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. Greg

    Brilliant add.

    April 15, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. Unshrub

    New suit, empty suit, etc. etc. it sounds like the Clinonites have learned a new buzz word.

    April 15, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. scott from ny

    Obama tells it like it is-bad economy,stupid war, clinton and other fat cats,rich are getting richer,trillons in debt,broken world relationships. GET REAL-OBAMA MEANS CHAGE FOR AMERICA.

    April 15, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. bob




    SET UP!!!



    April 15, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. Diana, PA

    Hillary supporters are scary! This woman doesn't care anything about us. She has proven herself to be a LIAR (NAFTA, BOSNIA, Peter Paul.... you name it). It's insane to me ... to listen to some of the people claiming she knows what we are going through.... HELLO? This woman & her husband made 109 million in 5-6 years. How on Earth can she identify with what i'm going through. She will say anything and do anything to get elected.... And she won't get my vote... NEVER.

    April 15, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  6. JT

    Reading these posts, I'd say we're ripe for a revolution. A house divided for sure.

    April 15, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. Felly

    Hillary is an angry old woman with her kitchen sink politics of slash and burn. Please go away madam Snipergate.

    Obama will be our new President. You should read the hand writing on the wall by now.

    April 15, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. Ric Bauer


    April 15, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. SayNoToHillaryBillaryCheslaryClintrous

    If she thinks she is tough, obama is showing her she can not get away with old politics of division and distraction. Those days are over hillary this is the new generation. Generation of better america for all. No 60 or older allowed.

    April 15, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. Mike

    I like mr north carolina will vote for mcsame if obama is the nominee. not only that i will go out and campaign for him.

    April 15, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  11. Jean

    Barack Obama speaks truth to power. He was not "judging" ordinary small comuunity people, he was explaining their despair. Peope ARE bitter. Angry and bitter. Some, probably all of us, everywhere, DO turn to things we think we can count on or that give us comfort. We also turn to Obama because he is different – in a really good way. We are turned off to the corruption and accomodation that the Republicans and Hillary represent. Give us hope. Give us change. Give us Obama. Pennsylvania,..YOU are our "Obi Wan Kenobi!"

    April 15, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. Dave

    How can Hilary pretend by saying that she help solve America's economic problem? Remeber, she is part of the elite Washington that has destroyed once economically the most powerful nation on earth has now been forced to borrow money from nation it regarded as enemy. Can you beleif that we're now borrowing money from China to suport the economy. I wish we can look beyond the skin color perpective. Remebr, history teel us that the Roman Kingdom became strong when the people it onced regarded as slave began to rule. Give Obama the chance otherwise, we w'll regret later like the way are now regreting why we elected Buch.

    April 15, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |


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

    Harvey: Who are you to speak for all Americans? You surely don't speak for me. And if you're insulted, then chances are the comment wasn't meant for you. So don't try to make the comment fit and then get upset when it doesn't and you're offended!

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

    only God who knows the true in Cliton. Barack is called by God to fix Amrican issues. Wait and see. God bless America

    April 15, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. Alston


    He's absolutely right. Those left behind will always harbor some resentment esp. when the government is not doing anything to help them.

    "You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them," he said.

    "And it's not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations," he added.

    April 15, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  17. Michelle

    Is it just me or isn't Hillary Clinton's view on superdelegates "elitist"? Her position is essentially that superdelegates can overturn the will of the people and vote for whichever candidate they think is best, even if the people have clearly chosen another candidate as shown by the popular vote and the number of pledged delegates allotted. Honestly, Clinton's spin on Obama's comments certainly has my head spinning, as does her blatant hypocrisy.

    April 15, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  18. J.R.(PA., via Canada)

    Senator Obama just stated the truth, maybe the words didn't sit right with some FOLKSA, but he didn't LIE! Talking and saying up front what people have being saying for 20+ years as their jobs have been slipping away and watching America slip in a Recession, yes Recession! Face the Truth! Finding and asking God why instead of the 20+ years of Government's and their Lobbyists who are making Multi million dollars (Clintons too) with their off shore partners. Isn't it any wonder people are bitter, angry, fustrated, and other negative reactions they can express. Yes, Obama is right instead of worrying about the Right to Bear Arms, and what Faith one is! These issues don't pay ones debt, buy food, put gas in the care, help our families to live a Truly Good American Dream – Its More like a NIGHTMARE!
    And, if H. R. Clinton thinks because she had a truly good lifestyle and sliver spoon education and so on – these issues are more important than I will not vote for her. She and others like her should get a Reality Check, by Dr Phil!

    April 15, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  19. patty

    I rarely watch political ads, lets get to the point of the election, and send Obamba back to where he came from.

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

    I was concerned that Obama was getting off message. It's heartening to see him defending his campaign against these fruitless attacks and at the same time turning back to the core issues he has been running on.

    I'm a small town guy, 59 years old and lily white. I've been lucky in life, but I understand how disillusioned people have become with the old guard of previous administrations. The other two candidates with any chance at the Presidency don't offer anything new

    Is Obama the the guy for the job? Maybe nobody is; it's a big job. But I do know that he is our best chance to get out from under the oppressiveness of the last decade and start to reclaim this country. He got my vote in our primary and he'll get my vote in the general.

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

    These days a politician can't say ANYTHING without offending SOMEONE. Hillary does it on a daily basis. Barack does it once in a while. The idiots that are so outraged and offended by what he said should really listen to what he was trying to say. He was trying to say that there are people all over the country who are struggling with bills, with healthcare, with fuel costs, and with losing their jobs, and they are bitter about it. They need help, desparately. Maybe he didn't say it in the Happy Kingdom of Make Believe language that Clinton and McCain would have liked him to say it in, but he has experienced poverty himself, and knows there isn't anything happy about it. Hillary and McCain, both people of priviledge and wealth, don't have a clue what it feels like to have $200.00 in food bills for a family, and $150 left until the next unemployment check comes in. While they're twisting Obama's words and attacking him, they're doing absolutely nothing to help the American people.

    If you like the way you are living now, vote Clinton or McCain. I guarantee you, nothing will change except the increasing bank accounts of these two serpents. Vote McCain and your kids' kids will be sent to Iraq. Vote for Clinton and you will soon be entertained by special prosecutors, indictments, and an ongoing family tradition of impeachment.

    April 15, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  22. JB Cal

    Hey North Carolina, I'm very much an American, and I'll be voting for Obama.

    April 15, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  23. Confused

    I'm lost as to how an attack ad is "the politics of change."

    Any amount of lofty rhetoric can't hide the fact that this is also an attack ad. Hello, that's American politics.

    Don't say you're above it, and then release something like this.

    On another note, it doesn't matter. The damage is done. Thanks to you, I understand that I must be a gun-toting, Bible-thumpin' redneck because I don't buy into your campaign.

    You can kiss this vote goodbye.

    April 15, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  24. RDT

    I'm learning a lot about our country watching this whole process unfold. I think we will discover something different about where we really are as a country than what we would like the world to believe about us.

    April 15, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  25. Ted

    Here's an interesting question to consider:
    Obama makes controversial, but genuine observations about the current state of parts of the union, relying on voters to determine if there is merit in both sides of a controversy.

    Clinton responds by trying to convince voters that she is some how not an elitest and that her life is just another example of an American down on their luck struggling to get by.

    Which one of these two views is really questioning the intelligence of voters?

    April 15, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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