December 6th, 2007
12:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama up with a new ad in Iowa

Obama is out with a new ad in Iowa that showcases his well-received Jefferson-Jackson speech.  

(CNN) - Democrat Barack Obama’s campaign debuted a new 60-second ad in Iowa Thursday that stresses his outsider credentials.

The spot, which is drawn from footage of the Illinois senator’s well-received speech at the Iowa Democratic Party’s Jefferson Jackson Dinner, doesn’t directly mention his chief presidential rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York – but it does reference the partisan battles of the last Clinton presidency.

"I don't wanna spend the next year or the next four years refighting the same fights that we had in the 1990s,” says the Illinois senator. “I don't wanna pit red America against blue America. I want to be the President...of the United States of America."

Campaign officials say the ad will run in heavy rotation statewide.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Iowa
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  1. remHannity smuck talkinghaha..

    jennifer Flowers Is gonna vote and thinking about voting Hillary..old wounds heal

    OMG...well the past is the past

    December 6, 2007 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  2. BlackwomenFor Hillary YEAH!!!!!!!

    hes just using brainwashed crap,this man does not even have a chance or he would have 100% the black vote they even say there is something wrong with this picture....i dont see them black people running to his events,its kids under 21,Black people are smarter than you give credit to...and yes im am voting Hillary

    December 6, 2007 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  3. Jimmy

    In September 2004, Sen. Obama suggested to the Chicago Tribune editorial board that he would use surgical missile strikes against Iran:

    [T]he United States should not rule out military strikes to destroy nuclear production sites in Iran, Obama said. 'The big question is going to be, if Iran is resistant to these pressures, including economic sanctions, which I hope will be imposed if they do not cooperate, at what point are we going to, if any, are we going to take military action?" Obama asked. Given the continuing war in Iraq, the United States is not in a position to invade Iran, but missile strikes might be a viable option, he said.

    December 6, 2007 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  4. Marquis, Chicago, IL

    xtina, chicago, il:

    I guess you neglected to notice my list in the previous post. Oh well, here are some more of Obama's bills and effort in Illinois (this is not exhaustive):

    -successfully sponsored the Health Care Justice Act to provide universal health care system in Illinois, 2004

    -fought for tax credits for the poor

    -passed legislation requiring police to videotape murder interrogations

    -sponsored legislation to ban job and housing discrimination against gays and lesbians

    -fought protect employee's overtime pay

    The people of Illinois have received the memo that you and some others apparently haven't. People in Iowa, NH, SC, and all over this country of ours are responding to him for a reason: b/c he is real and is a statesman. I suggest that you do research and think before making blanket statements in the future.

    December 6, 2007 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  5. SilverB, Lilburn, GA

    OBAMA 2008/2012

    December 6, 2007 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  6. Markie Bee, Sacramento, Calif. asked for it now here comes some brain fiber for you to digest. It tastes good and it's good for you too!
    Here's what he's done in the senate – just a partial list, of course:
    * Introduce Credit Card Safety Star Act of 2007
    Working to give consumers the tools to make informed choices about complex credit card agreements, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Barack Obama, from Illinois, introduced the "Credit Card Safety Star Act of 2007."
    * Introduced a bill (S.1194) directing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to establish guidelines for tracking spent fuel rods.
    * Introduced a bill (S.1426) extending provisions in the Safe Drinking Water Act that relate to preventing and detecting contamination.
    * Introduced a bill (S.1920) amending the Clean Air Act to establish a renewable diesel standard.
    * Introduced a bill (S.3988) improving benefits and services for members of the armed forces and veterans.

    Here's some info on what he accomplished as a state senator (source is (11/06):

    During his last two years, Democrats controlled the chamber and he was the go-to guy on a variety of issues. He helped pass legislation overhauling Illinois' troubled capital punishment system and was a key figure in requiring a massive statewide study of traffic stops to look for signs of racial profiling. Although police groups opposed the legislation, they say Obama listened to their concerns and accepted some of their suggestions to improve the bill.

    Even when he was in the political minority, Obama sometimes played a critical role. He helped write one of the rare ethics laws in a state known for government corruption and worked on welfare reform with Republicans.

    He sponsored legislation to bar job and housing discrimination against gays, and he helped create a state version of the earned income tax credit for the poor. Obama also led efforts to reject federal rules that would have put workers' overtime checks in jeopardy.

    December 6, 2007 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  7. Ken Garing Modesto, CA

    Barack Obama is great! His rhetoric isn't as polished as some my like but his intelligence and life experience and his honesty are what make him something special. He may not succeed in uniting everyone, but his intentions are the right ones. Better then (closet republican) Hillary, by far...

    December 6, 2007 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  8. john williams san diego, ca.

    ATTN:xtima, Chicago....i can name one good decision Obama has made to show leadership-running to save America by defeating 'her royal highness' my vote

    December 6, 2007 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  9. PENNSYLVANIA will vote Obama '08

    This is a great political ad. If any of you have studied advertising, specifically political advertising, you would know this. What a great ad!

    December 6, 2007 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  10. Peggy McLean VA

    Accomplishment in broad terms is exactly what we need! Barack has the intelligence and judgement to bring our country–and the world–that much-longed-for commodity.

    December 6, 2007 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  11. Uma, mpls, MN

    Obama has never played any role for any bill except current ethics renew bill. He is senate who absent 80% so what is his record. His Illinois record is same too. He wants Hillary's record and he tells he doesn't keep his=he is new Karl Rove-I really think is a power hunger man with hidden agenda.

    Iowa stop him now!

    December 6, 2007 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  12. james

    Is it just me, or are the anti-Obama crowd getting more and more irrational and crazy everyday? From reading the comments above, I KNOW that politics as usual is destroying America.

    December 6, 2007 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  13. Ann, IL

    "This is challenge to any Clinton supporter who can help me. I am an undecided voter. Tell me why i should vote for Hilary. Now before you answer you must not that after doing some research i found that she does not have the most experienced canidate in the Democratic party running for President. In fact there are 3 other canidates who have 20+ years each, over Hilary's 6 years in office. Also I want to a reason that doesn't invlove bashing Obama or any other canidate. I want to know which one of her policies sold you on her vote. i would cgreatly appreciate it.
    Posted By undecided New Jersey : December 6, 2007 5:30 pm"

    This is a very pertinent question.

    I believe that when it comes to SPECIFIC experience, Biden is doing better than Hillary in foreign policy and Richardson has more administrative experience (as governor). I am not sure I know of anyone else 'more' experienced. However, I believe that Hillary has an OVERALL higher level of experience simply for her chance as being an active First Lady, for her 6 years in Senate, and for her her centrist approach. Also, I trust the fact that she has built some of this experience under lets call it "Bill's mentorship", but this is just my personal view.

    In terms of policies: I happen to agree with her universal health care policy perhaps because I am a woman (and mother) and I know how important is this issue. I also like her pragmatism in planning to address other issues. We expect candidates to give us 'answers' but I think this is foolish. They will have experts around to advise them on various matters. All I want to know is that they have a realistic understanding of issues and establish priorities. For instance, she prioritizes to restore the economy without making empty promises. She acknowledges that there is need for comprehensive immigration policy. She understands that Irak remains still a problem that will require attention. Moreover, I trust her about trying to restore the image of the United States in the world.

    December 6, 2007 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  14. truth

    To the person who claims Obama can't win "purple" or swing states, I couldn't disagree more. I don't know who you are supporting, but since the main competition seems to be Hillary, How can you think Ms. Clinton is going to fare any better? I think Obama's likability, charisma and relative lack of baggage make him the perfect democrat to win swing states

    Lack of baggage , on the other hand, also mean lack of experince. He has tracking voting records no show, miss important votes. Yes, no baggage, but no judgment and lack of leadership. He is not clean at all.

    December 6, 2007 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  15. Mike, West Des Moines, Iowa

    The Xtina wondering about a good decision Senator Obama has made:

    How about opposing the war in Iraq from the beginning (and, from the beginning, saying that he doesn't oppose all wars or the troops, just wars with bad reasoning)?

    December 7, 2007 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  16. Eyzwidopn

    Sounds like a lot of venting going on here without much clarity of thought, sensibility and realism. Do the math. Obama has more elected years in office than HRC and more practical years working in the community at a grassroots level. His stated aggressive policies towards terrorism along with his forward-thinking diplomacy approach were once ridiculed and then embraced by foreign policy experts, military officials and candidates alike (if you know how to "google" and read, do some research). Considering Obama"s weathered HRC"s petty, below-the-belt and comical attacks on him with flying colors, I think it"s safe to say that he"s more than capable of withstanding any right-wing Republican shots. Here"s the bottomline that folks should be focusing on. Can HRC get elected with her high negatives? Yes, but as described above it won"t be with a 50+1 majority but more than likely something closer to a 46-43 edge at best. With that kind of deficient win, HRC will not be able to govern or lead effectively because of the animous and distrust she generates from the other side of the isle that will bog down the legislative process in even nastier partisanship. That"s why Obama"s maturity, intelligence, vision and skills as a proven leader, coupled with his greater likeability factor over HRC, will allow him to do just as he says... bring both sides of the aisle and independents together to address the vital issues facing our country.

    December 7, 2007 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  17. Independent in IA

    Hussein Obama stresses his 'outsider credentials'....

    Yep...foremost of which is the fact that he is constantly 'outside' the floor of the senate when important legislation is pending vote, therefore not having to answer to his constituents as to why a particular bill did or did not pass because he wasn't even present to vote...good credentials.

    A vote on an energy bill is schedualed for this weekend...where will Obama be?
    Why, he'll be with his best friend Oprah Windbag in some football stadium playing touchy-feely with a sizable crowd that will be there only to see if they will receive some kind of 'freebie' from the queen of daytime trash shows.

    December 7, 2007 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  18. Elizabeth, Vero Bch, Fl.

    I'm glad that someone is saying what I think. Finally, someone else realizes that we are not succeeding as we should be. To uplift the world and reach new horizons within the global community, we need to be recognized as one powerful entity. Not, separate forces clashing constantly against ourselves.

    December 7, 2007 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  19. Randy S. Lawton, OK

    I'm fascinated by Sen Obama's need to go back 17 years to attempt to discredit Sen Clinton
    Posted By Buff Given Los Angeles CA. : December 6, 2007 3:22 pm

    Oh you mean something like how she went back 41 years to discredit him.
    And then you said, "how is it that he can personally call Hillary a liar, untrustworthy and claim she has no experience"

    Well, frankly, he never did any of those things.

    Posted By June Chicago : December 6, 2007 5:42 pm
    If you could write a coherent sentence, your opinion might mean something, until then, you haven't a clue what you're talking about.

    he is constantly 'outside' the floor of the senate when important legislation is pending vote
    Posted By Independent in IA : December 7, 2007 6:42 am

    Before chastising Obama, check out how many votes the other candidates have missed since they began campaigning, they have all missed between 70-80% of the votes sice they hit the campaign trail. It is not all that unusual, historically speaking. But then again, all you Hill-supporters are not knnown for letting facts get in your way, so just never mind.

    December 7, 2007 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  20. Fair,Washington DC

    We need someone who can work with moderate republicans. Moderate republicans would be criticized by more conservative republicans for working with a Clinton administration. They would be praised for "making" an Obama administration listen to their point of view and reaching a compromise that moves the country forward.

    Obama wins polls in head-to-head match-ups against all the republican candidates. In fact, Barack Hussein Obama is doing better than Hillary Rodham Clinton in these polls. Obama is not only electable, he would handily defeat any republican nominee.

    Posted By Dan, TX : December 6, 2007 2:05 pm

    This is just the kind of rhetoric that Obama and his supporter are selling voters and its all based on some warm fuzzy that while optimistic not based on any reality, but just for the sake of your argument lets discuss what Obama and the moderate Republicans are going to sit down and compromise on. Lets go with some of the major issues, abortion, universal healthcare, gay marriage...what about immigration. The bottom line while there is very little difference in issues between candidates in the same party(they usually bicker over who has the best plan on dealing with an issue) there is a huge gap in the Democratic and Republican agenda. I will go so far to say show me a Republican that comes to the table and compromises with Obama on the major issues and I will show you a Republican that will be fighting for his political life if he runs for reelection. All this kumbaya talk sounds good on paper, but anyone who watches the political process knows the bipartisanship is going to still be there and Barack with all his charisma is not going to change anything. Sad but true.

    December 7, 2007 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. Heath, Hurley, Wisconsin

    Obama has big ideas and a wide vision for the U.S. Clinton is narrow minded and is clearly fragile under pressure. Clinton is FAKE and Obama is AUTHENTIC!

    December 7, 2007 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  22. Matt, Cleveland OH

    To the person who claims Obama can't win "purple" or swing states, I couldn't disagree more. I don't know who you are supporting, but since the main competition seems to be Hillary, How can you think Ms. Clinton is going to fare any better? I think Obama's likability, charisma and relative lack of baggage make him the perfect democrat to win swing states. Fifty percent of Americans flat out dislike Clinton while 73% like Obama. Don't you remember the whole "Who would you rather have a beer with?" question that helped Bush beat both Al Gore and John Kerry? Not that I condone that type of thinking, but reality is reality. And clinton does offer the same tired old partisanship. I do think Obama can get people from the other side to respond. he also has a record of doing just that throughout his career.
    Posted By Jon, Manchester, NH : December 6, 2007 2:51 pm

    I would LOVE to see the poll that says 73% of Americans like Obama. How can all of one party and half of the other like Obama, but he's somehow not up 80+ points in the candidate v. candidate polls? Gimme a break.

    December 7, 2007 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  23. Jessica M., El Paso, TX

    Randy S.,
    Yeah but they haven't weaseled out of important votes for the sake of pandering and gaining political points (which is a reoccurring theme with Obama) and then turned around and criticized those that actually showed up and voted for even more cheap, political points.

    December 8, 2007 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  24. Knoxville TN

    Obama is THE only candidate who really will change things. Hillary is very competent, but in the same old political mode that has failed to improve our lives. Obama has more than charisma. He has an earnestness is obviously sincere. His vision of hope is like a breath of fresh air in a room full of cigar smoke.

    December 8, 2007 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
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