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. democracy?

    The problem is that Obama's own words, in the context, in the way how he said them, opened a door for alternative interpretation. He tried to appeal the indepedents and republicans, but went to far so as to run the risk of loosing his democratic basis.

    January 23, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. CP, Duluth, MN

    Shouldn't there be a law disallowing such careless mischaracterizations? This is past being dirty. It has become plainly wrong and openly hostile.
    I loved the Clintons at one point....and had previously wanted her to win over Sen. Obama. That is no longer the case.

    The Clintons appear to say or do anything in order to win.
    (The desire for) Power does corrupt...absolutely.

    January 23, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. EE

    This lady is so dubious to the core. She has got stock to divisive politics so much that any attempt to unite disgruntled republicans is manupulated as praising the Republicans.

    Mrs Clintons stop being naive. we all know what obama said. we dont need interpretations of it for political gains. democrats shouldnt demonise republicans for the seek of getting votes nor vice versa.obama is honest in his statements

    we need a uniter not a divider. americans should sanction mrs clinton very bitterly

    January 23, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. NC Independent

    Stephen, Ande, put me down as the third independent who will vote Republican if Hillary is elected.

    January 23, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. PJ, New York

    This may very well be politics as usual. However... why is it that every time Obama is 'attacked' or quetioned all he can say is, that is inaccurate or 'they're not telling the whole truth'? OK, if it's not true... what exactly is the truth then? Obama doesn't explain himself!! Could this be because some of the 'attacks' are true??

    It seems to me that Hillary Clinton may be right... Obama is getting frustrated. The bottom line is, he's not ready to be our president! I still don't know what he thinks he's going to do if he wins the DEM nomination. Does he think the Republican's are going to be nice to him????????? NO, they will not be NEARLY as nice as Hillary and Bill Clinton have been. They will eat him alive.

    January 23, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. Zack

    Senator Obama record is fair game, he must be able to stand up the questions, just as his campaign has done with the Clintons. He has to be tough and stand his ground. If he can't take the heat now with the Clintons, if he can't take the heat now...what's it going to be like when he's president? I am a Clinton supporter, and I truely believe that Hillary is the answer to our problems now today! I think Senator Obama would make a good VP to Hillary...what a team! Then after 8 years, he would be positioned to be a good President in 2016.

    January 23, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. Matt

    Obama's statements speak for themself.

    To be honest, this shows Obama's "freshman" nature in politics. It appears that these statements were an appeal to grab independent and perhaps some Republican votes.

    It didn't work, and now he's changing his tune.

    It's too early for him to run for president.

    January 23, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. O.Please

    She doesn't really believe this does she? I could never support Obama because he is so far left on every issue. Obama saying that the Republican party was the party of ideas doesn't somehow endear him to me, a Republican. In fact, it scares me that he would want to be "The Great Communicator" of liberal ideology.

    Watching covering of the Democrat Primaries has reminded me why I dislike the Clinton machine so much.

    January 23, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. Myra

    What they are during is capitalizing on how he said it instead of the overall statement he made. The Clinton's are basically taking it out of the context in which he was talking about. He never said he agreed with the ideals. Basically he was just talking about Reagan and used the wrong time frame. Anyone who has listened to the full interview knows that. What she is doing is deceptive and misleading.

    January 23, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. Mike Buettell

    Hillary needs to stop her Obama attacks.
    She may be blowing her opportunity to be his choice for VP.

    January 23, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. TruthTelling

    Hillary Clinton salivates about fighting with the Republicans. She brags about waiting for them to attack her. That's an opinion based in fact.

    With that said, how can anyone recognize the ineffectiveness of our government due to insane partisan bickering and believe that Hillary Clinton will be able to get anything done as POTUS with her mentality of demonizing Republicans? How in the world will she be able to carry Democrats in Congressional races across the country in to office with her brand of polarizing politics?

    Wake up! Democrats can not win the WH with just Democrats and Hillary's rhetoric proves that we will see a continuation of the same type of "politics as usual" from not only the last 8 years, but the wars and hyper-distrust from the 90's if she is elected. Where's the attraction in that for Independents and Republicans disillusioned with their own party?

    Obama offers the best hope to lead a unification of our country around healing our many divisions, achieving the big goals needed to move our nation forward domestically and internationally, and he has the proven legislative record and campaign success to show that he can draw Independents and Republicans to join in that goal.

    Cynicism is not the answer, nor is hardened loyalty that diminishes if not outright ignores reality. We need that "working coalition" or else we'll sink deeper in to the depressive malaise that has effectively paralyzed our once great American spirit.

    January 23, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. Katherine

    Ande and Stephen, I am frustrated too. But before you vote Republican, think about the Supreme Court. Let's just hope Bloomberg gets int he game.

    January 23, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. Richard

    Wouldn't it be nice if she (Hillary) just stick to the issues and let us know how she plans on fixing the U.S?

    January 23, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. Attacks by the Establishment on Ron Paul Continue

    Hillary will win. We welcome you Obama folks over to our camp the Ron Paul camp where we not only want some minor changes but to reverse the socialist and communist style of government that has developed!

    Hopefully Giuliani will get on tv and in the media a hundred times before Florida so Ron Paul can disgrace him again.

    Thanks for the fair treatment of Ron Paul?????????????????

    January 23, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. concerned

    It is what it is...... I hope that America will wake up to the obvious negative campaigning that the " Clinton Machine" is using to misrepresent the facts! I also hope that the Obama campaign will take the Offensive stance soon, so that we stay on our message that.. We are not RED and BLUE states but teh UNITED States of America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama 08...... Yes, We CAN!!!!!!!!!

    January 23, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. Adam, Los Angeles

    I can't believe this! I am ashamed of Hillary Clinton and take offense that someone running for the President of the United States would employ such tactics. Pathetic! You should be deeply ashamed of yourself Hillary! Deeply ashamed!

    January 23, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  17. Rick, Maryland

    Something they should bring up is before Reagan got in is he said 3 thing's he
    wanted to do was, cut his taxes, destroy the union's which he came close
    to doing and the third one I can't remember.
    So if your a union member you should look out for Obama.
    One reason Reagan became a republican was because democrat's wern't
    dumb enough to put him in the white house.

    January 23, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  18. Obama support in Iowa

    Why do the Clinton's hate Republicans so much? They can't possibly know every Republican so how can they get by with these hate tactics? I sure hope the major news reporters in this country pick up the baton and stop the swift boat tactics being used by the Clintons. I am from Iowa and when I received calls (and I got dozens) that started with "does it bother you that . . . " I asked whose campaign was behind the call. They would never answer that question. I asked who they were working for. They still wouldn't answer. The calls always had the same script. They brought up negative things about each democratic candidate (at that time there were 6) EXCEPT HILLARY. Who do you think was behind it? We've had enough liars and dirty politicians in Washington. Time for a breath of fresh air. Time for Obama!! If this continues the general voting population will tune out and then we all lose.

    January 23, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. Darron

    If Hillary wins, I vote Republican.

    January 23, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  20. Joey

    This is sick. I am tired of the Clintons trying to score political points by bashing Obama from cheery picking his comments. I think I will stay home if she wons the Dem nomination on voting day.

    January 23, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  21. jason

    This is a misleading, manipulative, divisive, "authoritarian" judgment carefully packaged as a warped presentation of supposed "facts" that looks slick at the surface. Any dispute of this immediately puts you in the "unintelligent" category and not as "enlightened" as the Clinton manipulation machine.

    Stop the madness. Vote for authenticity in the White House, vote for someone who cares about bringing both sides of the aisle together. Finally, vote for someone that will not be despised in the "red states" and will have a strong chance of getting into office to right a very wrong ship. Vote Obama!

    January 23, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  22. Cheryl

    Obama is in a lose lose situation. He is a man of integrity and values. He wants to run a honest campaign but the Clintons, the Media, and the corrupt political legacy wont let him. If he fights, he's a whiner, petty, if he ignores he seen as weak. I am so tired of the Clintons attacking and pulling the Dem party down just so they can make history. Obama is black and white, a uniter, stands for what he believes in, and no politician's hands are clean, as he stated. I am a woman but I want a dignified first female president not just any candidate. I am also a minority and will not vote for Hillary if she gets the nomination. When will America wake up! Everytime a primary is coming up, Billary starts another fight. America dont be fooled. Stop this Bush-Clinton foolishness. It has went on 20 years, lets end it! CNN why dont you post Clinton Dirt?? I love honest Obama, but man somebody stand up to the Clintons!!

    January 23, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. Mike Buettell


    He'll just take democratic votes and we' ll end up with a Mitt as president.
    Is that what you want?

    January 23, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. Perry

    Man Im glad somebody else admitted to it (Going Republic). I said the same thing me and other Dem. I know. If Hillary get vote in, i will have to switch. She and her husband are so divisive, look at what they doing to the party for a victory.

    January 23, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  25. Focus

    HillaryandBill will say and do anything to win this......Obama has character that neither of them could ever have. Every day her or her pitt bull has something negative to say.

    I guess her supporters like all the foolishness and divisiveness. She needs to stick to saleing herself instead of spending all this time wallowing in a negative campaign.

    January 23, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
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