December 10th, 2007
05:59 PM ET
13 years ago

Clinton not letting Obama into Nevada alone

Clinton and Obama will both debut ads in Nevada on Tuesday.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) -– These days, every Obama action seems to have an equal and opposite Clinton reaction.

On the eve of Barack Obama’s first ad on Nevada television, Hillary Clinton’s campaign announced Monday that she would also debut an ad in the Silver State Tuesday, titled “New Beginnings.” The spot is already airing in the early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

While the Illinois senator’s 30-second ad focuses on reform and a refusal to take campaign contributions from lobbyists and political action committees, Clinton’s 60-second spot features a broader message, calling for “a new beginning” for issues like health care, education and foreign policy. In the ad, she points to “a very clear record of 35 years fighting for children and families, fighting for working people, fighting for our future.”

The message comes on the heels of recent polls that show Iowa Democrats say they are looking for change this campaign season, and believe Obama is more likely to provide it than Clinton.

The latest poll numbers in Nevada reflect the recent early primary state trend of Obama closing the gap on the New York senator. A Mason-Dixon poll released Sunday showed Clinton seems to have lost a solid double-digit lead in the state, although she remains ahead of Obama, 34 percent to 26 percent. The margin of error for the survey was plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Obama and Clinton’s ads will be the first presidential spots in Nevada this cycle for both parties.

- CNN Nevada Producer Alexander Marquardt

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Nevada
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Jamie NH

    if anyone can’t take the attention off of obama’s no experience lack of leadership, refusing to show up and vote in the senate on Iran, Abortion measures etc... Seeking a trillion-dollar tax hike and raising the retirement age for Social Security!!!! Is not in favor of a health care plan to cover all children rich or poor and that he cannot make a decision on his own. You can…
    Thanks Joe!

    December 11, 2007 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  2. summus

    You Obama supporters are stuck in 1968. You're dreamers. The Republicans need only 270 points to win the electoral college which means the race comes down to Ohio, Florida, Iowa, and Pennsylvania. Obama won't win 3 of the 4 which means we're stuck with some idiot Republican pushing the same old thing- neoconism and the destruction of the US as a free secular country. More war, more debt, more illegal immigration. It just isn't worth it. Be pragmatic- choose the candidate that can win the electoral college.

    December 11, 2007 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. jason smith

    Obama has achievable goals for health care, education, Iraq....Hillary has no means to pay for her regurgitated 1993 "universal" health care plan...why has the media refused to press her on any details???? Rudy lies daily, and his own financial firm has invested billions in a plan to site power line from upstate NY down the East Coast...called NYRI....using eminent he cares about private rights even less than Bush, if that is possible.....

    December 11, 2007 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. Chris, Middletown, CT

    "Clinton’s 60-second spot features a broader message, calling for “a new beginning” for issues like health care, education and foreign policy"


    Health Care – a mandated universal healthcare – that does not address the root cause of high prices – tort reform – lawyers file suits daily against hospitals, doctors, drug companies...and a massive government program that will give us a socialist system proven in all countries that have adopted it to be inferior to our current system.

    Education?? The Democrats are in bed with the Teachers Unions – who have proven time and time again that their focus is membership in the unions – not quality education or reform to a better system – Hillary takes millions from the unions – other than pure communism – can you think of another system that forces the same payscale increases regardless of work output or merit? (even the bad teachers are paid well...and she would protect that?? I want better for my children..don't you?)

    Foreign Policy?? She voted for the war....voted to fund the war everytime...and now if critical of it...she speaks in double talk – ask six of her supporters why they are voting for Hillary....they might have the same issue...with polar opposite stances...because Hillary has said both – omg....please please read!!!!!

    December 11, 2007 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. B Beatty

    Case in point: Hillary says "fighting"! Why doesn't she say "winning"? Take a look at Barack's track record in Illinois and compare! OBAMA 08!!

    December 11, 2007 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  6. dmw, roeland park,ks

    To B Breatty: I did not think Obama had a record in Illinois. At least that is what he has been saying. Did he not say that he did not keep his State Senate records.

    Now, we discover that the reason may be because he is so extremely left wing that when he record becomes public for all of us to read, we will KNOW for sure he is not the person to be nominated for the Democrats unless the Democrats want to lose the White House again. Howard Dean comes to mind everytime I see Obama.

    Hillary is good to be fighting because Obama, Edwards, the Republicans, and the media have been attacking her for a while now. Women will fight when it is necessary.

    Obama has been copying Hillary and the other Democrats positions on everything. All he does is change a word or two and claim the idea for his own. Yet, if you ask him a specific question, he can not answer it with any certainity because they are not his core beliefs. He is trying to convince us of something he is not and in the final tally, he will lose.

    December 12, 2007 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. Vince Los Angeles, CA

    Don't know if they will put my commit, Cnn and Times magazine fully surrport Barack Obama only because they are part of the right wing and know they can beat him in the General Elections. There are a whole lot of Democrats that will NOT vote for Obama. His honesty is at stack. He has lead a hatful campaign. Politics as usual. Hillory Clinton hasw stood up to 17 men and has been the least mud throwing of them all.- JIMMY

    Absolutely amazing....research shows that the vast majority of those people supporting Hillary Clinton are (a) Older (b) uneducated (c) misinformed.....Jimmy's post here confirms much of the evidence.......can't spell to save his life and highly misinformed.....

    January 2, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  8. Chris Catalfamo

    Not copying. Each party has an ideology. Personality may ultimately trump everything else with an ahistoric and unschooled electorate but candidates have to start with that ideology no matter where they take it in the details. These are published party documents more available right after the conventions. This is one reason (a) that I would never vote for a Republican no matter what their personality, (b) that I think parliamentary is better. Winner takes all limited to party ideology and only 2 major parties especially with the Electoral College is inherently undemocratic and was meant to be from the very start due to mistrust of the masses. Wouldn't work here though because the pols would be forced to work in compromise or their government would fall to another party or coalition of parties.

    January 5, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. M. Foster

    Experience only counts if you want our government to be run the same old way.... Given the results, I personally would disqualify anyone who has it!

    Our country's image has been tainted all over the world. We are no longer admired or respected. We are no longer the messengers of freedom. We have brought death and misery to hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraquis at the expense of our own middle class. A shameful legacy if there ever was one!

    As a woman, I would have liked to see another woman lead this country.... but what is far more important than gender is CHARACTER. I want to once again be proud of my country and have respect for my President and, because of that, my vote goes to Senator Obama!

    Those "old dogs" out there that doubt his electability clearly underestimate the wisdom of the American people.

    January 7, 2008 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  10. CYG

    As of right now, I am not leaning towards any candidate. I do find that Obama does not have to have a negative campaign, because his backers will do it for him. I am not a Hillary Clinton backer, but I find it offensive that so many boggers say hate and sick of. They do not know her, have never met her and have never personally been attacked by her; therefore, how can you possibly hate her. Hate is a very strong word and I have found the the backers of Senator Obama tend to use this word often. Also, I have noted that there are as many Obama and Edwards backers who also do not know how to spell or write complete sentences. American's are continually telling the candidates to be civil, so please bloggers, be civil also.

    January 7, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. european

    Hey Obama folks, he cannot win the REPUBLICAN machinery. To get Democrat into the White House we need Hillary. I am surprised why Americans are so dumb as they did last time by electing Bush.

    Only rhetoric makes no sense. Can you guys tell me about the single good bill he has brought.

    Go for Hillary to save America, See how US dollars dipping down and the economy getting worse.

    January 7, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  12. julia paliy

    Oscar Wilde said, "Experience is the name every one gives to their mistakes," (the play "Lady Windermere's Fan") This is something to think about when we hear a candidate bragging about "experience."

    January 8, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  13. NN

    Could u all Hillary haters shut up. What can u done for this country except just judging her unfairly who is really work. Respect to all candidates, they all have their own qualities.

    January 8, 2008 03:59 am at 3:59 am |
  14. Lou

    I am 70 years old. Over the years I have see, many changes. The "Ladies of the Eighties" had a lot to do withe these changes. I have been in Politics for almost 20 Years and I know how hard it was to break into the working world and the world of politics. We were hard working, persistent and totally committed. I see these qualities in Hillary Clinton. These were the things that brought about change. All of these qualities and her leadership abilities will put our country back on track.

    January 9, 2008 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  15. Mark

    People, people wake up. Remember you keep your enemy's close and not to far away from you. Obama and Hillary are enemies when it come to this election. That is where experience comes in. You have to be very simple to think that she isn't going to follow him. He want to be in the lead then let him lead. Let's just keep it simple here, no need to talk down about the lady. Just provide positive, smart comments. You can't sound like that. You want change in Washington, first change the way we view people. If Obama wins, then he will have to make good on all the promises he claims he can. If Hillary wins, she will have to do the same. If neither one accomplishes what they said, then YOU who voted for them will feel, not so smart.

    January 9, 2008 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  16. Reid

    Who is the Karl Rove of the Democrats? The single most polarizing force in American politics today? Answer to both, Hillary Clinton!

    January 9, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. andy

    Go Hillary...we are with u !!!

    Mr. Obama talks of change but has no plan for the much " hyped" change.

    Mr. Senator needs to be reminded that changes do not come about with speeches.

    I dread to think of 4 or 8 years with Mr. Obama at the helm after 8 years of President Bush.

    When will we learn ...I HOPE IN TIME.

    Bring Hillary into office...NOW !!!

    January 9, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. Obama finally exposed

    Now, Obama admits campaign/PAC donation linksBad news for the Barack Obama camp and his politics of hope clean-guy image.The Washington Post reveals today that there was, indeed, close coordination between the Illinois senator's presidential campaign and his leadership PAC, Hopefund, in deciding which local, state and federal politicians around the country were to receive thousands of dollars in contributions from Obama's PAC.Such coordination appears to be forbidden under Federal Election Commission rules because it, in effect, would give a candidate another, less regulated financial fund to influence the outcome of his own campaign. But Obama officials express confidence they violated no rules. The Post's John Solomon reported the other day that Obama's Hopefund had distributed money in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire to people like New Hampshire state Sen. Jacayln Cilley, who got $1,000 from Obama last summer. Six days later the Democrat in the nation's first primary state announced her endorsement of his candidacy because she said she believed in him.Likewise, Obama's PAC gave $9,000 to U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes, who was New Hampshire's first congressional member to endorse Obama. In the earlier story Obama spokesmen denied any connection between the PAC and Democratic presidential campaign.But today's piece alters that account and says the PAC has distributed $180,000 to groups and candidates in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Iowa and another $150,000 to similar destinations in states with primary balloting through mid-February.Bob Bauer, private counsel for both Obama's campaign and PAC, named names of those from the campaign who'd help select the PAC's recipients and professed confidence the Obama entities had met all FEC regulations.But Scott Thomas, a Democrat and former FEC chairman, says: "He is clearly pushing the envelope."

    January 9, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. Mike Allen

    GIVE ME A BREAK!! (Bill) The Democrats won the last Congressional elections on one issue. To end the war in Iraq. Hillary has already admitted on national TV that she will not pull our troops out of Iraq in her term as President. So... Why would any Democrat vote for Hillary Clinton? WHY!?

    January 9, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. Steven Bengtson Sr.

    Show us the way Hillary!

    January 10, 2008 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  21. rowena

    I like Obama & Clinton both but when it comes down to the presidency, Clinton is the right person for the job. Obama is likeable & popular but i don't think he can do the job. We don't need another GEORGE W BUSH for the next 4 years.

    January 10, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  22. hECTOR

    Honestly people, whoever compares Obama to bush is just as clueless as half this country.. ALSO What is Clinton's experience exactly , 35 years ? doing what ? does that include her law school ?

    January 10, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  23. Chris

    35 years of working towards solving important issues and standing up for the american people, a formal plan to provide health care to all americans, a mentor who presided over the largest economic expansion in united states history = Hillary Clinton

    3.7 years of a failed senate freshman term, has never authored, or co authored ANY legislation for the United States, has not championed ANY bills in senate Legislation, and has NO experience = Barak Obama

    really who is following whom? I laugh when i read what people write about Obama being able to bring about change. Hes had almost 4 years to do so, to show some tiny speck of atempted change or unity, and he has not. he may talk the talk, but his record shows he cannot walk the walk.

    January 11, 2008 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  24. yo

    I love this question about Hilary's experience.....she was prosecuting Richard Nixon during the Watergate hearings...while Obama was in Middle we really need to have this argument?

    January 11, 2008 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  25. Steven B in Phoenix

    Let the facts be reported without the spin, let's be clear, voters have the opinions and the media reports the facts! We democrats will need to be all together to win next Nov so we need to have dialogue not mud slinging!
    I am voting for Hillary because she has been part of what I saw work as we raised our children. I am not voting for Obama because he is not only an outsider, but really an unknown who simply says he will fix everything without even having an idea of how to go about it. President Carter is a good man and he was going to fix everything too, as well as being an outsider....I like him but he could not accomplish what the Clinton's did and there were a lot of republican years after him!

    January 11, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
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