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)

    when did we stop doing our own research?are we so blinded by race or feminism
    that we have lost all our values,before this all started i wish that hillary would run for president and was so happy when she did,when obama entered the race i did not give him a serious though ,but now i am see an entirely different picture of my idols.(bill&hillary)i defended them on all issues when the republicans went after them,even during the impeachment i beleived in them,now they have clearly come unglued and it is not a good thing for them.hillary was certainly going to get my vote ,not anymore ,i will take credibility over experience any day what type of policy can you put forth when you lie and fabricate?what about foriegn policy ?can a foreign goverment trust a hillary presidency,start dealing with issues a stop taking us for stupid goons.we can research and we know the truth bill go find you a chair and stop crying on national tv,you look so pathetic.quit bill.

    January 23, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  2. James

    Dear Democrats,

    Please nominate Hillary. Bill never got as many votes as Al Gore or John Kerry. Hillary will not do as well as he did. If you nominate Hillary, we will enjoy four more years without without a Democrat in the White House.

    Republican in Georgia

    January 23, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  3. carol

    Thank God that Obama has made it clear he is not a racist – oh yeah – except that part where his stump speech is now spent declaring he is "not a Muslim".

    January 23, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  4. Jack ny, ny

    Obama the pit bull is out on the prowl

    January 23, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  5. Jack ny, ny

    Obama the cry baby is back

    January 23, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  6. dee

    He is beating them at the same game

    Obama 08

    January 23, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  7. Neel ny, ny

    Obama's goons are out.

    January 23, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  8. AMC

    Calling Obama cry-baby??
    Who was the one crying in front of women voters like a cry-baby. It was Hillary Clinton not Obama. Is she going to cry in the oval office when things don't go the way she planned? She is a calculating cold person who will do anything to get elected, including fake crying.

    January 23, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  9. JOHN


    January 23, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  10. TruthTelling

    Hillary Clinton salivates about fighting with the Republicans. She brags about waiting for them to attack her. That's an opinion based in fact.

    With that said, how can anyone recognize the ineffectiveness of our government due to insane partisan bickering and believe that Hillary Clinton will be able to get anything done as POTUS with her mentality of demonizing Republicans? How in the world will she be able to carry Democrats in Congressional races across the country in to office with her brand of polarizing politics?

    Wake up! Democrats can not win the WH with just Democrats and Hillary's rhetoric proves that we will see a continuation of the same type of "politics as usual" from not only the last 8 years, but the wars and hyper-distrust from the 90's if she is elected. Where's the attraction in that for Independents and Republicans disillusioned with their own party?

    Obama offers the best hope to lead a unification of our country around healing our many divisions, achieving the big goals needed to move our nation forward domestically and internationally, and he has the proven legislative record and campaign success to show that he can draw Independents and Republicans to join in that goal.

    Cynicism is not the answer, nor is hardened loyalty that diminishes if not outright ignores reality. We need that "working coalition" or else we'll sink deeper in to the depressive malaise that has effectively paralyzed our once great American spirit.

    January 23, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  11. Neel ny, ny

    Obama would say and do anything to get elected. That is the real truth.
    He is going to win south carolina. However rest of the states are not anything like south carolina. He would be changing his diaper more frequently after that.

    January 23, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  12. Anatoly Likhatchev

    All this is immaterial. Wait till the Big Media catches up on the impending Rezko trial – it's all over for Obama and his rancorous fanclub. It was fun while it lasted...

    Hillary 08!!!

    January 23, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  13. Rico

    I guess you will also moderate this to.
    What a piece of brilliant insightful journalism by you guys.
    Who really cares about this back and forth.
    Based upon the number of posts on this subject not many!

    January 23, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  14. Ike Kay

    Don't start something you can't finish Obama. You along with your media allies started all of this after Iowa.

    January 23, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  15. Jess

    I have been on the threads supporting Obama in most of this. However, I feel guilty. This is not what an election should be about. My brother has severe autism and I want to know what the candidates will do to help those with disabilities. Everyone has their own personal issues they would like to hear about. I am sorry for my bit in feeding the fire. I, for one, am done arguing. Let's get back to the issues! My apologies. I am tired.

    January 23, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  16. For Mr. Obama

    Mr. Obama, did you Change your message of Change and Hope to Whining and Attacking the Clintons? Seems like your campaign is now focusing on this negative campaign of attack, divide and continue with the race issue. Or is it because you don't really have a good grasp of the issues that confronts the American people and therefore be childish about it? "If you cannot take the heat, get out of the kitchen." You can fool us sometime but you cannot fool us all the time that you will deliver the change you are constantly talking about. Your glow is slowly dimming.

    January 23, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  17. mel t.

    Gee Whiz Seantor Obama, quit whining and just fight like a man. You're beginning to sound like a 2-year old. President Clinton is just doing exactly what your wife is doing -campaigning for his spouse with all of what they got. It's not Hillary's fault that he gets more publicity and that he was the ex-president.
    Don't you know that Bill Clinton is but a puppy compared to what the Republicans will do to you should you get the nomination? They will bury you alive with the worst attack that you'll ever experience. If you can't handle this mild so-called attacks now, you will for sure crumple under the republican's attacks.

    January 23, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  18. Mike, Cleveland, OH


    Obama's Reagan Remarks to Reno Gazette-Journal,
    Jan. 14, 2008

    Obama: I don’t want to present myself as some sort of singular figure. I think part of what’s different are the times. I do think that, for example, the 1980 election was different. I mean, I think Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that, you know, Richard Nixon did not, and in a way that Bill Clinton did not. He put us on a fundamentally different path, because the country was ready for it. I think they felt like, you know, with all the excesses of the '60s and the '70s, you know government had grown and grown, but there wasn’t much sense of accountability in terms of how it was operating, and I think people just tapped into – he tapped into what people were already feeling, which is we want clarity, we want optimism, we want a return to that sense of dynamism, and, and, you know, entrepreneurship that had been missing.

    I think Kennedy, 20 years earlier, moved the country in a fundamentally different direction. So I think a lot of it just has to do with the times. I think we’re in one of those times right now, where people feels like things as they are going right now aren’t working, that we’re bogged down in the same arguments that we’ve been having, and they’re not useful. And the Republican approach, I think, 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.

    January 23, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  19. Barbara Casas-California

    How sad this campaign has sunk to this level this early in the race. We must consider the source; when one lies and manipulates people they sin. It is that simple. Then it is easy to sin again, and again, and again. That is why this attitude is accelerating with the Clintons, both of them are power hungry; he is charasmatic, that is how he got elected twice to the high office of President.

    Hillary Clinton has done nothing in the past to gain experience to act as President of the United States. If she is elected, this country is in the worst trouble ever, even worse then the attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 1, 1941.

    Our country is already in trouble allowing all these immigrants into this country without a plan to support them. Now, in the upcoming election, our state of California wants to take gambling money previously given to Native Americans and give it to the Mexicans who are here illegally, because if they don't this state will be bankrupt!

    What a mess! And you people think that Hillary Clinton is experienced enough to straighten this out-she, the most un-experienced candidate in the whole race, will do her best to hire the right people to help; but she will have no loyal subjects , because she does not know what loyalty is all about. She is mean, vindictive, and for sure....she is no lady!

    We have but one chance with this whole situation-get on your knees and pray!

    January 23, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  20. Nathan, Melbourne, Victoria

    I don't get why, after 25 out of 37 years of Republicans balancing the budget twice, wars, pork, waste incompetance impeachment and corruption would Obama try to reach out to Republicans. Independants yes, but the fact some Republicans are Obama backers is very troubling. How are Democrats supposed to achieve Universal Healthcare and an end to Iraq if you bring in the same people who would never let you do it. Me thinks Obama is George W. Bush-lite. The future of the USA is too important to let any Republican near the levers of power for at least 8 years.

    January 23, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  21. Xeaco 4 Obama

    Vox populi, vox Dei.-
    A change is yet to come.
    It will not come without Obama.

    January 23, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  22. Yes

    Obama is only defending himself. Clintons and supporters go home!

    January 23, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  23. GaryO Virginia Beach

    It's "time to turn the page?"

    If Obama thinks he's getting elected president, then it's time to skip a chapter.

    Yes, things are getting exciting, the Obamanites are milling around and bleating, " Bar-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-ack."

    But Obama himself , the great leader and unifier is composed and in complete control of his . . . . his cult.

    "HIllary B-a-a-a-a-a-a-ad," they bleat. And the press, the media, the fourth estate, the protector of the mighty . . . they look on, and they approve.

    But who cares what the press wants?


    January 24, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  24. s.forest

    I am hoping very hard that Obama will speak loud and clear about all the issues that the Americans are worried about, can't understand why it wasn't done before.
    Obama should come out and say what he has to say to help himself against these attacks , following this he has to come out and give the people the answers they need , hope he will do so very shortly, once and for all.

    Hope he wins against the two Clintons, too much is too much , they where in the white house for 8 years that's enough.


    January 24, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  25. Betty a black woman of Dallas TX

    I am a black women and my vote hasbeen for Edwards from the start due knowing what he stands for and his mission. It is a great moment to have a women and a black man run for president. But Hilary lost my vote when she fail to answer yes or not when question about her vote for the war, The question was not about information given to her, it was about her vote. To me she was like Bush not taking responsiblity for her actions,not wanting to be wrong my thought is if she place this responsiblity on information given to her. Obama at the time did not express his plans and now that he is making his issues known I see the Clinton caring so deeply about winning and nothing else matter. Women have always been smart, but her smart us being used in a negative way, I see right through her. Experience is ok, but with out a vision, with out a dream where is american going. 35 years of experience, we want a change for the better and that change will come with from some one that does not beat up on another just to win. What she should be doing is saying things to make people think, making sure people are not voting for her as a way for President Clinton to lead this country. A vote for Hilary is a vote for Bill. Her husband should support her, just as the other wives support Obama and Edward, however Bill should know he is on stage and being on stage he would always carry himself as a president and not like my husband and other women husbands that has not been president. No one should be tell him to chill. Race does play a part in all of this, how could it not but there will be peoples that look at the issues and then vote on the issues and not the person. I have looked at the issues and the issues that connect with me. I have given some thought to the gov. of AR due to how he carry himself and some of his issues. Hilary should take a deep breathe, we love her and Bill and the things he has done as president. But america is ready for a change, the fight between the two parties need to end, and not the fight with in the party need to come to an end and get down to the issues.

    January 24, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
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