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. Carol, Nevis, MN

    Bill Clinton back in the White House...that can't be good

    August 15, 2007 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  2. Rich, Wenatchee, Wa.

    You may not agree with everything the Clinton's have done but certainly she is speaing the truth about this. It is evident that this administration has sold this country down the toilet with the lies, cover-ups, false intelligence, warmongering, fearmongering etc. etc. etc. One more thing this administration would love to take away – freedom of speech, so they can keep all the negative press and disagreements out of their way. We need the Democrats back to instill pride in our country and in the world standing. Hard to belive that this goofball has not yet been impeached since his actions certainly rise to that level, not like a dinger from Monica.

    August 15, 2007 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  3. M.Pearson, Spring Hill TN

    Notice how Perino completely ignored Clinton's assertions regarding those struggling to find affordable healthcare...

    August 15, 2007 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  4. Zach S., Oakland, CA

    Clinton says America's hard-up mothers, and our troops at war, are invisible to this president. The WH retorts that "first and foremost" Bush has lowered prescription drug costs for seniors! if that's the best the WH can do, the Democrats don't even need ads.

    james st. louis says the Clintons are crooks. The immoral dogs who manufactured a war costing hundreds of thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars, based on false claims, in order to secure access to oil and fat corporate contracts are the crooks "nonpareil".

    It's not a blow to soldiers' morale when someone stands up for them. Support the troops by removing them from this military theater of the absurd. "Unconscionable"? What's unconscionable is that this brainless loser isn't behind bars, with his nefarious cadre!

    August 15, 2007 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  5. Athos, Austin TX

    "The Clintons will try anything to smear anyone. That is what they are known for."

    Posted By J.Logan,Centreville, Virginia

    A) Do you even remember Kenneth Star's witch hunt?
    B) Are you actually saying this in the same 24 hour period that Karl Rove resigns his official smearing and troop-ignoring policy making duties?
    C) Step away from the crack pipe. You need oxygen and lots of help.

    August 15, 2007 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  6. Michelle Smith

    What is so "outrageous" about this Clinton ad again?? Never have so many people voted against their economic interests like in the elections of '04 and '00. What the hell is wrong with 60 million of you?

    August 15, 2007 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  7. Sue, Wauchula, Fl.

    Oh yes, she touched more than a few nerves on here and is Washington. Don't underestimate her at anytime. Afterall, didn't it look good to see GWB's "think tank" carrying his baggage yesterday. Another one bites the dust. Go Hillary!

    August 15, 2007 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  8. WillGo

    Even her own husband preferred someone else in the oval office, if you recall.

    August 15, 2007 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  9. Ryan, Provo,UT

    I'm no bush fan but I really wish Hillary would spend less time blaming the country's problems on Bush and the republicans and start talking more about what she's going to do to change things. I despise her calculated political techniques. She's got different opinions than Bush but her methods are the same. The only candidate that really offers change is Obama.

    August 15, 2007 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  10. B.J.Gilbert, Katy,TX

    i think that Hilary is spot on. bush and all of his croonies only care about themselves and their small circle of super rich, super religious, super narrow-minded friends. i'm tired of these people telling the American public what good they have done for us, what a joke, although as a vetran myself, i know that the families that have lost loved ones in Iraq and Afganistan, this is no laughing matter!

    August 15, 2007 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  11. Alex Luthor, Madison, WI

    The American public became invisible to Hillary when she sold out to the insurance companies during Bill's term.

    August 15, 2007 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  12. mike adkins, charlotte, nc

    hillary clinton is correct. the bush administration has not paid attention to the american people and we are invisible when it comes to health,education and welfare. george w bush is only concerned with his war of choice and chasing osama's ghost while ignoring the problems at home. just a bullheaded turd weed!

    August 15, 2007 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  13. Rex, Toledo, Ohio

    As much as I don't like HRC, I do like that message. She's right. The middle class is being pushed aside. Ask my father. At 76 years of age he'll tell you all about it. Still voting for Ron Paul though.

    August 15, 2007 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  14. Andrew, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Somebody needs to enlighten the Clinton campaign that America is looking for new leadership, and will elect someone who provides that – Barack Obama for example. Making negative ads about someone who isn't even a candidate may work for the Senate but it sure ain't going to cut it for the highest office in the land.

    August 15, 2007 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  15. won't vote hillary, NYC, NY

    I've said this before and I'll say it again – there are a lot of NYers who are feeling invisible to Mrs Clinton – who lack health care, jobs, etc. Mrs Clinton's response (when not too bust campaigning) has been to help Indian companies and their Indian employees settle in NY (what was that about not being influenced by people who give her money?).

    There's a saying about when you point a finger at someone else, there's three pointing back at you. Definitely applies here.

    August 15, 2007 05:03 am at 5:03 am |
  16. Ben


    August 15, 2007 05:06 am at 5:06 am |
  17. Robert L. ,St.Louis, MO

    I don't think the tone of the article was neutral. The first paragraph seems to imply that Bush is being dishonest because Dana Perino responded to an ad that directly attacked the President. Bush is damned if he responds to the attack and would also just as likely be damned by the attack ad that goes unresponded to.

    Just because the Clinton campaign plays that little game doesn't mean that CNN has to follow along. Its a small issue, but I have seen too many small issues on

    August 15, 2007 05:09 am at 5:09 am |
  18. David, Cherry Hill NJ

    Campaign ads are one candidate's view of the nation's flaws and are designed to convince as many Americans that the candidate's opinion is the right one. Hillary described some basic truths about our nation and judging by most people's reaction, most agree with her. Most people are missing the point that Hillary is not the right candidate to address our nation's issues. To fix our problems we need serious leadership. Based on Hillary's voting record and colourful past, she is not the least bit interested in solving our problems, but rather telling us who else is to blame for our woes. She approved this ad because she knew it would caues a buzz and generate even more publicity which will keep her name on our lips. Unfortunately, the White House took that bait, playing right into Hillary's hands. Just because she said it in an ad, doesn't mean she's the best candidate to fix it.

    August 15, 2007 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
  19. Erich Hoerchner, Costa Mesa, CA

    If the current Bush does as his daddy did, we can expect to see a rash of pardons by the president as he leaves for many of his close associates, like Rove. The constitution should be amended to make the president name the crime the pardon is for when it is given, rather than the blanket pardons he can now give. If some crrk beats the rap, we should at least know what rap he or she is beating. I hope I am not the first to say it, but we may be the first to have the utter shame of our president pardoning himself as he smirks his way out the door after the next election.

    August 15, 2007 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  20. Mike, Columbus, ohio

    Hillary is a pathetic, power starved, wanna-be. She is willing to do ANYTHING to anyone to grab power. What put her where she is? Marriage, but no self effort.

    August 15, 2007 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  21. adrienne

    Clinton,speaks with forked tongue!
    I do not recall any help when her husband was in office!

    August 15, 2007 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  22. Ron Martin, Chicago, IL

    If HIllary is the nominee, I predict such a heavy republican turnout that there is NO way she wins

    She's hated by more than she's loved.

    I'd drive cross-country to vote against her myself!

    August 15, 2007 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  23. Dan, Alton NH

    In the same sentence, the people of New York are invisible to Clinton as she pursues personal endeavors while ignoring those of her constituents that she was voted in to serve. Vacate your position Hillary if you are so sure of your bid for election.

    August 15, 2007 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  24. Anonymous

    I tell ya she's a demon and she is pulling weak minded liberals right into her plan to ruin this country. just look at what her hubby started with the free trade agreement look at the jobs we have lost and how many we will be loosing to his bright idea. now she is poised to finish us off and blind people are going to help her achieve her goal ...Its a shame ...a bloody shame! ! ! WAKE UP AMERICA BEFORE ITS TOO LATE...

    August 15, 2007 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  25. Jack, New York City, New York

    Hillary and Hilter, not much of a difference. Wasn't Hillary already President. CNN won't posted this because it they back Hillay. I wish some news organization would investigate the 85 people the died duriing their adminstration. Does anyone remember Ron Brown or Vince Foster??

    August 15, 2007 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
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