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

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

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(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. jc

    Billy from Florida – Great response – I agree – he has some nerve trying to win over Michigan and Florida after fighting so hard to exclude you all. Now he says he wants a solution to seat the deligates and count your votes because he thinks he's the nominee and will need you all for the general election but I will not vote for him = ever – never – ever .

    May 27, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. Sara

    Tom Daschle was a great senator and will help Obama win!

    May 27, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. BOB ORLANDO FL

    I cant see myself voting for Obama. The system is so messed up I can't say that I am proud to be an American anymore. I hope Obama falls on his face just like Bush did.

    May 27, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. Chuck in Alabama

    Obama couldn't find a grocery store with a map, a flashlight, and the "Gang of Four" (Kennedy, Kerry, Pelosi, Dean) to help.

    Pity so many people think that "Change" actually means that THEY will benefit in some way.

    Where the heck did Obama dig up Daschle's bones anyway?

    May 27, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. David Goldman for OBAMA

    WE THANK YOU SD & STATESMAN DASCHLE.

    May 27, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. SlimSista

    TO BILLY.....

    STOP BEING A SORE LOSER AND RACIST.....YOU ARE JUST LIKE THE REST OF THE RACIST PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY THAT HAVE A NEGATIVE AGAINST OBAMA BECAUSE OF HIS SKIN....

    THERE WERE PRESIDENTS THAT RAN AND DID NOT HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE ABOUT BEING PRESIDENT....WHEN YOU ARE IN WORSE ECONOMIC CONDITION THAN YOU ARE...THEN YOU WISH YOU HAD VOTED FOR OBAMA....FOR CHANGE....

    GOD BLESS YOU OBAMA....YOU WON FAIR & SQUARE....

    May 27, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    "Mar May 27th, 2008 10:26 am ET

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

    -------------------–

    Well, so far, the dream has gotten him this far. We'll see just how far it goes. After all, anybody that can beat the Clintons can't be all bad! 🙂

    May 27, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  8. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Folks the reason he is not getting the blue collar voters now is because IT IS A PRIMARY ...this is not the general election where the economic differences between McCain and Obama will be HUGE. Obama has ran against a DEMOCRAT with name recognition and LOTS OF POLITICAL COLLATERAL IN BLUE COLLAR STATES. Not to mention he has also had to run against a former President at the same time!!! Now I seriously ask you Hillary Folks....what would make you possibly believe that a black guy from blue collar roots and raised by a single mother and grandparents will not be able to attract blue-collar voters ???? Please stop finding excuses and support our candidate OBAMA.

    May 27, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. american in canada

    as an obama supporter, i would like to extend a virtual olive branch to all of hillary's supporters (including my father). in the end, we are all democrats and in order to prevent our recession turning into a depression, our war in iraq turning into a war in iran, more of our brave soldiers returning in body bags, and gas jumping to $10 per gallon, we NEED TO UNITE and support our nominee (whomever that might be). this country cannot afford to have another republican in the white house. let's change this country for the better.
    democrats 08&12!

    May 27, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. Jose'

    Daschle is a tool, and not a sharp one at that.

    I'll be happy when he and Obama both disappear into nothingness.

    May 27, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  11. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    I think Obama will be able to get a chunk of blue collar voters, but he won't do as well as Hillary did.

    He's going to need all the help he can get, but he does have time. And he does have several unions backing him, so there is hope.

    May 27, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. amy

    It's about time someone speaks up for Obama! Hillary has had governors and her husband talking her up and keeping her name in the news on a daily basis.

    Billy From Florida needs to know that his vote for Hillary is a vote for McCain. If he and others do what he says he's going to do neither Barack OR Hillary will have enough votes to win which means McCain wins and our country actually moves backwards. Vote with your head...not your heart.

    May 27, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. Glenn, Cary, NC

    Tom who? Oh yeah. The only Senate Majority Leader in history to lose his senate seat to a challenger. Tom knows how to appeal to voters alright.

    May 27, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. ???

    Mar
    May 27th, 2008 10:26 am ET
    "Oh yeah, that'll help. Another loser backing a big loser. Keep dreaming."

    Ummm, actually Obama's winning, in every category, even the popular vote (unless you don't count caucuses, count Michigan which had only one candidate on the ballot , and carry the one)

    May 27, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. Connie Sturgeon

    I can not believe Billy from Florida, you people want to be heard during this election then you talk like a spoiled brat . If we can not have it our way we will throw are votes away.No wonder you all like the Clinton's. I am an Obama supporter, but will vote for anyone besides John "G.W.Bush"McCain. Maybe us blue collar workers here in Indiana are little more grown up , Obama only lost by 2%. He will win Indiana in Nov.

    Blue Collar Worker from Indiana, Connie

    May 27, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. yeah right

    Mar- Are you serious? I am unable to comprehend one thing. How can you people have BLIND animosity on Senator Obama. If you tell me that it is not on Obama but on HRC's opponent, I can understand a little. But when people say HRC/Mc Cain 2008, it is ABSURD.
    Are you guys democrats? Do you really care about what is happening in our country?
    When you are such a "true" supproter of HRC (or any democrat), How in the hell can you say that you will vote for Mc Cain?

    May 27, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. yeah right

    Mar- Are you serious?
    I am unable to comprehend one thing. How can you people have BLIND animosity on Senator Obama. If you tell me that it is not on Obama but on HRC's opponent, I can understand a little. But when people say HRC/Mc Cain 2008, it is ABSURD.
    Are you guys democrats? Do you really care about what is happening in our country?
    When you are such a "true" supproter of HRC (or any democrat), How in the hell can you say that you will vote for Mc Cain?

    May 27, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  18. Steve from Florida

    Billy from Florida,

    Some of us down here haven't been affected by the heat. If you'd like a Republican in the White House again for four more years, go ahead and write in Hillary. Might as well just stay home on Nov 2nd!

    Obama '08

    May 27, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  19. Aida

    You need all the help you can get, sweetie. Even if it is from so many losers.

    May 27, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. marie

    Remind me again why Daschle is not in the US Senate anymore... Oh that's right – he was old Washington and his constituants did not re-elect him.

    I'm going to vote for McCain or write Hillary onto the ballot if Obama gets the nomination.

    I really don't care who Daschle supports. And after May 31, if the rules committee doesn't count Florida votes, good luck winning the state at all Democrats!

    May 27, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. Mike in NYC

    Dr. J. wrote:

    "If Obama is treated like this, I wonder how other Black Americans are treated on a daily basis."

    A lot better than White Americans, who get their daily dose of blame for everyone else's problems.

    Expect that to ramp up should BO take the WH. His white supporters will no doubt appreciate the flagellation. For those of us who don't have a martyr complex seasoned with misplaced guilt, I'm afraid it won't be quite as much fun.

    May 27, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. Elisabeth

    Jesse Jackson, Jr. Helps Obama Win Black Vote – Headline October 24, 2007.

    Jesse Jackson, Jr. January 19, 2006 – "Fighting for human and constitutional rights is a theme, and a strategy, that could keep Democrats together for the next fifty years, election after election. It's time to begin a lofty fight to add the right to vote to the Constitution–and paint a truer picture of most Republicans as undemocratic. It's time to stand up and insure every American's right to vote to have that vote fully protected and to have it fairly counted."

    He talks from boths sides of his mouth. Florida and Michigan have to be counted.

    May 27, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. Scott

    It is so sad how many democrats are willing to vote against their own issues over a personality contest.

    That is what the contest between Clinton and Obama is... it is a personality contest. They have virtually identicle platforms on all the key issues.

    Meanwhile, you are going to vote for a republican with completely opposite views on all the issues because your candidate didn't win the primary. There are a lot of ignorant people in this country who seem perfectly happy to vote against their own interests out of bitter rivalry over a popularity contest. Maybe you ought to take some time to think about the issues that are important to you and use those as a guide for voting in the general election instead of looking at the shiny wrapping paper.

    May 27, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  24. Wanda Reed

    What are Obama's creditials that all these people are basing their hopes on? How is he supposed to accomplish what his followers are hoping for;I have yet to hear a plan of action from Mr. Obama. I remember how he fumbled in all the debates and didn't know that we had 50 states – he thought there were 57 or 58. I just don't understand how he is perceived as being someone who is capable of leading this country. Please someone give me something concrete so I can change my mind and vote for him. Anyone out there, please!!!

    May 27, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  25. jrzshor

    why is obama using the politicians of the "old" system that he says that he wants to "change" when he is president?

    Is this the very reason that "they" explain NOT have Hillary as VP?

    May 27, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
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