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. patrick


    cos it's too long and anything longer than this will be like.... hmmm ignored anyway? 🙂

    Anyway, Clintons camp now saying it will be a Clinton-Obama looks like how it will turn out to be. The problem is most independents, GOP and even a significant number of democrats will not vote for anything with the word Clinton on it giving Republican an easy ride. That is why the Republicans are trying hard to get Florida and Michigan in. Do you think they want a Democrat or Republican as president.

    March 6, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  2. Harvey

    these are the t kind of comments one expects to come out of woman elected gov, senator, member of congress yes that does tell you something...Clinton never said Obama was a Muslim ,, he is the one bring up his faithS

    March 6, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  3. laura, CA

    Funny, since Obama called Florida's non-delegate primary, "A Beauty Contest"

    If there's a FL re-do Hilary could just run Obama's foot-in-mouth soundbite over and over on the air & TV waves in FL.

    Then she'll get a 2/3 majority of the voters instead of her 50% + splitting Edwards with OBama.

    Lesson #1 Obama: Don't call your opponent out on their record if yours is less substantive and otherwise similar.

    Lesson #2 Obama: Don't criticize your opponents statements if yours are idiotic.

    March 6, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  4. kim c

    It is a shame Obama has to go negative but he has to in order to win. He just can not sit back and receive all the attacks. We (the supporters) know it is not part of his personality but you have to do it .

    Go Obama!!!!

    March 6, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  5. yoshi927

    Right on, Obama. He, for one, doesn't go crazy every time he encounters racism, or people who think he's a muslim for some idiotic reason.

    March 6, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  6. Tom

    This is ridiculous. Is this all Obama has? He's going to win Mississippi by a large margin as it has the highest African American population percentage-wise in the country. Clinton isn't even bothering to really campaign there. He should've saved his negativity for contests that matter.

    BTW, all this talk about giving the election to the candidate with the most delegates is silly as well. Fact is, Obama will probably have more pledged delegates, but he won't get to 2025. Why should the superdelegates automatically vote for someone who didn't win out? That's like saying you should win a marathon because you were ahead in mile 24, though no one finished. If he's making that argument, he has no argument regarding not seating Florida and Michigan. You can't have it both ways. You want to change the rules, don't just change them in your favor, Obama.

    March 6, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  7. Cheryl McNeal

    I thought Barack said that he didn't believe in negative politics. Now, Barack is connected with Tony Rezko a man on trial. for .. corruption. He got property for a deal. Barack wrote letters to help him get a low income contract. He is another POLITICIAN. Sigh. Sorry he is not my choice.

    March 6, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  8. anne in wisconsin

    This add by Obama is as negative and misleading as any of Clinton's have been. It's taken out of context–and yeah, Mississippi AND Iowa–why so few women elected officials-isn't THAT the real point?

    March 6, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. Judy

    Maybethe governor of MS will come out and some how help build support for Hillary. After all, Former Pres. Clinton did help infuse funds to the Delta region of the MS to help reduce disparities. Let's hope the state remembers this.

    March 6, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  10. Deborah A Barnhardt

    I'm commenting on the amount of money Senator Barack Obama raised. Hmm I just wonder how he is raising these unusual amounts of money, especially if his supporters are college students. Makes you wonder. Also, so much for all the money, what good it did him in Ohio and Texas.

    Boy, is Jack a hater for Hillary. He is so hating her. Why? It is almost as though she did something personally offensive to him. I think we should be looking at Barack Obama more closely; remember what we have in the White House now.

    Could you please have a least one person who is for Hillary or at least gives her the benefit sometime. All your pundits are Hillary Haters and is so obvious. Try watching them on TV and boy oh boy, did Jack cut your head off when you tried to say something positive for Hillary. Geez!

    March 6, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  11. to all the Obama dreamers

    why I am not surpreised,
    Obama started all the negative’s ,slamming Hillary at every campaign about Iraq, Nafta etc. She fires back now he cant take it.
    She just brings the truth about leadership.I dont think Obama wants to get to dirty.Hillary will tear him apart.
    He is involved in alot of corruptions that he isnt letting anyone know about.The Clintons have been picked and tore open through the years.
    They have nothing to hide that hasnt been surfaced already. Obama has met his match with Hillary.
    Hillary is a little pitbull when she is cornered.
    I think Obama better think twice ,before she opens the closet to his corrupt deals. He can sell the American voters ,but he dont sell me. Go Hillary

    March 6, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  12. jonathans over it already

    I smell Clinton all over this .... Yikes I am moving to a different country ...not proud to be an American at this point in the game ,,,,,I would vote for wolf for president before any of them

    March 6, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  13. Alexandre

    She is so arrogant, she should be awarded french citizenship.
    Then, visiting the Elysee Palace and meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy, Bill could have tea with Carla Bruni (ex super model), and where we go again for an interenational crisis.
    Is that what she was talking about when saying she has international experience?
    While Bill will enjoy Carla's charm, i don't think Nicolas will be too much into Hillary.

    You want a true woman of power? Try Margaret Tatcher.
    Hillary is not of the same caliber.

    March 6, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  14. Ali Graham

    I do not understand how any segment of the American people can be so determined to elect an individual who exhibits the extreme multiplicity of personality as Senator Clinton. Someone should really lace together the clips of her crying one moment, fiery mad the next, calm and contemplative after that, followed by mocking an opponents character the next (skies opening) and lastly respecting his contribution to the culture and political landscape. Once that is done they should take all of the words that weren't even in the political lexicon until Obama that she has began to use, in essence trying to hitch her wagon to his rising star. (See change, hope, momentum, movement, etc.) If the purpose of government is to help the people, why elect someone who would so obviously employ the same language and attitude when dealing with those across the aisle or across the ocean. That would be a fantastic way to get nothing done for another four years. As far as delegates go. Don't me mad at Dean or the DNC or anyone else. There is a saying "rules is rules." The people of Florida and Michigan should target any anger and frustration towards those who decided to proceed with advanced primary dates in spite of the known consequence.

    Sometimes when you slop hogs they may throw some mud on you. You can jump in the pin and throw mud back....but then they are used to being in trash, aren't they. The best thing to do is go back to your house, take a nice hot shower and get back to business. Stay positive Obama. Your example will lead you to victory.

    March 6, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  15. doug

    I thought Obama will bring change and hope to america. How come he begins to have personal attack like this.

    March 6, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  16. JP SW

    WOW! ALL OBAMA supporters. what are ya all afraid of?
    Those in Florida. It only takes one. Just one person to file a lawsuit against the Florida governor, the House of Representatives and the DNC. Others will follow. Then the Republican governor, Charlie Christ, will really worry about the money. Don't let anyone tell

    you can't because the primary rules are not the same as a national election. A good lawyer will tell you the many ways to go.
    It just takes one!

    How many of your right have the Republican governor and House and the DNC violated?

    ""Examples of civil rights and liberties include the right to get redress if injured by another, the right to privacy, the right of peaceful protest, the right to a fair investigation and trial if suspected of a crime, and more generally-based constitutional rights such as the right to vote, the right to personal freedom, the right to freedom of movement and the right of equal protection."

    March 6, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  17. Vince

    I am sick of hearing Hillary say that no president has ever been elected without Ohio.

    First of all, no woman or black person have ever been elected President either. Is Hillary saying she should just give up because it has never been done.

    Second. Hillary is the democrat's Huckabee. Apparently she did not major in math either. She has a snowball's chance in H of winning.

    Third: in most primaries in the past, the nominee was already decided by the time Ohio voted, and of course the only remaining nominee gets the win. This is a whole new ball game.

    Barack has done an incredible job. He came into this contest with little name recognition and has defeated Hillary Clinton, a member of the most powerful political family in the world. If it weren't for Bill, she'd be nowhere right now and she knows it.

    Go Obama.

    March 6, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  18. Bayou Joe

    DEMOCRACY IN ACTION. The world is watching us making fools of ourselves. With all the good people we have in this country. This is what we have to choose from. Makes me want to throw up. Now we have Canadagate to add to the Democratic fiasco. Or how about
    Michigan and Florida losing their votes because of some stupid rules
    imposed by the DNC. God help us all.

    A Loyal American

    March 6, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  19. Belinda

    Time for a change...yeah...Barack...Keep it fresh....keep them guessing!

    Obama 08

    March 6, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  20. Debbie

    It's ok Mississippi, I'm from Wisconsin and according to the Clinton campaign, we don't matter either.

    March 6, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  21. to whom it may concern

    to all the Democraps:

    while you were all delusional about Obama when he’s not talking about intangibles about the past or future, most of what he’s saying is quite negative o just says nothing that makes sense .
    .This man votes just the same as Hillary and somehow says he’s completely different. HA! Actions speak lounder than words Mr. Obama.

    March 6, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  22. Kathy

    "Obama targets", not Obama attacks like it would be for the other way around.
    He started the attacks and continues.

    March 6, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  23. Belle

    Give ME a break about the Rezko Trial having NOTHING to do with Obama Andy.

    If that is the truth, then please Tell Me why one of Obama's Campaign Staffers is attending the trial.

    Tell me why Obama LIED during the debate with Clinton, and said he only worked 5 hours on one case for Rezko.

    Tell me why Obama Never mentioned his relationship was a 17 year relationship with Rezko!

    March 6, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  24. Linda Porter

    It is absurd that the Democratic Party would be asked to pay in aiding Florida in a second hijacking of the Presidency. Both governors and Hillary Clinton knew the rules. They held the primaries early knowing what the consequences would be. I think they are stinking up the Country with their foul smells that will cross many borders and sicken others as well as all fair-minded U.S. citizens.

    March 6, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  25. Ayyub, Richmond, Va

    March 6th, 2008 5:15 pm ET

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

    Deb, Hillary wanted to play dirty. Karma, what comes around goes around. Careful what you wish for Hillary Rotton Clinton. Give up and save the party by becoming VP for Barack in November or at least fight your real opponant like Obama is (John McCain) the media only held barack for the winter and you for march.

    March 6, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
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