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. Poor

    Go away Clintons!!!!

    January 23, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. Ron, TX

    Hillary Clinton disgusts me more and more every day. The Clintons will single-handedly DESTROY the democratic party before they ever lose. Obama never said they were good ideas, but they were without a doubt a larger transformation from the previous presidential age. One doesn't haven't to travel very deeply into Clinton's administration to realize he utilized the same republican policies of tax cuts and free trade pushed by Regan. Clinton transformed nothing, but has surely escalated the aura of disgust the American public has for government.

    These absolutely disgusting lies and misrepresentation about what Barack Obama said is over the line. From two people that have long suffered from negative lies and attacks from the Republicans, the Clintons are the worst of both worlds. The Republicans attack Democrats, but the Clintons are attacking an astounding politician within their own party. And they aren't even using truthful criticism.

    January 23, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. Ca Native

    I sincerely wonder if the Clinton's have thoroughly considered their Attack-Obama strategy. Certainly the win-at-all-cost approach may yield Mrs Clinton the party nomination. However, she will have, in the process, significantly alienated many African Americans, independents, and moderate democrats that dared to believe politics could rise above street-fighting, mud-slinging, win-at-all-costs.

    By winning the nomination (this way) she gaurantees a loss in the general election. Republicans WON'T vote for her – and those independent & moderate democrats frustrated by her (and her husbands) brand of politcs won't support her.

    Thanks Hillary – another 4 years of a Republican White House.

    January 23, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. Deb

    Burton, get real, we all heard for ourselves during the debate that your guy can't talk about anything but negative non-issues! Wake up! Smell the coffee!

    January 23, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. Frank J. (MO)

    I thought it was already explained to her in front of 5 Mio viewers ?!

    The Billaries had it! If the Clintons would win with dirt like that I will vote for the Republicans and I would donate for their campaign.

    I am really past just not agreeing with Billary or simply 'disliking' her,him ..them ..who is running there ?

    People across America ! Wake up ! Is this what we want ? Can we afford rubbish like that ? I wish the people would really listen to the Billaries .. they would not stand a chance with the decent people!

    OBAMA 08


    January 23, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. Pattie O'Kane

    BTW, why isn't the media correcting the Clintons' mistatements????? This would apply to any other candidate, too.

    And why hasn't the Clinton campaign contributors been brought up again and again like Rezko? Yes, that news was two months ago, but people have short memories and the elections are now. I think the medie, including CNN, needs to balance these issues.

    January 23, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. Cali Indy

    As a California Independent, I must say, "my lord this is getting old". While I have great confidence that Hillary will do fine as a president, whether she will be great or successful in moving our country forward is being seriously contended with. Albeit, all hands are dirty, but I am not quite sure why she would keep this line of attack when it has been debunked by Newsweek, TIME, CBS, AP and most other major news sources. The more she concentrates negative campaigning, the more she is alienating the independent vote. I know at least 4 republicans that are voting for Obama, just to ensure that she does not get into office. While I think that is questionable, she does not help her case in being polarizing with tactics such as this.

    In northern california, I have seen 2 TV ads for Obama, none of which focus on Clinton.

    I am starting to wonder, why is she spending so much time focusing on Obama? I don't want to know why the other candidate is not a good candidate, I want to know why she is better.

    I just read today that she actually has had less time in a public office then he. Where is her "experience" coming from then? Is it from being First Lady?

    She is making it hard for me to justify voting for her...and I really wanted to at the beginning

    January 23, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. Picabo, San Diego, CA

    Is it me or does this seem strange?

    "Democrat Hillary Clinton is launching a radio ad in South Carolina" ... "According to a script of the new ad provided by Obama’s campaign "

    So Clinton is launching the ad and Obama's campaign has a copy of the script?

    January 23, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Eric, San Diego

    Just vote for John Edwards and we wont have to worry about any of this nonsense.

    January 23, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. Sandy OHIO

    Hillary does have the better experience and our country was in great shape with the Clinton administration. She will also have her husband behind her and I think he is very intelligent when it comes to keeping the economy going. Hillary does have a plan and she is a very intellingent strong woman. Obama is showing he weak side and will buckle under pressure. I am proud to be a Clinton supporter and if Hillary is not elected then this country is in serious trouble!

    January 23, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. Sandra Los Angeles, CA

    hillary clinton is a liar. how dare she misconstrue what barack obama said. she will do anything simply to win the presidency – how sad!

    January 23, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. Ray

    Larry – The Boo's were because It was all Obama's friends there. All of you think he is so untouchable and cant be called out on something. If he cant handle this now, he needs to drop out.

    January 23, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  13. Ande

    I'm with you Stephen. If Hillbilly is on the ticket I'm going Republican. It's not Obama who is dividing the democrats it's Hillary and her "I didn't have sex with that woman" husband of hers.

    January 23, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. Kim, Sacramento, CA

    Come on now Hillary – enough is enough already! You have made it very clear that you will do and say anything that you have to to get elected. You know darn well that Barack Obama didn't say that – not even close. You, once again, are distoring/lying without so much as the bat of an eyelash.

    This country needs a fresh start, a fresh face. We MUST stop the spiral we are on and that is not going to happen with a President who has a self serving agenda. Hillary cannot win the general election.

    Barack Obama is the only viable Democratic candidate who can win it all in November.

    January 23, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. John

    Boy, the clintons are so divisive....and here we go for the lies (but the clinton supporters will never want to see how much they lie)

    "Let every American, every lover of liberty swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others."
    Abraham Lincoln

    After having supported without questioning several Bush policies: Iraq war, The Patriot Act, and not taking a stand against the violation of the laws of our country by some members of our government, do you think Abraham Lincoln would be proud of you Hillary????

    Oh boy, Anyone but Hillary

    January 23, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  16. phan

    Buy one, Get one FREE. Elect Hilary, get Bill FREE. What's wrong with that.?
    It's a very good deal since our economy is in the recession and our country is in a big mess.
    Hilary 08!

    January 23, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. Rachel, Portland OR

    The sad thing is that you KNOW Hillary knew exactly what Obama meant by the comment and she probably agrees with him... But she had to go and distort his comments once again. Whatever, I think we all agree Obama is much better than all this nonsense.

    January 23, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  18. Misha

    I actually really like the fact that Senator Obama speaks to the American people about our history in a context that doesn't need to demonize someone. It's a shame that the comments he made could not be accepted and discussed intellectualy without the need to twist them into political weapons.

    January 23, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  19. Mike J.

    Hillary is trying to let the people know just what Barak Obama is all about.The man is a preacher that tells people what they want to hear.We need a doer not a talker.I want everyone to say president Barack Obama .Now does that sound like an American president or a middle east tyrant.The american people need to vote for Hillary Clinton to put america back on top were we should be.

    Mike J.
    GO Hillary!!!!!!!!!

    January 23, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. A voter

    Hillary is simply a snake and a liar. I won't vote for her even if she does win the nomination, and that is the honest to gods truth.

    if obama or edwards doesn't win, the my vote is up for grabs.

    January 23, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. Rachel

    So now Obama is going to whine about this when he did nothing to stop the nasty radio ad in Nevada calling Hillary a "disgrace?"


    January 23, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. Cheryl

    Shame on Hillary and Bill Clinton for dragging this primary into the gutter!! Of course, why should I be surprised?? As people that "claim" to love America, the Clintons had the opportunity to play a role in UPLIFTING the political debate in this country and instead have chosen to drag all of us down. They will not take me with them!! I am sick of voting "against" the republicans - it would be quite refreshing to vote FOR a candidate that I believe in and trust. I will not be scared into voting for her because of the republicans - I will not be guilted into voting for her because she is a women. If Hillary Clinton is the democratic nominee for president, then the party better get ready and LOSE MY VOTE!!

    January 23, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  23. Anthony

    OK...at this point, the Clinton campaign is either being dishonest (politically shrewd, but dishonest and unethical) or they are idiots.

    Is this what people really want to hear? Dishonest, political attacks?

    Clinton supporters should encourage an end to this, before it does irreparable damage to the party, and what's left of Bill Clinton's legacy.

    January 23, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. Khwaty

    Picabo, San Diego, CA January 23, 2008 12:57 pm ET

    Is it me or does this seem strange?

    "Democrat Hillary Clinton is launching a radio ad in South Carolina" … "According to a script of the new ad provided by Obama’s campaign "

    So Clinton is launching the ad and Obama's campaign has a copy of the script?


    Makes you wonder why Obama campaign has transcript of the ads....ain't that something or what?

    January 23, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. DavidfromCA

    It's clear Obama made statements praising the Republicans. He's obviously trying to reach Republicans and Independents. How does Obama's spokesman responds? By saying that Clinton did it too! Politics as usual.

    When you say that a political party had all the ideas the past 10-15 years you're saying that party was trying to get things done and the other party was not.

    January 23, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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