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. Ron Richardson, Little Rock Arkansas

    Clinton is just like her husband, she will keep everything off the real issues by making headlines, God Bless Our President, Our Congress and Our Troops, I was in Iraq when the senator visited, the cold shoulder and big me little you was very large coming from Clinton, just like she treated staff and military when she was first lady...the troops know the truth and she will pay come the election IF she gets that far.

    August 15, 2007 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. David, Omaha, NE

    It's funny Hillary would make such a comment about health care, beings one of her husband's main issues was healhcare his eight years in office and he did absolutely nothing to fix it. Also commenting on the Military, Bush has been trying to rebuild the military the Bill dismantled during his eight years, if Bill never had such a major cut back on military during his eight years, we probably would not be so short handed right now.

    August 15, 2007 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. Jim, Boston MA

    If you are an average American with commonsense, you are invisible to this Administration.

    August 15, 2007 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. A Collom, MI

    I am not a huge fan of Hilary, but she has a point. If the president's biggest victory is the "affordable" rx coverage, then the White House should be ashamed. Ask seniors in the Medicare D donut hole how "affordable" their medication is. How does Medicare D help seniors when the drug companies do not have to negotiate price? How does Medicare D help seniors when drug companies don’t help Medicare recipients through manufacturing programs? And, how are seniors being helped when many of the drug companies provide less free samples in the doctor's offices? The only people that aren’t invisible to the White House are those in big business.

    August 15, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. J.P. Austin, TX

    They're mad cause she's right.

    August 15, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. Becky Lighthill, Palmdale, CA

    You want to talk about invisable – I guess Bin Ladden was invisable to Clinton. So that is why 911 happened. If Hillary kept her husband out of woman's bed and impeachment he could of focused on Bin Ladden which is his job to do !!!!!!!! Clinton equals 911

    August 15, 2007 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. C.LyOns, New York, NY

    We are invisible to this Administration and the Federal Govt as a whole because we as Americans have let this happen. We have been paying more attention to pundits & polls and not standing up and demanding answers. The spirit of the great socail movements of the past have been systematically destroyed by the right-wing and the liberals pols have sat by letting all the hard work of the social leaders of the 60s-70s to go for not just to seem more moderate and pander to socially-moderate conservatives. We have to stand up, get in the streets and demand accountablity to our votes...WE ARE ALL AT FAULT

    August 15, 2007 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. zeke k

    "I feel that since Bush became president we've had more troops die in Iraq since they've been sent over there."

    Thank you for this intelligent synopsis Tasha! You will do well being in Hillary's corner.

    August 15, 2007 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. pl, at the UN, for a while.

    I am not American; therefore cannot vote.

    I find it obsessively desperate of how is it possible for your nation to know so little of the 1407 years of Islamic history, and why Imamate Muslims and Caliphate ones are eternal enemies of one another, and why they can collaborate fully when confronted by a common intruder.

    August 15, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. Pam

    Hillary is an idiot.

    August 15, 2007 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. H. Charles

    Hillary...I'm SO PROUD OF YOU...Standing up to those vicious, barking dog-like animals attacking you with cheap, cheap, cheap rhetoric...THAT TAKES GUTS AND BACKBONE...exactly what the next great American president needs.

    August 15, 2007 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. Lorraine Amaro, Tinker AFB, OK

    As an active duty troop may i just say, 'Brava, Mrs. Clinton'

    August 15, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. Bruce Burnett, Wisconsin

    What could be more truthful or characteristic of this administration than Hillary's statement? If you are not wealthy or well-connected you don't matter when they make decisions – only when they hustle for excuses or votes.

    As for the Medicare D initiative, even the most respected financial journals have noted how it was fraudulently sold to Congress as costing hundreds of billions less than the administration's own estimates – how tax-funded ads were sold to the public as legitimate news releases - how it will actually help the non-wealthy less and the drug companies more than advertised.

    August 15, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. John Shoumers, Marshalltown Iowa

    I wish she was invisible

    August 15, 2007 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. Richard, San Francisco, CA

    You go girl!! If an ad has struck a chord with this do-nothing White House, then play it again and again.

    August 15, 2007 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. Natalie Milano, Keene New Hampshire

    Hillary Clinton knows what it's like to be attacked, she just did the same thing to President Bush.
    Yes, he has had a very volatile presidency. For her to say that our sons and daughters are invisible would be to say that she is oblivious to their existance as well. Bush doesn't run this country by himself, he has help,whether good or bad decisions made, he does have Senators and Congress persons out there putting in their two cents worth everyday.
    As far as Hillary for president, HA !
    My vote will go to someone else.
    I still would like to have answers about Vince Foster and the White Water Scandal. Many questions were left unanswered when the Clintons were in the White House. The last thing we need in the US is another one in there again !

    August 15, 2007 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. Lorraine Amaro, Tinker AFB, OK

    "Also commenting on the Military, Bush has been trying to rebuild the military the Bill dismantled during his eight years, if Bill never had such a major cut back on military during his eight years, we probably would not be so short handed right now.

    Posted By David, Omaha, NE : August 15, 2007 2:40 pm"

    David – I think you need to look at your facts. The Air Force is cutting 80,000 by 2009. I should know.

    August 15, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. David, Omaha, NE

    If the middle class and lower class are so invisible to this current administration, how come there have been more first time homeowners then by any other president in recent history? Didn't the middle class and lower class get bigger tax refunds/credits then from the prior administration? You liberals need to pay more attention to the facts then to all the liberal media outlets. Prior administration's two main issues were healthcare and social security, they improved neither. At least the current administration has made an effort. The only thing Clinton was good at was weakening our military and taking credit for the economy, which was already fixed by the time he took office, and back to recession by the time he left!!

    August 15, 2007 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  19. Kathy Wagner. Mission Viejo CA

    Maybe the White House should ask a broader range of seniors about how they feel about the prescription drug program.

    Way to good Senator Clinton!

    August 15, 2007 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. Roy,USA, USA

    Jacque – Dallas Texas, Bush can't run for a 3rd term

    August 15, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. Nancy Miller

    Hillary was more than correct. The truth hurts doesn't?

    August 15, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. Jason, San Diego CA

    Perino proved Clintons point on healthcare by saying that the bush administration "helped millions of seniors across the country" what about the non-seniors... we too need healthcare reform but sadly we are getting left behind!

    August 15, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. T. J. Richmond, Virginia

    ALL OUR POLITICIANS ARE PUPPETS OF A GROWING INTERNATIONAL CORPORATE MAFIA. Just as we our threatened by terroist organizations rather than by a country, the world is increasingly being dominated by global corporate mafia. Bush's drug plan was about what was good for drug companies, not what was good for us. Hillary is also bought up. They must all appease the beast. Meanwhile, fat and lazy, we sit back and watch Reality TV and lap up corporate media "infotainment." We have a sanitized education system that discourages creativity or innovation and encourages blindly following. Global corporate mafia runs the world.

    August 15, 2007 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. Mary, Chicago, IL

    It's interesting how those who hate Bush are prone to use name calling (Georgey boy – obviously intended to depict him as an idiotic hick) and those who support him stick with the facts when discussing his opponents. That's all I need to read whenever I try to examine if I am supporting the right values. Bush is not perfect – nobody is. His intentions – I believe – are far more nobel than Hillary's. Do you supporters of HC know – she doesn't think you're smart enough to spend your own money? What she says when she's trying to win votes doen't necessarily add up to how she feels.

    August 15, 2007 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  25. Sam, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Ms. Clinton has struck a nerve, indeed. Bush is pathetic, a liar, and self-centered, bull-headed something or other!

    Sam in Colorado

    August 15, 2007 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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