February 25th, 2008
07:05 AM ET
10 years ago

Clinton campaign goes after upcoming Ohio ad

Obama campaigned in Ohio Sunday. The Clinton campaign is calling on him to denounce an outside group's ad set to be run there.

Obama campaigned in Ohio Sunday. The Clinton campaign is calling on him to denounce an outside group's ad set to be run there.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign strongly criticized Barack Obama Sunday for not condemning an outside group's television ad set to run in Ohio on his behalf.

The campaign says the issue is not the content of the ad, but that the Illinois senator has"flip-flopped" from his previous stance on running these kinds of ads.

Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson told reporters on a conference call that the campaign has been made aware of an upcoming ad buy from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union set to launch in Ohio on Tuesday. Wolfson said the 1 million-strong union, which backs Obama, is planning on spending "hundreds of thousands of dollars."

Wolfson called on Obama to denounce the ad, and accused him of shifting his stance from late last year, when he criticized similar ads being run on behalf of John Edwards in Iowa.

"What we see is Sen. Obama saying one thing in Iowa when it benefits him, doing another thing in Ohio when it benefits him," Wolfson said. "In Iowa, he criticized this kind of spending, but in Ohio he is largely silent."

The Clinton campaign is also the beneficiary of an outside group's television ad in Ohio. The American Leadership Project, founded by several backers of the New York Democrat, unveiled a pro-Clinton ad last week.

Wolfson said the campaign has no involvement with the group and maintained the issue is not whether outside organizations should be able to run ads.

"The issue is whether or not Sen. Obama will apply to himself the same standards he set on Sen. Edwards," he said. "We did not criticize John Edwards for the activity on his behalf as Barack Obama did."

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (387 Responses)
  1. Bonnie

    "CHANGE" What does this mean? change what? and HOW do you change? I am sick of this self-serving person pulling the wool over everyone's eyes who thinks that change is all we need.
    We nedd a leader who is EXPERIENCED, POISED, PROFESSIONAL, CARING, INTELLECTUAL and able to see the cares and concerns of ALL.

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 24, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  2. Excuse Me in Texas

    Let me see, a labor union of 1 million strong plans, as an outside organizaiton, to run an ad for Obama...Bill Clinton has a few close friends coughing up millions to fund a 527 campaign for Hillary.

    Which one of these would YOU consider to be a SELECT, SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP? I thought so.

    Give it up Hillary, it's over. America sees right thru your lame attempts.

    February 24, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  3. Marlene the Dream

    TM – if you're going to post, get it right. Obama is not out there, independently "denouncing" the rights of any voters. The decision to not count the votes/delegates in either Michigan or Florida was a move by the DNC (Howard Dean, et all) as a result of those states making the decision to move their primaries to an earlier date. Everyone understood the penalty before they actually moved their dates. I think the public is very aware of the reason and situation. Get with the program. Just think TM, maybe they'll allow the voting to take place all over again. Then Obama will get the delegates for MI and FL as well! Sleep well...

    February 24, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  4. zerville

    These are all signs of intense desperation by the Hillary campaign group..All these attacks these past few days on Obama are strategic but they are also dangerous because they could easily backfire..It all depends on how the electorates perceives the whole thing..
    But to me its pretty amusing .. To witness Hilary go from someone who was been honored to share stage with Obama in the last Thursday debate at Austin and closing the debate so humanely to a sudden rapid fire attack machine is just a sleaky and a desperate move by someone who wants to become the president at all costs and doesnt seem to be able to acheive winning through fair tactics..

    February 24, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  5. Matt S

    For those of you who have not posted in a while. Or have a comment in general that you would like to share on behalf of this post, please do so.

    All I have seen from this campaign game so far is Hillary complaining and getting DOMINATED by Obama and his astonishing ability to give a speech. Obama is so brilliant in his talks and so Knowledgeable that I think he scares HIllary, and that's where a lot of the insincerity comes from with her.

    February 24, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  6. Mike in AZ

    Hillary went ballistic about the Obama flyers. I watched the rerun of the debates and he said the same things verbally to her and the nation. She just sat there and didn't deny or confront him about it.

    All of a sudden it is the most important issue on Hillary's list. Pathetic. She is grasping for anything to try and discredit him before the Texas and Ohio voting begins.

    Hillary, you say you are tested, that you can handle the tough stuff, and you are ready to lead on day one. After seeing how you handle this, it is clear that you are all talk. Whine, cry, piss and moan with your typical Clinton tactics and immaturity.

    You are not the kind of person we need leading this nation.

    February 24, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  7. George

    vote Hillary before its to late...my GOD this is insane...all theses comments about Hillary are not dems. they are independance just keeping Obama in the news... wake up people... with out the independance voting foe him he will lose... think about it

    February 24, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  8. Mike

    I will never vote for Obama, he doesn't play old wahshington games but he is always saying one thing and doing it when is convenient for him. He already got the balck vote so forget about showing up last night in NE. He is going after the latino vote now! He has no clue on the debates and repeats everything that Hillary says.

    February 24, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  9. Breannah Alexander

    My advice to the candidates is this, don't run for the top position of the United States and complain when someone has something critical to say about you, simply prove that it is not true and move on. And since she has issues with candidates denouncing smear tactics, why didn't she go after the groups spreading the rumors in reference to Obama's religion? Well Mrs. Clinton, time to change the approach once again, because clearly this one will definitely not work in your favor.

    February 24, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  10. HD

    There is a similar group (a 527 group supporting the Clintons called American Leadership Project) running campaign ads for the Clintons in Ohio and Texas and that particular group has spent over $10 MILLION for advertising AGAINST Obama. Do you see the Clintons pulling those ads from the air and asking their supporters to stop? No, you do not.

    The Clinton campaign needs to stand up for something and focus their campaign on some sort of relevant message. A few weeks ago they stood against "plagarism" only to see Hillary take words from Bill Clintons 1992 campaign and John Edwards 2008 debate appearnce in Iowa and use those same words at the end of the debate last week in Austin, Texas.

    Now we see the Clintons go against supporters running ads for Obama in Texas and Ohio; however the 527 group that supports her are spending $10 million and the Clintons say nothing about this.

    The Clintons campiagns only stance is that of HYPOCRACY. She needs to bow out and fade away with grace and dignity so my democratic party will not lose to Nadir and McCain in a few months. It is time now to surround and support our nominee who has won the last 11 elections in this race over the past month.

    *CNN (the Clinton News Network), Please post my comments. This is the third time I have attempted to submit this comment and you have posted various others that are similar in nature and tons more that support the Clintons that do not contain any factual information.

    February 24, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  11. ZedLoch

    Obama should say something about this. He's made a case against PACs and 527s and there should be no double standard.

    I'm pissed at Hillary gettin 10 mill from her 527, and Obama supporters should be equally outraged by this outside group pulling the same stunt even if it is for him, even it is with good intentions

    its these same kinds of groups that swiftboated John Kerry and so they MUST be checked.

    February 24, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  12. nobama

    This man has no integrity whatsoever.

    February 24, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
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