bad Barry can't get Arnold's endorsement in CA. Is his wife supporting anyone? Talk about a mixed marriage = A Kennedy and A Republican – they seem really happy though. I wish Arnold could run for President and bring some REAL environmental clout into the White House. (I don't think Senator Kerry's windsurfing counts LOL)

    Did anyone see Bill Moyer's last night? Heard he had Shelby Steele on the author of "A Bound Man: Why We Are Excited About Obama and Why He Can't Win". I googled the title and read some interesting reviews and comments. (BUT everyone should make up their OWN minds instead of letting the media, the pundits, the POLLS, and the special interest groups and the unions tell us how to vote!)

    Is Oprah going to stump for Barry again? She said not, but maybe she will change her mind! I never get to watch her during the day, but I'd love to see her up close and personal (well as up close as you could probably get in a crowd of 20,000 – I forget how many came to see them in Iowa and NH? I did see the Bill Moyers show where he interviewed Dr. Ronald Walters, the director of the African American Leadership Center at the University of Maryland about the Oprah-Obama show. It wasn't very nice 😦 )

    Anyway I think maybe Barry needs glasses or else bigger print on his teleprompter cards LOL. Was he squinting or just trying to look "presidential" when he stood there staring into space – maybe he was trying to give the image that he was gazing into the future? It was just kind of weird because every once in awhile, he would lose his solemn straight face and break out in a nice big smile. I actually thought Huckabees Iowa victory speech was rather more appealing with its down home folksy style!) That's why I wish Barry wouldn't get tooo overly serious sometimes... (And this is kind of nit picky – but when he bunches up his fingers and stabs the air = sometimes it makes me feel like he is trying to cram a sermon down my throat.)


    January 12, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  14. Ellie, WA

    Obama is very likeable but I don't think it's wise for Americans to take the gamble on him. He may be a very eloquent and inspirational speaker but he has not proven that he can materialize his message of hope and change. At best, he needs a few more years to prove that he can actually change things. With the economy teetering on the edge, we need someone who has the experience to deal with issues...not someone who just makes us feel good.

    January 12, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  15. Steve

    CNNbias says: "I'm just not on the Obama-rama-shama-lama-doo-da train. It's a good thing he's not divisive. I would hate to see what that looks like."

    Not yet, wait until he becomes President. Then, if you're not for him, you go to the Gulag immediately. My prediction.

    January 12, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. C.Turner

    I don't know the exact percentage of chances that a American has at becoming a president, but I'm about tired of these family legacies with our country. We need someone knew and improved like Obama.

    January 12, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. Scott, Madison, WI

    I can't comprehend the thinking of people still drunk on the "Clinton cocktail" from the 90's. Has someone other than the Clinton's rewritten history?

    The economic growth was temporary, had peaked and the bubble began bursting just prior to Bill leaving office. The Clinton's were the birth parents of divisive, petty politics and conspiracy corner thinking. They elevated lying and dodging to an art form – and Hillary still can't give a straight answer to save her soul without holding her finger to the politcal winds or taking a poll. The Clinton's introduced exaggeration, manipulation and triangulation to the forefront of Washington politics and then blamed all their adversaries. An lastly, Bill couldn't even assure victory to a sitting VP to follow the "best 8 years we've seen in Washington". That's some legacy.

    When will people sober up from the "Clinton cocktail" buzz and realize that we are still talking about the same issues we were prior to Bill's election: health care, the ecomony, jobs, etc.? All of Hillary's "new ideas" are just retooled Bill ideas from the 90s, nothing innovative or forward thinking. Same old drudge she's been pushing around Washington for almost 2 decades now with a new name.

    We need new ideas, new leadership, wisdom and conscience in Washington. Not the same dog and pony show from the last century.

    January 12, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. tc

    CNN is correct: Clinton 183 (delegates plus superdelegates) over Obama 78, that is why Clinton is way ahead over Obama. Folks: learn your politics facts. Do not embrace "change" and do not know what "change" is.

    January 12, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. Adam Freeman

    Both Hilary and Obama would be excellent choices for democratic nomination. The differences between the two health care plans are minimal. Any health care plan would have to be negotiated with the members of congress. A congress that unfortunately will still include some Republicans. I believe that many of these Republicans will be unwilling to work with Senator Clinton. Republicans hate Hilary Clinton so instead of moving forward with real change for America. We have more partisanship in Congress.

    January 12, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. Steve

    "Do not embrace "change" and do not know what "change" is."

    Ah, but change + hope can be so seductive. ....

    Germans voted for hope and change after World War I, and look what they got.

    January 12, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. John

    I find it remarkable that Obama, who was apparently never in Congress in the last two years, could still find time to have his name attached to 427 bills and resolutions in the 109th congress, and 459 bills/resolutions in the 110th congress.

    With very little effort, people could find out every vote he made or didn't make, and even those touting factcheck.org should be aware that aside from the Iraq War funding, there's very little to complain about.

    Instead of posting half-truths and outright lies, perhaps a bit more time could be spent actually researching the candidates?

    January 12, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  22. NoWay

    In 2006 June, Mr Obama's campaign sparked controversy by circulating a memo accusing the former first lady of pandering to the Indian American community by referring to her as "Clinton (D-Punjab)" journalistic shorthand for Democratic senator from Punjab. It also accused the Democratic front-runner of getting "tens of thousands" from companies that outsource jobs to India. Mr Obama quickly made amends by apologising for the jab as the Indian-American community took umbrage, denouncing his memo as "the worst kind of anti-Indian American stereotyping." Others in List ¦ Republican Rudy Giuliani (former New York mayor) saying he was at "ground zero" as often as the rescue and recovery workers.

    January 12, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. mike

    tom dav ie and ginny ca: obama chose kerry to endorse him because kerry has a litney of email addresses and connections to his presidential bid. look when it comes down to votes getting more established on the ground could mean the difference between winning and losing. and kerry has gone through this recently and stil has the wherewithall. remember he got 49,000,000 votes. way more than bill clinton ever did.

    January 12, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  24. Steve

    John says: " I find it remarkable that Obama, who was apparently never in Congress in the last two years, could still find time to have his name attached to 427 bills and resolutions in the 109th congress, and 459 bills/resolutions in the 110th congress."

    Therefore he must be superman, and deserves to be elected POTUS, and maybe later DOTW.

    Look for the bill he co-sponsored on "How to change a bicycle tire" [just kidding]. But if you look at the bills he co-sponsored, the vast majotiry of them are inconsequential.

    Looks to me like he puts his name to most bills in the Senate.

    That's one way to be prolific and establish Presidential credentials.....

    January 12, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  25. Daniel

    The only chance Republicans have is if Hillary wins. I live in Utah and I don't know anyone who would even consider voting for Hillary. Lots of my Republican friends are actually planning on voting for Obama, and even more are considering it if Romney doesn't get the Republican nomination.

    January 12, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
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