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. John

    Hillary has admitted in public (and in tears) that she is running for the presidency because it's a personal issue for her. So in other words, she is not interested in what the country needs – but she's interested in what she needs to feed her increasingly large ego. She will say or do anything it takes, and that includes smearing someone as genuine as Barack.

    Bill Clinton appears to be senile. His comments are not coherent, he goes to sleep in public and on worldwide TV, and he looks awful. He needs to go back to New York or Arkansas (or wherever the Clintons claim their home is these days). Take a nap Bill.

    As for Hillary, she's a nice guy, but she needs to shut her pie hole.

    January 23, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Mike Finnell

    THIS is EXACTLY why we can not elect either person! The Clintons and Obama are not capable of resolving their OWN differences, so how in the HELL can either one of them resolve the greater differences bewteen the parties, let alone be able to solve problems between Israelis and Palestinians? Or Iranians and Americans? Or North Koreans and the free world?
    These two groups make me sick~ it is like something out of the 1800's. The person that benefits the most is Edwards, and the Republicans are LOVING THE DIVISIONS!
    Thanks toe Bill Clinton for not keeping his mouth shut. Thanks to HIllary for letting Bill keep going, and thanks to Obama for the fuel into the fires.
    At this point, McCain or the Republican candidate will walk into the White House since the Democrats have proven time and time again that they can not handle the differences within theor own party, let alone the problems around the world.

    January 23, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. harold

    You are right on Hilliary....Obama should have kept his mouth shut about the great ideas of the republicans and talked about the great ideas of the Democrats...

    Now I supooses the stimulus coming to us $500-$800 whill be scaled to the higher incomes....give the $800 to the highest incomes, huh?

    January 23, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. Harry Landon

    Why doesn't somebody somewhere in the political arena point out that Iraq is a failed oil war, and needs to be vacated. The President's father also waged an oil war which stabalized the area in that respect. The deceit spun upon the American people is, in my mind, unforgivable, the nearly $300 billion of debt to other nations unconscionable, and the lies without substance or validity. A sorry decent of this great country into the political never never land.

    January 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. Carol

    It is entirely appropriate for the former president to campaign for his wife. It is also entirely inappropriate for the former president to spin, attack, and intentionly distort the comments and record of an opposing candidate. It is beneath the office he once held and beneath the position he now holds. But I guess such behavior is apparently not beneath him. I had hoped he was sufficently humbled after his many scandols while in public office and I expected Hillary to set a higher standard of conduct in her campaign. I admire Hillary and was leaning towards her until Bill's behavior, apparently sanctioned by her, convinced me to question her trustworthiness.

    January 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. DLAF

    Barbie (January 23, 2008 4:21 pm ET),

    You are wrong! The Hispanic community know Hillary is with them! The Hispanic community know better than to fall for your garbage. You are probably a registered republican or a Obama supporter who wants the Latino vote to go his way..No way! Hispanics for Hillary all the way !!!

    Hillary 08'

    January 23, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. Barbie

    FWH... I love this quote! "Adversity does not develop character, but reveals character." Uh... Mrs. Clinton your true colors are beginning to show. Are you going to have Bill run around the world during diplomatic crisis name calling and lying on the other leaders when they call you out?

    January 23, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. Iowan for Hillary

    Well if he didn't think they were GOOD ideas, then maybe he should have...oh, I don't know...STATED THAT???

    How many times has this happened already?? Gives vague answers, sees how the public responds, then says, "Oh that's not what I meant" or "that's not what I said" or "you are taking it out of context." Whatever! Have some substance in your statements and quotes then!


    January 23, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. Dave McKinney

    Hillary & Bill continue to distort Obama's statements and to deny their praise for Regan. I am opposed to all of this distortion and the media not calling them on it at the time although Bill has gotten into it with 2 reporters now. The fact is that the republicans are leaderless at this point and only a Clinton nomination will bring them together. Stop the distortions and let us decide on a candidate on the issues. I had hoped the party would understand this. After 7 years of lies to the American public being truthful is an issue in this election but the polls aren't even asking how important it is in a candidate.

    January 23, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. Chris-Seattle

    Obama needs to take his kid gloves off and back slap the Clinton's with some reality checks as it relates to their shortcomings and mis-dealings.

    Come on Obama I know it's hard for you to personally fight dirty, forget letting the commercial ads do it, you need to attack the morals and integrity of the Clintons!

    Don't get mad, just get even!!!

    January 23, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. A O

    In my humble opinion, I can only say that i lived thru Reaganomics, and what a disasterous plan that was, and I also lived thru the Clinton years, and i can say this much: I started a corporate high paying salary where i was able to BUY a home, got married, had two Kids, and living the American dream. Mr Jr. Senator has experience on many issues, and to name a few, Forighn policy, education, health care.........etc. Just because he says that he is up for CHANGE, I can tell that and may be one day i can be a president. being on the streets of Illinois, helping the poor and the projects is a noble thing, but DOES NOT constitute to sit at the helm in the White House.

    Believe it or not, I cannot vote, I am not a citizen, but what fare is fare.

    January 23, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. Brenda

    To all the nice folks who keep writing go hillary (I intentionally used small letters in her name). It should be go to H–L hillary and take the cheating dog with you. ABC-Anybody But Clinton.

    January 23, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. David

    God, I am sick of how this Clinton's have turned this primary season into such an ugly affair. Hillary, please just go away and let us have a leader who can actually inspire us to better things.

    January 23, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. Barbie

    Actually, the debt was reduced because this country was in "peace time" and at the same time enjoying great economic success (mainly due to technology), at the same time President Clinton signed off on BUDGET CUTS to a great many programs that were aiding poor people in this country, which is why school violence rose, high school dropouts increased, and the prison population skyrocketed.

    January 23, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. Alice, VA

    Not entirely true Nancy. Though Bill and company are quite gracious to accept all the credit for the balanced budget in the 90's....some, if not the majority, of the credit goes to a fiscally responsible Republican run Congress, who provided him spending bills worthy of signature. I realize it is an "inconvenient truth" but them's the facts. To believe Hillary will balance the budget with a Democrat controlled Congress and a whole boat load of entitlement programs on her docket, is just plain naive.

    January 23, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. lc



    January 23, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. Craig Blanchard

    Sen. Clinton has substance & experience. Obama is superficial with no experience and will never get the nomination. Sen Clinton can easily beat any republican.

    January 23, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. JB Boston MA

    Has anyone noticed that Hillary is already dividing the nation by ruthlessly attacking R's and Independants?

    The wedge is being set! At least Obama is trying to invite everyone to the table. Hillary says things like "only democrats know how to fix this country".

    If she is elected we will see the worst years of politics in our history. Not necessarily because of her policies but because she will divide us all. Anger and tabloid news will ratchet up immensely.

    Don't do that to our country!

    January 23, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  19. Barbie

    DLAF, for your information it would be much easier for a Republican to win against a Clinton. Wake up! It is a fact that the MAJORITY of Independents HATE Hillary Rodham Clinton and will not vote for her in November! The majority of people on this site or just merely pointing out the 'fly in the ointment' that is atypical Clinton Dirty Campaign Tactics!

    January 23, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  20. Lana

    Those against Clinton's don't remember the 90's. Negatives went positive. The young voters don't know how good the 90's were. They are full of dreams and expectations that everything is owed them. They tend to forget it takes a lot of work to advance. Smooth words won't cut it. Education helps, but does not make one instantly knowledgable. Republicans hope Obama wins because they can win against him! God help us all!

    January 23, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. Ibeam

    The Clintons are in denial. Bill Clinton was impeached. He has no shame. I think he should seek help. They need to go home. He is a born liar.

    Vote For John McCain

    January 23, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. WereRgdPeople

    Hillary sites bad economic policy the last 10 – 15 years. Does she not realize her husband was president for eight of those years?

    When will our nation realize that politics as a family business is bad for our country (isn't the current administration proof enough).

    No hope in site for the next four year term.

    January 23, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  23. irma

    All you Obama supporters answer this; Why is your candidate selling us on Republicans while dissing a Democratic President, during the DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY? I remember Republicans very well; they take from the poor to bring comfort to the rich! They igonored us with Katrina! They ignore us on education, health. They don't ignore our privacy, our gender, our race all useful tools with which they are trying to divide us. That is POOR JUDGEMENT!

    January 23, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. Mike, Chicago IL

    I have to laugh when I read these comments of outrage. Is this your first election? Is this the first ad you've seen in this election? Come on! Let me educate you. This is quite commonplace in US politics and Obama himself does the same thing. He just like everyone else picks and chooses what they say and its never the whole truth.

    The strangest thing to me though is how outraged the media seems to be by it this time and how they just keep harping on it. I myself could be bias but I don't think I have seen one negative story about Obama on CNN. Trust me being from Chicago I KNOW they are out there.

    January 23, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. RuthieM

    So the Clintons have done it again, taken only a portion of Obama's words here and not all of them. They've taken only part of what he said about Reagan here and turned it around to fit into their own attack against him. Since when can we not speak about past presidents, take something of which they did and speak about it. The Clintons know exactly what Obama was speaking about yet they twist it into their own, and show just the liars and cheaters and deceivers they are! Because they know since Hillary really has no experience this is the only way she can win elections.

    January 23, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
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