April 14th, 2008
11:15 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama ad highlights 'small town' ties

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(CNN)— After days of controversy over his comments about some small-town Pennsylvanians, Barack Obama hit the airwaves with a new ad Monday, taking direct aim at criticism that the Illinois senator is out of touch with those working-class voters.

The 30 second spot titled, “It Won’t” stars Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey talking about Obama’s empathy for the economic pain those voters are facing.

“In towns like yours and mine, families are struggling with bills they can’t afford and jobs moving away,” Sen. Casey says while walking in Scranton. “It has to change – but it won’t until we change Washington.”

“Barack Obama knows Pennsylvania’s hurting. He can unite America and bring real change.”

Click here to watch Obama's new Pennsylvania Ad: "It Won't."

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soundoff (107 Responses)
  1. Susan Goldbeck

    It is easy to want to be on the "happy talk express" which is part of Hillary Clinton's paralell universe. She says that the folks she meets are not bitter or resentful that they are being ignored by Washington and are in severe distress. They are hopeful she says. My question is, where are these folks and why are they hopeful?
    Clinton's closes advisors including her husband Bill support the Columbian Trade Agreement which like NAFTA, a crowning achievement of the Clinton administration whcih Hillary supported, will have a very negative impact on the job market all over Pennsylvannia. Hillary now wants to sell the blarney to those same blue collar workers that she does not support these agreements and never did. I am afraid she talks the talk but does not walk the walk and never has. I am suffering from severe Clinton fatigue.

    April 14, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. Obama Supporter in PA

    Why are Hillary folks so offended by the word "bitter"? Go back and read what some of you are writing and how bitter you sound.

    April 14, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. PA takes a stand!

    The anger comes from him saying he SHOULD have used better words. Well Osama, TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO LATE.

    I wouldn't vote for you ever!. PERIOD

    April 14, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. PA takes a stand!

    go pray with WRIGHT somewhere! Every decision is made after the fact when things can't be changed, or decisions had to be made, YOU ARE nothing but an OBAMINATION catastrophe and not all of us are fooled by your sweet talk – change babble.

    GO back to your wright lovin' ways and leave our country to those who REALLY know how to bring people together.

    April 14, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. Scott L

    Too bad Casey is not helping his own people out...is this ad for real?

    April 14, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. Pam

    Some of you are so mean, mean , mean!. The nerve of you calling someone a bigot because of the true words he has said. Maybe you think you know so much about bigotry because maybe you are the real bigot? When you hear Hillary says something, you think its true. Just because she said it? Nobody could be so stupid that you cannot see what she is doing. Do you really think that she cares about you...no, just your vote. Quit using what Obama has said to ease your hate! Do you think your mean spirit, and hateful words can tear down a man of God? Whatever you shall sow, show shall you reap! This includes Hillary Clinton as well as all of her hatemongers!

    April 14, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. Emma

    Wake up Pennsylvania before Tuesday.

    Do you want a President who knocks down a chaser and a beer in the local pub? What standard is Senator Clinton setting? If she had thought about the visual appearance of this, her role for young women across the country and as a former First Lady, I don't want a beer drinking female President who drinks in public.

    April 14, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
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