November 20th, 2007
11:04 AM ET
11 years ago

Clinton takes on 'Republican attack machine'

Sen. Clinton launched a new ad Tuesday.

NEW YORK (CNN) – Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, tells New Hampshire voters she’s the only candidate that can beat the “Republican attack machine” in a new television campaign ad that began running Tuesday in the Granite State.

“Here they go again — the same old Republican attack machine is back,” an announcer says in the ad. “Why? “Maybe it’s because they know that there’s one candidate with the strength and experience to get us out of Iraq.”

Clinton has portrayed herself as the most electable candidate in the Democratic field, and recent polling in the Granite State indicates that a majority of Democratic voters agree. According to a recent CBS News-New York Times poll, 68 percent of likely New Hampshire Democratic voters said they thought Clinton has the best chance of winning the general election.

RNC Spokesman Brian Walton criticized Clinton for the ad and said she holds political rivals responsible for her problems.

“Throughout her career Senator Clinton has time and time again blamed political opponents for her problems,” Walton said. “With Senator Clinton’s campaign in freefall it is no surprise that she would resort to the same tired excuses.”

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

Filed under: GOP • Hillary Clinton • New Hampshire
soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. FT Doylestown, Pa.

    Hillary is Still Fighting the other side....the whole Senate and Congress are doing the same thing...every one is fighting the other side!
    RESULT NOTHING is GETTING DONE!! Look what's going on in Washington DC.
    TIME FOR A CHANGE........STOP the InHouse Fighting!
    Does AMERICA WANT TO COME TOGETHER and Fight the People that want to Kill Us ALL!
    Everyone should leave the Democrate and Republican Parties and Register Independent and Make these two Parties GROW UP.
    "WE THE PEOPLE" Must take back the POWER!!!

    November 20, 2007 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  2. Jose Card

    I would like to believe Senator Clinton is the most qualified candidate, but I need to see the proof. Can she be kind enough to ask Bill to release the documents to back up her claim ASAP?

    I have never seen any more polarizing presidential candidate in my time. Even if she wins, how can she unite Democrats and never mind all parties?

    November 20, 2007 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  3. Aunt Betty

    she might be able to beat the republicans, but she can't beat herself.

    November 20, 2007 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  4. Hillary is a joke - Mira Mesa

    Well Hillster, are you also qualified to beat the "Democratic attack machine". Just because you are a Democrat does not mean that you will automatically get my vote. In fact, you will never get my vote.

    November 20, 2007 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  5. Buster, Charlotte, NC

    Hillary is correct. Negative and distortions are the Republicans' best strategy. The record shows that the Republicans always go negative instead of talking about real issues. Ask McCain about what Bush did to him in S.C. Hillary is as good as any candidate in the race and negative attacks only show that her opponents and their supporters fear her candidacy. When Obama and Edwards go negative which they are doing right now, they are mimicking the GOP. And why not, it tends to work, witness some of the crap written it these comments..same old efforts to distort the truth. Even when Lee Atwater, the premier GOP strategist, was on his death bed dying from cancer, he asked for forgiveness for the negative campaigns that he had run on behalf of the GOP. What did his fellow GOP'ers do? True to nature, they attacked him! Go figure.

    November 21, 2007 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  6. John, Washington DC

    From what I am seeing, there is more than enough 'hate' going around in the DEM candidate circles. Hillary is doing more than her share of whining and slinging. Obama's responses are invariably more level-headed and professional. That's the problem with Hillary – nothing is ever 'her' problem – it's always someone elses fault.

    We had the Clintons for 8 years, then Bush for 8 years – let's move on to something totally fresh.

    November 21, 2007 04:13 am at 4:13 am |
  7. alan St Louis MO

    OH NO OBAMA is starting to WIN the truth of my lies, spin, smokescreen are no longer having an effect.

    sorry the ACME Spin MACHINE come with out a warranty.

    try something new
    Take a REAL STAND

    November 21, 2007 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  8. Seam, Philly PA

    Is anyone sick of Hillary Clinton? I can't imagine 4-8 years with this drag.

    November 21, 2007 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  9. DMW, Roeland Park, KS

    Anyone other than Hillary will lose, period. Get real. You all really think America will vote for Obama as President? None of the Southern states will vote for a black man. All of the other Democratic candidates are dead in the water.

    Living through several Republican cycles, you all know that the Republican machine can and does destroy a person. They almost got Bill Clinton and they did destroy John Kerry.

    Hillary is the only person with "balls" enough to beat back the Republican and everyone, if they look honestly, knows this is true.

    Obama may be likeable, but, likeable does not count in politics.

    Sorry you all, but Hillary 08!!!!

    November 21, 2007 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. Kurt, Denton, TX

    To read these comments makes me wonder if the Republicans haven't already won–nothing but hate, hate and more hate–where do you think we will be if we have even 4 more years of large corporations stealing the U.S. blind with the encouragement of our fine Republican leaders. Give me Hillary, Obama or Edwards–anyone but another Republican!!

    November 21, 2007 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. Dale, Tucson, AZ

    Nice try (spin). The GOP probably wants to go against this prude.

    November 21, 2007 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. Mike, Poland, OH

    So true! We have had the Bushes and the Clintons. All we have had is gridlock. Someone else must be given a chance to straighten this ship.

    November 21, 2007 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. Jeremiah, Odessa TX

    Guys, the attack machine started on day 1 of Bill's presidency and you can still find silly jokes today, some folks can't let go.

    Anyway, the feigned surprise and hurt expressed by the Republican faithful is humorous. What did they expect? George and Dick have provided plenty of material for the democratic machine to work with.

    It would be really great if we could get back to a point where the legislators could work together with less partisanship and then work with whoever our president is for the benefit of the people.

    November 21, 2007 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  14. Laura W, Silverdale WA

    I find it fascinating that Hillary Clinton's main detractors are WOMEN!! If I was a psychologist I'd say that there's some self-loathing going on among the most vocal anti-Hillary women. What? You'll support an inexperienced Obama who won't have clue one what to do on the "tough" issues (because he really hasn't been there), or a Republican who's likely to get us into war with Iran? It just boggles my mind that women, of all people, won't support Hillary Clinton!

    November 28, 2007 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
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