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. Lana; FORMER lifelong liberal democrat

    LOU DOBBS for PRESIDENT, 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  2. Jorge Paz

    CNN your guys are a bunch of cowars, bias , I am sure the kind of people monitoring this are Obama supportes. shame on you.

    March 6, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  3. Jackie

    The real question here is will Obama step up to the plate and confirm that these two states have a poor record with women....

    This one will backfire for Obama. Over half of those voting in November are women. Some of us like our candidates to be advocates. Women, blacks, gays, any minority would not have made progress without people standing up for us and pointing out the places where we are excluded.

    This attempt to attack is lame. I'm not sure if it will work in some places or not, but it would not work in the state I'm from.

    March 6, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  4. TO

    Well, should Karl Rove be proud of Obama now? It's just laughable.

    March 6, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  5. Bernard Shelton

    It is obvious the people in politics like the dirty game...see the results. Obama can and should play the rules of the game. Nothing in politics is honorable. Neither here nor in other countries.

    March 6, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  6. Anna

    Being Ray Mabus' niece and an Obama supporter, I may be somewhat biased, but I think this can only help Obama. He hasn’t really gone that negative – compared to others. He has proven that he can take hits from Clinton and McCain and survive, but he needs to show America that he can throw a few hits as well. I know Obama stands for a new kind of politics; however, voters usually respond to these types of ads. Also, living in Mississippi, I think this was definitely a story worth bringing up; it will really make Mississippians think about Clinton.

    March 6, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  7. Charles, Maryland

    me3, I know what you mean...All views are not equal.

    March 6, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  8. LIZZ

    It is a shameful thing to see how unfair and unjust the campaign has become. The world is looking on, and the US is a nation that other countries in the 3rd world would like to emulate. What I am seeing and read in this blog are a few Hateful comments that are directed to Obama. Thank God all your racial comments will never overcome a young, brilliant, ambitious, gifted, decent man like him, and not a gutter rat like HRC. MAD IN TEXAS TWO OF A KIND.

    Barack Obama is a God sent to America, after a political disaster like Pres B.

    March 6, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  9. Lets see them...

    Hillary, show us your t....

    No Hillary, not those!!!


    March 6, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  10. Jennifer, New York

    first Clinton was named the 'first black President' by the black community, now they forgot all about it , of course, it is all about race and color of the skin, with friends like the black community who needs enemies. this community scares me, they have no loyalty.

    March 6, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  11. Brad

    Hillary cannot and will not win the Democratic nomination. Obama will be ahead in Elected Delegates, in the Popular Vote, AND in the most states won. IF the Super Delegates give Clinton the nomination in spite of all that, the traditional Democratic coalition is gone (black voters especially will not vote in November 08) and its not like Hillary can make up the difference with independents. So she looses any way.

    But the point is that Hillary can have all the momentum she wants and win every big state from here on out. But her having the momentum now cannot compensate for her not having the momentum in the month of February. She lost this nomination in February. And she can't change that now.

    Obama will be the Democratic nominee. He will choose a General as his running mate. He will win. And the Clintons FINALLY will be off the national stage!!!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  12. Anna Sacramento, Ca

    So this is the "new" politics? Seems like the change that is being promised just slipped right through everyone fingers.

    March 6, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  13. Eric Coffman

    You think those comments are bad? Hillary, in a video on CNN just two weeks ago basically waved off the value of any caucus state saying that those caucuses are just run by a bunch of party activists and don't reflect the will of the people. What arrogance! I'm surprised that clip of hers doesn't get played in every caucus state from here on out to remind people of her truly arrogant nature. If you really think the little people will be her concern once she has power, you've been lead down the garden path. Her dirty tricks now are all about seizing power. That is all she wants – power!

    March 6, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  14. Vince

    Everyone here talks as if they know anything. The truth is very few of you have done ANY research. Has anyone been to Mississippi? If so, do you really think it's like Iowa? I don't.

    As for Rezko, it must be nice to have a friend like him so Obama can purchase a house that is $300,000 UNDER market value. And Rezko's wife purchases the lot next door. Does that NOT sound a bit STRANGE?

    We don't know what the Rezko trial will bring, but he is being charged for basically trying to buy of politicians. I think selling a house for $300,000 under market value falls into that claim, don't you?

    Oh, as for the Clinton's having money, uh, yeah, one was a president, both of them wrote best selling books, so obviously they have money. Where do you think Obama got all his money? Ah, yes, selling a book!

    March 6, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  15. Bernard Shelton

    I wonder why on the above sticker I see Hillary Clinton, John McCain..more topics but no Barrack Obama. Is the whole CNN going like Lou Dobbs?

    March 6, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  16. Jack Robertson

    Is the IRS giving Hillary the kid glove treatment? Why won't she release her tax returns immediately? Surely Mrs. Clinton isn't hiding anything from the voters, is she?

    March 6, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  17. Bernard Shelton

    What happens if all the small states combine to give Obama the nomination though he may fail to win the large State. If he makes the numbers...will he be denied the the nomination?.

    March 6, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  18. JP SW

    Why hasn't Mississippi elected a woman governor, senator or member of Congress? Why is the pay of Mississippi teachers barely above the poverty level? Why does Mississippi lead in dropouts from school and lead in deaths of African/American young men? Why are your prisons filled with your children and loved ones?

    Former Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus because of people like you.

    Hey Mississippi you can fight to throw off those chains. Fight for your children and place in life. Women stand up and vote for the woman that will stand beside you all the way.


    March 6, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  19. Way to go OBAMA

    It is about time someone call the ClintonS out for what they are! Negative polticital snakes. I use to like Bill and Hillary, but now I really feel that they are out for power and the destruction of the Democratice Party. I use to be a Hillary Fan, now I am for Barack Obama. He is the better candidate and can turn the page to a brighter day for our country.

    March 6, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  20. Johnny Stine

    Hey Kevin and other people who feel the way you do......
    Do you actually think that result of the primary vote in Ohio is reflective of the candidates ability to win it in the general election? The only way that could be is if Obama ran against Hillary and McCain as an independent. Jeeeze you and others – those people voting in those races and going to the caucuses are DEMOCRATS. These people are not going to leave their party and vote republican in the general election. That has never happened. Again – the primaries are to elect a nominee for THEIR party. Whoever wins the nominee is generally SUPPORTED by their party. So the argument being made that Hillary should be the nominee because she has won the big states is for the mindless to believe. The fact that Hillary touts this in her recent Ohio speech confirms the latter and what I have always believed having seen her as first lady from Arkansas all the way through her husbands years as president – those years she takes credit for as her foreign policy experience.

    March 6, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  21. Patch

    To all that continue to press the name Tony Rezco upon Senator Obama, Keep in mind two things:

    1) He gave money to Senator Clinton as well, only she didn't give it back to charity like Senator Obama did.

    2) Two words worth hitting a Google search: Peter Paul.

    Odd that YouTube removed all the videos about Peter Paul.

    March 6, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  22. Gini

    Kevin has a point. It is likely that Obama and Hillary will both need to win Ohio or Florida in order to win the general election. To suggest that Obama can win either South Carolina or Missouri is naive because both of those states go red consistently in general elections. And for all of those who call Obama a uniter, take a look at his attack ads against a fellow Democrat and tell me again that he will unite this country when it seems like he is driving a wedge into the Democratic Party. To be fair Hillary is doing the same, but when you praise Obama please refrain from calling him a uniter and give me a real reason to vote for him.

    March 6, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  23. Sydney

    Let see, what have we learned about Hillary Clinton's Campaign:

    LIE and CHEAT.

    They call us naive when is the HRC Campaign making up lies, trying to steal the nomination, and being two faced. Reality is, Obama has a honorable campaign that is not made on lies like the others. Another thing, they said that Obama's name was mentioned in court, HOWEVER, it wasn't implicated in anything with the Resko case. Stop trying to spin things into lies. Obama is not doing anything illegal so stop twisting it into something you want it to be. Obama is a uniter, not a divider.

    OBAMA '08

    March 6, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |

    Obama is just like the rest!

    What hope is there – He needs to go back to Kenya with his racist wife Michelle.


    March 6, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  25. Alex Mackin


    sounds a bit like 'old politics' to me mr obama.....

    March 6, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
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