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. Shani

    Obama's campaign did the same thing to Hillary in Nevada. The Obama camp said that Hillary did not want any Hispanic voters.

    January 23, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. Chris Kilast

    Obama continuously makes the claim that he can reach out to politicians on both sides of the aisle, yet I have yet to see evidence of this in anything he has done in the past. In comparison, Clinton won an overwhleming majority in New York in 2006 in part by reaching out to communities that were traditional Republican strongholds, and while in Congress, more thna one Republican leader has commented on her willingess to work with them on improtant issues.
    Obama claims to be a 'uniter' but Clinton (and I should note in saying this I'm not an entusiastic supporter of Ms. Clinton) actually HAS worked with Republicans and gotten things done. I don't know why the Clinton camp has not emphasised this particular experience more.

    January 23, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. Dan, NJ

    Chuck wrote:

    No comment Obama fans? Or are you OK with this? Obama said all three Dems have dirty hands.
    That says it all about Obama. DIRTY HANDS…"

    How about Peter Paul, Mauricio Celis, Mark Rich, The government of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirites (and likely many others as the Clintons refuse to reveal sources of donations).

    The Clintons are beholden to more questionable money sources than most.

    January 23, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. David S., Chicago, IL

    Obama '08 – Do you really want the Clintons back in the White House? I don't – time to move on....I am a progressive and a proud supporter of Obama!

    January 23, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. Tony

    Every time Hillary employs a dirty tactic another vote is gained for Obama. So keep it HRC. You're only hurting yourself. No one is falling for this garbage and if they are its probably cause they are only reading the title of the article.

    OBAMA 08

    January 23, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  6. John, Washington DC

    If only she would spend some time trying to convince us as to why she should be president, instead of trying to convince us why Obama should not.

    Oh, and Hillary, lose Bill from the trail. You need to convince America you can fight your own fights.

    January 23, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. John

    "for the past 10-15 years"

    Wasn't she president for 7 of those 15 years? We are led to believe that she shaped those policies and that is her experience.

    January 23, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. Stacy Clarks, Texas

    is it so wrong to say something about the other party? must we as americans always divide ourselves and NEVER look to the other side? God forbid that we ALL (dems and republicans) agree on something! this country is too divided, and we need Obama!

    January 23, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. Utrena

    Can this nonsense come to an end with Hillary Clinton attempting to mislead the American people? Fact checker has already verified this claim from the Clinton's is bogus; as if we needed a confirmation from fact checker. I am a resident of SC and we are not buying these unsolicited lies the Clinton administration is trying to sale. Clinton told Barack it is hard to debate him because she can not determine what he is saying. My advice is to stop analyzing Baracks positions and informs us of yours...

    January 23, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. Warren

    Do these people have no shame? In her thirty five years of experience doesn't she have something positive to show the voters of South Carolina and the country, rather than this kind of cheap shot? It is clear to most everyone that Barack Obama was saying that the Republicans ideas have predominated in recent years- including the time that Bill and Hillary were renting out the Lincoln bedroom to enhance their campaign war chests- and that it is time for the Democratic Party to find it voice again. Obama is trying to end this politics as usal, but it is the only game the Clintons know how to play. Shame on them. Don't they realize that that dog just won't hunt.

    January 23, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. jyfranca

    Am fed up with this clinton family they think 400 million americans are so dumb that we do not have other people who could run this govt?All they think is presidency as if it was their birth right.I cant imagine those blacks who wont vote in november and others switch their party affiliation to vote for sen.Mccain.its disgrace and totally unfair for one family to think they know everything about us.I better vote for devil himself than hillary

    January 23, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. Kevin

    This rhetoric is only hurting Senator Clinton.

    I had a little respect for her, now I have none.

    January 23, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. rosey

    Point blank, the ad took exactly what Obama said, put a perspective on it and questioned it. The ad wasn't LYING, it was questioning what he said. What is wrong with that? It's politics folks, get over it. I'm sure there will be much worse to come in the next few weeks. And for all of you who think Obama is this perfect, ideal person, WAKE UP!!!! I don't know who I am for, but I know that he has dirt on him too. He didn't even VOTE for over 100 issues in the Senate!!!!! Why don't you all stop slamming Hillary and take an honest look at Obama, so that you know why you're defending him, because right now I can't find many reasons to. John Edwards said it best to him in the debate, "there is no 'present' vote when you're president, you have to make a decision." Before you all jump on the Obama train, think whether or not you want a president who actually makes decisions. Remeber, Bush said he was a uniter too...

    Plus, Obama needs to stop whining, all the candidates are getting attacked. And the republicans would do it a lot worse than Hillary.

    January 23, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. Nick, Denham Springs, LA

    Let's not forget that the greatest gift we can give to the Republican party is Hillary Clinton as the next Democratic Presidential candidate.

    -No one should be gloating at this point. A candidate needs to earn the party's nomination-
    What Sen Clinton and her supporters don't understand is, if she wins the nomination ,WE, the rest of the Democratic Party are going to vote Republican, we hate her that much. What Sen Clinton easily forgets is this is the Primary Election, not the General Election.

    Remember Hillary supporters, you might need us, if Hillary wins. Also, Obama attracts a lot of independent voters to vote democrat, so if you treat us like dirt, those independent voters might stay home or Vote Republican on election day

    -Hillary Clinton may very well win the Democratic Party Nomination, but will she be able to win the GENERAL ELECTION ? Even if she IS elected in Nov 08, I have serious doubts about her ability to GOVERN and make meaningful change. If I'm a Republican Senator or Congressman, why would I let Hillary Clinton do anything? I would just vote against Hillary and run against her in the next election. I know Republicans will vote for their candidate and I for one, a life long Democrat and many like me, will vote for their candidate. Thats if it is John McCain. I would rather have a moderate Republican than a self-centered Democrat. There are just too many people that don't like Hillary & Bill Clinton and are ready to move past the Bush/Clinton/Bush/Clinton game of presidential table tennis.

    January 23, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. Cherri Sue Barker

    Hillary is treacherous, sneaky, and a dirty dirty politician, just like her husband.
    We do NOT need another Clinton machine in the White House.
    Barak Obama is the ONLY candidate, Republican or Democrat, that offers a REAL CHANGE.
    Bill should leave his mouth shut and let Hillary lose or win on her own merits, or lack of.....
    If HE wasnt in the race, Hillary would not stand a chance....

    January 23, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. realgenius

    Obama didn't choose his words wisely and this is the result. It's no different than watching Howard Dean in Iowa energize his support after the loss, and having John Kerry and everyone else say he was crazy and angry and would dangerous if he had the "red button" and would nuke the world. I was a Dean supporter and I was shouting along with him, like being at a sporting event it was good fun. The next morning was a crucifiction. Same thing's happening with Obama. It's not fair, but it is what it is. And I don't really blame Hillary for pouncing on it. That's politics. No matter how many times people shout change, politics will always be politics. I don't support either Obama or Clinton, and this whole thing doesn't lead me to side with either one. No matter what I'll support one of them in November, and that's really all that matters.

    January 23, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. John

    "The Republicans were the party of ideas for a pretty long chunk of time there over the last 10, 15 years." Senator Obama must mean that over the last 10-15 yrs that George Bush is a man of ideas. Hillary 08!!!!

    January 23, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. JR

    For some reason, Obama's camp can take the Clintons' words out of context, and it is somehow okay. The fairytale comment that Obama and his supporters whined about was so completely blown out of proportion that it made me laugh. They even somehow turned it into a racial comment! Talk about a stretch. Obama loves to talk, talk, talk, but he needs to take responsibility for the words that come out of his mouth. If he is going to make a comment that kinda, sorta, maybe, might sound like a thumbs up to Republican ideas, then it is going to be used against him. There is nothing wrong with that. This is an election and he needs to grow up and learn how to play with the big kids.

    January 23, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. Tad

    Hilliary lost my respect and vote. I will go with either Edwards or Obama.

    January 23, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. John

    It angers me to see what the Clintons are doing, how low and dishonest will they go? Hillary cannot win fo a few simply reasons; Though no fault of her own
    (till now) 40 something percent of America REALLY dislikes her and Bill, she can not unite and could not accomplish any meaningful change due to her polarizing effect. The large and desiding faction of Independents would rather vote Republican then for her. If nominated she will lose. Does not the Idea of haveing
    the same two families in the White House for 32-36 years in a row frighten you?

    January 23, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  21. OC

    She is relentless!!
    According to an article I read, Barack's EXACT quote was that "the Republicans were the party of ideas for a pretty long chunck of time there over the last ten, fifteen years, in the sence that they were challenging conventional wisdom". That is quite different from saying that the Republican's had "all the good ideas".

    I am really trying to give Hillary the benefit here but everytime I turn around she is playing DIRTY. She claims to know what the American people want but I am afraid she really doesn't. She has the lead and she could even widened it if she realizes we are tired of Partisan politics.

    January 23, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  22. Cheers

    Howdy Republicans!!!
    Wow, looks that all the blogs are against the Clintons and are pro Obama.
    I bet that 99% of these so called Obama supporters are actually Republicans.

    January 23, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  23. Frank Thomas

    Dear Journalists at CNN,

    I'm a Maine native living and working in The Netherlands.
    The worldly Dutch know authentic talent and integrity as
    well as moral character when they see it. The majority of
    Dutch people I meet and read about here overwhelmingly
    favor Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton. The Clintons make
    it clear their past successes entitle them only to the U.S.
    Presidency. They appear to have become enmeshed in the
    arrogance of power and dirty politics. Pres. Clinton's role of
    verbal hit man to discredit Obama by disingenous inuendos
    and manipulation of Obama's record, is repugnant. Obama
    brings a quintessentially refreshing multicultural grace,
    human touch, and intelligent openness to the dialogue of
    who we are and what we can become. He's a natural binder,
    not divider ... just what we need in these tumultous times!

    January 23, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  24. Chris from NY

    I like Hillary, she is a strong individual, driven to get what she wants, many good ideas. She might even be a pretty good President. However, given these tactics, and what her husband is doing... she is making it very difficult to support her. Imagine the general campaign to come... Imagine if she wins the devisive environment we would be left with. I would expect very little progress on the major issues that confront America. Given these factors I cannot support her.

    January 23, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  25. GM

    I don't know about anyone else but I would be a little nervous about having someone "Barack Hussein Obama" in office that was brought up by a muslim father. Plus, if he can't stand the heat now, the republicans would eat him up in the general election. Don't think he's quite ready yet for the oval office!

    GO HILLARY 08!!!!!

    January 23, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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