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. commentor

    Hitler had ideas. They were transformative ideas. They were new, the Nazis were the party of ideas. They were the party of dynamism. I'm not saying I'm agreeing with them now, just that they had new ideas.

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

    Yikes! The Clintons might be more disingenuous than Bush. The sheer shrewd nasty dishonesty of Bill & Hillary. Now I can see why Republicans have been howling about them all these years. They really do have quite the awful side. They keep hammering home things concretely proven to be lies, and otherwise repeat intentionally flagrant distortions. I used to like Hillary. Now she makes me sick. Obama more than ever.

    January 23, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  3. As Simple As 123

    All these comments from Duhmocrats who will NEVER vote for Her Royal Thighness, or blacks who will be so ticked off at HRT because of what the Clintonistas are doing to Obama, that they would NEVER vote for HRT in the general election. What a crock. Come November, you'll be pulling the lever for HRT, and blacks will vote their normal 90% for the Duhmocratic candidate cuz all that matters is that the Dems get in the WH again. All the sins of the Clintonistas will be forgiven and forgotten, cuz youze will have won, and that despicable, shameless, power couple will have fooled you all once again, and will be back in the WH. I weep for this country's future ......................

    January 23, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  4. Steve

    It IS truly incredible to watch people defend the Clintons, claiming that the poor, poor Clintons are not getting a fair shake from the mean ole press!!! WaWaWaWaWa!! The press carried, lied for, protected, and made excuses for Clinton from the time he ran the first time. But you probably don't remember that, do you? That's because you have been Clintonized and all but your selective memory is gone. IF, and I do mean IF, there is any favoritism being shown towards Obama, there is NO better person to recognize it than good ole Bill.

    Keep it up Bill!! Your making me laugh and making yourself out to be a fool.

    January 23, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  5. P Cortez

    Good going to the Clintons!!!! The greed and selfishness of what they want is bringing back the same cynisism in politics that has been in the past....in that environment, the clintons will thrive. And people with a real want to help their fellow man won't.

    I do hope Senator Obama wins, but with tactics like that.....well, it's hard to not get any mud on you when your opponent insists on throwing. The same name after the title "President" isn't change. Using dirty politics to thwart an opponent isn't change. There is no honor in how her and her husband are working together.

    Get ready for Hillary and Billary.

    January 23, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  6. CC

    Is it just me or does it seem that CNN is giving a lot more coverage to Bill and Hillary than they are to Barack Obama. The only coverage is see of Obama is one story on how he's fighting back against the mis-truths repeated again and again by the Cilintons. How about covering what he's doing on the campaign trail, how he's responding to voters, and how he plans to change the direction of this country? Is CNN trying to sway the electorate by side stepping stories on Obama?

    January 23, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  7. bucj

    Bill Clinton Stated, there are still to people around who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and risk their lives, and they were Andrew Young and John Lewis, which he may be right; however where's the recognition and the respect for the Reverend Jesse Jackson, who was there when he was shot and witnessed the horrofic event. Mr. Clinton ask the Reverend Jesse Jackson or the honorable Congressman James Clyburn who started the race card?

    January 23, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  8. Charlotte,NC

    To the Clinton lovers: Read the full quote before you make any judgement. Note how he says all Republicans talk about is TAX CUTS. Is that a compliment?

    Here, courtesy of FactCheck.Org, is the full text of what Obama told the editorial board of the Reno Gazette-Journal:

    Obama (Jan. 14, 2008): The Republican approach has played itself out. I think it's fair to say that the Republicans were the party of ideas for a pretty long chunk of time there over the last 10, 15 years, in the sense that they were challenging conventional wisdom. Now, you've heard it all before. You look at the economic policies when they're being debated among the presidential candidates, it's all tax cuts. Well, we know, we've done that; we've tried it. That's not really going to solve our energy problems, for example.

    January 23, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  9. veronica

    Senator Obama,
    Stop whining, and instead explain your positions to the voters.

    January 23, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  10. Nick

    I just think it is funny that Obama can't get off worrying about Bill Clinton. Doesn’t he realize that he is running against Hillary Clinton not the former President? Does he really want to get into a political battle with a President that was well liked from all likes of people. Does he really know who he is running against? I would think he would worry about the person he is running against and not their spouse. This is why he should not be President… He doesn’t know how to focus on the right target, even when he is getting hit by all directions. As a President I would expect that person to be able to handle this, he is showing us in the USA why we shouldn’t vote for him, Hillary doesn’t need to, he is doing it all by himself!

    I am from PA and would love to Hillary Clinton become are president – Bill had us living well for 8 years and now its time to get back there! Vote Hillary in 2008

    January 23, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  11. mylord

    All this nonsense about Clinton, Obama...It don't matter why he said what he said, he said it. And when i heard what he said about the Republican, my thought was, you mean he couldn't come up with a Democrat to make that analogy. He screwed it up and Hillary caught the bait.,and used it against him. Look! If he Obama can't fight Hillary, how in the world can he win against the Republican's. We lost two election because of dirty trick by the Republicans, they don't want Hillary to run, becuase she would beat the sock's off them. They build up Obama because he's a nice guy (cable news commentator, Republican's), and guess what, nice guys finish last. You don't bring a poodle to a fight, when your opponent brings a pit bull. We sent two nice guys before (Gore, and Kerry), and guess what, they both lost. You liberals, and Democrats writing here still don't get it, you want all this nicety. Remember the minority leader Daschle (nice guy) ran out of office, never before was a leader of any party ran out of town, but he was. Just keep talking about all this nice crap, and be prepared to have 8 more years of Republican's.

    January 23, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  12. wpnsgy

    The 90 were great ? Hmm Bill inherited a economy on the rise from a Republican. Budget was balanced by A republican congree. and one poster said we felt safe under Bill Clinton Glad you felt safe Because we did nothing despite being attacked over and over again. Bill left office with an economy sliding into recession and an emboldened radical muslim movement unchecked that would haunt us. I hope Hillary wins the Dem Nomination because she will not win in November keep attacking Hillary & destroy any chance fro the dummycrats

    January 23, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  13. Anti Clintons

    The ad was straight forward!!! you have got to be kidding!! those ads lie like the Clintons always do. They are saying that there is money in the bank when the check will bounce sky high, and they don't care, they think they deserve to be in the whitehouse like before.

    Hitlery voted for NAFTA, the war in Iraq, later to try to say she didn't have enough information about it, that is as straight forward as it gets!

    Wh oever votes for the Hitley clown, deserves to get what they get!

    Obama 08!

    January 23, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  14. Jack

    Hillary will be back thursday. Obama, will not win SC.

    January 23, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  15. jb

    Bill needs to get out of the campaign. Since his presence, the tone has been completely negative. This is not what the American people want. Perhaps we need to recall his own record of dishonesty with the press and the public.

    January 23, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  16. Bimmer

    It is interesting to see that CNN moderator has no issue in publishing comments criticizing Clinton.

    Comments criticizing Obama stay there forever awaiting moderation.

    January 23, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  17. J

    Should the next president be more center on domestic issues, while maintaining a strong millitary to defend this country?

    January 23, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  18. Renee'

    To O.A.
    I will sign a petition I already sent an email to the DNC telling Mr. Dean real democrats are tired of this mess and are not going to continue supporting this mess.

    January 23, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  19. matt smith

    if hill ary is the democratic canidate, i'll pray for a third party canidate or vote republican

    January 23, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  20. Nicole

    I was undecided until recently. Hillary Clinton has been attacked since day one and was running a pretty clean campaign. When she finally does start to defend herself a little, the media twists things in order to make her look like a dirty politician. I watched the So Carolina debate not once, but twice and in its entirety. And from what my ears heard, Obama made some pretty nasty digs of his own and definitely threw the first punch. But the clip you see over and over on CNN is one of a feisty Hillary. I really hope it backfires. She has my vote!

    January 23, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  21. Brad J

    The Clintons are at it again...

    January 23, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  22. Monique Nguyen

    I wish that both Hillary and Obama stop focussing on each other but to focuss on helping American people on health care issue , mortgage crisis , education for young kids , get the troop home....there are more important things to work on . Please.

    January 23, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  23. Kelvin from newyork city

    For some of the of the comment i read i can't beleave people could be so cold harted is this what they teach there children. Who started the war was it the clinton no. When the wtc attact took place the president said i am asking all nation to help find these evil people for the ones who die at the wtc and there family, and of this day still looking, When all of this is going to stop, that was my first time i ever voted so please people no more war the clinton is for peace not war. Hillary you have my vote to the end.

    January 23, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  24. PA Democrat

    Hillary Clinton is a disgrace. She has neither the intellect nor temperment to be President. I voted for Bill Clinton twice and am ashamed of how he behaved in office and how he has behaved in this campaign.

    The Clinton's attack on Obama's Reagan comment is a further disgrace. In no way did Obama support Reagan's policy. Obama was correct in that Reagan transformed politics in 1980. In that election the Democrats lost demographics that for years had been FDR, Truman & JFK Democrats. Instead of recognizing why this happened and working to re-build their political base the Clintons look to use this quote out of context to attack Obama.

    I will vote for the Republican candidate if Hillary is the Democratic nominee. This country can not move forward with Hillary. It is time to turn the page on the Clintons. This is not their country to play with for their advantage. Hillary has the potential to lose in a landslide in November as the Republican machine will destroy her.

    January 23, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  25. bc

    CNN the tabloid has the nerve to call itself the best, the most trusted, etc. I guess they don't realize their obsessive slanting of the "news" to help Obama just turns us off. If his own tactics hadn't been so awful, and if he wasn't such an empty suit, I might have found it in me to try to support him, but how can anyone support the candidate all the media are pushing for – change, my a__, it's typical dirty tricks.

    January 23, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
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