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. Pacwoman345

    News of the union endorsements comes as a superdelegate - one of the Democratic Party officials or elected officials who could decide the nomination at the party's convention in Denver, Colorado, this summer - said he would vote for Obama instead of Clinton, as he had previously pledged to do.

    February 15, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. Orlando

    Sorry you guys I got to excited and had a typo.

    Boy she really do want at him. unleash Bill on him again. We could use some more momentum.

    Go OBAMA 08

    February 15, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. FFD

    Senator Clinton's choices to date have left a distinct flavor – and its not good. Now, the more she steps up her "campaign" the more people are turned off. She should take a pause and look at how Huckabee has been handling himself, with grace, decorum, and respect – as a result, he has been doing better than expected. She has put her head down and is moving so fast out of frustration that she is going to run into the wall of defeat – my recommendation to her: relax.

    February 15, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. To 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."

    Don, Hillary wants debates because she's running out of money and besides Texas and Ohio, no other states matter to her right now. She's in a very desperate position. I hope this makes sense, because your post did not.

    February 15, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. Diane-TX

    Why Obama won't debate -- He is not a good debater.

    February 15, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. Lori

    It's obvious Clinton is getting desperate! My vote is for Obama!

    February 15, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. Yoel Weisshaus

    I recognize this smell!! its stinks from the same old lies.

    February 15, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. Just some information - please....

    Can someone let me know what Senator Obama's position is on abortion? I think I had read someplace that he was pro-life. Thanks.

    February 15, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. debate

    Clinton just need to go away and far. If it were not for her husband would anyone reall know who she is or care? She really needs to get a grip.

    February 15, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. Stan

    These HIllary supporters need to check out their canidate's past actions.

    According to Dan Abrams of MSNBC, Hillary, while running for re-election for the senate-avoided debating her Republican rival.


    Because she was the frontrunner, and didn't need to debate her opponent on live television.

    Now that she isn't the frontrunner, and is second to Obama-she originally wanted 5 debates in 4 weeks!

    She wants Obama off the stump. She doesn't want Obama to get to know the people face to face. She knows that when the people get to know him, when the people get to experience him....they vote for him.

    That is her real reason why she wanted to debate him every week. She's scared out of her mind.

    February 15, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. SaneTexan

    You Clinton-Haters: Who are you going to whine about when the name Clinton is off the radar? You probably will just go on and on about Hillary and Bill and put your own candidate on a pedestal and dare anyone to take a swipe at them. I've never seen a politician who is perfect myself. You Reagan adorers- remember the Iran Contra Scandal? Many people would consider Mr. Reagan a traitor since he lied to the American people twice about aiding the enemy. Read your history instead of relying on Rush to rewrite American history for you.

    February 15, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. JWB

    It's great that the negative ads are started by the Clintons only after Hillary isn't the front runner anymore. This was a clean race. Anything goes to make sure Clinton gets the nomination. How can we turn this country around with 4 years Bush, 8 years Clinton, 8 years Bush, and another round of Clinton? We won't change anything. Vote for Obama. Vote for McCain. Just don't ever vote for another Bush or Clinton.

    February 15, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. Mike

    It is about time that Hillary called Obama on his tactics, and quit tip-toeing around him for fear that the media and his surrogates will once again try to transform legitimate critique and questions into something more nefarious!

    Moreover, there have NOT been 18 debates! To date, there has only been one on one-on-one debate, where the candidates actually had the time and opportunity to talk substantive differences. That needs to be corrected b/c to say anything otherwise is highly false and misleading. I can only conclude that Saint Obama prefers to stand up before his followers and preach pretty rhetoric rather than actually discussing issues and implementation.

    This might be enough for the Obamalites, but the rest of the thinking American public deserve better.

    Finally, I am also happy that Sen. Clinton released this ad since, until then, Obama's surrogates and the media (the two seem to be enmeshed in a love affair these days) repeatedly attacked Clinton for not doing enough in Wisconsin. In all of that criticism, what was omitted, though, was that she had invited him several days ago to debate her IN WISCONSIN and he declined.

    You folks better be careful. The people need to be able to make a meaningful and substantive evaluation of Obama's candidacy. If not now, and he is the Dem nominee, he will be forced to come out front and center during the campaign for the general election. I wouldn't continue to count on the entire U.S. voting population (including REAL republicans and indys - not those voting in open dem primaries so as to keep HRC out b/c they don't want to run against her in the fall) on also acting like a bunch of sheep bleating their way right off of a cliff!

    February 15, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. Obama 08

    Is this the best that Maggie Williams can bring to the campaign? Get on the "Change" train, my sister....

    February 15, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. Bill Clinton

    What Obama needs are Ads in Texas and Ohio asking why she will not release her tax return, better still Obama should cancel the two scheduled debates at the last minute.

    February 15, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. ohonskevin

    Hillary attack on Obama is like a drowing person.Ask Hillary how many debates she want to have. If someone prapared for madness in 20 years, how many years is left for the madness. Hillary should know that it is only a foolish dog that bark at a flying bird. Obama is flying high.

    February 15, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. Brennan - Seattle, WA

    I hope that the Clinton's coniving, snake like politics will not work. This is a new day in America and hopefully it will start with the destruction of the Clinton way of business. If Clinton gets the nomination it will be a disgrace to our country. But at least she continues to show her true self. This should help people in Texas and Ohio decide.

    February 15, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. Mary

    For someone who was lacking in campaign finances a week ago, she certainly put what's left of the money to good use (please note the sarcasm.)

    If this is the best that the Clinton people can come up with, she should drop out now and spare the rest of us the negative politics that only reinforces her position as status quo.

    February 15, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. Tom

    They have debated over 18 times in the matter of a few months. Obama has agreed to 2 additional debates with HRC. He could have said no. It's time to get the facts and push aside the lies that the Clintons are known to do.

    Yes we can

    February 15, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. Moose

    It's time for a REAL leader.

    It's Obama's time now.

    Goodbuy Hillary!!

    Canadians for Obama08

    February 15, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  21. ling

    I want to vomit when I the Clintons. Obama is anointed for this and "he who is last shall be first"

    February 15, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  22. GK

    I wonder whether many of you get paid for what you say or, I will put it simply, you are dopped. Have we run out of religions in this country? Thanks.

    February 15, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  23. MD

    I don't see any reason for another debate. I don't think we'll learn anything new. Right now Hillary needs the publicity,so the best and cheapest way to do it is to debate.

    February 15, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  24. Waiting on moderation...

    This from a woman that claims she is the candidate with "action"? Please...same old politics. Hillary, in case you didn't get the memo...Americans have moved on!!!

    February 15, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  25. Vic

    Told you! Just as soon as Hillary's camp comes out with new ideas, new words, and new ads, there he is saying his usual "Did not," "Did too," "Did not, " - well you get the idea. This is hardly presidential, and neither is he. He'd better give another thought about his silly philosophy, if you want me you'd better do it now. Or as he and his wife say, "This is our only shot to do this."

    I think Barack Obama's first CHANGE should come right now: Stop acting like the new kid - and GROW UP!!! For sure, this is one of those "be careful what you pray for."

    Why is everyone counting debates? There shouldn't be a limit for us voters to hear the candidates speak so we can know what they know. Or could it be, in this case, what they DON'T know.

    February 15, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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