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. Paul - Columbus Ohio

    Is -anyone- really surprised that Hillary looks down her nose at people from anyone not from the coasts?

    March 6, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. KK

    RRRRRRRRRRRRRUBUSH! OBAMA will win DESPITE the fact that FL cheated him and Ohio didn't give him the popular vote. Obama is a MAVERICK–you'll see; you'll weep at the inauguration in Jan 09!

    March 6, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. KK

    Rubish! OBAMA will win DESPITE the fact that FL cheated him and Ohio didn't give him the popular vote. Obama is a MAVERICK–you'll see; you'll weep at the inauguration in Jan 09!

    March 6, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. AntiBrenda

    Some comments are so naive they should be sensored and thrown to the gabbage. But I guess you dont get nothing from a gabbage can but gabbage eh?

    March 6, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. Michael, North Carolina

    Sen. Obama is and American Icon. He is more honest and trustworthy than Sen. Clinton will ever be. This man gave up a career to work at a law firm to instead work as a commiunity organizer on the streets of Chicago. I admire this about him. He is a uniter and not a divider. He will do justice for the American people. Sen. Obama is the JOE LOUIS, FDR, and JFK of our generation. So let's embrace the 44th president of the United States,and his name is Barack Obama.


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

    Anything to show people what Clinton is really about. Deceit and lies.

    March 6, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. clare

    so obama can't do his dirty job himself. let me see, so if he gets the 3 a.m. phone call, who is he going to ask to answer it? he talks about christina values yet he twists words to his convenience. Besides, I thought we were electing the next president of the US. I am a muslim and it offends me to hear that obama will prove his christian values and push the falsefood that he is a muslim. what's wrong with being a muslim? How hipocritical of obama and his supporters. Hillary is criticize for her comments and obama is not????!!!!!!

    WAKE UP PEOPLE. obama is more of a flip flopper than kerry was.

    March 6, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. Alecki

    I do not wish to smear any candidate. I am just a concerned American about our candidates.

    If the previous statement seems to smear anyone I do not care to post it.

    March 6, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  9. Mary

    Would you think that the person who's talking change is running an ad regarding women not be elected. That's ugly, because as a black woman I want change in the number of women that are elected and employed in America. Mr. Govennor and Mayor, bad call... If Hilliary said it, You can bet your last dollar it's an issued that needs to be discussed. Stop whining already Baby bama. Roll with the punches.....remember you are from the South side of Chicago. Gangster Dude...........

    March 6, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  10. Realist

    Foolish, foolish Hillary Supporters want to change the rules in the middle of the game. Unfortuantely, they probably don't have enough sense to realize that she can't win the delegate count, even w/ FL and MI. Re-do the votes so that everyone can have their voice heard, not just the ones that didn't actually pay attention. Or at least in the case of MI, put Obama's name on the ballot at least. More votes, more delegates, more popularity. Why is she still even in the race? She won't win the general to begin with so why not just quit now and save herself the agony. When that Peter Paul v. Clinton comes out the comeback kid will have to go back home. Bye Bye Hill and Bill you had your time.

    March 6, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  11. I love America

    This is a part of a pattern- Mrs. Clinton frequently labels entire states as "irrelevant"- ususally after she loses them. What an insult to the tax-paying Americans in all of those states!

    Kind of like when she insulted housewives across America when she said "I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas."

    Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius (a Democrat) did the right thing recently by publicly taking issue with Senator Clinton's writing off certain states of the Union.

    Perhaps Gov Sebelius should appear in some commercials for Senator Obama. Sebelius is an admirable leader.

    March 6, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  12. Mad in Texas

    This is ridiculous. You Obama people are the most misinformed people I have ever seen. Now Bill was in Canada before the election. He must to have multiplied. For I saw him give a speech right here in Texas at the time you say he was in Canada. Jesse James he is not. Get real you lieing bunch of Obama's supporters. Yeah I can believe one thing. I thought a little about the dream ticket, but that is out. There is no way Hillary supporters will support an Obama on the ticket. He talks about change. What kind of change. I am tired of that being all he can say. If he should be so lucky as to gain the White House how is he a shoeshine boy going to change it with all the other politicians up there. He can't even handle one woman. BUT WHAT A WOMAN> Whip his little butt. Go back to Kenya Obama and leave us alone. HILLARY 08

    March 6, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  13. Sherylanne

    In Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton has opened a fifteen percentage point lead over Barack Obama. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey shows Clinton attracting 52% of the vote while Obama earns 37%.

    Thought I'd share this from Politico since I'm sure CNN would never show this.

    March 6, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  14. Suzie Wilhelm

    I think that it is absolutely appalling that Hillary would say something like that about our southern brethren. Then again, I can't say that I'm shocked. She is obvioulsy a very divisive, manipulative and condescending woman. I wouldn't trust her as far as I could throw her–which isn't very far judging by the size of her thighs. But based on this latest newsflash, I'd like to throw her and her evil cronies in the Mississippi RIVER. Shame on you Hillary Clinton. SHAME ON YOU!!!

    March 6, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  15. Demetri Demo

    It's good to see that partisan lines are forming WITHIN the Democratic Party. Good to know we're going to lose the general election because everyone here is so in love with their own candidate, so intent on just beating the other person, that they forgot that whomever wins, we ALL have to support. That is, unless you want McCain to win.

    March 6, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  16. HG

    Neither democrat will win Florida with a very popular Governor in Charlie Crist a Republican it is highly unlikely a democract will take it. Thats were Obama comes in and CAN WIN states like.

    Nevada,Colorado,New Mexico,Montana,Missouri,Iowa,Minnesota,Virginia,.

    March 6, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  17. Charlotte

    Why haven't there been any women elected in the state of Mississippi?

    March 6, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  18. Andy

    Kevin, that has to be the dumbest post i've even see.

    1) The Resko trial has nothing to do with Obama.
    2) When do you think GOP would vote for Hillary? There is no way any red state will vote for her. She is the antithesis of GOP. Unlike her, Obama can potentially encourage some of the red states to vote for him in the general election. He has been having landslide victories in these states and there were record turnouts for Obama support in the red states. A large majority of the states she's won are "Blue" states in that they will vote democratic no matter who's democratic nominee. She doesn't have the independent support that will be needed to compete with McCain's independent support nor does she have the support of republicans that are fed up with our government and want change. Only Obama does. These are crucial to compete in the general election.
    3. What foreign experience does Hillary have? None. She's visited 80 countries and has no engagement in any Negotiation, treaties, etc. She's full of hot air. The only time she has influenced a foreign policy decision was to not read the report on the Iraq war and vote for us to go into the war.

    A vote for Hillary is a vote for McCain to win.
    A vote for Obama is a vote for victory.

    March 6, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  19. edem

    let me tell you how young and naive we are.
    we know that florida and ohio are 2 states of the united states.we also know that there are 50 states.
    maybe you should do the count.substraction please if u don't know.
    now u know wasup
    the question for you is can you do the substraction?
    as for US OBAMA supporters the answers will be
    YES WE CAN!!!

    March 6, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  20. mamady sylla (london)

    Hillary, you want to be negative! You will pay the price?

    March 6, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  21. Jessica, MI

    Yesss here it comes. Hillary's been playing rough and nasty for weeks and weeks. Obama's about to bring the pain and finish her off.

    March 6, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  22. Percy

    Obama goes negative - YET AGAIN.

    March 6, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  23. Chris

    I recommend that you all watch a documentary called Orwell Rolls Over in his Grave. People, this campaign is only negative because of the spin doctors and the press. Half the stuff said by both candidates is taken completely out of context by the media to get you all riled up. Be careful about your sources for information.

    March 6, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. pal

    I guess Hillary supporters cannot read or do math, that every remaining primary, except PA, will go to Obama because of the demographics, all the way to North Carolina. Even if Obama loses PA with a small margin; he will still have a substantial delegate lead over Hillary. Are you reading all the reports about the states that Obama has been wining? Do you know anything about the demographics of the general election? Typical of “Hillamaniacs,” just recycling the same nonsense.

    March 6, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  25. martha myers

    Go Obama, lets see what happens when the crook shows those Tax
    Records. Hillary is as crooked as her husband was. Who do you know that points there figure on Tv , and says, "I never had sex with that woman. "She lies just like her husband. God help the USA if she becomes President.

    March 6, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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