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Daschle Stars in New Ad for Obama

Former senator Tom Daschle has emerged as a leading surrogate and spokesman for Barack Obama. The latest proof: The former Senate Democratic leader is starring in a 30-second spot called "Straight" that's airing in Daschle's home state of South Dakota.

Daschle has been mentioned as a potential Obama running-mate or chief of staff in an Obama White House. The ad also mentions that Sen. Tim Johnson (D) is backing Obama.

The Mount Rushmore State and Montana are the grand finale to the 2008 Democratic primaries. Obama is leading in both states, according to polls. Daschle lost his Senate seat in 2004 to Sen. John Thune (R), who is also considered a potential running-mate for John McCain.

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  May 26, 2008; 9:25 PM ET Ad Watch , Barack Obama
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Daschle's alright

I'm also a fan of Richardson, but I could go for a two-midwesterners ticket with Chicago's Obama and South Dakota's Daschle...

Might make more midwestern states as a whole go Democratic.

A New Yorker candidate would not have helped to keep making Democrats a more national party.

Obama-Daschle will make McCain-anybody else fight harder in the competitive midwest which is already sick of the last 8years too.

Obama-Richardson would similarly strengthen the Democrats' prospects in Western states.

Would Clinton show the loyalty to embrace Richardson after the Primary nastiness?

Posted by: eljefejesus | May 26, 2008 11:45 PM

Daschle's alright

I'm also a fan of Richardson, but I could go for a two-midwesterners ticket with Chicago's Obama and South Dakota's Daschle...

Might make more midwestern states as a whole go Democratic.

A New Yorker candidate would not have helped to keep making Democrats a more national party.

Obama-Daschle will make McCain-anybody else fight harder in the competitive midwest which is already sick of the last 8years too.

Obama-Richardson would similarly strengthen the Democrats' prospects in Western states.

Would Clinton show the loyalty to embrace Richardson after the Primary nastiness?

Posted by: eljefejesus | May 26, 2008 11:51 PM

Two words: Chuck Hagel.

Four more: If he is willing.

Posted by: Aaron | May 27, 2008 12:46 AM

Where are these South Dakota poll results to be found? (Or any for Puerto Rico or Montana?) I do not see them in the same places I found all the states and territories up til now.

Or at this point are we down to internal polling that is not public, but which reporters have learned about?

Posted by: Fairfax Voter | May 27, 2008 1:15 AM

Loser Daschle is EXACTLY what Obama needs, yeah, GO DASCHLE.......

Posted by: Anonymous | May 27, 2008 1:18 AM

Obama will have to consider a couple of points as he makes his choice. Here are a few of them:

Woman (other than Clinton)
Someone with executive experience (Governor, etc.)
Someone with Defense and/or foreign affairs experience.
Someone he likes and trusts at his back.

Here are a few examples:

Kathleen Sebelius - Governor of Kansas (daughter of former Governor of Ohio)

Chuck Hagel - retiring republic Senator from Nebraska (vigorous anti-bush/anti Iraq war veteran of Vietnem.

Bill Richardson - Governor of New Mexico former ambassador and Secretary of Energy

Ed Rendell - Governor of Pennsylvania and Clinton surrogate.

Sam Nunn - former Senator from Georgia and renown expert on foreign affairs.

Chris Dodd - Senator from CT and an expert on finance and our economy

Joe Biden - Senator from DE and an acknowleged expert on Foreign policy.

Posted by: GandalftheGrey | May 27, 2008 1:25 AM

Fairfax Voter,

Go to Pollster.com for polls.

Also, a poll was done in Puerto Rico in early April, but a lot of people don't put much faith in it - done by a newspaper that does not have a background in conducting a poll, among other things.

Look around the net for other information and you'll find it.

For instance, Mason-Dixon just did one for Montana, not only for state-wide, but breaking down the poll by Eastern District and Western District (dramatic differences in that poll between the two districts).

Posted by: Critter69 | May 27, 2008 1:30 AM

Chuck Hagel.

Posted by: borage | May 27, 2008 5:19 AM

What is the importance of a Daschle endorsement? If I am not mistaken his constituency voted him out because he was so weak. Kerry, Daschle and Obama go together. Make Obama the nominee and once again Dems will be sending the weakest candidate into the fight.

Posted by: tiredofit | May 27, 2008 5:53 AM

Clinton has taken Kentucky and Obama is right there in Oregon.
The Democratic race for nomination is still very much alive - and most likely to be decided by superdelegates - as CNN points out clearly

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/05/20/primary.wrap/index.html

If you're tired of waiting around for those super delegates to make a decision already, go to LobbyDelegates.com and push them to support Clinton or Obama

If you haven't done so yet, please write a message to each of your state's superdelegates at http://www.lobbydelegates.com

Obama Supporters:

Sending a note to current Obama supporters lets them know it's appreciated, sending a note to current Clinton supporters can hopefully sway them to change their vote to Obama, and sending a note to the uncommitted folks will hopefully sway them to vote for Obama. It's that easy...

Clinton Supporters too .... !

It takes a moment, but what's a few minutes now worth to get Clinton in office?! Those are really worth !

Sending a note to current Clinton supporters lets them know it's appreciated, sending a note to current Obama supporters can hopefully sway them to change their vote to Clinton, and sending a note to the uncommitted folks will hopefully sway them to vote for Clinton. It's that easy...

Posted by: feeba | May 27, 2008 6:04 AM

OK! HOPE HILLARY WILL BE OVER SOON.

Posted by: john | May 27, 2008 6:45 AM

@ tiredofit

Daschle always had enemies among many die-hard Republicans in South Dakota. Independents helped defeat him. The primary, however, is South Dakota Democrats, for whom Daschle remains a beloved figure, and with good reason.

Posted by: Thor | May 27, 2008 7:19 AM

My American friends,

Please stop stressing yourselves out! This debacle for the Presidential Nomination will be over soon.

For what it's worth...My opinion looking in from the outside, is simply this.

The Superdelegates are biding their time while giving Hillary as much rope as she needs to h**g herself! Don't try to push them, it is my firm opinion that they really know what they are doing.

Just think about Bill's stupid remarks about an almost Universal Cover-up, to fool the public that his wife is more electable!

The Clintons' will grasp at anything, in the hopes of taking the White House back. Just be patient and trust the Superdelegates!

Posted by: Ilona Proud Canadian | May 27, 2008 10:12 AM

Daschle has done well in selecting transition team people for Obama, -- by his standards. Using the George Soros-funded left-liberal Center for American Progress list, a Harvard yearbook and a Brookings Institution cadre of policy wonks, he has quite the collection.

What's in it for Daschle? The Obama camp is hinting that Daschle will be offered the vice presidency or White House chief of staff. Perhaps Daschle's wife, Linda Hall Daschle, a former Miss Kansas, could be convinced to give up her high-powered lobbying.

Posted by: EDR | May 27, 2008 11:15 AM

Chuck Hagel is my man

Posted by: Jay | May 27, 2008 11:17 AM

Bill and Hillary Clinton: The reason that you got as far as you did was because you spoke in "code" language to the southern states. When you 2 got desperate, you used the "race" card without any provocation what so ever! You 2 have used politics of divide/conquer the very political theme that's been going on in Washington, DC. This is a new era and we want a "fresh" face politician. That politician is Sen. Barack Obama. He is drama-free, he's not whining. And you guys have been "whining" since South Carolina when Bill compared Obama to Jackson's presidential run! Right before an election and someone please note as I have: The Clintons will with great purpose say something to "ignite" and make like they desperately need the voters help. And, to the Clinton's supporters they have fed you negative race food! You have swallowed these ingredients and it's making you look extraordinarily ignorant! Read your bible. All men were BLACK at one time! We all came from the same seed: EVE in AFRICA! So, your hatred is misplaced and you're going to send yourselves to an early grave! Peace To You!

Obama Supporters Have No Drama - Just like the candidate we are focused!

Posted by: change | May 27, 2008 11:37 AM

I DO WISH THAT ALL YOU OBAMA STAR STRUCK PEOPLE WOULD WAIT UNTIL THE DECISION IS MADE AS TO WHO THE DEM. NOMINEE WILL BE BEFORE HAVING HIM SEARCH FOR A VP. YOU HAVE TO BE THE NOMINEE BEFORE YOU DO THAT AND "HE HAS NOT BEEN MADE THE NOMINEE YET", GET IT? DO NOT COUNT YOUR CHICKENS BEFORE THEY HATCH, OK?

Posted by: smaggie | May 27, 2008 11:38 AM

Chuck Hagel is my man

Posted by: Jay | May 27, 2008 11:17 AM

YOU CERTAINLY CAN HAVE HIM, IF HIS WIFE SAYS ITS OK. GLADLY TAKE HIM!

Posted by: smaggie | May 27, 2008 11:41 AM

WEBB. I leave it to you!

Posted by: We the People | May 27, 2008 12:21 PM

ed okefe from BC, ANA'S brother!

Posted by: Rafiq-from-BETHLEHEM | May 27, 2008 12:29 PM

Tom Daschle has excellent gifts to serve as VP and the great thing is that Obama would not have to take him out of a senate seat or governor's office. Perfect.

Posted by: Gaias Child | May 27, 2008 12:44 PM

Colin Powell. If you like Hagel, you gotta like Powell.

Posted by: Wilbur | May 27, 2008 12:46 PM

I can't believe a major party is on the verge of nominating an embarrassment like Barack Obama.

The world initially declared Bush an idiot after just making a few mistakes.

This guy Obama makes one mistake after another. And the media is proclaiming him a genius...this looks really bad to the rest of the world....the world is going "is this the guy americans consider a genius?"

True lot of people started out with favourable impression of this guy but it has gone way downhill since then.

Guy flip flops on issues all the time. Says one thing today and changes it tomorrow as if he doesn't even remember what he said just the day before.

Mixes up all the names.

Weak on facts. The guy chairs the Subcommittee on European Affairs which basically overseas Afghanistan because of NATO...and this guy Obama went and said they speak arabic.

Well I suppose we shouldn't be surprised. After all this is the guy who though he was a foreign policy expert because he spent two weeks in Pakistan when he was was a college student :)

Next the guy will think that Mars is an American State....what will that be like the 58th state?

The guy might have been smart a lifetime ago but obviously too much cocaine use has fried his brain.


Please Please save us anymore embarrassment and get this guy to drop out. We really don't need a guy who is considered to be dumber than Bush.

Posted by: Embarrassed | May 27, 2008 12:47 PM

Obama is the presumptive nominee, the eggs have hatched, and a new world awaits! I sympathize with all the women who supported Clinton because of the common bond of sexism which women have endured. Her run was a giant step forward and Obama must include equal consideration of gender in any work he does towards resolving the inequities that permeate our society.

Posted by: TruthIsGold | May 27, 2008 1:16 PM

Glad to see one more enlioghtened individual who understands that the Clintons have no place in the Whithouse!!!!!

Posted by: chet mccabe | May 27, 2008 1:39 PM

Tom Daschle is a well-respected member of the Democratic Party, not just in South Dakota. He represents the interests of many, many like-minded voters. I'd rather see him in a Cabinet position than as VP, though.

Richardson as VP brings with him several excellent qualifications as a go to guy on Energy, Foreign Relations AND Immigration.

For example: His plan for curbing the illegal alien migration into the US is tough, but fair. It includes background checks, a requirement to learn English, payment of back taxes, fines for being here illegally, a six year wait before applying for Resident status, followed by a five year wait to apply for citizenship, along with stepped up border patrols and a proper barrier fence.

The only problem I have with his plan is to implement the Real ID card in order to keep track of these "immigrants". I think low jacking ID cards for temporary workers and resident aliens is fine (except for medical info!) but once you are a citizen, having all your pertinent information in one place is just asking to have your identity stolen. Not to mention, the right of American citizens to be secure in their persons, papers and documents. And why would I trust some underpaid, overworked state employee to "vet" my info? Right now, I can't even get Social Security to put my proper date of birth (the one that's been on my birth certificate for 49 years and my drivers license for 30) on my Medicaid card after trying for the last 18 months!

Posted by: gavrielle_laposte | May 27, 2008 1:59 PM

Gotta respond to 'embarrassed'. First of all, however dumb our leaders may be, you don't have to be embarrassed to be an American or embarrassed of America. I say this as an American who has been living abroad for the last 8 years. It's not a reflection on you personally. Sometimes when our leaders do horrible or ignorant things, or have trouble speaking intelligently, we do need to be a bit thick-skinned because people around the world expect more from America and Americans than they do from their own people or governments. That's natural, as America is the world's only superpower and global cop. What happens in Washington affects people around the world every bit as much as it affects people inside the US---sometimes more.

That said, people want to believe in America, even after 8 years of Bush. They don't know much yet about Obama, but most are optimistic and hopeful about him. They know he was against the war in Iraq from the start.

American prestige around the world will triple overnight the day Obama is elected, and even if he is mediocre (personally, I think he'll be very good), American prestige will be much higher than during the last 8 years. This will help us on pressing environmental, economic, and defense issues.

Posted by: stan | May 27, 2008 2:23 PM


We are reaching the 15th round of the fight.

So far, Obama is 14-6.

Almost impossible unless the referees (superdelegates) are bribed, drunk or asleep throughout the fight.

Will there be 15th round knockout ie Montana, S Dakota and Puerto Rico all voted for Hillary and Obama has zilch. And the referees decide to change rules of the fight (read Florida and Michigan).

Or as the Clintons wanted: Just because you think you can win the Super Bowl, you don't want to accept the results of the AFL match.

Bookies's money: Its on Obama, whichever way the Clinton supporters whinge and whine.

If not: Read this article that analyses why Clinton began as a the candidate to win the White House to become a loser in a Democratic nominee

Posted by: Frabj | May 27, 2008 4:30 PM

Posted by: Frabj | May 27, 2008 4:33 PM

to Embarrassed:

Sorry, but you are talking through a hole in your head! I am from the "rest of the world' and can assure you that Barack Obama is seen as anything but an embarrassment. He is extremely well regarded internationally and the US could do itself no better favour than to nominate this man for the Presidency. Anti-US sentiment would dissolve dramatically if he is successful.

Posted by: Dianne | May 27, 2008 5:44 PM

On the 7th day from today, we can all take a rest, though I'm absolutely certain that Clinton will not give it a rest. There are many good choices for Obama's VP, but Clinton would be a disaster and is untrustworthy. I would never vote for Clinton as she is as sleazy as one gets, and I sure don't want Bill anywhere near the WH again; so Clinton is out, no matter what. McBush is also out, for obvious reasons. So, I may have to vote for Barr is Clinton is on the ticket.

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