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. Andy, TX

    As a Republican, I do not really cares who wins this nomination.

    However, I am amazed that no one is recognizing the last 20 years of White House residency have been only two families (Bushes and Clintons)...do we REALLY want another Clinton (or Bush) any time soon?

    Maybe it's time for someone else...

    January 24, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  2. ricky

    Hillary's ad is insulting to the audience's intelligence. Anyone who's heard the original comments form Obama knows that she's taking his words out of context and adding in her own narrative commentary to make it sound completely different. Dirty, dirty, dirty. Just like Billy. Unless you have an IQ of about 4, everyone can see right through it. We cant have someone like her running even a corner store.

    January 24, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  3. Chad

    Under the Cinton administration America enjoyed it's largest level of economic prosperity in History. Bill Clinton left office with the largest surplus of any American President in History. Not because of a republican congress that fought him on his drive for a balanced budget, but because of his vision, leadership and economic prowness. Never before has a president been under the microscope more in history. Bill Clinton may not of inhaled but he didn't snort.
    More people rose above the poverty line under Clinton's leadership than under any former Republican president in the 20th Century.
    Why is Clinton hated so much? Well after Repubicans ousted Harry Truman no other Democrat has served more than one term in the Oval office. The republicans thought they had hold and grasp on power but they never counted on Bill Clinton. They even ahd a group of Neo-Conservative Lawyers who sole job was to dig up dirt and fins a way to impeach Bill Clinton. If Liberal and Democrats spent 8 years and millions of dollars trying to impeach Bush it would have happened long ago. Wake Up, The Clintons are the key to getting America back on the right track! What do you Anti-Clintonites hate so much about peace and prosperity? Instead of voting why don't you Obama supporters just mark present on your ballot!

    January 24, 2008 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  4. Lance in Monrovia

    Stop The Drama, Vote Obama! Stop The Drama, Vote Obama! Stop The Drama, Vote Obama!

    I will not vote for Hillary Clinton. I never believed I'd say that, but I wont. I'm a lifelong Democrat, and I have spent years defending the Clintons. It's so obvious, now that their back is against the wall, that they will say or do anything to protect their egos and their legacy, even if it means destroying the Democratic party.

    They are the representation of old ideas and old politics. Barack Obama is the future. He is the next President of the United States, a sincere, trustworthy, doer instead of a backstabbing double speaker.

    I would trust Barack with my kids and my wallet, I'd trust Bill Clinton with neither.

    Obama 08. Stop The Drama, Vote Obama!

    January 24, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  5. all my posts go to moderation then disappear

    and, by the way, ads showing obama saying one thing, then the opposite, in his own voice and his own words, are extremely fair, extremely accurate, and extremely effective, even though you (and other obama supporters) try to distort the facts. when it's his own words and his own face saying two different things, and lying about what he said, only those who refuse to see truth can't see it. and those who think it's unfair or somehow objectionable to show his own words, just because they don't like how he looks when his actual words are shown, have much to learn. i am so glad that vitriolic bloggers don't actually represent most people.

    January 24, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  6. HilBaEd

    I am so disappointed with the banter and the negative opinions being formed about both Hillary and Obama. You throw out enough negativity and that's what we'll get in the end. A divided country (already we are being forced to separate the woman vote from the racial vote), a divided Congress (where none of the policies of either candidate will ever get enacted because there will be a complete bipartisan rift), and a continuous decline of our economy, our currency, and the well being of our country leaving us open for international takeovers, weak borders and neglected anti-terrorism efforts (how are we going to pay for it if we can't balance a budget; especially with the huge deficit Bush's administration has left us with). This is not the time for separation. It's the time to hear the specific policy proposals from all candidates (Democrats, Republicans, Independents alike) and choose the candidate this COUNTRY feels will help us out of this crisis we are up against (even if that candidate doesn't belong to a party you are currently affiliated with). It might be boring politics without the fighting, but I'd prefer boring than bickering with no improvements, higher taxes, higher unemployment, and higher crime rates! If we don't get along now, after all of the backbiting, we'll hate each other. This country has come a long way. It was founded on the principals of freedom of choice, speech, religion, and equality. We are so losing that ground if we fall into this negative ploy of "old politics." You don't have to join in this. Let the press and media know we aren't interested in them reporting these useless sound-bites and send a message out to the candidates to talk policies and budgets and cease the meaningless bickering. We are in trouble! We've got some healing to do from the past few weeks and vast improvements to make to our country. Let's not get stuck in the whirlpool. It leads to nowhere!

    January 24, 2008 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  7. JohnS

    Before and immediately after IOWA, Edwards was SEEN as ANGRY; yes, very different and ANGRY. How short minded are we as a nation?

    In NH, Hillary cried being close to losing to a "black man." Women rushed to her rescue to save the day. Now, Bill is out there daily. If Hillary wins this nomination, can we say that she did it at the backs of women and her MAN? I guess it is hard for such people to stand alone!!!

    Well, after all the previous and ongoing negative commercials about a "black man," are we to say that he has no RIGHT whatsoever to CLEAR his own GOOD name even if he does not get your vote?

    I guess the reasons above validate the thinking for NOT taking the "popular votes" very seriously; thanks to the ELECTORAL COLLEGE, there are tons of simply "ill-informed" people out there who should certainly stay out of the voting process; the system cannot depend on the judgments of such people. As a result, your popular votes will really count LESS, thank GOD!!!!

    January 24, 2008 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  8. dine

    FIRST OF ALL
    YOU ARE MORE IGNORANT THAN YOU CLAIM THE CLINTON'S SUPPORTERS ARE. OF ALL PEOPLE, GIVING YOU THE BENEFICE OF THE DOUBT, YOU SHOULD KNOW BETTER AND SAY SOMETHING INSPIRING LIKE YOUR CANDIDATE, BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT YOU DONT HAVE MUCH TO SAY EITHER, OR DO YOU.
    SHOW YOUR INTELLIGENCE BY LOOKING AT THE FACTS.
    AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO SAID THAT YOU WILL NEVER VOTE FOR HILLARY ARE NOT TRUE DEMOCRATS.
    LOOK WHAT IS AT STAKE AND CHOOSE WISELY INSTEAD OF COMPLAINING ABOUT THE CLINTONS.
    THIS IS AN ELECTION, DIFFERENCE AS TO BE MADE. SO OFTEN THE OTHER SIDE HAS DISTORTED THE CLINTON'S COMMENTS; EVEN CLAIM THERE IS A LINK BETWEEN THE DEATH OF THE FORMER PRI-MINISTER AND HILLARY, THE MEDIA JUST BROSH IT OFF. SO LET'S PLAY FAIR AND FOCUSSING ON THE ISSUE BUT THE SAD THING IS OBAMA DOESN'T HAVE MUCH TO TALK ABOUT.
    YOU CLAIM THAT YOUR CANDIDATE WANT TO UNITE THE COUNTRY SHOULDN'T YOU BE HIS VOICE.

    January 24, 2008 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  9. David Snider

    charlotte,

    apparently, you didnt watch the debate.

    Obama said it was fair for her to bring up Rezco.

    Are you blind or perhaps deaf?

    January 24, 2008 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  10. Wolf in NV

    Confuse, distort, confuse, distort, confuse, distort –

    that is the double teaming C strategy and the media is buying it hook line and...

    Our nation is above all of this, but not our status quo politicians.

    A fresh perspective, a real leadership style is coming, has arrived.

    South Carolina you have the privledge to vote for good, solid change.

    The kind of change we need is on your ballot South Carolina, vote change.

    January 24, 2008 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  11. KM

    What's in Hilary is only negativity. This lady is tough and can be a good administrator, but she is not trust worty to lead our nation to prosperity since her campaigns are made of false information. If she is nominated I will vote for any Republican runnig for president.

    January 24, 2008 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  12. Ginny CA

    Seems to me this is good for Obama. If he can just keep the bickering going he will never have to talk explicitly about real issues and exactly how he will achieve his goals for our country. And, he gets to excuse his lack of substance by saying he's too busy answering charges against him. Funny, Hillary is continuing to get her message out to people across our nation while withstanding and answering all sorts of incomings from the Obama camp. The lady can really muliti-task. Poor Obama. I think he's really in over his head.

    January 24, 2008 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  13. John

    look at how weak Mr Obama handle the situation... He only talk talk and talk.... no real action. I think Hillary will be the best for the new president of 2008
    Please vote for Hillary. Thanks 1000

    January 24, 2008 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
  14. dave

    hello america!! I hear the call of hope and hope itself in Obama but what does he truly bring to the plate? Present with no true stance? You all judge the clintons on their past mistakes with no forgiveness but yet obama sold and did drugs (his book) he has worked with rescor who is now under indictment. The Clintons have made the same mistakes many people have and had maintained there didnity but you all seem to forget. The economy was great and there were jobs for all. NAFTA was a remant that bill was stuck with from Reagan and sr. Bush, and yet bill balanced the buget and made a surplus until lil' Bush took over. Proven policts and strategy win me over more than hot air filled with hope! I hope i still have a job and my kids can go to college to make more than 15 bucks an hour. also want to know how many men out there had an affair and got caught did your wife leave or did she stay. takes true patience, loyalty and commitment to their vows dont it?

    January 24, 2008 04:44 am at 4:44 am |
  15. Barbara

    Clinton needs to examine herself and promote herself not attack another candidate just because he has the poll lead in SC. I hear alot that she is saying about Obama but not much positive about herself. She reminds me of the current administration that uses fear and manipulation to lead the country.

    January 24, 2008 05:02 am at 5:02 am |
  16. Fred

    Hillary should be ashamed. It's just another case of making a play on words. I am no Obama fan, but his words about Reagan were true, and completely taken out of context for political gain. All he was saying is that REagan was a transformational figure in politics at the time. He simply was pointing out the Reagan had enough political savy to push his agendas through, created the Reagan Democrats, and moved the nation in a way that strongly supported him and his policies.

    He never suggested that these policies were good, just that REagan was successful getting them through, and that for whatever reason or another, Reagan seemed to transcend politics.

    Bill and Hillary are up to old tricks, and in my opinion highly lacking in ethic. I voted for Bill twice, and for a democrat in just about every other election on the national, state and local level. But after that display the other night, it leaves me wanting for an independent. (no Mr. Dobbs, your rants had nothing to do with that, I still think you are a big fat bag of hot air)

    Hillary is polarizing, and in my opinion once again, not the right figure for what we need. Many people absolutely loathe her, and I am starting to fall in that camp as well.

    Obama is not off the hook either. I still have yet to hear any substance from either of them, but he is all about fancy speeches and "inspiration" His big time senate endorsments is just an indicator of the boys club in the senate, and all of those clowns trying to forecast who will be the winning ticket.

    Edwards, although I just don't see his policies as practical, is the only one that actually tells us his policies. The repubicans are absolute joke this go around, but members of my party should think long and hard before they pull that lever, and examine their motives before they do.

    January 24, 2008 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  17. Ann Aloha Independent Thinker,PA

    Obviously by majority of these posts...EDUCATION should be at the front of the debate.
    Being so easily swayed by media spinning and bias reporting and the simple minded comments that are spewed is examples of political garbage at it's best.
    If a comment or statement disturbs you and you decide to change your political party, then you weren't committed to that party to begin with.
    And to see the right winged extremist comment here to take advantage of your weakness is actually entertaining and a comedian or the host of a talk show would be a fool not to use many of these comments as material for their JOKES.
    THINK AMERICA!!!

    January 24, 2008 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  18. Enough said.

    I have to agree here with the posters who have a head on their shoulders.

    Clinton has a right to challenge Obama's record. And he hasnt been shy about challenging hers.

    We look at the candidates and see what who would do a better job. I am wholy convinced Clinton would.

    Politicians dont just wave a magic wand and get bi partisan agreements. If Obama could make the HONEST case he could get the job done better than Clinton, I would vote for him.

    Calling Obama 'CLEAN' and Clinton 'DIRTY' is probably the dumbest and most naive thing I read on these boards. They are ALL dirty, no matter what 'Honest Al ' platform they are trying to sell.

    I am a family man with a wife and daughter. I dont care about all this song and dance. I dont care if Obama claims he is the great Uniter. I dont care if Bill was president before. All I care about is my family . I care about the ecomony , ending the war in Iraq , and restoring our image across the world.

    Is this too much to ask?

    January 24, 2008 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  19. marty

    "Am I confused, or wasn't it under a democratic president in the 90s we had a balanced budget, surplus (strongest economy in 40 years) and the U.S. had great foreign relations?"

    You are confused, because the president you're thinking of was a Republican, and his name was Ronald Reagan. He took a defecit and economy in a recession from Jimmy Carter, when we had gas lines and Carter was on TV telling everybody to turn their heat down and wear a sweater, and turned it into a thrivnig economy with a balanced budget and a surplus, inside of his 8 years.

    And don't forget that we also had the strongest military under Reagan. American hostages were held for months during the Carter years. Hostages were given back the day Reagan took office, and we had no threats of terrorism or attacks against us, period, under Reagan. Clinton made huge cuts to the military budget, and weakend the military considerably from what it was during the Reagan years. Wonder why we've been attacked over and over again since?

    January 24, 2008 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  20. PAUL PROVIDENCE RI

    We all know what Hillary's back room is doing and has been doing. Digging up the floor of Obama's house and making mud to sling. She was saving this for the GOP, but she was loosing. A little tear and finding her voice, mix some mud, get Bill into it and now we have a war. Sounds like Bush's war to me.

    January 24, 2008 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  21. Sophia

    Enough already! All Obama and Clinton are doing is helping the Republican Party. It's about time they both stopped acting like children. Let's talk about the issues and stop with the stupidity. I'm getting to the point of hoping Al Gore or Michale Blumburg decide to run,. We need someone who isn't going to go around like those two.

    January 24, 2008 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  22. Cheryl

    GO HILLARY GIVE THE WIMP SOME OF HIS OWN MEDICINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HE CANNOT HANDLE THE TRUTH!!!! YOU ARE THE REAL DEAL, I AM BEHIND YOU ALL THE WAY AND OBVIOUSLY ACCORDING TO THE POLLS A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE ARE TO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HILLARY 2008

    January 24, 2008 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  23. Jeanine

    My theory: I believe the Clintons had this whole Presidential race planned before Pres. Clinton left office. In his disgraceful moment with that White House Aide, he lost it. He lost the power to think for himself as soon as he got caught. No woman in her right mind would stand by her man without some sort of retribution! Hillary Clinton got hers. She must have told him that since he wanted to act like a man of dishonor he should use his talents to work for her! So what did she do? She established herself a seat in Washington. She sent Bill out to the area that would do her the most good and get the votes she needs….Harlem. What better way to work up some votes than to put him to work for her and gather as much African American votes as possible! Next, she decides to run for the Presidency. Mystery is solved. I think not. Plan is more like it. Of course he does care about getting out there and campaigning for her. He had better. He owes her big time. I call it shrewd and cunning on her part. Is she really willing to work for the people like she says? I think not. It is all about power. Here is a woman scorned in front of all the world to see. She needs to get her dignity back and what better way than to make him work for her. One problem came up. Barack Obama. She did not count on an African American running against her. So what does she do?She pulls the race card on Obama that way the eyes are off of what she really did….put the former president of the US out on front street.

    January 24, 2008 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  24. sam

    REALITY CHECK! Hillary doesn't care about SC. She only showed up for the debate & has been long gone – Leaving negative tv ads & 'The Hatchet' Bill smearing Obama in the media. Sounds like an honorable Presidential candidate???? If Hillary is the best the Dems can do, they can't do. Will be voting Republican.

    January 24, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  25. Kate

    Listen up Democrats! This is EXACTLY what the Republcan party wants! Divide and conquer! As the saying goes lately...."Divided we fail"....Even Karl Rove, remember him, is giving Obama hints of how to beat Hillary Clinton in the primaries.....why? Because the Republicans will be able to beat Obama.....think about that! We don't want another 4 years of Republican idiocracy.....do we?

    January 24, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
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