January 21st, 2008
04:35 PM ET
7 years ago

Anti-Obama push-polling alleged in South Carolina

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (CNN) – Supporters of Barack Obama in South Carolina said Monday that in the past day, black voters across the state have received biased polling phone calls, sometimes known as “push polls,” which they say are favorable to Hillary Clinton and distort Obama’s record.

Columbia city councilwoman Tamika Isaac Devine, an Obama supporter, said she received such a phone call Sunday night.

“[The caller] asked for the female in the household,” she told CNN, “then they asked my race.” Devine said the caller then launched into a series of positive statements about Clinton and negative statements about Obama, asking how each one affected her vote.

That included a direct comparison of Obama to President Bush. “They said that Barack Obama doesn’t want to be an operational president,” Devine recounted, “and they said he doesn’t want to manage things well, like George W. Bush.”

She said the calls also played on perceived African-American dislike of former President Ronald Reagan and Obama’s recent remarks about Reagan. “They asked, ‘Would you be more willing to vote for a candidate that thinks Ronald Reagan was a more transforming president than Bill Clinton?”

This comes after Obama told a newspaper that, “Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not and in a way that Bill Clinton did not.”

On Saturday, the campaign sent reporters what it said was a recording of a Nevada robo-call received by a supporter, in which the caller repeatedly emphasized Obama’s middle name, Hussein, and said the senator lied when he said he did not take money from special interest groups and lobbyists.

State Rep. Todd Rutherford, an Obama supporter, said Monday the South Carolina campaign was receiving reports of similar calls.

–CNN Radio Correspondent Lisa Desjardins

soundoff (117 Responses)
  1. Mike, Chicago

    HP,

    Your ridiculously misinformed,
    "1- Hilary represents all races v/s Obama, the blacks."

    Hillary represents her own self interest anything she can say to win the vote she will.

    "2- Hilary represents the families with lower incomes v/s Obama, $100,000 and up"
    Education is a great indication of income....hence Obama tends to get the vote from the educated people who actually follow follow and understand what the issues are, where as Hillary convinces the uninformed.

    "3- Hilary represents the INVISIBLES v/s Obama the PRIVILEGES."

    This is exactly the opposite Hillary comes from the privileged Obama does not, Obamas entire career has been based around working for the poor and people without a voice. Hillary did Corporate law for some of the largest corporations in the world.

    "4- Hilary has a specific plan for the economy, the healthcare v/s Obama ???"

    Both candidates have a plan both are actually remarkably similar the only real difference would be the required pay for health care that Hillary purposes vs. the non required but more for the people who don't have health care and can't afford it that Barack supports.

    Feel free to follow whoever you choose but just don't do it blindly, do some research for yourself....

    January 22, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. Alexandra

    I was turned off by the bickering between Obama and Clinton. However, i am proud of Obama for standing up to the Clinton machine for once.
    Obama started the campain with intergrity and respect. However the Clintons' panicked when he won Iowa and decided to do whatever they could to derail his chances. Hence, he has to defend himself as well as call her out on the holes in her record.
    I wish they didn't resort to cheap jabs, but for last night it was VERY neccessary for Obama to answer back to all the manipulative accusations the Clintons' have been shamelessly spreading since he won Iowa.
    I am proud of Edwards conduct – but lets be honest – he is just to boring..
    Obama '08

    January 22, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. kcprincess

    I am so sick of hearing people talk about experience. Does Hillary have the experience to be president? I think so, but where does she get off talking about SUPERIOR experience? She has 7 years in the senate to Obama's 11 and Edwards' 6, and when you count in their other political activities it all pretty much equals out. I wish people would stop talking about experience. It's a non-issue because none of the candidates really has any more than the others, and they are all qualified to do the job. Just because no one had heard of Obama before this race, that doesn't mean he didn't exist. He's been at this a long time. Hillary needs to stop claiming superiority in this department because being first lady for 8 years do not count as political experience. She was sent overseas as an ambassador, not a negotiator, she was never given security clearance, she never sat in on meetings, she was never given a copy of Bill's daily intelligence briefings. Being married to a president doesn't make you any more qualified to BE president than, say, someone who's been in the senate LONGER than YOU, and therefore probably less so. That doesn't mean she's not qualified for the job, because she certainly is, if you want to talk about experience. I just want to point out that it's incredibly misleading for her to claim she has MORE experience than the other candidates, when it simply is not true. As for the other Obama supporters out there, keep trucking, but please stop saying Obama is inexperienced. I'm afraid the Clinton campaign is doing it's job well if you think that, but take some comfort in knowing your candidate is not only well-qualified, but also quite experienced. Don't believe the lies and the spins!! Trust the facts!!

    January 22, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. don

    After watching the debate last night, or shall I say "The Obama Show". It's absolutely amazing how mucvh the race card has been played by Obama. The first question that was asked wasd about the economy. Hillary, who went first answered it. Obama, next, started off his extensive monologue evoking MLK. You mean he played the race card in front of a mostly black audience?
    Also, I don;t know if anyone else noticed. CNN loves Obama. When Hillary or Jogn Edwards were speaking they were cut off within 30 seconds of speaking, but Obama was allowed, I timed it, to speak as long as 5-7 minutes on his issues.
    Granted thye debate was sponsored by the Black South Carolina Caucases. So, of course, it was only fair that Obama get as much face time as possible.
    Shame on you CNN. Fairness in obviously not in your vocabulary.
    I can not wait until after Super tuesday to see who the democratic nominee will be.
    Just remember, whomever we select has to run in all 50 states, not just South Carolina.

    January 22, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. Suzanne

    HILLARY CLINTON ALL THE WAY.....I DON'T KNOW WHY ANYONE IS STILL TALKING ABOUT RONALD REAGAN....HE WAS AN ACTOR AND HE ACTED HIS WAY THROUGH THOSE TERRIBLE YEARS HE WAS OUR PRESIDENT...I MAY BE MISTAKEN BUT DID'NT HE ARM THE IRANIANS.....WHY ARE WE EVEN TALKING ABOUT HIM. HILLARY'S THE ONLY ONE CONCERNED ABOUT THE ISSUES THAT WE AS AMERICANS ARE WORRIED ABOUT. I HOPE THE WOMEN IN THIS COUNTRY WILL BAND TOGETHER, WE COULD EASILY GET HER IN THE WHITE HOUSE, SHE'S THE BEST CANDIDATE ON BOTH SIDES, GOD HELP US WE DON'T NEED ANOTHER REPUBLICAN AS OUR PRESIDENT....DO THE RIGHT THING PUT HILLARY CLINTON IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!!

    January 22, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. tracy

    As a life long democrat I am looking more closely at John McCain in the unfortunate event that Hillary is the nominee. A month ago I would have said that I would support whomever the nominee was but not after the Karl Rove style politics that the Clintons have demonstrated. I cannot support the continuation of this nastiness and lies. I am very sad that in a time when democrats could be coming together to win the white house the Clintons have torn the party apart in pursuit of their own political aspirations. I hope that most democrats are as tired as I am of this and will not vote for Hillary in the primary.

    January 23, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. Cheryl

    If you know anyone in SC who gets a push poll have them to record it some kind of way then call 877-622-6228. We need to get the recording to the Press before Saturday. Get this to as many people you know in SC. Get the word out. Make sure you inform them if they get a push poll to call this number. Make sure they try to record the message

    January 23, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. CHARLESTONBILL

    What is to push. The senator has been in office two years. Half of thet time he has ben running for President......... WHAT RECORD?????????

    January 23, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. RJB2

    Wake up people...how can you have change with the same ones in the WH
    The Clintons will piss on everything and smile and we say OK
    We the people deserve what we have and get...clowns and fools
    We will NEVER learn and will have the same waste products in government
    WAKE UP AMERICA...THE COUNTRY IS IN THE TOILET
    And it is about to be flush

    January 23, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. Mary, Iowa voter

    WHY is this still news??? They did it here in Iowa too. They cheated in the caucuses, she did push-polling, they sent out mailer after mailer full of LIES. I started out this process supporting her, until I woke up and started LEARNING the TRUTH!!! Seems some will never learn. CNN itself only started seeing the truth a couple of days ago, and I think it's short-lived. Clintons are the ones with the millions and now all they need is MORE POWER!!! They'll clearly take it any old way they can!!!

    If we let the Machine with Two Heads run this party again, I'll leave the *&%$$)* party!

    January 23, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. pete

    there you go. Clinton, who says she cares about blacks in south carolina, flys out to california to get an edge on obama, and leaves her husband to get the black vote in south carolina.

    SEND HER A MESSAGE, WE ARE NOT AS STUPID AND YOU AND BILL THINK!!!!
    VOTE OBAMA!!!

    January 23, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  12. Shiva

    all the posts here look quite promising. I don't quite understand what happens when it comes down to the polls. NH was quite surprising. There is a woman who cried her eyes, and she gets a sympathy vote, because of a political machine behind her? We have members of a Union who go against the Union leader's endorsement because Bill Clinton shook their hands? It's one thing to play dirty politics, but citizens should be above the negative campaining and look at the merits of an incorruptible politician in our times, Mr. Obama. I hope SC doesn't disappoint with the apparent short sightedness that has been displayed in the recent past, w.r.t. "experience" that Hillary Clinton has. Just as an fyi, her "experience" started only when she was elected Senator.

    January 23, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. Jenna

    CNN your Biased, it appears that anyone who does not agree with Obama does not get their comments posted. I have left several just to test the CNN waters, you should be ashamed as a news reporting agency.

    Signed,

    Not heard by CNN Blogs

    January 23, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  14. Shatillia

    History is changing. The Clintons thought they had the election in the bag. They never thought of Obama being an actually competitor and underestimated him. Now, all these attacks are flying all over the place to discredit him. I am surprised about the horrible attacks. I thought we as Democratics were above these tactics. Democrats please really examine these issues before voting. We do not need chaos in the White House for another 8 years.

    Obama keep standing strong.

    January 24, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  15. Mike, MD

    GO BILL!! Get Hillary the nomination so that us Republicans can WIN the White House Again!! We are scared of Obama, he has to many younger voters on his side, but not BILLARY!!

    January 24, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  16. Catherine

    Karl Rove would be proud of anyone following in his footsteps on how to win an election through misrepresentation of the opponent's statements and the mistruths flung out by surrogates to tear down someone's character. I thought that the Unites States was ready for a change but from the dirty tricks and personal attacks, I guess not. I guess the means justify the ends as long as you win. If this keeps up, our democratic party will be split down the middle with very hard feelings on both sides. As a democrat, it will make it very hard for me to vote for someone who is willing to follow Rove's playbook and further partisan divide. I have had enough of that for the last eight years. Enough is enough.

    If the candidate is into personal attacks and misrepresentations of his opponent then that tells me the cadidate does not seem to have enough strength and belief in his own issues in which they can converse to get them elected.

    I don't believe Bill Clinton should be campaigning for his wife. That should be left up to the daughter to do. Bill Clinton is a former President of United States, an office that demands respect and an image of a former president should be above the fray unitl a final democratic nominee is picked. His support should be the democratic party and not for an individual. What democratic opponent really wants to attack a former President of the United States, a former leader of their party? This same former leader is now putting himself into a position where he can divide his party into splinters that may be hard to put back together again when the democatic convention rolls around and nominee is picked. Are we then just suppost to forget all the bad politicing that went on before. I know I won't be able to.

    Let each candidate stand on his own and honestly and truthfully debate the issues that really matter to us. We are electing one individual to help lead this country out of the partisan mess it is in now. One individual who then must decide on one vice president to help him. There is no such thing as co-presidency. I want to vote for a President of the United States and a Vice President of the United States who has run an honest and truthful candidacy on their own strengths of truth and honesty on the issues and what they can do to help us. And if I can believe in their integrity, honesty, and good character, then the world might follow suit and believe in America once again.

    January 24, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  17. UNISMUNDI

    is this on your main page? Just wondering since the John McCain push polling and lies were on the main page. Has anyone seen the Clinton Chronicles? While I do not believe EVERYTHING in the movie, it does raise serious SERIOUS doubts. Search Clinton Chronicles on video.google.com or on youtube, it is there in 11 parts

    January 24, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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