January 24th, 2008
02:25 PM ET
6 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. AJ - Montpelier

    Dont back down. Show that lying, cheating, flip flopping, republican loving Uncle Tom for what he is!!

    January 24, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. Jess

    I just do not want to see any dynasty. The Bush one was horrible. The Clinton one will not be much better. Look what is up the road for Iran and Hillary. Still. None of the candidates are perfect. This is just what I think. I have to say though, I do not even recognize the democratic party at this point and it seems so divided and polarized that i doubt it will be worth anything after this. I think it is Clinton's fault. Some will think it is Obama's. Each to their own. I think it is time to call myself an independent will vote his heart and mind. There are many people who will refuse to be blindly tied to a party after this. And yes, the far right republicans are loving this. :(

    So, all the radio ads in the race seem pretty meaningless to me at this point.

    January 24, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. tiffany

    As a free thinking American Democrat,the Clintons disgust me. Who in their right minds would want another 4 to 8 YEARS of the Clintons? Only those who the Clintons can scare into voting for them. Lets look to the future, people.....

    Obama 08

    January 24, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. Ben

    The Clintons children and bush Children are not among children of Americans at war and in the army. I am not gonna be told who to vote for!

    January 24, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. Ron Az

    It makes no difference if anything is true that the encumbents say. In the end, the most importent thing is experience. I own my own company, before I hire any people I make sure they are qualified and have the experience for the job. If I hire inexperienced people, they work as an apprentice until they have the experience to take on more responsibility.
    One year does not give Obama the experience he needs. You can see that in the comments he makes.
    We are in a very tough time in our young life as Americans. We need a strong leader who knows the ins and outs of dealing with forign Countries. I believe Hillery Clinton is that person. With President Clinton as an advisor, we will be a step up to restoring our economy. After all, Bill Clinton straightened it out before. When Hillery gets elected, We get a Two fer.

    January 24, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. MKO

    Obamas has been crying since he lost every primary since Iowa, where 17yr olds (who can’t vote in general election) and Bill Richardson supporters put him over the top, otherwise he would have lost there too. The media has told the country that SC is a racist black only vote. So why would anyone other than the only 1/2 black candidate stay there. John Edwards is wasting his time in SC per the media. I don't think that ALL SC voters are as racist and naive as the media wants to portray them. It’s an attempt to help Obama because his camp has made fools of the media. It took voters and an ex-president to bring his terrible senate record, bush/Chaney backing, republican loving, lack of good judgment and inexperience out in the open when the media tried to hide it. Frankly we are tired of obama crying! If he crashes so quickly because he’s getting caught with corrupt campaigning funds with Rezko etc… what would he do when foreign leaders come at him? Run crying too, or call Oprah for help? …Just what we cannot afford to take a chance on. Giving pre-written church speeches does not make a President. And having his wife, Michelle Obama stumping throwing out racial comments is disgusting! No one sees her as first lady material; we don’t even see her as a lady! No one was crying when obama camp was attacking Hillary? And ALL the media treating her unfairly. She has proven that she is a strong leader after all the attacks she has endured and over come. Thank God the voters are smarter than the media and obama give them credit for. DONT WASTE VOTES ON OBAMAS, WE DONT NEED A RACIST IN THE WHITE HOUSE

    January 24, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. docrock,tx

    Let's all back away from the hate please.After eight years of the most corrupt government in history,we are all just looking for a change in Washington.Nancy Pelosi is a disaster,and set back women in politics fifty years.Trent Lott is a poster child for the crooked types we have in D.C.,and the congress has failed EVERY American.Until every Lobbyist and special interest group is banned from our elected officials and the Government becomes transparent,we will stay in turmoil.The way it is now reminds me of the Politburo.Surely we can do better.Just because you don't like Hillary or Barack does not mean you have the right to denigrate those who do in such a spiteful manner.If you can't have an intelligent discourse without the schoolyard mentality that many postings show,please find another blog instead of sullying this one with your tiny minds.

    January 24, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. Peter

    Just wondering: Is there a chance that the Democrats realize that they shouldn't beat the crap out of each others, but out of the Republicans?

    This is one of the most stupid ways to run a presidential nomination campaign, as far as I can tell...

    January 24, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. Jona

    RCP-
    SC Poll: Obama Support slipping in SC

    January 24, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. Brenda

    To the guy who said Obama supporters are lemmings. First off; I don't even know what that is you Wal-Mart Democrat. Secondly, Before you go calling me names, take a good look in the mirror. If you are a Clinton supporter-that is self-explanatory. ABC-Anybody But Clinton!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 24, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. MS from PA

    Obama should not have to pull his ad – the Clintons have spread false information about him. His ad is not offensive in any way and, most importantly, does not LIE. It is a defense against these slanders and misrepresentations. The Clinton's pulling of this ad is a calculated move, designed to make it look as if Obama is attacking her. I really wish that she would stop trying to destroy her party's (and the country's) best hope for president, and just stick to the issues. If she has as much experience as she says (35 years by her admission, 7 years by my count), she should have no trouble beating an "inexperienced" candidate like Obama (11 years) without resorting to these dirty, Rovian tactics. I find that I have less respect for her and her husband every day, which is truly a pity.

    January 24, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. Rob, Minneapolis, MN

    Why do comments like AJ's get approved?

    January 24, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. MKO

    Obamas has been crying since he lost every primary since Iowa, where 17yr olds (who can’t vote in general election) and Bill Richardson supporters put him over the top, otherwise he would have lost there too. The media has told the country that SC is a racist black only vote. So why would anyone other than the only 1/2 black candidate stay there. John Edwards is wasting his time in SC per the media. I don't think that ALL SC voters are as racist and naive as the media wants to portray them. It’s an attempt to help Obama because his camp has made fools of the media. It took voters and an ex-president to bring his terrible senate record, bush/Chaney backing, republican loving, lack of good judgment and inexperience out in the open when the media tried to hide it. Frankly we are tired of obama crying! If he crashes so quickly because he’s getting caught with corrupt campaigning funds with Rezko etc… what would he do when foreign leaders come at him? Run crying too, or call Oprah for help? …Just what we cannot afford to take a chance on. Giving pre-written church speeches does not make a President. And having his wife, Michelle Obama stumping throwing out racial comments is disgusting! No one sees her as first lady material; we don’t even see her as a lady! No one was crying when obama camp was attacking Hillary? And ALL the media treating her unfairly. She has proven that she is a strong leader after all the attacks she has endured and over come. Thank God the voters are smarter than the media and obama give them credit for. DONT WASTE VOTES ON OBAMAS,

    January 24, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. Susan

    Straightforward my eye....Good I am glad they pulled it....Could it be a little guilt? Could it be a realization that the Clinton's are turning people off right and left...The Clintons are untrustworthy.....that is the bottom line....very sleazy....

    January 24, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. Hill Supportor

    The Teflon candidate's campaign most likely provided the ill-informed statement that Senator Obama made about Reagan and Bill Clinton, which I heard him make and was left with great consternation. Perhaps a gaff on his part, but now I believe it was intended to stir up Bill Clinton. Honestly, Barak's campaign is behaving no better than anyone else’s.

    Go Hillary. And to those Minnesotans out there, vote for Al Franken; let's make sure Coleman does not return to the senate.

    January 24, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. Joann, Cranston RI

    This is for James Brown the (independent) – You'll be seeing Obummer's true colors soon – watch! this is an election – they all do this – If you don't get it then get out of politics. Go Hillary

    January 24, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. Vivien CA

    Puh-leeze! That ad was child's play considering the real meat Hillary could have used. If she were running a negative campaign, she would have ads out denouncing him for his connections to Syrian-born Tony Rezko, Exelon Corporation, and the paid lobbyists who are working on his campaign. And that's just scratching the surface.

    Obama supporters just don't get it: Hillary has been trying to run a clean campaign based on issues. But she can not stand idly by while Obama slings accusations at her. She must answer back and everytime she does, Obama and his followers cry foul. Get over it! None of you are ready for a real political campaign and Obama is looking more and more desperate. He got into the ring with a really experienced, brilliant mind and he is simply incapable of getting her on the ropes.

    Hillary's campaign probably felt the ad had run its course and pulled it in favor of a better ad. Running ads is so expensive, they all should change them often to get the most bang for their buck.

    January 24, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. Alexander (New York)

    There is a difference between criticizing your opponents for their position on issues and making attacks based on fictions and quotes taken out of context.

    Criticizing Hilary for supporting NAFTA is a legitimate policy based critique, as is confronting her vote for the Iraq war.

    Criticizing Obama for saying that the Republicans were the party of ideas for the past 10-15 years is a distortion, especially considering the fact that she left out the sentence immediately preceding it when Obama said that the Republican ideas had played themselves out, and the part where he said that Republican ideas don't work, and especially when Hilary Clinton herself said on record that she thinks Reagan "played the balance and the music beautifully."
    Also, saying that Obama's war record is "inconsistent" because he voted for a spending bill that would set a date for troop withdrawal is a distortion, as it leaves out relevant information.

    This whole process is ridiculous.

    January 24, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. MS from PA

    Obama should not have to pull his ad – the Clintons have spread false information about him. His ad is not offensive in any way and, most importantly, does not LIE. It is a defense against these slanders and misrepresentations. The Clinton's pulling of this ad is a calculated move, designed to make it look as if Obama is attacking her. I really wish that she would stop trying to destroy her party's (and the country's) best hope for president, and just stick to the issues. If she has as much experience as she says (35 years by her admission, 7 years by my count), she should have no trouble beating an "inexperienced" candidate like Obama (11 years) without resorting to these dirty, Rovian tactics. I find that I have less respect for her and her husband every day, which is truly a pity.

    January 24, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. Vince

    One of the under reported items about this story is the fact that both the Clinton's have said virtually the same thing as Obama in the past. Both of them had some praise in the past for Reagan's ability to build a new coalition with new ideas. So for them to criticize Obama for this is the height of hypocracy.

    January 24, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  21. Jan

    What about the Clinton's receiving money from Terry McAuliffe so they could buy a $1.35 million dollar home in New York? I guess she is the Queen of mortages from Arkansas to New York. IS this the experience the American people want?

    January 24, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. olgyu, cocnut creek, fl

    hillary will be the best president for our country

    January 24, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. eliza m

    Whoever wrote BILLARY above is quite insightful. That's exactly what this weird, hybrid monster from the 90s is. And, by the way, before you start slinging epithets such as "Republican lover," you had better look up Hillary Clinton's own comments about Reagan. Tom Brokaw on Meet the Press last week noted quite clearly that she named Reagan as one of her "favorite presidents" in his forthcoming book. I don't remember Obama saying anything like that about Reagan–or anything at all about appreciating Republicans for that matter. What he said was that they were a party of ideas following in Reagan's wake. Look at our national election results over the last fifteen years: would you say Obama is right or wrong based on those results? The answer to this question is residing in the White House right now.

    January 24, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  24. Leah in Houston

    Senator Obama should put out an ad every time the Clintons distort the truth, then we can listen to Senator Obama's voice on the radio all day long! Everyday until the general election for that matter since it seems that not one day goes by that the Clinton machine never takes a rest and never tells the truth. Bill and Hillary please go home before the divides even further.

    January 24, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  25. willthisneverend

    There goes CNN again, spinning it for Obama. Too typical.

    January 24, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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