October 23rd, 2008
11:00 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama uses Mellencamp to appeal to Hoosiers in new radio ad

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/23/art.bojccamp1023.gi.jpg caption="John Mellencamp joined Sen. Obama at an Indiana campaign event in April."]
(CNN) – Sen. Barack Obama’s latest pitch to Indiana voters: hometown rocker John Mellecamp.

The Illinois senator’s campaign has launched a radio spot there that features the state’s favorite son and longtime Obama supporter.

“I’ve seen a lot of small towns, but now I’m seeing small towns across America dying,” Mellencamp says in the ad. “Folks losing their jobs and their homes… eight years of George Bush have really hurt. And – John McCain is just more of the same.”

Click here to listen to the ad

Last week, the Republican National Committee’s independent expenditure unit announced that it was re-directing its advertising efforts to focus on traditionally Republican states including Indiana.

In CNN’s last Indiana poll released on October 7, 51 percent of likely voters supported Sen. John McCain and 46 percent backed Obama. Pres. Bush won the state by 21 points four years ago and Democrats have not carried the state since 1964.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Indiana • Political ads
soundoff (156 Responses)
  1. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Kewl! No hillbilly music!

    October 23, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. Spencer/N.N., Virginia

    Strategically, Sen. Obama has beat John McCain when it comes to attacking. As he said previously, they may throw the first punch, but we'll throw the last one.



    October 23, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. Wacky Obacky

    And just what on earth could Obama possibly offer these small town folks in America – those who he has ridiculed as being bible-toting, gun-clinging hayseeds. More taxes? More government jobs and handouts to his inner city cronies? Just what?

    October 23, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  4. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    John McCain picked Palin as a VP running mate without ever asking her what are the VP's responsibilities. I don't know anyone who has ever applied for a job without being asked that question or reading the job description. With that said, I can understand why John McCain would never be willing to sit down and negoiate with other countries, he'll just start bombing with no questions asked.

    October 23, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. Kpawlak

    Who cares.

    October 23, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. Women for Obama/Biden

    Whoever that is still out there that thinks McCain can handle crisis is as confused as McCain. It took Mccin till today to denounce Bush wow.

    October 23, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
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