September 24th, 2007
01:00 PM ET
16 years ago

Clinton releases first radio ad, targets black voters

Hillary Clinton has launched the first radio ad of her presidential campaign.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton on Monday became the second Democratic presidential candidate - after Sen. Barack Obama - to hit South Carolina's radio airwaves with an advertisement targeting African-American voters.

Clinton's ad is the first radio spot released by her presidential campaign. Entitled "Invisible," the ad touches on several issues important to black voters here, such as health care, crumbling schools, and the Bush administration's response to Hurricane Katrina.

The ad argues that black voters are "invisible" to President Bush. "And if you're stuck on a rooftop or stranded in the Superdome during a hurricane, you're invisible to this president even when you're on CNN," says Clinton during the ad, plucking a line from her September 16 speech to the Charleston NAACP.

The narrator ends the ad with a theme the Clinton campaign has pushed increasingly in recent weeks: that she is the candidate of change.

The ad will run on two-dozen radio stations of "predominantly African-American listenership" across the state, according to the Clinton campaign.

Obama's radio ad, which touted the Illinois Senator as a "Christian family man" and a "soldier for justice," launched here in late July on gospel and urban stations across the state.

Listen to the Clinton ad here.

- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Jimmy, Cherokee, Ok

    Hey New Yorker: In GeeYouWantAny's popular 9/11 Picture watching him approach the site has Senator Clinton walking up right behing him. Also she is the one in the Senate pushing for Health Care for everyone involved, While the Republican's GeeYouWantAny three time marrage. Kids don't like him says the Government cannot be responsible for the American's health care. Thats bigger government. So lets stop talking about it. Your man GeeYouWantAny. Come on Republicans get it. The last eight years of been a total flop. Clintons years were great and we were not at war. And Irag was under complete survalance. Couldn't even get a p[lane off the ground in 90% of their country. The American people were not paying for the Bush Administration to Blow up Irag Again. dEMOCRATS ARE GOING TO WIN BIG ACCROSS THE BOARD ALL THE WAY TO THE white house. INDEPENDENTLY SPEAKING. I VOTE ON THE BEST CANDIDATE. It is not a Republican. Power done went to their heads and have lead to destruction. With no care to American values. American needs. Or for that matter. In the Name of Freedom.

    September 25, 2007 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  2. Jimmy, Cherokee, Ok

    While reading the response to this story I find myself wondering why 13 of you even stop to read it. Odds are you didn't you just stopped to bash Senator Clinton. Well there were 13 Republicans bashing her. 1 Obama bashing her and a nutrel and 4 supporters including me. I would say the Republicans are scared in their boots of Senator Clinton, otherwise they would not be stopping to respond to a story that speaks favorable of her. Also New York and your response to being invisable to Senator Clinton. Well she was there right along with Guiliuni, No her office wasn't seven blocks away, but she was still there, and for someone to say that Senator Clinton did not care about New York is just silly. In Oklahoma City, On April 19th 1995 President Clinton left a meeting with Turkey leader to responed to 4/19/95 and he came here personnally on 4/23/1995. The Clintons have shown thhey care about American's since long before they went to Washington. If you do some research rather then believing every thing the media (you'all love to condemn)(and me to). Do some research.

    September 25, 2007 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  3. Jimmy, Cherokee, Ok

    I have to say one more thing. To the only Senator Obama supporter here. Why would the Republican's be afraid of
    Senator Obama when he can not get the majority of Democrats behind him. Sseems to me that would be a very large factor in what would scare the the Republicans. Heck thay thank they can put us in the jam we are in. Ignore any poll or public outcry and say they are doing the right thing. Thats why Republican are weaking their party. So any way. Senator Obama is just dreaming if he really thinks the Republicans are scared of him. He has to have his party atleast.

    September 25, 2007 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  4. Rick, Kansas City, MO

    Hatemongering. Race-baiting.

    Shameful politics.

    Hurricanes did not just destroy black people's homes – there were white people, asian people, hispanic people.

    Black voters are not invisible. If she wanted to say that anyone was invisible, it should have been "EVERYONE". Racism is still alive because people make race an issue where it shouldn't be.


    September 25, 2007 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  5. Derek, Phoenix, AZ

    "And if you're stuck on a rooftop or stranded in the Superdome during a hurricane, you're invisible to this president even when you're on CNN"

    Imagine that, president Bush doesn't watch left-leaning CNN. Imagine that.

    September 25, 2007 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  6. Coach Haughton

    I think this blog is very interesting. It shows people the ways these candidates go about to reach their different voter population. I think that though these two candidates seem to have good qualifications for presidency, Clinton's ad might have a stronger impact on people. We have seen how her husband was able to clean up the mess of "daddy Bush" therefore one can rightfully assume that Mrs. Clinton is ready to clean up the mess "Bush son" has done.

    So if my wife Won an essay contest last month. I guess that qualifies me to win one right?
    Can your wife do everything you do?
    Dumb statement.

    September 25, 2007 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. Jimmy, Cherokee, Ok

    Chris if you agree with me about research why do you include socialist or untrustworthy on your header. If you would read Senator Clinton's Health plan you would see that she covers the lowering of cost. Your canadate isn't even going to offer a proposal. He has no idea what he is going to do. Tells the former prime minister of Great Briton that he is the most liked American. Some on wake him up He is DREAMIN. also DREAMIN about the Presidentcey. He needs to go and open an office for legal aid and pay back the NEW YORKERS for the money that he stole from them as MAYOR of NEW YORK. Cinton for President 2008

    September 25, 2007 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  8. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    What accent did she use for the campaign ad?

    Did she mess up and use the carpet bagger one that got her elected in NY or the one with "Y'alls" that she gets to use in front of southern folk?

    Hillary 08 – Please.

    September 26, 2007 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  9. Nae, Somewhere, MI

    I'm just as much of a democrat as the next person but it just disturbs me that Maya Angelou and Quincy Jones have endorsed Clinton. I wonder how much she pays! I am a Black female, masters candidate at Univ. of MI and I can't believe the number of black vote percentage ole Hill is pulling! It is crazy, I would NEVER vote for her. Michigan has a female governor, and I actually like her, so I am not anti-female heads-of-state. But Obama, is CLEARLY the better candidate. If she wins and don't pick him as a vp, I will personally do all that I can to make sure the Blacks pull a 1920s switch a roo on her! alot of people are banking on the fact that she will pick Obama as her VP, and that just isn't going to happen! But I tell you what, she THINKS that she has the Black vote exclusively. She does not. Black people DO like Obama, alot of them just think that Clinton will win over him. Therefor, when she wins, the Black people that voted for her will be expecting her to pick OBAMA. And when she picks Vlisak or Wesley Clark......she WILL lose the Black vote. Just watch and see.

    October 18, 2007 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
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