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. IF, Colorado

    Hillary is right about our invisibility. Selectively criticizing the Clintons juxtaposed with Bush takes hypocrisy to a new level. Both sides are flawed, but one side is off the scale.

    I wish we could elect a third party into power, but in this “democracy” that is throwing away your vote. I will vote for whichever democrat is nominated in hopes getting us as far away from the policies of the last seven years as possible.

    As long as money controls a candidate’s electability, and corporate interests control the influence over government, all we get is a token voice each election cycle while our government and liberties deteriorate. Remember: Bush ignores public opinion.

    August 15, 2007 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. Frank, Atlanta, GA

    Finally a democrat who has the spine to go toe to toe with republican political attack machines. Give 'emm hell Hillary!! You go girl!!

    August 15, 2007 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  3. Patrick, Scottsdale, AZ

    CNN has become FOX. How can they "CNN" call this "absurd" and "outrageous"??? Clinton is completely accurate here. CNN needs to explain where she is off base as opposed to defending this pathetic Bush admin. Shame on CNN and their Republican bias!!!!!

    August 15, 2007 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. Rena Anslow Marlboro New Jerset

    She is correct. The Clinton years were good for all. President Bush doe snot care about very much as we can all see by how things look in every aspect of our country. It is time to bring the Clinton years back.

    August 15, 2007 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. Sharon, Yazoo City, MS

    Does anybody else remember when Bill Clinton ran for President the first go-round? Hilary held a forum on "health care for everyone" while campaigning for her husband. I really believed that the Clintons could be good for our country, especially if they actually did what they said they would do. However, once he was elected and she became First Lady not another word was heard from them regarding health care for ANYone, much less EVERYone. America, let's not fall for her rhetoric again. Don't be stupid and waste a good vote for this self-serving, lying, evil woman.

    August 15, 2007 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. lavelle

    When will we see agendas and plans for America. Instead of He said she said. This is the type of Campaigen the Clintons want. They want people to feel sorry for hillary becaus she's a woman. that way she doesnt have to talk about her "inexperience" and talk about her "blackness" to anyone. Honestly I think we are in deep trouble if she's elected because there is no substance to her way of change for America. How can you say your gonna bring change when all you talk about is Bill and what you guys did during the 90's? She points out the obvious things and people say she's so strong and she's so experienced, please the only reason she's a NY senator is because of her husband!

    August 15, 2007 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. A. Voter

    Well...He is a senior about to retire so of course he would care about that. But until he has ovaries or a son or daughter in the military, he has no reason to pay attention. Big business is making a killing ignoring the problem. The White House will hail Bush as a saint in closing months. He'll leave a mess it will take two terms to clean up and a lifetime to forget. Meanwhile, kids are using more prescription drugs to get high than the old people who buy them. Good looking out Bush. Go Hilary.

    August 15, 2007 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. Nita, San Antonio, TX

    She "happens to believe it": Well, she's so accustomed to "believing" lies in her own life that she can "believe" just about anything! She's pathetic.

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


    August 15, 2007 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  10. TEnglish Longview, Texas

    I just wanted to comment on President Bush helping senior citizens with their prescription drugs. Isn't a family with children struggling to find affordable health care just as important as our senior citizens?

    August 15, 2007 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  11. A. Voter

    This is like the NBA finals. Wake me up when it's down to two. Until then, WHO CARES WHAT THEY TALK ABOUT. Paris Hilton could have said what Hilary is spouting right now for all the good it will do.

    Ooooo. Gas up the planes and bring our boys home, Hillary just solved our Iraq problem.

    Obama wrote another book. The J.K. Rawlings of canidates is doing a book reading on Oprah.

    Whatever. Forget drugs. Cure something already. WAIT. That means we actually have to stop shoving money into the drug market and find a solution. Mmmm.

    What happened to Universal healthcare. Oh yeah, it's attention is on immigration issues because WE don't know how to do what the rest of the world is doing for their population.

    Yeah. Wow. I'm really interested in a bunch of racers at the beginning of the presidential marathon.

    I'm just waiting to see who can run the fastest with their foot in their mouth.

    August 15, 2007 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. Pat P., Huntington Station, NY

    Some people have selective memory when it comes to Bill Clinton's health care failure – he tried, but was defeated by the Repubilcan controlled Congress, who scared everyone into believing his plan was socialized medicine when it was not. Hillary's only failure on the health care issue was underestimating the republican political machine against allowing anything to happen in the Clinton administration that would arguably be good for the country – all they wanted to do was stop anything good he wanted to do or else the republicans wouldn't have a chance regaining the white house.

    August 15, 2007 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. Clark, a Maryland voter

    VanReuter NYNY makes an excellent point. The stench of sexism, chauvinism, and yes, even misogyny is overwhelming in so many of these comments. Guys, it was just a campaign ad. So tired of whiny white males both inside and outside the White House. Is it 2008 yet?

    August 15, 2007 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. James Phil Campbell ala

    hillary is doing what she does best get attention away from all the evil, and sorry things her and bill have done all these years.And what to keep doing the the american people. I for one can not believe anyone in there right mind could vote for her or bill!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 15, 2007 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. Sally Phillips Santa Ana CA

    Senator Clinton is very good at pointing fingers at others, while not defending her own positions. I would not vote for anyone that would ridicule a current president. Where is US loyalty?

    August 15, 2007 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  16. PKV, Santa Cruz, CA

    "Striking a nerve" and simply saying something that is baseless and stupid are two very different things.

    I sure hope Billary wins the democratic nomination as that will ensure a Republican victory.

    August 15, 2007 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  17. Sandy Lee

    Why is Mrs. Cinton taking this route, if I remember correctly she and President Clinton happen to be one of the biggest liars and thieves to come out of the White House.

    August 15, 2007 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. Matthew Hamilton Ellington, CT

    I will totally agree with Senator Clinton. I suffer from both Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Type 1 Diabetes and cannot get any aid because my wife makes a little over the income limit as a Public School Teacher despite my huge out of pocket medical expenses. I soon will be not covered by health insurance and unable to afford to see my doctors and afford my medications. I did not have this trouble getting the health care I needed when Bill Clinton was in office. It is very disheartening that I am only one of many in the same positition with insufficient healthcare while our country fuels war around the world. Looking around the world it appears that our economy, healthcare, and support around the world is weakening. Thank you Senator Clinton for being so diligent in your efforts to push the issues that really matter here in America and thank you for looking out for the less fortunate.

    August 15, 2007 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. LM, Ardmore, OK

    Invisibility is in the eye of the office holder. Tunnel vision, myopia and blinders are far more likely than plain old garden variety blindness. May have something to do with motes and beams. Clinton parsing, Bush Sr's lip reading and Bushlite's fine print are killing us. Literally. We are NOT INVISIBLE. You just aren't looking.

    August 15, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. MCD, San Francisco, CA

    Oh, please, everybody calm down... the campaigning has just started. George better get a thicker skin if that little poke bothered him that much. As to you Hillary haters... everybody will be slamming bush in the comming months. GET A CLUE!

    August 15, 2007 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Van NY, NY:

    A) Who are you quoting anyway? I never said a thing about the stock market during the Clinton years, re-read my post genius. Sounds like you're full of hot air to me.

    B) How often was Walter Reid being used during the Clinton years? How many soldiers were treated there? One of the main problems with the VA hospitala is that there are too many patients and not enough staff or funding to take care of them.

    If you're the commander in chief and you're going to start a war and fill the VA hospitals to capacity and beyond with wounded soldiers, shouldn't you at least make sure the treatment they are getting is up to Par?

    This president is a complete failure (much like he was as a businessman).

    August 15, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    "Some people have selective memory when it comes to Bill Clinton's health care failure – he tried, but was defeated by the Repubilcan controlled Congress, who scared everyone into believing his plan was socialized medicine when it was not. Hillary's only failure on the health care issue was underestimating the republican political machine against allowing anything to happen in the Clinton administration that would arguably be good for the country – all they wanted to do was stop anything good he wanted to do or else the republicans wouldn't have a chance regaining the white house."

    Well, the Republicans also pushed (or should I say forced) the much needed welfare reform and tax breaks that Billary gets so much credit for in the 90's.

    August 15, 2007 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  23. Rocco, Wellington, Fl

    I think when America goes to the polls in 2008 we are going to think about what this nations government accomplished during the last 8 unnerving years. We are going to seek a person who as President has the entire nations interest at heart. We are going to want a person who is a unititer not a divider, one who is intersted in the fact 47 million are withtout heathcare insurance in the most wealthy country on this earth. We are looking for intellect not stupidity and stubbornness. After all those things enter our minds we will make the right choice, Hillary R. Clinton.

    August 15, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  24. Chris Cameron Efland, NC

    It really makes me sad to see so many people making negative comments about Bush stealing oil or Clinton being a lying sneak. I know this is just a comment section, but maybe people on both sides should just realize that saying it don't make it so, no matter what political stripe you are.

    August 15, 2007 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  25. katwac oakland, calif

    TOM – thank you. You are so right on. If Hillary is the nominee we can be assured of having a Republican President – it is that simple.

    August 15, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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