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. Brian Nancoo - Trinidad

    For a guy who is running on a platform of changing the Washington ways and mentality,Senator Obama has certainly emulated much of Washington culture in his campaign.Start with the big money campaign,lining up support from the seasoned Washington insiders like Senators Kerry,Leahy and unnamed Republicans,stealing from the Republican playbook of personal attacks,and on and on and on.And this is the guy who is going to bring people together?To reach out to foes as well as friends?To change the way Washington operates?Judging by his campaign,he sure loves the way Washington operates!

    January 23, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. Emily, Cambridge MA

    bsr January 23, 2008 3:12 pm ET

    How have Obama supporters "stayed positive"?

    ...There is so much complaining and finger pointing done by those who support Obama, the complete irony is almost too much to handle.

    You guys would blame Hillary Clinton if Obama came down with a headcold; all she has turned into for you is a scapegoat. Stop with the bandwagon and mob mentality – listen to yourselves, it's ludicrous.

    How can you not see all the negative press that has been intentionally thrown at HRC? Don't be such sheep.

    January 23, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. ia voter

    For months and months, I've been telling my Hillary-supporting friends that she 1) has too much baggage to successfully survive a general election and 2) will try to compensate for her gender by attacking any and all competition. She not only let down the Democratic party with her attacks and lies, but also all young women like myself who would have rather seen a confident woman who relied on her issue positions and experience to ward off opponents rather than dirty tricks that she has said she is "far above".

    January 23, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. Beth

    RM Tobey, you are disgusting. Gender does not make you intelligent or not intelligent, or capable or not. Closed-mindedness, however, does.

    January 23, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. B. Clark Iowa

    David in Arizona: re Reagan.... you've NOT got it straight.... Reagan's economic policies darned near put America's farmers under. You ought to look at that before crowing about him. Everyone should dig deeper on this.

    January 23, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. Sue

    This is what makes people who really care about politics and who to vote for, not care anymore.
    I wish they would all grow up and focus on what is important to this country:
    economy, healthcare access, education to name but a few.

    January 23, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. steven

    He said IDEAS he didn't say they were GOOD ones. And he's right. Just for the last 6+ years have been the democrats 'bending over' for the Republicans. Its sickening that she doesn't save this rhetoric for the people she is really supposed to be opposing. Doesn't this remind you a little bit of what Bush did to McCain in 2000?

    January 23, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. Bob T.

    I can't believe you Obama lovers have so much hate in your heads. Bill Clinton is the only popular Democratic president since JFK . From the first day the right wing
    Republican party try to discredit him and we all know what Ken Starr did after 7 years and millions of dollar. Bill & Hillary were the center of Republican party attack for last 16 years. They did represent the Democratic party ideas and principles in general. If you are expose for so many years I am sure they made some mistakes too. I undeastand some like new and fresh face and idea for new president some like experience and change together would do better. What I can't believe is that some of Obama supporters have so much hate towards Bill & Hillary as if they were with Republican party for the last 16 years. So much personal and disrespectfull attacks on part of Obama supporters are not warranted. if Obama and his supporters running on unity and one America then how can you do that if you can't even be civil and have so much hate against our own Democratic candidate. How can you unit the Democrats and Republicans if you can even handel the Democratic nomination dabates. Are you going to whine when you confront the Republican candidate and this is your way of uniting the country ! I think Hillary and Bill has the experience to run the country and confront the Republican in general election.Do you think if Obama was white he would recieve more than 80% of black vote in South Carolina ?
    Another thing if Obama wins I would vote for him, because any of Democratic candidates better than any Republican candidates by far. you are dividing the Democratic party by your hatred of Hillary and Bill. You are going to divide the country more in general election because the Republican are going to do a lot more than Clintons to you and you are going to hate them a lot more. I don't thint you are going to unite the country by being so negative and personal.

    Bob T.

    January 23, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. Deb

    The Clintons have shamed this country enough , they are repulsive.

    January 23, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. Elaine in Kentucky

    lCome on you Obama cry babies. He said it.. Face it. He started the attacks in the debate. She answered. I was proud of her. Go hillary.

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

    I listened to Obama's remarks about Ronald Reagan and the Clinton's are maliciously twisting his words to try to help their campaign. I wish all American voters would just listen to the interview with Obama to see exactly what the said and what the Clintons are doing. If these are the kind of people t(the Clintons) that want to run our country and people are so gullible that they take their word for it without seeking the truth, then America is in more trouble than I thought. Don't be so blinded by your illusion of a candidate that you are unwilling to look at each candidate objectively. It is very easy to see that what Obama is saying in the interview is not what the Clintons are now claiming.

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

    Frankly, I would rather see HRC win the Democratic nomination, because I think Obama has a better chance in a national election against a McCain, Romney, etc.

    However, it is easy to understand the approach the Clintons have taken. HRC truly believed her own press, that she was the annointed Democratic nominee. Now that she is being challenged, now that she is suffering some adversity, she is responding in perhaps the only way she knows.

    Remember, adversity does not develop character. Adversity reveals character.

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

    The Clinton's, Obama nor Edwards will ever be the person or President that Ronald Reagan was. Bill Clinton spends his time screaming at a reporter about framing the election about things the voters don't care about and at the same time attacks Obama for things the voters don't care about. No surprise though. Why should we be shocked that the party that cares less about morals and the unborn are hypocrites in their everyday lives. What a sad waste of their abundant God-given gifts and talents.

    January 23, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. John

    I am amazed the Clinton campaign has any support left after their continual distortion of Obama's words. Anyone who is concerned about this latest attack needs to check Obama's website for the truth. They have dedicated a portion of their website to combating all of the rumors and lies. Everytime the Clinton's open their mouths it becomes clear why citizens don't trust politicians. I can only imagine what is next. Truely sad.

    January 23, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. Frank Manganaro

    I"m 70yrs old and a student of American politics. I've worked for JFK,RFK, Clinton Kerry and was leaning toward Sen Obama, seeing him as a candidate with real potential who happened to be African American. Cafferty is very wrong when he states that Hillary is making Obama the Black candidate. I ask you to replay the clip you provided from Oprah's effort with Obama in SC. Oprah made Obama the black candidate. Watch the clip """ Orpah chanting " we`can't wait no mo !!!!!".
    I suddenly realized Obama as a person to bring us together was not real and he has not been tested in the vetting process so I was wrong and will now support Hillary. Cafferty your animus toward Hillary clouds your judgement. Check out the clip.

    January 23, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. ctc

    to mani from new jersey. the clintons don't love this country, they just love the power they are able to exercise in this great country. they will try to beat down anyone who questions to question them.

    January 23, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. Tennyson

    MSNBC prominently displays the conclusion of factcheck.org that the Clintons' claim that Obama expressed support for the Reagan policies is false and misleading.

    This is exactly the kind of strategy that George Bush has used to gain temporary support for his misguided policies. Do we want another dishonest president?!

    January 23, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  18. DLAF

    CNN, how much longer my comments in support of Sen. Clinton will be under moderation!? Seems Odd.

    The funny thing about this posting board is that MOST of the Obama supporters are probably registered Republicans...hahaha...They will not vote for Obama even if (by a long shot) he gets the nomination! HAHAH...They don't want Hillary because they know she will win. WAKE UP PEOPLE! WAKE UP!

    These Obama supporters are ACTUALLY registered REPUBLICANS. They pretend to be for Obama and they are just hoping and praying he wins!

    New Jersey for Hillary come Super TuesdaY! WOOHOOO

    January 23, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. KM

    Hillary will always belittle someone else. She is mistaken about Mr. Obama's remarks, and has taken them out of context.

    She'll do anything to have the spotlight on her.

    I don't know who I will vote for in November.

    But I do know that I will NEVER vote for Ms. Clinton.

    January 23, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. David, Silver Spring, MD

    What Obama said about the Republican party during the 90's was absolutely correct. It wasn't praise, it was a simple statement of historical fact. While the Republicans were putting forth their "Contract With America," the Democrats were doing what?

    How else do you explain why Congress went to the Republicans during Bill Clinton's presidency?

    Sadly, some would rather misconstrue and misrepresent what another person says in order to "win" an election.

    Sadly, you can't say much of anything these days except "God Bless America" without someone twisting your words for their own gain.

    January 23, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. Nancy

    Well, at least when Bill Clinton was in the Whitehouse he got rid of our debt completely. Now look at it.....The Republicans have run it up to 9 trillion and no telling how much higher it will be before Hiliary takes over.....it can't be too soon for me.....you go Girl!!!!!!!

    January 23, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. Emily Coletta

    Obama is a uniter. He gave Republicans props. What's wrong with that? When its time for the general election, the undecided Republicans will appreciate his praise.

    Why does Hillary act like Democrats should HATE Republicans? Obama doesn't hate any of his fellow Americans, he just disagrees. I appreciate his respect for his competition.

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

    Why doesn't Obama hammer the Clintons on who signed NAFTA and what it has done to our Country ever since? Bill Clinton and his view of globalization was dead wrong.

    If Hillary and Bill have nothing to hide why don't they open up their letters to public review at the Clinton Library? Don't think a Clinton administration is going to be any less secretive as a Bush administration.

    January 23, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  24. Nick, Denham Springs, LA

    -HILLARY HAS 35 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE .
    -SHE HAS WORKED TIRELESSLY TO UPLIFT THE LIVES OF EVERY AMERICAN FROM THE TIME SHE LIVED IN ILLINOIS, TO FIRST LADY OF ARKANSAS ,TO THE TIME SHE MOVED TO NEW YORK .
    - SHE WILL BE READY TO BE COMMANDER -IN-CHIEF ON DAY ONE.
    -MOST FOREIGN LEADERS HAVE ALREADY SAID THEY SUPPORT HER.
    -SHE WILL STAND UP TO THE OIL COMPANIES AND FORCE THEM TO LOWER THE PRICE OF GAS.
    -SHE WILL PUNISH COMPANIES THAT SHIP JOBS OVERSEAS.
    -THERE WILL BE FREE EDUCATION & FREE HEALTH-CARE FOR ALL.
    -THERE WILL BE PROGRAMS TO ALLOW AFFORDABLE HOUSING.
    -SHE WILL CREATE JOBS AND OTHER INCOME-GENERATING PROJECTS FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO BE ENTREPRENEURS OR SMALL BUSINESSMAN.
    -THERE WILL BE JOBS FOR EVERYONE.
    -SHE WILL STIMULATE INVESTMENT.
    -SHE WILL RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE.
    -

    January 23, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. Leslie Somerville, Seattle, Washington

    OBAMA IS DONE WHEN HE WINS IN SOUTH CAROLINA-IT IS ALL HILLARY AFTER THAT-THANK GOD–LETS GET BACK TO THE ISSUES.

    January 23, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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