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. C

    I'm so incredibly fed-up with Billary and their dirty tactics. Unfortunately some people will believe anything they say without searching for the truth. I support Obama so much that I changed my affiliation from Independent to Democrat so I'll be able to vote in the primary in my state. If Billary gets the nomination there is no way I will ever cast my vote for her. I'll be back to the Independents.. definitely.

    This needs to stop.. I think it's insulting to the American people how Billary's campaign is being run. She knows she cannot win on her own or by only sticking to the truth. It's ridiculous..

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

    To all you Obama supporters:

    It is really frustrating to feel like someone took your words and intentionally twisted them around, isn't it? Amazing how you didn't seem to mind when it was your homeboy BAROCK STAR doing it. It's a two way street.... sucks doesn't it?

    January 23, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. Ruby Bailey

    leave as is

    January 23, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. The Truth

    Just a comment: Obama 08 mentioned that the Clintons owned property in Dubai, Saudi Arabia, and thereby extention is supporting terrorism. FYI, Dubai is in the United Arab Emirates, not Saudi Arabia and buying property in no way indicates one is supporting terrorism. Get your facts straight, and your geography right!

    January 23, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. A Democrat

    If Obama was neither praising nor denouncing the Republicans with his statement- why make the comment at all? Of course he brought it up to appeal to Independents and perhaps Republicans. Obama seems to be a very intelligent and articulate person. I respect that. But he needs to acknowledge that he is playing politics just as much as the rest of them. It's almost as if he purposefully made the comment with an escape clause (so it could be said that he never said they were GOOD ideas). Analogous to voting "Present" rather than committing to a firm "Yes" or "No." He needs to show more substance.

    January 23, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. Kristy

    If the Obama campaign is smart, they'll ignore these ads. The Clintons are just trying to bait him to continue the negativity which is the opposite of what his message is all about. IGNORE THEM BARACK!!

    January 23, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. cs

    I am disgusted by the Clintons' twisting of words for their own benefit. I used to be one of their biggest supporters. Now, if the Dems nominate Hill, I voting Republican.

    January 23, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. MB

    Hope for the world:

    I wouldn't believe a word out of Robert Novak's mouth about anyone. This is the man that helped to out Valerie Plame.

    January 23, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. carmen

    Far from the truth! Obama doesn't want to destroy anybody and he is not a whiner either. He is the most dignified, respectful (he even said 'excuse me Madam' to HRC when she was viciously attacking him during the last debate) positive, and unifying candidate that the Democrats have. He is sending an energetic and uplifting message to all Americans no matter the color, race, religion or partisanship. Is that a weakness? You are very lucky he is a Democrat! Besides, he is surrounded by extremely experienced Democratic advisors who believe in him. So, this is a one life time chance for the Democrats to choose the right candidate for America. Nobody is perfect unless you want the Pope or Mother Theresa to run for the presidency, but whichever flaw there may be, it is not enough to diminish the enormous potential that he is showing to get America back on track. So, Clinton's supporters, read the records, get informed and consciously vote for the one that is the best for America.

    January 23, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. Dontbuyit

    John Edwards wins the debate hands down Monday night... enough with the Obama-Clinton headlines!

    Great job Sen. Edwards taking Mr. Obama to task for voting "present" thus avoiding a voting record.

    Sen. Obama buckle up.....this is nothing whoever gets the Dem. nomination is going to see attack ads that will make the 2004 "swift-boating" of Sen. Kerry look like childs play. You lost NH because you couldn't bring home the "youth" vote. Don't blame the Clintons.

    January 23, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. Lynn

    Mani from New Jersey, you should get to know your candidate better. Hillary Clinton has NEVER, EVER, EVER admitted that she made a mistake in voting to authorize the war in Iraq. Instead, she has done what the Clintons have ALWAYS done. She has tried to recharacterize her vote several different ways in the hope of finding some explanation people will believe, other than the truth (i.e., that she felt she needed to vote for the war so the Republicans couldn't come after her when she made her run for the presidency). She has claimed she didn't know what was in the bill; she has claimed she thought it authorized additional inspections; she has claimed she thought there was an amendment to the bill that tempered it. She has NEVER said she made a freaking mistake, not on anything. The Clintons never do.

    I simply cannot believe that people are so blind that they can't see what's right in front of their faces. The Clintons know how to do nothing but lie and spew lies and venom and all of their followers buy it hook, line, and sinker.

    And I can't even begin to say how disappointed I am by people who claim to be Democrats. I will not only refuse to vote for Hillary; if this is the way the party wants to go, I'll get completely out of it. I suppose maybe this isn't such a bad thing. Perhaps if the Democratic party is destroyed, we'll come up with something better. Democrats simply have no moral high ground over the Republican dirty tricks any longer and there's no more need to distinguish the two.

    January 23, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  12. Sam

    I would really like for themselves by race and education. I myself am hispanic and have my masters. And I'm voting for Hillary. So well my brother and sisters-which all have masters, too.

    January 23, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Chodie

    One needs to know the context of Sen Obama's statements and the reason he brings up Reagan. He was talking to a very conservative editorial board in Reno. Blowing the uniter horn and invoking their guy Reagan was the way to get their endorsement (which he did get), proving just like all other politicians he will say whatever he needs to in order to be elected. Wake up people!!!!

    January 23, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. kay

    The dem elites (Kerry, Kennedy, etc) , and Dem govenors are endorsing Obama.
    Guess they don't want the Hill-Billys around either. They most likely know more about them then we do. Besides they are all talk and do nothing GOOD for the country. And they certainly aren't uniters. Reps. are hoping Hillary gets the nomination. Wonder who she would choose for running mate and put in cabinet.
    I can just hear her screeching at the Mid Eastern country leaders. ha. They'd either cut out her tongue or stone her.
    figurtively speaking of course.
    Gain respect from the world? Ya, right.
    It's going to be a fun 7 months. Lots of entertainment.

    January 23, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. Al, NY NY

    If he's having trouble with Hillary's (and BIll's) comments now, just wait and see what the GOP smear machine will give him should he become the nominee. You'll get not only the race card played, but the zenophobe "anti-Muslim" for those ignorant enough to be attracted to it

    He'd better toughen up or he'll get eaten alive

    January 23, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. Mark M

    I'm tired of the mudslinging frontrunners trying to parse each others statements and attack each other.

    Edwards is the only Democrat who is benefiting from all this. I hope he sticks it out so when Hillary and Obama get done destroying each other, Edwards will be ready to beat the Republicans in the Fall.

    January 23, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. Young Liberal

    At least Obama did not vote Republican on in one of the biggest votes of the decade.......IRAQ! Too bad Clinton did. Thats all Obama has to say. HILLARY VOTED FOR IRAQ!

    ps. When she was losing in New Hamshire she was the candidate of change. Looks like that went out the window

    Barack Obama 08

    January 23, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. bboyd

    Anyone can take part of a complete statement and turn it around. And that's exactly what the Clinton camp is doing. Obama gives me a sense of hope. Obama 08!

    January 23, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  19. Boca

    I will not vote for Hillary Clinton.

    January 23, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  20. Gene

    I've been watching the Democratic race now for many months now. And quite frankly it is the Clintons that have dragged the discourse into the mud. Iowa had the Clintons running scared. How dare some intelligent upstart take away Hillary's pre-ordained inevitable nomination for president.

    So she turned on the water works, played the fear card and had her husband distort the record of Obama. The Clintons are playing the same old games the same old politcs that doesn't let anything get done in this country. I think it will be just another 4 years of polarizing politcs if she and he are in the White House again.

    As a long time Clinton supporter. This has me turned off. We need to move on from the Bush Clinton Bush dynasties. I intend to fully support Obama and will vote for him in the primary.

    If Hillary becomes the nominee, I won't be voting for her. And will vote for McCain if he becomes the nominee.

    January 23, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  21. dan, tx

    Hillary Clinton ACTUALLY SAYS that GEORGE BUSH and RONALD REAGAN were two of the greatest presidents ever. SHE IS THE ONE WHO SAID IT, NOT OBAMA.

    Are you people INSANE?

    January 23, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  22. Jake Grubman, Wheeling, IL

    This race has been getting so frustrating recently. The Clintons are making this a race race. It's become all about Barack Obama being black. Now, if you ask the Clintons, they'll deny that, saying that they are all for equality. But just look at the recent comments that they and their supporters have been making. They are simply trying to draw attention to the fact that he's black. At the beginning of the election, I was excited. "We've gotten past the racial and gender bias," I thought to myself. And it disgusts me to see that Hillary Clinton, the most serious female candidate ever, has turned this into a campaign based on her opponent's race. Well done, Hillary.

    January 23, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  23. Nerakami

    I am an Independent. Bill and Hillary Clinton seem to be able to get ahead by using less than honest, dirt slinging political strategies.... for all those who think this is ok... let's see what you will think when as President, they apply the same tactics with the American people by giving us information that is less than honest. Wake up America, these folks revel in this negativity. I for one, certainly do not want a President who is so good at distorting the Truth, by the way, it was reported today that George Bush told the American people 935 lies to get Congress to vote for the war in Iraq and we all know how that is going.... Vote for the Clintons and that's the type of leadership you're voting for...

    Shame that we haven't evolved beyond this nonsense.

    January 23, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  24. Ross Lovely, Lexington, Kentucky

    You don't go negative until you're behind. The Clintons must sense some trouble on the horizon...

    OBAMA 2008!!!!

    January 23, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  25. Bethany, St. Louis MO

    Has anyone else noticed that even the Repubs running for Prez are talking about the issues that face this nation?
    Has anyone else noticed that ALL Billary has done is lie about Obama's record?

    Perhaps, Hillary could try telling people WHY they should vote for her instead of why they shouldn't vote for someone else.

    January 23, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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