February 16th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama spot criticizes Clinton for "same old politics"

New Wisconsin ad from the Obama campaign
New Wisconsin ad from the Obama campaign

(CNN) – Barack Obama’s campaign launched a television ad critical of Hillary Clinton Saturday in Wisconsin, the fourth negative spot between the two Democratic presidential campaigns in the past four days.

The ads have all centered around Obama’s decision not to debate Clinton in the state before the primary vote on Tuesday. The Clinton spots have tied that decision to what it says are flaws in Obama’s stands on issues like health care and Social Security. Obama’s team has made similar charges about Clinton’s positions, and defended the Illinois senator’s decision.

“After 18 debates, with two more coming, Hillary says Barack Obama is ducking debates? It's the same old politics,” says the announcer in “Same Old Politics,” criticizing the New York senator’s proposal for universal health care and praising Obama’s position on retirement benefits and ending tax breaks for oil companies.

“Tired of the same old politics? Vote for change we can believe in,” says the announcer in the 30-second spot.

On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton’s campaign unveiled the race’s first negative spot in Wisconsin, criticizing Obama for not agreeing to more debates.

Obama’s campaign struck back the next day with an ad that responded to Clinton’s, calling the original spot an instance of "the same old politics of phony charges and false attacks." On Friday, Clinton’s campaign debuted another ad, a response to what it called “false attacks” in the Obama spot.

Wisconsin's voters head to the polls next Tuesday, February 19.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. emmi, uk

    35 yrs of experience yet, she keeps getting major voting decisions wrong. whereas the "symboll of change" (Obama) also in the same Senate gets the same voting decisions right. Please some one should re-define the meaning of experience????

    February 16, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. wwhite

    GO OBAMA!

    February 16, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Barack Obama Supporter from Lawrence Kansas

    Every day, I visualize deeply that Barack Obama is the President of the United States of America. I encourage all people who STAND FOR CHANGE to do the same thing.

    February 16, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. Jab

    Texas had the highest rate of uninsured residents of any state in the nation, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians, and they want to vote for Clinton! It is a fairy tale

    February 16, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. Matt G.

    If hillery would spend more time face to face with voters, pushing her own message and not simply trying to sabatoge on Baracs message to the same audience she would have more luck. Does she and her campagn managers not understand at this point it is the everyman for himself routine that has gotten america in the shape it is today.

    There are several things that both candidates agree on, there are very few things that they disagree on and at this point in the game the american people are making decisions based on what they have said at the beggining, and have watched to see if their positions are changing just to be elected . With the amount of coverage that this thing gets in the media, with the internet in so many homes and with what has happened over the last eight years, She should listen to what the american people want and get on board with change and attempt to unify the party NOW just as the republicans are trying to do. She should also understand that with the dirt and mud slinging no one is going to want to see her step one foot in the white house as a president or veep.

    February 16, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. Karen

    Obama's talk is cheap!! Don't buy his speeches! Stop thinking about it!

    February 16, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. Earl Rolle Jr.

    I THINK WHAT SENATOR OBAMA DOESN'T REALIZE, THERE IS A REOCCURRING "BUZZ" THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY OF CONCERNED VOTERS WHO WANT TO VOTE FOR OBAMA, BUT STILL AREN'T TO CLEAR ON WHAT SENATOR OBAMA'S STANCE IS ON ISSUES THAT CONCERN AMERICANS THE MOST. FOR EXAMPLE: THE ECONOMY, HEALTHCARE, EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, SOCIAL SECURITY, GLOBAL DIPLOMACY, QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUES, HOMELAND SECURITY. HAVING "DEBATES" IS AN ANOTHER INSTRUMENT USED FOR CANDIDATES TO HELP THEM "GET THE WORD" THROUGH HAVING THESE "CONSTRUCTIVE-CRITICIZED DISCUSSIONS". WHICH A PROSPECTIVE CANDIDATE LIKE OBAMA SHOULD NOT TRY AVOID ESPECIALLY AT THIS STAGE IN THE RACE FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION. "GETTING THE OUT THERE" IS SO CRUCIAL! PERSONALLY, I THINK THE REASON WHY SENATOR CLINTON IS CHALLENGING SENATOR OBAMA LIKE THIS IS TO DEMOSTRATE TO AMERICA WHERE THE "SIMILARITIES" ARE ON "ISSUES" BETWEEN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY'S FRONT-RUNNERS. SO WITHIN THE "SCEAM OF THINGS", TO USE THE DEBATES AS A "DUAL" CAMPAIGNING TOOL TO POSSIBLY PROMOTE A "SCENARIO SUGGESTION" OF A "JOINT-TICKET" FOR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN THE MINDS OF VOTERS.

    NEW YORK/WASHINGTON DC
    -Earl Rolle Jr.-

    February 16, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. Texas

    Guve it Obama I am tiered of you hot air.
    I hispanic and I do not buy your comments. You have never been there for this counrty; why sould I vote for you because you give a good speech? What happeneds when that is over..oh yeah you leave and never return! Sorry man you do not have my vote.

    Texas for Hillary

    February 16, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  9. Steve TX

    Hillary is hardly the "same old politics". She's coming with a fresh vision grounded in reality, with all the details in place, and the experience to get the job done.

    Obama has had only one, one-on-one debate. Apparently it wasn't comfortable for him without Edwards there as a buffer. He sounded like a stumble-bum, uh-ing and ah-ing all over the place, and finally stammering out his same old generalities. He is scared to face Hillary again because, without breaking a sweat, she can show him up for the empty suit he is.

    February 16, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. Jason

    Obama is running too fast. He just became a senator and hasn't even finished a full term yet and now he wants to be a president? His senate votes speak for themselves. Oh wait, he hasn't voted much in the senate has he?

    You know what happens when people run way too fast? They fall flat on their faces. He should leave it up to those experienced people.

    My two cents.

    February 16, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. sybilqueen

    CNN is being unfair to Obama because every day they show Hillary then Bill then Chelsea and Barack. They can show Michelle Obama once in a while and they don't show nobody related to or supprting Obama.This UNFAIR
    Sybil

    February 16, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. James

    Obama reminds me of Ronald Reagan – a great communicator with the American People. But the senator is also highly educated, has umimpeacheable integrity and commands the visionary traits needed in this American Century.

    The Clinton camp is making a strategic error like Rudy Guiliani – pinning all hopes on success in a big state, Florida or Texas. Every state counts and the old politics of exclusion does more harm than good to society.

    James, TX

    February 16, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. sandra

    is 20 debates not enough?. infact l am sick of these debates. it is the same things over and over again.

    Hilary should focus on why she is loosing and stop pestering Obama for more debates. Obama needs the time to showcase himself personally to the voters. Hilary on the other hand has a name recognition and therefore easy for voters to make up their mind about voting for her or not.

    And enough of this negative campaign from the Clinton, l just smell desperation.

    February 16, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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