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. Miriam Fort Worth Texas

    You go Hillary !! I can hardly wait until you are president,the house will go back to the people.
    Lil Bush and his Lil Cronies need to go back from the caves the came from and shooting people in the face.
    I am so sick of these self serving a–holes! They do not care about anyone but themselves........Go Hillary what a glorious day it will be.....

    August 15, 2007 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. Bill Klise, San Antonio, Texas

    Let's face it, all politicans will say anything to get elected.
    Getting elected to a political office is a career,
    not serving the people.
    Politicians serve themselves, not the people.
    It's all about the rich getting richer, and the middle class
    getting poor.

    August 15, 2007 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. Joan, Cincinnati, OH

    Interesting isn't it how the White House responds with its senior citizen prescription assistance theme which doesn't ANSWER the allegations that Clinton makes. She specifically mentions families and single mothers, not senior citizens. Diversion is an old tactic, but there is so much wrong with this administration it just doesn't work in this instance. The reason Clinton's words sting Mr. Bush is because they're true!

    August 15, 2007 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. PL, MQT, MI

    if you think this adminstration cares about you, you are not only invisible, you are blind.

    August 15, 2007 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. Tony, Richmond, VA

    I wish you people, including Hillary, were educated on Healthcare. I have not heard her tell me how she plans on paying for this universal healthcare. What you may not understand is that citizens of countries that have universal healthcare have to pay for it through taxes. It's not free like most of you morons think it will be. You will end up paying a couple thousand dollars for it! So with this healthcare plan the poor will pay higher taxes, the middle class that do not have health insurance through their work will pay more taxes, and the rich will probably pay about the same as they do now. The lower and middle classes are not invisible to Hillary, they are just uneducated pawns.

    August 15, 2007 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. Enocc Lincoln, NE

    Clinton's ad has a lot of truth to it, that's why perini couldn't answer anything that was said in the ad. Since when was voicing an opinion unconstitutional?? If bush knew what it was like to work for a living then maybe he would be in touch with the vast majority of america. i'm not for Clinton or against but at least she has the courage to say what's on most american's mind. at least the people in the middle and lower class.

    August 15, 2007 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. Rob, Panama City Beach - Florida

    There is no government healthcare...

    There is no child care cheap enough to cover the rise in gas prices...

    Walter Reid is not providing troops the care they need...

    Sounds as if she stated facts. Now if the republicans don't want to hear facts, maybe Hilary could use fear and talk about how Russia or Iran is going to blow up half the USA...? I like the idea of running on facts and not myths...

    August 15, 2007 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. spinstopper

    Thank Bush for:
    Highlighting failing school
    Lowering unemployment
    Lowering taxes
    Increasing home ownership
    Fighting against terrorism
    Stewarding the longest economic expansion in history.
    Job well done...

    Thank Hillary for:
    ....., standing by her man?

    August 15, 2007 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. Jennifer, Sanford, FL

    Is Dana Perino THAT clueless?

    Hillary: "If you're a family that is struggling and you don't have health care, you are invisible to this president..."

    Dana: (paraphrasing) "Oh, yeah? Well this president made sure the elderly has access to cheaper meds! So there!"

    If that's the best she can come up with, then I think she completely proved Hillary's point. Access to less expensive drugs is not the same thing as actual health care and only benefits those who can afford to go to a doctor to get the prescription. Never mind the fact that this program only helped seniors anyway! Apparently those of us under 65 and in the working class bracket really are invisible. Oy vey!

    August 15, 2007 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. Chip Celina OH

    Quick fact check. In 1996 Senator Clinton was elected. It is now 2007. She has been working on healthcare since 1993 and her husband's presidency and ....

    In 2002 Governor Romney was elected, and there is now a plan in place to use state funds that previously went to cover uninsured residents use of hospital facilities ("free care") to purchase health insurance for the uninsured.

    This is money that was being spent anyway.

    A semi-privatized solution to universal coverage without a huge government bureaucracy.

    Results are not yet in, but it looks like a promising initiative. I'm not sure if he is my choice for President (still have a lot of investigation to do) but on this one issue that is front and center, he has made movement in far less time than any of his rivals.

    Have a good day,


    August 15, 2007 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. RHP, Kansas City, MO

    Her ad was typical Clintonism...A dirty and hateful sucker punch.

    August 15, 2007 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. Zach, CS, TX

    I still cannot understand how Hillary is even allowed to run for president... there is a two term limit and we all know she was wearing the pants in the Clinton Whitehouse! (Bill was caught without his pants – stands to reason Hillary was wearing them)

    August 15, 2007 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. Phill S. Tallahassee, FL

    I agree with Senator Clinton's statements in the ad.

    August 15, 2007 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  14. JH, Morehead City NC

    How silly..... it doesn't really matter which party wins. Politicians will continue to be just that... and will NOT be able to bring about any better changes than those that came before them. It's the Washington power game. Sad that I don't see any bright side to our government. And you certainly can't hold ONE person responsible. That's just plain ignorant.

    August 15, 2007 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. Sparky, Chicago Illinois

    Truth hurts eh monkeyboy??

    August 15, 2007 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  16. Sean, Houston Texas

    What exactly is the fuss about? Was there ever a question that this was untrue? The only problem is NO politician including Hillary really "sees" any of these people either...just votes. I would go so far as to say there has not been a mainstream candidate for President that has cared in almost a century. Its all a big show folks, go back to your jell-o shots.

    August 15, 2007 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. John, Long Island - New York

    Well apparently "Mrs.Clinton" seems to think that her campaign for 2008 pres. election is just about seeing who is the strongest critique of Bush Adminstration and the GOP. She is a sterotyping bigot. Running for president at '08 isn't debating with the current administration – it should be about how she compares and contrasts to the other candidates both Democratic and Republican. However, due to her lack of much profound understanding of what change must occur and what path we as a nation must take – (other than some generically briefed lies in accordance w/ health care) – she seeks to easily rally hordes of shortvisioned, and idiotic Americans by simply taking advantage of their call for change and going (in much the basic way): "Bush is evil, he is wrong, he is stupid," "The GOP sucks, do not vote for them, we will stand against them," "im the biggest complainer on what has happened w/ Bush" "So vote for me." Seriously!! If u take a load of that bull u are seriously bound to be sorely disappoitned!! All she really has left in her is the fact that she's Clinton's "wife" and that she can loud mouth everyone else on saying bad things about Bush and the GOP – and only because she's got the money, and corruption at hand. She never even read into the specifics or hesitate even a moment b4 she voted in favor of the war; Do u really want someone like that in charge?? And for various common Democrats like myself; She does not represent our good ol' middle-class populace at all! In fact, she's one of the most aristocratic, and elite among the hopefuls, and she is only fooling u with her money! Take a careful look at what some of the poorer, but more profoundly-based candidates have to offer. Just take a look; get off of your lazy butts and t.v.'s and fat foods – for once: THINK AND DO SO CAREFULLY INSTEAD OF GOING FOR THE BLAND AND GENERALIZED!!

    August 15, 2007 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. al, miami, fl

    I really do hope that Hillary get's the democratic will be a easy victory for the republicans. Biggest flip-flopper since John Kerry.
    I want a president that is strong on national security, not a person who makes decision's based on popular polls. She is weak, has no business being the commander in chief of this military. Just like her husband, weak, weak, weak, weak...i'm pretty sure al queda will be happy if she is elected.

    August 15, 2007 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  19. Donald , Dallas,Texas

    Hillary Clinton's The ad, which started running in Iowa Tuesday, allegations are incurrect and should be stoped.

    August 15, 2007 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  20. Anonymous, Glendale, Arizona

    Clinton is dead-on. The troops ARE invisible to Bush and his war-mongers. Before you blast me, folks, I AM in active service in the Air Force. Where were the armored Humvees, sufficient troops, plans to repair the infrastructrue of Iraq, adequate body armor for the troops? It's been 4 years now. WHERE ARE THEY?

    On the other hand, during the Clinton years, Bill and his cronies were just as indifferent to the massacres and atrocious human rights violations going on in Africa, and still continue. Why weren't we in there stopping THAT? Hmm, no oil interests?

    What is your answer to that, Hillary?

    August 15, 2007 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  21. Henrietta Wolf, Houston, TX

    Thank you, Hillary, for telling the truth and not worrying about the White House's responses. Please don't back off; let people continue to know what you believe and how very different you are from George W. and the Republican party.

    August 15, 2007 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  22. Tom Berry,Murray, Ky.

    Clinton's charge rings true; particularly the one about health care. Bush and the Republicans view of health cae is that it should be a privelege of the rich, not a moral right for all Americans.

    August 15, 2007 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  23. Pat R., Burlington, WI

    Hillary. Now I dislike her more. These comments coming from a person who proposed the most idiotic health care reform in the entire galaxy and who has zero military experience. Do you remember that giantic healthcare spiderweb of boxes and arrows?? It may be time for a woman in the White House, but it certainly isn't this woman. New York, what were you thinking ???

    August 15, 2007 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  24. Mindy Chatsworth, Ca.

    I love it! You know you have hit a nerve when you have the White House jumping all over you in less than 24 hours.

    The conservatives have come out in force here to spout the usual lies and tired old platitudes. The Clintons are crooks? Did someone really say that? With Bush and Cheney in the White House, someone has the unmitigated gall to say that the Clintons are crooks? They weren't the ones who decided to give a huge tax cut to the wealthiest two percent of the people in this country. Talk about highway robbery!

    With this president's abysmal record of non achievement in office, I think it is appalling that they can send salvos attacking a candidate for just saying the simple truth. Hillary's ad was brilliant and right on the mark. I was quite impressed. This administration couldn't care less about the average middle class American and everyone knows it. All they want to do is line their pockets and give corporations huge profits. Then they get mad when someone calls them on it. They really have no shame.

    For those here who are trotting out the old "socialist liberal" retread to attack the Clintons, please let it go. Senator Joseph McCarthy did that with much more zeal and skill in the 1950's when he was looking for imaginary "communist pinkos" in our government. You need to come up with some new and imaginative phrases. Lose the cliches already.

    August 15, 2007 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  25. Steve, Columbus Ohio

    I don't care much for Hillary but the truth hurts. If you don't have a wad of green lining your pockets this administration DOESN'T care about you. You can argue all you want but as a solid middle class American I haven't seen squat from this administration to improve the quality of my or my family's lives. Job stability has declined. My 4 year old home has lost 25% of it's value – due to significant local foreclosures. Despite the window dressing we are really no safer today than 8 years ago. Gas is double/triple what it was when IT came into office. The cost of living has risen faster than paychecks. Seriously – point to one good thing Bush has done for the middle class.

    Like i said – i don't care for Hillary but in this case she's telling the truth.

    August 15, 2007 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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