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. Papa Roach

    How pathetic. Seriously... she's out of money but she runs these silly ads to win votes? She's losing votes. She should run ads highlighting her strengths... oh wait.. she has none besides being married to Cat Daddy Bill Clinton.


    February 15, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. Style and no substance

    The answer is clear why Obama wont debate...he is afraid that the truth about his inablility and lack of knowledge will come forth. It is about time that Hillary exposed him for what he really is!

    February 15, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. Sean

    I'm so tired of the negativity that the Clintons have tried to inject into this race. Obama has debated Hillary 18 times and has 2 more debates coming over the next 2 weeks. The reason why Hillary wants these debates is because her campaign is broke and she needs the free tv air time that debates provide. She's not fooling anyone.

    And if she is so concerned about Wisconsin, then why isn't she campaigning there? And how can she claim to fight against special interest groups when she takes more money from them than any Republican? Obviously, Hillary's tailors her message to whoever is her audience. Today its Ohio, tomorrow it's the special interest lobbyists.

    The lobbyists want Clinton, but the people want Obama.

    February 15, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. Emmanuel, Ind

    Hillary why did you sign that document as a senator for the kazarksan deal? Why is Bill disgracing the office of the Presidency by using his influence to secure deals for his friends and they repay him by sending $130m to his trust funds. I can't imagine imagine other presidents doing that like JFK or Reagan or Carter. Why are such a disgraceful old grumpy man Bill and Hillary? Its mining uranium for goodness sake and Uranium means nuclear, are you all crazy? Selling our Military secrets to China wasn't enough for you and now this?

    February 15, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. KJ, CA

    Come on Hillary, give it a rest. Run on your merits, your ideas or don't run at all. People are tired of the same old political games that is why you haven't faired so well recently and Obama has.

    February 15, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. Jeff

    Barack would be happy to debate those differences, which is why he's agreed to two more debates on top of the 18 he has already participated in.

    I don't see why he should be criticized for not spending all of his time debating Hillary instead of meeting with actual voters.

    February 15, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. Kevin Independent in MD

    I am sick of seeing these negative ads and negative politics. This country needs to come together, not insult and bicker with one another. Hillary and Barack have clear stances on the issues. Please don't tell me Barack doesn't have a plan and please don't say that Hillary isn't for change. If you have any questions about the canadiates, go to their websites, read where they stand and how they plan to make their policies work. Only a truly objective approach to this research will show you that no matter the outcome of the nomination, we will have a great Democratic president in '08.

    Please America, do your research and pick based on that, not these misleading ads that just twist words to the point of creating lies about the other.

    February 15, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. Hillary4Pres

    Obama is certainly in hiding now....as predicted, he sounds good in front of the podium, but he is really a mouse. He can't face to hear the real truth about his background. Just think if he really wins the White House, how he will be able run the country if he can't even face a simply debate!

    Just because Hillary is a woman, people are voting for Barack Hussein Obama just because he is a man– a man, yes a man.

    February 15, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. Farmer General

    No one cares what the clinton folks have to say anyways!
    She should move out of the way and let a real person lead the party.

    February 15, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  10. Fired Up!

    Desperate!!!!! Not a good loser!

    February 15, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  11. Kevin

    This is a sorry game for the Clinton campaign. Twenty Debates. The State of Wisconsin will have been able to see most of those before they go to the voting booth. Is Clinton suggesting that Wiscnonsin doesn't keep abreast of news, and debates, and read literature by both candidates? Is she suggesting that 50 debates should be held so that all 50 states have a chance to hear both sides?

    Welcome to the 21st century Clintons!

    Of course, you already know its hear, but you are just looking for a tactic to take time of the clock, and desparetly looking for a fumble. Lets stop playing political games.

    February 15, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  12. Truth hurts

    Dear Mrs. CLINTON,

    don't you know that it is sometimes preferable to lose gracefully than to win at all cost, even the cost of destroying your party, the democratic party.

    I'm losing any respect, i might've had for you and your husband.

    More than ever: OBAMA/Edwards 08

    February 15, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. Charlie, Upstate NY

    If I were advising Obama, I'd tell him not to debate her either. He's won the majority of the states' primaries and caucuses fo far and the last eight in a row. Obama's opponent is Sen. McCain, not the Clinton Circus. Clinton's campaign has been a disaster, and when that happens, it's often not the candidate's fault. True, she failed to connect with the voters, but she was poorly served by an incompetent campaign team. Makes you wonder about how she might've staffed an Administration if this is how she staffed her campaign, though. Probably the most expensive, overhyped, failure of a campaign in the history of Presidential politics.

    February 15, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. Eric

    HRC is getting disparate. She should go back and be a senator. Attack, Attack, Attack. That's the way to go negative. What's a debate going to do? Besides, she's too busy fund raising in states that have already voted to debate. She's going to box herself in a corner she won't be able to get out of.

    February 15, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. Jenny, Rio Vista, CA

    Perhaps Wisconsin deserves a visit to the state from Hilary. So far only her husband has visited. She seems to think Texas is more important than Wisconsin.

    If debating is the only thing Hilary can attack Obama on, then Hilary is in deep ka ka

    February 15, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  16. stephen


    go after this chump. You got it Hill. Attacking him on his policies makes people somehow a racist – I need a competent President and that is either you or McCain. And it is certainly not Senator Odrama.

    February 15, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  17. Brenda Garland

    I cannot stand these negative ads, all they do is make the candidate look desperate and makes me not want to listen to either of them anymore!

    February 15, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. Aboomah 4 Obama

    The Clintons' new team has rolled out a new campaign strategy and it is highly unflattering.

    Really, now – how presidential does she appear when she shouts and waves boxing gloves above her head?

    Wisconsin AND America deserve better than what a third Clinton term offers!

    February 15, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. AJ, IL

    Same old politics as usual for the Clinton camp. Let's see Hillary is where today? That's right she went to Texas on Feb. 12th (not awaiting the results of the Potomac primaries) to Ohio now. Oh I see, she plans to debate via satellite from Ohio!

    Give me a break, this is biggest fairy tale, I've ever seen (to quote a former president). After 18 debates, if Hillary supporters don't know what Obama stands for, they have not been listening.

    Obama in 08!

    February 15, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. JJ

    Ok the jig is up, why won't you reveal your tax returns HRC?
    Because you are hiding behind something.
    You have so much baggage that to let just one part of it out, share it with voters would be political suicide. And if you don't share it, political suicide, at this point in time either action creates the same result.

    Americans for Obama08

    February 15, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. Elizabeth Smith

    Hillary please learn to be postive in life. America is mature enough to understand the tactice palyed by politicians like the Clintons and Bushs. It time to give way for a new generation and change the way the business is done is Washington. Hillary please help USA by staying out of this race.

    February 15, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. BobW Rochester, NY

    Clinton and "negative advertizing" are on the same page in the dictonary of campaign words. Doesn't she get it that America is tired of that stuff? She's beginning to sound like a nagging ex-wife.

    February 15, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. JB, Columbus Ohio

    If Hillary is so worried about Wisconsin voters getting what they deserve, why is she camping out in Texas and Ohio? Why is ignoring
    Wisconsin (tv ads aside)?

    Besides, Obama isnt ducking her. There are two more debates scheduled before March 4, so i don't see how she can make the claim that Obama is afraid to debate her. 18 debates, 2 more on the schedule...yeah, he's really ducking the debates.

    She will say anything and change nothing.

    Thats why I'm voting for REAL change. I'm voting Obama.

    February 15, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  24. Steve

    If you're desperate and you know it, clap your hands...

    February 15, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. 4Hillary

    His arguments are nothing new.... How does he expect to win against McCain?? He sucks at debating ...everyone knows that!

    Yes, there have been 18 debates but there were alot more candidates back then. He needs to show the world he can go toe-to-toe with Hillary.

    Does he plan on "speeching" McCain for the November primaries??

    February 15, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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