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. joe

    Let us face, there are lots of Hillary haters no matter what she said. I do not think she looses any vote with this Clinton-Obama feud. However, it is obama who has much to loose. The evidence, he feels the heat given that his campaign on style and grandiose promise that he will have GOP wrapped around his fingers, all the brave knights will sit around his round-or maybe oval table. By just saying "CHANGE", they all submissively do what he tell to do.

    The evidence that he is feeling the heat when his camp started to use a divisive race card to attack the Clinton, a fellow democrat. It is very stupid. It is an act of a desperate man.

    January 23, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  2. Chin Lee

    If Hillary and Obama keep on attacking each other l am sure the Democrat will LOST to the Republician in November race. Thats for sure.

    January 23, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  3. Mark

    JB Dallas:

    You stated it better than any other political analyst did...way to go

    You should be a political consultant to the Obama campaign

    January 23, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  4. denise

    I think everyone should start looking at Obama with the microscope that they are looking at Hillary through. In this last debate Obama said he has always opposed the Iraq war. He has said this all along. BUT when it was the sit down portion of the debate, Obama said Just like Hillary, he voted for the Irac war but later had second thoughts...What's with that ? Obama seems to forget what he has said within one debate. What is he going to forget when he is in the white house?

    January 23, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  5. Rick

    Ok enough on party bashing as a life long Democrat I have not thought until now where we are heading but look,s like out plan and simple.We have no choice but Senator Edwards.Hillery is out to make a show for herself at our party,s expence.Oboma has no military knowledge at all and from what I have seen in this campain is slander on both canidates.Write both of them off .If not Edwards a Repub will slide right in the White House.We do really have to forget these two and thank what is going on.This USA is going downhill more and more each day.Our young worriers men and women are dying for what.A war that was started on a whole pack of lies our troop,s died thousands are maimed for life the Vetrans Hospitals arnt able to treat our wounded with outdated or no expierance doctors to deal with this crices.I say no Clinton and no Oboma.

    January 23, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  6. denise

    I think everyone should start looking at Obama with the microscope that they are looking at Hillary through. In this last debate Obama said he has always opposed the Iraq war. He has said this all along. BUT when it was the sit down portion of the debate, Obama said Just like Hillary, he voted for the Irac war but later had second thoughts...What's with that ? Obama seems to forget what he has said within one debate. What is he going to forget when he is in the white house?

    January 23, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  7. denise

    I think everyone should start looking at Obama with the microscope that they are looking at Hillary through. In this last debate Obama said he has always opposed the Iraq war. He has said this all along. BUT when it was the sit down portion of the debate, Obama said Just like Hillary, he voted for the Iraq war but later had second thoughts...What's with that ? Obama seems to forget what he has said within one debate. What is he going to forget when he is in the white house?

    January 23, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  8. Joe Biden

    It is so disturbing to see Hillary Clinton turn into another George Bush, benefitting from legions of slicksters who can outwit the entire populace before you can say, "Swift Boat." We have seen these games before. Haven't we suffered enough from smirking faces twisting truth into popular belief? Her campaign has suddenly veered into abject ugliness. Right now the Clintons are, sadly, demonstrating practically every slick trick they have been accused of in the past. She almost had me convinced she deserved to win. I'm truly ashamed of what they are doing because they tarnish the ideals their supporters believe in and are playing right into the Republicans' plan for victory in November.

    January 23, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  9. jay

    CNN seems to have too many anti-Clinton talking heads (give me a break–and stop calling yourselves the best political team on television).

    January 23, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  10. James Whitford

    I am a political scientist and a democrat. I remember well when the republicans came in with the "contract with America". It was a big moment in politics, and was instrumental in the democrats losing the house and senate for the first time in 40 years. I didn't like their ideas, but they did a very good job of pushing there agenda through congress and through a white house that had a democratic president. I only wish our current congress was as successful as that one.

    For Hillary to take those comments, and twist them into an ad saying Obama was supportive of the entire republican agenda is shameful. I have never been more embarressed of a democrat running for president. Give me Kerry, Gore, Edwards, Obama, Richardson, or even Kucinich. I will NEVER vote for another Clinton in my lifetime.

    January 23, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  11. Proteus Decision

    I've lost a lot of confidence and respect for CNN in the way they seem to be actively campaigning for Barach Obama and John McCain in their respective primaries. Its unfair and disillusioning to see the one-sided, slanted stories that appear about candidates of both parties CNN doesn't like and then giving a very easy time indeed to Obama and McCain.

    January 23, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  12. Cable King Pittsburgh PA

    So sad to be reminded what a sexist nation this is. Hillary may or may not be the best candidate. Most negative comments against her have nothing to do with issues or qualifications. Many Americans (including many women just don't want a pair of breasts in the White House – they think hooters still belong in the kitchen.

    January 23, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  13. J.-C Merleau

    The Clintons relish in distorting Obama's words, which is no surprise given that they both seem to be graduates cum laude of the same old school of political thought which Voltaire cogently highlighted when stating: "Lie, just lie; whatever happens, something will stick." The greatest irony in the type of machievellian manipulation employed by Hillary Clinton, which her husband Bill blindly warrants, is that it is right out of the Smearing 101 treatise favored by Republicans to reach and retain office, from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush, through (yes) Ronald Reagan. Since actions speak louder than words, it is becoming increasingly clearer that the Clintons are the ones who seem to enjoy wallowing in the murky Republican ponds of the past. After all, as we all know, it is by the fruits that it bears that a tree should be judged, right?

    January 23, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  14. shara perez

    I was a committed Hilary supporter until Bill started behaving so crudely.

    January 23, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  15. John

    If Hillary thinks she's going to win the general election by lying and distorting words of her rivals

    She's dead wrong

    She's self destructing herslf going all negative against Obama

    WE NEED CHANGE

    American are tired of these same kind of politcs

    January 23, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  16. quill

    I honestly don't know what Clinton is thinking, except that must figure we're pretty stupid if she expects anyone to fall for this kind of nonsense. What Obama said is clear to everyone. This is pure childishness.

    January 23, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  17. shwe

    Now, cheap shots on each other show their true colors. Everyone vote poor guy Edward, who is yelling for attention on the side.

    January 23, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  18. Marie,San Diego

    Can somebody answer my question here? How come Hilliary did not run as a senator in Arkansas? Isn't it that supposedly her residence? Pls enlighten me. Thanks.

    January 23, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  19. Pat (NYC)

    How can we expect Hilllary, if elected to reach across the isle to Republicans in order to solve problems in this country when she is in fact insulting them. All we have to look forward to his 4 more yrs of gridlock. It is time for a Independant President and a congress that will stop voting along party lines and compromise in order to fix the issues at hand.

    January 23, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  20. Stephanie

    Comments like these are the reason that I try to ignore everything in the press about the candidates and do my own research. I hate it when any candidate uses only part of an interview in such a way that it is obviously distorted to make themselves look better. I can't believe that they feel that the american people are so stupid. Of course I feel that Bill Clinton needs to step back and let Hillary fight these battles on her own. If she can't defend herself to the american people how is she going to be able to stand toe to toe with some of the world leaders out there who very obviously have no respect for women to begin with?

    January 23, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  21. Keith

    Bill Clinton could use some lessons from Elizabeth Edwards and Michelle Obama regarding how the spouse of a candidate should behave. Here's the spouse of a candidate putting himself into the campaign in a way that NO other spouse has ever done before. He's gonna lose this election for Hillary because people are catching on to his lies. It's just gonna drive a wedge through the Democratic party and lose the election in November.

    January 23, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  22. Ginny CA

    YoMamma & the Rest of You Who Call Hillary a Liar: You are a pathetic bunch. Just saying that the lady is a liar doesn't make it so. Tell us exactly what she lied about. And it must be true. You certainly wouldn't lie about the lies you say someone else made, would you? Oh yeah, right, you're all Republicans so lying comes easy for you.

    January 23, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  23. Bimmer

    Obviously Barrack said those things about the Republicans to get their votes.

    So Hillary's making an ad out of what he said should help him in this regard.

    Where it my hurt him is calling her dishonest for playing his exact words.

    January 23, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  24. K in NC

    does it even matter if he said good ideas or ideas in general...the point is he uplifted the Republicans as if they are the movers and the shakers. In reality that appears to be a statement demeaning Democrats; Democrats have ideas too. In fact the 90's were good times and good economy.

    I could careless if Bill Clinton had an affair. Our economy was great, we had a surplus, min. wage was good, unemployment down. So he wasn't a hundred percent perfect. His affair does not make Hillary immoral.

    One and a half years as a senator does not make experience especially when most of it you have been running for presidential nomination.

    BHO did say he is a "proponent of single payer system", he did uplift the Republicans as "the party of ideas";

    BHO's camp did circulate the information that Bill Clinton said a black man running for president is a "fairytale" when in fact the pre sentence was about the vote on the war; BHO did say in 04/05 his issue with the war was much the same as Bush's; He also stated his own hands were dirty and wrote in his own words that he did dabble some with drugs.

    Fair game -

    As for Life long Dems not wanting HRC as a president so they would rather vote for a Republican is shameful. How about just not voting? Besides there is very little difference in their actual plans/issues. So if it is about the ISSUE's then why would you vote Repub?? That is just simple mindedness.

    If your a Dem then it is because of the issues and such; not because of the message carrier.

    January 23, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  25. Rick

    The distortion of the truth continues. Welcome back, party of Clinton. We will not beat the Republicans again this November.

    January 23, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
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