January 23rd, 2008
05:01 PM ET
12 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. Lori, Woodland CA

    He just can't let it go, can he? At the end of the day, the people will see Obama for what he is, and elect the strongest, toughest, most qualified candidate. And it sure isn't going to be Obama. This relentless attacking and maneuvering is making him look desperate and will backfire on him big time.

    January 23, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  2. TF

    To thyself be true!

    The reality is that even if he wins the democratic primaries, the republicans will have a field day with the Reagan comment. Already Giuliani mentioned that Obama was no Reagan.

    At one time, he invoked himself as a MLK successor. Well MLK did not aspire for the oval office. He advocated for racial equality and worked with a willing president to make it happen.

    January 23, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  3. Seleste Gonzalez

    Even though I am a child who is only 13 years old I also have an opinion about this election if only people would listen and hear what I have to say about this election. Well, my opinion is that Hillary Clinton is a mean woman who is planning to take all the immigrants out of the United States with he husband. I may not be an immigrant but most of my family is and it's not easy to get papers. Either Hillary and her husband are races or they just don't want them here. That's not all I know about her. It's that she wasn't going to run for president until her husband told her to. Which makes me believe that he is planning this all.

    January 23, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  4. Texas 4 Obama

    I think it is wonderful that Senator Obama is not allowing the Clinton machine to trample all over him.

    Obama '08

    January 23, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  5. Mart from Chicago

    wow... they should stop with this attacking of each other or they will get hurt in the general election. Loyalists to HIllary and Obamas would just be turned off by this, and will not vote if their candidates choice doesnt win the nomination. Coz to be honest, I'm a loyalist to Hillary, and hearing Obama's attacking Hillary turn me off, and I'm getting the 2nd thoughts again in voting for Bloomberg if he decided to run and HIllary doesnt win.. and to be honest also, I agree with Hillary and Obama is just fighting back to get to her. I am sure you Obama-die-hards would think the same way as i do, but you dont care about what HIllary have to say instead of Obama.

    But as Hillary's supporter I have to say, Obama always tell us voters that what Hillary is campaigning against him and talking about him are all untrue. I just find it strange that he never (or very seldom) explain and fight back by giving honest answers to it. Instead he just say Hillary is talking nonsense, bla bla bla, and attack HIllary too...

    And to response to the ad, so what if she was for NAFTA? at least she admitted it was a mistake... at least she has the experience to know it is a mistake. You can't just say "OOO u voted for it and its wrong so you will be wrong for all the decisions you make"... To make a point, No one knows Iraq was a mistake!!!!! Back in 2001, Americans want WAR!!! Now in 2008, we might think otherwise, but be honest here people, with the information Bush administration gave to the Congress and to the public, you didnt want the war back in 2003?? Hell I want to go to war just to counter-attack the terrorists and the groups & country who affiliated in any way, to the tragedy of 9/11. But now we know its a mistake, and know that staying there risking the life of American lives is a mistake. But anyways, the point is, she took responsibility and learn from the mistake and from that experience. So where was Obama when the Congress voted for the Iraq war? Where was he when NAFTA was approved? Now we know its a mistake, and he brings it to our attention for what exactly?? To say he will vote against NAFTA and the war back in the days when the issues were brought up in Congress?? I would protests on the streets back in 2003 when we invaded IRaq if I know the situation in Iraq would be this way. (btw, Obama did admit that he would not know how to vote if he was in Congress back in 2003... in case you thought i'm talking nonsense, read this site: http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2007/05/obama_slams_cli.html )

    January 23, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  6. Simone

    that's funny, so i guess he is suppose to just take the attacks lying down? if he did that then you would be saying he is wimp for not defending himself...whatever!!! fools!

    January 23, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  7. teresa

    i agree if you cant take the heat get out obama
    isnt it time to change your diaper

    January 23, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  8. Becky

    Obama started this whole thing by putting a lying radio ad in spanish here in Nevada...he is such a jerk....and those who follow him...a bunch of ignorant sheep!!!

    January 23, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  9. Rebuttal to "Independent"

    If I am not mistaken, it was Hiliary who did the crying a few weeks ago.

    January 23, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  10. Julia, California

    Obama is mean if he turns to race card. A president can not be elected by mobilizing one race. Focus on issues.

    January 23, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  11. Jess

    Good for Obama on setting the record straight. I am ashamed I voted for Bill. I won't make that mistake with Billary!

    January 23, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  12. neil carleton

    the idea that hillary won't change anything is one i find absurd.although I am from northern ireland perhaps i'm out of line in contributing to this debate as this americans election not mine but i fell it is relevant. The visit of the clintons in 97 was crucial in finalizing the end of the trouble here. hillary worked with and continues to work with womens groups and gave them a voice to call for peace that noone was listening to before. This brung about profound 'change' ending thirty tears of terrorisim and violence and has set northern ireland on coursefor a bright and prosperous future.
    this is why many in northern ireland are eternally grateful to america and thereason i feel i can raise children herewith out fear of being bombedand killed.

    I respect all the candidates for the nomination but i just thought i should point out that nobody has a monopoly on change

    January 23, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  13. Cissy

    Seems like he's handling things just fine...


    maybe now Hillary can concentrate on her campaign and stop talking about Obama....

    January 23, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  14. lc


    January 23, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  15. Robert Bell

    "He just can't let it go, can he? At the end of the day, the people will see Obama for what he is, and elect the strongest, toughest, most qualified candidate. And it sure isn't going to be Obama. This relentless attacking and maneuvering is making him look desperate and will backfire on him big time."

    Wow. Hillary puts on an attack ad, and you accuse Obama of attacking?

    The world is turned upside down!

    January 23, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  16. seattle

    It's a shame the Clinton campaign insists on throwing mud at a fellow Democrat. Obama has worked hard from the start to push the campaign on the theme of change and unity, and Clinton has done everything in her power to tear him down. Practically all of Obama's criticism of Clinton is just responding to the mountains of dirt that Clinton has flung on him. And "INDEPENDENT," the general election will be a breeze for any Democratic candidate–America is thoroughly sick of the disaster that is the Bush Administration and of the Republicans. We would have to be completely naive to elect another Republican. The winner of the Democratic Primary will be our next president.

    Let's go Obama!

    January 23, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  17. NickNas

    It is really funny if you think about it. Obama didn't start this but in defending himself he HAS to out her. Only thing is HIS comments are backed by FACT and Video.

    Live by the sword you die by the sword. Billary deserves it. But it makes the whole party look bad.

    January 23, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  18. Tosha J. - Dallas, TX

    Now let me get this straight. Obama is being called a cry-baby because he wants this election campaign to be done in an dignified way versus throwing mud at each other. Hillary cried on TV and some was I am moved because she wept. Give me a break. You can continue to let people distract you by fighting or you can only listen to what they are not saying. ISSUES AND CHANGES – HOW?

    That is how Bush has been served two terms. Don't fall asleep again. Stay alert!

    January 23, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  19. Mimi

    I wish we had had a chance to hear Obama's opinions on these issues in the 90's. how could he have voted at the time? Oh... wait... he wasn't in the office then. How convinient to have a resume as thin as an onion skin!

    January 23, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  20. Quentin

    He's taken the heat, now its time to throw some back.We all know this man and his tribe are liars No More Bush/Clinton.

    January 23, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  21. Johnny D.

    Having been leaning somewhat towards Hillary, I now believe Obama to be the best candidate. He is not perfect, no one is but he is the least flawed among those running. His many endorsements and supporters across varied political and ethnic lines really speaks to his ability to bring unity among those with differences as well as his ability to recognize both sides of history, ie his much misunderstood Reagan comments) are all very real virtues, especially after all the partisanship of the past years. Many in both parties will want to continue down the path of partisan politics, but that is not the road to a better America. Some will claim Obama's alleged lack of experience, this may be but clearly those with experience get things wrong just as much if not more so. And as we all know, politicians as a group tend to mislead, distort and "triangulate" particulary the longer they have been around, its almost the inevitable nature of the profession, but Obama certainly is the least affected by these vices, and it is refreshing to see. GO OBAMA '08!!

    January 23, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  22. Heartlight 3, Maui, HI

    I'm starting to remember why id didn't pay attention to politics for such a long time. This is disgusting.

    January 23, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  23. AL, FL

    This country will never move forward if we keep electing liars into the White House

    January 23, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  24. mr.fair tax


    January 23, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  25. Jimmy

    Obama now is filing a complaint on the Nevada primary, I think because he lost.
    A lot of people are tired of the spat between Hillary and Obama because there are so many enormous issues facing our country today , largely because of the republicans. FOR OBAMA to say that Reagan (and the republicans by implication)
    had the better ideas during the last 15 years is remarkably dumb for a graduate of an ivy league university. No wonder he is getting support from some republicans
    which to me is smart politics fot the GOP. They will beat Obama and they know it if Obama by some unforeseen circumstances wins the nomination.

    The race card (issue) will remain throughout the campaign. It showed in Nevada
    where 80 % of black voters voted for Obama....and they will do that in many of the states because this is the very first time they have a black Candidate who is eloquent and appealing to them . They really dont care if He has experience
    in Administraion, Economic and Foreign policy, Health care , Medicare, Social security, you name it . Obama has completed barely half of his First term as a senator.. And what has he accoplished in the US Senate? Nothing.
    One other thing. Obama ignored and diminshed Bill Clinton's two term presidency in which The country had a huge a good economy and a huge Budget SurPlus which has been squandered by the republicans. Bill clinton did a lot for South Carolina's African Americans, but they seem to have forgotten it and seem dis-inclined to be grateful to Bill Clinton for it. We will see if So. Carolina's African americans remember or just vote on race.

    January 23, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
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