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. scott

    candidates for 2008 until I began to research Kucinich. Originally I thought I might support Hillary Clinton, but she has said and done a lot of things that have pissed me off. Then I looked to Barack .I am definately voting for him. He is not afraid to tell the truth!

    January 23, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. Jack ny, ny

    well seems like they are using Obama's voice on this ad. However I do find this type of stuff little aggressive.

    January 23, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. dee

    Howard Dean needs to be replaced!

    Dems will loose under his watch.

    January 23, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. mike

    Look Obama is a Con-artist and sh0uld be exposed now, before the Republicans do-Because believe me, it will be alot worse than what Clinton is doing now.
    If you ask me she's being to nice. I know one thing for sure and that if Clinton nor Edwards is on that ticket I'll be voting republican. A vote for Obama is a vote for ignorance, again (like a vote for Bush)

    January 23, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. Mark

    Good for the Clintons. I am in Virginia and wishh i could here the radio ads. I agree with the Clintons. It is not attacking Obama it is bringing attention to his comments. If Obama doesn't want to be misinterpretted then he needs to be more clear with his thoughts. Hooray for Hillary!!! Don't back down!!!!

    January 23, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. Sue

    Unfortunately, I don't feel comfortable with any of them. ...yet

    Hillary has changed how she presents herself quite a few times these past few years. Whatever she thinks the public wants, she'll do what she has to do to get elected.

    She – however – represents 'Status Quo' and 'business as usual' to a large number of Americans. She's just not trusted.....unfortunately.

    January 23, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. raghu

    Obama wanted independent votes in Neveda and that's the only reason he made those remarks. NOT because he is uniter but because he wanted to win. That's the truth. I don't think he even likes Regan anyway. It's just Poli "trick" he played to get more votes. ...he is just like any other politician.

    January 23, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. Ruby Bailey

    I use to think highly of both Senator and former President Clinton. Since New Hampshire and witnessing what to me and others looked like Hillary was acting for the Academy Awards, and all of the negative, half-truths and bullying by both she and her husband, I am ashamed to have ever thought highly of them. They are like gang bangers after loot by any means necessary. I have no belief in anything they say or do. They are liars and all would be well to look beyond and deep into what they say - ask them to verify everything they do or say!!!

    January 23, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. MD

    I am another life long democrat and I will be voting a republican if slicky Hill wins the nomination. Her attempts to mischaracterize her opponents, especially, Obama is disgusting!

    January 23, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. john

    So can Obama come out with an ad that shows the former president saying-I did not have sex with that woman...

    A lying former president of the free world

    January 23, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. Certh

    HEY HILLARY – Keep it up and the Republicans are going to have a LANDSLIDE victory in November , you ignorant, dirty, liar!

    January 23, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. shanna

    HILLARY 08 keep up the work !

    January 23, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. Garret

    I just don't trust Hillary, especially after hert recent coment that a candidate cannot say everything they think. It makes me wonder what feelings she may be hiding. I think she will say anything to anybody to get their vote. She is not my girl.

    January 23, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. Shiva

    Fiscal conservativeness is central to inclusion, which should be at the core of any organization that wants it's members to feel that they belong. Isn't that what society is about? Obama has praised the republications for their good ideas, as opposed to everything that has been done by them, viz., going against the fundamental value that republications have embodied, which is being fiscally conservative. Now, twisting that into something else and attacking a person's character is quite unbecoming of a human being, let alone a former President. And now, we want the spouse, who apparently has a proxy to do the dirty work be a president? c'mon. It's quite obvious where the accusations are being thrown from, and it's quite understandable to defend one's honor and character, and now we have people questioning Obama's toughness. That is sad. Obama kept quite for a tad bit longer and we have people asking him to get tough on this. Now he does get tough on this, and we have folks commenting that he's in the mud. Listen to him, and it's quite obvious, that is is above the bickering and the dirty politics in this country and ask yourself what it is this country needs. A dishonest embodiment of the democratic principles, or somebody who believes and has the hope, that we can truly be united in a country and include all. And, that doesn't equate to "universal" healthcare. And we have Hillary Clinton who wants to do the "math" on that. pity.

    January 23, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. john


    January 23, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. Neill C., Montgomery, Alabama

    Just what this economy needs. A President who will raise taxes. Either one of these will raise taxes and probably throw us right into a depression.

    The answer is NOT to raise taxes and spend more money.

    January 23, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. Ohio

    Wow Vince in Los Angeles: Way to go, wish I could buy you for what you are worth and sell you for what you think you are worth.

    Go Hillary

    January 23, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Mike, Houston, TX


    FACT: Hillary voted for the Iraq war.
    FACT: Hillary voted in favor of continued funding for the war.
    FACT: Hillary's health care plan is really not a plan, but a series of fines levied against the poor.
    FACT: Hillary has no plan to get our troops out of Iraq.
    FACT: Bill was disbarred in Arkansas for perjury (a felony)
    FACT: Hillary is just as devisive as George Bush.
    FACT: If Hillary gets the nomination, I'm voting Republican.

    January 23, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. satan

    Wow, CNN – how is that negative? – where were your headlines about Obama going Negative in the 527 Ad in Nevada? CAN WE SAY BIAS. I guess what's good for the goose is not good for the gander.

    BTW: my angry minions on both side – stop this nonsense about "if Hiilary gets the nomination or if Obama get s the nomination, I am voting for the repub. " It will be worst than hell if a repub becomes president.

    January 23, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. Obama-man

    Thanks, Hillary. Your negative ways are turning more and more voters over to Barack. Just goes to show, the American public is yearning for some new politics not the same old Swiftboating ways.

    January 23, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. Miles



    GO HILLARY 2008!!!




    January 23, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. lyn

    come on guys – you all sound like a bunch of school children! think of where we are heading! A major recession – wall street is showing us already – so vote democrats – and honestly if we have any chance of recovery – we can only vote Clinton! Edwards has faded and Obama hasnt earned his stripes yet – so stop bickering about the candidates and vote for the person who can help us get ot of the mess we are in! Stop all this I am black, I am white I am male, I am female nonsense and say I am American! Go Hillary!

    January 23, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  23. Will DePort

    Since Hillary is ready from Day 1....she knows all the inner circle lies in Washington D.C. . ....We demand to know the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth on UFO's. Magic-Marker overdrive is a sign of lies and cover-ups....How many different magic-markers are actually floating around D.C.

    January 23, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  24. scott


    These tactics will drive you out of the south with your tail between your legs.

    If you want to win the fight, get your husband out of the ring.

    Negative "bashing" does not go over to well here in the south.


    January 23, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  25. Tom Masters

    Aw, c'mon you guys, this IS politics.

    This stuff is fun, it's only inter-party.

    It's not time to be disappointed yet.

    Save your angst for the two party debates.

    For now, enjoy this stuff, it's like a comic book or sit-com, totally funny!

    January 23, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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