November 2nd, 2007
01:00 PM ET
11 years ago

RNC, Edwards hit Clinton on debate performance

Clinton is taking heat from both Democrats and Republicans Friday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton is coming under fire from both Democrats and Republicans in two new Web ads released Friday that focus on her debate performance earlier this week.

The Republican National Committee is out with an ad titled "Hillary Clinton: Long on rhetoric, short on answers," that edits together several different Washington pundits expressing criticism of the New York Democrat's answers at Tuesday's debate.

Meanwhile, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards launched a Web ad titled "The politics of parsing." It also featuring clips from the debate and accuses Clinton of "double-talk" on Iraq, social security, and Immigration.

Responding to Edwards' Web ad, Clinton spokesman Isaac Baker said, "In 2004, John Edwards said, 'If you are looking for the candidate that will do the best job of attacking the other Democrats, I am not your guy.' But now that his campaign has stalled, he’s launching false attacks on his fellow Democrats."

"Voters will certainly be asking whether Mr. Edwards’ pledges to be positive in 2004 were anything more than just a political tactic," Baker added.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John Edwards • RNC
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. catherine, new heaven,ct

    wow cnn you can change clinton pictures every second... I wonder wats up with other qualified candidates. Wats up with todays America? NOt my country anymore....

    November 2, 2007 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. JB Boston MA

    So this is how it goes. . .

    Hillary does a poor job answering a question. Edwards and Obama request additional information, and question her answer.

    Hillary responds by saying "you are attacking me".

    It seems to me, if she answered the question more accurately in the first place, there would be no need to question her.

    Would a Hill fan please explain where my logic has gone wrong.

    Also, the fact that they are questioning her has nothing to do with her being a woman. Again, if she answered the questions fully in the first place, then they would not need to re question her.

    November 2, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    It's pathetic to see fellow Democrats stoop to the low level of Rovian name calling and attack ads.

    I'm not a huge Hillary supporter, but I've defended her on this one. She never claimed support of the license plan, she said it was a good idea to try to do something about the problem of millions of illegal aliens who drive on our streets. It's incredible how simple minded the majority of this country can be. I'm ashamed to be American sometimes.

    November 2, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. marcus mauney, fort wayne, IN

    That it one very scary looking woman. Almost as scary as imagining this hack being the President.

    November 2, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. Marshal Phillips, Wichita, Kansas

    Actually what Hillary has said was that all those men against one woman was a fair fight. She's tough, she's having fun. She can't be stopped. Even her arch enemy Dick Morris has predicted she will be our next president. Go Hillary!

    November 2, 2007 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. KL, Red Bluff, CA

    I agree with Bob. If people really listened to what she said about the driver's license issue it made perfect sense. She understands states needs to do something but she doesn't agree with this particular plan. In addition, if you people were listening, she blamed Congress and the President for failing to address the illegal issue therefore causing states to try just about anything.

    Disingenuous on the part of Obama and Edwards as they supported the previous legislation that failed miserably. Where is their plan? They don't have one.

    As for not answering questions – please review previous debates – Obama couldn't come up with a straight answer if his life depended on it. He typically has a deer in the headlights look – and I was an Obama supporter that switched to Clinton.

    November 2, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. Oscar, Rio Vista, CA 94571

    I watched the debate and not one candidate "attacked" Hilary. All they did was disagree with her points of view on legitimate topics. Hilary brought up the immigration stuff on her own and then she was evasive about her opinion. She also stated emphatically that she will be open and honest but then started being evasive again about making information regarding her and Bill while he was president public. Obama just pointed it out.

    Democrat voters: Please wake up. Republicans hate the Clintons and that = 50% of the country that would not vote for her. Listen to Chris Dodd. We need a democrat in the White House and Hilary is not electable. Do you really want Rudy, who is already telling you that he will bomb Iran and continue the useless war in Iraq. He will torture and the constitution will be ripped to threads. This guy is worse than Bush....

    I am begging you.

    November 2, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. Bob, Seattle, WA

    Hilliary is sliding down the great 'slippery slope'.

    November 2, 2007 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. Monte Brown, New York, NY

    This just shows you how Obama and Edwards are adding momentum to the reactionaries’ pursuit at stealing the executive branch. Neither Obama nor Edwards have the fire to take on the reactionaries and they know this. They attacked Hillary on the one issue that could lose the race for the Democrats if not handled carefully, immigration reform. These guys just need to keep their mealy mouths shut, and let the leader lead. They are really mad at Hillary for all the wrong reasons. Hillary Clinton is the frontrunner, and she has the fire in her belly to defeat the reactionaries as she has demonstrated. The American people’s votes will be the propane that will keep the fire burning hot.

    These guys, Obama and Edwards, think that they can pull Karl Rove stunts and fool the American people from electing the candidate who will deliver the change we NEED. They are wrong. Hillary Clinton is the most qualified candidate, the most experienced candidate and she’s READY TO LEAD.

    November 2, 2007 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Let me paraphrase for Bob – "stop telling the truth about Hillarys evasiveness – we need to stop pointing out what obvious to any literate person – if you keep pointing this out – even the homeless we bus to the polls will not vote for her"

    November 2, 2007 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  11. R. C. NY

    New Mexico, Utah, Michigan among other states have driver license for illegal aliens, this was a "Catch You" question alright! I am with Hillary on this one!

    November 2, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. jeff,fort wayne, IN

    one very scary looking woman...will be this country's next President ..


    November 2, 2007 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. Steve, Sumter SC

    Bob in SF,

    While you beieve it is pathetic for dems to talk about dems, repubs to talk about repubs, dems to talk about repubs and repubs to talk about dems (it is childish at times and deflect from the issues) I am happy to be in country that gives us that freedom . I am never ashamed to be American!

    November 2, 2007 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. Andy J, Upstate, NY

    I find it interesting that while complaining about personal attacks, the Clinton campaign is doing the same thing to her fellow democratic party candidates. Blah, blah, blah, more of the same Clinton campaign garbage: She can say whatever she wants, and when someone dares to question or oppose her majesty's views, they are attacking, piling on, ect. and she cries foul. She is just another hypocritical politician. Obama/Edwards '08!

    November 2, 2007 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. Hank, Fort Myers, FL

    First–the issue is too obtuse for a one word answer–if we want someone in office like that why have an election–we've already got one. Second, I think her MOJO is working!! No only are her Democratic rivals attempting nitnoy attacks on her, but she has the entire GOP now shooting at her. Go Girl!!! All politicians waffle–if they are thoughtful. I want an elected official who is going to put a little thought into what is right and proper for our nation–than a repeat performance of a knee-jerk loser with one-sided advisors.

    November 2, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. Brian, Minneapolis, MN

    What we need is a non-partisan candidate. These debates have become name calling children spats which offer no true political measure of any candidate. These people are trying to get elected, they ARE NOT trying to show how they will RUN a country!!!

    November 2, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. john williams san diego, ca.

    hillary was asked a question and she did answer the question, but sadly it was with a question "WHY"

    November 2, 2007 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    I'm ashamed to be American sometimes.

    Posted By Bob, San Francisco, CA : November 2, 2007 1:34 pm

    Just like many of us are ashamed sometimes of San Francisco.

    November 2, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  19. Karsen Rumpf, Iowa City, IA

    Hilary is a joke. All she does is try to get around in order to get everybody's vote. She is not being truthful with America and if she can't be truthful in the public eye how is she going to be truthful behind closed doors in the White House?

    November 2, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. Neill C., Montgomery, Al

    Waahhhhhhh! Stop picking on me!!!!!

    November 2, 2007 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  21. Tom, New York, NY

    They all double speak and don't answer questions....and I specifically remember Edwards when he stood there in 2004 and said he would NOT attack other democrats... and that he would run a positive campaign... oh well....kettle calling the pot black... it is okay, he will just help lose more support from the people on the fence by all this negative stuff...

    November 2, 2007 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  22. Jake, San Diego CA

    Where are the false attacks from Edwards? What Edwards said is true.

    November 2, 2007 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Still shrill (didn't take voice lessons suggested by Nina Totenberg), divisive (on both sides of illegal alien license issue), inexperienced (won basically uncontested NY Senate seat as Ms. Bubba), and unelectable (even 50% of popular votes in the big states won't do it). Put a fork in her generous drumsticks, she's done.

    November 2, 2007 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  24. Steve, Lyons, CO

    Edwards, just drop out. You have no chance.

    I like your health care plan the best, but sending your wife out to attack Hillary, and with you constantly harping on Clinton rather than what YOU will do, makes you a loser.

    November 2, 2007 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  25. Dave, Cheverly, MD

    Hillary wants to be the President and a world leader and she is complaining about being a woman already. I never remember Britain’s Margaret Thatcher complain that her competitors, friends or foes were piling up on her because she was a woman. When Mrs. Buccho of Pakistan was nearly blown up a few weeks ago. I don’t recall her saying it was because she was a woman. She said it was because the opposition disagreed with her policies. This is the FIRST time Hillary has been intensely questioned about her policies in the debates. They only did so because she would not give them a straight answer. If she is crumbling and playing the women card already, then she is not ready to lead as President. The Republicans and other world leaders will overwhelm her. Furthermore, she will not be able to effectively negotiate with them on our behalf.

    November 2, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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