May 27th, 2008
08:17 AM ET
15 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. Greg, Pennsylvania

    Tom Daschle is an idiot too.

    May 27, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. fred

    I am sure glad Dashle lost his last election!!!


    We will NOT UNITE behind Obama!!!

    Go Hillary!!

    May 27, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Y

    Obama / Daschle

    May 27, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. Ann

    Couple of my friends are Clinton supporters, they have to support her , to push her to stay in the race, because they put the bet on her, if Clinton lose, they will lost their bet, their money.

    May 27, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. Dee, St.Louis

    @ Billy and Jim, get it through your heads that it is over for the Clintons. So, if you don't want to vote for Obama, vote for your Republican Party John McCain. We will not be fool this time. LOL

    May 27, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. Major Michael in Lorton, Virginia

    The end is near for Hillary.........and the beginning for Obama. We will see what Hillary's character is made of when she has to concede.

    May 27, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  7. lisa

    To Billy from Florida,

    Only a hard hearted person would do what you're suggesting. To vote for someone who has the same principals as Bush and to have voted Dem. for over 25 years tells me that you would rather for America to suffer because " you didn't get your way " ! It's not about being a Dem. it's about what you stand for. It's not about who is representing the Dem. party, it's about that individual doing the job. Republicans and Democrats alike have confidence in Obama reshaping and reforming this county. If the color of someones skin has anything to do with a persons choice for President tells not only me but millions of others that hatred is the truest form of total ignorance!

    We all come from one man: Adam
    Mankind reprsents Gods image and likness, and man is many different colors! I suggest people search their souls and forget about who the next President of the US will be.

    May 27, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. FEDUP

    If the Obamination is the nominee we will lose in November. How stupid can people be. This election will be a national disaster either way! If he wins the nomination the blacks will be overjoyed and we know what that will lead to. (Dallas Cowboy Victory) Looting, riots burning of cars etc. If he loses the same thing, only for a different reason. It is not going to be a good time for this whole country. This is the first time in my adult life, I fear for this country and my fellow man.

    May 27, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  9. carl

    come-on ya'll this thing is over, bye clinton and her supporters are getting sick. it's mental illness that keeps this thing going. el-sicko grande

    May 27, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. Less, Austin Tx

    There sure are a number of Hillary supporters that are self-centered and close-minded.

    But again, this was the very first impression I got when I had a Hillary supporter call my home asking if I was going to support Hillary. When the caller found out I was probably not going to vote for Hillary, the caller went irate and started yelling out negative comments over the phone. I just hung up on her.

    At that point, I came to the conclusion that I was definately not going to support Hillary, because that caller was a reflection of Hillary.

    And Hillary and a lot of Hillary's supporters have proven, over time, that my conclusion was correct.

    No wonder why the country is in the shape it's in. Too many self-centered people.

    A blue-collar worker.
    Obama '08

    May 27, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. gene

    Now, this is a big winner! He could not even defend his seanate seat and this was one he held for years.South Dakota will vote Republican in the fall. The same as it has for more years then I care to remember. Just add another red state to the Obama numbers and its just one more he will lose in the fall. Obama will lose all of the south and the border states, all of the normal red states, Michigan because he held up a revote, Ohio and Pennsylvania because he is an elitest and will not carry the middle and lower working man vote.If McCain can carry the hispanic vote by 40%, he might even lose California. Remember, they now have a popular Republican Govenor.

    May 27, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. No Way

    I don't care who get the nomination any more. This whole thing has become the joke of the world.

    I do think it is odd how Obama is getting more and more supporter, yet people think he can't win.

    Just more spin!

    May 27, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.


    Don't worry about the racists. They can't hurt us now. If they had their way, Obama wouldn't have gotten this far.

    Stay positive, and we can make this work. 🙂

    May 27, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  14. Charlotte

    The stump speech, I am stumped as to why he has any appeal to the average Joe. I have heard of saying the same thing over and over but this guy is a broken record.. Obama is a Dukakis,Mondale, Kerry failure, who will lose in November. Write In Hillary Clinton, in November.

    May 27, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. Kim

    Obama and Tom Daschle, WOW that would be a ticket.

    I doubt he (Daschle) would want the VP position, however we are on the edge of a perilous period and the country NEEDS HIM.

    Think and pray about Tom

    May 27, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  16. Sam, SD

    Bottom line Obama has earn the right to be the Democratic nominee. Image John McCain running against Nancy Regan/President Regan It will be a tough fight. Well Obama did just that, and won. Obama is the best.

    May 27, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. Ed

    Is this the same Tom Daschle who was perhaps the most unsuccessful majority leader in history, except maybe for Harry Reid , and does anybody care what he thinks? I will more than likely vote for Obama, but I don't know for sure yet. I am though getting sick of the Obamania sweeping the nation. I have said it before, here I think, this is not a rock star folks. Don't let your emotions rule your head. At least listen to the campaign and think about it before you cast your vote in November. A lot of you didn't during the primaries. Now we are left with what we are left with.

    May 27, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  18. Koko

    Senator Obama will make a great president I wonder why people try to predict him losing the general election as if they are God..who would have believed that he will be the nominee when in the beginning Hillary was doubling him in the polls !!!

    Democrats should all unite it is like in any race some loose some win and you got to accept that.

    Sen Obama just need Hillary supporters just like if Clinton had won she would have needed his.none is superior than the other!!

    Obama God bless,protect and Guide you.


    May 27, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  19. Generation X

    Fred- Good morning! Isn't it a fantastic day...would you have a problem with Daschle if he was supporting Hillary? What about your scumbag lobbyist MARK PENN who is STILL one of Clinton's Chief Strategists that was actually lobbying against Clinton position on Colombia's trade agreement? This alone speaks volumes on why exactly Hillary has lost this nomination......not Obama, DNC,or the press. Then she doesn't fire him which I think put the cherry on top. Good luck with you lobbyist riden campaign!

    May 27, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  20. Olivia

    Sounds like he's getting ready to sweet-talk SD. Another "rev it up" speech. So much of his ideas "borrowed" from others.
    It all comes so easily, it's scary. No, not his speech....for you all believing everything he says.
    Also, has it occured to anyone that there is something wrong with him and his friends having to work so hard just to get our blu-collar salt of the earth people to support him, that there is no real gravitation towards him? Maybe they know for sure that Hillary is looking out for them and Obama is one big ? mark.

    May 27, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. NO OBAMA5

    Obama does not even know simple American history or geography,
    FYI , I am a 20+ yr dem voter, I will gladly vote McCain over obama,
    obama is an anti-American,, McCain is not!!!!!

    Hillary or McCain in 08

    shame on the media'

    I know ,no post

    May 27, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  22. lol

    obama can't get the blue collar vote, after his san francisco comments, it is obvious he looks down his nose on middle america. hillary has the base of the democratic party, seniors, blue collar, catholic, and jews. obama can't get the jewish vote. rashid khalidi, the anti semitic columbia univ. prof. said and I quote"he is the only candidate who has expressed sympathy for the palestinian cause."my jewish community is very concerned about the state of israel, if obama get's the nomination. obama is "friendly" with alot of radical people, with extreme views. very alarming for the jewish community.

    May 27, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  23. Cynthia

    Why did my comment get deleted? I thought that you were able to state your opinion and I know that it was not mean or negative toward any candidate.

    May 27, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. Erik

    Hillary fans make me sick...can't you just get over the fact that the race is done, and throwing salt in the wounds isn't helping the Democratic party at all – just suck it up and vote for Barack to keep this party united. A true Democrat would vote for their nominee regardless of who it is in order to keep the Republicans away. After 8 years I would have thought that Democrats would be smarter than to allow this nonsense to continue on in the White House!

    May 27, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  25. A Less Educated White Voter Myself and I Support Obama

    Obama didn't seem to have a problem with blue collar workers and white males until Hillary and Bill pounded the race issue over and over starting in South Carolina and ending with the "hard working...WHITE hard working voters" comments.

    If Obama spends time with them many will start to see who he is. We all get info on the run and headlines that grab our attention. Most people don't spend the time following this election like others do. They ARE to busy with their jobs, house, kids and bills to worry about who said what. The thing is Obama is more one of them than Bill or Hillary ever will be with all their millions.

    This campaign will focus less on Obama's race in the coming weeks. That won't happen until Bill and Hillary quit preaching about her ELECTABILITY...meaning she is the white candidate.

    May 27, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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