November 2nd, 2007
09:16 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama: 'I'm not interested in second place'

Watch a clip of Sen. Obama's speech in South Carolina Friday.

(CNN) – At the end of a week where Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, made her most direct references yet to the historic nature of her presidential campaign, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, spoke Friday about being black and mounting a serious campaign for the White House.

Speaking from the steps of a historic courthouse in Clarendon County, South Carolina where one of the lawsuits which ultimately led to the desegregation of America’s schools was filed more than 50 years ago, Obama tied his presidential run to the black community’s fight for civil rights.

Obama told the crowd he’d heard people say, “’Ya know, we’re just not sure that America’s ready for an African-American president.’”  “You’ve heard that before. You’ve heard the same voices you heard fifty years ago,” Obama said.

“So, I just want ya’ll to be clear. I would not be running if I weren’t confident I was going to win,” he said. “I’m not interested in second place,” he added.

“We are tied up in Iowa right now. And, let me tell you there aren’t a lot of folks in Iowa that look like me,” said Obama. “And, we’re doing just fine.”

Obama also took a shot at President Bush.  Talking about the importance of education in his own life, Obama said, “I wasn’t like the President George Bush – born with a silver spoon in my mouth. My daddy wasn’t President of the United States,” the Illinois Senator told the crowd.  “I had to work and get an education and get scholarships to get ahead.”

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Marie VanDyke Royal Oak Michigan

    Mr Obama There Is A Lot of People In Michigan That Look lIke You To But Will They Vote For you, Cause Your Black The Answer Is no..Please Get Off Your High Horse And Realize You Cant Get To The White House Based on Your Color.

    November 3, 2007 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  2. molly

    You can't handle America,you still wont tell us your islam background in idoedesia,B Hussein Obomba.
    you think your god,and I dontlike preaching or a preacher to be in the white house. ,especially this gopsel stuff,
    it gets old.and your thing with the gays and the bashing,you did on that rally tour in south carolina,disgusting what you think of them,you have never apologized to them they are Human,you think your to good and this vision,is more like a radical vision,very erratic behavior.

    November 3, 2007 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  3. John Adkisson, Sacramento, California

    Jim Bremer wrote:
    "Dude, you're not exactly African. I'm not sure you're American either, with all that Muslim upbringing and madrassa education. And you sure ain't gonna be no President. PS: That's called Ebonix. Don't worry, I didn't expect you to know."

    Mr. Bremer, your appalling racism is the best argument for all the policies and changes you oppose. May we move quickly forward, and away from your ignorance and hatred.

    November 3, 2007 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  4. Eric, from THE Republic of Texas

    I just love the sign on his podium... "Opportunity for All."

    Folks, we already have equal opportunity. What we do not have, and what liberals want, is Equal Outcomes in Life.

    And that cannot be legislated, but rather must be earned by the individual.

    November 4, 2007 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  5. Al, New Mexico

    Go back to obscurity, Obama. No one cares about you.

    November 4, 2007 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. BobamaNO

    you better take 5th place

    Will Barack Obama, we fearfully wonder, open up his mouth again and further destabilize Pakistan?

    Last time Obama opened his mouth on Pakistan – in a speech Obama deliberated on for weeks, not just offhand remarks – there were anti-American riots and American flag burnings in Pakistan streets.

    President Musharraf, after Obama “saber rattled” was ready to declare a state of emergency. At the time we quoted several news sources which indicated Obama’s then latest blunder provided Musharraf with a fig leaf for imposing a state of emergency in Pakistan. Citing recent comments from Barack Obama about possible U.S. military action inside Pakistan, the government of embattled President Gen. Pervez Musharraf warned yesterday it may impose a state of emergency due to “external and internal threats.

    Typical for Obama, he lied, to cover up his international blunder. Obama accused his Democratic opponents of lying about what he clearly and beyond dispute had in fact said. Senator Dodd was attacked by Obama when Senator Dodd accurately described Obama’s remarks. David Shuster of MSNBC did the fact checking:

    The biggest point of contention in the debate last night came stemmed from an argument Obama made recently — the idea that he would take action against Al-Qaeda in Pakistan, if that country’s leadership won’t act. Several candidates criticized Obama on that point… and the fiercest exchange was over what Obama said in his recent speech.

    Dodd: “If you’re making a mistake today, you ought to stand up and say so. It was a mistake in my view to suggest somehow that going in unilaterally here, into Pakistan, was somehow in our interest.” Obama replied: “I did not say that we would immediately go in unilaterally. What I said was that we have to work with Musharraf”

    So, who is telling the truth? Judge for yourself. Here is what Obama said last week: “It was a terrible mistake to fail to act when we had a chance to take out an al Qaeda leadership meeting in 2005. If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf will not act, we will.”

    Dodd was correct about what Obama said… Obama did not say he would work with Musharraf.

    Saying something stupid, afterwards denying he actually made the statement, eventually attacking as a liar the person accurately quoting him, is an Obama specialty.

    November 4, 2007 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  7. Lavonia Johson Columbia, SC

    Obama.........You need to polish your English and speak more
    American if you are planning to be elected as President of the United sates of America. You are so wishy washy in your opinions and issues. You cannot be a role model for a President in the White House with your family, your experiences in politics are very limitted, I advise you to go back home and get more polished with the American Culture before you decide to run again for the Presidensy.........

    November 4, 2007 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
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