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. AJ - Montpelier

    Whaa, Whaa, Whaa – Listen to all of the Obama supporters cry and threaten to vote republican if Obama does not win. So go ahead and stomp your feet and throw your tantrums,but dont portray yourselves as people who want change. If you really wanted change, you would not vote republican, or even threaten to.

    Obama might want to be little more careful of what comes out of his mouth!

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

    It's shamefully double standard for Hillary to ascribe Obama's firm "feistiness" to frustration. Forcefully defending one's record and reputation when slandered is less a matter of frustration than crying. Play the game carefully. We, the voters, have more analytical credit than presumed.

    January 23, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. Mike, Fort Washington, MD

    Billary has a history of making false statements, fudging the truth, and lying to the grand jury. Why should we believe anything Billary says. They sound like crooked door to door salesmen that will say anything to get a sell. This is the exact same kind of statements that the predatory lenders used suck in all this homeowners into bad mortgages.

    January 23, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. Jan

    The "new" Obama, the angry one, the one shown on the debate,is so so disappointing. His words take the high road while his actions travel the low road. I honestly thought he could change it so that red states and blue states were united. It is clear, when under attack, he too represents the status quo and could never transform republicans to reconsider their views on abortion. I, too, will never never vote for the Democratic party if Obama leads it and I am for abortion.

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

    It's amazing how obsessed with OBAMA the Clintons have become. At a time when the Economic crisis is growing deeper, Hillary's only concern is to continue spreading lies. The only thing that seem to matter to her is to win at all costs.

    January 23, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. tom


    January 23, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. Navybill

    Folks, Obama is right, but only because the Republicans fielded ideas and took action to convert them into legislation. Democrats need to understand that in politics ALL is fair and misrepresentation of the facts is a Clinton trademark. Lets not get side tracked by mealy mouth statements out of Billary. Go Bama!!!

    January 23, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  8. Ada

    I am a big supporter of Obama, but I have to admit one thing. Karl Rove was right when he said the Obama camp is weak. The Clintons have so many negative things that can be used against. Instead, Obama always come out to defend himself after losing an election. How long is Obama going to come out defending himself after losing an election, instead of fighting before the election. Personally, I am getting sick of supporting Obama because of how he let this people with so many scandals put him in the negative side. The Clintons are suppose to be the people crying about their scandals.

    Obama you act too confident before an election, then come to defend yourself after losing.

    I am getting sick of supporting your weak campaign.

    January 23, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. Allison, NH

    If Hillary becomes the nominee: GO BLOOMBERG, GO!!! I will vote independent in an INSTANT!

    January 23, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. Andre

    Lets face it. It doesn't matter who we put in the White House. They never do what they promised to do once they become president!

    January 23, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. Rob Mitchell

    Obama explained what he meant at the debate. Reagan was able to rally the people to bring about change–bad change, but change. People want change and Obama's campaign has been all about that. If you can't see that, you need to watch the whole video.

    This new ad is just digusting and is only gonna divide the Democratic party. She might win the nomination, but the fact of the matter is that she'll lose Obama supporters because she feels the need to play dirty. We don't need to alienate people away from politics but try to bring them into the process again.

    Obama '08–just please don't sink to her level to win. You're better than that.

    January 23, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. Monte Brown, New York, NY

    Hillary is right. Obama’s record should be subject to the same scrutiny as everyone else’s. Obama should not be given a free ride. American people are looking for REAL change. The change America NEEDS is within reach with Hillary Clinton.

    January 23, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. Cissy

    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 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. Joann

    Obummer is a big baby! Or is it Obambie? Hillary takes a punch but Oboma whines and turns to the black community to pacify him. We need strength and experience and Hillary is the gal for that. Go Hillary.

    January 23, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. Mani from New Jersey

    Bill Clinton may not be the most faithful but he is very much "committed" to his family and the issues that concern this entire country.

    January 23, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. ED orlando fl

    Making comments that you are not sure of is a [BIG] sign of inexperience . when your dealing with extremely sharp other leaders you have to be on your toes. EXPERIENCE comes with age and real life situations. NO 1 is a tough spot for inexperience . You are good and exceptionally sharp and the american people can and do see that ,But the inexperience keeps popping up. I have no qualms about voting for you but not for the no1 job.Experience does not come from standing in a group and speaking about what you can/will do. It takes time and situations and the ability to LISTEN to others and pay attention to advisers. You can not undertake this game without teamwork and patience. Your patience is pretty short at this stage of the game.

    January 23, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. Obama 08

    1. Clinton never admitted her Iraq vote was a mistake.

    2. When was the deregulation of banking procedures planned and put into place?

    3. Obama has consistently explained the Rezko affair. He has admitted buying a house and some adjacent land from him was a mistake (why can't you put it behind you) has donated the money his campaign gave him to charity and Obam's name has never been included in any charges Rezko faces.

    More troubling to me is the company B. Clinton co owns with a Dubai (Saudi Arabia: where 15 of the 16 terrorists of 911 came from and where the gov't has never investigated where the money to finance this terrorists act came from). Clinton plans to sell his share of the country should his wife get the nomination because "it doesn't look goog". His expected profit will be $20 million! Why isn't this a concern of you Clinton supporters?

    Be informed!!

    January 23, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. Pattie O'Kane

    I supported Bill Clinton for 8 years. I've voted Democratic for 32.

    I am a 52 year old, college educated, middle income married half-asian/half white woman married to a white born-again Democrat (left the Republican party in 1990).

    I will not vote for Hillary because I depise the campaign tactics I've seen over the last two months. Period.

    In fact, and here is the sad part, after all the years of work I put into converting my husband, he will now vote Republican again if Hillary gets the nomination.

    January 23, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. Frank J. (MO)

    phan wrote 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."

    Phan, indeed .. these two you can 'buy'. That's not what I am looking for in a candidate though !


    January 23, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  20. A.W


    There is Force out there bigger than you and anyone else. This Force will see that you become President in January 2009. Keep up the good work


    January 23, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  21. wild schield

    I see a BIG .... PIMPSLAP COMING DOWN!!!!

    once again just like a dirty county prosecuter the clinton campaign is resorting to back-twisting and out of context arguments ........there IS ONLY one answer to these tactics ......PEOPLE FOR OBAMA LAY DOWN THE PIMPSLAP.........!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    January 23, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. Michael

    People need to wake up and realize that we should vote on the person who is
    quafied to run the country ,not on a person based on race or gender.We need a
    leader who is going to be honest with us and lead us out of this econmic problems that we face.

    January 23, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  23. Hellen

    Mr.Oabama is dishonest,He denied what he said.
    Hillary 2008!!

    January 23, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  24. Bibi

    Why does the medi favor Obama so much? Why isn't Chris Matthews looking into Obama's slum lord contributer? If Obama had made those remarks abouy Hillary, the media would have been all over it. Is there a double standard?

    January 23, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  25. jessh

    Anyone else tired of this constant manipulation and mischaracterization of facts and candidate's histories? My group is starting an online debating forum (secureamericachallenge.org) to pressure the candidates to clarify their positions and expound on their platforms. Check us out and join our debate!

    January 23, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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