December 6th, 2007
12:30 PM ET
14 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
soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    Better define your values. We don't have a multi-party system in case you haven't noticed. Just like the civics lesson you skipped( you know the one about putting your hand over your heart in flag ceremonies or saluting if you're in the armed forces)–your attempts to reach to everyone dilutes who your are!!

    December 6, 2007 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. xtina chicago IL

    Does he mention in any of the ads what he actually accomplished in Illinois while serving here? No?

    December 6, 2007 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. Joe G, Washington, DC

    Neither Obama or Hillary are as smooth as Bill is when it comes to the gift of spreading the baloney around. Bill is one of the greatest this country has ever seen to date. I don't believe that any of the current Dems are in Bill's league when it comes to the gift of political gab.

    December 6, 2007 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. NO TO OPRAMA AND YES TO AMERICA!

    OPRAH and OBAMA = OPRAMA The newest duo in ILLIWOOD! This has to be a National Nightmare!

    Would someone please wake up the people of the United States and let them know that we are not in ILLIWOOD or ILLWOOD or HOLLYWOOD or anywhere else that these two "not yet ready for primetime" candidates might call home.

    We absolutely need a strong, experienced leader to be President, not one who only speaks the words.

    Obama is an empty promise...
    Maybe someday he may be ready to lead this Country but not this day!

    The OPRAMA duo may be the stars of their own Chicago's Hope, but not America's!

    Reconsider your vote OPRAMA followers! You are merely star-struck! And not truly thinking about what is best for this Country in such a turbulent time!

    December 6, 2007 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. anon New York, NY

    I saw that speech on C-Span- it got an ebullient reaction from the audience and tons of positive press the next day.

    December 6, 2007 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    Here's some news Obama, "grasshopper". The partisan battles you describe will be playing non-stop on the conservative talk-shows, in the press, and on FOX news. Where have you been? If a Democrat becomes elected–it will be their mission to discredit him/her all they way until the GOP regains the White House. How ignorant and uninformed can you be? This ad shows you're not only out of touch with most Democrats–but reality as well.

    December 6, 2007 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. Jordan, Seattle WA

    Even if you don't like him as a candidate, you have to admit, the man has charisma.

    December 6, 2007 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. Mark, Ohio

    What a wonderful ad too. If Obama wins the nomination than I will be very happy and proud to be an American again.

    December 6, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  9. Rikers, Texas

    An Obama nomination is a guaranteed Republican victory in the general election. Obama can't win the purple states in the electoral college. Sad but true assessment of America.

    Ohio, Florida, Iowa, Pennsylvania

    December 6, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. Mary, Maryville, TN

    I agree with Obama – this country (and the world) is hungry for someone to take control and stop the fear and pit bull tactics. Barack appears to be that candidate. I am glad that Iowa is listening to the 'message' and not listening to the media pundits that had "crowned" Clinton as the Democrat's candidate.

    Kick the tires Iowa! Ask the tough questions Iowa and demand an answer! We are all watching you.

    December 6, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. Dan, TX

    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.

    December 6, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. tobby, alexandria VA

    Yes, this is America's moment–not Bush-Clinton moment again. We quitely and submissively give them 20 years to offer us hope and brighter future, but to the both families took the tack of polarizing and dividing us more. CNN alias Clinton Network News, please join us now because America is far ahead of you guys.

    December 6, 2007 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. Mike, Connecticut

    How can you not play partisian politics? The sad thing is it is a fact of life today – and to say that you are not going to do it is an out right lie to the American people.

    You are a politician. That's simple. So don't try to schmooze people over by making promises you cannot keep (after all, you have done a good job of playing hardball politics with Clinton – digging up dirt to make you look good).

    December 6, 2007 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. Howard, NY

    "An Obama nomination is a guaranteed Republican victory in the general election. Obama can't win the purple states in the electoral college. Sad but true assessment of America.

    Ohio, Florida, Iowa, Pennsylvania"
    – Posted By Rikers, Texas

    Not true in any way. Obama is a great candidate and has just as much a chance of winning these states as anyone else.

    December 6, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. Iowa for Clinton

    If Iowa caucus-goers between now and January decide that they need to support the candidate best able to win the presidency in November and best qualified to govern, they should and will Clinton, much as they dropped Howard Dean for Sen. John Kerry (Mass.) in 2004.

    December 6, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    Is Obama naive enough to believe that the republicans will abandon their agenda and work in a non partisan fashion? If he does then his has not stopped his smoking.
    Those battles in the 90's the American People won, with high employment with good paying jobs, low inflation, a surplus not record debts.
    And if Obama is not willing to treat the upcoming general election as a war and believes that in the general election he can run a high brow campaign and win while the Republicans get down and dirty, then he's a fool. Remember Ford in Tenneessee, and Kerry
    in '04?

    December 6, 2007 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. GodHelpUs

    I am so excited to know that once Barack Obama is president the conservatives will stop trying to privatize social security, undermine medicaid, and oppose tax cuts for the rich. And to think all we needed to do to ensure we would not have to fight the same battles was elect an inexperienced unqualified candidate. I mean I thought that was what George W Bush was, but I must have been wrong. Obviously it must just be that we need a president not named Bush or Clinton. That will make everyone love one another and get conservatives to accept the new deal and the welfare state. No wonder we democrats lose so many elections when such a significant portion of us are willing to believe such lies.

    December 6, 2007 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    This is the same Obama that has worked with numerous lobbyists and special interests to draft legislation in Illinois.. BUT then runs for President promising to end it, but also gives PAC money to people who endorse him??

    his whole candidancy is one big LIE to the American people.

    December 6, 2007 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  19. Dan, NJ

    For Ivan and those of like mind:

    Hillary Clinton fights dirtier than any Rep running for Pres. If Obama can beat her mud slinging political machine, he can beat any Rep who tries the same.

    I, for one, would love an honest, up-front election where the candidates discuss policies, ideas and strategies and let the people decide what they like best.

    Obama has been all substance while Clinton has done her best to avoid making decisions where ever possible.

    They say early in his first term, Rove told Bush the best way to get re-elected was to be in a war. And we know how that turned out. I see Clinton as another person who would govern with the goal of re-election. I see Obama (and Biden and Richardson) as people who would govern to govern.

    December 6, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. James,boston,ma

    Yes, I want it in my state too. Obama resonates with most of us. Please bring the ad to massachusetts!

    December 6, 2007 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. Jon, Manchester, NH

    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.

    December 6, 2007 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  22. La'Kitgum

    Everything Obama promises has no past or present proof that he accomplished any. While Guliani and Romney have governed States/Super Cities, Obama's only project has been a neighborhood community in Chicago.

    Clinton is focssung on issues for America such as the mortgage crisis. Excellent. Thanks Hillary for talking issues that matter to America wearing your own skirt unlike Obama who is hiding under Oprah's skirt. Talking issues that matter is the reason Clinton will be elected. Hillary cares more about America than simply winning.

    Democrats will regret the next 4 years if they elect Obama to stand against Guliani or Romney. These 2 Republicans have resumes that only Clinton's and all other Democratic candidates except Obama's can withstand. Guiliani and Romney will will hit Obama with a type of experience that he will not resist.

    Some Democrats simply want to see Obama beat Clinton for the wrong reasons. But let them wait for an Obama slap by Guliani or Romney. Republican know they can get back the Whitehouse if any of the 2 candidates stood against Obama because Obama has nothing to show for experience which will be the cornerstone of Republican assault. Then Democrats will be biting their fingers having first thought the next Prez would be Democrat by hook or crook after the Bush debacles.

    December 6, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  23. randy new york,NY

    This is what we want let every body come together.obama 08!

    December 6, 2007 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  24. Tim, Atlanta GA

    To all those criticizing Obama for proposing to reach out across party lines... your arguments are similar to what people said about Arnold Schwarzenegger when he was first elected governer. I think he has shown that can work together across party lines and get things accomplished. The problem moderates have, especially on the national stage is getting their party's nomination. Think about how different things would be now if someone like Chuck Hagel, or another moderate republican was president!

    December 6, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  25. Jimenez - Texas

    Obama is an empty promise… Maybe someday he may be ready to lead this Country but not this day! Obama is such a joke. Everytime I see him I laugh. No one will ever take this man serious.

    December 6, 2007 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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