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. Ms T.

    Obama is the only choice as I see it. It does not take experience to be honest and exihibit integrity which Hiliary has neither of. Look at what her 35 years of experience got the American people...more of nothing.
    The 1990's are in the past and if you take time to look back you waste time moving to the future.
    No more living in the past for me....Obama all the way.
    I would love to see a qualified female in the White House, just not her.

    February 8, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  2. Charlotte

    Speaking of ads Obamas are like a head-on commercial. Sickening!!!!

    February 8, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  3. ww-New York

    LOL taking Hillary issues.. COME ON WAKE UP! He has to address the same issues... "There America's PROBLEMS" .. I know for sure I need to vote for OBAMA!

    February 8, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  4. Charlotte

    Frank, I agree I thought the same thing when I saw him in New Orleans. Has he, as many Senators have, went to Iraq? Has he visited our troops anywhere? Much safer here, it's also a lot safer not to vote on important issues like Iran.

    February 8, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  5. joan

    Okay so Obama wasn't in New Orleans after Katrina but he has the lone vision for rebuilding it and he doesn't believe in monastic dynasty but he fell over himself standing up with the Kennedys and didn't support the war but he wasn't in the Senate when the vote was taken and since then he has a voting record identical to Senator Clinton. But he thinks he has a unique vision

    February 8, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  6. Ayyub, Richmond, Va

    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"

    You're right. PEOPLE, HILLARY SUPPORTERS, you are not thinking this through. We are at war and in debt. In order to get universal health care there will be major sacrafices. Taxes will go up if both parties accept it (Which I doubt if the Nation is in a over Trillion dollar dept) and on top of that we have to pay for the War when the troops are out and plus the things with the economy now. America, please, think. We can't have universal health care, at least not as soon as Hillary wants it. Baracks plan would help with the nation's debt instead of making it possibly worse. I hope you all think about "what about all of the money the government owes".

    February 8, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  7. shaun

    All I can say is, "Oh.... my..... Gosh". I live in seattle, wa, and today I had the honor of seeing Barack Obama in person. I will remember this day for the rest of my life, and I'm sure the other 26,000 people will to. I stood in line for 3 hours in the blistering cold along with1000's of other supporters, and the spirit was that of unity, with the energy being electric. I've never been into politics because I don't trust our elected officials. It seems as if they always promise alot, but once there in office they forget the plight of those who elected them. Barack Obama however is different. It's just something about him that resinates with people of all backgrounds, ages, genders, races. He symbolizes what's good in america. A true champion of change both by words, actions, and judgement. Someone that knows real change doesn't start with those at the top, but by those from the bottom up. He's given a majority of his life fighting to help the forgotten; the little guy; and if he's elected he will remember you...He will remember me...and real change will restore americas past beauty. It will restore americas place in the nation, and it will restore americas respect in the world.

    February 8, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  8. Obamawillwin

    hillary bring the troops home! why did u vote for the war?

    February 8, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  9. Murry

    Obama is the best candidate for this county!
    I'm a woman and I voted for Obama!

    February 8, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  10. Tim, Seattle

    Should have seen the Obama rally today at Key Arena in Seattle. Youd think it was a Led Zeppelin reunion show. 18,000 to fill the arena and thousands more outside that couldnt get in. AMAZING!
    The caucuses tomorrow are going to be a HUGE turnout. Seattle voters are out in n umbers, for both candidates.
    I am just happy that for once...for once...voting in our corner of the country actually will count for something. For us, the elctions are mostly over once the east coast results come in.
    Seattle is wired for this!

    February 8, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  11. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    There is no future without past. Obama is following Hillary's idea, he lied about Healthcare too, Obama has no his own idea, he adopted Hillary's idea. John, I would better have Republican rather than Obama, he is naive and inexperienced, he will screw up more than Republican with Oprah, John Kerry and Kennedy.

    February 8, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  12. michelle in Des Moines

    Hillary can not build on the people Obama's bringing in, simply because they don't like her. Myself and my parents, life long Republicans that voted for Bush twice, My three sons ages 22-18 voting for the very first time. We all love Obama and we all think that Billary is the worst thing to happen to the country. If Obama does not get the nomination, McCain has 6 votes in this house.

    February 8, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  13. James

    For real change there is really only one solution to our situation.

    Everybody needs to step back and realize that both Clinton and Obama are very good people and that is is highly unlikely that there are enough delegates left in any states left to throw one over the top with the delegates they each need. One wil out trump the other in different states and the count will stay very close to each other barring one of them doing real damage to themselves. Very unlikely scenario as they are both to intellegent to let anything go that far.

    So Clinton is older and has more experience currently and if Obama really wants change then step aside "only if" Clinton will take him as her VP running mate. If she would not immediately with him annouce such an alliance then he should stay in the race as she will prove herself not to be as smart as people think she is cabable of being.

    With this alliance the democrats would have a real chance of keeping the White House for the next 16 years. He also would be great to help keep the people motivated in keeping both houses of congress with a democratic stronghold. This means real changes and progress can be made over this 16 years.

    Also if democrats did winner take all like the republicans versus the much more fair way of proportional allocation of delegates we do Clinton would already have a commanding lead as she as taken the delegate rich states thus far.

    To me this would be a real change and way to powerfully allign the democratic party.

    February 8, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  14. JohnS


    The media focus should focus on WHERE Billary gets their BIG under the table money, income tax returns, and on the scandals that the Republicans will use.

    Hillary Clinton scandals:

    – The disappearance of the Rose law firm billing records, their later discovery in the White House and Hillary Clinton’s inability to explain how they got there.

    – Her huge and inexplicable winnings in a cattle futures operation

    – Her role in the Whitewater development which was – although the media refuses to admit it – simply a land resort scam and one that was particularly aimed at seniors.

    – Her role in the despicable White House travel office firings apparently aimed at favoring the travel firm that bankrolled Bill Clinton’s campaign by delayed billing.

    – Her role in the use of FBI files on political opponents and the open question of what information from these files she still possesses.

    – A case, still in court, involving the alleged failure to report over a million dollars in campaign contributions. Clinton’s Senate campaign has already been fined by the FEC for failing to accurately report $700,000 in contributions.

    – Her relationship with such indisputably dubious persons such as Johnny Chung, John Huang, Ng Lap Seng, Mochtar Riady, the McDougalds, Craig Livingstone, Webster Hubbell and Jorge Cabrera

    February 8, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  15. Ms T.

    Carol in Canada.

    You are right, healthcare in Canada is great but Universal healthcare is different not to mention the cost of healthcare in the U.S.A is driven by the insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies to name a few and if there are no mandates to get the cost down he government won't be able to carry the bill. I don't know what Hillary's healthplan will cost but I bet it won't be $6.00.

    February 8, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  16. Sue

    Obama has all the positive headlines on CNN!!!! SOmething tells me there is a bit of bias going on. This is not fair reporting and should not be tolerated by anyone. I agree race, religion, gender etc. should have no role, but unfortunately the press continues to bring it up. Let it go. Look at the issues and the person. Look at who is best qualified to serve this country. We need someone with experience, determination, ability, strength and I feel that is Hillary Clinton. Obama will need lots of help just like Bush. I vote Hillary and will vote another party if my choice is Obama. Go Hillary!!! And shame on CNN for their biased reporting!!!!

    February 8, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  17. Sam

    Hillary is the best candidate to lead this Country into prosperity again. Can women really wait for another 200 years before they are taken seriously for the presidency? Why is the standard raised so high for Hillary?

    All American women will be sorry if they do not support one of their own, especially one with the qualification of Hillary. It would be a shame. And thanks to the media for this.

    February 8, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  18. Marie

    Carole in Canada
    Thank you for clarification in Hillary's health care plan. Many do not understand how wonderful this is. Obama's plan leaves 15 million Americans out.

    Also, a prayer for your son.

    February 8, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  19. margie

    Obama should not be using the Katrina incidence to get votes. How come nobody is calling this an outrage. Oh but of cos its Obama. He can do no wrong.

    Hillary 08

    February 8, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  20. JohnX2

    What do grown ups always tell younger generations, no you can't, life is complicated, your not experienced enought, we can't do this, we can't do that, get real. WELL SORRY BUT THAT IS NOT WHAT CREATED THIS GREAT NATION WE HAVE. It took HOPE, it took VISION, it took OPTIMISIM, it took LEADERSHIP, and gonads to dare to change what was previously thought impossible.U.S. colonies vs the ENTIRE BRITISH EMPIRE?! no way.. but guess what YES WAY!

    It's funny how thhis is exactly what is going on in this election. Who would have ever thought Obama would be where he is today, oh he's clean n' he can talk he wont be able to raise any money, or debate on the same level with clinton machine....what are we seeing today? Now all that is left is oh expereince no experience...

    Its not about beating republican, its about MOVIN THIS NATION FOWARD! Move over it's time to TURN THE PAGE, and MOVE THIS NATION INTO THE FUTURE!!

    -Obama 08!!!

    February 8, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  21. Southerner

    Carole, I base my opinions on 'universal health care' off a professor of mine who is originally from England who says its nothing short of a crock and is very sad the way things are ran there.

    Hospitals are much nicer in the United States, and since good money is involved, we tend to have the better doctors as well. People here object to paying more taxes for a bureaucracy that cant handle rebuilding New Orleans to control our lives and our health, that's the issue.

    February 8, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  22. Obamanon Supporter

    to jay about the louisiana funding:

    the bill was for drilling away your coastline. not sure why you'd want that if most of your state is already below sea level......

    February 8, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  23. John

    Obama talked big and talked very smooth to get young voters get excited and vote for change. Talk about change is easy, but actual be able implement the change is not as simple like what he said. Standing out there and talk like a frog, but somehow got poeple believe that he might be a good president (remain to be seen). If one want to go out for a beer, that will be a good guy to go with, but running a country he still has a lot to learn (believe so). Fun to go out for a date, but to run a nation, you don't need that guy. Beleive or not, he wife will look very stupid to be a first lady.

    February 8, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  24. aware

    Barack the FUTURE of 2016?

    Hillary the HOPE of 08 and 2012 🙂

    February 8, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  25. nccole treadway

    You know what-they both distorted facts--not so much obama as Cllinton did. But then you have to mix Bill Cllinton up in all this distortion of facts two. Come on guys, at least the bloggers be honest here. Hillarys 8 state win to Obama's 13 or 14 state wins. What does that tell you? He's bound to pick up more this Saturday over her too. This is election year . Clinton fights for free coverage because of money woo's and does an article about what she wore in the nintys to some Darn High power pow wow(she shouldn't mention), and Obama use's Katrina for a ad. Call it a draw, call it politics--–call it what you want, people. this ain't what it's about. Mccain voted for the war, Obama can hold that over his head-----–Hillary can't because she voted for the war too. Hillary had a failed health care system in the 90's that mccain can use against her--–He can't use that against Obama. Mccain can say " Do you want Bill Clinton haveing Sex in your White House again". He doesn't have that immoral behavior againt Obama, either. The fact is if you and I can come up with 100 different things that Mccain can use against the clintons in this election, Just think what Mccain after 20 years in the senate knows about Hillary Clinton-–that the plublilc probally doesn't! Know be honest with yourself----who has the better chance of being elected with the less dirt Mccain and his party can use against them? yep! If you sid Obama---you'd be right---there's your ans. and the best Dem. to beat a Republican----–so keep being stubborn---and lose the White House again for us all. You'll hate yourself for it later, when you can't change your mind.

    February 8, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
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