Ex-Gov. Helps Obama Sling Mississippi Mud
Mabus deplores divisiveness, Clinton's 'derogatory' statements
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2008 4:10 PM CST
Mississippi State Sen. Willie Simmons, left, joins colleague Kenny Jones, center, and Canton, Miss., Mayor Fred Esco in laughing with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during her address...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A Barack Obama radio ad airing in Mississippi ahead of Tuesday’s primary features the ex-governor arguing that Hillary Clinton looks down on the state, CNN reports. Entitled “Respect,” the ad refers to remarks Clinton made about a lack of elected female officials in Iowa, when she said, “How can Iowa be ranked with Mississippi? That’s not the quality.”

"I’m tired of people putting us down," Ray Mabus says in the ad, Time reports, calling Clinton's statement “derogatory" and adding that her camp called Mississippi voters “second class.” The spot airing across the state, where 33 delegates are at stake, also says Obama will “practice his Christian faith by respecting us.”