Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are out with new television ads in the state, where voters go to the polls next Tuesday, June 3rd, the last primary day on the calendar.
Obama's spot features former Senate Democratic leader and South Dakotan Tom Daschle, who talks about the struggles those in the state are facing due to the costs of gas and groceries. The spot appears designed to counter the criticism that Obama is out-of-touch with blue-collar values.
"He's rooted in the same values as most South Dakotans," Daschle says of Obama. "He has an understanding of America, rural and urban alike. He will talk to us straight. We've needed that in this country for a long time."
Clinton's South Dakota spot, "Responsibility," opens with a knock on President Bush.
"We are nine trillion dollar debt," Clinton says as the spot opens, after which an announcer adds: "George Bush's spending has sent the economy into a tailspin and put social security in jeopardy."
Clinton then states, "We borrow money from the Chinese to buy oil from the Saudis." The announcer follows with a promise that "Clinton will stop spending money America doesn't have. She'll end fifty five billion dollars in giveaways to corporate special interests, reduce the deficit and protect Social Security."
Clinton then vows to "get us back to fiscal responsibility."
Clinton is also out with a sixty-second radio ad in the state criticizing those who suggest that the Democratic race is over. In it, an announcer says, "just because South Dakota comes last in the primaries doesn't mean we shouldn't be heard loud and clear." Read the full script below.
Announcer: In Washington, some people say the presidential primary in South Dakota doesn't much matter. That your voice doesn't really count.
But you know what?
Tuesday, we can show 'em.
We can pick a President.
After all, just because South Dakota comes last in the primaries doesn't mean we shouldn't be heard loud and clear.
And we can pick the candidate who'll stand up for us.
She's tackling the national debt that George Bush is leaving us – nine trillion dollars – because she knows we've got to stop borrowing money from the Chinese to buy oil from the Saudis. Hillary knows we've got to stop spending money we don't have so we can protect social security and get back to fiscal responsibility.
Hillary Clinton will turn this economy around. We've done it before. We can do it again.
Tuesday. Get out and vote. Let South Dakota be heard.
Stand up for Hillary Clinton. She'll always stand up for us.