May 15th, 2008
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Michelle Obama takes heat from Tennessee Republicans

Tennessee Republicans took aim at Michelle Obama Thursday.

Tennessee Republicans took aim at Michelle Obama Thursday.

(CNN) – In a preview of the potential political onslaught Michelle Obama may face in the fall, the Tennessee Republican Party unveiled a new Web video Thursday that highlights her controversial comment earlier this year saying she was proud of America "for the first time in my adult life."

The four-minute video coincides with Mrs. Obama's visit to the state for a Democratic Party event later Thursday. It features several Tennesseans saying why they are proud of America while repeatedly cutting to Mrs. Obama's comments.

"The Tennessee Republican Party has always been proud of America. To further honor the occasion of Mrs. Obama’s visit, the Tennessee Republican Party has requested the playing of patriotic music by radio stations across the state," said a statement on the party's Web site that accompanied the video.

"While Mrs. Obama has trouble being proud of the country where she earned degrees from Princeton University and Harvard Law School and then became a multi-millionaire, her husband makes statements that belittle average Americans’ response to the difficulties of life."

The Obama campaign called the attack "shameful."

"This is a shameful attempt to attack a woman who has repeatedly said she wouldn't be here without the opportunities and blessings of this nation," said Obama spokesman Hari Sevugan. "The Republican Party's pathetic attempts to use the same smear tactics to win elections have failed in Mississippi, failed in Louisiana, and will fail in November because the American people are looking for a positive vision of real change.

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  1. Chris

    Its reasons like this we Need Hillary. Obama has to much bagage for the Reps. to go after.

    May 15, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. Monica, Texas

    The republicians should be very careful about bringing the wives into the lime light...Cindy McCain who refuses to release her tax statements, married John just a month after he was divorced, hooked on prescription drugs, had investments in Sudan, ....has not been vetted herself. Hmmmmmm?????

    May 15, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. Daniel Stevens

    Democrats DO NOT LET THEM GET AWAY with this B.S.!!!!

    May 15, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. ATLian

    This is the best they can do.? It will backfire just like the other one did.

    May 15, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. Gary B

    so this is what you have to run on? good luck!

    May 15, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |

    Oh the blog will go crazy over this one... although sadley most of its true. This was not a good choice in words... much like many things Obama has said and had to re-address... a lot of it is experience... a point that the Clintons have tried to beat to death.

    May 15, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. MM/ FL

    Republican screwed up so much, economy, war, foreign policy.....couldn't find real issue to cling to, they turned to trivial adds to make fool of themselves. Not this time, you'd better look for something better.

    May 15, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. Fed Up with DNC

    Nice try, RNC, but this ain't gonna work. Like President Obama always say, "NOT THIS TIME". You need to devote your time and energy into coming up with a strategy on how to keep the Republican Seats. You've already lost three that you were supposed to easily win.
    Mark my words: The Obama Smear campaign will be the death of the Republican party!

    May 15, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. Betsy

    And this is just one of many reasons why half of the democrats think Clinton is more electible in the general.

    May 15, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. faye, NV

    Mrs. Obama stay strong and focus on what is apparently right. I too can say that this campaign has made me and each person should be extremely proud to be an American.

    We have two strong canidates that brings back the strength of America.

    May 15, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Lilarose In Oregon

    Michelle Obama is already a loose canon, and I think she is going to be a problem once Obama is in the White House.

    May 15, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. Maxine

    I tell you what if this is the best the Republicans got, give it your best shot.....but hey the Republicans have so much to be proud of.....the Iraq war, 4,000 Americans lives, gas prices, home forclosures, loss of jobs, bad treatment for our vets, and oh I don't know GWBush....yeah I would be bragging about those accomplishements. Now here comes the 100 year war and what economy McCain. Whose wife has investments in Sudan.......

    May 15, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. Kate

    and I agree with her. Being an American does not mean you have to be proud of every action our government takes, in fact being an American is having the nerve to stand up and voice your concerns. Being an American does not require you to wear a flag pin on your lapel, especially when those who do are the ones who do the opposite of good for our nation. Our founding fathers were the originators of this kind of freedom and I for one am sick and tired of the conservative Republican base condemning those who do not show their alliegence in the same manner they choose to. I am proud to be part of an America that has a presidential candidate who not afraid to say what the majority of us have been feeling and thinking.

    May 15, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  14. Melinda Charlotte, NC

    Michelle Obama will be a disgrace as First Lady of the United States if her husband is ultimately elected. She is a mean and bitter woman , and she is one of the main reasons I will be voting McCain in November. I simply can't envision such a negative personality representing our country. I mean, really, this woman trash talks Americans everywhere she goes. It is a disgusting attribute for the spouse of the would be president.

    May 15, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. joe

    The repubnuts must be really scared of Obama.
    And this is news?

    May 15, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  16. stacy

    thank you Tennessee.

    May 15, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. Jan from Boca Raton FL

    Can you imagine Michelle Obama as First Lady?????

    Just look at her. Compare her to Cindy McCain, Jackie Kennedy

    Bill Clinton would be a great First Lady, and he is good looking

    Clinton 08

    May 15, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  18. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    What an ignorant ad! If the McCain staff would have taken the time to listen to Michelle's entire speech, they would know that this is not what she meant. She has said over and over. . .from day one of her husband's campaign. . .how proud she is to be an American. And she goes into great detail explaining why.

    I guess McCain has already forgotten his promise to run a "clean" campaign. So much for his promises!

    May 15, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. kamenwati

    It is just this kind of petty bulls**t that marks the Republicans as the party of division and hate. Keep it up Republicans. Let it all hang out. Because we, the electorate, are going to bury you in November.

    May 15, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  20. eleanor owen

    During the last eight years of a Bush administration there is a lot
    to be ashamed of. War, torture, sending our troops in harms way
    without proper equipment, not taking care of them when they return
    and on and on.
    For the first time in a long time I am beginning to have hope and
    feel pride in my fellow Americans.

    May 15, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. Jill

    i am not at all surprised to see a state Republican party stoop so low. I am certain the national Repubs will join them in the gutter. It is incredibly difficult to be proud of America with Bush spewing ridiculous drivel as he did in Israel. You want to talk about who's delusional? – try the Repub party – the whole bunch of them. Disgusting!!

    Michelle Obama, on the other hand – a truth teller.

    May 15, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. Nick - Arlington, VA

    thats right republicans start running against the misspeak of a candidate's wife....take that moral high ground....(im sorry but my sarcasm should be noticeable)

    May 15, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  23. Atty. K.

    How sad. The Republican Party hits new lows yearly, no, daily!

    May 15, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  24. margo

    Come on already!
    I think it's just weird they keep harping on this who is patriotic or who isn't.It's because it's all they have on Obama.
    Ooh,where's his flag pin?
    These guys are so scared to lose there power and it shows.
    What a bunch of losers.

    May 15, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  25. The Lord is with you

    My advice to Michelle Obama is keep up the good work for your husband. There are people in this world that will never understand the crisis America faces. We as Americans need to come together, and if we don't Shame on Us. Your Husband knew the odds were against him in this country because of people with envy and jealousy. You know the saying if you cant do better than some people than who can you do better than. We all know what you meant when you made the statement . The history of the United States concerning African Americans has not and sometime still is not one of Pride, but should be shame. Yes we all should be Proud of this country at this moment and right now. I pray for you and Senator Obama, and I know God is watching all of us.

    Be Blessed

    May 15, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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