January 23rd, 2008
03:49 PM ET
10 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. Val Davydov, MA

    No, Hillary. What got us into the economic mess is the Democratic takeover of Congress in November of 2007. Did you notice as soon as Democrats took over the control of Congress the ecomony has been slowing down? Is this a sign that if the Democrat is elected President this year it will be a disaster for our country?

    January 23, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. JAMES


    There should be 300 comments, barking and yelling. She was "mis-spoken", or her actions, were misunderstood.

    When the truth comes out, nothing but silence.


    January 23, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. Greg in Istanbul

    If a candidate has the audacity to praise the opposing party in an effort to win over votes, then that candidate opens himself up for ridicule. Obama did say what is being broadcast, and although ill-advised and extremely regrettable, he now has to face the music. Clinton has every right to use his own "proud" words against him. Others who have commented feel that Mr. Obama has been the prince in these political shenanigans and Mr. Edwards is above it all. Need I remind the other readers that it was they who began bashing Hillary in an effort to decrease her lead over them. Edwards was the leading voice in the effort to bash Hillary and then Obama joined the chorus. For either of them to yell "foul" is beyond belief. This is an ugly campaign, and one can imagine that we won't see two of the three names on the ballot. Each has ruined his/her opportunity to be the vice-presidential candidate. Too much hatred and bad feelings. It has come to this and no one has cornered the market on lying, misrepresenting and accusing. I won't vote republican because of the situation we're in today, but I can easily opt not to vote at all. I like HIllary, but unless she cleans up her act a bit more than Edwards and Obama, I'll have to sit this one out.

    January 23, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. Lubomir

    Quick homework for anyone who wants to know the truth behind Obama's Republican comments:

    1. Watch the the _entire_ video, posted on youtube, not just the out-of-context remark in Hillary's ad.
    2. See what factcheck.org says about it.
    3. Make your own conclusion.

    January 23, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  5. Jim, Fredericksburg VA

    Nominate Hilary, elect a Republican

    January 23, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  6. Jen Cedar Falls, IA

    Hillary and Bill have come out surprised, angry, scared and fuming at their competition (is it a right wing conspiracy that there's a candidate actually challenging her?)! They are slicing and dicing up the democrats, hoping to slip into the nomination via a damaged party.

    I do not believe for one minute that Bill and Hillary will have the support across the country for the White House because they are far far far too divisive, temperamental, constantly lying, attacking, making things up, and this just within their own party!
    Imagine the continued division across our country.
    Pathetic and scary. They simply could NOT lead again. There's a very famous quote:
    "Once you leave, you can never return to the same home again." This is very fitting of the Clinton's and the USA. They had their 8 years, it's over.

    It's time for a new leader, a new face, a uniting President to help our country, not divide it for their own selfish gain.

    This article of how the Clinton's are distorting the truth is showing their true colors. We (intelligent people) know Obama was NOT supporting the ideas of the Republican's, but the 'movement' of having new ideas and the 'uniting' of American's from all corners. It's the energy of hope, not the specific ideas Obama was referring to. My suspicion is that the Clinton camp knows most of us see the difference, they're hoping for support from those who are too weak -minded to see the truth, or too stubborn to look at it with an open mind.

    I wonder if this will get posted, I've been shut out 5 or 6 times already. Fishy.

    January 23, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. Patrick Niba

    The clintons talk a lot about obama's record. I will personally investigate hilary and bill 's record and post it on the web. I am sick and tired of the clintons doing the same dirty tricks over and over and over again.

    January 23, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. DPP

    No matter what you say, it is going to be Clinton vs McCain. Majority of Americans still prefer experience and name recognition helps. So, if you belong to a particular party, it's time to attack the other party opponent rather than a candidate belonging to your party. In less than 2 weeks, we would know the winners for both party. As we all know this is all about numbers. Clinton and McCain will win in those big states. California, who has the most number of delegates, will vote for Clinton and McCain. Hillary is ahead in numbers now. She already locked in the states of California and New York – 2 biggest states in terms of delegates. When it comes to ethnic communities, Latinos, Asians, and Jewish voters support a white candidate. White and Black voters will be split. The deciding factor are the votes of minorities.

    January 23, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Dan

    One Republican idea the Clintons clearly like is that of slash-and-burn campaigning. It is unfortunate that they are using it on a well-respected, honorable Democrat. Even if Obama does not win the nomination this time around, he will or at least should be a prominant leader in the Democratic party for many years to come. The Clintons seem to care little about the party and only about getting themselves back into the White House. After spending a great deal of time defending the Clintons over the years, it is becoming clear to me why so many Independents and Republicans detest her and would never vote for her. I used to think this intense dislike was irrational, but now I'm not so sure. I hope voters aren't as gullible as the Clintons apparently think they are and buy in to these dishonest, Rove-style campaign tactics. Please people, don't let Clinton swiftboat the future of the Democratic party. Now is our time and opportunity to take this country forward in a positive direction and to say no to the destructive and negative politics of the past. Obama in '08

    January 23, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. Rachel

    Good for Hillary, if Obama is going to talk like that and then pretend that he was misunderstood, what going to happen if he becomes president. Make promises and then go back on them because we misunderstood him. It's about time he has to anwser for his words!!

    January 23, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. Mike D

    Hillary is the most vicious vile neo-con running in this race. Don't let her fool you, she's the same repackaged stuff. Don't forget who paved the way for GWB and 9/11.

    January 23, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. pam , s.c.

    hillary has been in the senate since 2001 should she not carry some responsibility for the war in iraq the increasing national debt and the rest of the failings of the bush adm. i do not fault obama for supporting funding to the troops.wake up america the clintons must be defeated if this country has a chance.

    January 23, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. GaryO Virginia Beach

    Obama's camp is misrepresenting the facts. Hillary's ad is spot on.

    This is the Obama quote: "Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not and in a way that Bill Clinton did not. He put us on a fundamentally different path because the country was ready for it," But on Monday night’s debate Obama said the changes were bad changes.

    What can we infer from Obama's words? Obama admired Reagan's ability to manipulate our country politically even though it harmed our country.

    We have to watch out for this guy Obama. He speaks with fork-ed tongue. What can we expect from this cult leader of the Obamanites? What KIND of changes might accompany an Obama administration?

    January 23, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    For how many of you is this your first dip into politics and especially Presidential politics?
    Well this is the big leagues and the words playing fair and nice don't applied, as much as you wish them to, and they never, and I repeat never have.
    Those who play nice and fair are on the sidelines as spectators.
    You Obama supporters who vehementy say they won't vote for Hillary in the general election then I hope you won't be upset when the Hillary supporters don't vote for Obama, and a Republican wins the Presidency. That's call biting off your nose to spite your face.
    Grow up, politics is not playing patty cakes, when the nominee is selected then Democrats close ranks and support that nominee, that's how elections are won.
    I was listening to Stephanie Miller an ardent supporter of Obama, and she said that if Hillary is the nominee, then you will see her flip flopping and support Hillary.

    January 23, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  15. Ray

    "Your comment is awaiting moderation"

    I guess you only get posted if your pro Obama. Look at the comments on here, 75% Obama. I have tried to post 3 times and Im still waiting. CNN is so Pro-Obama its sad.

    January 23, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. Jesse, Burnsville, MN

    Katherine, I can agree with that. I have already been looking into Bloomberg just in case. I think if Obama wins, he will stay out of it (or possibly even be a VP candidate). If Hillary wins the nomination, however, he is in for sure. I don't really want to vote for Bloomberg over a normal Democratic nominee, but Hillary is no normal Democratic nominee. The Clinton's are single handedly destroying the Democratic Party.

    Sorry for the misunderstanding!

    January 23, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. Richard

    I'm sick of this Clinton Rhetoric and B.S. I vill vote for Obama or Edwards. I would rather vote for a Republican than to vote for the Clinton Machine. Obama's statement wasn't a big deal and its apparent he did not endorse the Republicans since he a democratic canidate. The Clintons are aware of this but still want to discredit Obama for their ploitical gain even though what they are doing is immoral. We'll all know about Bill's character and know we know Hillary is cut from the same mould.

    January 23, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. sarah

    Don't make hateful comments about Hillary. Just go and vote for Obama.

    January 23, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. Jay

    Chuck, do you think the CLintons want to bebate on honesty and shudy dealing. I do not think so.

    January 23, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  20. Sambudhollybear

    Go Hillary stand your grounds were justing finding out what Obama is all about he just won't let it go he got keep trying to put you and Bill down maybe you hit a bad nerve. Make one day you will get the 99% attention on all the media stations and Obama 1% go Hillary

    January 23, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  21. Bill

    If Obama can't take the heat of the Clintons, how will he take on the GOP. This Primary is kids play. He's still on the JV team.

    January 23, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  22. John

    Sen Obama was taking a cheap shot at President Clinton with that remark, "The Republicans were the party of ideas for a pretty long chunk of time there over the last 10, 15 years." Who was the only Democrat in the Whitehouse at during that period of time? Is the Clinton Campain is just suppose to listen to Sen Obama say that against his own party and Bill Clinton. That's not dirty politics? Pay attention!!!!

    January 23, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  23. allan

    The problem is that Obama raise the mess, he could not solve it. His praise for the republican in democratic nominee, who think its right. You can image that if the republican hopeful praise the idea of democratic, what happens?

    January 23, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  24. alex p

    A campaign for change without wisdom and experience is mere rhetoric. Positive change needs more than words to back it up. What this country needs is not only a message of hope but also a leadership of substance – a voice that can discern and persuade, and a leadership that can stand and inspire even when it is inconvenient.

    This election is a test for Hillary as well as the toughest test for America to date. In these times of unpredictability and uncertainty, who is the president that can lead America out of its own domestic economic problems and protect its vital interests in the global stage? This question demands a serious answer.

    The next president of the United Sates requires somebody with the right qualifications and political will; is someone who can transcend politics, gender and race; someone who can be the light to forge America to its greatness in the years ahead; and someone who can effect real, positive change. It needs someone like Hillary.

    Change confronts America more than ever. The challenge is to choose a leader that gives more than just reason to believe, but the heart to confront these changes.

    January 23, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  25. Gene

    Hillary! you can take everything back, but your vote to authorize President Bush to go for war in Iraq will never slip away....you can hide other votes in house, but this one will be your legacy. It will bounce back to you.

    January 23, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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