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. phillip, monterey ca

    HRC's 35 years of experience:

    1. Worked for a corporate law firm.
    2. Served on WalMart board and had no issues with the labor policies there.
    3. Formulated a disastrous health care plan that postponed universal coverage for years.
    4. Had tea with foreign leaders.
    5. Voted for the war
    6. Scandal after scandal. Why oh why?
    7. Within a couple of years managed to lose both the house and the senate due to vindictive and divisive politics

    Experience we can count on?

    March 6, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  2. Anastasia

    Barack Obama not only gives hope to our whole country, he also makes a lot of sense in his reasoning. I believe that he has just enough experience not to go to Washington already corrupted with the stale, out dated way to run our country. It's time we start competing effectively in the World and behave as the super power we are suppose to be. The only way to do that is if we come together as a people. That means, keeping us happy and not continuing to rob the American people, as the previous Bush administration has done. President Obama, we need you and thank GOD for you!

    March 6, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  3. Paula

    James, if Obama is allowed to steal this nomination from Clinton, I will vote for a republican presidential nomiinee for the second time in my life!!!

    March 6, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  4. DREW

    In teaching my 6 year old son the importance of being honest and forthright i let him watch the democractic debates and the canidates,i let him choose for himself.... He pick BARACK OBAMA because he is honest and sincere.I hope adults voting wil acually see this to.

    March 6, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  5. American

    It is sad that we take such pride in tearing each other apart. I mean, for Kevin to make such a statement shows that we don't have any problem telling the world that we are racist. After all, 8 out of 10 Ohio voters who voted for Clinton admitted that they voted for her because they could not vote for an African American. How sad is that? We really have no idea what is at stake. If we think we can tell a world of different colors and religions that we are a nation willing to be divided on the basis of color and religions, and not feel a major backlash, we are in for a rude awakening and neither Clinton or McCain at the top of a ticket will be able to do anything to keep the vultures of the world from picking at our stiff necked American bones! 911 will look like a tea party compared to what's to come. But hey, we'll have Ohio to thank! O-HI-O! O-HI-O!

    March 6, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  6. Ike

    Hep, the policy of HOPE and CHANGE at work. How nice, and he claims to be a different kind of politician.

    March 6, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  7. Shawn

    I would like to say go obama. And second. Hiliary is an admitted flag burner. Buring the flag of the united states of america is not a freedom of speech. It is treason. She admitted to it when her husband first got into office. I think all flag burners should not be allowed to run for office. Lets hope that obama wins cause if hilary wins I am leaving the us.

    March 6, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  8. jls

    If you listen to truely what Hillary was saying about women not holding a higher office in the state ....It was not a mean spirited comment.

    She was questioning it based on her years of fighting for women and the right to be equal.

    It is a shame that Obama supporters can turn something that all of them for one reason or another should understand..EQUALITY!!!

    It is a shame Obama supporters can do no better than this.

    They have been hateful in regards to HRC since the beginning.
    Have any of them devoted their life to helping anyone? Like her or not; she has done alot to support the less fortunate and if you think she is the only one with baggage than it shows simply how naive people are.
    Spend 5 mintues really reading her profile to understand all that she has done and not just judge her because her husband cheated and she kept him around...Obama I am sure is no saint either.

    Fight on matters not such idiotic topics with partial facts....

    March 6, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  9. It's all politics

    As far as I'm concerned the truth is fair game. Obama has not promoted falsehoods about Clinton. Clinton on the otherhand has used underhanded tactics like saying he's a Christian as far as she knows and presenting the picture of Obama in Muslim garb insinuating he's Muslim (which is not a bad thing by the way) and going on about the non-existent NAFTA Canada meeting when she knows good and well that her campaign has met with Canada regarding NAFTA and told them to take her new "position" with a grain of salt and that ridiculous fear mongering ad that we Democrats berated the Repubs for doing. Look it up people. Also look up Paul v Clinton.

    March 6, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  10. Matt

    “Tired of politicians trying to divide our nation instead of lifting it up.”

    Too bad neither Mabus nor Obama are tired of the fact that states like Mississippi have never elected a woman governor, senator or member of Congress.

    Substitute "African American" for "woman" in that statement and see how the story would change. Obama would be celebrated as a pioneer for making such a statement. Hillary is derided as divisive for making one just as important.

    March 6, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  11. Annamica, OH

    Hey don't categorize all the young people as Obama supporters...I stand proud as a 21 year old college educated Hillary Clinton supporter!

    March 6, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  12. American Girl

    To All of you grown-ups... I am a 10 year old ( who knows alot about politics) usinn my mom acct. This is not cool. I think you got it all 'twisted' Hillary act like a mean, nasty teacher I had in 3rd grade (aka "Ms.Seitz the fright) and Obama is acting like new kid in school trying to make friends... well Obama is to nice and well Hillary is to mean i have somthin to say if they dont work it out neither of them is gettin in the white hous ethats all i have to say

    March 6, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  13. Clinton is a fraud

    CNN! CNN!! CNN!! Please come out with the news on NAFTA-GATE....It is on MSNBC......The truth is finally coming out...
    It was the Clintons that contacted Candian government and NOT Obama's.

    FOR GOD's SAKE, Please say the TRUTH...stop being afraid of the Clintons.

    March 6, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  14. danni

    Man, you clinton supporters are some negative, childish people. Hillary knows she can't stand up on her own, so she's going to have to do everything she can to tear down Obama. And yet, she thinks she's going to be able to force him to pick her as a running mate... hilarious.

    March 6, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  15. SC

    What all of you don't understand is the republicans will eat him up alive. Anyone read WSJ editorial today by Karl Rove? That's just a little taste of what is coming. Make note of the special reference to him not wearing the flag pin.

    Hillary was just stating the facts, not attacking, he couldn't handle the republican attack machine, that is Hillary's point, plus we're all tired of his empty messages.


    March 6, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  16. JR, PA

    CNN – please check on the new allegation that Obama had a sexual relation with a man from Minnesota. This man from Minnesota is being silenced by DNC, Mr. Obama himself and a Mr. Axelrod. If this is true then America must know about the truth! Thanks.

    March 6, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  17. HaveWePerspective?

    Here it is… what will the Clinton supporters say now that they've already condemned Obama for their candidates own doings?

    March 6, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  18. An Agnostic Democrat

    I'm surprised this wasn't predicated with Hillary's usual: " As I've said many times ...", or "I've been saying for years ...", blah ... blah ... blah!
    Talkin' the talk, but couldn't speak the truth or walk the walk if it hit her in the forehead or in the shins!

    March 6, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  19. Kris in PA

    Why do I have the feeling that half the commenters on behalf of the Obama campaign in these boards weren't even out of their diapers during the 90's...

    Quite scary for the future of our great nation if this is the caliber of youth and new voters Obama is attracting to the Democratic party.

    March 6, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  20. Casey, Atlanta

    Whatever. Mississippi is backward!

    March 6, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  21. Jim, American in Paris

    Well said Hillary. The truth can hurt.

    But we all know now that voters in the deep south are voting on skin color more than on the issues and programs proposed by the candidates so why would Mississipi be any different? Hope their voters will break the trend.

    March 6, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  22. Bob Ramos

    I am extremely sick and tired of these petty issues – he said, she said things. I want some specific straight answers from both of these candidates.

    It is ok to have ads pointing out where the candidates differ but to waste valuable resources on this kind of garbage reflects badly on the candidate airing the ad.

    March 6, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  23. sam

    MISSISSIPPI – DO not let obama and his followers (They remind me of the fairy tale – Pied Piper of Hamilton and the mice that followed him into the waters of the lake ) fool you. You are too smart a state to fall for this kind of childish talk!

    March 6, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  24. J Johns

    Why is it that when Barack's campaign does something like this it's called truth to power, or some such tripe, but when it's Bill or Hillary (directly or not) it's called slime-bucket politics? Just wondering.

    March 6, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  25. Las Mascaras de la Nada

    Barack Obama is the 2008 version of the Macarena.

    March 6, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
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