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. Joe from the cornfields of Iowa...

    It is sad to see the in-fighting that is occurring in the Democratic party. In-fighting is what the Clintons are famous for. Funny how they always seem to blame someone else for their sins.

    Not exactly the role models that I would want my children to follow. Lie, cheat, distract, pretend, change the rules to suit your needs...especially if you think it will help you win.

    Come to think of it, I was like this...when I was FIVE years old. To every undecided, thoughtful, concerned citizen, VOTE OBAMA and end this sham, desperate attempt to grab back the power so they can further divide and conquer...

    March 6, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  2. illinois voter for truth.

    I love Obama and his ads. There are straight to the point and
    the exact wording has been researched to be true, and not

    Hillary's ads: d-e-c-e-p-t-i-v-e
    Now let's sing, the great song of Cindi Laupers, "True Colors"
    especially for Bill and Hillary's lie and personality traits.

    OBAMA 2008 FOR PRESIDENT Not for VICE PRES. under a liar.
    P. S. I think Obama would rather "clean house" that be connected
    at the hip with a low life cheating liar.


    March 6, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  3. Gone Again!!

    Shame on you CNN for being so bias. I agree with M3.

    March 6, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  4. Alba Bali

    Hillary is right to discuss womens rights. Women are half the population and until this country respects the ones who are tough it will not manage to be a fair society for all. Vote for Hillary and stop being blinded by claims that Obama is different. Hillary has shown she cares for women and children, for the poor and the needy. Obama has shown he can talk about utopia land. As long as we have republicans and democrats and some other small parties we will need Hillarys kind to hope for better world.

    March 6, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  5. Candy

    Why don't you guys ever talk about Hil-lie-ary and the money she took from the insurance companies? She is a sell out and once a sell out always a sell out. And I know that you have plenty of mud to send her way. so why don't you do it Media?

    March 6, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  6. Adam

    there Is no "wining" in the democratic primary. Its all representational. Hillary is still behind in regular delegates even if she takes every contest winning 60/40. Its all up to the super delegates. This includes redoing the FL and MI primaries!

    March 6, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  7. Nestor Djonkam

    Dear Obamama
    DC for Obama,Virginia for Obama,MD for Obama let move to
    Mississipi and win the nomination for Obama .Shame on HER

    March 6, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  8. So not going to win

    Bill Clinton went to Canada also...CNN report on this .

    CNN leave this comment up so the word can get around while you guys are preparing your story.

    PS. What is the news on the Tax forms...also is there something to hide and is she trying to clean up things...also they have 5 mil to loan but cannot afford an accountant.
    What a fake.
    Hillary is a Fake. She cannot even lie like her husband. It is the 90's all over again!!!!

    March 6, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. randy

    Kevin is an idoit. Barack's not going anywhere. Do the math (including do-overs in Florida and Michigan)....Hillary cannot possibly win!

    March 6, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  10. andrew jones

    game on!...Let's take this fight to the finish line.

    If Billary wants to play dirty to win, Obama will beat her in her own game!

    THE CLINTON's have some many skeletons in their cupboard and Obama should expose all; starting with releasing her tax returns!


    VOTE OBAMA!!!!

    March 6, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  11. Breka

    Excellent AD. CONGRATS OBAMA.



    March 6, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  12. Candy

    Jay just because you are a shameless person don't put that on Obama. Because whenever a person try to pin wrong on someone else they themselves are the one they are really talking about. You want to feel better about the dirt you do, not here, not today.

    March 6, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  13. Alek P

    I guess the "oh so precious Obama" has to play the race card to win? And what happened to his "new" politics? I guess he was to naive to know the true nature of politics. OBAMA = HYPOCRITE! What happened to "HOPE AND CHANGE"? LOL...what a joke he is.

    March 6, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  14. al

    Why does someone who has only won 14 out of 41 states think she should be the nominee and the person with 27 wins should be vp.?Stop drinking the kool aid of your own press Hillary!

    March 6, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  15. Jdona

    Yep, Obama will start slinging mud, he will start going negative, he will be seen for what he truly is, another politician that ain't nothing special, and then Hillary will wipe up the floor with him. Go right ahead and attack her, she will trounce you. In case none of you have noticed, she has risen above every single fight, better, stronger, and more solid and respected than she was before. She might be a woman, but she is tough, and she will rise again. And Obama will show himself as the exact thing he has been campaigning against. If it is a fight between Hillary Clinton and Obama, the smart money is on Hillary!

    March 6, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  16. Ken

    Kevin March 6th, 2008 5:09 pm ET –
    Hillary proved that Obama won't win in Ohio? Umm.....let me remind you that these elections right now are for the DFL nominee -not the general election (..and this is a fact). There are already facts coming out showing that Resko made contributions to Hillary's campaign – along with some of her supporters (this doesn't even include Hillary's campaign fraud trial in LA). Oh..and I'm sure you have heard by now that is was indeed Clinton' s campaign who secretly made contact with the Canadien Gov first -in regards to NAFTA gate. There are so many scandals that Obama can bring up about Hillary -but he has chosen not to, as of yet, to protect the DFL. Everyday Obama shows what a true leader is all about. GOBAMA'08

    March 6, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  17. Mary

    Expose her!!!

    March 6, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  18. Pat

    Has anyone seen a breakdown of the Texas votes by party? I'm just wondering how many Republicans may have voted for Hillary as urged by Rush other words, how real is her win?

    March 6, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  19. vl

    I have to admit, I was initially drawn to Obama. His messages of change were inspiring. But after hearing the same thing over and over, along with the non-existant "vote" against the war, I began to really question his integrity. I didn't rely on his website, or CNN, I did other research. Then I hear appeals from Oprah stating that "we as black people need to stand behind this black man", his wife not sure if she would support the democratic nominee if it wasn't Barack, then her "finally proud" moment.

    Today there is an article in the Obama screamed at me.... read it. It's from someone who's been in the know for years and tells A LOT how Obama got where he his. The list goes on and on and on. He is not the man with integrity he would like everyone to think he is. HE started the negative ads with the Harry & Louise mailer and the NAFTA mailer. HE IS NOT THE CANDIDATE OF "CHANGE" THAT YOU THINK HE IS!

    Just my 2 cents......

    March 6, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  20. OhioVoter

    Mississippi may not vote for Hillary for speaking her mind, but at least she said it. (Unlike Obama saying on one hand he disagreed with Farrakahn, but on the other he wouldn't tell Farrakahn not to support him until Hillary called him out.)

    If Obama had said that Mississippi (or any other state) did not elect black officials, we would applaud him. Hillary calls Mississippi out on sexism and we say she is besmirching the state. You can't have it both ways, folks.

    (And if anyone says that there are many states without elected black officials, I agree it's appalling. But there is one distinction - we KNOW that 1/2 the population are women. Depending on the state, the % of the population that is black, Asian, latino, etc. can be large or small.)

    March 6, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  21. stephen

    clinton is winning those big state where she have lobbist,those who have links to the white house,while Obama is winning the big and small states as well,Obama represnt the intrest of those voices that are not heard in the white house,the interest of all americans.The issue of iraq is should be looked into,the economic recession america is facing today is as a result of the war in iraq,who voted for that war,clinton,yes,she has experience by travelling and having diplomatic relations with different world,but,SHE WAS IN THE POSITION TO THAT ,OBAMA WAS NOT IN SUCH POSITION,IF HE HAS BEEN IN SUCH POSITION,HE WOULD HAVE DONE BETTER.

    March 6, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  22. Joe from the cornfields of Iowa...

    RE: Mad in Texas... Good to see Racism alive in well in Texas. You Hillary supporters should be proud... Let's see, the demented elderly, the uneducated, those whom english is a second language, and let's not forget.... those loveable Hill-Billy racists... Obama a shoeshine boy? I am proud to be a democrat, an Obama democrat, no in breeding allowed.

    March 6, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  23. Candy

    No doubt this woman will do anything to get into the WH to mess it up even more.

    March 6, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  24. Vince Los Angeles, CA

    Kevin March 6th, 2008 5:09 pm ET

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

    How naive YOU are....the "O bomb" was already dropped today by the defense.....nothing blew up! Imagine that!! Just like the bogus Nato-gate story (that you probaby lapped up like a thirsty dog), Obama's connection with the Rezko trial is entirely CURSORY.....He has no involvement, no culpability, no connection....period....

    March 6, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  25. jj

    OK. I am shocked that Obama is playing the race card. Just switched my vote.

    March 6, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
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