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. 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 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  2. Chris-Seattle

    A question to my fellow tickering Americans!

    If all you were allowed to know about your choice for a President was one was a corporate trial lawyer, one was a civil rights lawyer and the other was a personal injury lawyer which of these candidates would you choose to run America???

    My personal wisdom tells me that the trial lawyer is about big corporate money and personal gain and the personal injury lawyer is about their money only because a lot of them get more money from the cases they fight for than the actual plantiffs!

    It's an easy pick my fellow Americans lets not botch this one, please!

    January 23, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  3. Terry


    January 23, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  4. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    January 23, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  5. RO, Minnesota

    Hillary Clinton called this type of distortion and smear the "fun part" of the campaign. I think it would be fun for Obama supporters to start showing up at Clinton campaign events dressed as Pinocchio, with a nose they can extend for every lie and distortion that comes out of her and her surrogates' mouths.

    January 23, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  6. Chris-Seattle

    Ignorance is definitely bliss! I don't mean to put anyone down, but I actually like what is going on in the primaries, bickering and all! What I find troubling is how tunnel-visioned a lot of folks on these tickers seem to be. I would have to say that a lot of people here seem to be lacking in "character judgment skills"! I say that because 75% of the comments against Barrack are based upon myths & fictions that have already been debunked or explained. I think the problem here has to do with attention deficit of a lot of Americans or maybe just plain old stupidity.

    For example:
    I've listened to Barrack talk of Ronald Reagan and the man (Ronnie) was a fantastic communicator that bridge the gap betweeen Republicans & Democrats a lot more so that any other including Clinton. Why are so many people reading so much more into this known fact than they ought to!

    Where's my ship...Scottie,Scottie can you hear me...beam me the heck outta here the idiots are attacking...Scottie?

    January 23, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  7. Mitch Santana

    It is my opinion that those who support Clinton in this presidency understand nothing about economics nor about standing as one United States of America.

    You think the economy is bad now, wait until Clinton starts messing with the laws of the free market–thats when things are going to get really bad. Freezing mortgage rates will only bail out those who bought houses they couldn't afford in the first place. Not only that, mortgage companies will stop offering new mortgages all together or jack up the rate sky high. That will do wonders for the economy when people are spending the VAST majority of their income for shelter. Further, once rates are unfrozen, they will fly sky high for everyone! Thats not going to help in the long run, thats a short term "fix" (if you can call it that). And thats just one example...

    Secondly, nothing will ever get done when you can't get the country on the same page. Hillary, as said so many times before me in these comments, can't even keep her own party together. How do you think independents, non-supporting Democrats, and the Republican party will react to these sorts of tactics?

    January 23, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  8. lc

    The morning after-


    Hillary has said herself that President Reagan was one of her favorite presidents.

    HILLARY HYPOCRISY at its finest.

    January 23, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. Dee

    I very proud of Senator Obama. The rules of the game are simple. There are no rules. Senator Obama is doing an incredible job moving forward with the darts of accusations and foul play thrown to him by Hillary and Bill. Fear has made Hillary and Bill sink to unimaginable low down tactics. Hillary and Bill are afraid of the future that being Obama, President of the United States.

    January 23, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  10. john

    All Obama has to do is cede the low road to the Clintons while he takes the
    high road...and he wins. Their brand of slash-and-burn politics is starting
    to wear out with voters. Let them fume. He should just grin. They attack.
    He parries. Obama will win in South Carolina, and this will drive the self-
    annointed into even a greater fury. Problems, problems, problems all day long.

    January 23, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  11. tony clark

    I feel that it is unfair that mr.clinton can campagin in one state while his wife is in another none of the other candaties are. So it stands to reason that if she can't run for office on her own ,how can she run the office on her own. (tony from virginia)

    January 23, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  12. Yaz

    I strongly believe that this is getting ridiculous. Im very dissapointed in SENATOR Clinton. She faked a slight emotional break down and has took the attention and ran with it. Now she's getting out of hand attacking Obama. She definitely started the bitter slide to making this election focus more and more on race and gender – before her little scheme it was evident that maybe it just might not go there to that level, but after people felt sorry for her and pitied her weakness, it clearly pushed everything over the limit. If all the other candidates cried because they were frustrated – really?- where would we be now.

    Obama can say whatever he wants, how much has Bush said over his presidency and no one relieved him from his "role" as president so to attack Obama because he stated another party has been the source of ideas is absolutely absurd.

    Hillary needs not to be president – because it is more than ever evident that her husband is doing all the work. He is out of line for running this race for her – prime example: why is he doing her campaigning is South Carolina now! That's crazy. Last time i checked se's not running for President – or is he? No one elses spouses are taking their place in the key state at the time,

    Ridiculous. > anybody but Hillary-dont be blinded by the tactics her and her power hungry husband are putting up.

    January 23, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  13. Dee

    I very proud of Senator Obama. The rules of the game are simple. There are no rules. Senator Obama is doing an incredible job moving forward with the darts of accusations and foul play thrown to him by Hillary and Bill. Fear has made Hillary and Bill sink to unimaginable low down tactics. Hillary and Bill are afraid of the future that being Obama, President of the United States.

    January 23, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  14. Lea

    Senator Obama reminds me of an old saying, "If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen

    January 23, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  15. Darryl

    shes still lying about what he said JESUS!!!! what a horrible woman

    January 23, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  16. Jesse Boren

    The Clintons have learned much from from the right wing. They are now using Bush's tactics to attack Obama. The opposite of what they say is true. When they attack him they also accuse him of the thing they are doing. For some reason the media stupidly follows along taking all the sheep with them. They are not only using Bush's tactics but every trick in the book. I must say Obama has handled these attacks better than I ever thought he could. I haven't seen any real mistakes at all, although a few have been made up. Still it will be very difficult to win when the major media backs the Clintons. I still don't know why the Dems seem to prefer their weaker candidates. Everyone knows all inside Republicans want Hillary to be the pick because she would be the easiest to defeat.

    January 23, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  17. MissDeal

    Obama's comments have been a gift to the corrupt Clinton machine. They know his meaning but cut it to pieces in order to attack him. I understand what he was saying - in his vision to unite - the good Republican ideas were to reach across party lines in order to get things done. Pure and simple. Why is this so hard to grasp?

    Is Senator Obama ahead of his time? Does he need to break things down to amoeba level so the public can understand and so the Clintons will not poison his meaning?

    Shame, shame, shame. Can we not run a decent campaign? It's been proven again and again that Clintons fight dirty. Their own words admit their corruption. They have been proven to be liars; Bill was nearly impeached ... what does it take for this nation to react to dishonest politicians? Is it because they have managed to put so many people in their pockets? Or is it just the fear they peddle?

    I never saw such a rotten pair – and it grieves me to the core that they are allowed to run rampant, causing tremendous harm & disservice to the constitution, the election process, and most grievously, the people of this blessed country.

    Time someone stopped them.

    Pray for the end to corruption – stop the Clintons NOW!

    January 23, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  18. Ryan, Los Angeles

    "There's a interesting internet video out. No narration etc. Just Obama…I never said that we should try to go ahead and get a single payer… Just Obama….I am a proponent of single payer. He is quite adament on both views." – KAREN


    That video is a clear example of the Clintons cherry picking Obama's words to make him seem inconsistent. If you watch the entire clips (not shown of course) or if you knew Obama's positions, you would know that Obama has ALWAYS stated that, if he could set up healthcare FROM SCRATCH, then of course he would have recommend single payer.

    BUT, since this country already has so many employers that already provide healthcare, the single payer option would not be efficient, i.e., it would be more efficient to get universal healthcare by requiring all employers to cover their employees, etc (since most employers already do).

    These Clinton misrepresentations are just sad.

    January 23, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  19. Jon

    Go OBAMA!!

    January 23, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  20. CDR

    This is not the time to be hypocritical. The Clintons started a political war which is soon to blow up in their faces and tarnish their Fairytale Legacy that should share the appropriate subtitle: A fortunate time, with an unfortunate president.

    The economy prospered in the 90's because of the internet and dot com boom combined with the price of oil that hit a 5 year low in '93.

    To prove how divisive the Clintons are: The Republicans won Congress for the first time in over 40 years in '94 and controlled it until this past November.

    After 8 years of a Clinton administration we inherited the following Top 10 items:

    10) Scandal
    9) Another Scandal
    8) disparate sentencing
    7) bad trade policy (NAFTA)
    6) dilapidated national infrastructure
    5) bin Laden
    4) 9/11
    3) failing schools
    2) bad health care
    1) George W. Bush

    The Clinton Administration of the 90's left us with no long term HOPE and now they want to sell us that broken promise. It's too late!!! We need UNITY in '08!

    Vote for a CHANGE! Vote 4 Obama!


    January 23, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  21. Jeni

    It is the comments made by the Obama supporters that are dividing the party. The comments on this board are childish and immature. Oh, if my candidate doesn't win than I am just not going to vote for a democrat. It is like a child threatening to get their way or they are going to throw a tantrum.

    If Obama wins fine, but if he does not don't sacrifice what is good for our country and our party because you didn't get your way. Vote for a democrat and save this country.

    My husband has served two tours in Iraq and I am taking this election very seriously, and I hope that all democrats will do the same.

    January 23, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  22. Andrew

    The Clintons are are a bunch of shameless liars who are breaking apart this country. I really hope that Obama does not loose his focus and sticks to the issues regarding the country, not the cat-and-mouse game Hillary is playing. Go Obama!

    January 23, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  23. DG

    Please tell me people are smart enough to see through the Clintons' sleazy campaign. They seem hellbent on getting her in office no matter the cost, and willing to bend, distort and lie no matter how much it hurts the party. Hopefully these tactics will backfire on her, but I'm fearing more and more that we're going to see the Democrats once again snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

    January 23, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  24. John

    I cannot believe this womens ability to lie so openly, we've seen Obama's comments
    Hiliary... God help the white house if she gets in...

    January 23, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  25. JMarno

    Hillary, you look and sound just like Carl Rove when you said Obama must be "frustrated because he lost Nevada" or any other blanket criticism you throw out there. . .you really do look and sound like Carl Rove. . .do you really want that?

    January 23, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
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