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. Cletus Ogbonna

    As a democrat who has waited eagerly for this coming opportunity to retire the republicans from the White House for at least four years, I am dismayed that HillBillary are investing on this destuctive republican-style of politics. They are forcing Obama to revert to same old system of spending time and money in responds to constant mudslings. If he decides to ignore them, some ignorants
    will be fooled and begin to believe them after a while. Obama had not initiated any
    negative attack against any candidate. For a decent politician that he is, it must be
    disheartening for him to continueto defend himself against this combined powerhouse, instead of selling his message of hope and unity to the american public. The DNC must come to our rescue before more irreparable damages are done.

    January 24, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. Bill in Montgomery, AL

    Gosh, wonder when we'll see Hillary sobbing and crying, telling people she's really sorry that the negative ad got out there; that she doesn't want to run a negative campaign. Then we'll get the parade of family and relatives telling us what a warm, sincere, considerate, kind, gentle, tender-hearted Hillary really is. Of course, this will be after she checks the polls to see what response she needs to provide. I understand Billazry and Hillary both walk on water. For those of you that don't know it, there was no such person as Mother Theresa; that was actually Hillary Clinton! "And now you know the rest of the story!"

    January 24, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  3. Ann

    Odd story, since Obama also pulled his negative ads. Why not a balanced viewpoint?

    January 24, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  4. LisaMpls

    Carol, I think you are confused:

    Hillary's healthcare plan IS universal.

    Edwards' healthcare plan IS universal.

    Obama's healthcare plan IS NOT universal.

    January 24, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  5. c martin

    John you said it. The reason that Bill started opening is lying( I didn't have sexual relations with this woman) mouth...is once she lost Iowa and New Hampshire looked liked a sure loss....but ohh yeah she started crying. Then said after 35 yrs of experience, she has found her voice.

    Thats who I want in the office....on first day she will know what to do...kinda?

    January 24, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. James

    This country needs a new voice not the lying, cheating low down political machines that have run it for the past decades. Those whom have any tenure in the capitol are a disgrace to all true Americans. IF true change catches on then maybe others will step forward and truly change the landscape of this great nation. The MACHINE is broken, we need to buy a new one!!! OBAMA08......

    January 24, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  7. Lynn

    After reading so many of these comments, I shake my head. So many are uninformed and backed by only emotion. This is a historical election. It needs to be taken seriously with much forethought. Uniting this country starts with us, not the candidates. And when such hateful comments are made, the divide only becomes wider. Time to stop blaming the media or "the other guy" and start taking responsibility.

    January 24, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  8. ruby marshall

    I think Hillary's criticisms about Obama's campaign is just normal to show how much she cared about the country..She believed on her leadership, experiences and dedication to serve the American people and the world as a whole, are more excellent compared to her opponents for the nomination. She is just helping the public to determine their differences (Hillary and Obama) socially, economically and politically. Intelligent voters knew what Hillary meant by presenting her rival's political standing...Average voters might have an opposite conclusion, because they think their candidate was being attacked..Debate is debate...When Obama attacks Hillary, nobody complains, when Hillary spoke strongly against Obama, many criticsms arises...and Hillary standstill bravely and strongly, defending her words and she showed responsibility for her own actions...I think the media is exaggerated in presenting the issue too much...criticsms are part of the campaign but we have to view it positively, no matter how it was being presented to the public...

    January 24, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  9. Murry

    CNN, you need to post the rest of Senator Obama's comment. Set the record straight. The Clinton's only quote the front part not the end part. If you show the end part, people would see that Obama is not agreeing with Reagan's ideas.
    Billary has shown their true colors. They are divisive. These are not the people we want representing America.
    Elect someone that can build bridges not walls.
    vote Obama 08

    January 24, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  10. DB

    I believe Obama has been honest with hist past even the Rezko thing. How come the Clintons have not released the White House papers showing Hillary's experience? Feels like they are hiding something.

    It is okay to be wrong, just admit it and move on. Obama was investigated and was found not doing anything wrong. No reason to re-visit something again.

    January 24, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  11. votehillary2008

    Why weren't reporters outraged when Obama's camp took the "Fairytale" comment out of context? When you listen to the speech, it is clear Bill is talking about the war.

    Where was the defense when the LBJ comment was taken out of context?

    Why was no one alarmed when Obama supporters ran a radio ad in Nevada saying Hillary didn't respect Hispanics? Is that not injecting race into the campaign? Is that not "patently false?"


    January 24, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  12. Truethis

    I think the reason she pulled that ad because she's afraid someone would buy Tom Broskaw'b book and find out that Hillary and Bill made positive statements about Reagan. And that Goldwater was Hillary's mentor and she made radical comments back in the 60s. Oh yea......Why did Clinton loss his Lawyer's licenses?

    January 24, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  13. Tee Harris

    I'm not sure we Dems will be able to kiss and make up after the smoke has cleared on this Battlefield. And '08 was supposed to be a shoe-in for the Dem nom.

    January 24, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |

    Well now, doesn't that look guilty!!!! hahahaha

    January 24, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  15. Jake, California

    The Clintons are now behaving like Britney Speares or Michael Jackson..they will be sent to mental home by the end of Feb 5th.

    what a crocked couple!

    January 24, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  16. Jenna

    I dont really think that the ad could possibly be catagorized as an "Attack Ad" but I can say that making accusations of a racial tone regarding the Clintons does qualify as an "Attack".

    It is very difficult for one to endure the pain of such an allegation when they (the Clintons) have demostrated economically and otherwise such affection for the Black community.

    What a shame for a person to work tiredlessly and receive such a viralant response from the very people you have worked for just because there running mate is of the right race. What is america coming too, when people give their selves an excuse to become angry or racial to justify their vote based on race.


    God Bless, It's sad in South Carolina

    January 24, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  17. NY Dem

    This woman and her husband are a sad story. Their characters, his White House, her lack-luster Senate seat and now the ugliness of their campaign. Someday America, the Clintons' story will be over with. Let's just hope that is sooner rather than later.

    January 24, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  18. aware

    Obama said "The Republicans were the party of ideas for a pretty long chunk of time there over the last 10, 15 years.” Come on – when you make sweeping statements without content don't whine when someone questions what you meant. Grow up Barack! Take a risk and put some meat on the bones! Have some accountability! 🙂 Why did you pull your venomous hate adds Barack?

    January 24, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  19. Mauri

    As a retiree, there is ample time to follow the campaign words of both Clinton, Obama and their surrogates and hear their respective utterances. That way, I do not have to watch the talking heads and anchors commenting on the ads and candidates, because I know exactly what they said. For example, I heard Obama's statement about the Republicans having the best ideas, that Reagan and not Clinton put new ideas into actions. My reaction was why in the world is this candidate tauting Reagan and his ideas and speaking negatively about Democrat President Clinton. My thought was what in this world is this man (Obama) thinking? Imagine McCain, Romney, Guiliani, or Huckabee speaking about Clinton, Carter and the Democrats having all the great ideas. Now, in his general modus operandi - Barack Obama has come out and said "I didn't say the ideas were good ones! Really? Well what was the idea about saying it in the first place? Running on a Democratic ticket is hardly the base from which to speak of an accomplishment of the opposing party.

    Conclusion: Hillary Clinton was within her rights to criticize Obama for saying these words.

    Next, Hillary Clinton says Obama voted present 130 times. Obama says that's not what it looks like - it was something that is very common among senators. Senator John Edwards says that is not true. Then Obama says he "hit the wrong button (voting) six times." I heard Pat Buchanon say just awhile ago on Tucker Carlson's show that Bobby Shaheen's remarks (cocaine) may have accounted for Barack's problem in not being able to press the proper button! PLEASE, NEITHER HILLARY NOR BILL SAID THIS.

    Obama accuses Hillary of "saying anything to get elected." Well, what was behind his first zinger of the debate when he accused her of supporting Wal-Mart in their union-busting activities. Watch this: He'll deny he said this!!! Or if he did, he'll end up blaming her for "making" him say it.

    Finally, all this hell-raising about Bill and Chelsea speaking out for Senator Clinton is stupid and those who choose to make a big deal about it are ignorant of history. When John F. Kennedy and later Bobby Kennedy, ran for president, everyone of their family members fanned out all over the states and stumped for each of them for days on end. And yes, months.

    Food for thought: It would be well for all of us to contemplate the temper and tone of this campaign, and we'll see that this is the meanest and sorriest campaign we've seen to date. And we will do well to note that Hillary and Bill Clinton did NOT set the tone of personal attacks. I too can't stand that old saw about if it's too hot, get out of the kitchen – but at the moment, it's the only appropriate saying I can think of. So those who say the Clintons are exhibiting racism should consider that attacking an opponent because of gender fit right in with those who "will say anything to get elected." Someone should also tell Senator Obama that his failing to accept responsibility for his words and actions represent t he first steps in dissolving the Democratic Party.

    January 24, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  20. Angie

    The more I read these comments, the more I realize that this country is not ready for a black president. People will find any and every excuse to say that Obama is playing the race card when elected officials have clearly pointed out that it is the Clintons who are doing so. It's called strategy. The Clintons WANT the black people to vote for Obama so that it will unify the white vote for her. This should never have been about race and I am truly disgusted. At the point, I'd rather vote for ANYONE but Hillary. I was a Clinton supporter in the past, but this campaign has helped me to see why the Republicans hate the Clintons so much. All they care about is returning to power. Hillary is the most polarizing candidate in the bunch.

    January 24, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  21. JBBaker

    It is time for a change! Barack Obama will come out on top of this.! SC voting will be a shocker to the Clinton Campaign, not because it is African Americans but because of all people of all color and this shocker is going to spread like wild fire and she will lose this nomination. Media with your polls don't under estimate the american people. The last will be first.

    January 24, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  22. Alice

    Typical Obama – whine, whine, cry, cry

    "It's so NOT FAIR that they used what I actually said against me!!!!!!" –

    Sheesh, I used to think that Obama would have my vote after eight years of Hillary because I would HATE to see a Republican in the White House again

    I'm starting to think that the crybaby won't even have enough experience eight years from now to beat a Republican

    The way he's acting – he's only two years old now, which will make him only 10 years old eight years from now

    Heck, even one of the Republican idiots can kick a 10 year old's butt, let alone a whining crybaby 2-year-olds

    He's such an inexperienced crybaby – sheesh, if he wins the primaries – how will he handle Republican attacks? Pull the race card again? Cry and whine about the fact that their families support them? Continuously intone "change" with no substance behind it?

    Barack – grow up – I REALLY DO want to vote for you eight years from now

    Once Hillary is done

    January 24, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  23. Robin

    Ann, Now you know how we Hillary supporters feel. In Nevada, both campaigns filed formal complaints with the Democratic Committee, but CNN only reported Obama's filing. We've gotten used to it.

    January 24, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  24. Paul, NJ

    I'm pulling for Hillary, but the back-and-forth mud slinging is really upsetting. It makes me think less of both of them.

    I want to hear what the candidates will DO THEMSELVES. I really don't care if one or the other of them made a statement that can be taken in many, distorted ways.


    January 24, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  25. Timmy

    When will Clinton learn she can't spin words to make it look like Obama has taken the position she wants it to look like he took.

    January 24, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
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