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. D Fields, Worcester, MA

    I think there are large areas of the country, or of the electorate, who do not realize how extremely unhappy other parts of the electorate are about Bush, his policies, and the Rovian tactics over the past 8 years.

    And those people are going to be stunned, absolutely stunned, when Hillary is elected President–because they have told themselves that it couldn't happen, and everybody "they" know hates her.

    And it will not be "her fault" she is elected. In part, it will be because she can take a punch, and deliver one–probably better than Obama. And the Republicans will be punching, frantically, as she gets closer.

    The country gets the President it deserves. And some pent-up anger from a large swath of people, and the tactics of the Republicans, will likely make that President be Hillary.

    August 15, 2007 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. Jean , New York

    Hilary Clinton is a devisive, arrogant person who really has no business running for President. The statements she makes in her ad are at best reprehensible and at worst flat-out lies. This is the time for this country to be together and to show it's might and it's strength and all she does is highlight it shortcomings especially in the caliber of what we have to offer as presidential material. The terrorists and America's enemies are chomping at the bit hoping she is voted in as President – then all hell really will break loose. I say to Hilary – careful what you wish for – I predict if you are President you will not be able to handle what comes your way.

    August 15, 2007 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. Michelle, Mobile, AL

    When are people going to stop listening to these stupid, meaningless catch-phrases made up by politicians to get your votes? I for one won't be jumping on the bandwagon of anyone who would rather sling a few slogans than get down to the heart of the issues at hand.

    Don't get all caught up in the "Hillary Hype"... or anyone else's for that matter. I'm not going to elect a walking ad campaign for president, I'm going to elect the person I think will actually get the job done... who I feel has America's best interest at heart. Someone with genuine convictions, who realizes that it takes more than "well we'll just do this" to fix a problem.

    It's just a shame how many people get taken in by it. Ask the next person touting what a good president Hillary would be what she really believes in. Ask them what her stand is (and what her voting history is) on many of the issues we're hearing about on the news today. I bet they have no idea... but I also bet they can recite every catch phrase in her last 5 political ads.

    August 15, 2007 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  4. Margaret Lopez - Bullhead City - Arizona

    Hillary should clean her house before she starts throwing rocks, as her health care ideas never materialized. My family and I don't feel we need another Clinton in office, if it didn't work the first time how will it work the second around???

    August 15, 2007 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  5. Anikhet Chatterjee

    This is from the same Clinton who took her own family problems and blamed it on the GOP "right-wing conspiracy." Leave it to her to do another "feel sorry for me" flick with her "White House attcks Hillary" posting even though she initiated the fight.

    The White House would be bst advised not to respond to future attacks like that however, in order to avoid dignifying them. I think it was th e"troops" remark that caused the White House to lose its cool this time as that's something very personal to the President. He has avery emotional connection with them and visits with their families regularly and for any candidate to exploit the troops' families for political gain as Hillary did is really unconscionable."

    August 15, 2007 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  6. Anna, Woodbridge, VA

    Anyone who thinks our troops are not invisible to this administration needs to take a good look around. Extended and multiple tours of duty, mimimal time stateside to recoup, horrendous conditions at Walter Reed, long wait times (1 year +) for needed benefits, no government support for families left without a breadwinner for months, lack of needed equipment, sufficient body armor and armored vehicles (from day 1), replacing leaders who report matters as they really are, lying to exploit a death....and on and on.
    Sure, Bush visited Iraq for a photo opt, but that still doesn't mean he's ever served in combat. What a putz.

    August 15, 2007 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  7. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    Yeah, truth hurts, and so does efficiency. I'm not a big Hillary fan, and I'd be content not to see Bill hanging around so much, but here's some truth: she's a fiendishly efficient politician. She's right up in Bush's grill, honking her horn, forcing him to react, and in this case he jumped the way she wanted. She gets it done, and what we need right now is someone who will vigorously opppose these Anti-American Republicans and their plans to abolish the two-party system! I'd prefer someone less polarizing, and Obama did a good job making them all stand up when he said he'd confront hostile world leaders, but Hillary has the stuff we need right now. God Help US All. And the flying spaghetti monster too, we need all the help we can get....

    August 15, 2007 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. Jan, Nashua, NH

    I LOVE this woman!
    We're not taking anymore crap from the Bush/Cheney/Rove smear machine.
    And John Edwards et al need to learn how to do this.

    Upon retirement, Karl Rove implied Hillary Clinton was a formidable opponent while, once again, punking Edwards on the damn haircut.

    That's the difference between Clinton and the other candidates... Clinton scares the crap out of them. Unfortunately, they just make fun of the others.

    August 15, 2007 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. John S. Chicago, Illinois

    I ABSOLUTELY HATE OUR ADMINISTRATION. On that note, I think it is pathetic how Hilary gets her kicks by baiting every-single entity that she desires attacking by making vague blanket statements that essentially mean "nothing" to the public or anyone else, but turn out being subtle jabs at problems or situations that she has done nothing to fix herself. She is a pathetic bully, trying to intimidate everyone, everywhere she goes on this campaign trail. This is the EXACT SAME REPRESENTATION WE'VE HAD IN THE WHITEHOUSE FOR THE PAST 7 YEARS PEOPLE. PLEASE REALIZE THIS IS NOT HOW OUR GOVERNMENT SHOULD RUN.


    August 15, 2007 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. James, Conshohocken Pennsylvania

    "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."

    Hey Hillary, I suggest you take your own advice on this one... "You should not always say everything you think when you are running for president, because it can have consequences."

    August 15, 2007 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  11. Pete, T.S. FL

    It is sad that the only accomplishment this administration has is the misguided hatred of the Clintons by a bunch of republican Kool-Aid drinkers...

    Examine the facts people, and no not the ones spewed by FOX.

    The president cares about the big boys, he doesn't even care if they operate out of the U.S. or pay taxes here.

    He sees the troops as numbers and as is pawns. If he cared he would never have lied to America to send them to Iraq and let them die for nothing.

    My brothers and sisters are dying and you who still support this liar are as guilty as he.


    August 15, 2007 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  12. Ineeda Mann, Hoboken, NJ


    August 15, 2007 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  13. Jack Heim Ft. Worth TX

    She's tring to make some early points the wrong way. Must have forgotten Monica and White Water. Wait till the Swift Boaters show up.

    August 15, 2007 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  14. Gerry, Flushing, NY

    More sound bit slogans: Invisible America, The Other America, Contract With America, and so on, ad nauseum. All these slogans have one thing in common, they are mouthed by phoney politicians who are more concerned with the leg room of the corporate jets they fly in then the downward spiral in the quality of life that is slamming the majority of Americans today.

    August 15, 2007 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  15. Ron, Bethlehem, Pa.

    Hillary may or may not be the right person for the job, but the bone – headed guy occupying the Whitehouse now SURE hasn't carried the water. Good by George and don't let the door hit you in the butt when you leave...

    August 15, 2007 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. Ann Yarmal, Show Low, AZ 85901

    Perhaps she might add another blind spot, the lack of support for education. Ann Show Low, AZ

    August 15, 2007 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. S. Phillips Jacksonville, NC

    Shows you how dumb Hillary is to be proud of such stupid statements.

    August 15, 2007 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  18. Jean, Little Rock, AR via McPherson, KS

    It sounds like the ad is hitting a little too close to the White House and that is why they are taking such offense. I think the ad, although overstated, is probably mostly correct. I support our troops, but I think that the President and much of his administration don't see the individuals and therefore don't seem to be too concerned with their welfare and the welfare of their families here in the United States. As for the health care issue, too many people are without basic insurance and this has to be taken care of if we are going to move forward to being the strong nation we once were.

    August 15, 2007 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. Joyce, New Bern, NC

    Clinton's comments about families and single moms must have been true since the White House referred to it's support for Seniors medication, not health care or affordable day care!!!

    August 15, 2007 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. fatjoey,wilmington,de

    If you dont have health care why are you having children? is what she should be asking?

    August 15, 2007 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  21. Jeffrey Kress Old Bridge,NJ

    She is not only correct,she didn't even go nearly far enough!Bush helped all those seniors with HIS prescription plan?There are even MORE seniors and disabled that HIS plan hurt even more than it helped!Why else would the FDA permit seniors to get the prescriptions that they need from Canada,France and just about everywhere else in the world BUT HERE?Because HIS plan won't pay for them!
    The MOST CRUCIAL thing that has been invisible to George WORST Bush has been the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights.He has used them as toilet paper for his entire presidency!
    She didn't even get into Bush's total failure before,during and after Hurricane Katrina.Except for many photo ops well afterwards and a lot of empty promises.
    At least he's been consistent.He's pretty much ignored ALL Americans except those that have been buying influence at some very,very steep prices.
    His biggest problem has been trying to remember which lies he's supposed to be saying today!
    It's high time that George W himself and all the remaining thugs in his Administration became INVISIBLE FOR GOOD!

    August 15, 2007 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  22. V, Raleigh, NC

    So Bush has helped a bunch of seniors. WHO CARES. They are dying anyways. What about the youth who are stuck in poverty-stricken situations, not to mention unemployment and a plethora of other issues? We, the YOUTH, are the ones who are going to take over one day and Lo and Behold, it ain't gonna be a prett site.

    August 15, 2007 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. V, Raleigh, NC

    The only people helping the lower and middle class with prescription coverage is Walmart with their discount generic drug program. They sure are helping me!

    August 15, 2007 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. Andrew, Oakland, CA

    What is sad is that one of the few things Bush is good at is reaching out to our troops. I wasn't too impressed with the Clinton campaign before, but this really turns me off of her. I'll find someone else to support.

    August 15, 2007 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  25. Janice Durbin Bird, Muncie, Indiana

    It's true, plus the mess that has been created by "helping" the seniors get cheaper meds, the people who had/have private insurance past the time they were given to sign up for Medicare D, will be penalized when they do change over to D. This White House bunch of buffoons is a joke. I really would be supportive for impeachment. Please.

    August 15, 2007 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
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