January 23rd, 2008
03:49 PM ET
7 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. Mike

    Obama's comments were an attempt at running a general campaign by trying to win votes from the other side. Unfortunately, in the process, he pissed off his own side.

    It just shows that he doesn't have the political skill or judgment not only to win an election this fall but to run a two-party country.

    Every time Obama screws up, everyone just blames Hillary. Wake up people.

    January 23, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  2. HannahBanana

    What's so shameful about saying something good about Reagan? He was an amazing person, that, through great talent and courage, changed our world for the better.

    What? Because I'm democrat I can't admit that? For goodness sake, he can take credit for "That wall" coming down! Isn't that what Obama wants to do too? Tear down walls? Walls of red vs. blue, white vs. black, poor vs. rich, etc??

    I wish Obama would just stand up and say that he means it. If he's going to claim to be the "great uniter", there would be no harm in pointing out the good points of both parties.

    Can't both Republicans and Democrats be open-minded enough to seriously look at the other party to try to see what the other might just have going "right" ? Why do we have to be so divided along party lines that we can't meet somewhere in the middle?

    I think Reagan was incredible @ communicating and @ portraying an admirable figurehead for our country. I also think Bill Clinton was incredible @ communicating and @ social reforms. We can learn from both if we're willing!

    Don't be ashamed, Obama! You Must UNITE as you say you will!!!

    January 23, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  3. charlotte

    NO DOUBT IN MY MIND, OBAMA IS THE MAN OF CHANGE. HE HAS TURNED THIS INTO THE DIRITEST PARTY FIGHTS I HAVE EVER SEEN. HE STARTS THE DEBATE WITH AN ATTACK ON HILLARY AND WAL-MART, THEN CRYS FOUL WHEN SHE HITS HIM RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES WITH REZKO. NOW, WAL-MART MAY HAVE LABOR ISSUES, BUT THEY HIRE A LOT OF PEOPLE. REZKO, ON THE OTHER HAND IS A MAJOR LIABILITY TO HIM. 5 BILLABLE HOURS MY A– A HOUSE DEAL THAT STINKS OF CORRUPTION. LET'S SEE IF HE CAN STAND UP TO A KEN STARR INVESTIGATION.
    RATHER THEN DEFEND HIS COMMENTS, HE SAYS WELL, WELL WHAT ABOUT WHAT YOU SAID. TAKE AWAY HIS SERMON AND HE SSSTURTTERS AND SSSTAMERS. ANY DEMOCRATE WHO WOULD VOTE FOR A REPUBLICANS DESERVES THE LAST 7 YEARS

    January 23, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  4. TF

    Look let's face the facts and not play politics here.
    When Obama was talking of Reagan etc, he was saying that Reagan used the opportunity to create an absolute change.

    Note that he actually put Nixon and Clinton together as presidents who did not move the country to a new level. Everyone knew that he potrayed Reagan in a positive light and Clinton/Nixon in a negative way.

    Obama was on the defensive because he knew that Reagan was not popular with blacks and the clintons are aware of that.

    The issue of fairy tale, this was also politicized, what bill meant was that you cannot think of winning an election based on words without backing it with the history of your experience. It had nothing to do with his colour.

    The obama campaign are as crafty as anyone else so no one should paint Obama as an innocent man who was being hounded.

    Remember in politics, there are no permanent friends nor enemies, the bush-Mccain feud was worse than these and serious wounds were created which may never heal but they are all chummy now.

    January 23, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  5. cheibany

    Mrs. Clinton should refrain of mentioning her experience since the outcome her LONG lasting years can not make her stand out of the group. If she is strugling againt a new comer, I wonder what the years of experience served.

    January 23, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  6. Tosha J. - Dallas, TX

    I was truly excited about Hillary, at the beginning , running but when I looked at her records, I wondered why would I consider voting for her. My anwser was because of Bill's term.

    I realize that I am gazing back in our past history.

    In order to move forward from our current Presidential issues, there need to be changes made. The only persons that will enable us to move forward as a strong country are Obama and Edwards.

    I believe that Hillary will only play in the tired, weak government system already set into play. I am not saying that at times you will not have to work the system but change is the key for moving forward and judging by her voting records positive changes will not be what she stand for.

    I would like to see Obama (pres.) and Edward (vice pres.) for '08.

    Vote for change. Don't let these political tactics distract you.

    January 23, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  7. Maureen - Salem OR

    Someone on TV the other day made the comment that this "Dynasty" thing had gone too far and we needed to end it, i.e. Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton...? I had never even thought about it before, but once I did, it really started to scare me. Is anybody else (especially you students of history) getting nervous here? If we let the "Clintons" get in there again, it would mean being led by two "dynastic" families over a period of 28 years. Shades of the Czars or the Pharoahs of Egypt. What's going to be next for 2016 - Jeb Bush? Chelsea Clinton? This is just crazy.

    January 23, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  8. Anna

    Yamaka –

    Really? Hmmm....I'm white, my family is too as far as I know. :) We all support Obama. My Japanese-Hawaiian friends support Obama. I also have Hispanic and Filipino friends supporting Obama. I was just at an Obama rally and saw just about every color of the rainbow cheering for him.

    But keep repeating your garbage – it inspires intelligent voters to go in the other direction!

    January 23, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  9. Lori, Woodland CA

    Dee Ward: Right! I can never understand what it was that they didn't like about the Clinton years: the peace or the prosperity?

    January 23, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  10. rlkidd

    Why shouldn't Obama find some republican ideas to be positive?
    Neither party can claim to have all the right answers.
    If Hillary is just going to follow the democrat agenda, then she will not get my vote.
    Presidents should be for all the people , bringing together all parties.
    Once you have attained the highest office in the Nation, you should be able to put all of party bs behind.and do what you think is right for all American people , not just your political croneys.

    January 23, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  11. Bill

    Attack is a good strategy of defence, if you can't attack enemy and defend yourself well, who else can believe you can attack our enemy and defend this country, I think Hillary scored higher in this virtual combat so far, so keep up the good work....Hillary, the show just started....

    January 23, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  12. TF

    Well whoever had a problem with dynasty should have addressed it in 2000 when GW contested.

    That was even funnier then , he had the same name with his dad then and still America voted for him then and again in 2004.

    So anyone waking up in 2008 complaining about dynasty is just a lame excuse of a campaign

    January 23, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  13. Julia, California

    If Obama and his campaign team continue to trash the Clintons, it will turn many of us sick. My friends and I watched the debates and news. We will vote for Hillary for her courage, intelligence and fighting spirit. We will not vote for someone who lacks experience whatsoever. Obama needs to grow up and face tough deicisions.

    January 23, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  14. Joe O.

    This is blatant dishonesty on the part of the Clinton campaign. When you read the quote that Sen. Obama gave the LVRJ in context, it is CLEAR that his message was not to say that he agreed with the ideas of the Republican party, or President Reagan, but to say that Reagan was an idealistic leader in the sense that he thought outside the box. The clear intent behind it was to say that as President he would motivate to push the Democratic platform across in the same way the Reagan pushed across the GOP platform.

    Multiple media outlets have also agreed that the Clinton's taking this quote by Senator Obama and using it to say that he somehow agrees with conservative ideas and policies is blatant lying.

    As a proud Democrat, I am disgusted with the way that the Clintons have acted in the past 2 weeks.

    January 23, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  15. Mark ,Lake Geneva

    President Reagan ended the cold war,thats a good idea!President Bush Sr. liberated Kuwait but did want to go into Baghdad becuase there was no exit plan,thats a good idea!All republicans hate Hillary,thats a good idea!
    Obama 08,thats a good idea!

    January 23, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  16. calvin

    HERE IS A STORY
    OF A EVIL LADY
    WHO WILL LIE TO THE PEOPLE FOR VOTES

    AND BRING DOWN HER OWN PARTYED

    THAT LADY IS H I L L A R Y

    HERE A STORY

    OF A WINNER

    WHO CAN BRING US TOGETHER
    TOO WORK HARD TO GET THE JOB DONE
    THAT MAN IS O B A M A OBAMA OBAMA 08

    January 23, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  17. Joe O.

    and by the way. for all the people who said obama started the attacks, UNTRUE. hillary came after him about reagan and he defended himself. at the S.C. debate he used the national stage as a place to answer to the negative attacks from hillary. were not whining and complaining as obama-supporters, we are trying to let the TRUTH reveal itself.

    January 23, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  18. Mark

    I like how Obama just talks and talks and lies. Id I was a dem, I'd vote Hillary, but I'm not. GO McCain!!

    January 23, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  19. Mark

    I like how Obama just talks and talks. Its all he does, what is he actually going to do besides tell us about hope? If i was a Dem, I'd NOT vote for him, but I'm not.

    GO McCain!!

    January 23, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  20. Dwayne, Pa

    They've been saying that Hillary Clinton has a lot of support from the less educated people.
    That is very obvious by reading some of the posts on here!

    January 23, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  21. calvin

    GO OBAMA

    January 23, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  22. JD

    It's unreal how some people can hear the truth, read the truth in a lot of these comments and still not get it– still be snowed by the Clintons.

    Obama's real comments and his real intentions are clear and he DID NOT say the Republicans had good ideas. He said they had BEEN the "party of ideas" which is true. They dreamed up and implemented the "Contract with American, ": " No Child left behind, " the idea of constitutional amendments regarding marrriage (huh?), tax cuts for the rich, etc, etc. They have dominated the legislature for over a decade and look where we are...in the dumper. Obama is not so stupid as to be praising the Republican party, but your BUYING IT , because Hillary said it? Huh??

    Slick Willie Rides again. Go Obama!

    January 23, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  23. Dwayne, Pa

    Couple Senator Obama's leadership abilities with Governor Richardson's Foreign Policy experience and BAM! The ultimate Democratic team!

    January 23, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  24. Angelina

    The Clintons are doing what they know best...dirty old tricks, lies and wahtever it takes for them to get to power. Anything and everything will now be twisted, this is how the Clintons deal with issues...................

    I am still asking WHO IS RUNNING? Bill or Hill or BILLARY?

    Can this person who creates so much division lead a very divided country?

    January 23, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  25. Donna

    Let's all for just a minute be adults. We all know that the media will say just about anything to attract viewers. Sadly ,our human nature at times draws us to negative news so that we have something to talk about. Please cast a vote for what is best for our country and not listen to the media put their spin on things. Do your research on what the candidates have done for our country and cast a vote for someone who has the knowledge and fortitude to get us out of the mess we are in. Please Dems don't put another Rep. in the White House!

    January 23, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
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