March 6th, 2008
04:50 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama radio ad targets Clinton’s Mississippi comments

(CNN) – Barack Obama’s campaign has debuted a new radio ad in Mississippi called "Respect," highlighting what they call “derogatory” remarks Hillary Clinton made about the state late last year.

The ad also argues that Obama will “practice his Christian faith by respecting us” - an apparent push-back against the false Muslim rumors that have dogged him throughout the campaign.

In the 30-second spot, former Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus, an Obama supporter, derides Clinton for comments she made last fall singling out the state’s record of electing female politicians.

"I was shocked when I learned Iowa and Mississippi have never elected a woman governor, senator or member of Congress," Clinton told the Des Moines Register in October. "There has got to be something at work here. How can Iowa be ranked with Mississippi? That's not the quality. That's not the communitarianism, that's not the openness I see in Iowa.'"

Mabus accuses the Clinton campaign of calling Mississippi voters “second class.”

“Now I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of people putting us down,” Mabus says in the ad. “Tired of politicians trying to divide our nation instead of lifting it up.”

Mississippi voters head to the polls next Tuesday, March 11, with 33 Democratic delegates at stake.

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby
soundoff (380 Responses)
  1. Kevin

    Obama supporters how young and naive you are !

    Can't win the election without florida or ohio. Simple fact !!!!

    Obama won't win Fl, Hillary proved that he won't win Ohio.

    Besides once the Resko trial drops the O bomb he's finished

    Bye Bye Barack. Hope all you young people that sent him money which you couldn't afford to send get a refund!!

    March 6, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. RuthieM

    She;s been constant with the put-downs, even saying small states don't matter or caucus states don't matter in this election. She needs to have any state she may have won a caucus stripped from her total. Vote for Obama Mississippi.

    March 6, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  3. Kamangu

    Keep going guys, we ned to finish her.... Dig everywhere Clinton's scandals can hide and bring them to light.

    March 6, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. Darth Vadik, CA

    ooohhhh hes fighting back

    about time Barack, knock her crooked ways out of her.

    March 6, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. Darth Vadik, CA


    What you have said makes absolutely no sense, it is the most idiotic thing I have heard in a long time, everyone on this blog site is dumber for just reading it.

    March 6, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. dmw

    Obama is the same old type of politician he has complained about this entire election process. He is not an agent of change. He will do anything to get elected. He is a liar. I will never vote for him because I saw through his smooth talkin' a long time ago.

    Change we can NOT believe in; Yes, we can fool all of you people; Fired up and ready to lie to get the nomination.

    He will lose in November.

    March 6, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. Sam

    Please don't vote for Hillary. She is as crooked as a donkeys hide leg.

    google – Paul vs Clinton. More of the same railroading ways of the Clinton De-Fame!

    No McBush!

    March 6, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. Dawn


    Why is it that the only way that Hillary supporters can lift themselves up is to put Obama supporters down?

    Is there nothing else that you can point to.

    Do your homework and google " Clinton Scams" and then comeback after your hours of reading and share what you have learned.

    There is still room on the OBAMA express straight to the White House. You can still be a part of history!!

    March 6, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. Democrats unite-dont be fooled

    Kevin :hater!

    March 6, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. illinois voter for truth.

    Ohio, Texas, R.I. and Vermont were lied to. Bill
    Clinton was in Canada the night before the elections.
    The Clinton scumbags made sure that this story was
    given to the press hours before the elections before
    Obama had a chance to respond.

    The Republicans have so many lies, scandals, deceptions
    on the Clintons, they don't need the paperwork. The Rep.
    and Rush Limbaugh want her to win–really want her to
    win. The Republicans (supposedly are good Christians
    that don't believe in Adultery. WELL, there's more dirt on
    The Clintons that anyone can believe. GO TO HILLIARY
    BILL Hillary does not deserve
    the Senate Job she has. She always skips to another
    town to run. Why's that?

    Obama. A professional woman (62) that believed from Day 1
    Obama could never never never be a V.P. under a liar.

    March 6, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  11. Paul

    Obama should unite the party by admitting that he is not ready to lead our nation

    Hillary will be our Nominee,

    Obama should start investing an equal ammount of money on his campaign . It will show America that without double spending he cannot cause a significant impact in those people, including me who understand that he is simply not ready to lead our nation.
    Hillary can make a great difference and Obama could be a potential good Vice President. Obama can learn as a VP and eventually become our President.

    This election is not about race , gender or SES, it is about the future of our loved nation.

    Live to America and

    Hillary for President!!!

    Hillary 08- President of the United States of America

    March 6, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  12. Deb, IN

    Obama I thought you were a different kind of politics. Sounds like the same old BS to me!!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. Jones in Sacramento

    Hillary is so polarizing....Obama is the uniter

    March 6, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  14. Jay

    What a lame attack ad by Obama. As usual sound byte taken way out of context. If he is going to fight Hillary with this kind of soft garbage, he will windiup on the short end of the stick. Remember, getting into a knife fight will Hillary Clinton could be very dangerous.

    March 6, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  15. Kyle

    Win all the Kerry states.

    Win South Carolina or Missouri.

    Boom, there's an electoral vote majority for Obama without Ohio or Florida. Wasn't even hard.

    March 6, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  16. Byron in CA

    Funny how the media is trying to make the connection of how negative press toward Mr. Obama could have made an impact in the elections on March 4th, but still fail to go further to the connection of how they've affected the perception of Hillary and her campaign over the last 3 months with a constant barrage of negative media toward her.

    What is equally as strange is how now it is accepted/encouraged by the media and seems to be the strategy when Mr. Obama goes negative in his campaign, which they and the media have been very critical of Hillary for supposedly doing.

    The double standard still exist

    March 6, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  17. George T

    Well, he needs to give Oprah a huge hug and lots of thanks for all the money! You go girl!!

    March 6, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. midora

    I'm an Obama supporter, and I'm not young but I guess by Kevin's terms I'm naive, because I support someone who is not as not as ruthless, divisive, and hypocritical as Hillary Clinton is. Gloat all you want, but things can change, and even if Hillary Clinton wins the nomination, I doubt she'll win the national election. Thank God.

    CNN, please post my comment, even though it does not praise Hillary Clinton.

    March 6, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. Dexter

    Very Nice... Hillary is going to regret starting negative on Obama. He doesn't need to do anything but point out her behavior to the voters to get them to turn on her.

    Not that it matters. He has the nomination locked up, so all this is just a waste of time.

    Still, fun to watch.

    March 6, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  20. OBAMA 2008

    Obama keep pushing! Once the news gets out that Hillary was behind NAFTA gate (by the way Canadian gov't has said it was HER HILLARY'S campaign who told them they didnt mean what they said about NAFTA not Obamas) Ohio will feel stupid, Texas will have buyers remorse, and America will see HRC for the untrustworthy politician she really is

    Obama for President!!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  21. DJW

    Hate-o-ration live and well in Hillary camp. 1st Ohio never went for Bill Clinton in the General Election no big deal and Texas is a Republican state -however Senaroe Obama walked away with the most delegates and he still has the popular vote.

    What's your point Kevin????

    March 6, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  22. Brenda Waters

    Hillary's 'Experience' does not bear scrutiny

    'Its Getting Ugy out there', and Senator Clinton is leading the race. silly Lady with such baggage – 'what goes round comes round', and even if you get there – the Republicans will eat you up! your 'experience' does not bear scrutiny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Brenda Elzabeth

    March 6, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  23. ACV

    Actually Kevin, a recent Survey USA Poll shows that Barack Obama wins rather convincingly against John McCain in a head to head Electoral battle. Hillary does as well but by 8 fewer electoral votes. Also, Hillary won't win Ohio either after NAFTA-Gate is fully exposed.

    March 6, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  24. C

    How old and closed-minded you are, Kevin! It's never wrong to have hope, and Florida isn't even an issue now. Until they decide if they're going to have caucuses or an election do-over, it's not over. Obama's still got his lead in delegates. We'll see what happens, but don't go counting your chicks before they hatch. You might just drop your basket and have a pile of broken eggs.

    March 6, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  25. vanchava


    OBAMA 08


    March 6, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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