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. Sam

    And Kevin something you need to realize, Hillary can not and will not win the General Election IF she get the nomination WITHOUT US BARACK OBAMA SUPPORTERS!! Think about that!

    Kevin March 6th, 2008 5:09 pm ET

    Obama supporters how young and naive you are !

    Can't win the election without florida or ohio. Simple fact !!!!

    Obama won't win Fl, Hillary proved that he won't win Ohio.

    Besides once the Resko trial drops the O bomb he's finished

    Bye Bye Barack. Hope all you young people that sent him money which you couldn't afford to send get a refund!!

    March 6, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  2. Anastasia


    Exit polls show that the older, less educated, female blue collar American is voting for Hillary Clinton. So, Hillary Clinton is exploiting the weaker of our society; i.e., those less informed. Which of these are you. You sound just like Hillary, very negative with a lot of hot air. Learn to support your comments with sound reasoning, if you want anyone to believe you.

    March 6, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. BH3

    Hillary, the president for the United States of America...

    except caucus states, red states, most of the small states, the state she grew up in, very liberal states, and Mississippi.

    ok maybe just big blue states...that's doesn't have the same ring.

    March 6, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  4. Michelle

    If Florida and Michigan is counted with out a redo, and Clinton clutch the victory for the Democratic Party. I will no longer be a Democratic. I will be an Indenpendant...

    March 6, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  5. Ronald, American living abroad

    Why is CNN not printing comments critical of Hillary?

    It is a shame that Hillary's campaign is built on dividing instead of uniting people in a positive coalition for change. She has shown her contempt again and again for any state which does not vote for her. And, when she lied about NAFTA-gate to steal the Ohio election, she showed her contempt for all the senior adults who are the core of her support. What other ways will Hillary try to divide the UNITED States of America? What else is she hiding?

    March 6, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  6. Obama

    Obama and his supporters sound desparate to me!!

    March 6, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  7. Dolores

    Here we go again they king of whine!

    March 6, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  8. Paula

    Darth Vadik of CA, what Kevin said is in fact absolutely correct. It makes no sense to you because you apparently have not done your research on Obama. Don't limit yourself to CNN and this Blog. Go to the Chicago Tribune website and read what their reporters are saying regarding Obama's long time friend, contributor, and former client. Incidentally, Resko's trial started this week in Chicago.

    In fact just GOOGLE "Resko" and see what you come up with in terms of Obama's and Resko's relationship and who funded Obama when he got started in politics.

    Do the same for Clinton…research, research, research...then weigh your options!

    March 6, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  9. Peter

    What is Senator Obama going to do for Mississippi?

    Raise the per capita income? Raise the high school graduation rate? Raise the literacy rate? Lower the infant mortality rate? Protect the Coast from the insurance companies? Protect the Coast from FEMA? Learn something about the situation in Iraq and Afghanistan so he can find out the National Guard needs to re-equip to help in natural disasters?

    None of the above?

    You are expected to carry the state in the primary, but what will you do for the people afterward?

    More action, Senator Obama, less talk.

    Once again, so much for the new politics.

    March 6, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  10. steve o

    Just as usual, she start out in lead 15 to 20% up just to see her numbers fall before the elections. She can win the nomination. 150 pleadge delegates are too much for to overcome. Just imagine after March 4, she just gain a net of 10 max. What does this tell clinton supporters? The fat Lady is singing.
    Bye bye clinton dynancy

    Obama 08

    March 6, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  11. Emmanuel

    Obama is not going negative. stop being a liar robert. Do you want to see the video of Hillary saying exctly what the radio ad says? When did it become negative if you can proof what she said just recently in IOWA with the truth. Comapre this ad to Clintons ad of accusing Obama on NAFTA.

    Please focus your comments on Clinton and fracking leave Obama alone. Obama this ..Obama that.. Leave him alone he is our president whether racists in the democratic party like it or not.

    March 6, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  12. Serge from Miami

    Yay OBAMA! This is not a negative attack, it's a pure replay of her "exact quote":

    "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.'" – HRC

    No fudging the truth here. No he said, she said innuendo. Just the facts. As long as we stick to the facts, and don't try to "spin" the truth, then I would not call it negative, just PERTINENT.

    March 6, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  13. ted

    Barack needs an 85% state to really blow her out of the water.
    ALL DELEGATES WOULD GO TO HIM. Let's go for the gold

    March 6, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  14. A "young and naive" thirtysomething voter

    I don't know how old you are, but your comments about Obama supporters being "young and naive" do prove one thing:

    You're not too bright and on top of that, you're arrogant. Fits the profile of a lot of Clinton supporters, so I suppose we shouldn't be surprised. Winning the "over 60" vote doesn't make Senator Clinton the candidate of wisdom, it makes one question the voters "over 60."

    March 6, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  15. Karen P

    I'm so sick of HIllary Clinton! It's not big states who's the duty of ALL states (who follow the DNC rules) to be heard! Clinton doesn't run dare her be judge and jury...they do that on their own scandals. I'm ECSTATIC that all the states are getting a say in the process for a change. ABOUT TIME! And Hillary thinks the "little" states are unimportant. So she only cares about 1/2 the country who she thinks will make her win.

    She may have said that in Iowa, but of course, she'll be all blubbery when she gets to Mississippi...or she'll just ignore the importance of Mississippi as a "small" state.


    March 6, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  16. Jim in CT

    What a surprise! it sure looks like politics as usual to me. Finally we get to see the real Barack Obama, or is it all the nasty political hacks hiding behind the curtain? Either way this will just make Senator Obama look even less presidential than he already does!

    March 6, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  17. Lisa

    Instead of all this negativity, which can only hurt the democratic party in the end, lets have a dream ticket.
    If you include all the citizens of the US, including Florida and Michigan, Hillary has the popular vote.
    Obama spent twice as much as Hillary campaigning in Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island and Vermont and he still didn't win.
    I think they are both great, but I truly believe Hillary is more ready.
    The next 8 years fo Hillary!
    The 8 years after – Obama!

    March 6, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  18. Jazz

    Apparently, he's just another politician. Obama fans better HOPE no one plays his speech telling blacks to shape up...." put down that remote and stop eating cold Popeye's chicken for breakdast". Or the ABC Nightline interview where his midwest commercials emphasized his white family members as he explained "It shows I have the same midwest values you have". This can easily be misinterpreted to mean "unlikethose other blacks..." Or that they realize he was too busy for the Katrina conference in New Orleans but not for the campus shootings in IL. People died in both cases. As the black vote goes, so goes Obama.

    Karl Rove has already noted he denounced Farrakhan's antisemtic
    remarks but not Farrakhan's antiwhite remarks. That will not play well
    in Mississippi or the general election. Real Dems Don't Quit!!!

    March 6, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  19. Voter in the south

    I thought Obama was going to run a "clean" campaign – no negatives.. Now he's copying and joining those he's trying to separate himself from. He's talking out of both sides of his mouth.

    March 6, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  20. Hillaryfans

    Obama has no hope. Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  21. Marie

    Hey guys stay with Obama please...

    March 6, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  22. JTS

    Hey folks, cool it down. Just let the people finish voting and see where things stand. Get off these dumb blogs, quit your politicrack addiction. The press just wants to keep it interesting because it's their job and it's how they make money.

    Dont' get caught up in hate.

    Clinton and Obama would each have their own strengths and weaknesses as a president and as a nominee, let's not talk about making cynical spite votes like Rush's automatons. Hard as it is, try to stick together, or you'll get 4 more years of McBush.

    March 6, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  23. Wes

    There's a difference between going negative and raising LEGITIMATE substantiated questions with a sharper tone than going negative. Its not what you do but how you do it.

    Obama is going to get tougher but not on the level of Hillary's campaign.

    The ignorant feed into the negative and fears. Goes to show how weak minded some people are when watching the news versus doing your own homework on the facts. You know who you are and who they are by how they comment on these blogs.

    March 6, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  24. Vanessa

    Good come back! Let's see what she has to say about this ad! I am sure she loves the great people of Mississippi. Just ask her and I am sure she will tell you.

    March 6, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  25. Angela

    I agree with James, I will NEVER vote Democrat again if the nation's slant towards the impeached Clinton's buys the voters without winning the fight fairly. This type of politics is why there is such a younger rush towards Obama. The reason many can't understand his support is because they don't recognize truth or democracy. We need new leadership and honest representation. My tax dollars are again being used to fund a few and leave the rest struggling for justice. That sounds Republican to me. If we only have one party in America, then we need to stop posing like a two party nation.

    March 6, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
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