August 15th, 2007
02:55 PM ET
11 years ago

White House calls Clinton ad 'outrageous,' 'absurd'

The White House responded to Clinton's first campaign ad Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush has repeatedly said he won't weigh in on the presidential race yet, but that didn't stop a White House spokesperson from calling Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton's first campaign ad "outrageous."

The ad, which started running in Iowa Tuesday, shows Clinton at a recent campaign rally saying, "If you're a family that is struggling and you don't have health care, you are invisible to this president. If you're a single mom trying to find affordable child care so you can go to work, you're invisible too."

She is also seen saying the president treats the troops in "Iraq and Afghanistan as though they were invisible as well."

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino sharply fired back to the Clinton's allegations Tuesday in a press conference, saying "This is a president who, first and foremost, has helped millions of seniors across the country have access to prescription drugs at a much lower cost." (Related video: The politics of healthcare)

"As to whether or not our troops are invisible to this president, I think that is absurd and that it is unconscionable that a member of Congress would say such a thing," Perino added.

The Clinton campaign seemed delighted the White House highlighted the ad, immediately flagging Perino's comments on its Web site with the headline, "White House Attacks Hillary's New Ad."

Clinton herself shot back at the Perino's comments while campaigning in Dubuque, Iowa Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

"Apparently I've struck a nerve, the White House just attacked me a few minutes ago," she said. "Not only have I said it and am saying it, I will keep saying it because I happen to believe it."

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (490 Responses)
  1. Henry, Tucker GA

    "White House Attacks Hillary's New Ad."

    Classic Clinton campaigning – attack another person/party... and then cry foul when they swing back.

    I only hope America sees Hillary and her campaign for what it is – a lost cause.

    August 14, 2007 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. Allen, Jacksonville, Florida

    I think CNN is also "delighted" the White House highlighted the ad.

    I've noticed nearly every Hillary item gets top billing on this political ticker, even after newer items are posted.

    Guys, I consider this particular page the one redeeming quality of CNN. Please don't mess it up as well.

    August 14, 2007 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  3. M.Fitch

    Senator Clinton is right the Bush administration has done nothing for the working and middle class person and families. He's only interested in helping the rich republicans who follow him and that crowd is dwindling too!! Bush behaves as though he hates us- he cares nothing for what the majority of Americans want... Look at any poll..We are invisible to him and his administration. George just get out of the White House and go back to Texas!! You never really wanted the job any way-for the good of the nation he should just leave now with Rove and take a permanent vacation (take Cheney with you).

    August 14, 2007 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. David, Salinas, CA

    Here's a link to the ad:


    August 14, 2007 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  5. VanReuter NY NY

    The White House attacks, and so do the anti-Clintonistas. One hopes that they are all foolish Republican supporters of this failed, inept Bush administration.
    You know she's got them on the run, when they go after a campaign ad. Thanks for the free publicity, RNC!

    August 14, 2007 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  6. Ballbright

    Ugh ....Hillary...

    I'm a democrat from Arkansas, and I'd be more apt to vote for republican Mike Huckabee than I would for Hillary.

    August 14, 2007 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  7. Mark, Sacramento, CA

    How cool is that?!? The tall, lanky cowboy-hat totin' man walking in the rural setting with Hillary EVEN LOOKS A LOT LIKE GEORGE H.W. BUSH (Bush Sr.)!!! Woo-hooo!!! Love it! No wonder it got Georgey Jr's blood boiling! Now, even HIS OWN FATHER is against him! Maybe THAT would get his attention, hmmm?!?

    August 14, 2007 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  8. Mike

    VanReuter –

    Spoken like a true partisan zombie. Way to keep em on the run. LOL.

    August 14, 2007 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. J.Logan,Centreville,Virginia

    The Clintons will try anything to smear anyone. That is what they are known for. Its a pity that a member of Congress would play into the hands of our enemy. But then, again, Hillary doesn't know any other way to play in the sandbox

    August 14, 2007 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  10. james st. louis, MO

    The Clintons are crooks, self-serving, and very, very unethical.

    When is anyone gonna call them out!

    Get a grip folks.

    August 14, 2007 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  11. F. Anthony, Long Island, New York

    "White House Atack's Hillary's New Ad"

    Classic Hillary in that this posting on her web site neglects to mention that the White House is simply rebutting her disgusting attack suggesting the President or the country doesn't care about our troops. That must be a real morale booster for those who serve coming from a member of the Senate. Thanks for once again reminding me that it is an embarassment to have you as my Senator!

    August 14, 2007 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  12. Mott, Memphis, TN

    Where is Lou Dobbs when I need him? Can somebody please tell me how the middle class have benefited from Bush's Healthcare plan? There are millions of US Citizens "Invisible" to this Administration. White House stop crying foul and move over for a NEW President-Hiliary Rodham Clinton!

    August 14, 2007 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  13. pl, at the UN, for a while.

    I am not American. I cannot vote. But I can observe.

    What did Ms Rodham Clinton say? "I want America to distribute some basic necessities on a universal basis". Well, what is wrong with that? Most of the rest of the world already does it! And without any money!

    August 14, 2007 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  14. Rodney Womack, Juneau, Alaska

    Hill can say anything she wants without qualify her statements or offering supporting information. What difference does it make which party is in power. They are ALL corrupt, lying, cheats who year after year grant themselves higher wages, 100% health care coverage (for life) and a slew of other benfits that the vast majority of Americans will never afford. Hillary must think she "sees the people" better than most uber-millionaire, lawyer, do-nothing politician.

    August 14, 2007 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    The truth hurts!

    John Duncan
    Odessa, Texas

    August 14, 2007 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  16. Jim Gamberton High Springs, FL

    Perhaps the Party is beginning to realize what a loose cannon Ms.Clinton really is. Her attitude, deportment and message are offensive to me and I am a Democrat, a veteran and a prouid American.....many thisngs that the woman will never understand. Please, do us all a favor and remove yourself before you divide the party completely.

    August 14, 2007 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  17. Gary Clements, San Antonio, TX

    This woman is even scarier than her husband. What a NO CLASS ad. Heaven help us if she is elected.

    August 14, 2007 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  18. Patrick Peavy Plano, TX

    Hillary you have me in your corner! Let's take on the Right Wing Machine!

    August 14, 2007 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  19. Dave, Palm Springs, CA

    Of course the White House is outraged by Hillary's remarks. They're true.

    Bush's policies enrich his wealthy cronies and turn the middle class into working poor. His abuse of the military to secure Iraqi oil rights for US and UK oil companies, under the transparent guise of creating democracy in the Middle East would be laughable, if it weren't so tragic.

    Give 'em Hell, Hillary!

    August 14, 2007 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  20. Jessica, Keystone, CO

    Perino-you are outrageous too!! Don't be blind! This president sucks and you are unconstituional for following him regardless if we are supposed to support our president. Why would you support someone who ignores the constitution, that is my leader when a man like bush interferes with what our founding fathers created for my own good. Leave Hillary alone and anyone else who is in desent of your dictator! It is AMERICA and we are ALLOWED to desent anyone we please!!!!!!!!!!! Drop the unconstitional crap if he can't even be constitutional. You're absurd for reprimanding someone for using free speech you bush loving lunatic; oh and I don't capitalize his name for a reason; he doesn't deserve it in my book.

    August 14, 2007 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  21. Dave, Gardnerville, NV

    Notice that the White House spokeswoman didn't refute the claims in the ad only added what Bush has done for seniors and prescription medicine. And with many going to Canada and online to get their meds,that is questionable.

    August 14, 2007 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  22. JW SLC, UT


    August 14, 2007 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  23. batzmaru, USA

    "As to whether or not our troops are invisible to this president, I think that is absurd and that it is unconscionable that a member of Congress would say such a thing," Perino added.

    It just goes to show, once again, this administration "demonizing" anyone who objects, criticizes or actually contemplates the realities of this failed administration. Way to go Carl Rove, you taught the Republicans well.

    August 14, 2007 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  24. Jeff, Columbia SC

    Some things are true even when Hillary says them – we ARE invisible, until we vote this shallow, heedless and truly evil gang out of power. The prescription drug "benefit" is a joke appreciated only by the creators of Harry and Louise.

    August 14, 2007 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  25. James, Phoenix AZ

    "This president sucks and you are unconstituional for following him regardless if we are supposed to support our president. "

    Wow Jessica, you'll have to point to the new law which makes a person "unconstitutional" for being a spokesperson for the White House.


    Oh don't you worry – the RNC plans on giving Hillary PLENTY of free advertising – reminding the American people about Rose Law Firm, White Water, Vince Foster, Monica, Paula, Kathleen, Jaunita, FBI Files, Travel-gate, Failed Health-scare, voting FOR Iraq, Voting For funding the war then being against the war (Kerry-esque).

    Oh there will be plenty of ads mentioning Hillary should she be given the nomination.

    August 14, 2007 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
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