February 23rd, 2008
03:06 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton: 'Shame on you, Barack Obama'


Clinton is upset with two mailers the Obama campaign is sending out in Ohio. (Photo credit: AP)

CINCINNATI (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton, needing wins in delegate-rich Texas and Ohio to overtake Sen. Barack Obama in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, ramped up her criticism of Obama Saturday, accusing his team of negative campaign tactics "straight out of Karl Rove's playbook."

Clinton addressed two mailings the Obama campaign distributed in Ohio - one that lambasts her position on the North American Free Trade Agreement, which her husband, former President Bill Clinton, signed into law, and another that criticizes her proposed health-care plan.

"I have to express my deep disappointment - he is continuing to send false and discredited mailings with information that is not true to the voters of Ohio," she said, shaking the mailings to punctuate her remarks.

The NAFTA mailer accuses Clinton of switching her position on the trade agreement, saying the senator from New York was a "champion" for NAFTA while first lady, but now opposes it.

The mailer on health care was "reminiscent of the health insurance industry's attack on what we tried to do the last time we went after universal health care," Clinton said. It says her proposal would force everyone to buy health insurance, whether they could afford it or not, a charge Clinton vehemently denied.

"Sen. Obama knows it is not true that my plan forces people to buy insurance even if they can't afford it," she said.

The mailers are "blatantly false and yet he continues to spend millions of dollars perpetuating falsehoods. That is not the new politics that the speeches are about," she said. "It is not hopeful; it is destructive."

She added, "Shame on you, Barack Obama - it is time that you ran a campaign consistent with your messages in public. That is what I expect from you. Meet me in Ohio and let's have a debate about your tactics and your behavior in this campaign."

Obama spokesman Bill Burton denied Clinton's assertions that the mailers were false.

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soundoff (152 Responses)
  1. Muzza

    I am absolutely appalled at this latest stunt by the Obama campaign. So much for Obama's "talk" about appoaching politics in a "new" way where dirty tactics are not the dominant mode of operation. How dare he attack ANY plan that aims to ensure that each and every citizen in this country has access to health insurance and health care. How any democrat can claim to represent the ideals of the party without agreeing with the concept of universal health care is beyond me. Sometimes I wonder which party BO is even representing? All I can say is this – if the media and BO are successful in deceiving the public about reality, then I sure as hope Hillary Clinton decides to run as an independent and shows this country who really represents the voice of everyday people.


    February 23, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. Rachel

    I guess she is getting a taste of her own medicine. She laid the groundwork for this kind of campaign when she and her husband played dirty politics during the South Carolina primary when Bill went on the Tom Joyner Morning Show being rude and insulting to not only the journlist interviewing but to black people in general, as if our vote could be taken for granted. We think before we vote. Paternalism and the plantation politics are no longer in play! Is she going to cry now as she did before New Hampshire?

    February 23, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. blake andrew

    shame on you hillary because you have help destroy the trade for future genation give give it up and go take care of bill. you are nice on one day and desprate the next day. cnn you alway put my message on moderation what up with that?

    February 23, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. Anpl

    This just goes to show obama's true colors. I can understand campaigns ads against your opponent, but at least be honest about it. That really turns me off. I am no longer an Obama supporter.
    Also his decision to skip the annual black forum is downright horrible. Now that he's got his votes in Luisianna and most of the black community he feels that he is better than them and no longer needs to consider the rea issues that matter to people. I guess his campaign is so much more important. Truly he is a man that won't stop at anything to get to the White House, and hope that he will lose the nomination. I find this tactics and his superificial speeches nauseating. I will not vote for him in the general election, and I hope that many of hillary supporters will do the same and either not vote for him or vote for McCain. I'd rather vote for McCain than suffer under Obama's leadership or lack thereof.

    February 23, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. Rozanne

    I see this as Hillary's desperate attempt at winning over voters in the upcoming Ohio and Texas primaries and caucus. All of her tactics against Barack so far has failed so now she is trying to get tough. Personally I llike Senator Obama's healthcare plan better as I don't think that people should be mandated to have health coverage...they should be able to choose and that's what Obama's plan does.

    February 23, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. TheLeftNut

    Typical politics. Unfortunately.

    February 23, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. jp/michigan

    No one in the media will check on Obama and letters written in 1998 as a state senator that helped Rezko/Davis obtain Chicago Senior Housing contracts. It help propel him in to further politics.

    February 23, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. Byron in CA

    I see campaign politics are alive and well in Obama's camp. The silly season he spoke of in the last debates only counts the night of the debate for Obama in this case. His idea of talking about the issues now days seems to be distorting Hillary's positions as well as her health care policy, knowing as many of us do that on both issues they have basically the same position and plans. It's not as if other campaigns haven't done the same, but their image has suffered for it. Curious to see if Obama's numbers don't go up from this too.

    February 23, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. GH

    Just her latest attempt to turn the tide. She knows it's all true. She's said it herself. Desperation is not pretty or respectful. Bow out now HRC while you still have some self respect intact.

    Obama '08

    February 23, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  10. Hal

    Aah, Finally ! One for Senator Obama . Oh its on Now. She's upset that for once he's using one of her tactics of using half truth. I have to admit that's a tough one. And a good one I might add. For ever she keeps on repeating that he leaves 15 Million people out when he repeatedly says its not true. I guess what goes around comes around Miss Clinton especially that it is true that she would force everyone to buy it. Now that's one for the books , I love it !! Well done. Can't wait for the Obama Haters on this one. Ha!


    February 23, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  11. Liz PA

    Just more proof that Obama will do anything and say anything to get elected. He continually steals Hillary's issues, plans, and speaking points as if they are his and receives roaring ovations. If only the poor saps listening to him realized that they are applauding Hillary's plans. With no record of real legislative accomplishments during his very brief political career, he now wants to leap-frog to the top position in the country. Skipping 17 percent of votes during his Senate career and sponsoring only one bill that became law (to promote "relief, security, and democracy in the Democratic Republic of Congo") does not give him the credentials, experience, dedication, or common sense to become president of our great nation.

    February 23, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |

    way to go, Hill – GO AFTER HIM! stop letting him get away with underhanded tactics. fight back.

    and fight back at the debate next week, too.

    February 23, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  13. Jessie

    Oh boy, her ship is sinking even faster. Those fliers are "spot on", so for her to highlight them is going to hurt her even further.

    February 23, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  14. Bev

    Shame on Clinton. I understand the pamphlet has been out for some time and Hillary didn't bring it up or its contents up at the Texas Debate. Other than her mild attack about plagerism she was on the whole makeing nice during the debate. She only attacks when Obama isn't there to defend himself and show wether or not her claims are true.

    She claims she has experience includeing her years as first lady while her husband was President. It's we did this and we did that, not my husband did this and that. If she wants to claim the credit for what her husband did then she also has to accept the negative coments on what he did, namely signing the NAFTA agreement.

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

    Hillary wants a debate about tactics and behavior? What would that have to do with the "solutions business" she says she's in?

    February 23, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  16. M Cohen

    Obama's campaign seems to have an attribution problem. They do not give credit when they borrow words, yet they give credit when something is not actually a quote. Guess that's what they call, "Change you can believe in.!"

    February 23, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  17. Leon619

    Look whose crying now, please give me a break Sen. Clinton your the expert in misrepresenting information. Were witnessing the last couple days of her campaign folks can't wait until she is out of the spot light. McCain here we come with your express talk tour being discredited my NY Times. Should Sen. McCain been forced out of the Sneate when he dealings with folks like her in the past.

    February 23, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  18. Mike

    Obama's Rovian attack ad?

    This is a desperate move from a woman whose Rovian tactics have alienated countless would-be supporters in the past few months.

    Rove always advises his clients to make a mockery of an opponent's strengths ("only speeches") and accuse the opponent of having the weaknesses of his client. ("distorting the record").

    Shame on you, Hillary Clinton.

    February 23, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  19. Diesel

    These are desperation times for Billary. Shame on you Hillary and leave quietly!

    February 23, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  20. Christiane

    I think its another Try from her disrespect him. She said she want force all people to buy Insurance.
    For real, all she do is attack Mr. Obama, this is just the Election. What will she do when she is in the white House???????
    Nobody want a Candidate who always attack the other Candidate.
    After all what happens Mr. Obama show her respect and acknowledge her. But she can not say congratulation to him when we win .
    I think the People are tired from all this Attacks. Election should be about the People , not about attack the other Candidate.
    I hope Mr. Obama wins.

    February 23, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. Phil Michols

    There we go again. It's the 4th quarter at the 11th hour of silly season in politics. Can someone say they did not expect something like this ?

    February 23, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  22. Ben Kirk

    More plagiarism by Clinton and conservative style denial by Clinton.

    "Shame on you" is a common slogan of Clinton, well, Bill Clinton. This rampant attack by Hillary is as hypocritical as McCain saying he never wrote a letter on behalf of Vicki Iseman's client to the FCC.

    This is an attack job better left to Rush and the rest of the right. Hillary is using yet another tactic of accusing her opponent of the very behavior she is guilty. It is so unfortunate. Hillary could be the new leader of a women's movement in the US. She could lead new and powerful women's movement that is desperately needed. She is forfeiting this desperately needed revitalization of women in this culture because she cannot seem to accept that Obama is the leader the country is yearning for, asking for, and showing up for.

    It is sad to think that 10 times more people show up to support Obama than Clinton. It makes me think that Clinton is counting on Nixon's "silent majority". I wish she would show some decency in the everyday life of her campaign and not just with pretty words on stage.

    February 23, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  23. Jenny

    She's got to be kidding. She's been spreading filth about him for weeks. She's trying to make a mountain out of a molehill because the only chance she has is for him to mess up big. And this isn't a mess up. He's right. I know she thinks her health care plan is the only one worth going for, but we have to remember that there are A LOT of people in this nation that don't like it. The best thing to do is take a more moderate approach to start out with instead of forcing mandatory health care on everyone. George Bush got in office and decided he didn't want to have to work bipartisanly. What did it do? It polarized and divided the American people. If we elect someone who can't work with the other aisle, it's going to happen all over again.

    Clinton, stop playing politics and yelling on TV about something you do as well and that you knew was going on to throw off the American people.

    February 23, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  24. Eric

    hey hillary... i'm a first time voter and wondering why you are destroying the democratic party? if you continue to find small insignificant things to criticize obama on then you are going to leave us in a pretty bad place when he runs against mccain... so thanks. for ruining my future.

    February 23, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  25. Danny, CA

    Both Hillary and Barak have no accomplishments in their career and thus they do not deserve to be our president. Liberals here will try to defend either of them but I believe American people know their big mouth without any substance. I am sure they will go away into the woods soon.

    February 23, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
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