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. Daniel from Kansas

    I agree:


    For Billary, it is all about THEM and THEIR EGOS.

    For Obama, it is all about US. This is our COUNTRY. Let us join our voices for OBAMA!

    January 23, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. GaryO Virginia Beach

    Hey tx. Hillary never accused Obama of saying Reagan's ideas were "good" ideas.

    What's your point?

    The fact remains that Obama lauded Reagan for his leadership . . . even though it took our country in the wrong direction.

    January 23, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. yesterday gone

    chuck, are you ok with hillary's norman hsu and ron burkle scandals? bill clinton and ron burkle are tied to a dubai billionaire oil scheik. that'll go down real well with the electorate. good luck explaining that away.

    hillary worked with walmart despite their being anti union. mark penn, her campaign manager, is ceo of a firm that works to undermine unions. detect a pattern here?

    i'll take rezko (where obama has minor involvement) over the other two.

    January 23, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. Carl

    The fact that Clinton continues to either purposefully misconstrue or simply doesn't understand Obama's comments about Reagan tell me that either A) she'll do anything to win as Obama's party as said, or B) she's just an idiot.

    Either way, she lost my vote.

    January 23, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. John

    Unfortunately Chan – They are both already bought AND paid for Dubai – soon you will hear all the details.

    January 23, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. sonny

    She and her husband trying to hijack democracy and taking it into the worst path ever. I used to support her earlier, now I realize nothing she says can is believable. She now seems dangerous than even any candidate in the presidential fray... Pathetic...very pathetic

    January 23, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. O.O

    I Love the Clinton's but this bickering is getting out of hand. They pick on every single thing that Obama says and turn it around to make the public think that he is not honest. It will be nice if the Clinton's focus on issues @ hand and stop attacking Obama. I think that the Clinton's feel that Obama actually has a chance to be President so they try every way to distract him. I think Obama was misunderstood when he made a comment on Reagan. People need to start paying attention and not be quick to judge. We need a President who cares about the American people and is willing to bring change. I think Barack is our man.

    January 23, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. Ithaca

    If Obama keeps going on the offense by praising Reagan's policy over the Clinton's, he is going to lose the nomination. It's not wise for a democratic candidate to embrace Reagan's ultra-conservative policies.

    January 23, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  9. DUH!

    Cheryl: are you stupid? Obama said the Repubs were the 'party of ideas' ... that is a compliment, not a 'statement' that means nothing. I hope you aren't a lawyer...you'd starve.

    January 23, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. RM.TOBEY


    January 23, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. angelina_ MN

    Again the Clintons single handed have managed to bring back old politics into play that is what they know that is what they do at all times.
    Please we deserve better as people than such personal attacks. Why can she talk about what she has concretely done in 35 years... instead?
    If she is not making personal attacks to Senator Edwards, or Senator Obama or the republicans, (everyone is bad but me, myself and I), she is talking about herself, her 35 yers, her bills, her work, her husband, her presidency (which she takes for granted she is already there).

    Even my 13 year old who saw a little bit of the debate states: "waooo she talks only about herself, and she wants to lead this country?"

    I hope someone in the Democratic party steps in to put a stop to this bickering..this is not what we need.

    I think the Republicans are winning votes everywhere.. thanks to Hillary

    January 23, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. christine

    Hillary, why are you ruining your brothers chances of getting to the top. Its no guarantee that you will be nominated, and if Obama gets nominated, Wow unto him, because of you! the republicans will resonate your own words. Obama and Clinton are one family, the democrat family, and families stay together and hide thier shame from their outsiders If Hillary who is a democrat sister should attack so much, then what would the Republicans do?

    Its a high time Hillary concentrated on outlining her policies and stop fighting OBama. She is fooling Americans to take thier eyes away from Looking at her viability as a potential presidential candicate and concentrate on Looking at Obama. ........ Time will tell...... I loved and adored hillary so much, but no way will I ever, ever again support her ideas on earth

    January 23, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  13. Brasileiro

    Hillary will never get my vote

    January 23, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. DD, New York

    Go to factcheck.org for real true clarification. It clarifies what Obama says, and that what Clinton said is not quite true...but there are some instances where Obama was not that honest either. It's part of the game. I think I will grab those old army helmets out of the basement and take cover until this is all over, and I mean AFTER the general election.

    January 23, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  15. Dave Allen, Washington, DC

    I think it's interesting that all of the Hillary supporters are saying things like "stop crying" and "get him" "attack." Meanwhile, all of the Obama supporters and moderates and the few Republicans on this panel all are incredulous at the tactics the Clintons are willing to employ. I hope the hard core Billary supporters are taking note of the tone of everyone else in this panel. I, as a Democrat desperately want to win this election. But I think Hillary is going to ruin it. She started out as incredibly divisive and now she appears to become even more so by the day. Including now within the party. Bad, bad omen.

    January 23, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  16. Ed from Texas

    If you want to be POTUS so bad, to the point that it divides your own party, so be it. Remember, that in the 1990s the Clintons did not do any favors for the Democratic Party. In Texas, we barely have a Democratic on the state-wide level. Thanks to Bill and Hill.

    January 23, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  17. Judy b

    I do not think Hillary is running negative campaigns when she just repeats what Obama actually said. She is not attacking him personally. Obama needs to grow up and face the fact that if he is running for President he needs to act like a leader not a cry baby.
    Go Hillary

    January 23, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  18. John

    "First of all, Hillary did take responsibility for her take on the war. She admitted she made a mistake. "

    She did not Mani – never called it a mistake – says she was mislead. She never even read the report that she claims mislead her. Bought and paid for!

    January 23, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. Jamie K.

    Hillary is such the spin doctor!

    The Republicans were the party of ideas. At least they were perceived by the voters as being the party of ideas. Is stating this a crime?

    The Billary team will do anything to beat down viable opponents.

    January 23, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. Jim

    There is absolutely no wat you can read or listen to his remarks and come to any type of conclusion he thought the idea were "bad".

    "challenging conventional wisdom" certainly sounds like praise and or admiration.

    January 23, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. Enough said.

    Whats the matter guys?

    Finding it harder to 'sell' Obama as a TRUTHFUL guy with a TEFLON coating?

    Dirt seems to surely be sticking to him now.

    Nice job on the single payer DENIAL.

    Very good at saying he 'only quoted Ronald Reagan' when in FACT he quoted the Republican party ALSO.

    When are you guys going to realize all this is showing is how INEXPERIENCED Obama is. The Clintons are PLAYING HIM like a rookie fiddle.

    By the way . Its NOT just the Clintons

    The entire REPUBLICAN party is circulating as much DIRT as the can about the Rezko scandal .

    I guess Obama isnt going to UNITE them is he? They HATE him just as much as any democrat.

    January 23, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. Tee

    The problem is Obama has refused to hold up to his responsibility. You can eat your cake and have it. Were you sleeping when you were praising the Republican and thier bad ideas all in the name of getting cheap votes. They mess us up in the 90s, Clinton fix it. They also mess it up in last 7 years in way that is worse than before. How dare you praising them. You need to wake up.... Your tactics will not work....

    You certainly stand for a change but its obvious its a bad changes just similar to the Republican changes.

    January 23, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. John


    If Shrillary gets the nomination, Ron and Barack should have a conversation :)) Ron would make a great VEEP! :))

    January 23, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. pete

    there you go. Clinton, who says she cares about blacks in south carolina, flys out to california to get an edge on obama, and leaves her husband to get the black vote in south carolina.


    January 23, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  25. Chris

    This is u-n-b-e-l-e-i-v-a-b-l-e!!!!!

    I don't care who you support, this ad is a page straight out of Rovian political tactics. I'm not gonna cheer and defend Obama, he's running for president he can do that himself. But the HIllary supporters should be ABSOLUTELY ashamed of themselves. I refuse to believe, REFUSE TO BELEIVE, that you really believe Obama was praising the Republicans.

    And yes he said it, in his words but if you are too ignorant or just too plain stupid to understand and admit the context in which he was stating it then you have no business commenting on the matter at all.

    For all that are acting like idiots... He was talking about how Reagan and the Repubs appealed to Americans likeability and got there agenda through on charm, like a snake oil salemans. He WAS NOT saying they did anything good just that as Democrats (which I'm not, Independent thank god) they need to fnd a way to dominate the future the way Repubs dominated the 80s and the early 21st Century.

    Now grow up and act like the intelligent adults you're supposed to be! Otherwise I don't want to hear ONE Dem gripe and moan about Bush, Rove, or any Republican attacks again, cause your wonderful Clinton candidate just did THE. SAME. THING.

    January 23, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
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