February 15th, 2008
03:17 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton spot: Obama 'hiding behind false attack ads'

Sen. Clinton released another ad in Wisconsin Friday.
Sen. Clinton released another ad in Wisconsin Friday.

(CNN) – On Friday, the newest negative ad hit the airwaves in Wisconsin – the third such spot launched by a Democratic presidential campaign in three days.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign unveiled an ad Wednesday that took aim at Barack Obama for turning down an offer to debate her in Wisconsin before the state’s February 19 primary, tying the decision to his stands on other issues.

Obama’s campaign struck back the next day with a spot that responded to Clinton’s, calling the original ad an instance of "the same old politics of phony charges and false attacks."

Today, Clinton’s campaign debuted ‘Deserves,’ a response to what it called “false attacks” in the Obama spot.

"Barack Obama still won't agree to debate in Wisconsin,” says the announcer in the 30-second ad, which will also air in Wisconsin. “And now he's hiding behind false attack ads.”

The ad criticized Obama’s stands on issues like health care and Social Security, and asked
“Why won’t Barack Obama debate these differences? Wisconsin deserves better.”

The state's voters head to the polls next Tuesday.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand


Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (198 Responses)
  1. watchdog2009

    Hillary will say anything and do anything to win. She becomes so desparate now that she is saying all kinds of false stories to manipulate voters.

    February 15, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. Bryce

    Yeah!
    Finally....
    This is the Hillary I have always respected.

    February 15, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. christine

    even without this debate, there are already three scheduled debates from now until March 4th. That's plenty enough. Just because Obama is not agreeing to go hand-in-hand with every single debate that Clinton requests does NOT mean that he hiding some sort of "truth". For Clinton, I guess desperate times calls for desperate measures.

    -Christine from Chicago

    February 15, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. Carlos, MD

    It is obvious that Hillary is getting desperate, she's losing the popular vote, she's losing in pledged delegates, she's losing in states won, she's losing in total delegates. She is losing and now she thinks that by going negative she can change things around. I hope the American People can see through this.

    Response to Alecki: Obama gave back the money from Resko. Remember that Resko has not even been convicted of anything yet.
    But Hillary had to return almost 1 million dollars from Mr. Hsu, an individual who was convicted of fraud in 1992.

    At least Obama can admit to his mistakes. Hillary can't even muster enough courage to admit her vote for the war was a mistake. A BIG BONEHEAD mistake that has cost lives, Billions, the respect of the international community.

    Who is the bonehead now.

    February 15, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. RB

    Good Advice for the Clinton's, "Don't Go Negative" since you are the underdog. Americans including myself want a positive campaign and we want change. Part of the change is not having negative attacks on your opponents. That is the old style of politics. If you going to say something do so in a positive manner. Otherwise, say nothing at all. We all know that Hillary is in desperate mode and going negative is not going to help.

    February 15, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. rosemary

    Wait until Obama is elected and turns policy on those who voted for him, like building nuclear plants, supporting GM executives, and he'll say just like Bush did, that its his presidential perogitive. After all he is so smart......what a laugh.....

    February 15, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. RO

    This is someway of telling Wisconsin voters what they deseved, by not being there! wow! Talk about being out of touch!

    February 15, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. Carmen

    I am soooooooo proud of Americans! And I am proud of myself during this campaign season. This is the most involved I've ever been. And because we're all paying attention, all these campaign maneuvers and lies by the Hillary campaign are so transparent. But this is what has been her "experience" in running campaigns in the past. It really makes me wonder how much we were fooled in the past because we weren't paying attention. For instance, I see some bloggers in previous posts say that Obama is stealing Hillary's message and that he's all rhetoric. It is clear that those people are not paying attention, at all. Just paying attention a little bit will show that it is really Hillary that has been stealing Obama's message and she keeps changing her message to fit what's popular. Anyhow, good job everyone that sees the truth. I am so proud of you and me!!!

    February 15, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  9. Some reality

    I used to work for Barack Obama's campaign when he ran for U.S. Senate, and I've been following this election cycle very closely. It's really disheartening to see that people in this country would rather vote for an entertainer that says nothing and has barely any experience than an experienced, smart, and dedicated candidate who can truly make a difference. I also think that Democrats around the country would be making a huge mistake by nominating Barack because he will not win against McCain. By the way, this is my first post because I've tried to stay out of it since I do have some inside perspective on one of these candidates, and I'm choosing to hold my tongue and refrain from further comment.

    February 15, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  10. Keith, Chicago

    So what exactly about Obama's ad was "false"????

    February 15, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  11. Amy

    Hillary Clinton has no money to fund a debate so she is basically trying to get Obama to agree to on. How many debates do we need? The majority of the people has already made a decision; and it is not Hillary. Good for Obama camp. Stick to your original plans and move forward. Hillary can't manage her own camp.

    February 15, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  12. Ashes

    Clinton will be in Wisconsin in a few days. So, please stop with this "why isn't she there" nonsense. The candidates cannot be in all places at once.

    February 15, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. Rich in Seattle

    Aren't they debating next week?

    February 15, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  14. er

    The Clinton camp is just making their desperate move, keeping up their usual business " Said and do anything to get elected" The American people is now discovered their tricks and will not buying to it.

    February 15, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  15. Stinky Beetle

    I knew she would try someting like that; challenge him to a debate then call him out if he's chicken. That last debate in NY was a crock anyway. Most of the questions went to her, and the media tried to say that she was "in control of the debate." COME ON! When she gets all the questions how else is it supposed to look.

    February 15, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. allison

    Yes it has become "culty" . Sad but true that we all want immediate satisfaction. I want Hilary because one step at a time. It looke like the last Grateful Dead concert. It is too bad we could not have both folks.....

    February 15, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. tina

    really i wonder why a human being with brains would vote for this woman,hilary clinton is wow i have no words,i just want to weep for her.

    February 15, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. w moss

    The only reason HRC want to debate in Wisconsin is because she is low on money and need extra tv time , known fact.

    February 15, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. Iowan

    Someone needs to teach Hillary the difference between a debate and a filibuster. In the last debate, one of her long, vague, wandering answers almost put HER to sleep!

    February 15, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  20. Ana

    Obama's ad was not an attack ad! It simply stated that there have already been 18 debates and that Barack has agreed to two more. FACTS.

    The Clinton camp left Obama's campaign no choice but to respond. And even though his attack didn't really make any attacks on Clinton herself, they are labeling it an "attack ad" in THEIR latest attack ad. Shame on you, Hillary!!

    February 15, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. Roquad

    The last story on Obama suppoters being cultish.... I am ashamed of CNN. I never thought it was true, you are the Clinton News Network.

    February 15, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  22. nick

    Hillary, talk to the hand. Only Mrs. Obama can tell her husband what to do.

    February 15, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  23. FELIPE

    Obama's Misleading Ad

    Update, Feb. 15: This section was added after our original item was posted.

    The Obama campaign released a new ad Feb. 14 in Wisconsin called "Debate," quoting Bill Clinton’s first Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich, as saying Obama’s plan covers “more people” than Clinton's. We find the ad misleading and, in one respect, false

    Like i mentioned before he will do what ever it takes to become president false hopes and lies. America, before you vote for obama look at all the false adds and lies

    February 15, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
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