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. who are u?

    Obama has an identity crisis. One minute, his tone of voice, inflections and mannerisms imitate the great Martin Luther King jr. ( you aren't even close) Sometimes, he imitates Jesse Jackson.(you aren't even close) Then,depending on what crowd he is speaking to, he says "y'all" and Okey-Doak" and slides into that "bro, brother" crap. Yeah, that's what we want. I can just see him meeting a Prime Minister and saying..." Hey, how y'all doin' bro?" Back in the day, Obama appeared to be comfortable with himself. But he was in low-key politics. This is the big leagues, "BRO," and he has shown what a fake he is. BYW..throwing out the race card will not get you into the White House. That only worked for OJ. Grow up, and we'll give you a look four years from now.

    January 23, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  2. J, El Cajon,CA

    Mike Huckabee and Obama are the true voices of change. Check out fairtax.org on your way to mikehuckabee.com Talk issues and solutions that make sense for ALL Americans. Vote Huckabee

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

    Hillary has been slinging mud for over a month now. It was just a matter of time before they take a quote from a lengthy interview and blend it with opinions of her camp.

    If anybody reads/hears the interview she is using in her ads, they would know that never did Obama endorse the Republican party.

    Hillary is unwilling to speak about the issues, so she is slinging mud and lies to keep Obama on the defensive. She knows that if she just spoke about issues, she doesn't stand a chance.

    Bill and Hillary have shown their true colors over the past few weeks and it saddens me. I have lost almost every ounce of respect for Bill Clinton over the last few weeks. The only thing the Clinton's care about is power and that is a sad thing.

    January 23, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  4. OML

    I am a Black Republican who left the Democratic party in 1988 because of the "plantation mentality" continuously displayed by the Democratic machine. One thing is as clear today as it was in 1988: traditional Democrats will not support an African American nominee of the Democratic Party; and this includes a number of Black Democrats who appear to be accustomed to the traditional Democratic Party leadership telling them "what is best for African Americans."

    It is unfortunate that the income and wealth base of African Americans force us to make decisions that we otherwise would not make. For example, the majority of Americans are not interested in a Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton family dynasty that will not produce "real change" in this country. However, because of the absence of wealth and "real" disposable income, some African Americans are reluctant to support Obama because of pending "quid pro quo" relationships with the Clintons. This "quid pro quo" is nothing new to politics, but some African Americans are looking for jobs within a Clinton Administration or other benefits tied to enhancing their political careers that could be jeopardized if they outwardly support Obama. It has been said that the Clintons have "long memories." This is in stark contrast to white americans who have wealth and typically are the "straws that stir the drink" with politicians, who will cater to them because of their financial support. Why? Because they aren't looking for jobs or advancement of their careers.

    Finally, we all know the role some African American clergy play in this political process. Beware of some of the African American preachers who read "endorsement statements" for Senator Clinton. Follow the money................the endorsements are not free!

    January 23, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  5. Yamaka

    CNN reporter was creating "news", not reporting news when she asked a divisive question to President Clinton.

    SC goes to Obama at 43% to Clinton 23% and Ed 15%. Blacks support only Obama not any one else!!

    January 23, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  6. Susan

    I realize that most people want to stop the infantile bickering....I do as well...however I must say ...I believe that it does not come from the Obama camp...The Clinton machine has set this up as a part of their plan....to keep Obama on the defensive...Obama detests getting into the fray....even the press was wondering when he would start to fight back after taking nasty hits from Bill and Hill....
    Then when he did finally defend himself and his positions ....he was accused of being the aggressor....Is this what our political system has become? This sort of outright lying and distortion of Obama's record and positions is what has caused this "bickering". Sen Kerry of MA has called this Swiftboating...in other words a nasty smear campaign....Many democrats have called to Bill Clinton to tone it down...Do any of you really think he has any intention of toning it down?? Please....do your own search for the facts and find out the truth....and you will find the truth ....and the truth is the Clintons are lying.....on purpose for political gain.................

    January 23, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  7. bobodesu

    Two heads are better than one.

    Hillary Clinton for president.

    Keep going Bill, doing a great job campaigning.

    We all know Obama is buying time with dirty tricks. Sooo childish.

    January 23, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  8. Becky

    I've always the thought of women being stronger and more empowered these days but when I watch Hillary and see how dependent she is on Bill it disappoints me.
    Obviously he's a good talker, I think the past shows us that. I liked him as a president and then we found out his truths while in office.
    Yet Hillary wants to use him to benefit herself.
    Hillary, you need to step up and show YOUR stuff.

    January 23, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  9. stanjz

    Barack is more like most women I know than Hillary is. It’s not their anatomy that separates most women from men, but it’s much more so their attitudes. To me, most women would want more trust and transparency in government, and Obama has done much more on this. Most women are more social and conciliatory than most men. A unifying candidate like Barack Obama fits this mold more closely than Hillary. Most women would do what’s in the best interest of children, women, and men. Limiting the power of lobbyists would go a long way toward doing that. Barack has done much more on this than Hillary and would be the one most likely to do more. Hillary Clinton may share an anatomical characteristic with women, but Obama more intimately shares their thoughts and hearts!

    Women have always been at the center of Obama’s life from his single mom, to his wife and two daughters. Please don’t base this election on anatomy ladies, base it on character. Thanks.

    January 23, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  10. Don

    Hillary is a great leader and will be one of this countries greatest Presidents. Get used to it. Hillary 08.

    January 23, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  11. Jorel

    It seems as though Hilary Clinton's campaign is fishing for any dirt possible to stain Obama's inspriational and charismatic image simply because Clinton does not possess those personable, like-able qualities. If we could seperate the mud slinging fom this election, it is my personal opinion that Obama would be winning more states all though overall hes still the leader. At the end of the day, Hilary is still prying for a response to what some label one of the best speeches orated in Obama's Iowa Caucus victory speech.

    January 23, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  12. Fed Up!

    Man, i have lost so much respect for the Clintons. I was there biggest fan. I can't believe what they are doing. If they were doing this to John Edwards, i would be just as upset. But my father always said that you are not doing anything if the devil isn't attacking you.
    For those of you who say Obama is whining because he's defending himself. You sound like hard line Republicans. This is exactly what they said about Democrats after they stole the 2000 and 2004 elections.
    Event Stevie Wonder can see that the Clintons will do and say anything to get back to the WhiteHouse. Clinton can not stop NAFTA, or outsourcing, no President can move an economy as big as America's by themselves. If you are nostalgic for the 90's thinking that Clinton had something to do with it. You are mistaken. There was a tech bubble which created a large number of jobs. Then it burst, partly due to NAFTA, and our stupid trade agreements. Clinton marginalized himselft with thinking with his little head and failed to react to terror attacks. The circumstances are totally different. I said this when people voted Bush Jr. into office twice. The country will get what it deserves unfortunately. It's going to be the SOAP channels at the WhiteHouse. I must say i will vote Independent

    January 23, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  13. Jenna

    Again, Obama will not take responsibility for his mispeaking and misrepresentation of the republicans. When he grows up and takes
    responsibility for his actions (100 bills not voted on while present) his
    comments regarding the Republicans being the party of ideas, then
    and only then will I vote for him after he matures.

    At this point it is Hillary for President!

    January 23, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  14. Jeannette

    I see some people should really access the fact checker link on the main politics page here. Of course, that might might result in intelligently formulated thoughts predicated on facts.

    Facts are good. They really are.

    Obama '08.

    January 23, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  15. Truethis

    I really respect Obama because he didn't bring out the fact that Hillary mentor was Goldwater and her comments about civil rights. Tom Broskaw was talking about that this morning and how Bill and Hillary thought Reagan was a good president too.

    The Clintons' are tearing their party up and divide this country.

    January 23, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  16. Mike, CA

    Denise, Obama never said he voted for the war. He wasn't in Congress, how could he vote for the war. He consistently said that he was opposed to it from the very beginning and even Hillary acknowledges that fact.

    Are you guys so easily persuaded? Our troops are there, the President vetoes every bill that has a timetable. What did you expect Obama to do? Not give them funding they need? My two brothers are in Iraq and I don't want them left there without adequate funding. I am against the war, but they are there and they needed funding so I supported Obama and others who voted to give the funding than leave them stranded fighting a terrible war.

    If the public remains ignorant and the Clintons continue to distort the truth, the Republicans just might win in November. I'm getting fed up with all this negativity.

    January 23, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  17. John

    Clinton lovers, grow up!!! These people feed you a pack of lies and you take them in as truth and regurgitate the same lies as if they are truth. Anyone with half a brain and the desire to learn the truth knows better!

    How you can support such a disingenuous and divisive couple is utterly amazing.

    > Bill: "I did not have sex with that woman", "it depends on what the definition of 'is' is", etc.
    > Hillary: "The Republican attack machine" blah, blah, blah...

    As a lifelong democrat (who did vote for Clinton), I will NEVER vote for Hillary and will gladly cast my vote to anyone but her. Enough of the slimeball tactics designed to get her elected at any cost to the party and the country!

    January 23, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  18. Trang, Fremont, CA

    After the South Carolina debate, Hillary realizes that she misunderstood Obama's statement, still she goes ahead and let the ad comes out. This reveals her character. Even though she knows she will spread lies, she will continue to do it. She knows the ad will distort Obama's statement, but she doesn't care. She just want to win. Win at all cost. She might win, but nobody who has any sense of ethics has any respect for her.

    January 23, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  19. Jack, Greenville, SC

    The Clintons would not face these kinds of problems if they would stop lying. I understand that they don't have much to attack him on, since there is not much bad about his record. But "creative editing", as they say, to make it look like he said something that he didn't is not going to help them, the Democrats, or the country in the long run.

    January 23, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  20. Larry from Purdue

    I'm an Obama guy, but I'd go for McCain over Hillary in a second. I'd just like somebody who was a little more honest than our last few presidents.

    January 23, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  21. Joey, NJ

    Rule 1: Saying anything that even sounds remotely positive about the other party is complete political suicide. If you dare reach out, we'll rip every word and give it to our spin doctors to reinterpret it.

    Rule 2: Rule 1 only applies in the primary season. The rest of the time, you can join the Washington special interests as much as you like. Who cares? Next election, we hire better spin doctors.

    That's kind of the Clinton logic. It has worked well, unfortunately.
    Myself, I will vote for Obama or not at all.

    January 23, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  22. DB

    What microscope are you looking through for Hillary?

    Stop listening to advertising they tell you what to think. Research the candidates on their sites. The thing that caught my eye on Hillary site was all her issue solutions are press releases, to send to the media.

    But, that would take time and it is easier for the advertising to tell me who to vote for, and those email forwards, everything written/spoken must be true right?

    Think about the future of our country, not just the you future.

    And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country. - JFK

    Leave something for the inheriting generations.

    January 23, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  23. sam

    obama go away – you are a divider playing the race card

    if we lose the general election it'll be your fault

    why won't the media criticize obama's wife's comments? is it because she is a black woman and they are afraid of questioning her? that's bs...she is being even worse than bill...

    January 23, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  24. Le

    OBAMA supporters if in doubt then just vote "PRESENT" at the booth!

    Other voters can vote for whomever they want.... all you guys have to do is vote "PRESENT"

    Really? : Well of course "YES, YOU CAN"

    January 23, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  25. Renee'

    Blacks have supported anyone else for decades where have you been. Do they not have the right to make a choice the same as you? Bill and Hillary rub people regardless of race the wrong way they had their turn. It is time to move on to better and brighter days it doesn't have to be Obama just as long as it is not Hillary. Besides there is always Edwards!

    January 23, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
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