February 15th, 2008
03:17 PM ET
10 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. Sam

    Hillary is a farce. Bill was elected promising universal health care. The Congress was democratic. Eighty percent of the public was behind it. The economy could easily support it. Yet her program was 100% failure. She had another 6 years to try to revive it. Let's hear the excuse for 8 years of failure on her supposed pet program – when her husband was the president no less. Now there's an election, she's promising you healthcare again just like Bill did – with an unworkable mandatory plan. The theory is that if you can fool them once, you can always fool them. As Geffen says, "the Clintons lie with such ease, it's troubling". and the NY Times' William Safire called her a "congenital liar". Hillary flunked healthcare. She flunked Iraq. She flunked Iran. She even flunked the Washington bar exam twice. That's her record – her so-called experience. Vote Obama.

    February 15, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. Martin

    I can't stand these deliberately misleading advertisements. Draw attention to candidates' weaknesses by all means but why make stuff up?
    Negative advertisements are a stain on the democratic process and I hope that candidates who use them experience the same result as Mitt Romney when he went negative in New Hampshire.

    February 15, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. Dan, Washington DC

    Is it too late to bring Edwards back?

    February 15, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. MN voter

    I feel sorry for Clinton. This seems really desperate: countering Obama's answer to her last attack by just restating the same lame argument. He already answered her first attack ad on this issue by explaining that they've already had 18 debates and have 2 more coming up in the next 2 weeks. Her latest ad adds nothing, but just repeats the same now-discredited attack. Does Clinton really believe the candidates need to have a debate in each individual state? Doesn't she realize they are televised nationwide? I don't recall her insisting on a debate in my state, Minnesota. Doesn't Minnesota deserve better too, Clinton?

    February 15, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. Ike

    Poor Hillary, getting desparate. There are 2 more debates and I think that is good enough.

    Leaders lead and run their own campaign and should not get sidetracked... especially by those who do not have their best interests at hear.

    Obama is doing the right thing.

    February 15, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. RAMON

    The Democratic superdelegates must vote according to the will of the people in Florida and Michigan.

    This election is about 50 states, not 48 states. The superdelegates must represent the 2 states that are dis-enfranchised.

    February 15, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. Gmoney

    So... Now the Clinton campaign can't count? Have they not had 18 debates? Do they not have 2 more scheduled?

    I used to support the Clintons, but this is getting disgusting. I've never trusted anyone who told me heads was tails, up was down or white was black with a straight face.

    She literally will say anything to get elected.

    February 15, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. glhf

    so...you attack a candidate because he does 20 debates instead of 22? Give me a break.

    February 15, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. Jay

    Smear smear smear smear smear...

    Don't you Hillbots feel dirty now? Good to see that Hillary's giving Barack some practice going against dirty Republican tactics. Why doesn't she just start calling him B. Hussein like Trannie Annie?

    February 15, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. Mary

    Mr. Obama should change his first name to Mirage Obama since that's what is "transformative" blather amounts to. It seems that as early as 3 years ago he started contributing heavily to superdelegates. So, this ambition of occupying the White House didn't start overnight. What is this guy's game?

    February 15, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. Jordan

    It appears that we learned nothing at all from South Carolina. Let's see if the same folks saying the same things will turn out any differently this time.

    February 15, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  12. JohnV

    Whatever respect I had for Clintons has evaporated now with all these negative attack ads .. Do they have any decency left?

    February 15, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. pat

    If Obama can't stand up to Hillary how will he do with the Republicans?

    February 15, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. sheikhhasan

    these attacks and negative campaign is just a hoax, because neither Hillary or Obama really has anything against each other plans for health care, social security. Why build these imaginary differences among each other and fool their own people and make their own people fight and shout at each other. In the end they all go to the same table to eat.

    This country still lacks a leader who is really different from the rest.

    February 15, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. dm

    dear hillary,

    I think we in Wisconsin know what we deserve, but thank you for looking out for our interests. By they way, thanks for noticing we don't deserve an appearance by the queen herself.

    February 15, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. shelly

    I notice the comments have been closed regarding race and superdelegates. I think we need to bring it out in the open FINALLY that this is about race, at least for the blacks, when the vote over 80% for Obama. What group of voters does this? Only them, and they say they are voting because hes the best canidate? PLEASE!!!! And now the superdelegates are going to switch in the middle of the process. Oh, excuse me, ONLY the black ones!!! And this is somehow not about race. Its okay to completely bash and beat up on a women in this country, switch sides, and do whatever, but not a black!!!!!!!!What a joke this race is! It is the furthest thing from democratic that I have ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 15, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. Rick

    heh, is anyone else amazed with how fast these ads are put together and sent to air?

    February 15, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. Ben from D.C.

    What's with the negativity! Shame on the Clintons for starting this!

    Wisconsin isn't stupid. They have T.V. and the internet.

    If this continues the party will likely be torn apart!

    February 15, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. Xavier, Washington, DC

    How is calling her on her BS an "attack ad?" Furthermore, she flat out lies in this ad by stating that Obama might raise the social security age or cut benefits. He specifically rejected both of these options. It's true: she'll say anything to get elected.

    Integrity 08 (aka Anybody but Hillary)

    February 15, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  20. Sharon Osmond

    Don't debate. She just wants you to use your valuable time listening to her waxing on and also I believe it is free advertising for her. (Not sure if this is true) They are on the run. That is why they are becoming so negative.
    Another 8 years in the Whitehouse for the Clintons would not sit well and MCCain will win if she is the candidate.
    I hope the Democratic party can see through this. Michigan and Florida votes should not count. Again I say: Fair politics or Dirty

    February 15, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. L. Parker

    Looks like we're standing at the scratch line. Fight on the issues and let's not make it personal. We're watching!

    February 15, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. Wisconsin Man

    She shouldn't spend all her money on ads...I hope her campaign actually comes to visit us.

    Hillary save your money..you are looking desperate now.

    February 15, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Sounds like the Clinton campaign is trying to deter Obama's progress by having him busy with their tactics. This is obvious because of the change in the Clinton strategy all of sudden.

    February 15, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. Rohit

    I guess the new campaign director for Hillary campaign is working overtime. Obama needs some fire in his ranks to counter this. Hillary is playing nothing to lose...attack over attack policy.

    February 15, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. Don C.

    Curious, Why Obama don't want a debate? He must be hiding the TRUTH I guess. I hope peoples don't vote base the color of there skin. This country would be in a deep trouble I think. I might have a second thought with McCain for my vote.

    February 15, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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