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. tammy

    Obama obviously commands more respect than Clinton.Why do these two not just get on with clean campaigning instead of throwing mud into each other ' s eyes.

    I support Obama.He is young and fresh.He represents the new, and Clinton represents the past.

    January 23, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. tigerjcs

    Obama has been whinning when someone brings up his voting records of 'PRESENT'. He is afraid to take a stand, what a whim! Now, he is portraying himself as a victim and cry out because Hillary is attacking him for his own words that come out of his month. What a crybaby!. Do we want this type of leader? Do you think this will help him to unite and bring about change in Washington? He didn't bring any change while he was in Washington, so is his crybaby will bail him out? He is living in the dream and hoping we all feel sorry for him. He is too weak and couldn't stand a chance facing with the world tough leaders.

    Go Hillary go, you can challenge him! Hillary 08!

    January 23, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. dannyfernandez

    As a history professor, and registered Democrat, I find the attacks on B. Obama deplorable. Ronald Reagan, for whom I never voted, did put together a victorious coalition that changed the political arena for a generation; this fundamental change should be the goal of the Democratic party. Instead we a suffering under the divisive tactics of the former President and Hillary Clinton.

    January 23, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. CBG

    And the Clintons have the gall to say that GW Bush is divisive? They're even purposely divisive within their own party, and yes, the black/white divide they are orchestrating is deliberate. It's despicable and I can only hope it backfires on them big time.

    January 23, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. Jerry

    This just isn't honest..and she should stop. She can win this nomination, honestly and fairly, but she will lose it dishonestly and unfairly if she doesn't pull herself together

    January 23, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. Renaisauce

    I think it's ironic that the Democratic candidates are trying to sell the idea that they can bridge the divide, but in the same breath, they go out of their way to accuse the other guys of respecting a Republican. If one of them says something nice about Lincoln, it could mean the end.

    January 23, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. Love Texas


    Good grief! Can't you see what is happening here?

    Haven't you had enought of Bill and Hillary? Are you that stupid? Will you follow them into the fire?

    Get a grip!

    You have a chance to nominate someone who is a Black American. He is new. He is fresh. He has a young family.

    We need a change in this country. Yes, Hillary appears to be a woman. But how do we really know that?

    She is a pathetic specimen if she is a woman. She will say and do anything to get power along with her husband.

    Are you that stupid to not see this?

    I am a Republican and am very interested on Obama. A lot of us are because we recognize the need to move beyond partisan ship and dynasties.

    If Hillary is elected, the country is going to reject her. There is no question.

    Do the right thing by the country and let's have a great race between the future (Barack Obama) and whoever the Republican nominee is going to be.

    If it is John McCain against Hillary, she is toast!

    January 23, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Nancy

    That seals the deal. I will never cast a vote for Hillary Clinton. Period. End of Story.

    January 23, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. Josh

    This is not a negative ad. Sen. Clinton uses Sen. Obama's words to raise some inportant issues. it is too bad you folks can't stop reading "attack" into everything you see – especially when you don't think about the issue. I wish people would just grow up.

    January 23, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. Jon

    Hey Tyler – maybe you should stop talking for awhile – your ignorance is nauseating.

    Hillary has lost any support I would give her in the general election. If McCain is the nominee, I WILL vote Republican for the first time in my life.

    OBAMA OR MCCAIN – hey, wait a minute – they should run together if they both don't get nominated in their respective parties. That would really stick it to the establishment.

    January 23, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. Dana Davis Arlington, VA

    Stay focus Obama! Stay focus!!!! Continue to bring hope to the hopeless, continue to show the country that we, all americans, can move forward in a new directions with your clean fresh approach to the White House you have managed to bring out "The Real Clintons” I was a true supporter of the Clintons, before you came on the scene, but they have completely turned me and my family off!!!!

    January 23, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. Christy

    does anyone know just how many skeletons the Clintons have in the closet? I am interested in seeing the attack she would get as the democratic nominee. If she is the candidate for the democrats I guess we better brace ourselves for another republican president. They have so many scandals it's scary.

    January 23, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. Jim Crawford

    Part of the reason for the mess our economy is in is NAFTA (how do you spell Bill Clinton?) I think if we get Hillary, we will also get at least four more years of Bill...is that what we really want?

    Her constant "partisan position" is getting a little tiresome also. Lets get someone who can make an honest effort to get both parties working together.

    January 23, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  14. Mike

    "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."

    – Jumpstart the economy and create jobs – by bringing the #1 outsourcer of American jobs to India here and outsourcing $4 billion worth of US jobs? How are people here supposed to protect their home when they don't have jobs to pay their mortgage. There's a reason she's been called "The Senator from Punjab."

    January 23, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. Arthur

    Do you really think Hillary with his/her history has any chance against McCain. Not in a million years. This country needs a new direction. A new leader.

    January 23, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. brad

    now we know why Al Gore didn't enter. Not about can't take the heat. Seem it is about character destroying for the sake of self interest. scary.

    January 23, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. Susan Texas

    I hope all you idiots give Obama the nomination and he loses the election. that is exactly what you deserve! Obama can't beat John McCain, and we will end up with the war that never ends!

    January 23, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. CDH

    oh, my god. give me a break. hillary was a teenager in high school when she supported barry goldwater. that wasn't illegal.

    why doesn't Senator Obama just keep on telling us what a uniter he is instead of going after President Clinton for talking about Obama's (1) Congressional votes on the Iraq war; and (2) about Obama's statements in Nevada. Just to be clear, Edwards also criticized Obama for his comments about Reagan. But I don't hear Obama calling Edwards a liar or accusing him of being negative.

    Negative campaigning? who pray tell was the one who has been calling the clinton's liars. ok, he didn't use the word liar, he said they were saying things that weren't supported by facts and i don't want to be called a liar. but i do think that we are entitled to take his statements and read into them exactly what reasonable understand those words to mean. the only one running a negative campaign is obama.

    now he objects to the use of his exact words.

    and who started the mudslinging during the debate? who nastily snarled at Hillary that while he was organizing she was a corporate lawyer sitting on the Board of Walmart? in what way is that relevant to whether she can be President? she sat on the Board of Walmart while she lived in Arkansas, where Walmart is headquartered.

    what are the lies. can one of the obama supporters please set them out (1), (2), (3) . . . because if you can't, you are swift boating Hillary Clinton.

    Obama is the one who is trying to make Bill Clinton the issue. Bill has made a total of 3 or 4 statements that the media has taken and run with it every day. Elizabeth Edwards has attacked Hillary multiple times and I never heard Hillary Cliinton come back whining that Edwards was running a negative campaign.

    And Michelle Obama has made a number of negative comments about Hillary Clinton also.

    January 23, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. Bill


    Believe me Canada does NOT want her here either!

    January 23, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |




    January 23, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. Philip Inos (reply to Joseph Martinez)


    Joseph, since when did you become the representative of the whole Fil-Am community? I'm a member but I'm not in support for Hillary, so speak for yourself.... Please, think before you write anything.

    January 23, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. OAB

    Howdy Republicans!!!
    Wow, looks that all the blogs are against the Clintons and are pro Obama.
    I bet that 99% of these so called Obama supporters are actually Republicans. This statements by CHEER i agreed with. 99% of these bloggers are REPUBLICANS. DO not be fooled by them DEMO. We are for Hillary.

    January 23, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    I see the phony democrats are at it again. I doubt the sincerety of every Obama poster on this board. They all just want him to win the nomination because they hate the Clintons. Well all that hate got Bill a 65% approval rating and it's working pretty well now to destroy Obama and get Hillary the nomination. The dirty hands of Obama have been exposed and he's toast. He cannot win so stop wasting your time and money. Go back to the red party where you all voted for bush,twice. There are enough real americans to put a democrat in the WH without you.

    January 23, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. Jon

    If you read Senator Obama's comments, there was no value judgement. He did not say they were good ideas. There is no praise of the Republican party contained in that statement.

    Furthermore, would it be the end of the world if someone offered praise of the other party? Isn't it precisely this 'us against them' mentality that has prevented anything from getting done in the last 8 years?

    Senator Obama has offered a sincere platform based on the notion that we should all work together. This is a 'fairytale' worth believing in.

    January 23, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  25. Don

    John above, implies that Hillary operates on talking points. I have followed Clinton for a year and she has always had a detail plan that she talks about. Not talking points. Hillary was running a very positive campaign and never even mentioned Obama or Edwards until they both attacked her. It is unfair to continue to blame Clinton, when she was taking the high road. Obama even gave interviews about if he were to go up in the polls he would have to attack Hillary, which he did. He has continued, he is just better at sliding it in under the radar. That I can see and I can not trust him. I know where Hillary is coming from. She is straightforward and has had every right to defend herself. Someone last night said it best. Obama hates negative attacks, unless he is the one doing it. Hillary has been nothing but consistant during this campaign. Her rallies are not flowers and promises, but real ways to help the American people. Guess thats not good enough for ratings as a bunch of prose about hope and change( by the way, still waiting to find out how he plans to accomplish this better than Hillary). Obama needs real plans, not just hope. Hillary has a strong plan to re-build America.

    January 23, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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