January 23rd, 2008
03:49 PM ET
6 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. jeff

    I was one of the undecided democrats until this morning. Today I am firmly a Hillary supporter. This guy whines and throws fits if he does not get what he wants. Although, I am strongly against negative campaigning this is how politics works. Just one person not wanting to play the game that way is not going to change that. If Obama gets the nomination the ENTIRE republican party is going to rip him to shreads and he has already proved that he does'nt have much of a thick skin. This whining is not making him seem above the fray but more a weakling who cannot handle the heat.

    January 23, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. Mike in Jersey

    All of these genius democrats who say they would rather not vote at all, than vote for Hillary will be the reason we will likely have another ultraconservative like Huckabee in office for 4 years... Get a grip. If Hillary is our candidate, she will be so because our party as a whole chose her. Don't let the R's win due to our stubbornness.

    I do wish they would play nice enough so we could see a Hillary – Obama ticket. Although I believe it will likely be Hillary – Edwards.

    January 23, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. judesuper

    How is shrill Hill supposed to be a uniter when everything out of her mouth is either derogatory or disparaging? If you listen long enough the only good ideas, plans, actions were hers alone. That's suppose to unite this country? Now that’s what I call a fairy tale. Can you just imagine four more years of her? You get to see her face and hear her voice every night on the broadcast news, every day on the cable news. YUCK!! Do you really want a change? Vote for Barack Obama.

    January 23, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. doro, USA

    The Clinton Administration (which starred Hillary,too, according to Bill) continued many REAGAN era policies including deregulation. Pay attention to their words and deeds.

    One example, under Clinton's watch: the ENERGY INDUSTRY was deregulated in the mid-late 90's, and ENRON exploded, then imploded upon the energy/economic landscape, leaving price increases of 45% – 65% increase per household in the western United States.

    California is still owed 10 Billion dollars. Ask Snohomish County PUD who as David fought Goliath (on behalf of their customers) won in court, and thereby, exposed some of the sordid details of what occured under the Clinton Administration.

    What did Hillary do in congress to relieve ratepayers of the burden that deregulation brought upon them?

    Bill & Hillary's uninspiring campaign and divisiveness will carry over to governance should they win this election

    Vote OBAMA (or Mccain or Independent) for the greater good.

    January 23, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. scoticus_rex

    Hillary just lost my vote. This is a rediculous distortion. Obama did not praise the republican ideals, he stated that the republican party "was a party of ideas" which is why they were successful at gaining control of the country during that time frame. I used to think Hillary would make a decent president, but she has lost my respect and my vote with this latest attack. I will vote Obama or McCain now. McCain may not have democratic ideals, but he has shown bipartisanship and integrity over the years, the same qualities I see in Obama and the qualities we really need in the White House.

    January 23, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. Kathleen

    I am thoroughly insulted by all the Obama misinformation spread by the Clintons. I used to have respect for them. If she gets the nomination, I will not vote for her.

    January 23, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. Justin from CT

    Looks like Clinton supporters are the new Republicans.

    January 23, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. SB

    What is wrong with all of you? Did anyone listen to Barak Obama the other night? This man is not qualified to be President of the United States. He hemmed and hawed and stuck to his "pre-wriiten" bullet points. He has publicy whined about the Clintons "ganging up" on him. Answer me this, If Bill Clinton had not been President, who would tolerate a candidate complaining about the spouse of another candidate picking on them? Yes I agree we are in a unique situation, never before in our history has an ex-President been in a position to campaign for their spouse, however, if Mr. Obama feels like he is being picked on now, what happens if he gets to the White House?
    I am sorry, but to me, this man who says he is a uniter spends as much if not more time dividing the party as anyone. Why is it that when Barak launches attacks he is "defending himself" and when Hillary has the tamarity to respond she is playing dirty politics?
    The results of this election are much too important to our future to play race or gender. Yet, for all of his protests to the contrary, that is exactly what Mr. Obama is doing. He is playing the "poor me" card and it is working to some degree. I have read editorial after editorial about the "dirty politics" of the Clintons, the "win at any cost" attitude that her campaign and her husband embrace. After some long thought and real investigation of the issues and the candidates, I think that " win at any cost" politics is just fine with me, if at the end we have an experienced winner who can handle the pressures or the office and work to bring real change, rather than speak about changes that have no chance of making it into reality.
    In 8 years, Barak Obama may have earned his way to the top of the Democratic ticket, but for now, it is Hillary and all that comes with her, all the way.

    January 23, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. Phil

    MIKE: you mention someone being a crybaby? Wasn't Clinton Just crying??? And voting Present just means that the bill needs to be modified. Gesh, stop watching so much TV. It dumbs people down. Even Edwards said it, "you don't vote Present, you vote either yes no or maybe". Ok but in the state of IL., voting Present is basically saying maybe because you may not have a full understanding of the bill and not everyone in the Senate read bills. Everyone knows that....

    January 23, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. Dusacre

    The devil himself can come and vote for Hillary, He may even bring all his armies. All that will not matter. Hillary will not be the next president of the United States.

    Bill Clinton may yell at reporters, he may even bark. All that will not matter. Hillary will not be the next president of the United States.

    Marketer and political strategists may repackage Hillary Clinton and sell her to us. All that will not matter. Hillary will not be the next president of the United States.

    All Clinton supporters can vote for her as long as they want; All that will not matter. Hillary will not be the next president of the United States.

    Why?

    Americans in the vast majority are people with a good judgment. They know and see what the Clintons are.

    January 23, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. Poli

    I predict we won't see any Hillary "tears" any time soon! :)

    Back to the cold, calculating, old woman!

    BTW, there have been a few good ideas and politicians with strong moral courage on both sides of the aisle in the past. What's wrong with acknowledging them? When did we suddenly have to literally "hate" the other side? It is possible to disagree firmly but politely – something lost in a lot of the comments posted here.

    Seems to me, we need a gentleman (or gentlewoman) president that can demonstrate statesmanship & civility while setting national policy. Probably too much to ask from the current selection of candidates.....

    January 23, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. Toni

    Here we go again. Why are these guys so predictable? What did Hillary do with her 35 years of experience about this? Nothing. She is part of the problem, she voted for the war and now is going on witch-hunt.

    January 23, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. Cindy

    I just wanted to say that Obama is running for the party as a democrate he should stand for the democrate, that's what happend when you have nothing better to said. Everyone is Obama this and Obama that, Can anyone think that he's really real democrate, he's lying to all of us by stated that "the Republican were the party of ideas " how stupid could you be and you're a democrate. He's just about making history.
    he'll never get my vote as black african american.

    January 23, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. sandra, corona, ca

    Hillary Clinton is just a shill for Bill Clinton. She is as big a liar as he is and she is proving it in this ad.

    No more liars elected to office, please! Can you imagine listening to her cackle and which-ever-way-the-wind-blows ideology for the next four years?

    I am hoping she trips on her own tongue and does herself in and soon.

    January 23, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. Sharon in FL

    Obama just can't take the heat or the truth. He's got some sort of paranoid victim complex, constantly whining about negative campaigning. He said it, he snorted it but when someone brings it up, he starts whining. What a big crybaby. Obama sounds more like George W. Bush everyday. Obama wouldn't have a chance against Republican swift-boaters.
    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, PRESIDENT CLINTON.
    Go Hillary '08.

    January 23, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  16. Laura

    OK Mr. Burton, maybe you are crying out to a more ignorant public than we actually are. The quotes form the ad you don't like and the spin of YOUR words explaining what the ad says are NOT the same thing. Guess what? We can read...and evven more importantly, we can think...and can figure out that ac ually, you're the one playing the twist on words. BUSTED!! Who's the stupid one?

    January 23, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  17. John

    Obama needs to be held accountable for making idiotic comments. Calling Republicans the party of ideas, regardless of what you think of those ideas, has to be the greatest comic line I've ever witnessed since Chase was on SNL.

    January 23, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  18. Cindy

    I just wanted to say that Obama is running for the party as a democrate he should stand for the republican, that's what happend when you have nothing better to said. Everyone is Obama this and Obama that, Can anyone think that he's really real democrate, he's lying to all of us by stated that "the Republican were the party of ideas " how stupid could you be and you're a democrate. He's just about making history.
    he'll never get my vote as black african american.

    January 23, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  19. Charlene Tharp

    Maybe Senator Clinton should advise the American people of what her plan is for us and how she will accomplish fixing the economy etc. I have not heard a real plan from her or any other canidate.

    I feel as though all these people think about are themselves and about bashing each other instead of trying to work together for the common good American people.

    This bashing and negativity is really a turn off for me of all politicians.

    January 23, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  20. OAB

    Thank you Jim, God will Bless you hundred folds. Lets be very careful this time. We need someone with experience and who can perform. Please be realistic my fellow Americans.

    January 23, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  21. Paula Porter

    To out and out lie on someone.... anyone is one of the worst things one
    human can do to another.
    Hillary has totally taken Obama words and distorted them.
    If she is elected to the White House will she distort things like her husband did?
    Remember when he said he "had not had sex with that woman."

    Besides aren't we tired of the same old thing?
    Let's try something totally new and vote for Obama.

    I want to see America do a new thing!!!

    January 23, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  22. Jess

    Kris,
    Are you in high school or something? To say that Obama was saying that he liked the what the republicans did in terms of policy, but to create a winning the winning majority. Wait. if you don't get this already then I suppose you, and the other Clinton loyalists, better just go back to listening to tiny sound bites and letting out of context attacks do the thinking for you.

    January 23, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  23. Sharon

    I am so sick of Hillary Clinton!! If she was the leader she claims to be, then she would take the money that she is spending on this ad, and put it to good use like helping the poverty stricken Americans she claims to care so much about. The money on this campaign makes me sick to my stomach, as we watch people around the world suffer. SICK AND TWISTED-To bad Michael Moore didn't run for president. Now there someone who would could hold to their word. WHEN are Americans going to realize that all politicians lie....all of them. They all have dirty hands. You can't change Washington-Washington changes you!

    January 23, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  24. stanjz

    Federal Minimum Wage
    Bush one-April 1991 $4.25
    Clinton-October 1996 $4.75 – eleven percent increase or only 50 cents/hr (remember these are rock bottom wages, so eleven percent is next to nothing)
    Clinton-September 1997 $5.15 – eight percent increase or 40cents/hr
    In eight years, all Clinton got for lowest wage earners was .90/hr.
    “The income gap actually grew more during the Democratic Clinton administration than it has during the Bush administration. According to U.S. Census data, the share of income for the wealthiest 5 percent rose from 18.6 percent in 1992 to 22.1 percent in 2000. That’s a jump of almost 19 percent.”
    The Clinton administration never indexed the minimum wage to inflation like Barack Obama wants to, so minimum wage earners had inflation immediately eat away at their small gains.

    Furthermore, capital gains tax was only 20 percent during the Clinton Presidency. That means the super rich only pay 20 percent on their income from the stock market. Actual wage earners would pay up to 38 percent.

    January 23, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. sixseven1

    WHEN ARE THE CLINTONS GOING TO PACK IT IN AND RETURN TO NEW YORK STATE ( ARKANSAS DON'T EVEN WANT THEM ) WHERE 200,000 PEOPLE ARE LOOKUNG FOR THOSE NEW JOBS SHE PROMISED THEM WHEN CAMPAIGNING FOR THE SENATE IN NEW YORK . REMEMBER THAT NEW YORKERS ? JUST A COUPLE OF THIEFS WHO RANSACKED THE WHITE HOUSE AND BY A SEX OFFENDER NO LESS .

    January 23, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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