January 23rd, 2008
03:49 PM ET
7 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. Ray

    Obama will never get my vote.

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

    Thank you South Carolina you have shown us the true Obama. His only platform is don't pick on me. He has not presented any plans or original ideas on how to get the U.S. back on its feet. His only debate points are just because he said it, do not bring it up or I will say Hillary and Bill are picking on me. Obama says he wants change...what change. Obama says it will not be the same old politics...but he is part of the system. He feels he should not me made to explain anything.
    Hillary has the forethought, the ideas, the ability, and the strength to be a great President. All those who write negatively have no basis but to say they do not like the Clintons. Anyone who says they would vote republican instead of Hillary are clueless to where this country will end up under more republican mismanagement and secrecy.

    January 23, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. Bob

    To Jim, American in Paris

    Check your facts "proven herself on Health Care legislation in the 90's " It was a failure. Stay in Paris we could only hope your absentee ballot gets lost in the mail

    January 23, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. Tanaya

    Clinton yet again takes a page out of the republican play book. If you want another president who lies and distorts the truth then by all means vote for Hillary. Obama was not praising the ideas themselves but what Reagan was able to do for HIS party with those ideas. He was saying that THAT is what the democrats need to do! THAT is why we are where we are today. Because CERTAIN democrats did not have ideas. CERTIAN democrats were wolves in sheep's clothing. The name Clinton disgraces the democratic party.

    January 23, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. S Alexander

    I am reminded of what Bill Maher said recently.Re those you who HATE Hillary, it says more about you than Hillary.

    January 23, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. AJ, IL

    DUH! You are the ignorant one. Obama was talking in a historical context about Reagan and the Republican party at the time. He used the appropiate phrase, "The republican party was the party of ideas". Choosing the word "good" or "bad" is relative to which argument you want to make. Ponder these two questions:

    Why do so many of the current Republican presidential candidates invoke Reagan's name and praise him?

    What recent past presidents do the Democratic presidential candidates invoke constantly? Answer, no one except Bill Clinton by Hillary Clinton.

    January 23, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. David, Gilbert Arizona

    So let me get this straight, Hillary is criticizing Obama for comments he made about Ronald Reagan? This is the same Reagan who pulled the economy out of stagflation that Jimmy Carter, a democrat, got the nation into. Do any of you remember high inflation and high unemployment during the late 1970's? How about interest rates that were in the double digits? Gas lines at the gas stations anyone? Those things all happened under a democrat president's watch. It was Ronald Reagan and his economic policies that pulled us out of that mess.

    Obama is right to praise Ronald Reagan. Hillary has just made a huge fool out of herself.

    January 23, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. Renee

    GO HILLARY!!!! Make Obama eat his words. There is no such things as a flawless politician and that is what Obama wants us to believe, get real! I am not fooled by him and my vote goes to.....................................................................................
    HILLARY CLINTON!

    January 23, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. Patrick Kunc, Denver Colorado

    Both Clinton's have in the past praised Reagan this is a fact. I applaud Obama for praising a Repubican I am so sick of democrats thinking all republicans were bad and vice versa. ALL Presdients have their good qualities and only a true idealogue can not see this. I want someone as my president who cares more about what country they are leading than what party they are a part of. It's a simple choice for me McCain or Obama

    January 23, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. James Brown ( Independent )

    The american people will take this country back , and it won't include the Clinton's and ther gutter politics. Time to turn the page for a better tomorrow.

    January 23, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. Onari

    I dont see any representation here...the words are Obama's, if it is not please tell us. How could well meaning Democrats bring up the very bad idealogy of the Reagans years and Bush 1 and 2 and omitted the very excellent ideas of the Clinton's years..just because Obama was trying to score a cheap political point against Hillary, he got his fingers burnt. Of all Bill Clinton's sins he brought good tidings for the American people...Go Hillary08.

    Obama must have to defend his comments.

    January 23, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. jp

    If one was given the choice of using oven mitts to remove a hot pan from the oven or not using the oven mitts, all but dumbest would choose the former simply because they don’t want to get burned.

    This upcoming election is very similar; people can choose to keep their freedom by rejecting a demagog like Hillary, or not keep their freedom by voting for her. All but dumbest would choose the former simply because they don’t want to get burned.

    Herein lies the problem, most of the left are the dumbest.

    January 23, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. Aidyn

    Keep fighting senator!! You are great!

    January 23, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. 57 yr old white woman, NY

    Ive voted for Bill twice as president, I voted for Hilary in her most recent senate race. I was voting for her until monday. even though some people still might not vote for a black man and Edwards isnt an exciting candidate I think more people nationally respect Obama an Edwards as honset people and at the end of the day either of them can beat any GOP candidate.

    ????Obama Edwards ticket would easily have my vote!!!!

    January 23, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. Cate Keating

    I am a Canadian who has followed your politics for decades and have family and grandkids who are American. I cannot believe the majority of simple minded people who have no clue about politics or it's affect on our daily lives who go on these blogs and say stupid and simple minded things like they would vote Republican because they don't like Hillary.

    Don't you know that you, as a country, are in this mess because the majority (and yes I know in 2000 that was not the case), but again in 2004 you VOTED FOR BUSH – you have only yourselves to blame for the unholy mess your country is in!

    Wasting your vote because you don't like someone (and let's be honest, it's not like you really know the person – you can only go by what the media spoon feeds you) is only going to keep you mired in the mess you're in. If you're not intelligent enough to vote based on the platform and issues the person is providing, then you don't deserve to get to vote!

    January 23, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. Paul, Atlanta

    I cannot understand the people on this blog. Blacks are going to vote for Obama and no one else and other democrats are going to vote Republican if Hillary is on the ticket. What a corrupt mindset. You cannot be called liberal!

    January 23, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  17. Rachel

    I was still debating on whether I preferred Hillary, Obama, or Edwards, but after the SC debate she made up my mind. At this point, I will back Obama. He actually can explain himself unlike others. She just needs to close her mouth and listen. This country needs someone to unite them. I believe Obama or Edwards will be able to do that.

    January 23, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  18. teddy orlando fl

    oh my another lie form the Clintons

    you must be kidding me sorry Hillary

    americans are not that stupid

    January 23, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  19. To GM

    That is not very liberal like to not want a President who was raised by a muslim father. Peace, love hapiness, and wellfare for all

    January 23, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. west palm beach, Hawk

    What a waste of money Hillary. You must be targeting ingnorant voters with that kind of ad.

    January 23, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. Anti Clintons

    Lisa, you said it all!! Jim, American in paris, you need to read what Lisa said, she couldn't have said it better, so get a life!

    Hitlery is tryingto destroy Obama becasue he isn't kissing up to them, they hate it that he really wants to bring real change in the world. they are of the two (Clintons) biggest liars in the political game. A lying senator and an ex-president that was impeached...sure that is what this country needs again? I don't think so!

    Two of the biggest power hungry power morons this country has seen in recent years. The health care that Hitlery is going to set this country back 30 years, so wake up Jim! You are in paris, so why don't you make it permanent and live like they do.

    Go Obama!

    January 23, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. Democrat in NY

    I amazed at the few comments about the war.

    John January 23, 2008 2:12 pm ET

    "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!

    SHE WAS MISLEAD.. Is she a kid???? and oohh I am sorry...weep weep. weep..Who is responsible for so many deaths in Iraq???
    No wonder Hillary supporters are uneducated...Its not me saying..Its the exit polls.

    January 23, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. Karen

    Angela, MN

    Of course she talks about herself, don't all the candidates? that's what they're running on, what THEY have done. Doesn't Obama talk about himself? Of course he does. So why shouldn't Hillary? Go ahead, vote Republican, help give us another four years of Bush's policies. Anyone who claims to be a Democrat but plans to vote Republican if their candidate doesn't get the nomination, is nothing more than a closet Republican.

    January 23, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  24. em19

    Well, the point is that she is totally distorting Obama's words by taking one phrase out of context. Same old, same old from her. It's ridiculous, really. I liked Bill, and would have voted for Hillary at the beginning of the campaign. No more. She has lost my respect... as has he.

    And for the record, how about these compliments from Hillary and Bill about Reagan?

    Hillary Clinton (in Brokaw book): When he had those big tax cuts and they went too far, he oversaw the largest tax increase. He could call the Soviet Union the Evil Empire and then negotiate arms-control agreements. He played the balance and the music beautifully.

    And here's Bill Clinton in 1998 at the dedication of the Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.:
    Bill Clinton (May 5, 1998): The only thing that could make this day more special is if President Reagan could be here himself. But if you look at this atrium, I think we feel the essence of his presence: his unflagging optimism, his proud patriotism, his unabashed faith in the American people. I think every American who walks through this incredible space and lifts his or her eyes to the sky will feel that.

    January 23, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  25. Neiman

    In my personal opinion: There is a lot of wishful thinking and trusting in polls going on here and that’s not smart!

    The Hildabeast is not stupid, she and Billy Jeff know how to win elections. They are experts at triangulation of every issue and they spin faster and longer and better than professional Square Dancers. They are cold-hearted, power hungry and absolutely self centered and they have no core values, everything they do is designed to gain and keep power. Please do not underestimate them!

    January 23, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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