January 23rd, 2008
03:49 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton goes after Obama's Republican comments in radio ad

Clinton is going after Obama in a new ad.
Clinton is going after Obama in a new ad.

(CNN) - Democrat Hillary Clinton is launching a radio ad in South Carolina Wednesday that targets Barack Obama's recent comments on the Republican Party – her campaign’s latest effort to capitalize on the Illinois senator’s recent remarks.

The spot highlights a portion of his recent interview with the Reno Journal-Gazette in which the Illinois senator said in part, "The Republicans were the party of ideas for a pretty long chunk of time there over the last 10, 15 years."

"Really? Aren’t those the ideas that got us into the economic mess we’re in today? Ideas like special tax breaks for Wall Street," the ad's narrator asks.. "Running up a $9 trillion debt. Refusing to raise the minimum wage or deal with the housing crisis. Are those the ideas Barack Obama’s talking about?"

Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have repeatedly raised those comments on the campaign trail. Obama's campaign has said the two are mischaracterizing the original comments.

Responding to the radio ad, Obama spokesman Bill Burton called the ad a "negative, dishonest attack."

“In her newest negative, dishonest attack, Clinton claims that Obama praised Republican ideas apparently in an attempt to obscure her record of voting for Republican ideas like bankruptcy, NAFTA and, of course, the war in Iraq," he said.

"That fact that Hillary Clinton has praised Ronald Reagan and supported some of the very worst Republican ideas just underscores that she will say or do anything to get elected,” said Burton.

The Clinton campaign maintained the ad was straightforward.

"This ad straightforwardly uses Sen. Obama’s own words in his own voice saying the Republican Party was the party of ideas for the past 10-15 years," Clinton spokesman Mo Elleithee said. "We can understand why the Obama campaign would be frustrated with that. The bottom line is that Sen. Clinton is running for president in order to replace those ideas with new ones like jumpstarting our economy, creating jobs and protecting people’s homes."

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
soundoff (1,035 Responses)
  1. hp

    Mr. Obama claimed to be a uniter? Is he? He can not even unite his own party.
    - We're color blind, but we're not brainless. Stop defend yourself. We need a leader to defend us the invisibles.
    -We're color blind. Stop telling us your "true" color.
    -We're color blind but we're not deaf. Stop shouting, if you do, we need to hear real issue, real solution.
    Hilary 08!

    January 23, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. Stephy, Groton CT

    Here is goes again! I am getting so tired op these politics! Seriously, find something new and meaningful.

    January 23, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. RL

    Obama needs to grow up. Just admit that you should never have made such a stupid statement so live with it. Now lets wait for the Obamanites to spew their hatred.

    January 23, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. Steve, Landing, NJ

    This is a pretty repulsive tactic on Clinton's part. All her supporters may ring in the "she's just quoting him!" nonsense, but the fact is she's taking a few words out of context, then adding her own context to make his words sound completely different.

    Obama's words in that very interview *clearly* stated his opposition to the Republican ideas he mentioned. He simply claimed they *had* ideas.

    A few weeks ago, I would've been happy to vote for either Clinton or Obama in this race, but more and more I hope I don't have to vote for Clinton in November.

    January 23, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. Karen

    There's a interesting internet video out. No narration etc. Just Obama...I never said that we should try to go ahead and get a single payer... Just Obama....I am a proponent of single payer. He is quite adament on both views.

    January 23, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. VA

    I have ideas.

    Never mind, these are bad ideas.

    Hello, why do you pick those ideas at the first place.

    January 23, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. AJ, IL

    Perfect response. Let the Obama's campaign folks respond to the negative Clinton ads. Bill Burton's response was:

    “In her newest negative, dishonest attack, Clinton claims that Obama praised Republican ideas apparently in an attempt to obscure her record of voting for Republican ideas like bankruptcy, NAFTA and, of course, the war in Iraq. "That fact that Hillary Clinton has praised Ronald Reagan and supported some of the very worst Republican ideas just underscores that she will say or do anything to get elected.”

    Bill Burton could went a step further in his South Carolina ad response by saying the following (and be correct to say it):

    "That fact that Hillary Clinton has praised Ronald Reagan and supported some of the very worst Republican ideas, including the support of Barry Goldwater who was against the Civil Rights Act of 1964, just underscores that she will say or do anything to get elected.”

    January 23, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  8. Bob

    It's time for Obama to attack Both Clintons on integrity.......... The ad would be so long it might be played in the cinemas. He needs to remind America exactly what the Clintons did in office and what they did when they were leaving. Anybody that can be behind the most imoral couple in the world needs to get checked.

    I cant believe people are even falling for them.... The video should show Clinton Lying to us, all the pardons he gave to convicts in exchange for contribututions, his lack of securing our country during the 5 terror attacks, the number of woman who sued him etc..... I could go on forever

    January 23, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. Omar Norfolk VA

    This truly proves Obama has Hillary's back up against the wall. I LOVE IT!

    January 23, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. Charlie

    Obama and Hillary are politicians regardless of what the two say.
    I was a undecided voter until seeing the Debate monday night, Instead of reading gossip and watching the news, I decided to see which one was telling the truth.

    After searching dozens of sources, I find that Hillarys words were actually closer to the truth . I am no longer an undecided voter.

    Hillary Clinton is my Choice for President of the United States of America.

    January 23, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. Rick

    heh, this ad is child's play compared to the vile ad that the obama campain had running in Nevada against Hillary.

    Unless Obama gains some serious momentum by winning SC, he's pretty much finished.

    January 23, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. E. in Dallas, TX

    I hope that people read between the lines and that this backfires on her. It's really sad. I'm an independent. No party registration. I think that Americans are smarter than she doesn't believe we are.

    January 23, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. Mike

    I can't believe a lot of people even the like of House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn and Former senator Tom Daschle were asking Bill Clinton to take it easy on Obama. This is becoming ludicrous. I mean, do they want a crybaby President?

    Definitely leaders like Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, North Korea's r Kim Jong-il and Venezuela's President, Hugo Chavez will definitely continue to verbally abuse us. What we will do then? Whine like crybabies. C'mon guys, is this the CHANGE that we want – to be known as the "Land of the Crybabies."

    My bad, these confrontations were not going to happen, because we will just vote PRESENT everytime.

    January 23, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. Scott, Royal Oak, MI

    No more drama, vote Obama

    January 23, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. Tom , Flagstaff, AZ

    I cannot abide the possibility of this immensely dishonest person following the immensely dishonest Bush into the Oval Office. One of her latest claims is that she was "transformed" by MLK in 1963; yet she was a Goldwater girl a year later.

    This lifelong Democrat will never vote for her, and I am certain that many other Democrats will also not vote for her if she is our party's nominee. Either Edwards or Obama would make a terrific president, yet here we are, looking at the probability that the party will be stuck with the least electable one of the three.

    January 23, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. Dan, NJ

    Not suprising. His comment was in favor of new ideas and forward thinking. Two things the Clinton campaign is against.

    January 23, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. Steven

    Barack already explained himself during the debate in SC. More political half truths, distortions, and lies by HRC. I hope they realize that most of us can see right through this attempt to smear Obama! It wil backfire and I am looking forward to it!

    January 23, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. Joe Ossai, Bedford, NH

    Lady go sell some more cattle futures and make money. Insider trading anyone

    January 23, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. Brandon

    Hillary is right...obama takes no responsibility for anything. how can the statement "the republicans were the party of ideas for the last 10, 15 years" mean nothing like obama claims? He then says Reagan took the country to a place that neither nixon or clinton did. I don't care how transformational a figure is, ultimately he is judge by his results...and reagan's time in office produced troubling results. So Hillary and especially President Bill Clinton have every right to defend the clinton presidency.

    January 23, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Hillary supporters.....keep in mind....she already knows this statement was a complete distortion of the truth...the Clintons don't care about the truth and rely on your utter ignorance to allow them to continue.

    Send a message to the Clintons....enough....they had no issues moving from their "home" state of Arkansas to get Hillary in an actual elected position – lets encourage them to move further north to Canada....

    January 23, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. Sarah L, Fayetteville, AR

    If you read Senator Obama's comments, there was no value judgement. He did not say they were good ideas. There is no praise of the Republican party contained in that statement.

    Furthermore, would it be the end of the world if someone offered praise of the other party? Isn't it precisely this 'us against them' mentality that has prevented anything from getting done in the last 8 years?

    Senator Obama has offered a sincere platform based on the notion that we should all work together. This is a 'fairytale' worth believing in.

    January 23, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  22. JC

    Hillary will never get my vote

    January 23, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. pam Eugene OR

    Hillary, we can see you lies and don't buy it. Do you think we are stupid. Well never mind, obviously you do.
    Why do you have to play so dirty? Don't you care at all what you are doing to our party. Even if you do get the nomination you will have so divided Democrats there will be no fixing us.
    Go Home and take your lies and your cheating husband with you. We want honor not a shallow win at any cost.

    January 23, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. disenfranchised

    Sigh.

    Please tell me people are wise enough to ignore these lame campaign tactics. Each day reading the political ticker being exposed to Hillary's dirty rhetorical and campaign tricks makes me sicker to my stomach. I've reached the threshold where if she gets the nomination I'll be voting McCain or not at all.

    January 23, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. M. Winners, Mesa, AZ

    Looks like Hillary is stealing one of the ideas the Republicans had over the last 10 to 15 years – Using mis-characterization of their observations to dis her opponents. What next Hill, another great idea that the Republicans came up with over the last 15 years? You know, Obama is not a real American or doesn't support the troops because he is for ending the war in Iraq.

    January 23, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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