I am quite shocked at a negative radio ad that is airing in MS from the Obama campaign. The following is from Cnn's Political Ticker
"(CNN) – Barack Obama’s campaign has debuted a new radio ad in Mississippi called "Respect," highlighting what they call “derogatory” remarks Hillary Clinton made about the state late last year.
The ad also argues that Obama will “practice his Christian faith by respecting us” — an apparent push-back against the false Muslim rumors that have dogged him throughout the campaign.
In the 30-second spot, former Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus, an Obama supporter, derides Clinton for comments she made last fall singling out the state’s record of electing female politicians.
"I was shocked when I learned Iowa and Mississippi have never elected a woman governor, senator or member of Congress," Clinton told the Des Moines Register in October. "There has got to be something at work here. How can Iowa be ranked with Mississippi? That's not the quality. That's not the communitarianism, that's not the openness I see in Iowa.'"
Mabus accuses the Clinton campaign of calling Mississippi voters “second class.”
“Now I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of people putting us down,” Mabus says in the ad. “Tired of politicians trying to divide our nation instead of lifting it up.”
Mississippi voters head to the polls next Tuesday, March 11, with 33 Democratic delegates at stake.
– CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby
Apparently, the SCRIPT of the ad itself can be found here at AOL news
and is as follows:
"You know, now that Hillary Clinton is campaigning here in Mississippi, she likes to say how important we are," Mabus says in the ad. "But just a few months ago when she was campaigning in Iowa, she told them she was shocked Iowa could be ranked with Mississippi on anything. And her campaign even called voters in states like Mississippi 'second class'.
"Obama will unite not divide", Governor Mabus continues. "He'll take on special interest and not take their money. And he'll practice his Christian faith by respecting us."
Now, read up and compare what she ACTUALLY said about elected women compared to the radio ad. Absolutely disgusting!
Personally, I find her quote to be something positive and shows that she has been taking an ACTIVE stance in ending discrimination against women and making efforts to further equal representation in elected bodies.
Maybe I'm just being cynical, but if the roles were reversed and Obama was being critical of states for not supporting a representative portion of black elected officials it would be a career killer to paint it in a negative light :( /sigh