May 27th, 2008
08:17 AM ET
15 years ago

Obama uses Daschle to make blue-collar pitch in new SD spot


[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Barack Obama's campaign released a new ad staring Tom Daschle."]
(CNN)—Barack Obama’s campaign has launched a new ad in South Dakota Tuesday aimed at shoring up his support among the working-class and rural voters that dominate Democratic politics in the state.

In the 30-second spot, former Sen. Tom Daschle says that Obama “is rooted in the same values as most South Dakotans. He has an understanding of America - rural and urban alike.”

The ad also makes an economic appeal to blue-collar voters suffering from the rising cost of food and gas: “Obama understands that squeeze,” says Daschle.

The spot also touts the Illinois senator’s support from two of the state’s top Democrats, Sen. Tim Johnson and Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin.

On Monday, the campaign also hit the airwaves with “Listening,” a one-minute spot featuring portions of his stump speech that has aired in other states throughout the primary season.

South Dakota voters head to the polls in one week, with 23 delegates at stake.

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soundoff (234 Responses)
  1. Robert in Toronto,ON

    Hopefully after Clinton wins Puerto Rico, Obama will win South Dakota and Montana. Then they'll get Florida and Michigan will be seated....and FINALLY – Obama will be crowned the official Democratic nominee.

    May 27, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. Ralph

    He will overcome this in a way only Obama could. He is brilliant and and will be seen as one of our greatest presidents.

    May 27, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. obama - supporter - arkansas


    barack will win big there
    it will be great when obama gets the monkey off his back. he needs to be doing things to push for the general with out hindsite.

    no disrespect to sen.clinton, but the obious is near and we need to get to the issue of beating the team of mcsain/bush.

    May 27, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. martin

    daschel has earned a cabinet position.he will serve the nation, and president barack obama,well.

    May 27, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. Dr. J

    Obama is smart and knows how to use his resources. I was just watching the comments of the West Virginia and Kentucky voters. It is sad that a color of a person skin would evoke such hostile responses. It seems like the people Obama could help are the ones fighting him. If Obama is treated like this, I wonder how other Black Americans are treated on a daily basis. Makes you wonder.

    Obama 08

    May 27, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. Billy From Florida

    I don't think there is anything Obama can say or do to get the blue
    collar voters. The ones that voted for him, will do so again in the
    general election, but the ones that didn't will not turn their vote
    I really think Obama will lose to McCain, there are just too
    many people that don't trust him.

    I live in Florida and have been a democrat for over 25 years, but
    I will vote for McCain if Obama is the nominee. I cannot in clear
    mind vote for someone I do not believe in. I believe McCain
    is the lesser of two evils.

    Come time to vote I may just write Clinton on the ballot as so
    many other Florida voters are going to do.

    May 27, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  7. Mar

    Oh yeah, that'll help. Another loser backing a big loser. Keep dreaming.

    May 27, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. martin

    daschel has earned a well deserved spot ,in the next administration,under president barack obama.

    May 27, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. chad

    That's great!obama has great policies when people want to look at them they will see that.

    May 27, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. SOHAN

    america voters had it wrong for bush now they have it wrong for obama...american president not just for america but the world do you think that the world will respect obama no way

    May 27, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. Jim

    The blue collats and many others do no want Obama in any way shape or form so you're wasting your time!!!!

    Hillary can win this thing in November and no one else, just look at the consistancy in all of the polls coming out that show she will win and win in swing States. Obama would lose the whole thing and would not win the swing States!

    Goodbye Barak!

    Hillary 2008, 2012.

    May 27, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. Maria Loi

    What a lie just to get nominated! I hope John will beat him!

    May 27, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  13. trellskig

    Good man. Daschle knows what's right.

    May 27, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. RealityKing

    Tom Daschle, Senate Majority leader voted out of office by his own South Dakotan district, $5 in gas to vote.

    Tom Daschle saying "Obama is rooted in the same values as most South Dakotans." PRICELESS!!!

    May 27, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. fred

    umm........if Daschele thinks he knows so much about SD values, then how comes he lost his last election.

    May 27, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. Gwen NC

    Ahhh, the signs of desparation, Daschle to the rescue, I don't think so. So poignant that Obama can't relate to those whose hard work and "labor" actually builds and supports this country. Just like those in WV, Ohio, PA & Ky, that everyone wants to poke fun at. These are the real people of the U.S. just like the real people everywhere else in the U.S. Everyones vote should count otherwise we're not a true democracy and Obama will be the fake leader of a fake democracy. THANK YOU HILLARY for at least standing up for the votes, if you don't win, thank you for being a TRUE AMERICAN. Your consistency in working hard for the rights of all Americans does not go unnoticed.!!!

    May 27, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  17. chad

    people say they don't trust obama,why is that?it's not like clinton and mccain haven't said things that make you not trust them.

    May 27, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  18. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA


    May 27, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. proud army and navy mom

    hillary needs to know if something untoward happens to Senator obama that she will be the main suspect.

    she is a wild-eyed, hateful slimeball. she is possibly the most hated person in the us right now

    how anyone could trust her with pocket change, let alone the economy and safety of our troops is beyond me

    May 27, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. appiah

    Go Obama & Daschle............08/12

    May 27, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  21. CJ

    Hillary, could still the nominee if the rules committee decided she was the better candidate and don't think it could happen. If she makes a good enough case for herself and florida and Michigan votes are given to her – it will be Hillary's!

    May 27, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  22. Stacy Clarks





    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  23. James

    Mar – could not have said it better myself!

    May 27, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  24. NOBAMA in West Va

    Tell him not to bother.

    We don't LIKE O-bama....we aren't votin' for him

    May 27, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. Reality Check

    People hate her more now than when she started this election. The vote from uneducated people, including women will not be enough to win if she is planning to run again. Hillary and her uneducated supporters claiming she is the best candidate because of her core group. If her group is so large, how come she lost so bad. Well, you people are uneducated and don't know any better. Thank goodness educated people are participating in this election. Else, uneducated people would have pick another trailer trash person for president. America need a very educated person in the highest office. Hillary supporters, go back to school and finish your education. Maybe, after getting a college degree, you will understand why educated people are not supporting her. We see through her in a way that you don't. This election proved that education is very very important in order to make a good decision.

    I wish a woman with a personality like Caroline Kennedy will run next time. Not this trailer trash Hillary Clinton with the lowest form of personality.

    May 27, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
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