April 15th, 2008
04:18 PM ET
10 years ago

New Obama spot responds to Clinton ad

Clinton and Obama have traded negative ads this week.

Clinton and Obama have traded negative ads this week.

(CNN) - Less than a day after Hillary Clinton’s campaign released an ad that said voters were “insulted” by Barack Obama’s recent remarks about some small-town Americans, the Illinois senator’s campaign released a new Pennsylvania spot Tuesday that says people are “rejecting Hillary Clinton’s attacks.”

The 30-second ad opens with some members of a Pennsylvania crowd reacting badly to Clinton in Pittsburgh Monday when she said “I know that many of you, like me… were disappointed by recent remarks that [Obama] made.”

Says an announcer, “There's a reason people are rejecting Hillary Clinton's attacks. Because the same old Washington politics won't lower the price of gas or help our struggling economy. Barack Obama will represent all Americans. He offers a new approach….”

Obama himself adds: “When we get past the politics of division and distraction and we start actually focusing on what we have in common, there's nothing we can't accomplish…”

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soundoff (317 Responses)
  1. Sounds familiar...

    This ad response sounds vaguely familiar... oh yeah, he did the same thing in TX and OH after the 3 A.M. ad.

    But, wait... didn't he... lose?

    April 15, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. Mack

    How can Obama accuse anyone of the same old Washington politics when he himself was a part of Washington for 2+ years. And during his campaign he has used the same kind of divisive tactics that other politicains have used. Get real Obama, You offer nothing new. Just the same old same old.

    April 15, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. hannah4

    Good for you BO! Don't let the Clinton campaign try to swiftboat you like the republicans have done to us in the past.

    It's a shame that Hillary doesn't use her "powers" for good instead of evil. She's a democrat and she should act like it and not try to tear another democrat down. The fact remains that if she is unable to win in the primaries among democrats, what makes her think she would be more electable in the general election than Obama? This is flawed thinking on her campaign's part. I think it's fine that she doesn't quit the race early....I just wish she wouldn't be so destructive in the meantime. It's not always what you do but how you do it that's important. Her campaign thinks they're destroying Obama's chances but what they fail to realize is that they're also destroying Hillary's.

    April 15, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. PK

    Look at the meaning of what he said: People are tired of having their jobs, homes, income and retirement taken away from them. They're going to make sure nobody takes away their traditions and faith as well. They want a government that protects ALL those things. Nothing to get offended about there.

    April 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. AC

    Good response to the hypocritical attacks of a woman who really should be ashamed of her past (and present).

    April 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. Ryan from Indiana

    He does know that he needs us (Hillary supporters) to win the GE, right?

    April 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. Latina Here

    "Obama said it in an off-the-record private meeting. The conclusion? He believes exactly what he said. You either agree with him or not, but this is the real Obama on display."

    April 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  8. jd

    Listen folk. Obama may not win PA, but he will win Oregon handily. That being said, we need to stop tearing down our candidates. The candidate you are ripping on today, may be your only hope against a third Bush term (with Weathervane McCain). Either Obama or Hillary would be 1,000,000 times better than McCain. Don't forget the Supreme Court is the true prize of this election. Go Obama, Go Hillary. I don't really care, as long as it is Obama OR Hillary.

    April 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. Surafel Melaku

    She is waiting for this moment, and she use it very effectively. But, if she over play it, more than it should, then it will hurt her just like J. Wright. And its a weak up call for Obama, that people are watch on and off camera. John today give vital proposal to the rising high in gas, that proposal will stay in the mind of Dem and Rep. because it touchy subject.

    April 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. Erik

    Senator Obama seems measured and intelligent, while Senator Clinton presents as increasingy desparate. I'm not a Democratic Party member, but if I had to choose between the two I'd select the candidate who isn't playing Karl Rove games and going negative at every turn.

    April 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Stay on track Obama, we're interested in hearing the real issues. Send Hillary home to fight with Bill. Vote Obama.

    April 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  12. teah

    Hillary is a liar! And I am glad that Obama is fighting back. I think he should do a nonstop ad about Hilliary's and Bills position on Bosnia. The news of her Misstep and not checking the facts about Mr Brown and she admired him for not going to the opening ceremonies of the Olympics was wrong. He said he wouldn't go to the openings, but would goe to the closing,s Hillary check your facts. Also they should make a bobble head doll for her. All of her speeches involve the nodding of here head up and down, All of the time. Miss Babble head and Ms. Miss babbles

    April 15, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  13. John

    Obama just said no to appear on Colbert Show on Comedy Central!

    I think he is too bitter to be on a comedy show or he believes he is an elitist and Colbert Show is too low for him!!

    Obama, if you are not an elitist, come and have dinner with me and my family in my home and explain to us what are you going to do when you become the president and not to the people in San Francisco who can aford to pay you big bucks!!!

    April 15, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  14. Mike

    People need to open their eyes and realize that he is just like every politician... the luster will wear off and McCain will end up being the next president...

    The democrats have really screwed this up !!!

    April 15, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. Huntingdon PA

    Nice try Obama, but you are an elitist.

    Go back to Chicago.

    You will not fool PA.

    Hillary, we know her! Hillary '08 & '12

    April 15, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  16. Jen DFW


    April 15, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. bertha

    Shame on Her!

    April 15, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  18. Hope08

    These attacks are so transparent! Are we really that gullible? Oh...wait...we are! It's the same brand of politics that Karl Rove used to get Bush re-elected! HRC is taking her plays straight from the Republican Playbook. And the media is buying it hook, line and sinker!

    April 15, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. Carl from Pa

    It's not Obama's fault that Hillary has left his no choice but to resort to these tactics. It's sad but people believe whatever the media and whatever "spin" tells them. I almost feel like an elitist because I am FED UP with all this!! We all know he didn't say it as well as he should have, but woah.. if he speaks too well it's just "rhetoric!" This is all crap.

    And for those of you thinking he took away Michigan and Florida.. get the facts straight and stop believe the spin Hillary keeps craping out.

    Obama '08

    April 15, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. Marjorie from Orlando, Florida

    Thank you Obama!! Well said.

    Obama will not only win Pennsylvania, but the United States of America!!!!!

    OBAMA 2008 & 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 15, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  21. Juli

    I believed that anyone who knows how to read and understand English, clearly heard Obama responding pal expect you and the Clinton.

    April 15, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  22. Michigan uncommitted voter

    If Senator Clinton did not have $109 million she and her husband earned while people are losing their jobs and homes she would understand that Senator Obama is in touch with the average American. . America ask yourself are you happy with losing your home and job and not being able to travel to look for another job. Who is out of touch?

    April 15, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  23. Rob

    Hillary is finished. She never was women enough to stand up to Obama. I can give a crap about here supporters at this stage of the Game. anyone willing to jump ship to McCain just cause your bitter about Hillary losing is a traitor to the party and this country.

    April 15, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  24. J Houston, TX

    Win one big blue state? Who would want to do that? I still vote Texas and Louisiana secede. Don't worry, we will still sell oil to you when you come to realize you can't cut energy usage by 9% let alone 90%.

    April 15, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  25. Tanya K


    I couldn't have said it better my self!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 15, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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