January 24th, 2008
02:25 PM ET
9 years ago

Clinton camp pulls negative ad in South Carolina

(CNN) – Just 24 hours after it was launched, Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign pulled a South Carolina radio ad that targets Barack Obama for his recent comments on the Republican Party.

The ad highlights Obama's recent interview with a Nevada newspaper in which he said, "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 asked. "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?"

The ad immediately drew sharp criticism from the Illinois senator's campaign. Obama spokesman Bill Burton denounced the spot as a "negative, dishonest attack," and later said they were planning on running a response ad that said Clinton "will say anything to get elected."

Clinton's campaign maintained its ad was "straightforward."

Clinton's South Carolina spokesman did not provide a reason why the ad was pulled, saying only, "we are on schedule with our "Closer" ads starting."

UPDATE: Clinton's campaign has announced the release of a new radio ad, called "Closer," that features Bill Clinton touting his wife's ability to battle the country's economic problems.

- CNN's Peter Hamby and Alex Mooney

soundoff (271 Responses)
  1. Karen

    And right on cue, here come the Obama supporters..... it's going to be a hate party!

    January 24, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. MB, Louisiana

    Important question is will Obama pull his negative ad now?

    Somehow I doubt it.

    January 24, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. Cheryl


    January 24, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. Another Steve

    Lost more supporters running this kinda campaign?. Its about time you Clintons started acting less devisive, as we American voters are getting tired of your win any way you can. It shows what type of executive branch Hillary would have if elected and people like me are saying we would rather a Republican or Independent get in the White House if Hillary gets the nomination. These kinda tactics aren't productive and does not help the average American one bit.

    January 24, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. Matt

    Coming out of Iowa and heading into New Hampshire, the party, the country, and even the world for that matter, was filled with great optimism and hope that we were on the verge of turning the page on a very ugly chapter in our history – one that has brought us a war, a divided country, and an ugly divisive form of politics. Mr. Obama promised to move us in a new direction and offered us the possibility that a united America could indeed be great again.

    But now that promise looks a little dimmer. Surprisingly, the Clintons and their political machine are on a mission to destroy a person whom they should consider a Democratic ally in Mr. Obama. They spread muck, distortions, and half-truths daily. Who loses from such politics of personal destruction? We all do! If Hillary becomes the nominee, how will she possibly rally Reagan Democrats, Independents, and Obama supporters, whom she continues to alienate daily, in the fall against the likes of John McCain? Not only is it increasingly looking will Barack may not be the nominee, but it’s looking like we could have another 8 years of a Republican in the White House.

    And if Hillary does win, what will another Clinton White House look like? As we watch Bill and Hillary seek to obliterate Obama and his message, we can only imagine what they’re going to do to members of the other side of the isle once they become president. They both have made many enemies, and will no doubt continue to have axes to grind once in the White House again. A divided congress and a divided nation would undoubtedly be the result.

    I thought we lived in a democracy. Isn’t it time for the dynastic Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton flip-flop to end? We’ve already had 20 years of this; do we really need 8 more? Shouldn’t we give new voices and new leaders the opportunity to move our country and our world in a new direction? Barack does not carry all the baggage of the past, and offers all of us the chance for a new beginning and the opportunity to let America be America again.

    January 24, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. Steve, Pennsylvania

    Looks like Billary has realized that the American people are sick of sleazy Rove-esque politics.

    January 24, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. chrls enoch

    distortions distortions..do we really want someone that git impeached

    January 24, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. Vicki Reynolds, Hagerstown Maryland

    Hillary is always straight forward. Obama opens himself up to this each and everytime. I do not think any of debates are going to be meek and mild.

    January 24, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. Nando, Florida

    they pulled it because it was a Lie and THE DNC called them on it, SLIME BALLS they will always be THE DNC should be carefull of the company they KEEP.

    January 24, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. Michael - Magnolia, TX

    Smart move...It should not be a "He said, She said", it should be a "He gonna do, She gonna do" and speak about solutions to real problems. Lord knows there are many!

    January 24, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. James Brown ( Independent )

    It's to late Hillary , people have seen your true colors , and way to many people remember how the Clinton years shamed this country and the Oval office.

    January 24, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. Anti Clintons

    Of course they pulled it, they are going to lose SC and it would have looked like a feable jab to Obama for no reason and it was a lie anyway.

    They can stand by it a factual all they want, it is like writing a check without funds, it will bounce, that is a fact. The Clinton's will lose SC and the race.

    Go Obama!

    January 24, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. Mark Cary, NC

    Obama will not pull his ad. The Clinton Cmapaign waited until the Obama himself said that the tone of his campaign was fine and he wasn't changing a thing.

    January 24, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. God Bless America

    The Clintons thought this election was going to be a slum dunk. One of them cried the last time i checked it.

    January 24, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. Frank Mayans

    I SAY LEAVE IT TO AIR. The Obama camp released an attack ad in So Carolina as well.....

    Of course CNN does not post that on the ticker because CNN is ANTI-Hillary!

    Expose the truth about Barack Obama – he is nonetheless an arogant candidate hungry for power....he needs to wait, it is not his turn...

    January 24, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. Trinity Best

    This is very typical of the Clinton Camp. Say something, let everyone hear it, and then apologize or take it back. Just like the drug use references. I think the reason they pulled the Ad is because they were afraid of the ad they had heard Obama was going to run and they hope by pulling their ad, he won't air his.

    January 24, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. teddy orlando fl

    uh oh guess it did not work but just remeber americans will not foget the mud you threw senator clinton

    too little too late

    Obama is going to wipe you out on feb 5th

    and good riddence to the clinton machine

    January 24, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  18. AJ, IL

    Why would Hillary's campaign even run such a negative and false ad about Obama when the other political news media programs have said that Hillary's claim is not true? Even internet reknown FACTCHECK.ORG has called Hillary's claim false.

    My advice to Mr. Obama, stay focused and stay positive!

    A lie is only powerful if it is not confronted!

    Obama in 08!

    January 24, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  19. Lynn

    With the recent couple of weeks of attacks from the Clinton campaign on Senator Obama, it has solidified in my mind that Senator Clinton is very much politics of yesterday. Her attacks are very Bush-like, serve no purpose but harm, and bare no real portrayal of truth or substance. I believe that we, the citizens of the USA, need to make it clear that we won't stand for this nor will we fall for this again.

    January 24, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  20. Jr., California


    January 24, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  21. Glen, Boston, MA

    Pulling the ad but still maintaining its validity is absurd.

    Obama never said what they accuse him of saying – all he did was identify the Republicans as the party of ideas over the past couple decades. You can't deny that they have done that – atrocious, naive ideas for sure – but they have been ideas that the Democrats have done nothing but respond to.

    January 24, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  22. Joe

    Is it me, or do all of these Obama supporters come from the age bracket where a 'quick' 6 or 7 daily checks on their Myspace page to check on friend requests the priority in their lives? Seems so, since they are not very versed on the issues and specifics when it comes to Obama. Well, cannot blame them there, he does not seem to know where he stands either.

    You buy a house.
    I will buy the land.
    We can work it out.
    You can run for office and say your about change
    When you're really more of the same.

    I liked that, gonna upload to my Myspace ASAP !

    January 24, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. anon middle america

    Now lets see if Barack is a big enough man to do the same or if he is just another POLITICIAN full of hot air – enough to power the South Side of Chicago no doubt.

    Seems to be more GOPs out trolling 😦 lately than there are Obama's ABCers? They can have their play date in SC – then it's on to the rest of the country. Maybe he has dispatched all his little munchkins to go door to door with his message of hope – oh wait – change – no – yes we can – straight talk – uh ummm you know ... I didn't understand the question – What is his latest slogan of the week? Gee is Obama having "Senior Moments" already?? And only pushing 50...

    Oh wait, I know all his little baby guppies are manning the phones for his Dialin for Dollars to stop Hell-ary cuz the coffers are running low.

    Peace dudes and dudettes.... you can go take your afternoon naps now and watch Oprah. Heard she has made herself UNavailable to go out on the campaign trail with Barack again. Seems all she really cares about is her bottom line and her blog is getting some pretty irate comments. Maybe she figures to cut the losses while she can as she is such a shrewd business woman. Oprah can do such great things for the world and yet she keeps making the same errs in judgment. Guess she is only human like the rest of us. Carry on Obamafans... just remember what your mommies told you – don't run with scissors, never talk to strangers, and always wear your helmet when you ride your tricycles 😉

    January 24, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. Adam, Los Angeles

    She ran it just long enough to damage and then pulled it so she would look like a responsible candidate. NOT BUYING IT!

    Obama should do the same. Run his ad for 24 hours then pull it.

    I'm so sick of her.

    January 24, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. Democrat in NY

    Clintons are pathetic people.

    January 24, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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