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. Corey, Maryland

    K is absolutely right about a vote for Hillary is a vote for the republicans come November. And do you people understand English? Because if you did and you watched the debate on Monday, Barack CLEARLY stated what he meant with the quote, even though most of us intellectuals already knew what he meant because we aren't force feed all of our info by Bill and Hillary. He wasn't taking any cheap shots at Bill Clinton, or at Hillary, or saying that the Republicans have good ideas, because we all know that they don't have any. He just was saying that people were drawn to the Republican ideologies because they were the party of change about 20 years ago. He didn't say that it was a good change. Bill and Hillary just need to stop making crap up and accept that Obama is a better candidate. He was able to explain everything Hillary asked of him on Monday, and he came out looking better for it.

    Obama 08!!

    January 23, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. barry

    I often hear round table discussions about how the clintons are in danger of alienating black voters with their negative campaign tactics. What everyone is failing to realize is that Obama is garnering approximately 40 percent of the white vote nationwide; they too will be disenfranchised and not motivated when november comes if the clintons strong arm their way to the nominatioin. I am a white person who normally votes with the democrats. I will not vote for the clintons if they win the nomination; notice i said they. You cannot divide a party and then expect them to come around later. There are tens of millions of democratic voters like me in this country, who feel very strongly in this manner. The democrats are about to score the winning touchdown…for the other team.

    January 23, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. Chaunda,IN

    It is not Obama or Hillary who are dividing the Democratic party, it is you sad sacks who pout and say I will not vote for anybody if its not my guy. Grow a pair and help us move forward.

    January 23, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. brad

    More dirty politics by the Clinton campaign. It's very clear she is intentionally using his comments out of context to give the wrong impression to those people who only listen to sound bites. This is insulting to the American people and it's a shame she has to stoop this low ... but i guess this is nothing new. I trust the American people will see right through it and stand up against it. Fellow Americans, we have rare opportunity to elect someone that doesn't play these type of games and chooses to be open, honest, and fair. This i is what we need from the leader of this country. This is why i strongly encourage all of you to support Obama.

    January 23, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. Susan

    THE CLINTON'S WILL NOT CALL A TRUCE....IT IS NOT OBAMA THAT IS THE AGGRESSOR...WHAT THE CLINTONS ARE DOING IS CALL SWIFTBOATING...JUST LOOK IT UP....SEN KERRY HAS COME OUT AND SPOKEN AGAINST THIS UNPROFESSIONAL AND UNSEEMLY POLITICAL TRADITION OF SPREADING OUTRIGHT LIES ABOUT AN OTHER CANDIDATE....THE CLINTONS ARE FAMOUS FOR IT................THEY MAKE ME SICK !!! ALL YOU WHO ARE FOR CLINTON THINK AGAIN...WHAT YOU THINK YOU SEE WILL NOT BE WHAT YOU GET !!!!!

    January 23, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. Bryce

    Please post this already. You moderate anything usefull untill it's lost 50 post up your little message board. That's not playing fair CNN... :-|

    _______________________

    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 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. Dave

    We need to send the Clinton's, their campaign and supporters a message that we will no longer tolerate their politics of division.

    January 23, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. Corey, Maryland

    K is absolutely right about a vote for Hillary is a vote for the republicans come November. And do you people understand English? Because if you did and you watched the debate on Monday, Barack CLEARLY stated what he meant with the quote, even though most of us intellectuals already knew what he meant because we aren't force feed all of our info by Bill and Hillary. He wasn't taking any cheap shots at Bill Clinton, or at Hillary, or saying that the Republicans have good ideas, because we all know that they don't have any. He just was saying that people were drawn to the Republican ideologies because they were the party of change about 20 years ago. He didn't say that it was a good change. Bill and Hillary just need to stop making crap up and accept that Obama is a better candidate. He was able to explain everything Hillary asked of him on Monday, and he came out looking better for it.

    Obama 08!!

    January 23, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  9. TD

    I'm glad she is saying what she is. Obama is not what this country needs. He preaches "change"; what is this "Change" he is talking about doing? He has yet answered questions in the debate, instead he beats around the (a) bush on it.

    Hail Hillary for having the backbone to stand up to this man Obama.

    Hillary has my vote

    January 23, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. Eleanor

    Hillary and Bill should stop the negativity ...believe me people arre losing respect for them fast
    its an indication the exctreme they will go to , to achieve power!!!

    Shes out there attacking Obama on every little thing
    Seems to me she was linked not long ago to some crook and had to give the money back...she should remember that
    WAKE up America time for change is not Clintons!!!!!!!!
    its been Bush, Clinton Clinton, Bush Bush for twenty years now
    Vote Obama he IS change
    unless you want this angry demonstrative woman leading the country
    and BILL chasing skirts around th white house.

    January 23, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. CS

    Uh, Hillary lists Ronald Reagan as one of her "favorite presidents" on her website.

    Anyway, rather than arguing about it on this blog, folks should really listen to the original Obama statement (the whole thing, in context) and understand what he was saying. He has nothing to apologize for.

    The fact that Hillary has to go to such extremes to tarnish his reputation suggests that there isn't enough real dirt on the guy to go after.

    Two for the price of one? No thanks, I'm in favor of term limits.

    January 23, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. Cissy

    CNN what type of moderation do you have going on here?

    January 23, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. Joann

    You people need to listen to Mani from New York ! I agree with you Mani, the clintons are in this for the long haul. So what if they've been there before; the economy hasn't been the same since. I'm going broke because of the gas and oil and housing costs and I have 2 jobs. I notice you are mostly (I said mostly) men who keep kicking Hillary in the stomach. Still alot of sexist out there – oh well, sexism and racism will never completely end. You people had better get used to the fighting because you haven't seen anything yet. It's just part of running in the biggest marathon in the world. It's part of campaigning; you're ignorant if you don't know that. Oh ps, Obama is too proud to ever take 2nd place and be "vice pres" – it's all or nothing for him. Well, I guess it's nothing. go Hillary

    January 23, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  14. NC Independent

    I've read the transcript from the interview that Billary cleverly dissected....I highly encourage you all to do the same, talk about taking something out of context....yikes.

    I hope this slimey tactic backfires.....it is just so disheartening to see the Clinton's effectively dividing the Democratic party.

    She is also "Independent Repellent"....too bad, when this is a rare time for Democrats and Independents to unite, work WITH the Republicans, not "fight" them as Hillary stated in the debate, and move the country forward.

    January 23, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. Susan

    THIS IS A MESSAGE FOR THE MEDIA.....WHY OH WHY DO YOU NOT COME OUT AND CALL THE CLINTONS ON WHAT THEY ARE DOING? THEY ARE SWIFTBOATING...WHY IS THEIR NO TALK OF SWIFTBOATING....CALL THE CLINTONS ON THEIR BEHAVIOR ................TELL THE TRUTH FOR ONCE..........PLEASE...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 23, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  16. canesfan2002

    So it is ok for obama to say the repugs had the ideas? It is ok for obama to say he is not sure how he would have voted on the war if he was in the Senate at the time? It is ok for obama to say anything he wants and I am a racists or devisive when I repeat his own words?
    It is ok for obama to say Bill and Hillary lie?
    It is ok for obama to say anything he wants? If I challange him and his continual putting down of the Clintons and the great years Americans had while he was President I am splitting the Democratic party? or is he?

    January 23, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  17. jfranklin

    Nobody likes a whiner ! Obama should tell his people to shut up ; talk about the isues and try to win the election. A whiner in the White House ? I do not thinjk so.

    January 23, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. ib

    Go HILLARY!!!

    January 23, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  19. Gary

    Obama is a crybaby. He was trying to pander to the conservative journal board and look what he got!

    I'm sticking with Hillary. If we pick someone like Obama with no experience, and no fighting backbone, America will LOSE its standing in the world over night... What we have left, anyway.

    January 23, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. mike, il

    Are we allowed to take a poll on here:

    Clinton supporters type 1
    Barack supporters type 2
    Edwards supporters type 3
    Those who will vote republican in the g.e. and why type 4???

    January 23, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. Dustin

    After this I cannot support Hillary Clinton. I am sick of these dirty politics, especially when it hurts the chances for her own party. Hillary fails to see that there is something bigger than herself at stake here, and she has decided that it is better to damage the reputation of a solid candidate by twisting his words. Sounds like Hillary should be running on the Republican ballot with these kinds of tactics.

    January 23, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. John from Illinois

    America needs to wake up and stop buying into Hillary and Bill's BS. They're the past. We need a revolution in Washington, not a repeat drama performance from another Clinton. Democrats, if you don't want another 4-8 years of a Republican in the White House, you better nominate someone besides a Clinton.

    January 23, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. elziax

    There is that question which agonizes me about every time I see Hillary in the news or read anything about her or her campaign here in the Netherlands:

    When, oh when will America finally realize the narcisstic phoneyness of the Clintons???

    ...forget the truth, decency and style, the basic truth of her is indeed: "she will say or do anything to get elected"

    Morally disgusting!

    January 23, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. CALVIN, GREENVILLE SC

    IF YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE A BIG DEAL ABOUT A PLOT OF LAND NEXT TO OBAMAS HOUSE, LETS BRING UP THE FUGITIVE FUND RAISER OF HILLARY MR HSU. YOU COULD ALSO DELVE IN THE 100.000 SHE MADE FROM CATTLE FUTURES IN WHICH INVESTED ONLY 1000. WE COULD BRING UP WHITE WATER, THE FREE ROOM IN BOARD IN THE LINCOLN BEDROOM FOR CLINTON SUPPORTERS.
    IM SORRY BUT PLEASE SOMEONE PUT A LINK UP THAT SHOW CLINTON TAKING RESPONSABILTY FOR HER VOTE ON THE IRAQ WAR!

    January 23, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. Susan

    I heard the comment made by Obama about Ronald Reagan. My instant reaction was how could a democratic candidate praising and admiring a Republican president. I think Obama was trying to downplay President Clinton as an effective president. Obama's comment was calculating and offensive. His main purpose of making such comments was to aggravate President Clinton as his legacy was under attack.

    January 23, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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