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. Paris

    This way of thinking is a part of your character Obama.
    It is clearly demonstrated in your choices. Your Mentor, your wife ...
    You calling everyone bitter, the only bitter people I see are those you surrounded yourself with.

    April 15, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. Matt, NJ

    Wow I like this ad. Wait he will make this Bittergate into a possitive oppurtunity. ie reason i like this guy..wow

    April 15, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. mary


    April 15, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. Bob

    Hillary has no standing to attack Obama's comment on small towns, no matter how ill-conceived they were. Last time I looked, all of her support is from the "big city" states of New York, California, and Ohio... not the "small city" states of Wyoming, Nebraska, South Carolina, Mississippi, etc.

    April 15, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  5. JKT

    This entire episode of Hillary attacking Obama over his comments actually made me switch from supporting her to supporting him. The absolute last thing she should be doing right now is attacking her fellow Democrat over petty stuff when the real opponent is McSame. Our country cannot afford four more years of war, four more years of tax the poor and tax cut the rich, but that's exactly what it will get if Hillary's negativity turn off potential Democratic voters. So thanks Hillary–you showed me before it was too late who you really are. I'll be casting my vote on April 22nd for the candidate who speaks the truth and offers hope instead of the one who will keep us mired in the same old sniping we've seen in Washington for far too long.
    And I really do pity those of you who are sticking with Hillary. It appears you've lost all hope that things can be better than business as usual.

    April 15, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. vic nashville,Tn

    Hillary 08
    Obama bitter

    April 15, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. John Smith

    This issue is "not" about winning as Hillary would have all of us believe. Let me give you this, please read patiently:

    Let us say Hillay wins and becomes the President of the U.S. Be honest with yourself,

    1. How many Republicans will be willing on carry out her agenda?
    2. How many people will she be able to bring together across the parties to get anything done?
    3. How many Republicans will immediately start to plan to run against her after 4 years?
    4. How many "old and new scandals" is this nation willing to undertake again?

    You see, I am over 50 years old and have continued to follow politics all year round:

    It is not about winning, it is about the strength to govern!
    It is not about having solutions, it is about been about to carry out the solutions!
    It is not about being a president, it is about being able to hold the "moral torch" and to bring the people together.

    Hilllary cannot do any of these things, period. As Regan once said, people get the type of "government" that are... of them. We have made bad judgments over these years, and this is the last chance, I believe, that God has given to us to redeem our levels of ignorance.

    April 15, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  8. Trev

    Obama plants from the earlier speech booing. Oh no, what an effective response (not).

    Obama: not ready for the general election.

    April 15, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  9. Independent

    Hillary for President of the United Snipers of Bosnia!

    April 15, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  10. Formerly Silent

    Where's the punchline? What exactly does Obama have to offer us small town Americans? Religion and guns can only go so far in helping with my bitterness...

    April 15, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  11. Dave

    Hillary keeps setting them up, and Barak keeps knocking 'em donw.

    It's a shame he's not able to focus this power on McCain already, and has to keep bothering with Hillary. She's never been even remotely electable due to all the baggage she's carrying and all the dirt the Republicans have on her. A Hillary ticket would just bring the GOPhers to the polls in droves... something McCain couldn't do on his own. And the campaign she's been running is reflective of what her administration would be like even if she did get there: ceaseless in-fighting, foul-ups, blunders, and poorly-covered lies. The sooner the voters shut her down, the better. Then Obama can get on to the business of taking down McCain.

    April 15, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  12. Alonzo Demetrius

    Goodness knows, I am full of "hope" that this man Obama does not become president of all us Americans who love our country more than our government.

    April 15, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. Pat, UC Davis

    There has never been a better example of the divergence between Clinton's negativity and Obama's positivity. He just said "Sorry, I won't go there, this is a distraction... next!!"

    Some of the people on this board can't seem to respond to anything but negatives. Go home and show your kids this ad so they aren't just idolizing your hatespew. Really wanna help? Get off the message boards, "go home and take care of your kids before they rob me in ten years" (Chris Rock).

    Obama isn't my god, and I hate Kool Aid. But he should be the next president, and if you're too paranoid or hate-filled to get with it, then go join Hillary's Institute of Tearing Down and be a part of the problem. Weak.

    April 15, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. No to Obama

    I see Obama, the great uniter, is once again trying to bring people together... to Hillary bash. He is very good at that, especially when he tries to divert attention away from his own blunders. His comments showed his true nature, they were not misrepresented by Clinton or McCain. What's worse is that he only apologized if they offended anyone, but still held the remarks to be "the truth". Gee, sounds like he practices the same old Washington politics.

    April 15, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  15. Mike

    ofcoarse there will be someone that shares his opinion. lets just see how the vote goes on tuesday. I am quite sure the superdelegates are watching this. he loses in fl, oh, mi and penn no way in the world he will be the nominee.

    April 15, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. Raum

    Obama 08!

    April 15, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. Keith Cornelius

    First of all, All you Obama supporters and that includes you CNN
    Learn what the word elitist means before you start using it...SHANE
    You can be elite without being an elitist....Elite in simple terms so you obama supporters understand it, you have access to basically the best of the best..education etc... being an elitist is thumbing your nose at people who do not have those same opportunities regardless of the reason....That is why Obama got labeled what he is elitist...He was behind close doors with the wealthy and slammed the intelligence of rural america, not thinking anyone would hear....and they were not poor chosen words as he uses as his excuse....HE has a speech writer and reviewed the speech before he went behind closed doors...so who is kidding who......


    April 15, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  18. fairandstraight

    Senator Obama is being treated similar to the way America responded when Dr. King appeared on the scene. This is by far the most prejudice country there is. We all see Obama for what he is; he is a child of the most high God.

    The Rev. Wright story didn't and won't work, neither will this. What God has for Sen. Obama is for him.

    Obama 08!!!!

    April 15, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  19. OZ

    Obama this, Hillary that. McCain this, that and the other. As president either of these people will need a miracle to make a positive difference in the country. Our current problems are bigger than these candidates and neither of them can do anything worthwhile without the sincere support of the people. So start thinking about what comes next because this November you're going to be part of the solution or the problem. No one is excused. We'll end up with the one we deserve.

    April 15, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  20. CJ

    Why can't the man admitt he's wrong??? He needs to get rid of his pastor, come clean with Rezko, tell us about the relationship with Ayers and apologize for slamming rural America...oh yea, and do something about his loudmouth wife-she's disgusting...

    April 15, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  21. Mike H

    How in the world can Hilliary call someone else an "elitist"!?!? That is laughable. Isn't she the former first lady? Didn't she "loan" her campaign 5 million dollars? I don't think Obama has 5 million dollars laying around. Didn't she serve on the board of Walmart? Wasn't she a partner in a law firm? Didn't she graduate from Wesley and Yale colleges? I don't know about you but all of that sound pretty elite to me.

    She has some nerve calling Obama an elitist! More proof that that woman will say or do anything.....

    April 15, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  22. Barb Canada

    what are you saying you have in common with the people? After calling them all racist, are you saying you are racist too?

    April 15, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  23. wbpa

    Paul, You are one BITTER guy.

    April 15, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. DMitri NYC

    Hillary just got schooled. Again. Over and over. She comes out swinging and Pennsylvanians said "oh please". Hillary thinks you are mindless sheep, people, wake up! Obama says it like it is; Hillary says it like whatever she thinks is best for her campaign that day. Please, please, Pennsylvania, help the nation get back on it's feet. Obama is the best hope here, not Hillary. Don't let her tell you how to feel. She will say anything to try to hurt Obama, whether she believes what she is saying or not. Do you want that in a President? We have already had that for 7+ years! End this nonsense. Vote Obama.

    April 15, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  25. Zoe

    The Clinton's slash and burn political style is admired by some undeniably....just as Bush and his cohorts, have "admirers"

    Our family is however, preferring to listen and watch before forming an opinion...and no one can honestly say the Clintons are anything but political mobsters.

    The world is watching ua, America ...Let's elect Obama and start again with a fierce new determination, to right the many wrongs on the past 8 years...

    The Clintons have China to continue to exploit ...or is it the other way around?

    April 15, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
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