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. 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 am voting Republican !!!

    January 23, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. mary burnett

    Remember the Frazier and Ali fight!?.Neither one was intimidated."get er done Hillary"

    January 23, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. Skeeve, NYC, NY

    Obama is right. Republican party is a party of ideas, as opposed to Democratic party that is mainly a party of reaction to Republican party ideas.
    Well, Hillary is a typical representative of her party – no new ideas just reactions to the ideas of her opponent. May be it is about time Democrats come up with something coherent as opposed to "republicans sux " line repeated over and over again. May be, one would hope, Obama can offer that something coherent.

    January 23, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. Kimbakristin

    It seems that Hillary is the one who's modeling herself after the Republicans, with her desperate, ill-conceived mud-slinging. Yuck.

    January 23, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. jman19480

    Bill 'the only President to ever be impeached' Clinton, and Mrs. Bill Clinton will do anything to get back into the White House. They will play dirty politics right to the end. They can distort the truth with the best of them. It's time for the Clintonistas to go.

    On the other hand Obama can't be crying about it. It's not what a leader does. Scarey thought that oone of them may actually be elected President.

    January 23, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. toli

    when clinton was in office gas was $1.10

    you clinton haters are brainwashed by the republican party.

    clinton left with a surplus, good economy and low gas prices. what do we have now???????????

    you neocons are mad...................... destroy the country but its a ok because you are against homos and pro life...... in the mean time my wife went shopping and paid $14.00 for seven tomatoes. thanks neocons.

    vote repulblican again......................... or for obama?? a man of change????? he did alot of changing with the "present" votes.

    GO HILLARY ............... please fight and dont give in.

    January 23, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. Kem

    Keep up the good work Barack. Do not let this nasty Clinton Machine bring you down. Stay above the Frey. You have and will continue to have my vote. And if Hillary gets the nomination I WILL NOT VOTE IN NOVEMBER!!!

    January 23, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. Kevin

    The Clintons have proven over and over again that they are treacherous liars and as a Republican who has voted Democrat in the last 4 Elections I will be sure to encourage everyone I know to vote Republican if she wins the Nomination.

    Obama 08 but if Hillary's trickery screws up his fate she will get the blame for me and all friends and family voting for McCain.

    January 23, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  9. sandy ohio

    Obama dont know what he is doing. He reminds me of a democratic Bush!!!! Arrogant and smug. I think the people need to have more say in the elections. The media misleads the facts. As for playing dirty. They all do. Bush cheated to win the election. He had more excuses than any candidate I ever see have. If Obama cannot handle the heat from Hillary how will he handle crucial matters if he wins?????

    January 23, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  10. Beans

    I am still voting for Barack Obama. He does not run a negative campaign, and is the only one who offers us hope of change.

    Why are we paying attention to ANYTHING the Clinton's say, especially Bill? He's a proven liar and was almost impeached for it. If Obama were as low as the Clinton's, he'd be bringing that up. Their 2-1 tag team against him are likely getting him down, but he will rise above this.

    I'm waiting for more Clinton skeletons to come out of the closet. Timing is important. Obama needs a "bad cop" to do some dirty work.

    January 23, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. Casual observer

    You Hillary supporters are fools....isn't it obvious that her only motivation is being hell bent on power? How did she get off so easy on the voter suppression lawsuit in Nevada (I know it was the teacher's union, but she's obviously learned a bit from Bill on having agents one step away taking the heat). Can't you see that everything that comes out of her mouth is a half truth or blatant lie? Did those crocodile tears in New Hampshire make you think her heart is not black as coal?

    She has no chance of getting any Republicans to cross the party line and vote Democrat. I would advise all Democrats to vote Obama if you want to actually win in November....take it from a Repubican....

    January 23, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  12. Not Amazed

    Typical and taking comments out of context. Mondale and Dukakis were steamrollered by Reagan and Bush, the elder, primarily because the Democratic Party had no new ideas or fresh approach. Harmful or not the GOP siezed the initiative while the Democrats sat there whining.

    We have another instance in 2008 with Edwards and Obama offering fresh ideas and a unifying message while Clinton pulls a Mondale/Dukakis and gives the American voter a stale and outdated message complete with campaign tactics straight out of the Arkansas, Tammany Hall school of trash your opponents.

    Clinton may yet win this battle, but she risks losing the war (i.e. general election) to McCain if he is, as seems likely, the GOP nominee. He's also a "change" agent with an untraditional GOP message, Both Clintons, Penn, Wolfson, Grunwald and the old party hacks don't get it. America's had it with the past!

    January 23, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. Scott, Royal Oak, MI

    Honestly, Hillary must be a closet Republican. She's willing to tear the party to shreds in order to win...

    Ideally, Democrats should be thinking, I'm voting for ____(Hillary/Obama/Edwards), but ______ (Hillary/Obama/Edwards) is also a good candidate and will get my vote if they are the Democratic nominee.

    Instead, Hillary is proving how divisive she is, polarizing the party and attempting to create deep wounds that may not be healed. The Dems simply cannot afford to self-implode this time around. The stakes are too high.

    January 23, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. smokesignals

    Wow! Am I ever shocked that Hillary and Bill would actually stoop this low and are so egocentric and manipulative that they cannot see that the American public is not quite as dumb as they think we are. I heard and read Obama's comments and there is nothing that he said that was not the absolute truth. Shame on Hillary and her "vice" president. Who does she think she's fooling? Any buzz words to get the vote.
    I'm a woman, 50 something, small biz owner, activist and Obama's gettin' my vote!

    January 23, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. john

    Hillary has an ego. She wasn't officially the President (Bill) before. Now she wants to solidify that she should have been and will be. I think America will make a mistake if we elect her. She loves the debate and fight, but once on top the romance will be over. Half of our nation now realized the same with the current leader.

    January 23, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. Lucas, Nashville TN

    She can't bear him in a fair fight, as we saw in Iowa. So she is lying to win. Sound familiar? Oh yeah... THE REPUBLICANS... and she wants to paint him as sounding too GOP...

    It's not wrong to suggest that we (progressives) should lead people in a similar way as the right did for a while there, just in a better direction. They had new ideas, so does Obama. Hillary has OLD ideas that filed in the 90s... why should she get another chance?

    January 23, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  17. Murry

    Shame on Billary for taking Senator Obama's words out of context. Billary has stooped to new lows. Please get back to the issues.
    We learn when we experience things outside of our cozy niche and talk to people different from us.
    Applause to Barack Obama for having the wisdom and intelligence to see a bigger world picture than Hillary would ever be able to see. She is too busy trying to organize her desk.
    Applause to Barack Obama for being able to see the long span of history. Hilary is too busy devising tomorrow's smear campaign.
    Vote Obama '08

    January 23, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. Danny

    As a life long Democrat I'll be voting for McCain if it's Hillary vs McCain.

    Bill Clinton USED to have our respect. Now my wife and I see him as no more than a cutthroat politician who will spout any lies to get a 3rd term.

    Obama '08 for REAL change!

    January 23, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  19. Nancy

    I am a true blue Democrat who is getting tired of the bickering. Let's talk policy. Who is going to fix the health coverage crisis in this country, who is going to ensure good jobs, good education and equal access for the poor. I don't care who likes or dislikes Reagan, or the Republicans. Hillary and Barack are getting boring.

    January 23, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  20. STEVE


    January 23, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  21. Que

    Katherine, thank you. I have mentioned on here several times over the last week about the Supreme Court, but some people just get so angry, especially the Obama supporters ( I am an Obama supporter) that they don't see that there is a bigger picture.

    I blame the media, they know that there are a few people who are so gullible and would believe everything they say so they keep fueling the fire. The second the media mischaracterized the "fairytale", I saw what they were doing.

    Katherine, I hope we can get through to these people before we end up with our rights taken away from us.

    January 23, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  22. apple orchard

    Has it ever occurred to the democrats that republicans and independents are Americans too? Or should we just have another civil war again and all of the 'fun' that entails?
    How the heck will anything ever get done with all of the fighting (and infighting)?

    When's that meteor gonna smack the earth? it's time overdue now.

    January 23, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. GC

    does she ever do anything other than talk about other people?? it's like hearing a bunch of gossip all the time

    January 23, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. Sarah Ridley

    Here, courtesy of FactCheck.Org, is the full text of what Obama told the editorial board of the Reno Gazette-Journal:

    Obama (Jan. 14, 2008): The Republican approach has played itself out. I think it's fair to say that the Republicans were the party of ideas for a pretty long chunk of time there over the last 10, 15 years, in the sense that they were challenging conventional wisdom. Now, you've heard it all before. You look at the economic policies when they're being debated among the presidential candidates, it's all tax cuts. Well, we know, we've done that; we've tried it. That's not really going to solve our energy problems, for example.

    January 23, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  25. DDD

    If Hillary wins, I wont vote at all, because she wont have won fair and square, If she does this all the way to get the nomination, I definitely will not vote for her.
    She will lose the black vote altogether, she really doesnt realize that. Her husband has really hurt her more than anything.

    January 23, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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