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. mary, Dallas, Tx

    North Carolina,

    He didn't make any state lose their vote. Their elected official did.

    Obama 08

    April 15, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  2. PAVoter 2008

    Obama is outspending Hillary 3-1 and still can't catch her. He went behind closed doors and panders to his Latte Liberals, let's his true feelings slip with the redneck stereotype and you still worship at his feet. It will not go away. Add this to 20 years of indoctrination at the Wright church of hate, his "typical white person" comment and the rest of his and Michele's questionable comments and you have an unelectable candidate.

    Look at the polls that calculate electoral college votes for a general election - those are the only polls that matter. Obama is waaaaay behind. Hillary hovers around a dead heat with McCain. Just ask Al Gore how important the popular vote is.

    Go ahead you brainwashed nutjobs. Throw this election away like you've thrown the last two. You don't deserve the Clintons. They are too good for you. It is gross how Democrats have thrown them under the bus to follow this pied piper off the cliff. Go study Watergate - you're being Watergated...again.

    April 15, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  3. Sean

    North Carolina: Your vote will count. You didn't break the rules. MI and FL, however did, and their votes will count in November. Please do not try to threaten the majority of voters who, to this date, have voted for Obama. You try your Clinton tactics and underhandedly insinuate that a vote for Obama is un-American. And the terroristic threats of voting Republican if we don't meet your demands of forcing the majority leader out of the race isn't going to work. I will not change my vote.

    Obama '08

    April 15, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  4. Pat, Indiana

    . . .Great work. Hillary is only ahead by the same 6 pts. That only means that she is still too far behind to win. Once again, her lies did not work. Go Obama.

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

    Guess what Noah, millions of Americans are bigots. You won't change that by ignoring it and pretending everyone loves everyone else. You have to expose it to the light to kill it. He shouldn't have backed off his comments at all.

    April 15, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  6. Sean

    I can't swallow the idea that Hillary's supporters really believe all the stuff they say on comment boards like these. Do they really believe that Hillary has run a clean campaign and Obama has run a divisive one? Or, as one mature poster wrote about Obama, "he started it with his mailers"? Or another who actually quoted Hillary's line "change we can xerox" – a line that drew boos when she used it in a debate? Or calling Obama a racist? It's like I'm living in bizarro-opposite world. But then I guess it makes sense that posters who will say anything regardless of factual merit would certainly be drawn to Hillary's campaign....

    April 15, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. Tony G South Holland Illinois

    Look people all that are believers in faith no that when our lives are tested by the economy, job lost and the war. Those things that directly affect you will bring you closer to you God. He didn't say you already didn't believe, but the trials will bring you closer, not only to God but all the other issues that confront our lives. Jobs being outsources, the infringement on our second ammendment rights. Slow down and smell the coffee. This is just another way to dodge the real issues. No one in the media that includes CNN harped on the Gov. of Penn. in his remarks on "whites in that state will not vote for a African American" their was no denial on his part, but the media harps on Rev, Wright. Clinton misspoke on Bosnia. She "lied" and now it's a joke. If Obama's words were ill chosen, he has acknowledge that. Lets move on and get back to the real issues. What about Clinton's remark that if she weren't the nominee that McCain would be the better President. What about that "AMERICA"?

    April 15, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. Retired Navy Veteran

    Many of the Veteran endorse Senator Obama. Hillary Clinton is a liar and vandictive person. The Clintons let the dogs out. People we need to get on the phones and make new phone calls. If Hillary has called on her supports to launch a smear campaign on all levels.

    This may flop.....

    April 15, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  9. Kenneth M.

    Good move Obama, right on target. Hillary is like an old boxer. She cant help but lie when the bell rings. She could have gotten more milage out of this is she would have just kept it mild and let the voter and rep party jump on this. She shows that she has not integraty every time she gets a chance. There is not dif between stratigist Penn and who ever she as now. sos

    April 15, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  10. Matt Blackstone

    I loved how Hillary called Obama an "elitist." Clinton's Yale Law Degree, 8 years of living in the White House, 8 years being first lady of Arkansas doesn't make her an elitist? Maybe the only time she wasn't priviledged was when she had to take cover and run from sniper fire.

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

    Obama supporters are too funny. Let me tell you this, your boy Obama has told many lies AND insulted half of america. His new politics is rubbish and his name was mentioned again in the tony rezko trial again yesterday. He and his wife attended a party that was thrown in honor of an Iraqi guy with ties to hamas and hezbola. just wait it is coming and when the tie is made america will look at Obama supporters and laugh at you for voting for someone you don't even know.

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

    Just for the record, Obama is a Harvard graduate that was raised first by a single mother and then later by his grandparents. After graduating from Harvard instead of joining any firm in the U.S. he returned to Chicago and worked as a community organizer, university lecturer, and civil rights lawyer. Where is his elitist background? Now compare that to Senator Clinton's upbringing and history. Wake up people.

    BARACK OBAMA – Change we can believe in!

    April 15, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  13. it will be Bitter awakening

    it will be Bitter awakening to all of you smoking that Obama "smoke of HOPE" crap….. good luck with that….

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

    Hillary is a pathelogical liar. We don't need that in the White House. Obama is the breath of fresh air this nation has sorely needed for a long time. Obama-'08!!!

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

    To all of you Terroristic Hillary supporters: Stop trying to threaten Obama supporters! We will not back down. We will let Democracy decide! Our votes matter as much as yours, and if you win the popular vote, the most number of states, and the most delegates, then your candidate will be the Democratic nominee in November. End of story! If you want to leave the party out of spite, please do. But don't threaten us!

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

    First all the polls show that this misstatement did not result in any decline in Obama's polling. So the good people of PA seem to know a political hit job when they see one. Obama's comments were ill advised and a bit simplistic but were not "elitist." And, the important point is that he doesn't lie repeatedly to the American people in order to get their votes. That's Hillary's territory. Obama's statement reflects an analysis that Bill Clinton himself provided in his autobiography and others as well (Thomas Frank in What's the Matter with Kansas). I suspect Hillary knows this too but is just using this episode to pander to the voters. Now that's elitist!

    April 15, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  17. Tim

    Awesome! Hopefully the people of PA will be smart. Hopefully Hillary will be out of the news soon.

    Tejano, you are an ignorant fool. It is because of uneducated people like you why America is not realized its potential. Not to mention your English and writing skills are atrocious. You should have finished school and made something of yourself.

    April 15, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  18. Oregon IS Obama

    Hillary is so out of touch with real every day people. If she is still hanging on by a thread on May 20th , Oregon will send her a message , that even she can understand.

    April 15, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  19. St. Louis

    Hopefully, Hillary's will be out of the race by June 3, 2008 and she can go join the Republican Party. LMAO

    April 15, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  20. Ryan from New Mexico

    Obama told me that im Bitter....so im Bitter...thanks for Labeling me OBAMA

    April 15, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  21. scj

    Hillary: Democrat or Republican?

    Good response, Obama. Let's see another!

    Obama has been honest throughout the campaign. People are bitter - from rural PA to SF, CA. Hillary, on the other hand, has been dishonest and chameleon-like. Her latest role: the Wicked Witch of the GOP. All she can hope to achieve is the terminal fracture of the Democratic Party and a McCain presidency. Could this be her true intent? After 8 years of the disasterous Bush Admin., we cannot risk it.

    This 45 year old woman is for Obama!

    April 15, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  22. Andrew

    As a independent, who will be voting for Mccain in the fall, I am very pleased with the developments in the Democratic Primary. I can only hope that Clinton pulls off a victory through tricks and deceit and lies, so that the Democratic Party as a whole can reasess after its impending loss this fall. Democrats have a lot of growing up to do, and this election is going to bring that to the forefront. It would be just wonderful to see Hillary win the nomination in direct contradiction to the will of the voters. I am rooting for you Hillary, so that your party will learn and come back stronger in the future. This november's general election was the Democrat's to lose, and you have already lost it. It would be great to see Obama run as an independent in the general election as well.

    Mccain 08

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

    this bitter stuff is old news- HRC is trying to make sure everyone forgets her lies and gaffes. now for the real news – only 19 PA mayors showed up for her big 100 PA mayor endorsement today!

    April 15, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  24. DW




    April 15, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  25. Lee

    I find the "Hillary or McCain in 08, Obama never." comments interesting. I suppose their purpose is to try to bully people into supporting Hillary over Obama. On the other hand, it's more likely an indication that Hillary is really a moderate republican.

    The fact that CNN is calling this "bitter-gate" is also worth mentioning. How a single comment can be compared to the Watergate scandal is beyond me. Was there also "sniper-gate," or "NAFTA-gate?"

    April 15, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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