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. Steve, Pennsylvania

    Either Hillary's a moron or she thinks that Democrats are. Does she really expect us to buy her spin doctoring of Obama's statement? Nowhere has he said that the Republicans came up with good ideas.

    January 23, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  2. Frank, Dayton, Ohio

    Clear to anyone with a brain: she is mischaracterizing Obama's remarks and proving that she will do anything to win. This negative campaigning needs to stop or else Hillary will succeed in winning the nomination and LOSING the general election in a landslide as Obama supporters like me decide they have had enough of her nonsense and vote Republican for the first time in many years.

    I have just about had enough of Hillary!

    January 23, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. Spencer Harjung

    All along, Obama has said we need to stop the kind of poitics that Hillary practices–where we nitpick, where we look for and exaggerate every possible flaw, where we focus on ridiculously obscure and irrelevant facts rather than on the larger issues. I personally don't care whether our next president once said the Republicans had some good ideas, or whether he once supported single payer health coverage, or whether he once worked 5 hours on a legal case for a slumlord. It's in the past, and Hillary has made just as many mistakes (if not more); the only difference is that no one is meticulously picking through her records and memorizing her mistakes to use them against her. I believe Hillary's ridiculous attacks are only proving Obama's point that we need to clean up our politics.

    January 23, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  4. 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 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |

    At this point I don't care who cries and whines-dem or rep I just want someone that does not lie to step up and do the right thing- I hate empty promises and irrelevent issues that were settled decades ago- keep to current issues that affect people's everyday lives now- most of the lawmakers have become so greedy they will do anything to stay in there- as a taxpayer I would like to see congress as volunteer OR while in office you get the same pay as an entry level teacher in the state you represent that would weed out the ones who really care & stay to make a positive difference-

    January 23, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. Tyler

    January 23, 2008 3:22 pm ET

    It just hit me. Hillary needs to be President of the Democratic Party. She would be the absolute best president for an all Democratic Nation. She has made it very clear that they are the only ones she will consider ideas from. Hmmm. I thought the race fwas for President of the United States, though. What' a nonpartisan voter to do???? Oh, that's right. Vote Obama or McCain. If Obama isn't an option… well, you see how it will play out, don't you? Go BO.

    I dont know why a nonpartisan voter would vote for Obama anyway. He is more liberal than Hillary Clinton is.

    January 23, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. KMK, Chicago, Illinois

    Mrs. Clinton's dishonest practices are appalling and go against the very core of what this country is about. She doesn't care about truth, justice and the American way, she cares about getting in the history books as the first woman president.

    Every news source that has done a "fact check" about Monday's debate has concluded that the Clintons' comments about this issue are false. And if you don't believe the media outlets, you can certainly check the transcripts yourself. So Mrs. Clinton is taking statements she knows are false and making an attack ad with them.

    I am completely confused as to why anyone thinks it would be good to have someone so dishonest in the White House. After all, even though the lie is about Mr. Obama, it is the people of this country that she's lying to.

    January 23, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  8. Diddy

    It's amazing that Hillary can say she hates the republicans but has voted in favor of the costliest war in the History of America following a Republican President. Where was Hillary attacks on the republicans when she signed on to go to war. I didn't see a commercial then, there was no this is a bad idea then. And remember ALL YOU HILLARY AND BILL LOVERS.

    BILL NEVER SIGNED ON TO THE WAR...HE"S ALWAYS BEEN AGAINST THE US INVASION. So why didn't Hillary listen to BILL THEN??? You think she'll listen if she gets in the White House??

    Don't be fooled.......

    January 23, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. Can't wait for Saturday

    Tyler, I agree! hahah..This whole thing is a fairy tale! Let us be real, if Obama gets the nomination the Republican are going to eat him alive come November. Furthermore, he is not qualified! Step out of the way and let a real "man" do it, GO HILLARY!

    Hillary 08'

    January 23, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. Michael

    Go, Hillary; Hillary 08; Go, Girl. This is the kind of bumper sticker thinking all of us have to endure. Please, folks, go back to school. Read more. Take an intellectual inventory of yourselves–please!

    January 23, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. RT

    HIllary is attacking Obama – Obama attacked Hillary. It's politics – get over it! The real question is Who is best suited to run this country. I'm sick of the "she attacked me" attitude from the Obama camp. Obama needs to take it like a man and defend himself instead of crying like a baby. "Those bad Clintons" are what his camp is becoming famous for saying. He's no better than Hillary or no worse, so lets look at issues and how they plan to get this country back to a stable economy. Obama needs to state his position more clearly and no one would probably have room to insinuate anything. I'm for Hillary all the way! Seems like Obama needs to grow up and and defend himself like a man instead of continuously finger pointing. You already know someone is after you – you are running for president – right?

    January 23, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. Rick

    Senator Obama is being "Swift-boated" by the Clintons – both the former President
    and Sen. Hillary. She's playing a form of dirty politics. She knows it, she advocates
    it, and she approves it. All Americans should be able to see through this political
    'filth' that is being thrown by the Clinton campaign, and severely chastise and
    sanction the Clintons for their 'dirty playing.'

    Go Barack!! Don't let them get you bogged down with all this non-sense. You and
    your campaign speak the truth, the facts, and operate the most clean campaigns


    New York

    January 23, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. jahd'n

    I have really grown to view hillary as gross and vile. She doesn't seem to care about the truth, just to become the president by any means possible. I can't stand to hear voice or look at her speak, it all reeks of dishonesty and acting. I hope she goes away.

    January 23, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. jim Scottsdale AZ

    Mrs. Clinton really has no record , she clains 36 years of experience, excuse me she is a Junior Senator and spent all her time trying to keep Bill out of trouble.

    It is a sad day when the American People thinks this person represents change . She and her Husband did nothing of any value. She is bought and paid for by the media and the political machine just like McCain.

    I am a Ron Paul Supporter, but have had enough of the Clintons and the Bush Family. I would vote for Mr. Obama even though he will also give al the money we don't have away for free. That is the only reason people like Hillary she will give more handouts.

    We have lost our pride and our ethics now we have just sold oursleves to the Middle east and China, George just went begging for more money.

    WAke up America

    January 23, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. bettyc, Havre de Grace, MD

    Under no circumstances will I vote for the tag team of shrill Hill and lying Bill. I know what 'is, is' and have known for a long time. One thing I really think should come out before February voting, and if it doesn't noone should vote for the Clintons – Who are the contributors to the Clinton library and how much did they contribute? And folks, I will be voting in the February Democratic primaries – but not for a continuation of the Bush legacy, as a vote for the Clintons would do.

    January 23, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  16. D R

    NAFTA was enough to teach us about Clintonomics. Hillary's record on health care should turn everyone off! Go Obama!

    January 23, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  17. Jody

    I am a life long democrat. I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR HILLARY! She is a Bush impersonating a female liberal.

    January 23, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. Tired

    I am sick of both of these yahoo's. I am a democrat and it looks as if John Edwards is the real candidate. Clinton and Obama are just in it for themselves. I liked both of them till this month. Vote for John.

    January 23, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  19. Tari Torch Sweeney

    "The Republicans were the party of ideas for a pretty long chunk of time there over the last 10, 15 years." Where does it show in this statement that Barack Obama is praising the Republicans? I don't get it. It sounds like a simple statement of fact. For years that had control...for a "long chunk of time". What's the argument? Hilliary is making mountains out of nothing – not even a molehill here.

    January 23, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. carmen

    Republicans and independents are already praising Obama's approach. Here in Europe, he is THE candidate.

    January 23, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  21. James Brown ( Independent )

    Yep the Clinton's are about to find out that it's the peoples White House !

    January 23, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  22. Caimon

    If Obama can't withstand Hillary's little attacks, how would he withstand the Republicans’ attacks? Hillary is the right candidate to withstand Republicans' attacks. Obama is a crybabie. He cries about every statements Hillary makes. Grow up Obama, your mom will come to get Hillary.

    January 23, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  23. Amy

    I think that we should label Clintons' behaviors as "Clintonism" – his and her legacy in this country's politics. People say that it's Clinton's strategy to drag Obama into a fight. I say no. It's not that Clinton has a strategy; it is that they have no any other stratigies but blaming and attcking anyone on their way. The nasty, negative, and mean spirited approach they have showed is simply what they are. Do we need such a leadership in this country?? If anyone thinks this divisive approach will get "things done" in Washington, then he must be living in a fantasy!

    January 23, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  24. Bert in NJ

    Bill Clinton should back off! He had his day in the White House. If Hillary is so prepared to be President on day 1, he must let her demonstrate that strength, wisdom, and courage. He greatly overshadows her and it is obvious that he wants to be in position of power and decision making. Early on during this campaign, I did have Hillary in mind. However, after becoming aware of the tactics at play now, I will never vote for her. Hillary, put away the dirt and get down to the issues. This is "grown-up" politics, not high-school. We need a president who can stand on her own two feet and tell her husband to "Chill Out!"

    January 23, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  25. Dewreye

    It looks like POLITICS AS USUAL for the Clinton camp......lies, lies, and more lies!

    Do we really want Bill "I did not have sexual relations with that woman" Clinton back in the White House, influencing Hillary on everything???

    January 23, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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