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. mike

    They should have a protest in front of supreme court, on one is above the law, Clinton scandel should not be allowed to escape US justice

    May 27, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  2. Deb

    How is Obama no longer viable?

    Let me list the ways.....

    Too Left Wing-Moderates and Conservatives will NEVER vote for him!

    Too Hateful-his campaign and those that support him are HATE baiters and enough sound bytes are available that he will be swift boated on it.

    Too Inexperienced-No experience at all!

    Too Wimpy-He can't even debate! The constant stuttering is alloying! And a sure sign of a liar!

    Too much Cheating-the Republicans will again be able to Swift boat him with the "Funny" Business his campaign has used to get ahead.

    Too much of Witch of a Wife-No one wants this horrible women as their First Lady-especially after you watch the video of her talking about "Whitie" another certain Swift boat!

    May 27, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  3. nannie bouroughs, Kenosha, WI

    Yeh, former Sen. Tom Daschle!

    A guy who could not win his own state; does anyone see a pattern of losers backing the loser: Senator Obama?

    May 27, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. Olivia

    Daschle......wasn't he old washington once, the status quo, or something like that according to Obama? Seems like a lot of his endorsers fits this mould he's suppose to hate so much.

    May 27, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. Pat

    Oh God, Tom DASCHLE? The senator that was sent packing from the Senate? When is Obama going to get it? Surrounding yourself with losers just makes it easier for McCain!

    May 27, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. Venus

    Go Bam!

    Thank you South Dakota! Give Bam a big win!

    Keep up the good work Bam and the "O" Team!

    May 27, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. Obama 08 Raleigh NC

    Well said.

    I'm still amazed that Hillary was fine with not counting Michigan and Florida back in October when she thought she was a shoe in. I'm also amazed the people of Florida fall for her nonsense and don't understand that it was THEIR Republican legislators and Gov that moved the date and THEY are the ones that voted them in. Obama isn't to blame in that mess. For that matter, neither is Hillary
    To vote for someone with completely different views is ludicrous.

    May 27, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. H



    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. No more Rigged Elections in America

    Didn't South Dakota choose not to re-elect Tom Daschle? Another loser for Obama.

    How many elections will Democrats lose before they realize that we cannot elect someone on the far left?

    What's really hillarious is that the Obama supporters have bought into the idea that Obama will re-write the electoral map. Obama may win the nomination, but he has screwed himself by blocking revotes in MI and FL.

    This Dem will vote McCain in Nov if Obama is the nominee

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

    I cannot understand what Bill and Hillary are whining about. It seems every day now, one or both of them are accusing the Obama campaign of unfair treatment, cover-ups, sexism, etc.

    All it sounds like to me is a desperate attempt to create more drama and distraction – distraction from the fact that Obama is emerging as the stronger candidate who remains focused on the issues.

    I expected better from the Clinton capaign. She has been exhibiting this sense of entitlement, as if she believes the presiency is owed to her, so she feels entitled to say and do anything in order to achieve that end. I find that really disturbing. I feel no particular obligation to vote for Hillary because she is a woman. My only responsibility is to vote my conscience – vote for the best candidate. And that to me is clearly Obama. He is the only one attempting to run a campaign focusing on the issues instead of whning about everything the other candidates are doing.

    May 27, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  11. Casey | Sebastopol, CA

    Are you better off today than 5 years ago? If you can answer yes to that question, lucky you. I bet 9.5 out of 10 people will say they are NOT better off.

    So how, in good conscience, can you say you will vote FOR another 4 or 8 years of the same downhill spiral JUST BECAUSE Hillary Clinton didn't win the nomination?

    Barrack Obama is a good man and will be a truly GREAT president. It is so sad to see close-minded people refuse to listen JUST BECAUSE someone is of a different race or gender. I am appalled to be a woman when women spout such nonsense just because they won't get a woman for president this time. SHAME ON YOU.

    If John McSame wins in November, I hope you are all haunted by every single death in Iraq, by every hungry child in America, by every unwed, pregnant teen who will face the impossible task of being a child mother and bringing another hungry baby into the world at a time when they are less and less resources for that child.

    THAT is the country that McSame will bring, so Hillary women... SHAME ON YOU for saying you'll vote McCain rather than Obama.

    By the way, I am over 50, female AND a white, hard-working American. I would never vote for a woman candidate just because she is a woman if she isnt' the best candidate for the job.

    It is TIME for change and I don't mean superficially. This country has gone down the wrong road for the past 20 years and we – AND OUR CHILDREN – are paying the price for it. BE BIGGER than yourself. Open your eyes and ears and try listening to Obama and reading his stand on the issues at his website (

    Free your mind and the rest will follow.

    yes, we can.

    May 27, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  12. Extinct

    How many more citizens in addition to party representatives need to show support for Obama before Hillary gets the message?

    May 27, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  13. norm

    ABC, Anybody BUT Clinton. We musn't vote for criminals.

    May 27, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  14. Jatovi, NC

    This is a smart thing to do. You have to use your resources if you want to win.

    Now for those who keep say "I'll only vote for Hillary" or "I'll write her in" or "I'll vote for McCain before I vote for Obama" do you really enjoy Bush that much? McCain is now fund raising with Bush currently, also McCain is more and more expressing Bush's views. Is there a reason you call yourself a democrat but willing to vote against a democrat that is expressing the same views on the issues as the Clintons? You know what that's called, it's called "stupid."

    May 27, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  15. elm, Georgia

    Those of you who are planning on voting for McCain over Obama. When you start to loose your job and your home, you just remember, it was your choice. I have no sympathy for you at all.

    May 27, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  16. Jamaal

    Let's rap this Primary up so we can focus on the Failed Policies of Bush and Mcsame that is what we should be doing instead of wasting time and money fighting HIlllary Clinton

    May 27, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  17. Love for Jesus

    stop all the hate we are all americans. Obama will do just fine God is with him and if God be for us who can be against us. He will win.

    May 27, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  18. jj

    I'm an independant for a reason, I don't blindly follow. If what I read from Obama followers is who he gets to vote for him, I want no part of it. They are nasty people. I've voted mostly Dem. in my years of voting but it's always been about someone who I feel can get the job done. I don't think Obama can. He started out with NO CLUE, it was always and still is, following after Clinton's ideas and solutions. He copied them all, that's why they are so close on issues. He doesn't have the faintest idea how to do this CHANGE THING HE PROMISES. His record isn't that impressive and it's only been for show. Not when it didn't come out to benefit him. His people keep cutting down other people or calling them racist because they don't want to vote for him. I will choose experience in November, be it Clinton or McCain, he knows he can not follow all of Bush's ideas, and he doesn't, that's why he has a hard time with the republicans. I trust him or Clinton to get us out of the mess we have, not a newby, he jumped the gun and his supporters hav e turned a lot of people against him, too bad they may have lost him any chance to win in Nov if he gets that far.

    May 27, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. Norah (Boston, MA)

    I come from a family of white, Irish Catholic blue collar workers. I find it difficult to understand how anyone could vote for anybody but Obama. He is the one who is dedicated to making the lives of lower and middle income people so much better. Those Democrats who are talking about voting for McCain should frankly be ashamed of themselves for even thinking about voting for a man and a party who will continue to take from the poor to give to the rich. If you have a problem with Obama vote party- vote Democratic.

    May 27, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  20. Melinda Charlotte, NC

    Who cares? It will not help him get the votes of blue collar workers. Tom Daschle is the only senate minority or majority senate leader in recent history that lost his senate seat while still holding the title of leader. I am a Hillary supporter, and this "help" from Daschle will not change my vote one iota. Also, McCain is not a third term for Bush. That is just campaign rhetoric to try to scare moderate democrats and independents. If Obama is the nominee, McCain wins. Period. He will not be able to unite the party for victory.

    May 27, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  21. Jennifer

    Daschle has done a great job so far. He is running a steady, respectful campaign without ANY LIE, DECEIT. Shame on hillary supporters. Especially those losers that can write and speak proper english but can not think as an American. We have to unite the country not divide it no matter what reason is election, clinton or ....
    Be United, Be Human, Be American "tubd"

    May 27, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. Ivar

    I think Clinton can still win...Ummm Lets see how? Well simple....Dont include any states in which Obama won the elections...... LMAO. For once i can say that we were lucky that MR. CLINTONS stupidity at making stupid hyspothesis were not reflected during his presidency. How on earth can these Clintons make their own formilas to stay in the race. Common sense says that the rules of games are delegates. As a matter of fact all it refelects to me is that the clintons are the dumbest people in USA and any one other than the clintons can do a better job as a president.

    May 27, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  23. B - NYC

    I love this... "Same Values". people... He has NOT DONE anything for his state or our country!

    NOTHING... The man has no experience and we are going to let him go into training on our dime, during a time of debt and war... BIG MISTAKE and very bad business...

    May 27, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. Abdul

    If people want a candidate who represents their particular, individual interests, they could also look for one outside of the two major parties. We shouldn't be fooled into believing that only democrats or republicans can win the general election. To my mind, only a party representing the true beliefs and intrests of America's majority will bring real, lasting, valuable, and probably necessary change to this very, very, very, very powerful nation.
    We shouldn't be afraid of change, we can free ourselves from these two parties that have run the show since time immemorial. We can shake off the chains of fear, hatred, greed and Lesser-Evilism.
    We could educate ourselves and find someone who truly stands for what we believe in. That's the only way forward that I can see.
    Support true change, find a new party and vote for it.
    (If it turns out that the democrats or the republicans do stand for the America you want to live in, then by all means vote for them, thats what a democracy is for.)

    May 27, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  25. Onlooker from outside


    I can tell you that judging by Barack Obama's profile and media coverage around the world, he will be unequivocally respected around the world, by governments and people alike, allies and foes alike. He appeals to everyone...and looks like he could return the US to the great nation and superpower that it was in the 90's. It's your choice people...Going beyond all the hype of absolutely everything, he is a candidate that looks like he'll think before he acts, listen to the people and the world etc. The best and most intelligent all-rounder that the US has seen for many many years...!

    May 27, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
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