June 16th, 2008
10:49 AM ET
10 years ago

GOP attacks Obama over Michigan primary

Obama campaigns in Flint, Michigan on Monday.

Obama campaigns in Flint, Michigan on Monday.

(CNN) - As Barack Obama took to the trail in Michigan on Monday, the state's Republican party released a web ad needling him over his decision not to campaign in Michigan during the Democratic primary season - a line of attack Hillary Clinton warned of throughout her own presidential bid.

"Why did you boycott Michigan for so long?," the web ad asks. "You stiffed our voters."

The nearly two-minute long video proceeds to highlight Obama's "bitter" comments from a San Francisco fundraiser earlier this year.

"You insulted our way of life," the ad says, displaying assorted images of hunters and churchgoers.

A blog post on the Michigan GOP's Web site said the ad was created "to remind Michigan voters that when they wanted to hear from Barack Obama, he took every opportunity to thumb his nose at them."

In her push to have the disputed Michigan and Florida delegations seated in full, Clinton regularly argued that in a general election, Republicans would hammer Obama for his reluctance to do the same.

"If the Democrats send a message that we don't care about your votes, I'm sure John McCain and the Republicans would be happy to have them," Clinton said at a campaign stop in Detroit in March. "In fact, the Republicans will argue that Michigan and Florida voters shouldn't trust the Democrats to look out for them when we wont even listen to you."

Obama removed his name from the primary ballot in Michigan last year, a decision that led to a long-running debate with Hillary Clinton's campaign over the how to fairly count the votes from that state's unsanctioned Democratic contest.

Clinton won the uncontested Michigan vote in January with 55 percent of the vote, beating out "Uncommitted," which netted 40 percent. Earlier this month, the Democratic National Committee voted to seat the full Michigan delegation with half a vote each, allocating 69 delegate votes to Clinton and 59 to Obama.

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soundoff (415 Responses)
  1. Olivia

    You Obama supporters are still picking on Hillary even when she is not running anymore. Now you are blaming her for stupid things Obama have done.

    Obama is not the perfect candidate. He has dissed many people, like in Michigan and Fl by ignoring them; now his campaign feels he doesn't need Ohio and Fl and probably MI to be president.

    Is he planning on blowing Mccain out of the picture, like he tried to blow Hillary out by overspending peoples' hard earned cash on ads?
    1..2..3..4..5...times to 1 sometimes! This guy should be far far ahead of McCain but he is not. How much more money is it going to take to buy the presidency?

    Bad choice, DNC. Pity you had to try to destroy the only real viable candidate you had just because she's a woman and not handpicked by the activists in the party.

    Still waiting to hear why the Rezco verdict came a say after the nomination and why no further whisper about it since then.

    June 16, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. After further review,Texas.

    Yes even Limbaugh knows its over, but wants to keep the hate going so he can get fatter off his t-shirt buying pinheads.He will eat his steaks while his followers eat dog food.I love every day now that their end is in sight.

    June 16, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. Cheryl


    You are badly mistaken. You forget her supporters are dems before Hillary. They will not leave the party because of Hillary. Just Like Hillary Rosen said it best. I am a DEM before I am a Hillary Supporter

    June 16, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. NickNas

    It is Funny that CNN Posts SOOOO Many of these So Called PUMA Whiners post that say the SAME THING OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER..............

    But so very few Positive Posts. This is the ONLY Blog of ANY major " News" Source that pushes them so hard on us with Obvious Bias.

    CNN Your Pro Hillary and Anti Obama Stance has been clear fro quite some time now but you are getting well past UN- Professional now.

    There is a reason why Tim Russert was so respected. Don't you people get it??

    June 16, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. Sweden

    "Obama will never win over enough of Hillarys supporters to win in Novemeber. Go ahead and talk down to us and call us names Obamas clan. Your "King" is still not going to win."

    whatever that makes sleep in the night.
    end of the day is you americans who will suffer...while we in europe is getting more bread...US are heading downwards...

    if this was western-europe we all know who would win... and it aint Mcwhatever his name is...

    June 16, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. Progressive

    Cheryl L. Swaim – "Poor millionaire Obama."

    This is what you have to contribute to this blog? Obama is worth 1.3 million dollars, and most of that is from his books, which he pretty much wrote himself, and are phenomenal. I won't get into how much McCain and Clinton are worth, and who knows where their money came from.

    On another note, for the individuals who are unable to be accountable, and love pointing fingers.... Obama merely abided by the rules the DNC put forth, and when Michigan decided to get trigger happy, and move up their contest, the primary became a moot point. Not sure where you get that Obama "stole" the election from Michigan. Sounds like sore losers to me.

    June 16, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Bush thinks the way we solve this problem is to invade Mexico!

    June 16, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. Democrat for Life

    Democrats please beware!
    Many republicans are posing on line as democrats to keep our party divided. Don't let them do that to us. We must win. I would never hurt myself (nor my pocket book) just to prove a point. We have all the support we need in order to win this election. Stay focused!!!!

    Democrat 08

    June 16, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA





    June 16, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. Independent-woman-4-Obama



    HIS NAME WAS NOT ON THE BALLOT, BECAUSE....... he was following the RULES THE DNC made!!!!!!!!!!!!


    June 16, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. AJ

    Hillary Clinton was absolutely right; Obama doesnt care about the VOTERS in Michigan or Florida. He rightly thought he wouldn’t have to worry about them as the delegates weren’t going to count. And when it came time to stand up and do the right thing and demand that the Michigan and Florida delegates be counted, Obama chose instead to disenfranchise the voters of those two states and fight against having those delegates seated. Doing the right thing was less important than winning. This shows a lack of character. On top of that, the Obama camp has just told the voters in Florida and Ohio that their votes don’t matter, that he can win without them. This again shows that Obama is a man of no substance. It's awful that the choice is between Obama and Senator McCain. Which one is worse?

    June 16, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. Jason

    Don't vote for GOP and GGP!
    GGP = Great Grand Pa.

    June 16, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. debra

    Gee and I thought that Michigan and Florida had record turnouts! Not only that, but Obama got to count Edwards votes as his in Michigan and he still didn't win that state.

    June 16, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. I'mnamingmysonbarackobama

    Here we go again!!! Desperate, hypocritical Republicans putting up smoke screens, dragging red-herrings...you know, standard GOP modus operandi. Anything to avoid the real issues: the destitute state of our economy that they created after a record time of surplus during the Clinton years, frayed international relations, and this fine mess Bubbyah got us into in Iraq (for which there are no easy answers). I can just imagine the fun they're going to have when Obama is president, watching him try to undo the mess that war-criminal Bush has done over there. For the life of me, I can't understand how Clinton lies about a blow-job and he gets impeached; Bush lies and we lose the lives of 4,000 soldiers, 1 million Iraqis, lose hundreds of billions of dollars and we Americans re-elect him and kill the fatted calf! What gives, people?!

    Keep it simple, people:
    1. The DNC made the rules.
    2. BO followed the rules.
    3. We don't punish, vilify, or lie on those who follow the rules.
    3. Got a problem? Deal with the DNC--BEFORE THE PRIMARIES–
    ** If Michigan or Florida voters had a problem with the way their states were handling things, they should have taken issue with the DNC before the primaries. Let's not let stupidity ruin us four more years.

    June 16, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. georgia

    GOP grasping @ straws already ! Tsk,tsk ,tsk.
    Shows us how weak even they feel McSame is !

    June 16, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. True dictator of the people

    No matter what Obama says, no matter how many times he re-adjusts what he says, and no matter how he rationalizes what he actually meant... the adoring followers of this hypocritical, lying , pandering sleazy politician just accept it without any question.

    The hatred he inspires in his followers, against fellow Americans and the blind loyalty from his worshipping following is sufficient reason to be wary.

    It reminds me of Italy and Germany in the 1930s and how the youth fell for their inspirational speakers promising a return to former greatness. The Hype of Hope and the politics of hate and division are not new.

    Vote for Obama if you want a socialist regime where all opposition and criticism is silenced. Already his brainwashed youth are marching to whatever tune Obama currently sings and everyone else who disagrees or questions is met with derision and insults.

    June 16, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. ATLian

    Hillary brought this on the Democratic party with all her posturing. She did NOT win the popular vote, nor the pledged delegate vote without a whole of if, and , and or's thrown in. She has given the Rethugs all they need to go after Obama.

    June 16, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  18. forever for Hillary

    Boomer - you are wrong. Obama DID NOT STICK to the agreement pertaining to Florida and Michigan. He ran ads all over Florida during the primary. He broke the agreement and all bets are off once he did that. GET YOU FACTS STRAIGHT. You obama supporters are so blind to the truth him.

    June 16, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  19. Susan in GA

    More negative attacks by McCain. He is there now and what matters is a debate between McCain and Obama. Once the Michigan voters see the vast difference between same of the old and best of the new they will see Obama is actually looking out for them more than "Iraq for 100 years" and all the other filth that comes from the McCain side of things. This country will unite around the one leader who will gives us a change.

    Obama 08'

    June 16, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  20. Sharon - NC

    I think the people in Michigan and Florida are much smarter than they are given credit for. They understand that all democratic candidates agreed to the rules set forth by their own national party committee, of which some members of the committee were high ranking officials in Hillary Clinton's campaign. Certain people just wanted to change the ruels when things didn't quite work out the way they wanted.

    Do you honestly think that Obama, running for President, would intentionally do something to tick off a couple of states?

    Come on people. If you want to vote for McCain, admit it, come to terms with it if you can, and do it if you think you can live with yourself, and quit using Florida and MIchigan and Hillary Clinton as excuses.

    June 16, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  21. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA





    June 16, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  22. Swiss in Canada

    Still about Michigan and Florida? Still about Obama stealing Clintons nomination? HE DID NOT!!! she did not win!!!!! DO YOU UNDERSTAND? iiT IS NOT THAT HARD!!!!
    Susan, Halifax

    June 16, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  23. Mac in Nova Scotia

    Hey all you Hillary and McCain bloggers. Go ahead and knock Obama, vote for McCain and I will sit here in Canada and watch you enjoy 4 more years of Bush politics.

    June 16, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  24. Lynn

    Obama arrogance just keep on going. Unbelievable – Obama would have the nerve to show up in Michigan. He did not think the people of Michigan was important to leave his name on the ballot. Then he blocked (behind close doors) Michigan and Florida in having a revote. Then he said he could win without Florida. He must now realize he needs Michigan. Obama and the DNC is the reason I changed to an Independent. Oh my the way I'm sure before the Convention in August the Michigan and Florida full delegation will be restored. Disgusting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 16, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    I am not a PUMA Democrat. I prefer ADIDAS.

    Obama will crush McCain, with or without the crybabiies votes.

    June 16, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
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