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. chris

    everyhting is true that Obama said in the flyer. Check the facts, It was Bill Clinton that championed Nafta .
    To Violet I say this:
    It is campaign season may the best strategist win.

    February 23, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  2. Mike R

    Poor Hillary, always the victim, isn't she?

    The FACT is that Hillary's husband signed NAFTA, and YES, she was a supporter of it – 100%. The only reason she says these things now, is, well, duh, she's trying to get elected president.

    And yes, she has also gotten a free ride on the TATA deal. Whay haven't we read all about that, and her involvement in bringing a company into NY that employs 10 people in NY while outsourcing over $4 billion in US jobs annually??????

    I have followed Clinton for the past 5 years, knowing she would try a run for president. All of the statements in this article about her are TRUE.

    February 23, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. Sean B

    What lies... In their first debate after John Edwars dropped out she stated that she was the "only one" for Universal Healthcare because of the fact that she would mandate it. Meaning that everyones paychecks would be garnished / Taxed to pay for it. So yes if your tryingto support a family and you only make minimum wage it could be considered an added bill. She said these things and now that Barack Obama has "Dumbed it down" she calls him a liar.... Ha.... Same old politics. you wont fool me Hillary.

    February 23, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. Javier

    She's trying to make it seem like he is using dirty tactics by mentioning Rove. The things stated on the mailer are not vehemently false as she points out.

    She is doing the exact same dirty tricks she is complaining about by pulling Rove's name and being overly dramatic about this.

    February 23, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. Eli

    Whoa.. I think Hillary Clinton has lost her cool. What is she, Bi-Political? She seemed gracious and said she was "honored" to share the stage with Obama in the Debate, now she seems like she is screaming "you're a lying, Karl Rove emulating empty suit" less than 48 hours later... Does this strike anyone else as desperate? I for one, question the stability of someone who can go from placid to screaming mad in less than 48 hours.. Do we really want someone with such unsettling outbursts in charge of the "Nuclear Football"??

    February 23, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. Santayana2008

    Hillary...it appears that the truth does not matter these days. Don't expect too much traction from these kinds of things. Obama has no shame.

    February 23, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. dennis st. pete, florida

    isn't it a shame the americans never learned a lesson after voting for bush a second time. now they want to elect obama

    February 23, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Well this is a glaring instance when Obama's tactics of the so called "CHANGE" is revealed.

    February 23, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    There is a difference between the health care plans of Obama and Clinton. Obama has continuously stated that you cannot force people to buy a health care insurance policy. In my view If you do enforce it then you are imposing a health tax as Clinton proposes. If you don't and you would want everybody having a policy then you need to reduce the price tag to make it affordable as Obama has proposed.

    Clinton has vented the idea of subsidized health policy purchases, making her plan almost equal to Obama's, but with an enforcement clause. It is therefore correct that "The Plan of Clinton forces people to buy insurance".

    If this is a hot issue for Clinton, she should have been straight during the debate in Texas. Her additional comment that "he continues to spend millions of dollars perpetuating falsehoods" cannot be uphold.

    The NAFTA issue: she was once for it, but now, possibly to win the nomination, she is against it, so it seems. The war in Iraq: She was once for the war, but now against. I think that nothing is wrong to make such statements because it describes how it was and how it is. Again, her comment that "he [Obama] continues to spend millions of dollars perpetuating falsehoods" cannot be uphold.

    So what's wrong then? Clinton has not the ability to inspire, has not the charisma that crosses party boundaries. I thinks she knows it, but for obscure reasons she seems to be forced to go against the will of the people who have voted already and utilize silly attacks that have no bearing.

    February 23, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. Anonymous


    February 23, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. Paul

    Hillary is the last person who should be complaining of playing the dirty politics game, especially after that very disgraceful xerox comment the other night which she followed up ripping off speeches from her husband and John Edwards!
    These mailers being sent out do in fact contain the facts! Hillary was a champion of NAFTA, this is all on record. As is the fact that her health care plan will forcer Americans to buy it or face getting money taken out of their wages, she admitted this herself in a past debate.

    In fact it is Hillary's tactics that are similar to Karl Rove's. It's like lets point fingers at China for torture and human rights violations and hope no one looks behind the curtain and see we are just as guilty. It's a shame, not only is she destroying Bill Clinton's legacy with her cheap tactics, but she is taking the Democratic Party down with her.

    February 23, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. Julie, Binghamton, NY

    Obama supporters- these ads are complete LIES! You'll believe anything he says, won't you?!? Is this the accountability Obama is talking about- just believe everything he says? It doesn't matter that she wants to reduce costs and then subsidize insurance for poor people- you ignore it because Obama ignores it! You people are insane- you're worse than the people who hide their heads in a hole and pretend Bush didn't destroy this country!

    February 23, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. Adr

    She has finally lost it! I never thought a "vetted" politician, with 35 years of experience in politics, could lose it so bad in public. She obviously has trouble deciding which personality she wants to display on any given day: one day she is nice and feels honored to compete against Obama and the next she is comparing him with Bush and raising hell about some pamphlets that have been around since Iowa. How much can you trust someone like that?

    And the funny thing, she wants to meet Obama to discuss his behavior. I guess it"s her maternal instinct shinning through finally but the tone is highly inappropriate for a presidential primary.

    February 23, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. D. Williams

    Cintonian Rhethoric. Every one that has reviewed both of their health plans have called the differences minimal yet she has gone after him continuously. If I am taking what she said is true, the mailing are no different than what he said in the debate in fact not as bad. In the debate he quoted her as saying that those who did not purchase healthcare she would go after their wages. She didn't even address that! SHE SAID NOTHING! And now we are expected to believe that she is outraged. Really Hillary?

    February 23, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. Tyler in Raleigh

    Ummm... Bill Clinton signed NAFTA into law, and Clinton supported it. Just like she supported and voted for No Child Left Behind the war in Iraq, all policies she now speaks against.

    Hillary Clinton wants a MANDATE, which means you MUST buy healthcare... no choices (isn't choice a democratic ideal?). She has stated she would go after wages of those that did not pay for healthcare.... that sounds like forceing people to buy health care to me.

    Sorry Hillbilly, you and Slick Willy with your "shame on you" and finger wagging need to stop treating us as stupid children that need your protection. Adults can make choices, government should be there to protect our right to those choices NOT to force us to do things.

    The Clintons are either flip floppers, will say anything to get elected or likely both. She is basically against everything she says she leared form experience. Well I dont want someone ready on day 1 that will realize that they are wrong on day 365.

    February 23, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. Mark

    On the contrary, "Shame on you, Hilary Clinton", for saying some thing yesterday and its contrary today. You supported NAFTA before, and now you blast it in order to get American workers' votes.

    February 23, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  17. matt

    Why is Hillary blaming Obama for saying the truth. She says there was never a history of democrats attacking another democrat. Maybe she should consider that infact she was the one that was negatively attacking Obama. Everyone knows this. Now that Obama has put the flyers with the TRUTH, she wants to deny it. She wrote those words in her book, and in fact she supported NAFTA. NAFTA deal came into effect when Bill Clinton (her husband) was president. The American people are not stupid to believe her that she didn't support it. I am from Ohio, I know the job losses because of NAFTA. I am voting for Obama, and so are everyone in my family. Also, my friends & out union is voting for Obama. I hope Obama brings all the evidence to the next debate, so there is no way Hillary can deny it. Also regarding health care, she did say that she will go after wages. Health care cannot be enforced on people. If people have the money to afford for health care, obviously they're gonna get it. So, Hillary must accept the fact that what Obama flyer says is infact the TRUTH. I am sure millions of americans (democrats, independents, and also republicans), blacks, whites, lations, asians, everyone knows that this is TRUE. Everyone in Ohio knows that Obama's flyer says the TRUTH. Thanks for reading my comments. Thanks to CNN for posting my comments.

    February 23, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  18. cj from seattle

    Shame on you, Hillary...
    For trying to destroy the party.
    True Blue? Yeah right.

    February 23, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  19. Bonnie O., Raleigh, NC

    Smacks of desparation, old girl. Get real or go home.

    Yes We Can.

    Obama '08!

    February 23, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. William Showman


    I am so dismayed at Obama and his delusional voters. Healthcare is one of our most sacred and primary issues as democrats. we have fought too long and hard to see this as a reality and all of those voting for Obama are paving the way for the corporations and other special interests to win yet again. Obama's plan does virtually nothing to limit the hardships that everyday working people find erroneous about our current healthcare system. Regardless of how Obama likes to make it sound in a flowery emotion filled speech, it amounts to "more of the same". A healthcare system designed by Obama will leave out millions of people who will have to beg and defraud to get quality health care. Please think and look at this as a campaign choosing your next president–not choosing an "American Idol" candidate. Obama lacks substance!!!!!!!

    February 23, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  21. indiegirl

    Obama used these exact same fliers before Super Tuesday. Strange that Clinton just saw them today. I guess she has a lot of paperwork on her besk. Obama mentioned the mandates during the debate, she didn't fight then. Clinton couches her plan as Universal Health Care. Mandating people to buy things is only universal consumerism.

    February 23, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  22. something-E

    Americans don't need a bitter, angry and "Desparate White House Wife" pointing her finger at anyone in this country yelling "Shame on you!" like she is a bad nanny. None of us deserve to be treated like naughty two year olds just because we disagree with her antics of the past and her currect nasty campaign.

    We need real leadership not hysteria. Luckily Obama is wise enough to rise up and respond positively against her nasty accusations and return us to discussions about real solutions to our problems. He can take this country into the future and not drag us back to past however much we glorify it in our imaginations.

    "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." Eleanor Roosevelt

    February 23, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  23. Jen, Gainesville

    Hillary can not run away from the truth. Look at the substance of the statements in the mailer, not the semantics.

    February 23, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  24. Senkump

    It is shame on you Hillary ! You are a true Chameleon changing your color everytime for personal gains. You are loosing this race for sure ..Obama on the raise.

    February 23, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. EcoProf

    Sen. Clinton instead of complaining and whining, give real, rock-solid reasons why you'd be a better president. When everyone counted Obama and McCain out, they weren't throwing temper tantrums. I respect you but you're looking more and more greedy....

    February 23, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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