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.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Michigan
soundoff (415 Responses)
  1. TXBad1

    Funny how the DNC and Obama Kiss up after slapping the Voters in the Face, the upside Down Demacratic Party will Loose in all the States Hillary won, Obamanites are Happy and will be crying in November! By the way are the Obamanites sending in those needed Contributions for the Convention since Hillary supporters cut off Contributions?? Maybe they need to have a bake sell!

    McCain 2008 and Hillary 2012

    June 16, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. RB

    Republicans following the rules?! Are you mad, G! I have left the republican party because W made fools of us all. He surrounded himself with "yes men" and acts surprised that no one ever told him "no".

    Too bad McCain does not think that a young man/women willing to die in a foreign country in support of the U.S. is enough to warrant an education. How sad. You would think the son/grandson of admirals would have learned better! But, his mentality is turning veterans against him. I would not allow my sons to serve under him. As a veteran, it seems he has forgotten the golden rule: take care of your people...FIRST!

    VETS for OBAMA/WEB '08

    June 16, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. Owen

    The Republican Party moved up the primary dates and thereby caused FL and MI to lose their vote. Now they blame Obama? How pitiful.

    June 16, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. John in NY

    The GOP never votes on issues, they fool the stupid into voting against their own interest. It is really amazing that it works, but it does and they will keep doing it until it doesn't work.

    June 16, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    You must be real dumb to be a GOP member/supporter. Haven't they learned that attacking Obama falsely makes them lose seats – Louisiana, Illinois, Mississippi. These are the dumbest people I have ever come across. Please try something new, it might work. We know you are old dogs but pls. try new trick, might work.

    Obama '08, whatever you say or do, Obama '08.

    June 16, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. Jerry in Boston

    Obama followed the rules of the DNC, as did Senator Clinton, by not campaigning in Michigan.

    However, the DNC did not oblige him to remove his name from the ballot, nor did they oblige him to obstruct a plan for a revote that the Michigan Democratic Party and the DNC had approved.

    Hillary 2012 – "I told you so"

    June 16, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    When you've wasted a trillion dollars on a failed war in Iraq when the War on Terror should have been fought and won in Afghanistan and when you've allowed the once mighty dollar to go into an eight year freefall so that it takes a lot more of them to buy a gallon of gas, I guess pathetic attempts at swift-boating you opposition is all you have left...Good luck with that you sad Reptilicans!

    June 16, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. Tom

    This is so typical of CNN they do not want OBAMA to win in November, talk about democracy. Yea right.

    Don`t sweat it OBAMA we got your back for this was to be expected mud slinging from CNN, and especially WOLF BLITZER who does not like OBAMA, and CNN allows him to fully show it without shame.

    I`m glad jack speaks the truth, and puts Wolf in his place from time to time.


    June 16, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. Belle

    To Sammy: It is you. Clearly you do not understand that the voters did not change the date in either Michigan or Florida. The legislators of those states changed the dates of the primaries. The voters simply went to the polls (when they opened) and cast their ballots. You, like most Obama fans, seem to believe the voters went to the polls before they opened and cast their ballots in the trash outside the door. The voters did not choose when the polls opened!! Howard Dean and the DNC punished the voters for the choice of their legislators. That is like your neighbor beating your child for your actions. Dean and the DNC were stupid for not understanding the consquences of their rules. Anyone with any forsight at all could have foreseen the problems caused by their rules. There were people who did see the potential for problems.

    June 16, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. LA

    Sure if the majority of the voters want more Bush, they will vote for McCain. If the majority of voters in this country want to take an intelligent stance on war and bring our troops home, improve the economy, uphold women's rights and actually direct this country in a better direction, Americans will vote for Obama. It's really pretty simple.

    June 16, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. angry angry hippo

    Note that GOP trolls posing as angry Clinton supporters pop up like mushrooms in cowpies after a rainstorm on every place that allows posting. Real Hillary supporters are too loyal and too smart to vote for McCain.

    June 16, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. Peggy - Tx

    Republicans are desperate. They are spending a lot of money to communicate absolutey nothing of any substance. I feel sorry for them; it must be a terribly difficult task to attempt to get Michigan’s to vote against their core values and best interest. Michigan's, by far, are too smart to be fooled by the Republican spin machine.

    June 16, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. hugues

    Another dirty tactic from gop,this time is not going to work neither in november.

    June 16, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. jr

    Florida, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania will all be close races, of which Obama can expect to lose at least three if not all four. Then its Na-Na-Na-Na, Hey-Hey-Hey, Goodbye.

    June 16, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. Hey Hillary Supporters

    Hillary Clinton didn't campaign in Michigan either!! So let's not be so hypocritical so early on a Monday morning!

    June 16, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. mollygonz

    This is sooo silly. This shows that the GOP has nothing on Obama. He didn't campaign because the rules were broken. It's that simple. I believe that a pledge was made between all the candidates not to campaign there so that is not his fault. The GOP is so dumb. He has been there numerous times since he wrapped up the primary election. He knew that Michigan felt put on the back burner and he addressed it since accordingly. For them to make a big deal out of it now is ridiculous.

    June 16, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. H.Skank

    This is McCain's way of running a clean campaign. McCain is a liar and has turned from an independate maverack into a true republican. You should be so proud of yourself.

    End the war now! Bring home our brave men and women now! No more Bush, no more McBush. We can't afford another 8 years.

    You managing to get yourself shot down over Viet Nam does not make you a bigger hero than the men and women fighting in Iraq today. Managing to get yourself shot down over Viet Nam does not entitle you to be president. You couldn't even beat Bush, what makes you think you can beat the will of the country to end your war now!

    June 16, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. Mike in miami FL

    Those McCain lovers or Obama haters do you really live in the USA because in Miami Florida, we're not doing that good with the econmy (second in foreclosures, Gas price over $ 4, and no jobs.) I beleive we still have our self to blame for voting for that Idiot President we have. Unless you are making more than $250,000 a year, I can't see you have the nerve to vote for McCain. Are we really that " IGNORANTs" in this country?

    June 16, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. D.C.

    @Cheryl L. Swaim
    If Obama's a millionaire.. what is John McWar? An old white guy living off his multi-multi-millionaire beer heiress? The one he was messing around with while still married to someone else.

    I can't believe ANY woman would vote McWar. McYou'reOnYourOwn, McBUSH.

    June 16, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. EMJ

    Wow, Monday June 16th and unless some of these anti-Obama comments are from McCain supporters pretending to be Clinton supporters, the Clinton supporters really need to get over it already. This is a very important election and if Clinton supporters would turn off the hate just a little bit, we might have a democrat president in January. I truly believe a lot of these pro-Clinton/Anti-Obama posts are really McCain slugs. Fight for the future of our country which is more important than keeping all that resentment inside.

    June 16, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. David

    Ignorance RNC who don't belive in the rule of Law.
    It doesn't supprise me, Bush makes his own Law by spying on America'n people, torturing prisoner and the rest of them.

    RNC don't belive in the constition that why they attack Obama on Michigan.

    June 16, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. Ilene from Michigan

    LOL!! Republicans and their DIRTY cards. Guess what?? I am from MICHIGAN and we LOVE OBAMA!!! He is here tonight at a rally in Detroit and it will be packed house and thousands turned away.
    This time around it is going to be fun to watch the republicans try every dirty trick they can...and it won't work.

    June 16, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |

    More Lies From The RNC!

    June 16, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  24. David

    Ignorance GOP who don't belive in the rule of Law.
    It doesn't supprise me, Bush makes his own Law by spying on America'n people, torturing prisoner and the rest of them.

    GOP don't belive in the constition that why they attack Obama on Michigan.

    June 16, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. John in NY

    Why doesn't McCain and the GOP run adds about how they love NAFTA and free trade? Isn't that a real issue in MI????? I think it is.

    June 16, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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