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. C. Riverside, CA

    The comment was about families without adequate health care and single moms finding child care. The Bush response is "well, look what we did for seniors. That should make up for it." I guess when it comes to all of us under 65 who are struggling, they had nothing to say.

    August 14, 2007 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  2. VanReuter NY NY

    This has obviously struck a nerve among the usual suspects here. I am waiting to see if certain comments are deleted.

    August 14, 2007 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  3. Patrick, Denver Colorado

    How can someone say that Bush doesn't care about the troops? He visits wounded vets every chance he gets, he's been to Iraq when we can get there. He calls dead soldiers families. Sending troops to war and not caring about them are different things. People should lower the level of partisan bickering and think about what they're saying. You can have disagreements about policy without thinking the other side is evil. Clinton has officially just lost me as someone who would consider voting for her. It's down to McCain, Obama, and Richardson for me now.

    August 14, 2007 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  4. AL, Edmonds, WA

    point fingers here and's politics for you. the bottom line is God Hillary know's it ALL!! The way she responded to Perino's comment show's how classy of a God she is. She'll take it to you and if you dont like it God Hillary is right in the end.

    August 14, 2007 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  5. Josh Maloney, Oakland, CA

    Its painful for the White House to hear the truth. I'm with Hillary. I'll keep saying the truth as well. The Bush Administration is truly a shameful group of people.

    August 14, 2007 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  6. Dave

    As if no one ever attacked Hillary...
    Go on Hillary. Americans are sick and tired and mad as hell at the way this country has been run the last 8 years

    I am sick and tired of living under defcon 3 and security level orange because the Republicans want to keep us scared so they can stay in power.

    I am also sick of people squawking "911...Al Queda" to get a vote"

    August 14, 2007 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  7. Larry Beesley, Dana Point, Ca

    What else will she say just to get elected? Stay tuned, it won't be long!

    August 14, 2007 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  8. L. DELL, BALTO., MD

    Hiliary Clinton is at best a cold, mean-spirited, ice queen. She hates the United States but would love to be its Queen. She is the worse that the US has to offer. I doubt you will put this on your blog – you guys are pretty pro Hillary, no??l

    August 14, 2007 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  9. tom, valley forge, PA

    Senator Clinton is acting as if she has the nomination all sewed up. And that's just dandy for the Republicans. She's got way too much baggage and is totally unelectable. Once again the Dems are handing us another horribly flawed candidate who will ensure yet another Republican President and never-ending stolen election belly-aching. The two parties have become even more of a joke since the infamous independent runs of Ross Perot gave us Clinton I. Washington will never "get it."

    August 14, 2007 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  10. steve San Diego, Ca

    Paris Hilton would make a better President than george bush, Hillary is definitely going to be a bonus.

    Anyone that supports the bush administration is guilty of either stupidity or treason.

    August 14, 2007 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  11. Brian, Baltimore, MD

    Great. The White House feeding into Clinton's hands and making her look good to far left democrats. Clinton will say or do anything to get into the White House.

    August 14, 2007 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  12. Joe, DC

    Why did Sen. Clinton say the troops are invisible to President Bush? Oh, I don't know, could it be the national disgrace uncovered by the Washington Post at Walter Reed hospital? Could it be the failure to have adequate medical facilities across the country for the grievously-injured returning veterans? Could it be the repeated lengthening of tours of duty for already-exhausted soldiers in the field as the mission keeps changing and the time to complete it keeps getting ever longer? Could it be the failure to have provided the troops with necessary body armor or armored vehicles?

    Bush the phony is all gung-ho sending our children off to war. Lots of lip-service about supporting the troops and the usual BS. But there's been no follow-up.

    In the rough and tumble world of politics that Bush and his minions have been all too willing to engage in over the years, saying that the troops are invisible to Bush given his record is relatively tame political rhetoric. And his spokesperson's overreaction serves only to highlight his administration's woeful record in actually doing things–other than talking–to support the troops. It's well past time somebody called him on it.

    August 14, 2007 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  13. David, Salinas, CA

    To James, from Phoenix AZ:

    Senator Clinton is running on a platform of universal health care, fiscal responsibility, strong national security and bringing our troops home from Iraq.

    And you think you can convince the American people to abandon those values with your slimy list of disproven allegations, cheap insinuations and right-wing radio lies?

    I love Phoenix, but I think maybe you’ve been out in the sun too long.

    Them dogs don’t hunt.

    August 14, 2007 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  14. Chris, Sherman TX

    "not only have I said it and am saying it, I will keep saying it because I happen to believe it " – This from a woman who took longer to produce her law firm records than our "invisible" troops have been overseas, believes she is entitled to that anything she and her husband have done regardless of whether they fall within legal boundaries and will stop short of selling whatever may be left of her soul to get into the White House (again!)- we definitely need a change but she is not IT!

    August 14, 2007 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  15. C.LyOns, New York, NY

    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.

    Posted By Henry, Tucker GA : August 14, 2007 5:53 pm

    -Couldn't agree more....

    August 14, 2007 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  16. jms,dyer,Tn

    Keep the pressure on that snake in the white house. Good job Hillary.

    August 14, 2007 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  17. cb denver co

    finally, a person that dares to say the

    August 14, 2007 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  18. Susan, Fort Pierce, Florida

    Hillary is right. The American people have been invisible to Bush and Company right from the start. The only "people" he "sees" are the very rich and anyone connected to "Big Business" and/or the military industrial complex.

    August 14, 2007 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  19. Anon,, Roxboro, NC

    Although there's not a chance on Earth that I'd vote for Hillary, I agree that Bush and his ilk have nothing but contempt for the average working American. There's a special place in Hell for Goerge W Bush,,

    August 14, 2007 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  20. Joanna, Los Angeles


    August 14, 2007 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  21. Christian, Palmetto FL

    If the comments on the CNN political ticker are an indication of the national mood, and I think they are, then we're in for a rough election cycle. A longer, meaner one. God help us...

    August 14, 2007 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  22. Rich

    I think the bigger problem is that Hillary seems to think she is running
    against George Bush and she isn't. She must be confused. I dont support Bush at all but she clearly has voted to support George Bush's position on many things. She voted for the war, has funded it for several yrs. She voted for Amnesty last year and this year which is the same position as Bush. She voted for removal of writ of Habeas Corpus which is the basis of our Judical System. She supports Fisa and the Patriot Act. She also voted for the Military Industrial Commmissions act too. Seems to me she is just like George Bush as they vote THE SAME. She should be campaigning as a neocon cause she aint no Democrat or
    Republican and to CNN If I can finds these facts. How come you aren't reporting them. How about you start talking about Hillary's actual votes
    instead of this stuff. Americans search these MSM candidates records of voting or you will surly get more of the same. Because the old media is trying to control who will be President. That is not the actions of a FREE SOCIETY.

    August 14, 2007 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  23. EM, Greensboro, NC

    The Clintons are unethical and need to go back to Arkansas where they belong.

    August 14, 2007 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  24. Faye Borden, Hood River, OR

    She speaks truth. The men who had never set their feet in battlefield or whose sons never had to go to the war do not fully comprehend the apprehension and agony soldiers' family and friends go through. Healthcare in US is a big issue as well. Someone has to face it before it is too late. I support her with all my heart.

    August 14, 2007 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  25. Sean Doyle-Des Moines

    Someone needs to blow in the ear of White House spokeswoman Dana Perino! She needs a refill!She doesn't "get it" nor does the rest of the unaffected that don't understandthe struggle and strife many are going though!!!!!

    August 14, 2007 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
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