February 23rd, 2008
03:06 PM ET
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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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  1. Latinos of Texas for Obama

    What's the matter Hillary? Don't like the taste of your own medicine, huh?
    You started it and now you have to pay for it. I hope that the rest of Texas, OH, and PA see through your phony smile and vote for a man with dignity!

    And for the record, everything he said in the ads is true!

    February 23, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. jess


    She supported NAFTA. She said so in her book.

    She supported the war in Iraq. She said so with her vote.

    She has proven she does not have the judgement to be president. She has proven this over and over again.

    February 23, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. so

    If in fact these flyers are the same that have been mailed earlier, then why doesn't Obama make Change as he claims to be representing and Correct/CHANGE his flyers to represent the facts re:NAFTA, failure to have corrected the record in his mailers as the newspaper did is a Dishonest Tactic which his team and Obama after his free press confrence to respond he claims are accurate (is this a little lie or a whopper?) I'm sure he knows when his flyer were mailed. Health care, he sould let Clinton present her own enforcement mechanisims and not present his garnisment of wages plan as hers. If you have children or Don't, under his plan watch out where your wages (Garnished) will go to pay for all minors. BEWARE of WHAT you ASK for, you may get it!!!

    February 23, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. Jackie

    I remember very clearly that Hillary supported NAFTA. She made speeches supporting it, for crying out loud. I attended one of them. Now she's denying it? What the heck is wrong with this lady?
    Talk about inconvenient truths!

    February 23, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. R=$4BO2help McCain

    Rove and company are about to be exposed to alot of investigations about erased White House emails, abuse of power and on and on.
    There is one way they can avoid the trouble, help nominate Obama, then trounce him in the General Election.

    February 23, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. pd4hillary

    Obama=Bush–all rhetoric with no meaning
    So much for changing how business is done in Washington. Same old Washinton political tactics that I guess he's not so above it. So much for Jesus Obama!

    February 23, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  7. Pamela




    February 23, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  8. JoAnne

    Hey Hillary – what about those false flyers you sent out in IA and NH about Obama not being for women's choice? What about the robocalls in SC that said that John Edwards was working with lobbyists? What about your attacks on Obama's healthcare plan, saying it wasn't "universal" after you said in a debate in August that it was? Hillary you should be ashamed of yourself! You are unethical and dishonest. You are the one who is destroying the Democratic party! As a woman I am disgusted with your behavior. The information in the flyers is true. They are the same flyers that were sent out to Wisconsin. All of a sudden they're not true. You underestimate the American people. We will not fall for your hypocrisy!

    February 23, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  9. Concerned Citizen, IN

    This is not an attack ad or a negative campaign tactic. Obama is clearly distinguishing his plan from hers as he did during the debates.

    Given part of her plan is to REQUIRE Americans to have health insurance, doesn't that mean you have to have it regardless of affordability or you face fines?

    It is Obama's duty to point out the differences since all of the Clinton supports seem to think he has no policy behind his speeches. His health care plan will work to make it more affordable and have a buy-in system for Americans, but will NOT require you to have your own insurance except for your children. I think that is a reasonable difference between the two.

    And to those remarks about childishness, lets not forget Clinton calling him out for plagarizing his national campaign co-chair who told him to use the material and said after she pointed it out that it was no big deal. All of that refuting evidence, and she still felt the need to bring it up at the TX debate.

    Now riddle me this Clinton supporters. Many people say Obama has no accomplishments. Fine. Tell me then what she has done in her 35 years of public service. Please refrain from touting things her husband accomplished while in office.

    I also do not think her smirk was appropriate in her closing statement in the TX debate when she was reminding America that she stayed with her husband who had an extra-marital affair in the oval office then lied about it to the American people. Nothing funny about that at all my friends. Is that the kind of moral value we can expect in another Clinton White House?

    February 23, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  10. Daniel C

    This is Hillary reacting to the opinion that she took it too easy on him during the debate. She read some polling data and must have figured out that she has to act tougher on Obama now. Those mailers have been out for weeks now. Are we supposed to believe that she woke up this morning and found those slipped under her door? No.

    February 23, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. Mike B

    Let's see if we understand all of this now......Clinton attacked Obama on Healthcare vigorously in the last debate and in her ads currently running. But she says Democrats should not attack each other on Healthcare???? Sounds like double talk???? Clinton and her camp attacked Obama about using lines from a support, friend and camaing co-chair, even calling it plagiarism. Almost everyone outside of the Clinto team has came out and siad it was clearly not plagiarism but the Clinton hit squad continues to spin it that way. At the same time her campaign was flotaing the John Edwards themes of Populism as her own, basically stealing Edwards message and not crediting him for it. Now she complains about unfair campaign tactics????? Bill Clinton was out playing the Race Card in South Carolina, insulting African Americans and trying to stir up white voters.
    Now the Clinton is outraged over a few ad mailers that Obama's team is using???? So much for going out gracefully and trying to unify the Democrats going into the fall. The gloves are off and the real teeth and dark hearts of the Clinton team is out in the open once again. We have another new Hilary Clinton personna coming and this was will not play well. Somebody should step and and stop her now. The evil and mean Hilary will never help her in this campaign.


    February 23, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. Jim

    Obamamorons why do you not research the differences. She will give tax and other incentives to help people who can not afford the plan to help them. The millions that Obama leaves out will not get the plan so that they can try to get a free ride and let the rest of us pay for them. He has admitted that would happen and therefore supports a penalty for those that need health care but did not choose to participate. She deals with not participating right up front and he wants to deal with it later.

    Bill is the one that signed NAFTA after Bush 41 got it going. She admits it is not being handled correctly and wants to have it reviewed and corrected.

    As far as the debate Campbell kept cutting her off so how could she say very much as she was very forceful in keeping the policy parts of the plan front and center.

    February 23, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. LeaningObama

    Hillary's campaign has known about the mailer in question for some time, and anyone with HBO on demand can verify it: in the 02/01/08 episode of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher Kim Gandy, president of N.O.W. and Clinton supporter / campaigner mentions the mailer, saying the Obama campaign "has sent out a mailer that is the literal image of the Mary and Louise ad", going on at length about its contents. I did a double-take when Hillary said that she was shown the mailer 'in the crowd today'. Her campaign is just grasping at straws ( remember plagiarism ) and she is the one playing dirty – just not very well. That she goes along with these tactics, being chummy with Obama at the debate and putting on this act today is Washington at its most blatantly double-faced.

    February 23, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. David Jones

    she is trying to play a victim here; she said meet me in Texas, Obama met her in Texas and won the debate fair and square...

    she started this dirty mailings in Winsconsin and now Obama is dishing out same

    She called Obama "a change we can xerox", and but when she is called out on her changing positions on NAFTA, Billary is crying foul!

    Now she is saying meet me in Ohio; well, Obama is going to clobber you on the side of your head in Ohio, because all the charges in the mailer are TRUE!!!

    Billary, PUHLEEEASE, stand for what you believe in – you voted for Iraq war, you want a mandated or forced health care, your supported NAFTA trade deals that outsource our jobs overseas!!!
    Dont change your positions just to win an election!

    GO OBAMA!!!!

    February 23, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |

    I guess sometimes the truth hurts...DONT BE SO ANGRY because your losing. That doesnt help the democratic party. HILLARY THE VICTIM. She's just angry because her campaign spend $94,000 on sandwhiches.

    February 23, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. phil Geffen

    Hillary – please stop the whining... geeez grow up. This is big league politics and Obama has stated the facts clearly.

    Nafta was signed by your husband Bill and you supported it... and you have not explained how everyone will have health insurance.. what if they wish to opt-out? can they?

    Outraged – please.

    and stop with the standing ovation – that was for both candidates after the conclusion of a great debate. geeez.

    February 23, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  17. victor

    This is not the temperament we need for the next commander in chief . If you cannot stand the heat, then stay out of the kitchen. I have to say Hillary you just lost my vote.

    February 23, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  18. ww-New York

    Oh please, she knew of these ads and sent ads about Obama as well!
    she needs to tell the "truth" for once the problem is not the ad. It's the fact she knows her past support of NAFTA is a turn off for those in Ohio and Texas. Well guess what my husband is from MO and he didn't support her for the same reason.

    But think of this:
    Hillary can parade her record as it relates to first lady "35 years of experience and "I've been tested". However, if it's something Bill did wrong or made a mistake, she states "It wasn't me"!!! talk about double standards!! She never stops!!!

    February 23, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  19. BaROX

    After a devasting defeat in the Potomac Primaries she challenged "Meet me in Texas!". Now after insufferable losses in another round of states(WI and HI), surging of national support to match hers, and Texas slipping through her fingertips, she stages the next showdown with "Meet me in Ohio"??

    Obama she claim "Meet me in Denver" as he rides his way to the nomination.

    February 23, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  20. cjbd32

    Hillary's "healthcare" plan is tantamount to a life tax, whereby she taxes people for living in the United States. I have checked her website, I have listened to her speeches and I have yet to see how she plans to make the healthcare she is promoting so "affordable". She accuses Obama of spouting rhetoric and of lulling Americans into a false sense of hope, however, her "specific" plan is not all that specific. I feel like if it is not free then it is truly not the "universal" she is representing it to be, because only free healthcare should be mandated. A disillusioned millionairess, she is in no way connected to the people and has no idea of how hard people work. She has made comments alluding to the fact that there are a vast majority of people who make "75,000.00" a year.. and who can afford healthcare yet choose not to purchase it... and therefore they should be mandated... hmnnn... income is not as relevant as it may seem unless you are subtracting the sum of a person's total debt from it... the financial aid officer told me that by the time I graduate from school.. I will need to make at least 70,000.00 a year to pay back 1500 a month in school loans... the last thing I need to worry about is another health care bill or even worse garnished wages...

    Also, if she doesn’t plan on forcing people to purchase health care... then maybe she should not use the term mandate..

    PS... Hillary you are not a good actress and you did not just see these flyers... they have been out for weeks... but nice way to start drama. Just what we need... More drama from the Clintons

    Main Entry: mandate
    Function: transitive verb
    Inflected Forms: man•dat•ed; man•dat•ing
    : to make mandatory or required

    Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law, © 1996 Merriam-Webster, Inc.

    February 23, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. Jay

    Typical, she is really showing her desperation now. I'm going to laugh when she doesn't do so well in Texas and Ohio. Stop being blind everything in those mailers is true. Obama confronted her on it at the last debate an she couldn't answer. Now she wants to compare him to Karly Rove? Just sad give it up already Hillary, stop crying admit defeat already.

    February 23, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. Derrick, Washington State

    Shame On You Hillary.....Shame On You!

    What a disgusting, wrong, dishonest, and dirty political hit job.

    February 23, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  23. Nick

    Finally, and I hope not to late.
    Somebody has to take a better look at this big bubble called "Change", and the rhetoric's of speaking a lot, and saying nothing.
    Go Hillary you are the winner.

    February 23, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  24. George Robinson

    My guess is she's trying to impress some superdelegates who turned their back on her because of her negative campaign. But is the alleged outrage appropriate? After all, these mailers have been around for a while and even been analysed by factcheck dot org. They don't even come close to what the Billary campaign has come up with during the last couple of months.

    February 23, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  25. bantou

    Hillary is quite desperate , as she's running out of time and states to reverse Obama's momentum. She'll say just about anything at this time, pouncing on everything that could potentially hurt Obama. Xerox, speeches, plagiarism, you name it. The plagiarism thing is funny because we all know that politicians, including Hillary herself, get fed a lot of what they say out there, so why criticize your opponent on this issue. Simply silly and desperate, and no one is buying. Just focus on your own message Hillary, cause I'm tired already of you talking about Obama.

    February 23, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
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