October 6th, 2007
10:50 AM ET
11 years ago

Campaigning on 9/11

Sen. Hillary Clinton has a new campaign ad about her involvement in helping 9/11 rescue and clean-up workers.

(CNN) - Mary Snow takes a look at the potential benefits and risks of using imagery associated with the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to campaign for political office.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. Roger, Boston, MA

    There is Nothing wrong with Hillary using her 911 leadership images. National security & strong leadership issues are not personal property of the Republican party. We are sick & tired of the GOP elephant. Can't wait to cast my vote for Hillary.

    October 6, 2007 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  2. Rick, Houston Texas

    Do you get a glass of koolaide with this video?

    October 6, 2007 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. Amy

    Exploitive. Typical

    October 6, 2007 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. matt

    HRC isn't using the image in an overt way. After all, it's just a health care ads. She gets more leeway on this than Rudy because with him, it would just seem opportunistic.


    October 6, 2007 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. r sisk, Nevada

    To Mike in Texas.

    I am so surprised with someone from TEXAS bashing Hillary Clinton!!!! After all, your great state has given us the best president ever! (i'm not refering to LBJ or Bush Sr.)

    I think "y'all" should keep a low profile for lets say a decade or two until this worldwide embarrassment of an administration fades from our memories. (if that is possible).

    Hillary is a Senator from New York and is seen surveing the aftermath and reaching out to her fellow New Yorkers. She was there for her constituents after the tragic 9-11 incidents. That's all the message is.

    October 6, 2007 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  6. BMB NYC, NY

    I do not see any problem with the images she has used in this particular ad. It is not like how Bush used in 2004. All she is trying to show is the workers at WTC and how is helping them on Health care issues. I am not an HRC supporter. I think comparing it how Bush and Rudy are Milking that tragedy is BS.

    October 6, 2007 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  7. Steve

    If anyone swallows THAT load of crap they deserve Hillary as their president. They need a "say anything" candidate and she's their man. Why go back th a Clinton White House?? We know how well it didn't work then and we can't expect anything different if they're put back in there. Untrustworthy, out of touch and so desperate for votes she's trying to play the 9/11 card when she has no right to do so.

    October 6, 2007 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. Milton Sierra, Ft Myers, FL

    Yes, she was there.So was every other schmedrick politician looking for a photo op. At least she is not basing her ENTIRE campaign on it like Rudy(not my Rudy).

    Don't know if it is as bad as BUSH duping the entire Christian right by telling tem he'd reverse Roe v Wade, ban same sex marriage, etc., and never actually doing it. To add insult to injury, He sends their kids of to fight a useless war.

    I think all political TV ads should be banned. Only air debates. You want people to see you? Go on the web or how about this absurd concept; get out of "the office" and get out there amongst "your constituents" and hear what THEY have to say...don't be afraid, all of you get S/S protection anyway...

    October 6, 2007 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  9. Lyndal, Lowell, Arkansas

    I don't know how Hillary can live with herself. To use 9/11 victims and the workers whose blood, sweat and tears helped this country on to recovery is an abomination. She fails to address the guilty party in all this and continues to oppose those efforts of retaliation. She should be ashamed.

    October 6, 2007 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  10. dougle

    She cared? Yeah right! The only thing she has ever cared about is her image and getting elected. So many ignorant people believe the Democrat lies that they are in it for the little people. Truthfully, they want the little people to stay little in perpetuity.

    October 6, 2007 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  11. larry d albea, georgia

    ONCE AGAIN THE CLINTON PROPAGANDA MACHINE IS TRYING TO IMPLY SOMETHING THAT IS NOT SO. What does 1 trip to ground zero do to compare to all of the hours Gulliano spent there, and how many firefighters and police funerals did she attend? it never ceases to amaze me as to how gullible the Clintons think we are and tahat there are people stupid enough and determined to think that they must always adhere to one political party.

    October 6, 2007 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  12. Patrick, Cincinnati,OH

    Frankly as some have said... she is just Bush lite... still taking money from special interests. Would rather have Obama and hope that some kind of clean break can be made with special interests... but being a realist I know that won't happen.

    Will enjoy hearing republicans moan and groan about her especially if she is elected.

    October 6, 2007 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Rudy did nothing? WOW! Ignorance is bliss. He did more than anyone else could. Truth is nobody should use images of 9/11. This is the lowest of the low. Lower than attacking someones lesbian daughter.

    October 6, 2007 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. Marc Gendron

    I have lived in NYC for 25 years now. The worst totalitarian mayor was Guliani. Police,teachers,firemen, the Amadu Dialo and Abner Luima incidents... Hilary is NY's Senator, she has done more than anyone else in the fight for compensation to Ground Zero workers who are now sick with all sorts of problems. I have met Hillary 3 times, and she is so much more passionate than that slime bucket. I think the ad is fine, of course Clinton haters would think otherwise.

    October 6, 2007 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. JB Boston MA

    Little known fact. . .

    Shot heard round the world. . . . it was Shillary

    And Lee-

    stop with the dem talking points. . .set up base camp blah blah blah. You are close enough, talk to the majority of the people there on 9-11 and the days after, and they are extremely thankful for Giuliani's presence and help. Those are the facts!

    October 6, 2007 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  16. Ian, Arlington Texas

    Was it not Hillary Clinton's husband who had the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks in his grasp only to let him go because he was afraid of actually doing anything preventative? Was it not the Clinton era that crippled our nations ability to avoid and prevent such attacks? I am outraged that, after all the mud-slinging and the politics, Hillary Clinton, of all people, would use such an event towards for her own political gain.

    October 6, 2007 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  17. Barb, Arlington, VA

    If Rudy hadn't been using 9/11 in all his campaign materials and speeches, we wouldn't have Hillary's ad. As far as the health of the workers at the 9/11 site, Hillary is doing her best to see they get the health care they need and deserve. Rudy is a talker. Hillary is a doer.

    October 6, 2007 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  18. John, Newport News, VA

    Who's this guy they're interviewing for this CNN piece? He talks like one of those dumb bears from the old cartoons. "Duh, which way did he go, George?"

    October 6, 2007 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  19. Bonnie O., Raleigh, NC

    Hillary and Bill will stoop to anything in their world of politi-speak.
    Vote for real change vote for OBAMA in '08!

    October 6, 2007 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. jfz; napa, CA


    October 6, 2007 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    Hillary has the right to use the image, and should have used it long time ago.

    She was the senator of new york, and she should be there after the disaster. New York did get lots of federal help right after the disaster.

    I dont hear any new yorkers upset with her handling of 9/11. On the other hand, I heard that the new york firemen, policmen and vitim families are upset with Giuliani for preventing and handling the 9/11 incident.

    October 6, 2007 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  22. Jeremy, Columbus OH

    I see nothing wrong with this ad, unlike Republicans who have used 9/11 in such a way that's it's tasteless. For example Senator Mike Dewine of Ohio tried to use a 9/11 ad in his re-election campaign here showing the planes hitting the buildings and it was doctored, go figure.

    This ad shows her leadership commitment after what had happened. She's giving a helping hand to those who needed it that day, which is far more than this president who blew through a blow horn that we were going to get those who did this and he got that wrong too by going after the wrong people, the Iraqis. I won't even mention his performance with Katrina. Thank You to the Clinton's who actually care about the people of this country.

    October 6, 2007 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. Mike Dallas, TX

    The last time Hillary tried to exploit fear Senator characterized it as "TASTELESS".

    I agree this is TASTELESS.
    What leadership? You want to see leadership? Check this out!


    October 6, 2007 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  24. pl. at the UN for a while.

    The use of imagery is very important at any time.
    America was attacked by a bunch of terrorists.
    It matters very much who was there to inspect the carnage and who wasn't.
    Equally important is to wear the flag-pin for the entire duration of the war on terror. It's a symbol, yes, but one that matters very much to the families of the fallen and the meimed.
    How else do you tell the victims that you still care; that you haven't forgotten?

    October 6, 2007 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  25. John Ross, Santa Monica, CA

    During her first two terms in the White House Hillary ignored international events. She, Bill, and Madeline Albright are criminally responsible for 9/11 and should be brought before a court of law.

    October 6, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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