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. Deb

    Billy of Florida does not have his facts straight. Hillary Clinton, his candidate of choice, supported the DNC punishing Florida and the time because back then she thought herself a shoo-in to the White House. Well, guess what, that did not happen. Common sense and an urgency for change has prevailed in the primaries and will result in a win for Obama against John McCain. In my heart I feel most people do not want George Bush back in office for a third term. Those who vote for McCain out of spite...God Bless you when you are pulling into a gas station and paying close to perhaps $10 a gallon for gas. This morning in Long Island I paid $4.39 for regular. Think about that Billy of Florida and other McCain supporters.

    May 27, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. Bayou Joe

    Here in the swamp we have a saying: You can put a bottle of perfume on a pig, but he still remains a pig.
    Obama will never get me vote or that of my family. Thanks to Hillary we have seen the real Obama.

    Wake up America before it is too late. The future of your country is at stake.

    May 27, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. Sharon Minnesota

    Support John McCain a moderate and sensible Republican in 2008. All Democrats have lost their way, are bitter and divisive and will not serve America well.

    Be sane and vote McCain.

    May 27, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. Color Him American

    Let's get beyond color people, this country is better than that.

    The whole world is watching-which way America?


    May 27, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. FactCheck

    > The blue collats and many others do no want Obama in any way
    > shape or form so you're wasting your time

    I guess my friends in Indiana must be white collar voters then right? It's over... you lost... get over it, or don't. Frankly, we don't need you nor do we care.

    May 27, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. Letha, SD

    Everyone knows where former Sen. Tom Daschle really stands since they voted him out in 2004 because of his lobbyist support and now he works as a lobbyist. Former Sen. Tom Daschle didn't understand his own state so how can he support Obamas claim?

    May 27, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. CareFree

    I am mystified that so many posters blame "CNN" for the comments! Folks, this is not an edited board (except perhaps for profanities, I hope). The opinions expressed here are those opinions of the individiuals that typed them...........get a grip!

    Having said that, anyone who has read Obama's life history and has been really listening to him should at least see that he loves this country and certainly has our best interests in mind in running. He is practical, concerned with justice, concerned for people, LISTENS TO PEOPLE, and the reason he was elected as the "first Black" to head the Harvard Law Review, is because his fellow students said that he was unparalleled at bringing different opinions together. Don't you think after Bush-Cheney, that a "Uniter" is what this country needs? That certainly isn't Hillary. Obama campaign has run circles around her campaign in general because she & Bill thought she was "entitled" and it would be easy! They just can't believe that they misjudged – that's why they are so shocked!

    May 27, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. SPQR753

    It seems that Barak Obama still DOES NOT GET IT!!!!

    It is OBAMA himself that needs to win the trust of blue collar voters, NOT Tom, Harry or Dick!!!

    May 27, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. Matthew

    Remember Daschle? Yeah, he's a loser. Taken out by a nobody Republican when he was Senate Majority Leader and all because he couldn't or wouldn't fight back. He fits right in the mold of an Al Gore, John kerry and now Barack Obama, all of whom represent what's wrong with our party. Elitists and/or far left liberals who don't know how to win.

    May 27, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  10. Carl

    Billy of Florida I can bet that you dont ever understand the issue that confront us today. If you can't trust Obama over the other two candidates you my friend may have problems choosing which meal to eat.

    May 27, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  11. Obama Drama

    Obama has taken this candidacy by storm. Every single move has been calculated to perfection. Everthing from change, to taking the high road, to strategically unveiling Edwards' endorsement to now moving forward with his general election. He is truly a breath of fresh air this country desperately needs.

    It's a shame it has taken a 911 ish presidential tenure ( Bush) to make American realize Republicans truly don't care about the good of the entire country. When will people finally swallow that pill?

    Congratulations Obama!

    May 27, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. Krysten

    It will be interesting to see how much oil money Obama got from supporters once he is in office.

    May 27, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  13. Joe Regis

    Hillary has tainted many of their mind.

    America is seeking a new direction.

    Obama is leading America in a new direction.

    Obama/webb 08/12

    May 27, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. Deb

    A Left Wing Nut Job in Training pants can't win the votes of anyone except his cult.

    Not enough to win in a General Election!

    Hillary 08

    May 27, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  15. Vic

    Why in this world would Obama want to send a loser like Daschle to speak to blue collar workers? He's about as blue collar as Bill Gates. Anyway, these folks won't vote for Obama. They're smarter than that.

    May 27, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Obama is an unelectable lightweight.

    At least McGovern, Carter, Mondale, Dukakis, Gore and Kerry, whose footsteps Obama would soon be walking in if he were successfully to weasel his way into the nomination of the Democratic Party, had the experience to run a national campaign and the resume to be President of the United States.

    Obama's nothing new. He's the same old story for the Democratic Party, with the comic twist that he's got a ridiculously thin resume that would be laughable if we weren't talking about losing the presidency of the United States yet again.


    May 27, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. Obama DID Campaign in Florida!

    And he was on the ballot - and he LOST! Get it?

    May 27, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  18. Veteran in Kansas

    It is because of the lack of meaningful words coming from the vast majority of Obama supports that for the first time in 20 years I am looking at the distasteful possibility of having to vote for a Republican Canidate for President.

    I voted against Bush in the Past two elections, had people listened we would not be where we are today. It appears whether I really want to or not, I will be forced to vote for McCain this election. Obama will be extremely hard pressed to carry the votes of servicemen and women and veterans.

    May 27, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. Alison B

    Billy from Florida – in all honesty what is the purchase of that. It really shows the level of people's intelligence.

    It is most disappointing that people are so closed minded that they would rather have another Bush term than vote for something or someone different

    May 27, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. Mike in NYC

    Onlooker from outside wrote:

    "…and looks like he could return the US to the great nation and superpower that it was in the 90's."

    Interesting how Obamabots seem to have a Bush-like urge to remake the world in their own image.

    I much prefer a multi-polar world. Checks and balances are a good thing.

    just wondering wrote:

    "Remember that Obama is not running on his own. God's power is with him."

    A lot of religious fanatics in the BO camp, I see. Looks like they have more in common with the Bushies than they think.

    And what's with all the Canadians around here?

    May 27, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  21. John

    Hilary is only making a fool of herself now. Enough is enough, she should use a good judgement to decide when it is time,. That's a\n indication of having a good sense of judgement as a someone who can take the 3:00AM phone call.

    John, New York

    May 27, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. Nothing But Love For Obama

    Well considering some of Sen. Obama's team learned the ropes under Sen. Daschle and have exmplified an outstanding way to run a presidential nominee campaign, I have nothing to say but thank you.

    May 27, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. michael daniel


    May 27, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  24. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Obama and his supporters are taking care of business as expected. What in the H..... is Bill and Hillary still crying about. It's almost as if the Clinton's are attempting to control the democrat party as if they own it. You better believe there is a good reason the superdelegates and delegates are voting Obama, we're getting a first hand look.

    May 27, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. Rave

    Mr. Daschle , you are a true Patriot. Keeping aside party and politics, you have stood by the most truthful and eligible candidate.
    OBAMA / AL GORE 2008

    May 27, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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