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. Esther

    Go Hillary! It's the year of the democrats! It's Hillary's year!

    March 6, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. nick

    Mississippi is about to become the state that brought the Clintons down. They are not to be fooled like the people of Ohio. Rush can't help her this time either. Her lies will catch up with her in Mississippi. Show up and greet her with loud BOOOOs. One thing that I was taught growing up in the south was "if you don't have anything good to say don't say anything at all". Now she has to eat her words and tell more lies about how she loves the state of Mississipps and never to come back until she runs for office again. She is a LIAR.
    Show her Mississippi.

    March 6, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. 4Hillary

    SurveyUSA National Poll Shows Hillary beating Mccain..
    1st Nationwide Clinton vs McCain Poll After Clinton Victories in OH and TX
    SurveyUSA Breaking News – 16 hours ago

    1,041 registered voters interviewed by SurveyUSA 03/05/08, following Clinton victories in Ohio, Texas and Rhode Island on 03/04/08.

    Pairing #1:

    * Clinton 48%
    * McCain 46%

    Pairing #2:

    * Obama 46%
    * McCain 46%

    Complete results posted here Thursday morning 03/06/08

    Make way for Madame President Hillary R. Clinton!!!!!!!!!!!


    March 6, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  4. Kevin Waddell

    Fun to see the one of the most divisive figures in American politics finally get held accountable by the Obama campaign. Hillary will of course "cry" foul- as she is the constantly the attacker and the victim. I believe if she connives her way into the general election through back room deals and political underhandedness it will do nothing but hurt our chances in November. As far as her experience goes- Look at the bills she has gotten through the senate compared with Obama. If you want to rename post offices and parks then she is a perfect fit (lame duck Senator). If you want someone who wants to bring the country together and move us forward then vote for Obama.

    March 6, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  5. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    Yes Mississipi, she should not get even one vote from there. They are just going on vacation in Mississipi the way they sent Chelsea on vacation to Hawaii.

    Obama '08

    March 6, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  6. Candy

    And this is for the Media, you guys are surely your father's child, you all are the Devil and should not be trusted.

    March 6, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  7. Ardnuas

    George Bush stole the 2000 election, and Hillary is trying to STEAL the 2008 election !!!!
    Obama/Edwards08 Si Se Puede

    March 6, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  8. Carol in Houston TX


    How naive you are, HRC did not win Ohio nor Texas because people want her to be President, they voted for her because they know she cannot beat McCain in November. As for trials why don't you check out the trial about to began in CA regarding HRC and her usual tactics.

    March 6, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  9. Joseph

    Correction to DJW:

    Bill Clinton won Ohio in 1992: 40% to 38% over George Bush.
    Bill Clinton won Ohio in 1996: 47% to 41% over Bob Dole.
    George Bush took Ohio in 2000 and 2004

    Also Obama barely beat Hillary in Missouri in the primary – less than 10,000 votes.

    Obama will have trouble in Ohio and Missouri if he is the nominee.
    Bill Clinton won Missouri by 10 points over Bush in 1992 and won again 1996 over Dole. Bush won Missouri in 2000 and 2004.

    Ohio and Missouri - for the past 50 years or so, have always backed the winner in the genral election. Obama is in trouble.

    March 6, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. roger

    let the battle start. If Sen. Clinton is on the ticket, I'm NOT voting this time . it is a promise.

    March 6, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  11. Truth


    Prove he went negative.

    Like all delusional and dumb Hilbot supporters, more hot hair of denial that your candidate is not so good.

    The Clintons got more than just money from Rezko. Look it up.

    March 6, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  12. Obama Supporters.....

    The only truth you all can do for yourselves is to go and get informed – read exactly what – whre – and when the speech was made and then read the WHOLE speech. Then make a decision.

    Who in their right mind would make a decision so vital as this off of an ad??? Doesn't anyone think anymore?

    March 6, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  13. 4Hillary






    Hillary 08!

    March 6, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  14. me3

    How come most of my posts which are filled with in-depth analyses aren't posted, while those of others who are throwing insults and "all caps" language are?
    I think this network is more about sensationalism and tabloid journalism rather than civil and thoughtful discourse. Whatever sells the news, I guess.
    I dare you to post this comment, CNN.

    March 6, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  15. stan

    why does Obama always stutter when asked a question ?

    March 6, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  16. Carol Canton MI

    Of course he is the same old politics. He has Ted Kennedy backing him and the old fart has been in politics for decades.

    Obama just does not have what it takes to be president yet.

    Hillary 2008 Yes She WILL!!!!

    March 6, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  17. Vincent

    HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  18. PMI

    'SHAME ON YOU" Hillary Clinton!! Come on down to Mississippi and try to slither out of an explanation. We are all Americans, little Miss Arkansas cartpetbagger and we all vote and we won't be voting for you.
    The state of MS is Obama country!

    March 6, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  19. J.K.

    Hillary can call Canada, but she can't call H&R Block.

    No votes for Hillary until she releases her tax returns!

    March 6, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  20. abby

    the game is not yet over.. this is just the second half. look if someone thinks a state does not matter.. O well it will be to their own disadvantage!!! . I am not a fun of the negative. but if that is what it takes, then why not.. she has more dirt on her than Obama and i think its about time we start digging it out..
    Hillary YOU going down.

    March 6, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  21. HD for Obama

    It is the beginning of the end for the Clinton campaign.

    Meet him in Mississippi and Wyoming Hillary if you think every vote is important. didn't think the voters decision in Louisiana, Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, etc did not matter much.

    March 6, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  22. Realist

    Obama is playing dirty? whatever happened to a new type of Politician? hahahahhahahahahhahhahaa. This is laughable indeed.

    Mr. Barack, there is nothing like a new type of Politician. There is only a good politician. Your entire campaign is based on a lie. Clinton needs to highlight this.

    March 6, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  23. Len

    What goes around comes around!! Two can play the Clintons' games!!There is no reason Barak should have to put up with these negative attacks!!!!!!
    Obama 2008

    March 6, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  24. GAM

    One would wonder what contributions did the Clinton's received, why they refuse to disclose their tax return, and now having a judge to block her phone log from disclosure to the public and fellow senators for two years, for the period of time that she serves as Fist Lady in the White House. Something wrong with this picture and the American people need to know now. Likewise, after the Democratic Party established its rule which was accepted by all the States and Senators, Hillary want the rule change to satisfy her ego. Has the laws form only for and by The Clintons, which give them right to break it and ajust it to justify them and them only.

    March 6, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  25. joe mett

    Who is saying that you cannot win the november elections without Ohio? I guess Obama is another JFK.

    JFK WON HIS NOVEMBER ELECTION IN 1960 WITHOUT OHIO AND FLORIDA. The Clintons should check their facts.

    March 6, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
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