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. Frank

    Hillary is doing a might fine job, trying to further divide the country.
    She is really an ice-queen who thinks she will be crowned as an empress.
    Divide and Conquer, isn't it Hillary? Let's demonize Obama and the entire Republican Party! Wohooo! You are really bringing some change!

    January 23, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  2. Bill

    For the past few weeks I have noticed a different tone to the gutter campaign being played out in the media by the Clinton campaign. Even the blind can see that James Carville is back and has taken over the wheel of this unsteady as well as rudderless ship. The Clinton/Carville political focus is to program the electorate in the primary states down to race , gender and age by baiting their opponent with misrepresentation in hopes of programing the undecided to vote against Senator Obama.

    The American people are in need of a leader . They are not looking to vote for the winner of gutter debate tactics . The Clinton/Carville team is hoping the citizens of the United States do not notice their objective and just buy into their hidden agenda of using race against the first best hope ever for a Black American President.

    The past few weeks have shown the true colors of the Clinton/Carville Team. The were and always will ever be Red-Necks. Their attempt to hide this has been successful in past campaigns but will not be in this campaign .

    Does anyone remember when the Clinton's were going to adopt a black child ?

    Maybe James Carville had a poll conducted and found it wasnt such a good idea in up -state New York .

    January 23, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  3. Seam, Philly, Pa

    Hillary is obviously proving to all of us that she has no intentions on working with Republicans to get things done for this country. She represents the same old, same old. No change. It will be a long 4 – 8 years of division and fighting along with a lot of finger pointing if Hillary is nominated. That's the truth.

    This country baffles me. Democracy doesn't mean we should vote the same families to lead our country every election.

    January 23, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  4. Raman S

    I consider myself to a Democrat, but at this time, I will say ABC (anybody but Clinton). If Hillary is the nominee for the Democrats, my vote and money will go the Republican candidate, even if he is the slimy ex-Mayor of NYC.

    January 23, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  5. dj

    Bill is evil

    January 23, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  6. JOHN


    January 23, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  7. JOHN


    January 23, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  8. Juanito, Washington, DC

    At the dedication of the Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.: Bill Clinton (May 5, 1998): "The only thing that could make this day more special is if President Reagan could be here himself. But if you look at this atrium, I think we feel the essence of his presence: his unflagging optimism, his proud patriotism, his unabashed faith in the American people. I think every American who walks through this incredible space and lifts his or her eyes to the sky will feel that."

    January 23, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  9. jose argueta

    Hillary needs do stop the negative politics and tell us what she can do for the nation and not tell lies about Obama. Negative ads isn't going to help her win because we have brains and use them too. Hillary wasn't worried about Obama at the begining of this campaign until she saw how much change he brought to the it. Hillary saw how much people actually responded to Obama and all she can do is destroy him so she can win. We have brains and we want change in America. Obama is that change and he together we bring change to this nation we love so much. Hillary, STOP THE NEGATIVE CAMPAIGN AND SAY WHAT YOU HAVE TO OFFER, IF YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH PEOPLE WILL LISTEN. IF YOU ARE NOT, THEY WILL CHOOSE WHO THEY THINK CAN HELP THEM. FUGDING THE TRUTH ISN'T GOING TO HELP THE CLITONS, INSTEAD IT WILL HURT THE PARTY.
    OBAMA FOR CHANGE 2008!!!

    January 23, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  10. John

    I'm a republican, and I'm not particulary happy with how my party has been running things. Not to say I'd vote democrat, but let's just say that I have a strong inclination to not vote at all in the coming election, or protest vote for Bloomberg or another 3rd party candidate.

    That said, to say that I dislike Hill & Bill is an understatement. In the event that they ARE nominated, Bill and Hillary WILL get me the to the polls for the express purpose of voting against them!

    Obama is about ten times more electable than Hill'n'Bill. If you democrats nominate Hill, let us not hear much knashing of teeth when another republican ends up in the Oval office for the next 4 years – you've been warned.

    January 23, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  11. brian

    How much you wanna bet he'll come out with an ad that attacks or critizes Clinton?
    Any betters out there? This is politics ladies and gentlemen and he's no better.

    January 23, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  12. Ryan

    Hillary continues to talk about the great economy of the 90's (coincidentally the same time period her husband was in office) but forgets to talk about the dot com bust that followed his era. Why doesn't anyone remind Hillary of this? Does she think we all forgot how the economy imploded the last year of her husband's reign? I wish Obama would quickly brief the country on this topic. Maybe she would be quiet then.

    January 23, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  13. Bruce Vander Haagen Ann Arbor Michigan

    Hey Hillary seems like it was your husband Bill who signed NAFTA Go Mitt

    January 23, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  14. Tyler in Raleigh

    So Hillary goes off about those evil Republicans and their attack machine.... how awful they are, they are the party of bad ideas.

    WOW!! What a huge Clinton pot calling the Republican kettle black. She is using an attack machine that is as much scum as the swiftboaters.

    Thank you Hillary, for making Obamas point. The Republicans were the party of ideas. NAFTA, corruption, lies and dirty attacks... you have taken them all and made them yours.

    January 23, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  15. Anna, IL

    "How can there be compliants about "dirty politics", if so many of the comments contain language much worse than anything put out by any of the campaigns."

    Very well said dianne. Unfortunately, I think the candidates are reflection of our selves and vice verse. We don't deserve a better President. We voted for the Bushes twice, and now we're about to vote for the Clintons again. Does this sound like a country that really wants a change? I don't think so. We are like children who come back to live with the parents after going away to college. Americans are afraid of change. We change when we have to, but not if we don't have to. Very sad.

    January 24, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  16. Montes

    Do we know what objectivity is. That was an objective statement. He has a point, during the 1980's Ronald Reagan and the Republican party were able to get a majority of the public to see them as a party of fresh ideas and of a new era. Reagan's firist inaugural speech gave the impression that he had plans to help the country. Now were these ideas good, and did Obama endorse them, no. Also its ironic how Hillary Clinton is criticizing him for "endorsing" the republican ideas of the 1980's when she began her "35 years of experience" as a part of Barry Goldwater's presidential campaign, who was a Republican.

    January 24, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  17. eddie

    wow the republicans have a good chance of winning now. thanks alot clinton.

    January 24, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  18. jane

    Burton, I think you have paradoxed, your personality should flip the coin over and leave Hillary alone. God knows you think women should have an apron on all of the time , be subserviant and emotionally abused. TRUST ME, there are ladies like Hillary that can do a better job than a man in several professions.....I can land a retired F-14 better than any man. As for her husband......wouldn't you be on your spouse's band wagon???

    January 24, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  19. Amy

    To those who support Clintons (whether you got here with or without much reflection), do you truly believe that her "Clintonism" style – attacking others and denying one's wrong doing- will lead to "getting any thing done" in Washinton? Whoever believes in it must be living in a fantasy of "a fair tale"! With Clinton(s) in the presidency, we are certainly looking into dirty muddy turmoils for years to come. Just see how excited those commentators are now!

    January 24, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  20. Robert M. Reidy N.Y.

    Bill and Hillary are dividing the democratic party and Obama supporters
    will either vote third party, talk themselves into voting republican or most likely
    just sit out the general but you are disconnected if you think that they are going to go
    into the voting booth and pull that lever for Hillary, if she wins the primary.

    Hillary is polarizing the democratic base just like she polarized the country !

    January 24, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  21. Liz

    I liked bill clinton until now – more reason to to move over to obama.

    Too bad by Nov our economy would be falling even faster to hit rock bottom by 2009 or 2010 – feel sorry for anyone who wants to take the steer when the global economy is collapsing. The fiscal irresponsibilities of the last few years of Bush – republicans and democrats is going to hurt all of us. obama run away – help us to always remember you as the last person in America who still had vision and belief in america and not swallowed by the economic calamitiies tha is waiting for all of us.

    January 24, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  22. Mary

    I'm voting Obama or Republican, even Mitt –"who let the dogs out " is better than this garbage...

    Stick to the issues Hillary. Your husband would have done a lot more for this country is he could have stuck to the issues, instead of a year of impeachment.

    January 24, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  23. jack

    after read all the comments here i can finally understand why u americians have such a stupid president in the white house,who was elected TWICE by the same stupid guys,and u guys again,r going to embracing another stupid lameduck with the same hope for change
    No doubt u americans r doomed to be laughed at all around the world.

    January 24, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  24. sammy

    Go Hillary, everyone should realise that words dont speak louder then action, Obama is trying to vow voters like polticians do in third world countries by promising the world on the flip side he wont do any if elected, if elected the Repulicans would have a field day and win the election, Hillary clinton has all the experience to take this country to the next level and bring peace in the whole world, go back in history and see what Bill did when he was the President, everyone should get over the dishonesty and vote for HILLARY

    January 24, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  25. BC

    I'm an African-American, and very proud to be, and there is no doubt that other ethnic group feel the same as I do. So there is no shame to believe in someone you can identify with, especially since this United States of America has a "TRUE" Black Candidate, and possibly the only "TRUE' Black President, and this would never be possible if people of all ethnic background did not believe a Time for Change is finally upon us. It is not Obama who has initiated this RACE thing, but the democratic opposition who fear the possiblility of losing to a "Black Man."
    I use to admire the Clinton's. Voted for him, and praised a "job" well done. But I found out the true nature of this couple, and If I have to vote republican, "so be it."

    January 24, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
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