February 16th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
10 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. BG

    Yeah, it's the same OLD HOLLOW HOPE without any direction. Change is good but change without direction and experience is most likely will be in the WRONG DIRECTION. Who wants that? We know JFK, Sen. Obama, you're no JFK, period.

    February 16, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. Nancy

    I am an independent and watching on the side what is happening. The biggest problem of Hilary Clinton is that she cannot find her message. Here are a few examples of her search for her message:

    1. She started as Experience Candidate
    2. As voters showed enthusiasm for change, Hilary moved to Change messages
    3. Then she became the Economy message candidate
    4. The latest message was Solution candidate
    5. Yesterday, her message was " yes we can do"

    It is hard to connect with her and find her sincere in what she believes in

    February 16, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. ben

    Go Obama

    February 16, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. Suziku

    Go Obama! We definitely do NOT need the same old, same old politics as usual. Definitely time for a change.

    February 16, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Obama has dignity, character and sincerity and I hope he will not "lower himself" to "the likes" of Hillary and Bill Clinton!

    February 16, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. Smokey

    Definition of Insanity: "Doing the same thing, with the same people and expecting a different result."

    Yes We Can!

    February 16, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. catmom

    I thought there was only one debate between Clinton and Obama. What is he afraid of?

    February 16, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. Ben

    Hillary has got to do more without the involvement of Bill Clinton. People are wondering if Bill is the real candidate here! Bill is a broken tune which falls asleep wherever and whenever. Hillary brings dignity to all ladies worldwide.

    February 16, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. Brent

    WAIT WAIT WAIT, HOLD EVERYTHING!!! All I have been reading on this site for the past week has been attacks on Hillary from Obama, but Hillary made a subtle comment saying that actions spoke louder than Obamas feel-good speeches and he JUMPED ALL OVER HER saying that attacking is not what he did and that attacking the opponent was wrong, whats up with that??? What a liar!! Common Barrack, your feel-good speeches and rhetoric will only hoodwink soo many people before we catch on...

    February 16, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. Laughable

    Will she ever let this debate foolishness go?

    February 16, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. B Smart TX

    One only has to go on YOUTUBE and type in Hillary's name. You will
    get a glimpse of the real Hillary, and past scandals.

    February 16, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. Janice

    Here we go again. Hillary with her temper tantrums! Whenever Hillary is losing she wants to 'bad mouth/look for trouble, complain and make up stories that don't exist about Mr. Obama! Hillary is a 'dirty political player." This business complaining about Mr. Obama not wanting to debate, give me a break! We had 18 of them so far; and this is her way to keep him out of the 'limelight' getting his campaign underway and reaching the people on the issues and where he stands plus what we need in this country. Of course Obama has momentum, for he is UNLIKE any other out there or has been! And Hillary does not have 35 yrs experience, Obama has more 'years' in politics than she does-she has 8 yrs in the Senate, so what! He has many years in political life too; many before his 4 yrs in the Senate. We can't count the 8 yrs she was first lady, that is not a leveled playing field then. And "YEARS" experience can work against you because you get caught up in the same grind! Hillary also takes money from lobbyists, Obama does not, hmmmm.... In addition we need a FIRST FAMILY who has good morals and values and who can represent a 'Good Family Background of which Barack Obama and his lovely wife Michelle-have.'! No more BUSH -no more CLINTON! We had enough, do you get the message yet Hillary? Apparently not! Hillary reminds me of my 'grade school days' of kids that have 'hissy fits' when they don't get their way and do anything to desperately get attention. Go home Hillary to New York!

    February 16, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. Dee Davis

    I really wish that both candidates would think about withdrawing the troops within a certain date after election. I agree that it would be nice to let them come home, I agree the war was unecessary but since we are there, we need to make sure that we leave in good taste. We Don't want to hand over the country to Al Quaida and Iran. We CANNOT jus walk out without more very big problems. Hillary actually said that she would talk to her advisors and see what they recommended first. Obama just says "Come Home". What does that tell you? The Republicans are at least worried about our future. I don't want to stay there for a "hundred years" either but I don't want any of them here either. I think the candidates should be realistic instead of just making promises to get elected. I think the public should care a lot more about national security.

    February 16, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. Manuel in TX

    There has only been one debate exclusively between Hillary and Obama, the debate in LA. Even the Obama-bots have to agree with this fact.

    Hillary cleaned Obama's clock at the LA debate.

    The debate format exposes Obama's lack of in-depth knowledge on the issues, and his inability to think on his feet.

    Obama is ducking a debate in Wisconsin because he would once again be exposed for what he is, a lightweight.

    February 16, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. Chris Austin TX

    Debates are fantastic. I think they should hold one in each state. This gives the people of that state the opportunity to see where each nominee stands on the subjects that effect their lives. At first, we could criticize Hillary for riding along on her popularity, but she still debated (and she's far superior to Obama in that category). But now, Obama is ahead, and it's not due to his stance on things. It's his pep rally's and his (Change we can believe in) Motto's being driven into your heads. Clinton has a stronger stance on the changes that need to be made than Obama does. He's just riding his momentum, because a Debate will make him look bad. Every state deserves a debate in my opinion. It's their right to see the views of both candidates, and how each would go about changing the things we need changed.

    February 16, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. Herb

    I find it interesting how Bill Clinton is criticized for trying to employ race in even the most obtuse political comment,eg, the Jesse Jackson past campaigns in South Carolina. Well the Obama campaign has turned any mention of even political historical racial history, as a don't ask ,don't tell situation that even the press is affraid to question. This "turning around of the race card" for any and all comments by the Clinton's is the one thing that Obama has indeed been ready for "from day one!!"

    February 16, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. dmr


    February 16, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. ben

    Do any of you fellow bloggers really think your comments will influence
    anybody? Believe me they wont!!
    I am a republican. My son is a republican. We have had many discussions about politics. He is an exceptionaly intelegent young man,
    but he would vote for a rock if it had republican written on it.
    I on the other hand will vote for Obama.
    So I ask you, if two people love each other as my son and I do, and we can't convince each other to change our thinking, What good do you think your opinons will ?
    Especially the hate opinions!!!!!!!!

    February 16, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. ayesha


    February 16, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. benvictor

    The democratic Nominee will be Al Gore with Hillary as Big Al's running mate. Obama heads back to the Senate for 12 more years to gain the necessary experience and establish a record of accomplishment. Justice in this case is so sweet. With the 2000 election taken from him, Al Gore as President will fix the foreign and domestic mess created by this president. God Bless America and God Bless Al Gore. Happy Days are Here Again.

    February 16, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. sw

    I did not see Obama's politics is any different than others, he went up through the dirty chicago system(Rezko), and has been Washington for 3 years(what he done?), and very happy to get every support from Kennedy and Kerry(these two repsent new politics?). Come on, move out of the house you bought from Rezko $300,000 below market value first!

    February 16, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. U.S. Army Vet.

    I think it is not a coincident that Hillary Clinton has embarked on such a negative PR campaign against Sen. Obama at this point in the Democratic nomination process.

    History is repeating itself once again. She went negative after she lost in Iowa, and now she is going negative in Wisconsin, Ohio, Hawaii, Texas, and Pennsylvania. Wow!

    If one's actions are indicatives of the character, ethics, and leadership; then I think Hillary Clinton would not be good for America. She would not be a good president or vice-president.

    I had planned to vote for her in the upcoming Texas Primary, but now I will vote for Sen. Obama because Hillary Clinton has proved she has more experience in ignoring the issues and attacking her opponent.

    February 16, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  23. Elder

    I am not oppose Obama.
    But all politicians are the same. They always make promises, but not result. Obama says he will meet those leaders who insulted our nation. Besides Obama doesn't have plans to help american people in our nation problems. Obama is weak in the issues of econmy, foreign policies, terrorrism, homeland security.

    February 16, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. Giovina G. Crisalli

    How many debates are necessary for Hillary Clinton?
    We have heard and listened to 18 debates.
    No one is denying that the Clintons did make some improvements.
    Unfortunately for the American people, they also gave us a failed NAFTA and a scandal in the White House.
    Millions of dollars and countless man hours were spent needlessly to deal with a President who should have been impeached.
    The Clintons were given their chance.
    The Republicans had their chance.
    We are living through the disasterous results of both administrations.
    Now, it is time for us to breathe fresh air, roll up our sleeves and get ready to take back our White House.
    Let us have the audacity to hope that our tomorrows will be better than our yesterdays.
    Embrace our future! Vote Barack Obama!
    Stand tall and firm with Barack Obama.

    February 16, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. sue

    Keep on talking Bill........and you accused Obama of being glib??!!

    February 16, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
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