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. J Hoffman Pittsburgh, PA

    Everything the Clinton campaign has said in the ad are the truth. While the Bush Administration created a prescription plan for senior citizens, they have done absolutley nothing to increase access to health care for Americans under the age of 65. Additionally, if you're a single mom in today's society it's incredibly difficult to find affordable, quality child care. Rock on Hillary! Keep exposing the evils of the Bush Administration.

    August 15, 2007 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  2. Martha, Miami, Florida

    Hillary is exactly right!

    August 15, 2007 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  3. Allen Tischer

    Didn’t Hillary say in both her husband's campaigns that they would fix the health care problems in this country ? Now 8 years as First Lady and 7 years as a US Senator she has done nothing to fix the system but blame other people for the problem.

    August 15, 2007 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  4. Michigan

    This administration or dictatorship has kept the rich richer and the poor poorer and doesn't seem to care about the average people in this country, I am amazed that out of the millions of people in America that we could only find 2 people to be president, both parties make no sense since there has never been a true republican or democrat in the office, congress, or senate. They need to widen the selection and include the independent parties more to give the voters more selection. By doing so they will increase the votes and draw in more voters and then more voices will be heard.

    August 15, 2007 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  5. James Newport KY

    I wish Hillary was Inaudible!

    August 15, 2007 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  6. Michael, Ellicott City, MD

    FINALLY! A Democrat with the B**LS to
    say the truth about this Administration that has not only been by far the WORST in our history, but has set us back so much that it has undone 75 years of progress in just 6 years! GO HILLARY!!!!!

    August 15, 2007 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  7. American Man, Anytown, AM

    ...If it weren't true, W.H. wouldn't have responded so repundantly. The truth hurts.

    August 15, 2007 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  8. Jim Danbury CT

    Who really cares? There is no way in Hell that Hilary will win the election anyway.

    That all this country needs is another Clinton in office. Who's she going to screw? The lawn boy at the White House.

    August 15, 2007 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  9. zeke keel

    It is scary to see that people are encouraging this kind of behavior. Come on Hillary, lets not focus on throwing mud on Bush. He can't beat you. All this is about is getting attention through negativity. Tell the people that they are living in a world of hell and she is the answer but do tell us how you are the answer Hillary. All you are doing is creating spectical but not giving us anything more than any other candidate. If this is your style of communicating with the people and the world I am scared we are going to seriously piss off a lot of people in hurry. Quite frankly she really scares me.

    August 15, 2007 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  10. Korey M., Colorado Springs, CO

    Why do political campaigns always inevitably turn into smear campaigns against adversaries?? It displays a level of maturity about on-par with a 12-year-old. .......Some presidential candidate.

    August 15, 2007 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  11. Don Hale Michigan

    Isn't it funny that when thing are not going right we blame the presdent. I agree on some issues but lets face it i think that the congress has the say on health care and other issue to help the american people. If the spent as much time worrying about the home land than who fired the lawers and other issues. our country would be stronger.

    August 15, 2007 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  12. Pat P. Huntington Station, NY

    I guess the truth hurts! You go Hillary! Keep telling it like it is – the republicans have ruined this country and you are the only fix! You got my vote!

    August 15, 2007 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  13. Nat, Washington, DC

    Hillary Clinton is an amazingly strong woman, and one to look up to. I'm thrilled someone is finally bold enough to stand up to this administration and say what a lot of people are thinking. Though everyone may not agree with her politics, you can't disagree that she's got nerve.

    Kudos Hillary.

    August 15, 2007 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  14. Cassandra, Downingtown PA

    Health Care has almost doubled in the past six years. Hillary does care about these issues and is working hard to change the way thing are being done. I am proud she is standing up and supporting our country. The proof is in actions and not words. I feel invisible to President Bush and I know many other people do too. I stand firmly behind Hillary's agenda.

    August 15, 2007 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  15. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    mmmm, attacking only Hillary? Does that mean that white house agrees with all other "negative" comments of George Bush by other presidential candidates, republicans or democrats?

    Guess Hillary's comments are what the white house worries about. Truth hurts.

    August 15, 2007 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  16. Michael Zorn - Asheville, NC

    Hil is going to give the White HOuse to the Republicans if she's nominated. She is an awful person and would be a horrible president. I'm a lifelong dem, but there's no possible way I'd ever vote for a person such as her. I'd rather vote for the second coming of Hitler than put trash back in the White House.

    August 15, 2007 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  17. Pat P., Huntington Station, NY

    Oh, and one more thing. Keep this in perspective – it's a political ad aimed at garnering votes for the primary and therefore is, by its nature, supposed to push buttons. And anyone else who thinks the republicans are saints in their ads are big time hypocrits!

    August 15, 2007 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  18. Scott- Lubbock Texas

    When will people wake up to Hilary Clinton? She will say what is convinient at the time and bash whoever she needs to. Pick a side and stick with it. Hopefully democrats will see that Obama is much better for this country than Clinton.

    In the end, the people of this great nation matter more than any one individual.

    God bless America and the soldiers that defend it!

    August 15, 2007 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
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    August 15, 2007 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  20. Pixie, Murfreesboro, TN

    Go Hillary! Calling a spade a spade will definitely get the harpies shrieking in the white house. Nothing like a little truth to send the Bush apologists into a frothy outrage.

    August 15, 2007 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  21. Debby, Baltimore, MD

    Being a registered Democrat is becoming an embarrassment & something I must fix in the very near future. It truly is completely irresponsible for someone currently holding a seat in our government to make such comments, especially ones that affect the brave men & women fighting for this great Nation of ours. We need to show a UNITED front to the world & quit these smear campaigns.

    August 15, 2007 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  22. David Skinner

    I love to see Euros making comments concerning Universal Healthcare. The think the Healthcare they are receiving is "free". They have no idea that they actually pay for it. It's called TAXES.

    August 15, 2007 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  23. dee saint paul

    She is right! But she wont get my vote. Anyone who voted for this illegal War does not have the vision of the American people for peace and justice across the world. Go Dennis Kucnich!!!!

    August 15, 2007 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  24. Charlie. Petersburg, Va

    All this is is CNN in Clinton's left side pocket. It is very ridiculous to condone Clinton's attacking on Bush then bash any retaliation from the White House. This was just an attempt to gain cheap political points. I don't buy in to anything Hilary says because her husband promised alot of the same and failed. I'd liek to see how Hilary would have dealt with 9/11 seeing as her husband let Osama go twice.

    August 15, 2007 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  25. Robert L. , New York

    I am neither Republican nor Democrat in my affiliation. I look at the candidates and vote with my mind. While I do not agree with allot that has gone on during Bush's presidency, it wasn't like we had much of an alternative with the likes of Gore or 4 years later with Kerry.

    Coming up to 2008 we will have a clean slate of hopefuls, I urge people to look at these people closely and not blindly believe the political spin machines they spend money on hand over fist. The United States will have a female president someday, don't use Hillary as an excuse to vote her in now. Look at what she has done, being a resident of New York state I can tell you right off its pathetic at best. While she may be a intelligent woman, her values and actions are not in the best interests of this country by far they only serve he own interests.

    I'm hoping a quality female candidate arrives in 2012, maybe Pelosi or Rice.

    Until then, Its anybody but Hillary Clinton.

    August 15, 2007 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
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