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. Paul, Tulsa OK

    Time will tell..

    Reality is, that he has the least amt of experience, but then experience isnt what makes a good some of our best had no experience in politics.

    Some of our worst, had too much experience (both sides, both demo & gop).

    And both historical and recent (& hysterically).

    May 27, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. Mike

    The attitudes of so called democrats are laughable. Lets vote for 4 more years of McBush because my candidate didn't win. If you choose to do that you get what you pay for and should just shut up and take your medicine when this country is permanently sewered. We can't take another 4 years of McBush.

    May 27, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. Hillary Support

    I will vote for OBAMA. Hillary should just step down. For those of us who are Hillary supporter should stop saying they will not vote for OBAMA. They should vote for OBAMA because We do not want BUSH/MCcain again in the whitehouse.
    Again If Hillary should win the nornation she will loss because she has a lot of negative on her side. John MCcain have a lot to say about her . We need to vote for OBAMA.

    May 27, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. Finte from Oromia

    I am not an American citizen but have followed this election carefully. Hilary what we forgot is that even gamblers set rules and agree on it BEFORE the game is on. They will lose all their money (even there lives) than change the rules in the middle. Please, miss, wake up and give up

    May 27, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    From another ticker comment

    "I don't know what war is like, either, but I could have done better than GW Bush! Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld never fought, either.

    Carter was a veteran. Reagan was not. Who was the better president?

    Barry Goldwater and George McGovern were war heroes. Both lost the presidency by huge margins to LBJ and Nixon, neither of whom were in combat.

    What does wearing the uniform have to do with having the smarts to be president? FDR led our nation, but was not a war hero"

    Is Tom a committed super delegate?

    May 27, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. Obama Supporter

    Hillary loves the uneducated voter. They don't research for the truth.

    May 27, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  7. obamacrat

    Again, I don't understand those of you out there who claim to be democrats but vow to vote for McCain if Obama is the nominee. As my handle states, I support Obama. However if the roles were reversed and Clinton were 50 or so delegates from locking the nomination, I would support her. We cannot let hurt feelings about this primary/caucus process cloud our judgement. A vote for McCain is a vote for the same things we have experienced for the last 8 years under GW Bush: nepotism, rising gas prices, rising fuel prices, pointless war in Iraq, failing foreign policy, rising national debt, domestic economy in shambles...shall I keep going? Is that what you really want? Put your hurt feelings aside and look at the real issues. Once that is done at TRUE democrat will rally behind our nominee. Think about that.

    Obama 08

    May 27, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. Susan

    Thank you Sen. Daschle! Crush the Clinton proaganda machine that is spinning overtime. The good people of South Dakota know BS when they hear it. OBAMA 08!

    May 27, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  9. Andre Barrett

    It is clear that Obama is the better candidate. Most of the people who voted for Hillary are uneducated and is not looking at the whole picture. I know that Obama will bring the changes that America needs.

    May 27, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. Plainsman

    I live in South Dakota and always voted for and apreciated Daschle's Service to our state. I think it is telling that someone with the inside info that he has would choose Obama over Clinton well before anyone else gave Obama any credit and Clinton was inevitable. He worked closely with both Clintons during the 90's while a Minority/Majority leader in the Sen. And yet he chose the relitive long shot that was Obama. I will admit that I had decided to vote for obama months ago, but having someone that I respect so much in Daschle work so hard to get Obama into the White House gives some small amount of validation.

    May 27, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  11. HP Boston

    Obama is KING of the user camp!
    But all the kings horses and all the king's men can never get Barry elected, not then.
    Unelectable, march out all the dolts, never going to vote for the newbie chosen one, he is unelectable.
    McCain will win, we will vote McCain every last one of Hillary's supporters! Yes we can! Yes we will!

    May 27, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. Dean

    The day billy writes in Hillary's name or votes for John Mccain will be a sad day for America. 25 years in a party is too long to abandon it now. Stay strong. Vote for what is right for America and not on your bitterness.

    May 27, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  13. vjh

    Well Billy in Florida, if you decide to vote for McCain, your are voting for additional years in Iraqi, possibly a war with Iran, higher fuel prices
    ( think $4 – $5 is high enough?), further decline in our economy and environment, overturn of Roe vs.Wade....If you in good conscientiousness can vote yes to these issues, more power to you. I do ask that you do 'real' research on Obama before dismissing him.

    May 27, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. kenny cole

    if you like bet your life with it,OBAMA would be a very very good president we've seen it this guy will bring happiness and unity to all the world he is a MESSIAH hes Gods annoited confirm by all the church

    May 27, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. scott from ny


    May 27, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  16. The Oracle

    Billy from Florida, guess what...Go to McLame. We don't need you, I doubt you're a dem. Because if you supported Hill, youd be stupid to support someone that has NOTHING IN COMMON WITH HER POLICYWISE. And Mar, you're the only one sounding like a sore loser.

    May 27, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  17. A Democrat

    Jim, get over it and support the Obama. He will be the undisputed winner.

    May 27, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  18. Mike

    I guess I will be voting for McCain because no way I am voting for Obama and with his cult of misguided followers.

    May 27, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. She is sick

    Tell the truth CNN! Obama does not "USE" Sen. Tom Daschle, Sen. Daschle supports Obama. You guys are twisted and bent on reporting your lies by putting your spin on the truth.

    May 27, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  20. Annette

    For all of those who feel we should not support the democrated ticket this coming November because they prefer very careful what you ask for. Don't forget Katrina, gas prices, food prices, recession, WMDD ( untrue story), and 911, Iraq, Afganistan, GI bill proposal ( that both Bush and McCain rejected) and I can go on and on. It would be wise to think very closely before you lash out.

    May 27, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  21. Nate

    I'm so sick and tired of the Clinton supporters and their threats, do what you have to do and vote for Mcbush. Cut your nose off to spite your face. In my 20 years of voting democrat, I've never seen the party held hostage like this, time to cut the Clinton cancer loose.

    May 27, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  22. Mary

    Who is pandering?

    May 27, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. John from Orlando

    I think that I will never be happier than I will be June 1st when we have ended this story about counting my state. I for one could NEVER vote for Hillary as I recall all the baggage that she carries and I KNOW the Republicans have been planning on meeting her since bushie stole the last election. I did not vote in the Florida primary because I rent (it was a homeowners tax that drew most to the polls) and knew my vote would not count towards the selection of the Democratic nominee so I stayed home. It really angers me that Hiallary says she is for the voters of Florida when what she means is she is for the wealthy ones that own a home and voted for her. I have alot of friends who did not vote either, because we all rent, that support Barack how come our votes are not important?!? Why are we being disenfrancised by the Clintons? Well that being said I hope Barack beats the pantsuit off the lying manipulative Hillary everywhere left so he can represent us against jonny, babybush, mccain so us democrats can win for a change!

    May 27, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  24. lynn

    I believe a TRUE democrat would vote for the democratic nominee in the general election even though their candidate may not have won the primary election. I feel this is especially true now more than ever before; after experiencing the Bush presidency. Clinton supporters who are vowing not to support Obama need to ask themselves, " Am I more angry with Bush and the Republican party or at Obama?" If your answer is Obama, then maybe you haven't been paying attention to the mess the USA is in.

    May 27, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  25. jesus saves

    i'm still not understanding why so many people are ok voting for someone who clearly does not and will never have your interest at heart. are you truly a democrat if you're willing to vote mccain if obama wins the party nomination? if hillary and barack are pretty much the same on certain policies why send your vote elsewhere? why don't you trust barack? what has he done that all of you sin-free, good christian people haven't done? is it because he's younger than both mccain and clinton? what is it that you really don't trust about him? age has nothing to do with character, if so we're all destined to become liars (or mis-speakers) when we age.

    i think a lot of people are afraid of truth and it's unfortunate that you'd rather continue to live based on injustices and lies than to give change and chance.

    May 27, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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