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. BP

    Obama is not only trying to unite the party but also the nation... this is pretty clear to me. At the begining he was accomplishing this, people were actually excited about the Dem party and his fresh thinking. The Clinton's are trying to tear appart his stragety for their own selfish "do anything to win" reasons. The Clinton's will ruin any and all chances of the Dem occupying the Whitehouse in 2009. Shame on you Hilliary/Bill..... 😦

    January 23, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. SA

    Ironic to see the Clinton campaign resort to the same types of distortions and attacks that Hillary has whined about the "right wing conspiracy" doing to her all these years. Obama, however, has to stop taking the bait and being dragged down to her level, especially during debates.

    January 23, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. Patriot

    I think that lying will help the Clintons win the nomination, but sadly it will spell out their defeat to John McCain-

    let's all start singing "Bomb Bomb Iran"

    January 23, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. Jesse, Burnsville, MN

    Katherine, I too would not vote for Hillary. Don't try to make us feel guilty about the Supreme Court or anything else to do it either. I am a lifelong Democrat. I have never seen this party torn apart the way the Clinton's are doing it. There is no justification for attacking Obama the way they have done. They have put their own priorities above that of the Democratic Party. If some of my fellow Democrats are so dumb that they buy into it, well then you are all on your own when it comes general election time.

    January 23, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. Jamie

    For those of us who watched the Democratic debate, its easy to see how she has taken his remarks and used them out of context in her latest ad. I am really tired of Hillary and Bill attacking Obama. We need real solutions to our problems, not endless bickering and fingerpointing. This is really making Hilllary look bad and has caused Obama to spend a good portion of his time defending himself. I think Hillary has some good ideas but her actions are making me turn away from her.

    This is unfortunate and only solidifies my faith in Obama to lead us to true change. He represents something different, something better than what we've had and we desperately need that.

    January 23, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. Kev

    To all the Hillary supports out their. HRC has no chance of winning in November. With the constant negative and untruthful comments her and Bill are making they are turning off a lot of democrats and independents. Also, how can she unite the country when most republicans hate the Clintons?

    In the end it is ok if she gets the democratic nomination, all of the democrats that they have alienated, moderate republicans and all the independents will vote for Bloomberg!

    January 23, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. marie

    Google "Top 100 American Speeches of the 20th Century".

    fact – Hillary was 17 when she campaigned for Goldwater.

    fact – Ronald Regan's speech "A Time for Choosing" (one of the top 100 American speeches of the 20th Century) was a stump speech for Goldwater.

    fact – Hillary's speech "Women's Rights are Human Rights" made to the United Nations 4th World Conference on Women's Rights (1995) is also on the list, #35.

    January 23, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  8. Mani from New Jersey

    First of all, Hillary did take responsibility for her take on the war. She admitted she made a mistake. Thats what she meant.... she admitted to her mistake , took responsibility and moved on. Obama does not seem capable of doing that. He acts like he's perfect and noone is. Doesnt Obama remind you of our current President who also can never take any responsibility for anything thats happening (Ex. war, econominc crisis, etc...)

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

    Larry – I thought the funniest part of the debate was when Hillary said she has a "committed" spouse. lol

    January 23, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. Eric

    What of Obama's remarks today on GMA about Tony Rezko? He entered into a land deal with Rezko AFTER Rezko was under investigation and then took campaign cash from Rezko AFTER he was indicted (and just days ago gave it back). At the debate he blew off Rezko as someone he barely knew.

    January 23, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. Mike

    January 23, 2008 1:01 pm ET

    Buy one, Get one FREE. Elect Hilary, get Bill FREE. What's wrong with that.?
    It's a very good deal since our economy is in the recession and our country is in a big mess.
    Hilary 08!
    Except – it's unconstitutional and illegal. The constitution is explicitly clear on this: No person who has been president for two terms shall be president again, or shall occupy a position that could lead to the presidency. Bill Clinton has been president for two terms, and is not eligible to be president again – and that includes any so-called "co-presidency". The Clintins are attempting an end-run around the Constitution.

    January 23, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. K

    The Clintonistas fail to acknowledge their own indebtedness to "Republican ideas." This silly spat is a case in point. Clearly Hillary has learned from George W & Karl R that, if you lie frequently enough about something, you will get what you want, whether it be votes or the war in Iraq that Hillary voted for.

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

    Backlash against "Billary" – You cannot divide a party and expect to unite a nation”

    I think people are starting to realize how ugly the two-headed monster "Billary" would look as nominee. Although I don't think we've seen it on the national level yet, I anticipate a backlash against "Billary." Hopefully it arrives before Super Tuesday, but it will definitely be there come the general election.

    "Billary" has shown itself as a divider and not a uniter, even within the Democratic party. I don't see "Billary" winning in the general election if the way to the nomination is doing "whatever it takes," which seems to be the motto for "Billary". "Billary" is truly on the edge of no return with some Democrats, including myself.

    "Billary" is hell-bent on attacking Obama for the next 3 weeks on any "issue" and regardless of any merit. It is truly ugly. "Billary" is mistaken to think that they can go as far as they want for three weeks and think they have time to win back Obama backers and independents.

    Democrats want someone who will win. There is a dwindling perception that "Billary" has what it takes to win. Fact is, "Billary" won't be able to get the votes come the general election. It's unfortunate, but true. You can't divide a party and then expect to unite a nation. I hope those in the Super Tuesday states consider this before going with Hillary. A vote for Hillary now is a vote for the Republican nominee this fall.

    January 23, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. carol

    AAaaaaaaaaaah, we are tired and sick of this attacks. Please the Clintons, we need to focus stop pulling us back.

    January 23, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  15. Mani from New Jersey

    Bill and Hillary love this country, the people, the opportunities, and politics. They are not playing dirty, thats just the game. You can either deal with it or go back to Illinois Obama.

    January 23, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  16. tb

    All of this squabbling is making me ill. In the beginning I was very much a Hillary supporter. However, I have changed my mind because I am not sure who she is any more. One moment I see this wonderful person on Tyra, then I see this cut throat bear going after Barrack at every turn. I understand that you have to show differences between you and your opponent, but I don't think it is right for her and Bill to double team Obama. I guess it is Billary against every body else. Yikes!

    January 23, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  17. LisaMpls

    How is this ad dishonest? SHOW ME, OBAMA!! They used your words...YOUR words. He never did explain what he meant by his words during the debate on Monday. (Why didn't he explain himself instead of just getting upset? From what I saw and heard, he tried to twist Hillary's words on her...saying she brought up Reagan when she didn't, etc.)

    Oh, wait...he's just playing the victim AGAIN.

    I think this article is saying that Obama's people brought the story to the media's attention...that is why they supplied the transcript. Stop whining!! Tell us why YOU will be the best President. I don't care if little Hillary and Billy are being mean to you. You and your dear Michelle aren't all sparkly clean either (and you certainly haven't denounced anything that you're not directly tied to, like those completely horrible and truthless radio ads run by Unite Here / Culinary Workers in Nevada).

    Obama, you get neither my pity nor my vote unless you are the Democrats' choice in November.

    January 23, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. marie

    Question – when your on ebay do you read what the seller says about his record, or do you read what his feedback is and how long he has been doing business?

    January 23, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. Pete

    So Obama's quote is: "The Republicans were the party of ideas for a pretty long chunk of time there over the last 10, 15 years."

    Does he ever say that any of the ideas were good ideas? If not, Hillary's ad is entirely misleading.

    January 23, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  20. John B Sheffield

    Hilary & Bill Clinton (Dual Presidential Candidates?) continue LIES – SMEAR – DIRTY TRICKS, People voting for Hilary are sleep walking into disaster, this is a Negative Campaign.

    We want CHANGE & HOPE not the Dynasty of now and the past, BARACK OBAMA as President can UNITE The Country

    January 23, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. SC in Washington

    It would be nice - and responsible - if CNN would provide Obama's full comment about the republican party and let us make up our own minds about the point he was making. I can understand CNN not wanting to appear to take sides, but not giving people the opportunity to see that Clinton is intentionally obscuring the truth _is_ taking sides.

    January 23, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  22. Josh

    Funny how the hillary-haters are being just as derisive and mean-spirited as they claim Senator Clinton to be. Seems a little hypocritical to me....

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

    Obama took a statement from Bill Clinton about his vote on funding the war completely out of context, and used against him and Hillary. Obama and his camp then went on to spin it and DIVIDED our party. So, Who started this first? Obama cant spin things and get upset when someone does it back to him!

    January 23, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  24. Bryce

    To imply that any politician is honest (including Mr. Obama) is naive pure and simple.

    I don't care what lies are flung where because they are all lies! From Clinton or Obama or Edwards. That’s what politicians do. Those of us who have been 18 for longer than 10 years (read: pre-bush) know that none of this matters.

    The only real question is "Can this person do the job?"

    The fact is Obama can't do the job. Edwards maybe... It will take someone who can stand up to all the politicians in Washington AND all the politicians elsewhere in the world that want to see the USA fail! In other words it will take a slimy dishonest manipulator to get it done! That's REAL politics!

    Hillary is obviously the best choice for the nomination precisely for all the reasons why Obama "Fans" Hate her.

    January 23, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  25. Roger

    God Bless America! ... If Hillary gets in it will be God Save America. She is just another member of the establishment who will do less than the Democrats in Congress now. Wake up America!

    January 23, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
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