January 12th, 2008
07:43 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama ads hit Super Tuesday states

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/12/art.obamaad.cnn.jpg caption=" Obama is hitting the airwaves in two states that vote February 5."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democrat Barack Obama’s campaign has hit the air in two February 5 states.

In Arizona, a state with a large retirement population, Obama’s new television ad relates a story he tells often on the campaign trail, about his mother’s battle with cancer and mounting medical bills.

“My mother died of cancer at 53. In those last painful months, she was more worried about paying her medical bills than getting well. I hear stories like hers everyday,” says the Illinois senator in the 30-second spot, titled “Mother.”

“For 20 years, Washington has talked about health care reform and reformed nothing. I've got a plan to cut costs and cover everyone. But unless we stop the bickering and the lobbyists we will be in the same place twenty years from now. I'm Barack Obama and I approve this message because to fix health care we have to fix Washington.”

On Friday, the campaign announced the endorsement of Janet Napolitano, the state's popular Democratic governor.

In “Quiet,” Obama points to oil as both an environmental and a national security issue, and stresses his straight-talking credentials.

“I don't accept that we should be still sending eight hundred million dollars a day, part to hostile nations because of our addiction to foreign oil,” says Obama in the new 30-second ad, airing in California. “And in the bargain we're melting the polar ice caps.

“I went to Detroit to insist that we have to increase fuel efficiency standards. Now, I have to admit, the room got kind of quiet. We can't just tell people what they want to hear. We need to tell them what they need to hear. We need to tell them the truth.”

The ads are Obama’s first in states set to vote on February 5, the so-called Super Tuesday contests.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Arizona • California • Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (184 Responses)
  1. John

    Read these quotes from Obama... Pure pandering. We need to cut costs and cover everyone??? come on??????

    January 16, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. Charles

    Obama's health care plan is the most realistic that can be achieved on a bipartisan level. Clintons plan failed in the 90's what makes you think it will work now. It will be heavily opposed by the republicans. I still think that Obama can get a lot more done in Washington than Hillary Clinton. She is a polarizing factor and you will be getting another Bush in the White house in terms of getting things done. She cannot she is too partisan.

    January 23, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. Kim

    I like Obama, but Clinton is the one with the experience at this point in history and will still bring the change America needs. She will sweep Super Tuesday and I would hope at that point both Obama and Edwards would step back and support the nominee so the bickering can stop.

    January 24, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. Desiree

    The fact of the matter is that Hillary's and Edwards' health care plans are attacks on the poor. The words mandatory health care does not mean that the government will provide it to the people. In Hillary and Edwards' plan it means that everybody will have to pay for "affordable" health care. What this means is that people who can not afford another bill will have to buy insurance that may or may not cover their health care costs and if they don't they will incur fines they can not afford. For the people who have great jobs and make good money this is not a problem. For people barely getting by; I mean living pay check to pay check, another bill is not feasible. Think about it folks, anytime something is mandatory for everyone it means that the poor suffer and the only winners here is the health insurance companies. I wonder if the fact that Hillary Clinton receives so much money from health insurance companies has anything to do with her proposal. Mandatory health care is just another bill that poor people can't afford and it is a bad idea!

    January 27, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. Michael

    Go Obama you have my vote. You seem to be the ONLY ONE to understand what our country really needs.

    January 28, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  6. Jessica Price, California

    Go Clinton!!!
    Do you think Old Kennedy can see real change?

    January 28, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  7. Robin

    I have been watching the election results all night on CNN and I have noticed when talking about Senator Hillary Clinton she is referred to as " THE CLINTONS" but when they speak of Senator Obama he is referred to Obama and not the Obamas. Can you explain why you are doing this because it sounds very bias and condoscending. WHY are you doing that????

    February 6, 2008 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  8. Robin

    Okay we get that Obama was not for the war however, he wasn't in the position to decide. Who knows what he would have done. I guess we will have to take his word on it.

    After listening to both Senator Clinton and Senator Obama, seems to me that they are both on the same page. However since Senator Clinton made her speech first sort of gave Senator Obama the edge to cover exactly the same agenda.

    All I can say at this point is let the DEBATES BEGIN....and then Americans, you will see which candidate is real and has a true agenda to turn this great nation around!

    February 6, 2008 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  9. Nathan

    I hate Obama, his plan will not work. Hillary has a lot of experiance from Bill, and she can get the job done. Go Hillary!

    February 6, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
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