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. felicia

    And another thing....the Hispanic vote.... uh, why are so many hispanic voters flocking to Hillary Clinton? I just don't understand that. She is NOT going to do anything for the Hispanics of our country. She is delivering the same empty promises to each group of people in each state. She is only saying the stuff to get your votes.

    May 27, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. christina

    I'm so tired of IDIOT Hillary supporters that swear they will vote for McCain in November because Obama will/has won the nomination. You're NOT true democrats. I don't care how upset you may be, to vote for McCain is simply ignorant. The man has already stated that there will be another 5 years in Iraq. Nobody needs another George Bush protege; and I don't care how much he tries to distance himself from Bush that's still exactly what he is...HIS PROTEGE. Democrats stop acting like crying, whinny babies and do what's right. IF Hillary were to miraculously win the nomination I would support her in November (even thought I am an avid Obama supporter) because I believe in the party and this country can't take much more of this Republican nonsense.


    May 27, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. American Party

    Thank you, "Reality Check May 27th, 2008 10:34 am ET"

    .. You have helped Hillary more than you could know, again thank you.

    May 27, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. Hillary for President

    Obama has not won hardly any counties in rural America. He continues to lose the voters in the income bracket under $60,000. Please explain how Obama wins a general election and loses the voters under $60,000? Would they be black, white brown, yellow, green or red. I do not care.

    Could it be that Obama is as out of touch with rural Americans as McGovern, Mondale, Dukakis and Kerry were?

    YES! I do not want to lose to lose to McCain

    May 27, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. fairandstraight

    SOHAN, why wouldn't the world respect Sen. Obama? How does any one person know the views of the whole world?

    May 27, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. faye, NV

    Let;'s go SD it is time to make a different and Obama is the man who is able to answer the RED PHONE.

    If Hillary can not think on her feet about the remarks made relating to JFK, how will she answer the RED PHONE?

    May 27, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Independent-Cuban-American-woman-voter-for-Obama

    Good idea. I think South Dakota is now sorry they did not return Daschle to Congress. But now we, have all woken-up from the the Republican -daze.


    THINK before you vote, folks. Hillary with ALL of her experience and wisdom fell for the Bush lies and VOTED TO ENTER INTO WAR WITH IRAQ! How can any of us vote for anyone who got us into this mess?

    Remember, we have OVER $10 TRILLION IN DEBT, mostly due to the war with Iraq!

    Let's move FORWARD into the future!

    May 27, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. Karen from Texas

    Thanks Tom for your support. Clearly you see the need to pull the party together.

    Democratic Unity 08

    May 27, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. Obama Wrong for America

    It's easy to write Hillary's name in in November if she does not win the nomination. Check out

    Let's take a stand against the DNC and sexism that reigned throughout this primary process. Write Hillary in in November.

    May 27, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. FedUpDem

    american in canada May 27th, 2008 11:07 am ET

    as an obama supporter, i would like to extend a virtual olive branch to all of hillary's supporters (including my father). in the end, we are all democrats and in order to prevent our recession turning into a depression, our war in iraq turning into a war in iran, more of our brave soldiers returning in body bags, and gas jumping to $10 per gallon, we NEED TO UNITE and support our nominee (whomever that might be). this country cannot afford to have another republican in the white house. let's change this country for the better.
    democrats 08&12!

    Your fellow obamabots have destroyed any chance of this Democrat ever supporting obama.

    and here come panderobammer using other losers far left liberals like Daschle (thats why he lost) to try to talk to blue collar whites....what a hypocrite!!!

    May 27, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Roxdawn

    Barack Obama is brilliant!! It is a shame that some of you (blue collar workers) out of pure ignorance, refuse to accept and "embrace the change" that Obama is about!! Change that would benefit you...Wake Up!!!

    May 27, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. Shannon

    I ask any obama supporter this question, why can't you post without name calling and insults. It's a simple question, please someone answer it. How does calling names and insulting people unite the country and bring about hope and change. Do you get what those words mean, or is it just a catchy slogan. Please someone tell me, why the hate!

    May 27, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. Howard

    I watched the new HBO television movie
    RECOUNT last night, and many of the tactics
    employed by the over zealous George W
    supporters back in 2000, like trying to stop
    the vote recount, trying to get Gore to quit
    before all the votes were in, and the smear
    tactics against Al Gore, are now being done
    by the far left democrats, against Hillary Clinton.
    Also, like Gore, Hillary could win the popular vote,
    but, like the 2000 George W supporters, the
    Obama supporters don't care about this point,
    even though it's the bedrock of democracy.
    Unlike Gore who quit his bid for the oval office,
    rather than stand up against the courts, Hillary
    has the guts and Presidential qualities to stay in
    the race, and win.
    Vote for Hillary Clinton '08

    May 27, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. NO-BAMA

    TOM DASCHLE ????



    May 27, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  15. Martha

    What does people see in Obama? he is the new kid in town
    I don't see him getting anything done its all talk!!!! 8years of him and no more Obama then we will get someone else and it will go back to where it was before Obama got in

    May 27, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  16. FedUpDem

    Reality Check May 27th, 2008 10:34 am ET

    People hate her more now than when she started this election. The vote from uneducated people, including women will not be enough to win if she is planning to run again. Hillary and her uneducated supporters claiming she is the best candidate because of her core group. If her group is so large, how come she lost so bad. Well, you people are uneducated and don't know any better. Thank goodness educated people are participating in this election. Else, uneducated people would have pick another trailer trash person for president. America need a very educated person in the highest office. Hillary supporters, go back to school and finish your education. Maybe, after getting a college degree, you will understand why educated people are not supporting her. We see through her in a way that you don't. This election proved that education is very very important in order to make a good decision.

    I wish a woman with a personality like Caroline Kennedy will run next time. Not this trailer trash Hillary Clinton with the lowest form of personality.


    Another prime example of a "highly educated" obama supporter.
    Truly pitiful. When this kool aid kiddie(and friends) matures and begins to gain some life experience (common sense) and intelligence, perhaps then they will be able to see past the end of their noses. Perhaps they will be able to see the Emperor has no clothes. Unfortunately for America that won't happen fast enough.
    One thing has been proven in this debate higher education does not equate with intelligence and common sense. Another proven point is the nastiness of obama and his supporters. I love the way obama starts it or his campaign people do then he steps back to take "the high road" all the while denying his culpability.

    No racists!
    No liars!
    No empty promises!
    Wheres your magic wand?

    May 27, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    "Deb May 27th, 2008 11:59 am ET
    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"
    She has already screwed up her chance of becoming President.
    Now, she's about to screw up her chance of becoming VP.

    Her "Kitchen Sink" strategy didn't work, and her "Scorched Earth" strategy won't work either.

    Obama has forced her to spend money she didn't have, so she's desperate.

    "If you can't beat 'm, Join 'em!"

    May 27, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. wwf

    For those who are attempting to get Hillary's name on the ballot in all 50 states, I hope you have tons of money. You have no idea how to do it, nor how much it will cost. Shows just how much you really know. Dream land again. Maybe Hillary will borrow you the money.

    May 27, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. Paul H

    Just want to remind the folks who say that Obama can't win in swing states because Hillary Clinton is doing well with certain demographics that the comparison in November will be with McCain and after a few months of campaigning directly against McCain Obama will look a lot better to the swing voters than he does now when some of them are fired up because of their allegiance to Hillary.

    And remember that the fact that Obama has brought many first-time voters into the process may make the conventional wisdom that US elections are about courting the center obsolete. Voter turnout has been low in the USA if there is even a 5% bump in turnout Obama will win in a walk because the people who don't usually vote ain't gonna be voting for McCain's offer of a third term of GWB.

    May 27, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. ber6964

    HP, that would be Mr. Barry to you. Loser if that is the best you can come with against Sen. Obama.

    May 27, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. Swalker327


    I strongly support Barack — but deep inside of me I want McCain to win just because I want to sit back and watch you idiots when the economy gets worse (and oh by the way it affects you most), oil prices continue to soar and you can't fill your pick-up trucks, your kids will continue to die in Iraq (mostly because they don't go to college and the military is their only hope), Roe v. Wade gets overturned, etc.


    OBAMA O8!!

    OBAMA '08!!

    May 27, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  22. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Wasn't it Daschle who masterminded the Democratic strategy in the Senate to vote on the authorization to invade Iraq so as to get it out of the way before the 2002 election?

    How'd that work out Tommy?

    Sorry to have to resort to name calling, but you're a moron.


    May 27, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  23. Obama Strong Arming America

    I am ashamed of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party this year. I am a liberal Democrat and I cannot believe how disgusting my fellow Ddemocrats behavior has been this primary season. They have launched an all out sexist and slanderous campaign to undermine Sen. Clinton. Obama's whole campaign strategy was to attack her character from the beginning. The Obama supporters and media who fell in line behind Obama have made the most disgraceful comments about Sen. Clinton on a very personal level. They have tried to strong arm the party and its establishment into supporting Obama. They are now being rude to McCain. And apparently, no one can challenge Obama onanything without fear of being called a racist or being charged with playing politics. I hope the Republicans take Obama to task and are not scared of challenging him as the Democrats have been.

    I am disgusted by the Democratic party this year – which has utterly acted undemocratic. The misogyny is disgraceful -from the liberals no less. What a sad day for American women. Plus, the disenfranchisement of Florida and Michigan voters (which Obama silently supports as shown by his blocking all revote efforts). Shameful

    I will write Hillary's name in November and will change my party registration to independent too.

    May 27, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. DJ

    I am black and will vote for Hillary/McCain. No racism here.

    May 27, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. carolflowery

    she will say when she answers the red phone, hello, this the President Clinton

    May 27, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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