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. Lumumba

    Hey Kevin,

    History does have a purpose, but there is a new day dawning after which history will be written.

    That day is called, America thanks, Obama, the young, the independent and the progressive.

    Older folks are of little use, without the young who are constantly burdened with improving the follies of old and the old. Follies such as a black or a female cannot or should not lead this country and follies that seek to undermine the significance of young people. Follies that trust young people to defend the freedoms of americans and temper the flares in the international community but not to have the wherewithal to choose a president.

    God bless us all, old, young, male and female.

    March 6, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. mamady sylla (london)

    Hillary, you want to be negative; you must pay the price.

    March 6, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. DLS, NM

    What is this talk of "winning" a state in a Democratic Primary. Unlike the winner take all Republicans, the Democrats elect delegates and the candidate with the most delegates at the end of the state primaries wins. After all of her "successes" in TX and OH last Tuesday, Clinton's delegate count didn't really change. She may "win" in PA or FL or MI...or maybe not. But at the end of the day, it will be so close in those states that the delegate count will still remain about the same. She's run a terrible campaign and now she's reaping the rewards. I wonder what happened to all of Hillary's champagne on Super Tuesday!

    March 6, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. Josh Good

    This is all Obama can dig up? Keep digging Obama. Give Ken Star a shovel while you are at it. He would be delighted to help.

    March 6, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. D.Kimbro OHIO

    Kevin do we really want to talk about scandals?? The Clintons haven't faced Tax Gate yet. But Im sure when they do all of her supporters will charge that the Obama camp planted money in their coffers to discredit them. You appear to be a bright person, you cant believe, that Mclovin will ever change. Hillary will really help him by surrounding him with more young women. You want to talk scandal.

    March 6, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. James

    If Clinton is allowed to steal this nomination from Obama I will vote republican for the first time in my life!!!

    March 6, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. Peggy

    Clinton has insulted many states through this whole process by saying only the big states matter, and has skipped campaining in states because "it wasnt worth it". Obama has campainged in all the states so far because they ALL MATTER!!

    March 6, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. Nando, Florida

    Hey Hillary we are just getting started , After Barak is done with you you won't be able to run for the CLERK OF COURTS in WACO, TX

    March 6, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  9. Amy, Ohio

    Boo-Ya! Go Barack! You are a decent and respectable candidate that has tried to stay above the fray..Unfortunately, that's not how the game is being played. Time for you to "throw the kitchen sink" right back at Hillary. Oh, and by the way..looks like you won Texas!

    March 6, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. JD in AZ

    DJW, Bill Clinton won Ohio both times.

    So what's the change Obama represents? He appears willing to go negative after losing a couple of states. I hope he doesn't plan on lowering himself to her level for tactics.

    And polls for matchups in November election are pointless. Nobody is voting now. And considering how often the polls change why bother. Too many things will happen before election day.

    March 6, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  11. VFH

    Yeah, Mabus! You're another politician dividing our nation. How about 'lifting' your state into the twenty first century to catch up with the rest of the country.
    Good ol' boys' club in your state is SO yesterday!

    March 6, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  12. Michael, North Carolina

    Also after Penn you still have the big prize hear in the south. North Carolina has 115 delegates, and the lates poll show Sen. Obama at 46% and Sen. Clinton at 31%, so she has no chance of winning here. So if she was to barely win in Penn, her victory would be offset by Obama's landslide victory here in North Carolina. The math just does not add up. She could when ever state from hear on out, and he still would have the lead in PLEDGED DELEGATES.


    March 6, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  13. liz

    obama did not win because Hillary made sure that she and her husband smear obama's campaign.Cheap shot. America wake up. Cant you see what's happening????????????

    March 6, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. ronnie

    That same poll showed Barack winning New Hampshire.
    Just a thought.

    March 6, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. EFabian

    That thigh comment was beyond laughable and ridiculously childish. Is this what Obama "The Great Uniter" is teaching you all. LOL.

    Obama is a hypocrite and hopefully he will be exposed as the inexperiened, hypocritical politician he really is. If you can't handle the heat, get out of the kitchen. Even one of his own supporters stated on national TV he is NOT prepared.LOL

    March 6, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  16. Candy

    Well Kevin your girlfriend or wife better watch you, because are a liar and a dirty player. Because anybody that can support Hil-lie-ary in all of her dirt a lies is no better that she is (and she is truly no good). If she has a record why not run on it rather than dirt. Because as the saying goes if you have to run on dirt you don't have a record.

    March 6, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  17. john from oregon

    You know how you can tell if Bill or Hillary Clinton are not telling the truth? Just read their lips every time they talk. She went on a distortion of the facts rampage last week. Even telling everyone on her so called victory speech that "No President has ever been elected in the primaries or general election without winning Ohio." FACT CHECK: John F. Kennedy lost the Ohio Primary in 1960 and Won that year. Oh but just like the NAFTA Lie and the Unfair Press treatment pity party for her she will never clean up the facts unless she wants to Shame him like a overbearing mother for her own gain. Just like JFK said of Nixon, "It is hard to run against someone that is on both sides of every issue."

    March 6, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. Ty


    Tell me, How did obama go negative...he didnt have to say a word or add anything to that ad. Werent those Hillary's words??? He is not accusing anyone as far as i can see? Lets see how Hillary will respond to this...I cant wait...Now how many questions does she have to answer to the american public....I have lost this rate by the time we reach PENNSYLVANIA , she will be toast.

    March 6, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. Jean-Luc

    At least he is stating the facts, unlike NAFTA hearsay.

    March 6, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. Mary C

    Obama didn't say it. Hillary said it. Why shouldn't she mind? They are her own– so quailified words.

    Obama 08 only

    March 6, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  21. Hermione

    LOL. I thought Obama was SO "above" negative campaigning. What a lying immature whiner. He can give a smooth speech but he can't keep his "anti-Washington"!! He's so against the grain! PLEASE.

    Hillary '08

    March 6, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    This is "typical Clinton" hype.

    Hopefully people will understand that she is all about the "big states" and those who support a "woman" candidate.

    Sorry, Senator Clinton. I'd love to see a woman candidate, but it is not you!

    March 6, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  23. Nicole

    What phatoms me is why people hate Obama. Has he ever did any thing to anyone but put out his views and opinions for us Democrats to decide. Clinton is the one trying to sling mud. Who is linked to drug dealers, murders, tax fraud, stock fraud but you love her soooo much. I think Hilary supports show just how corrupt and ignorant people are in this country. You would cast your vote for a liar. She can't even run her own house but you think she can run the White House. Tell Hilary to worry about Bill and let Obama worry about the country

    March 6, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  24. Jyh1920

    Go Obama! Ohio and Texas have PROVEN that you can't remain positive and win when it comes to the Clintons....They don't want to go there! They really don't!

    OBAMA 2008

    March 6, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  25. alonzo

    he they have the most delegates win the nomination thats where the super d will say im tired of people sayin experince what they want experince people their not good workers just know the job but know how to work around things to yes hilary been in the white house but know how to work around things to she been there and done there thats a joke new people are better workers they are excited

    March 6, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
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