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. Tell It Like It Is

    Obama, Daschle, Kennedy, Kerry, Carter, etc

    incredibly weak

    May 27, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Shouldn't Tom Daschle, the only Senate Majority leader ever to lose his seat to a challenger In U.S. history, be hiding in a hole out of shame rather than going out in public to prop up a weak candidate who had no record of helping the people Daschle claims to know so well?

    How badly does Daschle want to damage the Democratic Party, anyway?

    What a joke.

    Has anyone else noticed that so many of the so-called leaders of the Democratic Party who are supporting Obama either lost their elections themselves or are opportunists (that's right, I'm looking at you, Judas… er, Richardson)?



    May 27, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. CARL

    Hillary or MCCain. That is the way the country will vote. Obama doesnt have a chance. We need reporting on the electoral college polls. Why do we not have any of these polls in the situation room?

    May 27, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. An American in Canada for David

    Obama has an understanding of South Side Chicago, and Rev. Wright hating on America, that is what Obama understands.

    Obama will never win the Democratic nomination and we H.R. Clinton supporters will see to that, she is the only true intellectual and comprehensive leader.

    South Dakota, Montana and Puerto Rico will vote overwhelming for Senator Clinton and she will continue to have the Majority of the Popular Voters.

    Citizens of these states understand how important their votes are and they know intuitively who will make the stronger President and that is H.R. Clinton 2009-2012.

    The spectrum of American demographics support Clinton and will elect her into the Presidency.
    We will never unit under an Obama candidacy, never, never, never !


    May 27, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. Latina from Florida

    Billy From Florida, I agree with you 100%.

    May 27, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. Jim

    Daschle is a loser who lost his own senate seat in SD so I don't see how he is going to help Obama much. The guy was the senate minority leader and he still couldn't convince his constituents to send him back to Washington.

    McCain 2008/Clinton 2012

    May 27, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. fairandstraight

    Sen. Obama will not lose to Sen. McCain this fall. There are not enough racist people in the USA that would rather see our troops killed than see a black man as president.
    Obama 08!!!!

    May 27, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. Brian

    Why can't Hillary win the educated vote? What is her problem?

    May 27, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. Ben W

    Thank you Mr. "Obama supporter" for fulfilling every stereotype there is about people from Arkansas. On another note.. Obama is close to winning the nomination, he knows it, Clinton know it too. She is now looking for a "strong finish" so she can make a graceful exit from the national stage.

    May 27, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. Debby

    Another loser in the Obama camp. They are coming out for their 2 min. fame before crawling back into their holes. I didn't know Daschle was still in politics. LOL

    May 27, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. Democrat for McCain

    Can Sen Obama win without Kennedy, Kerry , Daschle, Oprah ??

    Does he have substance to WIN on its own ?

    May 27, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. carolflowery

    well, i guess that paid for another summer home for D

    May 27, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. eric from canada


    May 27, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. tekay

    Senator TOM DASCHALE
    To compensate his bad judgment on war on Iraq by supporting Obama

    He still can pull good judgment by doing that

    Obama 08

    May 27, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. hjd

    Oh yeah, I see the depth of obamafan's education. It'll be obvious in November.

    May 27, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  16. cherrystrawberry

    Go Obama! The Young Love you. All you over 50 Clintonbots!!! IT's OVER!!! Forget about it!!!!!!I a WRAP!!!!!!!!!! Your old antiquated ideas (aka McCain) dont appeal to us! What absolute ignorance not to vote for a man because of his color......If African Americans hadnt voted for Bill Clinton he would never had been the president......Your time is up. One foot is on the banana peel so just slip already and let Generation Next move this Country forward.

    May 27, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. Michael

    Tom Daschle? The whiff of desperation is in the air. How galling is it for you mind forged manacled liberals to slowly realize you're going to lose again?

    May 27, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    A smart approach on behalf of Obama!!!

    May 27, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. Democrat

    kenny cole : you are the kind of gullible people Obama is banking and thriving on.

    Get educated, open your eyes, Dream will be over soon.

    May 27, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. DJ

    We Hillary supporters want Hillary/McCain.

    May 27, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  21. American Party

    There is an efford under way the get Hillary's name on the ballot in all 50 states, please join us. With elite left wingers on the left, and elite right wingers on the right we need Hillary for us here in the middle.

    May 27, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  22. jim in Phoenix

    OH GOD not this guy

    May 27, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. felicia

    its clear to me why so many people are willing to vote outside of the democratic party...its because they are racists who don't want to see our country ran by a black man. Its plain and simple. But guess what? he's beating Hillary. . . BARACK OBAMA IS GOING to be the democratic nominee unless they pull some BS out of their back pockets to make Hillary the nominee. He's ran a pretty clean campaign.

    Ignorant thinking and prejudice... its 2008 people. not 1808 when being black was practically a sin.

    May 27, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. hakeemsdad, Florida

    Billary supporters are saying “Our purpose is not to divide the party or attack the DNC or Senator Obama". Reallyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!

    What a BIG LIE!

    Billary and her supporters will be the only reason for the Democrat to loose in November. Keep up the good work Billary and her fans so we can enjoy new war with Iran and most likely more! Like we are obligated to declare war on any nation that will say anything about israel since that is the good excuse for the Republicans to hide behind it.

    Billary fans be smart and don't let this mess continue!

    Did you count how many wars we 've been through so far since the early 1900s? How about the number of people died? Do we need to continue this process? Is this what you want? Ok then go ahead.
    Good luck and be responsible for it.

    May 27, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  25. United against Obama

    I encourage all my fellow Hillary supporters to back plan B.

    This means coming out to Vote for McCain in 08 so that Hillary can get another shot in 2012.

    Obama is foolish. He is only 46 and had he waited his turn it is likely he would have become president in his life time. Now that he had to jump in line, he is going to lose to McCain and ruin any future chances.

    May 27, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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