January 23rd, 2008
05:01 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama hits Clinton back in new radio ad

The Obama campaign is debuting an attack radio ad of its own.
The Obama campaign is debuting an attack radio ad of its own.

DILLON, South Carolina (CNN) - Hours afterDemocrat Hillary Clinton launched a radio ad throughout South Carolina criticizing chief rival Barack Obama for comments he made in reference to the Republican party, the Illinois senator's campaign announced they'll be launching their own ad in response.

Clinton's spot highlights a portion of Obama's 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?" a narrator asks.

Though not yet on the air, Obama's radio ad includes the claim that the New York senator is the bearer of "false attacks" and "will say anything to get elected."

"Obama 'did not say that he liked the ideas of Republicans," the announcer continues. "But it was Hillary Clinton, in an interview with Tom Brokaw, who quote 'paid tribute' to Ronald Reagan’s economic and foreign policy."

"She championed NAFTA – even though it has cost South Carolina thousands of jobs. And worst of all, it was Hillary Clinton who voted for George Bush’s war in Iraq."

The ad closes with the announcer saying, "She'll say anything and change nothing. It's time to turn the page."

The campaign said the spot will begin airing "in the next 24 hours" depending on how quickly media markets are able to add it to their rotation of advertisements.

–CNN Political Producer Chris Welch

soundoff (296 Responses)
  1. JA Cook

    The Clintons are political pros at bending the truth. Their technique is to throw out twisted accusations then cry that they've been fouled.

    They insult the intelligence of the American voter but count on blinding enough of us that they can carry the day and their egos.

    I hope Obama will stay above it and leave the mud to the Billary.

    It's time to turn the page.

    January 23, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  2. C. Marie

    I find it a contradiction that Obama's campaign who continued a misleading radio ad in Nevada without repent is now complaining over someone else's. Obama's comments which I isten to in their entirety left him completely open to criticism. Forget what the Republican party would do with this stuff, what happens when he makes similarly naive statements abroad.

    Besides if he wants to clarify what he meant he has had plenty of opportunity. He doesn't because he and his overprotective mama-like staff know he will only say something even worse.

    For those who defend him think of how worn out you are going to be having to do that for the next four years. Hope you do not lose HOPE and CHANGE your mind.

    January 23, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  3. Ray

    We can see you are "Frustrated" Obama. Its OK.

    January 23, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  4. dee

    old experience is irrelevant today, when it means the same old failed policies

    Time to turn the page

    Obama 08

    January 23, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  5. Matt

    Little does Obama realize that he is hurting his own candidacy by playing "tit for tat." This is not the same positive, forward thinking politician that existed just a few weeks ago. Without the "higher ground" appeal he is a candidate lost.

    January 23, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  6. Gary

    Obama needs to hit back at Clintons using Swift boat tactics to throw him off but at the same time he needs to stay focussed on his meesage of change and hope.
    His surrogates could confront Bill Clinton while he stays on his message.

    It is beneath the dignity of an ex-president to do name calling and engage in distorting the truth and trying to tear down anothe party leader in the party primary. And he has the audacity to confront the media personnel who question him about this!!Shame on Bill Clinton. He seems a very very desparate power hungry politician right now who wants the prize by hook or crook

    Bill will be remembered in history for causing this damage to the Democratic party and reviving racial tensions in the country. No matter what he does Hillary does not have in chance to get him back in the White House

    January 23, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  7. Gail

    About time! Hillary is not playing fair at all.

    January 23, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  8. NC Independent

    Obama....I understand why you wish to set the record straight, and I think this ad will do that.

    But now move forward...don't lose your focus, uniting Democrats, Indy's, and even many Republicans. Let Hillary focus on the past (none of which really matters), and you focus on the future.

    Let Hillary "fight" while you continue to "unite"

    Obama!!!!!!!!

    January 23, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  9. James Brown ( Independent )

    This is at least an Honest add .

    January 23, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Hillary is an artist of distortion and slight of hand... look over there and not at me.

    Her campaign is purposefully distorting quotes and spreading falsehoods. In her radio ad slamming Obama for his "The Republicans were the party of ideas..." quote, she conveniently leaves out the sentence prior to this and his judgements of those ideas just a few sentences later. By pulling it out of context she is trying to paint a much different picture of what Senator Obama was saying.

    Obamas full quote states:
    "The Republican approach has played itself out. I think it's fair to say that the Republicans were the party of ideas for a pretty long chunk of time there over the last 10, 15 years, in the sense that they were challenging conventional wisdom. Now, you've heard it all before. You look at the economic policies when they're being debated among the presidential candidates, it's all tax cuts. Well, we know, we've done that; we've tried it. That's not really going to solve our energy problems, for example."

    And just to be clear that it is the Clinton Campaign specifically distorting the facts and not some outsider contributor or a union that supports her that paid for the ad... at the end of her ad of lies, Clintons voice comes on and says:
    "I’m Hillary Clinton, candidate for president and I approve this message"

    She thinks the American public is stupid enough to take her at her word and not investigate if her words are honest or full of holes. For shame the road you want to take our GREAT nation down Hillary. Vote for TRUTH!

    January 23, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  11. Lorey Campese, FL

    I'm not a huge fan of mud slinging, but I'm glad that Obama can get his hands dirty when provoked. Clinton has continuously slandered him and sometimes with the help of Edwards.

    Wait a minute, that sounds exactly like what was happening at the beginning of this race. Large debates with everyone "ganging up" on HRC. Now the shoe's on the other foot and it just goes to show he's the clear front runner.

    South Carolina will realize it on Saturday, the world finally realizes it on Tuesday.

    Yes we can... Obama '08

    January 23, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  12. Jack

    Good for the Obama camp. Hit back!

    January 23, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  13. Renee'

    Straight and to the point stick to the facts and don't adlib. The fake democrats will call this an attack on Hillary. This is in reponse to her ad and nothing else. Too bad he has to waste time on correcting Hillary. Now Hillary when are we going to hear more about you and our issues instead of what you think Obama said some of us are smart enough to figure out what Obama said without your help somehow when you translate the meaning loses something along the way and can be misleading. I want to hear what you have to say and I really would appreciate if Obama would let me figure it out on my own.

    January 23, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  14. Tim

    If Obama didn't want Hillary to capitalize on his comments about Reagan and the Republicans, he should have kept his mouth shut. He said what he said so don't say that Hillary is taking what he said out of context. Again, lack of experience.

    January 23, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  15. aware

    Give it up Obama! I have read comments in context, and I think truth is something that escapes you. Your own dismal record betrays you. Is this why you keep parroting the same old tired lines? I'm ready for a change, but it certainly isn't you.

    No to Obama! :(

    January 23, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  16. INDEPENDENT

    obama is too much of a cry-baby to get elected... I thought he was above all of this bickering, and that he was not a typical politician... If he can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen... b/c the general election will be hell in comparison...

    America wake up vote not on race but on who is the best candidate... I know i will

    January 23, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  17. Jose Card - Independent

    People in S.C. should show their pink slips to Bill Clinton for his push for the most favorable trade agreement for China in November, 1999 just before he left office.

    The Clintons rode the economic boom after the cold war around the world.

    They know the economy will suffer after 8 years of trading with China and NAFTA.

    This has created the need to beg the Clintons back to rescue our economy.

    January 23, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  18. charlotte

    NO DOUBT IN MY MIND, OBAMA IS THE MAN OF CHANGE. HE HAS TURNED THIS INTO THE DIRITEST PARTY FIGHTS I HAVE EVER SEEN. HE STARTS THE DEBATE WITH AN ATTACK ON HILLARY AND WAL-MART, THEN CRYS FOUL WHEN SHE HITS HIM RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES WITH REZKO. NOW, WAL-MART MAY HAVE LABOR ISSUES, BUT THEY HIRE A LOT OF PEOPLE. REZKO, ON THE OTHER HAND IS A MAJOR LIABILITY TO HIM. 5 BILLABLE HOURS MY A– A HOUSE DEAL THAT STINKS OF CORRUPTION. LET'S SEE IF HE CAN STAND UP TO A KEN STARR INVESTIGATION.
    RATHER THEN DEFEND HIS COMMENTS, HE SAYS WELL, WELL WHAT ABOUT WHAT YOU SAID. TAKE AWAY HIS SERMON AND HE SSSTURTTERS ANS SSSTAMERS.

    January 23, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  19. kevin

    There goes the politics of hope. We elected democratic congress to end the war which they promised to do. People wakeup! these people say anything to get elected. Don't go by party be a proud independent.

    January 23, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  20. kris

    good job OBAMA...i loved it

    January 23, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  21. GP Geneseo Il

    I am so tired of this bickering back and forth....I thought we had adults running for the office of President...Why don't you start thinking of the People of the US and work on how you are going to get things back on track????

    January 23, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  22. Brasileiro

    That's right! Fight back Obama.

    Obama'08

    January 23, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  23. Norm Jacobs

    Well done!

    Obama needs to respond swiftly and truthly. It's not an attack, it's a counter-attack

    January 23, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  24. Tracey

    Swweeet! Put that in your pipe and smoke it Billary! And be sure to inhale this time you liar!

    January 23, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  25. IHearYa

    Now that's what I'm talking about! Obama 08!

    January 23, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
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