February 8th, 2008
12:26 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama, Clinton trade ad buys in critical states

Obama is hoping for a big win in Louisiana.

Obama is hoping for a big win in Louisiana.

(CNN) - Barack Obama launched a new ad in Louisiana on Friday, just one day before the state’s Democratic primary.

The Obama campaign’s ad, titled ‘Future,’ pairs images of the Illinois senator and a devastated, post-Katrina New Orleans – gutted homes, an affected man with his child, a shirt that reads ‘Rebuild New Orleans’ – with audio of his inspirational ‘Yes, We Can’ speech.

Earlier this week, the Illinois senator's campaign included a spreadsheet in an e-mail to supporters in which they projected a double-digit win in Louisiana.

“This election is about the past versus the future,” Obama says . “Hard as it may seem, we cannot lose hope.

“There are people all across this great nation who are counting on us. Who cannot afford another four years without health care. They can’t afford another four years without good schools. They can’t afford another four years without decent wages.”

His campaign has also begun airing its Super Bowl spot, ‘Join’ in Wisconsin in advance of the state’s February 19 primary.

On Friday, on a conference call reporting a massive new fundraising haul, Hillary Clinton’s campaign announced that they were airing ads targeting voters in the Potomac primaries, which head to the polls next Tuesday, February 12.

Obama has been running spots in those states since the days before the February 5 Super Tuesday contests.

Clinton also has begun airing a long-running healthcare spot in Washington State, with the addition of endorsements from the state’s two Democratic senators.

Clinton and Obama will go head-to-head in eight Democratic contests in the next four days.

–CNN's Jeff Simon

soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. Jenny, Rio Vista, CA

    Bush – Clinton – Bush – Clinton. Two families ruling this country. Is this really what this country needs? Think about it.

    You never know, in 8 years perhaps you Hilary supporters will start campaigning for Jenna Bush seeing as she is a female.

    February 8, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  2. Jay

    It's unfortunate that Obama did not support the bill that would have provided more funding to Louisianna. It's easy to have your picture taking down here but the fact that you voted against that bill and Clinton voted for it tells us how shallow and obscene you really are.

    As a black man living down here I have not forgotten that vote and many of us remember it like it was yesterday.

    Sorry sir, you will not get my vote. Just because you are black don't think the rest of us is a guaranteed vote like you were allowed to have in South Carolina and Georgia.

    February 8, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. sue

    Hilliary also said....WAY BACK WHEN BILL WAS ELECTED FOR HIS FIRST TERM...that she was going to completely revamp our health care plan so every American would be covered. That was how long ago? She didn't do it then and I don't see her doing it now. The Bush/Clintons/Bush administrations are OVER! As much as I liked Bill, he liked to every American when he pointed his finger to the camera and said, "I did not....." OK, so what. He should not have lied. Then he perjured himself. The Clinton administration was the most highly investigated and controversial of our time. Sorry, we're there is smoke there is fire and with Bill right next to Hilliary, still calling the shots and causing damage as proven by the voters of South Carolina, I'm Obama all the way. I saw him in person twice and can tell you with absolute certainty, this man speaks from a place of truth.

    February 8, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  4. Harvey

    Past Vs Future...In the past the Clintons helped these people..where was Obama..now the future he is there in La for votes only. Mary is right when you hear Obama speak just makes you want to run down to the church stand in line for the next baptism

    February 8, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  5. Kyle

    If Republicans thought Obama could beat McCain, the media would be bashing Obama and scrutinizing his every word, like they are doing to Hillary. They know she can beat McCain…that's why they are in an all out attack on her. Come on Democrats, we have to be smarter…let's not repeat 2000 Election

    February 8, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. Mark

    I am so sick of CNN being overtly biased towards Barack Obama. As a democrat, I acknowledge that CNN always swings towards the left, just as Fox is "fair and balanced" to the right (LOL). Now CNN has stepped it up a notch and recently just engage is flat out unwarranted praise towards Mr. Obama. I like Barack, I think he is great....I just refuse to be spoon fed CNN's overt editorial that just seeps into every single political news story they report. No matter what Hillary does, it is always spun in Obama’s favor. As a man, I can also admit that a great deal of Hillary’s reported “polarization” is due simply because she is a woman. I will vote for either of them…I just am more fearful that Barack is going to turn out to be the Jimmy Carter of the 21st Century (inspiring, huge heart, but terrible president). I don’t want to wait for all of Barak’s great accomplishments to be made after he is President like Jimmy.

    February 8, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  7. Will

    Obama is the clear chose for Democratic nominee. He against the War from the start and John McCain doesnt want to talk about the immigration bill he cosponsor with Obama and campaign/finance reform along with ethic reform. The wright wing conservative is outrage with McCain over these Bills. This give Obama the edge. If Sen. Clinton win it would be a popularity contest with McCain, he would win. The best chose is Obama 08!!!!!!!

    February 8, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  8. Ratgurl

    Carole in Canada:

    That's called SOCIALIZED MEDICINE! Something our government has been fighting against for eons!!! Yes, it works well for some, but you have to keep in mind that if you want to have elective surgery (i.e.- not life-saving, but will improve your quality of life), you go on a list & sometimes wait YEARS! There are pros & cons to every proposed plan. You can't just tout the good without fairly mentioning the bad.

    Freedom of choice – I CHOOSE to purchase AFFORDABLE health care! Go Obama!

    February 8, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  9. Georgianne

    February 8, 2008 4:53 pm ET

    We are behind you Obama!!!

    Streetjustiz February 8, 2008 4:56 pm ET

    People are jumping around yelling "Universal Healthcare" like its free!! This is a free country, you cannot force an adult to buy healthcare the same way you can't force an adult to buy life insurance! Its that simple! I'm not going to condone someone dipping their hand into my paycheck ! Lol…im not even going to spend my time whinning anymore, her healthcare failed woefully before, it will fail again….."YES IT WILL

    Exactly, why should I have to pay for it!!

    February 8, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  10. Ray - NJ

    Jenny..Who cares...If she can do it then she can run. You Obama cult members need to think of something else to come up with. Thats getting old, just as old as Obama's same old speech yes we can...Well NO HE CANT!!

    and if Jenna wants to run, then she can run. If people like her they will support her.

    February 8, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  11. Tina

    How sad that he's using the devestation of Katrina to appeal to the voters. I hope the voters are as upset about this as I am.

    February 8, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  12. jorje

    the ledership means to be strong. hillary will cary like baby if she dont win what kind ledership she can be

    February 8, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  13. Paul from Kissimmee

    How come nobody's crying about Obama using Katrina in his ad? Rudy brings up 9-11 and everybody complained.Obama is using Katrina to win Louisiana and the black vote of course, and it's ok?

    February 8, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  14. Carole in Canada

    Sorry but you're wrong about elective surgery in Canada. I should know, I live here LOL
    I chose to have elective surgery on my foot last year. I saw the doctor in Dec and booked my surgery for mid January. I was in and out in a day. No these are just rumors about waiting years for elective surgery
    And for the comment about 'forcing' and adult to buy health care, I guess you thought there were no adults in Canada??
    I guess you don't know what it is to have our health care system workimng for you
    so you don't understand the benefits
    these blogs are sad, instead of discussing the issues a lot of you spend your time insulting each other and the candidates. This space could be put to so much better use

    HILLARY 08

    February 8, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Obama, endosrements and money can not buy the President of the US. Hillary, will give Obama, a fight for his life. She have won victory over Oprah Winfrey, Caroline Kennedy, Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, and the first lady of CA. Obama, should be ashame of his supporter. Sentor Clinton, have left all of this power hanging.

    February 8, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  16. observer#1

    Obama is taking every single issue Hillary has been addressing for the last 2/3 years, putting a slight twist to them and claiming them for his own. The man has a panel of speech writers , his speeches are via teleprompters, they are not even his own words, only delivered by him. That's why he does not do well in debates and really tries to avoid them as much as possible. What did he do for Katrina Hell? Real leadership, with teleprompters turned off, no ideas to copy, he falls short. Clinton will lead, she is a seasoned politician.

    February 8, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  17. aware

    The future of 2012 🙂

    Barack paints a larger picture of himself than he is by far. This media mirage will not transition into the man for the job in 08. He is premature in his run for president but he brings some excitement to the primaries that Hillary can build on in the general election. 🙂

    Hillary the HOPE of 08 Barack in the FUTURE of 2012

    February 8, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  18. Carole in Canada

    Oh yes I forgot, not only are we communists up here, we force people to buy health care, we have no adults, and we all live in igloos!!!!!
    BTW my son has spent the last 6 months fighting a war in Afghanistan that we backward Canadians had nothing to do with in the first place

    February 8, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  19. Joan Prior

    I am sick and tired of this polarization whether it's by a man or a woman. No one should bash anyone – black, white, male, female. We are all Americans; we are all human beings. I have seen newscasters snicker at both Hillary and Barack.
    One is not more attacked than the other. Wouldn't it be great if each individual made up his or her mind without any influence from anybody???? Think about it.

    February 8, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  20. John

    As someone from outside America, I feel sorry for you, you have such a great new candidate in Barack Obama, and he is getting sunk by Hillary because of her gender /latino draw, and she will Lose gainst McCain, as the polling suggests,so you're looking at another 4 years Republican warmonger rule.Once again you're going to be the joke of the world if Obama doesn't get in.

    February 8, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  21. I'm just saying

    The difference is that if you die without any life insurance, NO ONE PAYS.
    If you go to the ER or are Hospitalized or go to a Doctor, and DO NOT have Health Insurance, other people pay for you. Health care is not FREE. Someone pays.
    That is why EVERYONE needs to have Health Insurance and it needs to be affordable and everyone has to pay into it.
    We are behind the rest of the world in understanding this simple concept:
    People who do not have health insurance STILL GET SICK.

    February 8, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Obama endorsements, and money will not buy the President of the US. Hillary will give him a fight of his life. Oprah Winfrey, Caroline Kennedy, Ted Kennedy/son, John Kerry, Steive Wonder, and the first lady of CA, could not get the job done. Hillary, left all hanging. Also, Ted & John, could not win their home state for Obama."SHAME SHAME".

    February 8, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  23. Anna Sacramento, Ca

    Wake up America! Barack can say "yes we can" but he cannot make the signficant change that most of his supporters think he can, he may look different and that is appealing but he is NOT different. Remember these are CAMPAIGN promises....

    February 8, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  24. Jack

    Obama endorsements, and money can not buy the President of the US. Hillary, will give him a fight of his life. Oprah Winfrey, Caroline Kennedy, Ted Kennedy/son, John Kerry, Steive Wonder, and the first lady of CA could not get the job done. Hillary, left all hanging. Ted & John, could not win their home state for Obama. SHAME SHAME.

    February 8, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  25. Veronica E

    Thank God we had Hillary as a Senator during the Bush administration. She fought hard to keep balance and for Democrats. Imagin if we didn't have Senators like her if office. The housing market is nothing. Obama doesn't have that record. He is wet behind the ears and full of rhetoric (blah, blah, blah).

    February 8, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
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