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. fact check .org

    Nando, Florida,
    You do not call someone Liar, when you are liar yourself. DNC never asked and will never ask any campaign to withdraw an ad

    January 24, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Tony

    Obama got exposed at the debate Monday night as a liar and a typical politician, which he claims he isn't, but we saw it. Now he is proving to be the biggest whining, crying baby out there. What a sad site. Now that people have seen what a fraud he is....no wonder his poll numbers are dropping in SC.

    And why doesn't anyone ever talk about Obama and his cigarette smoking...which causes so many problems for black Americans.

    January 24, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. Blue

    The Clintons are liars and hypocrites.

    First she says Obama is too liberal, then she says he is a Reagan lover- she can't even decide which false attack to use on him.

    And shame on her for bringing up an Illinois state senate vote about sex shops near schools- The Clintons are in no position to be bringing up the subject of anything sexual. For those of you who don't know or remember, President Clinton engaged in lewd conduct with an intern in the White House, and Mrs. Clinton publicly shrugged her shoulders when he admitted to it.

    January 24, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. Beverly Bunton

    I hope Mr. Obama just keeps on message and tries as best he can to not fall into the trap of the experts of spin, i.e., the Clintons. These two have turned the Office of the Presidency into a mockery with his philandering in my Oval Office and her standing by him for political reasons. I don't want people like that in the White House ever again.

    60 year old white female who is supporting Mr. Barack Obama in South Carolina this weekend.

    Beverly B

    January 24, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. Shani

    Obama is a hater and he wont even pull his negative ads out.

    January 24, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |

    Obama please run your ad. Set the record straight.

    January 24, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. incognito

    Joe – You are the reason Obama has so many supporters. Clinton has you drumming up the negatives just as quickly as she can get them out to you. She is leading her sheep to the slaughter, and you people are eating it up. Bill is now the "Pied Piper" or the democrats who think reverting back to the 90's is a good thing. What happened to being progressive?

    January 24, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. Brian

    The whole democratic nomination is a big publicity stunt and a BIG JOKE! This media circus is destroying the democratic party’s integrity! This is our best chance at getting the White House and Congress and we’re throwing this oppurtunity in the garbage by nominating one the two most unqualified candidates in our party! We’re letting the media decide who is going to run for president! It’s an abomination! To hell with it! If given the choice between the two democratic front runners and John McCain this will be the first election I don’t vote Democrat.

    January 24, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. Nelda

    After seeing the Clintons in South Carolina try to anillate Obama, I know they will do anything......she speaks and he works the streets . If Hillary is the nominee, I will remain uncommitted or just not vote. I never thought that I would say this being a woman and a Black woman who participated in the civil rights movement. I am concerned about the issues and am hoping for a different election than anyone that I have ever witnessed but it seems we are headed down that same road again.

    When will we as Americans get our country back?

    January 24, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. Khwaty

    When you say "Clinton machine" a lot of you must be implying about her well organize campaign from the ground all the way to the top. She has a lot of young people in her campaign, a lot of college students. They're very well organized, they have fun stumping for her, each take their responsibility seriously and held accountable. It shows a lot the organizational skill of Hillary, the same skill shown when Bill Clinton was running for President.

    I wish my candidate (Edwards) has the same organizational skill too, we could have been on top by now.

    To win in any election, it requires excellent organizational skill and dedicated people working for your campaign.

    January 24, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. MC

    I co-sign w/TammyNH.
    Especially your 3rd paragraph. We want a President who is going to be for everyone. The "Washington" ways are so ingrained in Hillary that she can't help it. She has been gearing up for this for years....All she knows how to do is ATTACK. She has learned from the "Best", Bill was constantly being attacked.

    Rise Up Hillary to the challenge of being a "TRUE" Uniter.

    January 24, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Karen

    Could you morons turn off your CAPS KEY and quit using !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You're just annoying. Sorry to interrupt.... Let the hate party continue.

    January 24, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. AntiBrenda

    This is the polarization people have been talking about.
    Hillary is not out to convince people that she can do good things for America but what Barack and the republicans cannot do. This has been the core issue of her campaign. No wonder she is losing. Lord forbid, but if she was nominated the democrats would suffer but i am sure they know that. A lot of democrats will refrain from going to the polls if Hillary clinches the nomination.

    January 24, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. R. W. McSween

    This is an extremely racist campaign and the one making it so is Barak Obama. God help us if this man gets in office. The blacks should remember how the Clintons were for them when no one else was and the media should have already had their fill of demeaning the Clintons. I have never seen so much one sided reporting. If you want to demean someone, pick on someone who deserves it–the current administration. Hillary is the only person that can get us out of this if anyone can. I will vote Republican for the first time in my life if Barak Obama is the Democratic nominee.

    January 24, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. Khwaty

    MB, Louisiana January 24, 2008 2:31 pm ET

    Important question is will Obama pull his negative ad now?

    Somehow I doubt it.

    This is the last hurrah for Obama, after SC, it would be between Hillary and Edwards; Obama have succeeded where MLK have worked so hard to put together; Obama divide this country according to race. It started when Oprah Winfrey delivered her speech in SC to introduced Obama.

    Obama can't claim to be a uniter when he divide this country base on race in every speech he makes using subtlety.

    January 24, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. Frank, San Diego

    I am sick of Obama's holier than thou attitude. He seems to think that just because he smiles a lot during his airy speeches he should be above criticism. He needs to quit whining and show some toughness.

    Either Clinton or Edwards would be more likely to forcefully confront the right wing in this country than an appeaser like Obama. You can't be popular with everyone if you plan to accomplish anything.

    January 24, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. lou

    Just because of the comments Barack made in reference to Reagan he lost my vote. If he thinks that Reagan was such a great thing for us he should had run on the Republican side. In my book Reagan was just a big joke... If MR. Obama gets the nomination I will not vote.

    We have enough fixation from the GOP side with that senile man called Reagan. YUCK!!! too much of it.

    January 24, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  18. Lynnette

    As a black voter in the upcoming SC primary, I am truly disappointed and disgusted with Sen. Obama's dirty politics and untruths. I'm spreading the word as quickly and vigorously as I can about how Hillary Clinton is the only hope of the Democratic Party. Obama will never when against the Republicans and, honestly, he shouldnt ... he's not qualified for the highest office in the nation.

    January 24, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. Bonnie

    While I object to Edwards referring to his opponents as "children", it would seem that many reporters and voters clearly are childish. Can't we discuss the economy, the war, and my future insurance instead of the political gaming that ALL candidates participate in? How can we expect the candidates to focus on the issues when reporters and voters keep focusing on political tactics? All candidates run the ads and have for years. It is nothing new.

    January 24, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. Matt

    I get tired of all this, "It's not Obama's turn" garbage. It's NOT ABOUT TURNS, folks. It's about who is going to be able to win in November and, from there, form the kind of coalition of Democrats, Republicans and Independents to meet the difficult challenges that await this nation.

    Does anyone honestly believe that someone who talks about "fightin the Republicans" and is willing to stick knives in the back of a man as broadly-appealing as Barack Obama is going to be able to bring the country together?

    The only thing Hillary Clinton can unite is Republicans, and it'll be unity around whomever their nominee happens to be.

    January 24, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. dee

    MB, Louisiana

    Let Obama's accurate ad sit out there?

    Hill voted for war with Iraq then for Iran in 2007? Both her votes

    She is comming with a closer ad

    Edwards is cleaning up on her votes

    She will be in third place before its over.

    Obama 08

    January 24, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. tomdavie

    I hope Obama makes the MISTAKE of running his attack in reply ad.

    Why? It will be the only one floating around, and will make him look like he is playing dirty tactics.

    I think Clinton pulled it because it was supposed to be a short piece designed to get a reply from obama. Once that happend it came off the air.

    now they will put out a message of hope and truth, with facts to back it up.

    All so it can contrast the Obama ad calling her a liar.

    January 24, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  23. Vote 4 Hillary

    I love how the Obama supporters keep saying Hillary is throwing mud, when they in fact are throwing it right back. Sounds to me Obama is nothing but a hypocrite!!! And if I'm not mistaken, when Bill was in office, this economy was never better. So in my opinion, he was a GREAT President!!!!!!

    HILLARY 08!!!!!!!

    January 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. Jon

    How can anyone possibly compare Obama's ad to Hillary's?

    Hillary's ad stated a blatant lie that every news organization has reputed since she ran the ad. It was false.

    Obama's ad is simply a response to Hillary's attacks. He does not attack Hillary personally, he simply states that what is being said about him is not true.

    Obama will continue to run his ad until the false attacks stop. That means a lot more than stopping this ad. It means putting a muffle on Bill and all of Hillary's supporters.

    Let's get back to the issues.

    January 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. Bob Geibert

    "Running up a $9 trillion debt.
    Refusing to raise the minimum wage or deal with the housing crisis.

    These are all true statements!

    So, what's the beef?

    January 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
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