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. Debby Tulsa OK.

    lol............obamabots are so

    March 6, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  2. KD

    Great, Great Point Obama!
    It's painfully obvious that over the months of the campaign we have been reminded that Hillary and her campaign aren't too smart. They aren't very good at math, not good at budgeting, not too good with honesty and candor, and (As "W" would say) "Strategarie" isn't an area of strength for them either. Not to mention that aren't too good at running campaigns. If she can't run a $150 million campaign then how can she run the economy of the United States....

    March 6, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  3. Steve in Albuquerque, NM

    Don't dish it out if you can't take it, Hillary.

    March 6, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  4. Wendy

    Is this a negative attack?? I thought Mr O was's amazing how reality changes peoples view on life. No Mr O...Jimmy Stewart is the only guy who could take on Washington....remember, and that was a movie.

    March 6, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. Antonio Jeffery

    You can't call it an attack if its a quote, and a valid quote at that. This only brings up what needs to be brough up, closer scruttiny of the Hillary's campaign. That means every thing from her tax records and White House papers, to the truth about this whole NAFTAgate situation. Trust me if Barack is saying he is going to get tough on Hillary he is going to get tough on her, and she can play the victim again. I can only guess that if Barack takes it to her in PA then and wins, she will drop out of the race. The majority of the states after that will look really good for him to win, I can say with a great deal of certainty that she will get destroyed in the my home state of OR.

    March 6, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |

    Typical of a black man trying to disenfranchise Hillary success. I understand that she may not win an "African American state" but still don't tear the party apart!

    We love HIllary!!

    Hillary made a comment about women not about the state of missippii voters..

    March 6, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. Julie, Binghamton, NY

    I seriously hope female voters in Mississippi take offense to Obama using this as an attack on Hillary.

    March 6, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. CJena

    Obama is no way going to beble to run against someone like McCain. We need a strong and experince person to beat him.
    Lies get you no where!!
    Hillary and Edwards as vice would be a great ticket!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  9. Kentuckian for Obama

    It sounds like Hillary is the one being negative on this issue. I think OBAMA is just stating the obvious. She doesn't care about some states and she has demonstrated that throughout this election – and that, MY FRIENDS, is why she is behing right now.

    March 6, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  10. Kat

    It's about time that Obama start fighting fire with fire.


    March 6, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  11. Leslie

    Now, *that's* a negative ad.

    So where are all the pundits who repeated the "Hillary went negative" mantra every 12 seconds? She ran an ad that did not contain a single attack on him or criticize a single word he said. She didn't enlist any pals to gang up on him. Didn't say a single thing about Obama in fact. Not one. She wasn't responsible for his sending people to schmooze the Canadians, or for his lying about it, or backtracking. She didn't have anything to with his spectacular lack of judgment in doing business with a creep like Rezko, or the fact that the got caught. That's all on him, and believe me the Republicans won't give him a walk on it.

    If he makes it to the White House, it won't be by dismissing the critics with an airy wave of the hand and a dazzling smile.

    March 6, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. Allen

    Any state that billary doesn't win in means nothing to her.... I've watched the whole election to date... And I've yet to see this arrogant crooked politician thank anyone in any state for there support... Execpt the 12 states she has won in....

    This is what the billary band wants in our whitehouse? I think not....

    March 6, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. La Raza

    Go Obama! Left, Right, upper-cut, jab, KNOCKOUT!!!

    March 6, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  14. Black Man for Hillary

    Obama is a member of a church that professes allegiance to AFRICA!!! (Easy enough to find the web page of the church! Check the "about" link.)

    He says she talks smack about Mississippians, but, he refuses to let FL and MI vote!!!

    $55 million in welfare funds, what a waste of taxes!!!

    March 6, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  15. Leericists

    What about Clinton saying it was an honor to run against Obama and saying shame on him less than 48 hours later. i don't care what Obama does from now on.You only act like a human being with those who deserve it. Clinton wants to behave like we are in a jungle, then Obama should act the same to defend himself.

    March 6, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  16. MAP,Sr

    This time, please knock her OUT!!!!!

    March 6, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  17. Letha, Sioux Falls, SD

    And you thought Obama was a nice guy, he's just as negative as the rest. Shame on him the big bad nice guy who fooled all of you idiots with sweet works of wonder. He's a politician people and he will PLAY the harps for you. I'd vote for McCain before I'd see him in office.

    March 6, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  18. jp/michigan

    Let the games begin!

    March 6, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  19. Matt NC

    Get real about Obama's "fighting back strategy". He is going to open a can of worms that's going to eat him alive. He is doing exactly what she wants him to do and that is get mad and fight back. This will give her the opportunity to once again point to the fact that his speeches and actions don't match and that he is just like every other politician running for an elected office-He wants to win like everybody else. I have said it before and I will say it agan. He is not a Saint.

    I hope he remembers that Rezco trial is underway and it's just a matter of time before it all hits the fan. I hope she nails him to the walls on all four sides. He should have been playing tough at the beginning. But to her favor, better late than never.

    I hope she points out all of his imperfections so that people can realize that he is not the answer to America's problems. Soon and very soon the American people will get to know the Real Barack Obama and what a shameful face it will be.

    March 6, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  20. 4Hillary

    "Jones in Sacramento-Hillary is so polarizing….Obama is the uniter"

    CORRECTION: "Obamabots are polarizing.....Obama is NOT a uniter but a whiner!"

    NObama is OBVIOUSLY NOT the different kind of candidate he said he was. Obama sent out negative mailers in Ohio and Texas and is now saying Hillary starting it all???!!! WHO doe he think he is fooling!!

    Obama HOPE "you" can take WHAT YOU DISH OUT!!

    So much for this kind of stuff being "silly politics" eh NObama??!! LOOOLLLLLLLLL!!!! what a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  21. Chuck

    Oh no you don't Hillary supporters. There is no way you can criticize Obama for getting negative when it was just fine by all of you for Hillary to go negative prior to the Ohio, Texas primaries and before that and to tell Obama if he can't take the heat to get out of the kitchen. I say let the party begin and tell your own canddiate that if she can't take the heat get out of the kitchen. If the voters in Mississippi think that Hillary cares about them I have some swamp land in Florida to sell them. Her comments do not surprise me. She has now and has always had a higher then thou attitude. Show her what you think of such an attitude Mississippi. Vote Obama 100%.

    March 6, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  22. Jon

    Great work Obama, throw those punches and knock her out. Its the only way to get past a Clinton – we support you!!

    March 6, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  23. Candy

    DMW, If only you guys can just tell the truth. Not once have i ever heard anyone that supports Hil-lie-ary that can tell the truth all of you guys lie. The Clintons wish they were as honorable as Obama is and so do you. Because remember GOD is coming to destroy all the liars and dirt doers I bet Obama won't be in you and Hil-lie-ary bunch may you all burn forever for your lies.

    March 6, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  24. Grey.

    I support Obama. We are in the United States of America. Where politics of hate are not the way to go about or campaign. Please Obama you are my man..... Keep nice and don't join the malicious camp. This is the only sore way for your victory. If you join in maligns lining you will be loosing to Hillary. Do not think she warn Ohio because of being malicious, I think you did pretty well there after coming back several points behind not to mention the Memo.

    March 6, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  25. HD for Obama

    Pennsylvania.....please vote for Obama and help us end this before the democratic party becomes so shattered that McCain wins in November and the republican party wins during the next 20 years.

    March 6, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
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