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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  1. Alice

    I think alot of the folks who post that they will vote for McCain or Hillary/McCain are either Republicans or bloggers who are paid to make it appear that the hope (Hillary's) is still alive.

    May 27, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  2. just wondering

    Some times I wonder if it is the issues that will help them or the person's skin color? These blue color people need some longtime education about culture and diversity. Different colors yet all have red blood, So color blinded and can't think of the reality of the issues facing them.

    Remember that Obama is not running on his own. God's power is with him that's why everything they have tried against him doesn't stick. Miraciously he will win the General election and you will then believe that God is able.

    Learn from Hillary's kind of campaign against him. She tried everything yet she is still loosing. If she is more electable, why isn't she ahead in everything. It makes me wonder how people walk with their eyes closed not thinking that there is a whole ready for them to fall in.

    May 27, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. GB

    Stop using Jesus' name in your posts. Good grief. Read revelation.

    May 27, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. Mar

    To those who question my comment above, I have been following this race very closely. I have watched all the debates. I have seen Obama in action and I do not think much of him at all. I have also watched his rallies. I thought I was at a revival meeting. He really doesn't say much. He likes to critize, but makes no mention of specifics. I think he is really running a cult and people are flocking to him because we are so desparate in this country after 8 years of Bush. I am from Chicago, so i know a thing or two about Obama. He has done nothing here.
    The bad part is that I think Obama will be worse that Bush. If all the Hillary haters would just watch and listen she is SO much more intelligent and knowledgable than Obama. It is a very striking difference. It is true that Obama cannot talk on his own without a prepared speech.
    I really hope it is not too late for Hillary.

    May 27, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. sacto joe

    Senator Clinton, you no longer have my support for VP.

    We are not Republicans – we do not eat our own.

    If it means losing the general election, then so be it: You are simply not fit to be VP.

    May 27, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  6. fred

    jesus saves,,,,lol Obama doesn't have the Democrats interest at heart!! He has Obama's interest at heart...and that is OK...because he will be taking it back to IL with him!! Either way, Obama will NOT win!!

    All the way to the convention Hillary!!

    We will NOT UNITE behind Obama!!!

    GO Hillary!!

    May 27, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. JJ

    Hillary had no interest in FL's delegates til she found herself behind. It's amazing how many sheep in both FL and MI fall for her and her BS...LOL...

    May 27, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. Michael, an independent Canadian

    It is so unfortunate that so many Clinton supporters are turning their backs to the Democrat party. Obama has been respectful to Clinton. He has not pandered. He has maintained a "straight talk" approach. He has always wanted to see the Florida and Michigan delegates get seated (in a fair manner). Yet, there is so much spite in trying to somehow blame him for things that he is not guilty for.

    For someone watching these primaries from an objective viewpoint, it is truly amazing to see so much emotion cloud the truth. Obama has stayed on the high road and don't punish him (or yourselves) for him winning the Democrat nomination!!

    And to Anne from Canada

    You are in the minority in Canada (take a look at the most recent polls). Most Canadians want Obama as the US President. Do your homework and don't misrepresent Canada!!!!

    May 27, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. Rob

    I heard Wild Bill complaining about how Hillary has been treated. What was that he was saying a few weeks ago about not putting on the uniform if you don't want to get hit in the game?????

    May 27, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. Mike "Anybody but Bush" Johnesson

    If blue-collar voters want a candidate who truly represents their particular, individual interests, they could also look for one outside of the two major parties. We shouldn't be tricked into believing that only democrats or republicans can win the highest office there is to be held. To my mind, only a party representing the true beliefs and intrests of America's majority(not a very wealthy group) will bring real, and valuable change to this incredibly 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 just about the only way forward that I can see.
    Support true change, find a new party and vote for it.
    (Yes, I am aware of the irony of my calling for change by picking a 'third party', when change is the banner that Obama and his followers march under.)

    May 27, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. Steve

    Tom Daschle? This could backfire on Obama!

    May 27, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. A Florida Woman

    Don't believe the foolishness you read that all of Florida supports Hillary Clinton. WE DON'T. It was our REPUBLICAN governor and other Republicans in this state that caused the primary problem (surprised? why?). The homeowners in this state had to vote on an issue related to their needs... they may have voted on the primary candidate, who knows?

    But not everyone voted. Not everyone is pissed off. Some of us will vote come November and we WILL vote Obama. In my neighborhood, NO ONE would vote McCain - are you kidding? Some may support Hillary, but all the decent, hard-working folks that I know (my friends, family and neighbors) plan to vote Obama, whether that is their initial choice or simply because Clinton loses. They would never be so petty as to vote McCain like a sore loser.

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

    "NOBAMA in West Va May 27th, 2008 10:34 am ET

    Tell him not to bother.

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


    You're right. West Virginia is a lost cause for Obama. I seriously doubt that he'd win the state in November.

    Fortunately, he probably won't need it. He will probably bring in a handful of Southern states that are sick of Bush.

    In other words, there is a good chance that Barack Obama will be your next president, like it or not.

    May 27, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. Priscilla for Obama

    If people would just pay attention they could see what a "snake" the Clintons are. They never give up is right and they do things underhandedly. Like the RFK remark. Hillary was most certainly insinuating about Obama's demise so that she could be President. Everyone out there who is for Obama, please pray for his safety. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if the Clintons tried something...

    May 27, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  15. Fredrick-London

    What a HATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..................? I had a feeling that America was far-far beyond that.!!!! Your failing to accept the Guy's Power/-/Abilty/-/Talent, yr turning to the un civilised means! Its the kind of Politic Obama's fighting agaist!! You've Called//Compared him to EVERY Dirty a human couldnt Stand! This remarkable Guy, only iginore which has pushed pushed him ahead Steadly!!!!
    BIG!!-BIG!!-BIG!! Guns!! (Pres.Clinton,Monic & Hillary not forgetting Chelsea) are ALL fighting this Guy who're to many is Heard for the first time!!!
    Still he breaks throuhg!!!

    Will be a GRAVE GRAVE GRAVE Mistake to put any of the Clinton team in this FRESH–PROMISING Administration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    They have proved to the ENTIRE world their Greediness and Hate
    Give the Guy a break!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. Abdul

    I have difficuly getting my comments posted.
    Am I too left-wing for CNN? Or is this just bad luck?
    Vote for a candidate you believe in. Don't fall into the two-party systems arms if you don't fully want to.

    May 27, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. viks

    i want to know who obama is and how on earth he can win this elections against hillarious.he should have join the rest after the next 8 yrs of hills,and then dems would have the white house for 16 yrs and over or forever we reighn in american history.we should be careful not to loose this reace to the rep cos oama hussein cannot win

    May 27, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  18. obama fan

    I doubt that Obama is USING Daschle. I suspect Daschle endorses Obama and has offered to help in SD.

    I do believe that most of the CNN folks are Clinton supporters, particularly Wolf and that woman commentator who occasionally does the debates....

    but all in all, aren't you SMART enough to read between the lines, people? If you aren't, well, that's sad.

    May 27, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  19. Bill

    It seems that many citizens and representatives openly support Obama, even more so than Hillary. How can Hillary remain?

    May 27, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. The Political Machine Strikes Again!

    P.S. Still “All in the Family”: Julianna Smoot, Obama’s finance director, also worked for Daschle’s DashPAC and served as fund-raiser for his 2004 Senate race. Still nothing more than a political machine!

    But above all, Axelrod has done it all! Every opinion Obama expresses is orchestrated by Axelrod - that's why you'll rarely see Obama say anything substantive off-the-cuff . The "Obama Phenomenon" is a carefully crafted public relations event - and it started long go.


    Example: For four years Axelrod had camera crews tracking virtually everything Obama has done in public — chatting up World War II vets in southern IL, visiting his father’s ancestral village in Kenya — and often camera crews outnumbered the civilians. He found a grainy, C-Span-style shot of Obama talking about homelessness on the floor of the IL state Senate, which he quickly used to establish Obama’s prior political experience.

    Before that, Axelrod was mostly visible in Chicago the last decade as Mayor Daley’s public relations strategist - the guy who goes on TV to defend Daley from charges of corruption.

    Axelrod also operates a second business, ASK Public Strategies. This company discreetly plots strategy and advertising campaigns for corporate clients to shift public opinion their way. He and his partners consider virtually everything about ASK to be “top secret.”

    So when you vote for Obama, you'll really be voting for Axelrod. Good Luck!

    May 27, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. Anonymous

    Go McCain......

    May 27, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. Obamafan

    Billy of Florida is obviously uneducated so do'n't waste any of your time on him. The grade one dropouts support Hillary remember???

    May 27, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  23. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Obama may understand the squeeze facing us...but he is dead wrong on how to fix the problems.

    Growing newer, bigger, more expensive new programs; screwing around with our security interests (Ghandian Foreign Policy), and cow-towing to every social special interest know to human history-sure isn't going to help the average American who's working hard everyday (sometimes two jobs) and still can't seem to keep up with rampant taxes and costs of daily living needs.

    May 27, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  24. Tejano

    He can surround himself with all these White liberals and drape himself on the flag, give speeches about our fallen soldiers, talk to his face is blue, but he will never convince me or my family that he has the best interest of my country at heart.

    3 reasons Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers and Farankhan. That says it all.

    McCain has my vote and I hope yours too.

    May 27, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. He's A Winner

    Thank you Senator Daschle, have you ever thought aboaut the VP spot?


    May 27, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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