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. david

    Yes if barack Hussein Obama loves those republicans so much he should just go join them.
    You know it will be really interesting to see if those Republicans that Barack Hussein keeps talking about who loves him and wants to vote for him will in fact really vote for him come in November in the general election.

    Give me a break!

    January 23, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. Mike

    Attack, Attack, Attack – all the Clintons can do.

    Because they can't defend their own history and their own records.

    January 23, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. Daniel

    She is right. How dare Obama praise the Repubicans that are destroying our country.

    Hillary all the way!

    January 23, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. martin curavuer

    Please make her go away....the Clintons are double-handedly lieing around the Country. America, you are being scammed.

    January 23, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. Joseph Martinez

    Hillary The Filipino-American Community strongly support and believe in you. Keep it up! Your on the right track!

    January 23, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. Mo Le Conquérant

    We all know for what's worth HRC & Slick Willy , can't realize it even if they win the primaries by cheating with putting pressure on voters at last minute, at the convention the DNC will not let HRC get nominated as the Democratic party Candidate and if she did, I have a great feeling you may see an independent ticket OBAMA/BLOOMBERG because HRC and William don't want to understand the fact that the american people wants to try this Harvard President of law review in washington and see how he will bring about change...

    January 23, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. Katherine

    Obama – please put out an ad pointing out all of the things she's voted for and the dishonesty of her account. The average person is not going to hear your statements to CNN. And, continuing to say she's being dishonest is not going to convince many people. You have to point out her voting record and her quotes on Reagan specifically. I'm in your corner, but you have to change your approach. You have to point to specifics about her record.

    January 23, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. James Brown ( Independent )

    The Clintons have shamed this country enough ! And i have a feeling the people will show them first hand at the voting booth , we want our country back.

    Bill needs to go hang out at his girl friends house until this thing is over.

    Hillary needs to learn to walk on her own.

    January 23, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Mar

    I been a die hard democrat for 35 years voting the party line 100% of the time. If Bill and Hillary win the nomination, I WILL VOTE REPUBLICAN FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE.

    January 23, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. Amy

    Burton is right. How low can Hillary go? She is not only divisive in politics, she is dividing the entire country. There is no way she could ever win a general election. You would see record numbers of people voting against her. Hate and spin is so 90's and we are not going for it this time Hillary. Obama will be our next President.

    January 23, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. DD, New York

    Gee, when Obama said that, I thought why in the world would any democratic candidate even bring up Reagan's name during campaign season??? Maybe he needs to articulate more fully when he does say something so nobody can "mischaracterize" him anymore. He should say what he means so nobody has to second guess him. GO HILLARY!

    January 23, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. Lev Klinemann, CA

    I think Republicans should be afraid, very afraid.

    This group Democrats fights, and fights back, the Republicans will not be able to swiftboat these Deomocrats.

    Be afraid, be very afraid Republicans.

    January 23, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. brende

    In Africa there are issues that are going on e.g Kenya. the fomer heads of state no matter how corrupt carry themselves with so much dignity and take even bigger roles of solving the problems that the current president cannot solve. Obama after serving his two terms wil be able to carry Americas image with the dignity it deserves

    January 23, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. Larry

    Obama is a Republican Not a Democratic

    January 23, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. aj rasaki

    Yes, that 's exactly what obama said,if he made mistake about is statement just say you are sorry, insteady of saying clinton mess up what you say.

    January 23, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. Howard Hewlett Des Moines IA

    He did not say that the ideas were good ones! All he said was that they were the party of ideas. Just because you have an idea doesn't translate into said idea being a good idea. All that Democrats have done for years is complain about what the Republicans do, while not offering any real solutions. His comments were made to address that point. Democrats must begin to create ideas to solve problems instead of complaining about Republican solutions.

    It is more clear than ever that she is playing this card to exploit the ignorance of the general population. What is sad is that it is going to work.

    I wasn't a supporter of Clinton before, but I at least respected her. Now I out and out hate her and will NOT vote for her. If she is the nominee I feel that I am one of many independents that will sit out the 08 election.

    January 23, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. Ilene

    Hey Hillary, who signed NAFTA?????????????????? Who???????????

    Think about this. She will never be president. If she gets the nom, the republicans will ruin her. She is the most lying, sneaking, back stabbing, underhanded democrat that ever walked the earth. She won't even be able to carry the smart democrats. Any democrat with brains will not vote for Hillary.

    January 23, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. Ray

    Those are the words coming out of him mouth right? Its his voice right? Enough said. Stop crying Obama. You cant say something then someone question you on it and the say "Well this is what I was trying to say..ummm. ummm" like you do in every debate. You took liberty to spin Bill Clintons comment about you vote on funding the War and turned it into FAR from the truth. GROW UO OBAMA!!!

    January 23, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. Stephen

    Why would Hillary be misleading us? We all heard the Obama's comment. What is really wrong with the Clinton campaign? This is divisive. If this is who the Democratic Party is going to nominate, then I am happy to be an ex Bill Clinton independent supporter voting for the Republican in the general election. I am SO SICK of the Clintons NOW more than ever!!!

    January 23, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. Tom, Iowa

    This is why I, a lifelong Democrat, might vote for John McCain if Hillary gets the nomination. Obama never praised Reagan's ideas. He was citing Reagan as an example of an agent of change! Are we really at a point in America when a politician can't look back on history and point to someone in the opposite party and commend them on something, even something as factual as Reagan's ability to unite?!?

    I am so frustrated by Hillary's comments. I am growing weary of American politics. We have had seven years of twisted words and manipulated facts. Seems Hillary could be just more of the same. You can't be an advocate for change when you're giving the same tired rhetoric we've always heard.

    January 23, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. Val Davydov, MA

    No, Hillary. What got us into the economic mess is the Democratic takeover of Congress in November of 2007. Did you notice as soon as Democrats took over the control of Congress the ecomony has been going slowing down? Is it a sign that if the Democrat is elected President this year it will be a disaster for our country?

    January 23, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. Pattie O'Kane

    I supported the Clintons for eight years. For the last 16, my husband & I (white & in our 50s) voted Democratic. My husband will vote Republican if Hillary gets the nomination. I may, but I've voted Democratic for since 1976, so it would be hard.

    We despise the Clintons' campaign tactics, and most of the admiration we had for Bill Clinton, despite his sexual foibles, has disappeared.

    January 23, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  23. brende

    Is Hillary Clinton so perfect herself? if anything they had the two terms and let the reps win

    January 23, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  24. larry buchas, new britain, ct

    Uh Bill,

    Remember NAFTA? That was your baby.

    And who questioned the war in Iraq? Obama, on September 26, 2002. But, you have the audacity to claim you were never for the war.

    The most telling point of that debate Monday night was when Hillary said "You have to take responsibility for your votes." The audience gave her a round of boos because HILLARY CANNOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR HER VOTE to support Bush's rush to war. She could only blame Bush. The audience recognized that, loud and clear!

    January 23, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. Durham

    The Clinton's make me sick. And if the country ends up electing Hillary as president based on such gross distortion of truth – we will loose what ever little morals and faith we have left in the office of the President.

    The Clintons should not be allowed to do this.

    January 23, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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