November 15th, 2007
04:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama launches new TV ad on education

Obama launched a new ad in New Hampshire Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama launched a new ad in New Hampshire Thursday that highlights his education plan.

"My parents weren't rich," the Illinois senator says in the ad. "My father left me when I was very young. The one thing I was able to get was a great education. We should give every child the same chances that I had."

In the 30 second spot, Obama calls for expanding early childhood education and recruiting "a new generation of teachers."

A CBS/New York Times poll released Wednesday shows Obama in second place in New Hampshire with 22 percent, 15 percentage points behind Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. joseph, austin, tx

    To fix the education or lack there of problem is overhaul the curriculum. Schools are forced to focus on teaching kids how to take tests so the school can get their funding, thanks NCLB. They are not teaching kids how to think any more, there is no intellectual thinking involved anymore just being able to regurgetate information.

    November 15, 2007 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    I saw Obama speak last night here in San Francisco. It was so refreshing to hear a candidate speak with optimism, about wanting not to lead just "blue states" or "red states" but the United States.
    I'm not anti Hillary, but I do fear the mouth breather will attack her relentlessly for the next four years if (when?) she becomes president.
    As a teacher, of course I applaud Obama's plan to improve education.

    November 15, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. xtina - chicago IL

    No schools in the country should be run by or even be associated with the government. The government is not an efficient operation as we see over and over with FEMA, DHS, VA Hosp., USPS, IRS all of which bleed money and some of which are run by corrupt unions. All schools should be private enterprises paid for partly by tax money but not run by the government. Im beginning to sound like Ron Paul with the far-fetched ideas.

    November 15, 2007 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. xtina - chicago IL

    Bob in SF –

    Did anyone ask Obama what his leadership successes are ? When did he have to make difficult decisions and what experience has he had running a company or municipality? And did he have any idea other than raising taxes and handing the school boards more money, which as we all know, leads to dedication among the teacher ranks and better overall education .

    And what could Obama possibly have said are his qualifications for the Presidency ?

    November 15, 2007 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  5. Lance in Monrovia, CA

    Obama's qualifications;

    First African American Editor of Harvard Law Review, turned down over 700 corporate 6 figure job offers to take 14G a year job as a community organizer in Chicago, on behalf of out of work steel mill workers. Helped change all their lives.

    Passed more bipartisan bills in the IL Senate than any other legislator. Was known as a consensus builder and the go to guy for ethics in both IL and the U.S. Senate.

    passed the first meaningful ethics reform in both IL and the U.S. Senate in a generation.

    Spoke out clearly against Iraq in 2002 when it was political suicide to do so, and spoke out clearly against the Iran vote to give Bush authority there too in 2007.

    Under his care schools in his district thrived and grades went waaay up. He was known as a hero in the communities he worked in.

    He tells it like it is and always has. He's known for it. He goes to Detroit to talk to auto makers about raising car fuel standards and he goes to Wall Street to talk to the richest 1 percent about raising their taxes.

    When you talk about how he wants to raise taxes, he's talking about the richest .1 percent. He wants to ELIMINATE taxes for seniors making less than 50g's a year.

    November 15, 2007 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  6. Ken Garing, Modesto CA

    Hey look at those school kids "grilling" Obama!

    November 15, 2007 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  7. vking, Phoenix, AZ


    November 15, 2007 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  8. Steve, Landing, NJ

    Lance, don't forget that he's a scholar of constitutional law, something the current administration could use a refresher course in.

    November 15, 2007 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  9. Dan, TX

    Education is critical. The reason we use tax dollars to bring over the Chinese students and give them PhDs and then give them faculty positions and leadership positions in industry.

    However, now that China is devoting more money to research and development. A lot of these US-educated (paid for by US taxpayer dollars) scientists are going home to China to do research and develop technology. Education is a national security issue. Obama is the future and the future is now. Obama '08.

    November 15, 2007 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  10. Megha, San Antonio, TX

    Let's see if CNN deletes this one.

    For heaven's sake, his dad went to Harvard, and he says his parents weren't rich? Seriously, height of using the race card, just coz his dad is african does not automatically make him not rich. By the way, kids of Harvard alumni get preference while admission and Obama went to Harvard.

    November 16, 2007 09:24 am at 9:24 am |