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. jr

    I'm sick and tired of all the bickering. I'm voting for the lesser of 2 EVILS....Republican!!!!!

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

    First of all, how can you idiots vote for someone who claims to be Africian Americian but conveniently forgets HE'S HALF WHITE AND HALF KENYAN!!!

    He's a stuttering fool who can only perform when someone else prepares a speech for him. He can't stand up to a woman in his own party, yet you all want this sissy to stand up to our nation's biggest enemies???

    What a joke. Personalities aside this country needs to have a commander in chief who can actually step up and take control, not cower in the corner sucking his thumb when the wifey has a tizzy fit or terrorists strike!

    January 23, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. Antonio

    Boy it seems that a lot of people are brain washed when it comes to Obama. How can anyone vote a person as president who is not willing to choose or stand up for something? Present? What is that? Pick one yes or no!!! Don't hide behind present so it doesn't make you look bad. What makes Obama look bad is that he is a coward. What is he going to do if we are in a crises? Choose present so we can't blame him?

    January 23, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. Martin

    Why does Hillary feel the need to keep this smear campaign going? She is obviously threatened by Obama. He is, so far, the most trustworthy candidate, and the only one I could imagine in office now. I'm more and more turned off by Hillary and Bill Clinton. She doesn't have the right vision in mind for our country, and it looks like she will do whatever it takes to get votes. Obama has explained his comment thoroughly. Enough already, Hillary. Not an effectice radio ad.

    January 23, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. jm

    Why is it the Edwards came out and trook Obama to the mat about this statement first. I guess all tha candidates are wrong except for Obama.

    Remeber two weeks or so ago when Hillary made the comments about LBJ. She had siad she was not talking anything away from MLK but Obama jumped all over her for that statement playing with her words.

    Please both campaigns are doing the same thing but you have to jump on the Hillary Clinton. The individual who has taken more abuse for the Democratic party since 1992. The loyalty makes me glad I am an independent.

    January 23, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. Adam, Los Angeles

    Just another note:

    All of you people who back a candidate unconditionally are neither intelligent nor responsible. This is exactly how GW Bush was able to get us into the huge mess we're in now. Leaders must be checked, challenged and occasionally rebuked.

    January 23, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. Jim, American in Paris

    All Obama wants is to destroy Hillary Clinton and just take her place as the number one candidate for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.

    Democrats and any others who care about changing America for the better need Hillary Clinton's expericence in life, in politics, in championing everyday Americans who need help from time to time, who has proven herself on Health Care legislation in the 90's that would help protect all Americans including those who have nothing now, and she's an intelligent fighter who has enormous respect abroad and is known the world over!!!

    January 23, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  8. Oti

    I am Just fed up with the tricks of Bill and Hillary. I think...! at some point if not A.S.A.P. these dirty trick has got to stop: least we suffer a Republican defeat.

    January 23, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. 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 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. Dusacre

    Why are the liars and the manipulators in high places always winners? They are skilled to change, rearrange, and turn words to their advantage. The most amazing thing is that their voices are always louder and better heard.

    Those are the same voices that cried 2000 years ago: "crucifer him, he said he will destroy the temple and build it in three days". The same voices sustained Hillers in powers in Germany. You can find them any place where winning at all cost is practiced.

    January 23, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Tevin, Raleigh NC

    Everyday Hillary reminds me of why I cannot vote for her and her divisive, dishonest and corrupt ways!

    January 23, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. Here Comes Mc Cain

    Yup, Jim, she's known the world over. Known for lying, triangulation, resume inflation, splitting the Democratic Party and a whole lot more. Forget about unity and fair play. Yuck!

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

    I seriously can't believe the audacity of Mrs. Clinton. Its one thing to attack someone based on their political views. It's another thing to twist a comment around so much as to make it mean something that it wasn't intended to mean. Hillary is just plain dirty. Between all of her smear campaign ads/emails, her hoe-baggery (as that is the only description I can give her actions) in Michigan, and her overall lack of intelligence, it constantly astounds me that she still has supporters.

    Obama 08, thank you very much.

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

    So is this the "voice" she found when listening to the people of New Hampshire?......something tells me that is not what the people of NH had in mind.

    January 23, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. Enough said.

    Hillary Clinton DID admit her war vote was a mistake. But she was HONEST about it.

    She stated quite clearly that if she knew then what she knew now, she wouldnt have voted for it.

    Is it CONVIENIENT to say that? Sure is.

    But its also true that she is saying that under the exact same terms that she voted for it, she would do it again.

    And so would have MOST americans.

    And no, the Committee report did not shed some secret light on the real facts at the time.

    January 23, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  16. Jett Handford

    Hilary would make the best president out of all the candidates running because of one thing ... she is experienced. I'm a black person and I wouldn't vote for Obama. Why ... because his record has not been proven. If I need surgery do you think I want to be operated on by someone who just came out of medical school. I think not. Don't get me wrong. Barak Hussein Obama is an eloquent speaker but that's about all. If I were to have my choice of a black man running I would have chosen Colin Powell, who had experience, but Bush and his boys ruined any chance of that happening. Wake up and smell the coffee folks before you find yourself in a deeper mess. America is not going to vote for a black president no matter what they tell you. This is just another Republican trick to get you to go down a road leading to a swamp while they ride the high road to the White House. If you know what's good for the economy and this war you'll vote for Hilary Clinton and leave the Obama dream, just a dream.

    January 23, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. brian

    Senator Obama in his own words said Republicans were innovative and full of ideas, the implication is that they have come up with good ideas. Now it is Obama's camp turn to do damage control.

    Some folks were talking about Kenya crisis and how could Obama solve the issue. I think there is no correlation and he is supposed to be voted for United States democratic primary first and forget about Kenya for the time being. His unsuccessful attempt to bring peace to Kenya was in vain and so if I were Obama, even if my father was raised there, I will tried to mute about it because it would ruin the perception that electing him will restore the image of United States.
    I think that is another nonsense. Although on stage talk is important and inspirational speech are valuable in campaign, the real world issue are not sweet talks. I am sure Republicans would be love to see Obama elected so that they could tear him apart. He seems like a loose cannon, talking too much and that attribute of him would be alike selling ammunition to Republicans in general election if he were elected for democratic camp. The last thing I want to see is to hear the elephants roar again.

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

    ENOUGH! Hillary you are a discrace to woman! If the only way you can run for president is to stab, stab, stab – you are no different then what we currently have in the White House! It is a shame you need your husband to fight your battles and muddy the waters – WAKE UP people – do we really want another 4 years of BILL CLINTON??

    Obama stick to the issues – it is becoming quite clear what you are running against!

    January 23, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. Mark, Springfield, MO

    It's sad...

    I read all of these people attacking the Clintons with nonsense and some making claims that if Clinton gets the nomination they will vote Republican.

    These are the SAME voters who helped give us 8 years of George W. Bush and 6 years of a Republican lead congress. Look at what that has given the country... Worldwide disdain and distrust, in debt up to our eyeballs, failing economy and so many other tragic things.

    Sadly these same voters never learn from their past mistakes. So we will probably end up with another Republican carrying on and expanding the mess of the last one.

    January 23, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. jk

    She's a chameleon, maybe they should make a doll that changes colors to her particular background

    January 23, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  21. Joe N.

    Another cheap shot by the Clintons...is anyone surprised? Ideas does not mean 'good ideas' but voting for those ideas is a much stronger signal of support. Has anyone else had enough of this crap?

    January 23, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. Scott, Madison, WI

    Boy Hillary! Is this all you've got? I thought we went over this in the debate! And just for the record, my mom can beat up your mom! Nanny, nanny, boo-boo!

    And this woman (?) wants to lead this country?

    January 23, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. PJ, New York

    Justin, Houston, TX- you're so right!

    If Obama feels as though the Clintons are lying about EVERYTHING, why doesn't he tell us the truth? All he can say is, 'that's not totally accurate'. He will never explain himself. Remember, Obama started the attack on Monday night at the debate. That's exactly why Hillary attacked back with the Rezko thing.

    January 23, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. frank

    I think you said it best ... she is a chameleon. She'll say anything to get herself elected.

    January 23, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  25. Mark Semban, OH

    Let's get real.... Obama just doesn't have IT to be the President. All of you who hate Hillary have to remember that it was Obama who started all these way back in October by questioning Hillary's honesty – as if he speaks the truth all the time.

    When confronted in the debate in October about issuing licences to illegal immigrants, when Obama was asked a pointed question, he didn't give a straight answer – the very issue with which he was attacking Hillary. Apart from that you guys just have to give this much to Hillary. She just has a very deep understanding of issues which I'm pretty sure that Obama lacks. That's precisely the reason he was trying to make the debate a personal thing on Monday night. He knows he cannot stand side-by-side with Hillary on the economy, healthcare and national security.

    GO HILLARY 08!!!


    January 23, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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