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. Mo


    June 16, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. Fedia

    WOW!!!!! from gas to Mich. voters...I am from Hillary-MCsame ticket......go Grandpa+ Grandma.......

    June 16, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |

    i cant beleive that hillary clinton endorsement to obama was from her heart,anything you did to obama, you did it to yourself

    June 16, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |


    June 16, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. Millionaire Obama?

    Obama has just become a millionaire in the past couple years, by selling his life's story...how he was abandoned by his father at the age of two and raised by his single mother and grandmother...he just paid off his student loans a few years ago.

    The Clintons, on the other hand, are millionaires 100 times over...and McCain? The McCains own the Budweiser Brewing Co.

    So lets not cry elitist at the self-made millionaire who makes less than the other two who grew up well-off and got their millions from their spouses...

    June 16, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. Darth Vadik, CA

    If you blame anybody over Michigan and Florida, blame the DNC, Obama had nothing to do with it.

    June 16, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. crat3

    Obama blocked a revote for Michigan and he intentionally did nothing to resolve the issue because he didn't want MI to count against his nomination.

    Cult leader Obama has no legitimacy as the Democratic nominee. He stole the nomination with the MI and FL shenanigans and his surrogate Nancy Pelosi rigged the nomination for him.

    Sen. Clinton is the legitimate Democratic nominee. She won MI and FL and the popular vote; and she is the best and strongest candidate to win the general election hands down.

    HRC supporters will not surrender in "unity" to the cult powers of Obama. HRC supporters will campaign and vote for John McCain in swing states Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida and Michigan. If Obama loses any two of these swing states, he will be defeated in November. I will volunteer and vote for McCain in a swing state. In 2012, Sen. Clinton will be the presidential candidate to put America back on track.

    June 16, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. Carolyn

    A vote for McCain is a vote for death! How can anybody in their "right" mind vote for McCain. Have anybody looked at our economy. McCain is part for that party who voted for this war and with Bush who seem to not care about how high these GAS prices are because his family is getting Phat pocket.

    June 16, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. real dem

    LOL, oh wow. Just another feeble minded attempt from the GOP to correct there 8 year long mistake ( BUSH ) and bring up another issue which was settled already by the DNC ( told all states not to move up there primaries or be punished and you crybabies say it's O'bama's fault..Grow up). It seems that some people would rather lose there homes, cars, jobs, and have more troops die in Iraq rather than let someone in office who wants to change it. How misguided we are...no wonder we are looked down upon from even the smaller countries...because deep down we don't care about our own country. We are so biased and racist and immature that we have fallen way down on the totem pole as a super power...leave it to the Bush voters for this reason and now those who will vote for McCain.....you foolish people.

    June 16, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |

    Didn't work for Hillary and it want work for the GOP.

    June 16, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |

    bye bye Obama

    McCain 08'

    June 16, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. Paul, Riverside, CA

    Could Obama then say the same to McCain about him thumbing his nose at all the service men and women in Iraq, because when they needed him he turned his back on them?

    June 16, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. New Day

    Would it kill voters to actually educate themselves on the issue rather than just vote based on innuendos and rumors?

    C'mon, do it for Tim Russert!

    June 16, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. Alex

    Hey Clinton holdouts, I will remind you that Hillary agreed to "snub" Florida and Michigan too... that is until she saw that she might be able to gain votes out of "standing up" for them. What BS. Obama followed the rules laid out by his party, Clinton did everything she could to undermine them and if you can't see that I honestly feel sorry for you.

    June 16, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. Bill

    The GOP is simply desparate. What else is new. No one is going to sabatage the future of America by casting "revenge" votes for McCaint. Get real.

    June 16, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  16. Wayne

    These repubs are out of touch just llike old McShame and Bush.

    They only provide smear, nothing else.

    Who in their right mind can vote for McCain and failed politics.

    In the past, which elected president hat the experience to change
    Only an inexperienced president can make sweeping changes
    as long as he is honest and has a vision and the desire to bring
    america out of this mess. And that is Barack Obama.

    You repubs can twist it as much as you want, that is a fact.

    Obama 08

    June 16, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. joe in VA

    msg to childish Obamaniacs....

    BHO (H stands for "handout) will tell you anything you want to hear to get elected. the man has no track record of achieving anything in politics except giving speeches.

    Do some research on your candidate and learn how he won his state senate seat. It wasn't by eliciting change or speaking to the issues of Chicago, he devoted the energy of his campaign to nullifying the petitions of the other candidates which allowed him to run practically unopposed.

    That's who your high-minded change agent REALLY is. C'mon Obamaniacs, are you really that blind or just infatuated?

    June 16, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |

    Why is it that Barack Obama can do no wrong? He was adamantly against any compromise situation on MI and FL until his advisors told him he needed to be "gracious" to Hillary Clinton and give into to some kind of compromise on FL and MI to woo away some of her voters in the general election campaign. The voters in that state knew what was going on when they went to the polls because so many people would not have voted uncommitted. If he was so hell bent on following the "rules" he should not have accepted any delegates from MI considering his name was not even on the ballot. It is in the bylaws of the DNC charter not to award delegates from uncommitted votes. Uncommitted is a recognized status for a presidential election. How the DNC decided to turn those votes into votes for Obama is beyond my reasoning. It just appears that the DNC and the media are insulating Mr. Obama from the reality that this will be a hard fought campaign and that he will have to actually work for the votes.

    The people know that now it's for real and they will have to make a choice between speeches and real results. I hate when Democrats demonize someone just because they have an (R) behind their name. I hope the Democrats rewind back to the 2000 election and remember that John McCain didn't win the Republican nomination because people in his own party said he was too liberal and was really a Democrat in disguise. This is hardly a continuation of George W. Bush. If Bush had not have listened to McCain things would still be going VERY VERY badly in Iraq. John McCain has the experience and the judgement to make things happen in Washington. He is not a fad "sound bite" candidate like Obama.

    Was for HIllary now for McCain
    McCain 2008 Hillary 2012

    June 16, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. AC

    Barack Obama is more qualified to be president than John McCain.
    McCain looks like he should be living in a retirement community
    with senior citizens.

    June 16, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. tito valentino

    The GOP too penalized Michigan with half votes so what are the Mccainites talking about. Dont blame Obama nor the party, they were only sticking to the rules.

    June 16, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. Papa DD

    GOP stop fooling us, mind you, Americans Know better now and we are not going to fall for your negatives this time. As a good party man, Obama abide by his party rules, that is why he didn't campaign in Michigan and that shows he's going to be a Constitution abiding President unlike Bush and the GOP current shameless breach of our constitution.

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 16, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. rachel

    This is why he should have pushed for the votes to be seated . All the complaining that the camapaign was doing saying it wouldnt matter if they seated all the delegates and gave them to hillary she still would have lost! Then why did he not do it we all know that the superdelegates had the fix in for Obama, they wanted him to win with or without the michigan votes. So why didnt he seat them he could have said he fought for them and not looked like he was trying to stop their voices from beign heard, but he didn't why not? He is not suppose be for the DNC he is suppose to be for the american people. Whether or not hillary and obama both agreed that michigan wouldnt count she will be seen as trying to get their voices heard and he wont.

    June 16, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |

    Its Time To Eat Your Pudding Mccain!

    June 16, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. An old white woman 4 Obama


    June 16, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. Bitter - New Orleans, LA

    Dan said that "...Obama is clearly more religious than McCain"

    If you consider "Black Liberation Theology" to be a religion, then yeah, he is.

    June 16, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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