[3rd UPDATE] Obama Plays Race Card Again: "Hillary Clinton does not respect our people."
by lonnette33, Thu Jan 17, 2008 at 05:09:57 PM EST
Las Vegas, Nevada During a Get Out the Caucus rally in Las Vegas today, John Edwards made the following statement calling on Senator Obama to denounce the UNITE HERE radio ads. Just a few days ago, on a stage where all three of us were participating in the debate, there was a discussion of putting behind us and stopping the race politics that had been going on for a few days before that between Senator Clinton and Senator Obama. And everyone pledged that this kind of divisive politics that divides the Democratic Party and could divide America would come to an end. Senator Obama made that pledge. I was sitting five feet from him when I heard him say it. And now it turns out that in the last twenty-four hours, there's a radio ad that's being runa malicious radio ad attacking Senator Clinton. That is exactly that kind of divisive politics. It's being run right here in Las Vegas. I denounce it. This kind of ad, I don't care who's doing itin this case it's Senator Obama's supportersbut this sort of thing needs to stop. And from what I've seen, Senator Obama has not said a single word about this. Nothing when two days ago, three days ago, he sat on a stage in front of America and said this kind of politics had no place in America. That is divides America. It divides the Democratic Party. And he denounced it. Well, now it's happening by his supporters right here in this campaign twenty-four hours before the caucuses. And what I have to say is he should speak up. If he really means what he saysand this is not just talkhe should speak up and denounce this kind of divisive politics. It is not what the Democratic Party needs. It is not what America needs. And let me say this very clearly, vis-a-vis Senator Obama, I will not divide America. I will unite America.Update [2008-1-18 10:15:25 by lonnette33]: Taylor Marsh just posted her take on this one and it is superb.
Update [2008-1-18 10:20:9 by lonnette33]: Statement from Clinton Campaign Spokesperson Phil Singer-which ties into the point BTD, SteveM and others made in the tread.
In Iowa, Senator Obama and his campaign went out of his way to attack labor unions for independently promoting other candidates. But in Nevada, hes looking the other way as they falsely attack his opponents. That's wrong. Senator Obama shouldn't be saying one thing about independent groups in Iowa and another in Nevada. While we clearly disagree with the attacks being made against us, we do respect the right of labor unions to participate in the process. Senator Obama apparently has no problem with groups running ads as long as they attack others. While thats audacious, its certainly not hopeful.
Obama's labor allies aired a radio ad and re-injects ethnicity into the DEM primary.
Please read the entire article here:
http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0 108/UniteHERE_ad_Hillary_Clinton_does_no t_respect_our_people.html
Hillary Clinton does not respect our people," the ad says in Spanish (original and Clinton campaign translation after the jump), referring to the lawsuit that failed today to shut down special caucus sites on Las Vegas' strip.
Sen. Obama is defending our right to vote. Sen. Obama wants our votes. He respects our votes, our community, and our people. Sen. Obama's campaign slogan is 'Si Se Puede.' Vote for a president who respects us, and who respects our right to vote," the ad says, according to a transcript provided by the Clinton campaign and confirmed in part by a union official.
It calls Senator Clinton "shameless" and says the fact that her allies were fighting to stop voters from being able to participate in caucus sites at casinos on the Las Vegas strip was "unforgiveable".
Dolores Huerta, a longtime Hispanic labor leader who supports Clinton had to say this:
It's pathetic and it's sad and it's unfortunate that they have to stoop so low.
She said she had never met Obama in her years of working on Hispanic causes, and suggested the ad was prompted by his lack of Hispanic support.
A spokesman for Obama, Bill Burton, did not condemn the ad or the independent spending specifically, but instead attacked Clinton.
Sen. Obama believes, and has said clearly, that campaigns should fund themselves and discourages supporters from spending outside the campaign," he said, and echoed the charges in the ad. "Coming from a campaign that is repeatedly launching absolutely false attacks against Sen. Obama, it takes some chutzpah. The facts is their camp clearly would like to have worker's voices silences and they need to live with that unfortunate position.
HRC fights back aganist the ad. Read the article here on abcnews.com
Every single sentence is a personal attack on Hillary Clinton," said Maria Echaveste of the Clinton campaign, speaking to reporters on a conference call this afternoon.
Echaveste called the ads "misleading" and "outrageous". "Particularly by saying in Spanish that Hillary Clinton does not respect Latinos. And that is just so far from the truth that it makes my mouth drop," she said.
Honesty MyDD, I don't know how much more of Obama I can take.