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. Allen

    Does Hillary think she can get elected Pres. by bad mouthing all Republicans and all of thier ideas.

    January 23, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. Corey, Bloomington IN

    To everyone telling Obama to stop whining and stick to the issues: take a good look in the mirror! Which camp is starting all this crap over again EVERY DAY? It's a candidate's responsibility to defend himself, but constantly attacking shows you don't have any actual substance.

    January 23, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. Jay

    As an African American who will vote in the SC Dem. Primary this Sat., I can honestly say, after watching the debate in Myrtle Beach, and seeing Obama's "true" colors surface, I was completely turned off, and will be casting my vote for Sen. Clinton.

    Hillary Clinton was right, he NEVER takes responsibility for his actions/words/votes. He reminded me of a little boy who'd been caught lying. This, people, is NOT what we need as a leader with the current state of our country.

    January 23, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. Becky in Indiana

    I usually vote republican but Obama has converted me. Hell will freeze over before I vote for Clinton. Clinton has forgotten that trying to take the high ground is much better than throwing dirt. Obama tried to keep a clean campaign but the Clinton campaign is lacking anyone who has the ability to take the high ground.

    January 23, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. RSS

    Parenthetical note: If the Hildbeast get elected and can hold two terms, that would mean that for nearly three decades this country will have be run by two political families

    January 23, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The Clintons just made $20 million dollars doing business with Muslims. That's what I would like Hillary to address.

    January 23, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. Karen

    RM.TOBEY January 23, 2008 2:11 pm ET

    Hmmm, sexist much????? It's the men who have run country into the ground. And as usual, it's a woman who will have to clean up the mess the current administration will leave behind.

    January 23, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. V


    I am so sick and tired of you. You disgust me more and more every day. You will do and say everything just to win the votes. Can anyone from the Democratic Party step up and wash Bill and Hillary's mouth with soap and disinfectant. Bill and Hillary are like deadly virus that we should all stay away from.

    Bill and Hillary, you may get the nomination but believe me when you die you both will go to hell with all your lies!

    January 23, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. Greg in OH


    I am a Republican, but I am actually voting for Obama because I am tired of the same old Washington. I believe Obama can change things. I am truth, I am not saying as a trick.

    January 23, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. Michael

    I do not trust Barack Obama. He may win SC because of the large black vote, but the voters there are not representative of the rest of the country, like those in NH and NV were. Super Tuesday .. and it's all over for Cry Baby Obama. Grow up, get honest and come back in about 8 years. We may consider you then!

    January 23, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. upset

    she will win the democratic nomination and lose horribly in the general election and, yes, a republican will win the white house. why? because we are dumb enough to fall for her tricks...

    January 23, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. Greg in OH


    He spends a lot of time with officials of Kenya trying to help solve the problems, he does care about people. Republican and Democrats are not moral enemies, they are all Americans. A President is a president of the whole country not just one party.

    January 23, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. RSS

    Is Hillary Clinton schizophrenic?

    No, she’s a calculating and manipulative political animal who will say or do anything to get elected. .

    January 23, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. aware

    Hillary 08

    January 23, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. Kyle

    Enough Hillary!

    Please just look at how much better Obama polls against EVERY SINGLE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE! He has to be the choice. Hillary will get beat by McCain! Please look at the facts!

    January 23, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. Wayne

    Why does the caption for the link to this story read "Clinton Goes Negative.." This isn't going negative. This is doing the job the Press should be doing. Holding Obama's words up to the light and contrasting them with his actions ( or lack thereof). The media is so slanted in it's coverage.

    January 23, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. Dan

    I am so fed up with this politics as usual.
    This hasn't doesn't help anyone.

    All politicians should be forced to sign an agreement to stop the mudslinging.

    All this shows is that their both childish brats that will act just like Bush (but with their own agendas, aka which lobbyist paid for these big adds). Clearly neither candidate is strong enough to win based on what they believe in.

    Once in my life, I hope to have an election where it's not the lesser of two evils.

    January 23, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  18. Paul

    Why is the media so anti-Clinton and so pro-Obama???

    January 23, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  19. dee

    Hillary can care less about the South carolina vote.

    She loosing Votes to Edwards and Obama, the change agents.

    Her poll driven attacks are out of controll.

    In the W.H. She would be first lady again not president

    That's something Women should feel proud of??

    Her and her husband calculated ranting is sinking the spiriling ship

    Time to turn the page

    so we don't have to deal with this type of unsupported rage

    Each state it shifting views towards authentic change

    Hillary voted for war with Iran and Iraq. after making a mis-take once, she voted to get bush in war again in 2007. Experience did not benefit her at all.

    Obama 08

    January 23, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  20. D-MT

    Everytime Obama gets called out he says "I didn't say that...." "This is just another example of....." He always has an excuse, you'd think he could walk on water. The guy is incapable of taking responsibility and/or admitting he makes mistakes, a typical quality you see in the Republican party. A good Democrat usually can tell you, yep, I screwed up, or we screwed up, or it didn't work. A Republican will blame everything and everybody but himself even when it comes out of his own mouth.

    I think Obama is a closet case Republican. If you look at the history of the Republican party they have never run a minority such as a woman, Hispanic, black or any other race for President....maybe just maybe that's why Obama had to run on the Democratic ticket, to accomplish the agenda because he would not be electable on a Republican ticket being a minority–or at least in their view it would appear that way historically speaking.

    It is also bothersome that he has to whine and have others whine so loudy that he is being ganged up on or unfairly having his record looked at or things said about him that may or may not be true. Every candidate is scrutinized, every candidate has mud slung, and every candidate has untruths told about them. Politics is a dirty game and has been for a long time. Like it or not, even if we want it to change, this is the reality of it. I don't see Clinton whining when she has to take heat from Edwards and Obama at the same time, or when she has the entire Republican side to deal with when they are attacking...or when the media attacks. Obama is a different story, he seems weak, like a sissy girl slapping at the crowd saying make it stop, I can't take it anymore; having others stand up and tell Bill to "back off." What the heck is he going to do when a foreign country is threatening him and intimidating him if he can't handle a few other candidates confronting him? What happens when a real threat emerges? Does he hesitate for 7 minutes or more, or just hand things off to someone else and whine for it to go away. We need a strong leader, someone who will not waiver, and someone who will shower when mud is slung instead of whining they are dirty.

    January 23, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  21. Obamaisaphony, NY

    Obama's comments' interpretation were too subtle... voters don't have time for subtelity and that's in essence why Hillary's comments on LBJ/King and Clinton's fairytale comment were easily misconstrued..

    even though Billary complained that their comments' weren't being interpreted right, I don't remember them whining repeatedly about it...

    Obama should shut up...he's such a cry baby...

    January 23, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  22. Dem In VA

    Seems to me that Obama is getting rattled.

    If he can not take a little heat from Hillary how

    is he going to stand up for the USofA?

    January 23, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. seattle

    I think Obama had too much time

    January 23, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. GaryO Virginia Beach

    Hey Hope for the World,

    I clicked on your link and read the article. What are you so offended about . . . that Hillary was a Goldwater supporter when she was a teenager in high school?

    She was a kid, no doubt influenced by her conservative father, and you want to hold here accountable for her high school politics?

    Don't be ridiculous!

    January 23, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  25. Ken

    Obama.... needs to be held accountable for what he says. The facts are facts. He did say that republicans were the party of ideas. Every candidates have the right to ask what he meant by that. And Obama has every right to respond. This is american politics at its best. Usual Politics. Hopes of new kind of politics are down the pipes.

    January 23, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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