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. Mark Cary, NC

    I know CNN won't post me a second time but wow...the Obama supporters were out here slinging trash but won't even talk about Obama's radio ad that is also inaccurate and manipulating Hillary's words on Reagan, Oh wait, because the Obama supporters refuse to see any flaw in him just like Obama himself refuses to explain his record.

    January 24, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  2. JA Cook

    The Clinton's jumped on Obama, misrepresenting his remarks about Reagan and trying to make the twisted interpretation a big issue by suggesting he admired Ronald Reagan. What a sin for any Democrat!

    Okay..., but right there on Billary's very own web site is a list of the presidents she admires the most. I quote "Her list of favorite presidents – Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Lincoln, both Roosevelts, Truman, George H.W. Bush and Reagan – demonstrates how she thinks. As expected, Bill Clinton was also included on the aforementioned list."

    Double standards anyone?

    January 24, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. Ray

    Just because she pulled it dosen't mean it was not true. Those are the words coming out of Obama's mouth. Spin it anyway you want to Obama, but you said it.

    January 24, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. Scott, Royal Oak, MI

    typical Clinton policy: throw a bunch of lies/distortions out there, make them go away as people start to realize they are lies/distortions.

    The key is that the damage has been done and the deceptions will stick in some people's minds. They bank on that.

    What will they say/ do next? I have no clue but I'm getting weary watching all of this

    January 24, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. A.W

    The Force is at work.

    January 24, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. TammyNH

    Obama's defense ad should stay, he has the right to defend himself against the smears that have gone on far to long.

    I'm really getting tired of people jumping on Obama for defending himself. He's making clarifications against the mud unfairly thrown at him.

    How is Hillary going to lead when she disagrees with world leaders? How is Hillary going to win people over to her side that she disagrees with? Send in Bill to brow beat everyone? Be like W and ignore more then half the people you're suppose to represent? Give me a break.

    The Clinton's had their turn, it's time to move on and upward from the Bush/Clinton era..

    January 24, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. Bukky

    Obama should let His AD run for 3-5hour LESS than Hillary's AD did. Her damage is already done... he needs to rebuild....

    Besides HIS ad is not a twisted lie.... why should he have to pull the truth because she pulled back her lies.

    January 24, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. Awesome

    The ad is pulled off not because Hillary want an honest fight, but because its already aired and reached the people it was targetted...now she is afraid of the reply because yesterday OBAMA told clearly that he is going to reply to the ad with another ad...as he want people to know the truth.

    Awesome OBAMA!!

    January 24, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. Mark C.

    Turn the page.

    January 24, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. Lilia, MD

    I guess they felt the heat from the democratic party; otherwise, I doubt they would have stop. but I don't think we have seen the worst yet. Just wait and see.....

    And ofcourse, Obama benefited from this. I am Glad!!! The first time Hillary turned me off was during Bill's first campain. He told the reporter that she was in her husband's campain to meet clients for her law firm. Can you imagine the guts of this woman!!! She is capable of doing anything for power money and prestige.

    January 24, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. Dave

    Obama supporters floor me. He wants to talk about rainbows and lollipops. But he won't really commit to anything. It takes him days to respond to how he feels about gay marriage – i don't care what is view is but how can somebody running for president not know his feelings on this? I live in Chicago and the Trib has been running stories about his slum lord contributor for a while. I don't understand why it's not gotten more national press but this guy held Obama buy his million + house. It kills me that today he uses politically charged words "bambozoled and hoodwinked" about Hillary. This guy is the one whose push is hope. I have found when asked Obama supporters never know what he stands for on anything, they just like him. This thinking gave us the disaster that we are currently are living with. Yeah he's a unifier, latinos voted publicly in front of thier union bosses against him.

    Obama supporters are lemmings.

    January 24, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. MC

    I am glad she pulled the ads. I will give her credit for that. Hillary would have so much more support if she approached this campaign as the "Bigger Person" instead of attacking Obama.

    January 24, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  13. gina

    We just went through 8 years of lies. The lies got us into a rash war and cost us our standing in the world community. Do we really want 4 more years of lies? I can't figure out who is the better liar, Hill or Bill and they are both running for the presidency. Stop and think America.

    January 24, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  14. Charles T, VA

    Karen, you say Obama supporters are throwing a HATE PARTY? Look who is talking.

    January 24, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. LisaMpls

    Smart move. The quicker the pulled the ad, the less Obama had to whine about.

    Let's move in the positive direction!! Hillary has proposed the best solutions to fix our country's problems, and she is the most equipped to follow through with those proposals. No other candidate can outshine Hillary on the matters that count.

    January 24, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. Joe Goebbels

    There's still time. Wait for a new one tomorrow. Meanwhile, Chelsea in her own words says she's a dork! Sorry for Mom and Dad, Chelsea, and congratulations for at least one Clinton telling the truth.

    January 24, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. Ben Okafor

    This is a bait by hillary clinton campaign to draw Obama into a mud fight and lower him to their standard. It is a shame and Obama should not fall for it. He should maintain his moral high ground. He should not run any counter ad

    January 24, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  18. James Buckley

    Get lost you Clintons. We are tired of seeing your political skills. I support any one who has the courage to stand aganist Hillary. Gob bless America.

    January 24, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  19. MarkieBee

    Frank Mayans, who the HELL gets to decide whose turn it is? That's right THE VOTERS! NOT Hillary and NOT Bill. It's not his turn....what an idiotic thing for you to say. Obama's ad was in response to Hillary's. I don't like the tone, but I'm glad he won't get swift boated either. I wish we could stay on the sidewalk but the Clintons have repeatedly shown they want to take this to the gutter – and the Democratic Party with them. They make millions of dollars for effectively doing absolutely nothing ($3.2 from Vinod Gupta for 'consulting work'?) Why do they need a third term?

    January 24, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. Michael

    Look, folks, we know Bill dissembles, Bob Kerry referred to him as an "exceptionally good liar and David Broder, a very moderate columnist, referred to Hillary as "a congenital liar." Shouldn't we all just stipulate this?

    January 24, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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    January 24, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  22. Dee

    I don't trust Hillary or Bill there is a motive behind them pulling the ad. It's feel sorry for us, and vote for us . In NH Hillary cried just before the election. Always doing something before the election. I hope Obama keeps his ads running. Vote Obama!

    January 24, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  23. Chandra Jacob

    Who is pulling the negative ads !!! The same person who lied under oath!! How can America trust you any more. Mr Bill please go for golfing instead of loosing the remaining respect you have

    January 24, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  24. Economic truth

    The truth about Clinton is that her economic policies are impossible. She truly will say anything to get elected.

    Her claim of capping mortgage rates is economically and fiscally impossible. The rates are determined by the market and the only way for them to change is for market events to change. Hillary might think she has the power of God to change whatever she wants, but she doesn't.

    January 24, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. Yaw

    I am really appalled at some of the comments some of you are making about the Clintons. How many times has Obama been condemned for criticing the Clintons? None. When Obama said corruption in Washington did not start from George Bush's time, what was he inferring? His campaign aid called Hillary the lady from Punjab. Did CNN report as a headline. No, neither did I see some of criticising Obama. Obama has being even Edwards on his vote for US-China trade deals but anytime somebody turns the table on Obama, it is an attack and old Washington politics. Obama has being attacking the Clintons and Edwards all over the placed while he shamelessly hide behind CNN and other media and race to protect himself.

    January 24, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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