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. Anti Clinton Democrat


    Crediting Reagan for building a stronger republican party


    Voting to support Bush's plan to invade Iraq and his desires to invade Iran like Hillary did.

    January 23, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. dee

    Obama admired some aspects for Reagan is that a reason to demonized his candidacy? T

    January 23, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. Kris

    Again, how can Obama say in the 90s the Rupublicans had the ideas. Am I confused, or wasn't it under a democratic president in the 90s we had a balanced budget, surplus (strongest economy in 40 years) and the U.S. had great foreign relations?

    January 23, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. Jules

    Here is a little tip for those negative campaign accusations on both sides. The law requires an attribution must appear (or be announced if it's radio) with the ad itself. See if the ad was paid for and-here's the key- and APPROVED by The Committee to Elect (Obama/Clinton'Edwards'McCain/Romney etc) or by some other organization that is not directly related to the campaign and is just doing its own, overzealous campaigning without the candidate's approval. Check the attribution. Then hold the right people accountable for negative ads. They all need to know it's not what we respond to or desire from our leaders.

    January 23, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  5. JB Dallas

    I think to construe Sen Obama's words as a supporter of Reaganism, is disingenuous at least. While we Democrats may have contempt and disdain for the former President from California, we are doing ourselves a disservice not to recognize the changes that he made to America. Even if we do not agree with those changes. Look how many times his name comes up during a Republican debate, the Reagan effect was and is a long term change in direction of this country. He was able to get Republicans elected President in 88, 00 and 04. I look at this no different than acknowledging reality and the changes that resulted. How many people switched parties during the Reagan years? How many Reagan Democrats we out there? This is the type of transofrmative leader that Sen Obama wants to be. he never said one time, not one single time that he agreed with any of the policies or ideas. He is saying that we need to have policies and ideas that will be long lasting and affect this country for generations. President Clinton's glow was not even able to get his VP elected, that makes his Presidency a moment in time not a national transformation.

    January 23, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. Barbie

    I'm really surprised that Rwanda didn't come up the other night at the debate in South Carolina. It's a valid question because the next President will face this issues as there are still genocides going in central Africa.

    January 23, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. John Smith,N.H.


    January 23, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  8. Canada

    President Hillary Clinton + President Bill Clinton
    This is ILLEGAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    If she lies and twists the facts now she will do it again later! Obviously Billary has no problem lying to the American people!
    BTW loved the Jerry Springer debate!

    January 23, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  9. Archie

    Is Obama running so short of Democratic supporters that he is now courting Republican turncoats or loyalists with his exhortation of the late Republican President Ronald Reagan? In doing so, Obama is no longer UNIFYING the Democrats for him, but dividing them into those who condemned his remarks downgrading the Democrats, and the diehards who don't care at all whatever praise Barack gave to the Republican Party or would give even to John McCain for that matter. The Democrats and their supporters should welcome the ad so that they can appreciate all the more the real character that Barack possesses. It raises the issue of Trust. Can Barack be trusted as a Democrat? If not, no amount of anti-Hillary hysteria and panic-ridden comments on the CNN political tickers will cover up for a growing mistrust for Barack. And that sheds more light on the reason Hillary should be the Democratic nominee for the White House. Welcome to the ad!

    January 23, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. Jen

    9/11 started in clintons era. The signs the threats started years ahead of time. Clinton pushed them aside thinking we had it covered. And Bush got the raw deal of it laid on him since it happened in his time. I dont agree with alot Bush has done. Most of us had to choose between him and John Kerry. The better of the two that would put us in a bigger hole we are already in not in currency speaking. Clintons may have seemed to fix things economically.. but at what cost? and dragging out Country thru the mud of all the scandals? I dont think that Clintons are the only ones that can get us back economically sound. I think these other canadates can do the same thing. Failed Healthcare reform while in office before. Just alot of failed things and scandals and I think this country is much better than that! Give someone new a chance. We had two bush's and look what happened the second time around.. lets not give the clintons another chance for ruining the USA repuation!

    January 23, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. eOpinion

    CLINTON is DIVISIVE....In her own party and between the parties. OBAMA is a guy that tries to consider other viewpoints and solutions to problems.

    It's difficult to debate a divisive person but I think he pulled it off. But the problem is if the public doesn't see Clinton for who she really is, her tactics could win votes. I don't buy into her style of politics. OBAMA is what we need in America right now, not the typical, standard political approach that worked in the past but hopefully won't work in this election cycle.

    If you want to pick a sure loser, go for Hillary. If you want change from the typical attack machine that shouldn't be tolerated (and I will not tolerate it and VOTE AGAINST IT), VOTE OBAMA or Edwards.

    January 23, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  12. Diane

    I am so sick of this issue. Clearly he did not say he agreed with the ideas, he just said they HAD ideas. Good grief. And who can disagree with him when the democrats over the last ten years or so were nothing but a party that reacted to what the Republicans did. E.g., "We don't like privatized social security"; OK, so what's your idea to save the SS system, then?; "Well, I don't know, but it's not that." (crudely paraphrasing an interview of Nancy Pelosi by George Stephanopoulos).

    Fabulous way to get things done, and all this coming from someone who agrees much more with democratic ideals (and probably would also agree with their ideas, if they actually came up with some!).

    January 23, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  13. carlos

    It is about time that someone told her to stop this infantile bickering and start talking issues, otherwise we will have another moron at the white house

    January 23, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  14. citizen_c

    The Clinton folks seem to believe Obama won't be able to stand up to the Republican attack machine, but frankly there will be no new dirt to dig. Do Democrats actually believe that the country has forgotten about all of skeletons in Hillary's closet? Let's not forget that Bill is a liar. He was found guilty of pergering himself and perminately disbarred. Oh, that's right though, she only takes credit for his successes.

    January 23, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  15. Marie

    Would someone explain the definition of "integrity" to this woman!
    I am sorry but Hill comes off like a woman on a power trip and very selfish centered agenda....it has nothing to do with the American people! Beware America!

    January 23, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  16. Barbie

    Right On Anti Clinton Democrat! Well played.

    January 23, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  17. Barbie

    sorry "win".

    January 23, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  18. jake

    I was an obama voter untill all the media has sided with him to, only because he is an african american, I dont blame them because if there not they are labeled a racist. therefore im moving to hillary's side for the first woman president.

    January 23, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  19. Jon

    Senator Clinton needs to answer this question before she becomes the Democratic nominee:

    If the President of the United States lies under oath, should he or she resign or face Impeachment?

    The Republican nominee will ask her this question, and Democrats who want her as their nominee should demand an answer before casting a vote for her in the primaries.

    January 23, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  20. Vjordan

    Hillary actions have gone too low. She's at the end of her journey. American people have read the words spoken by Mr. Obama concerning the Reagan era. Most of us are educated to understand and comprehend what was spoken by Mr. Obama. She trying to create a fire where's there is not any smoke. She needs to get a grip on her campaign and her husband because her campaign is rolling down hill very fast.

    January 23, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  21. Barbie

    Hillary better be careful. Currently I'm also checking out other blogs right simultaneously and she is p*ssing off a great deal of Democrats, whom she will need if she get's the nod as the Democratic nominee... especially if its McCain (whom has the respect of both Independents and some Dems.) as the Republican Nom. She is not being very smart in her campaign tactics and this (mark my words) will come back to bite her in the arse in November!

    January 23, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  22. JL, NC

    Thank you for your words. They are what i like to say: 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.

    Be fair. . Obama .attacked Hillary first that night!!! Can you see the fact?

    January 23, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  23. John, NC

    All you HILLARY HATERS, Listen Up!

    I don't think you guys are Democrats at all. I think you are all either Republicans or just plain naive folk. Period.

    Why shouldn't OBAMA be questioned about his smooth talk? He was trying to court Republicans when he made that statement, but now that it BACKFIRED in his face, he is crying foul... AS ALWAYS!

    Go HILLARY'08!!!

    January 23, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  24. shay

    Dear CNN,

    is this only a platform for pro clinton comments?

    January 23, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  25. Michael Finnell


    WAR is a part of life. WAR has been a part of life. WAR will be a part of life, FOREVER! Get used to it~ it is human nature.

    There was WAR between God and Lucifer.
    There was WAR between Cain and Able.
    There was WAR between the Israelites and Egypt.
    There was WAR between Britain and the Colonists
    There was WAR between Europe and Germany
    There was WAR between the US and Japan.

    The list goes on and on!

    This is a WAR between Clinton and Obama.

    The REPUBLICANS win this war.

    January 23, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
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