February 27th, 2008
04:30 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton camps highlights Obama's chairmanship

 Clinton raised Obama's subcommittee chairmanship at Tuesday's debate.
Clinton raised Obama's subcommittee chairmanship at Tuesday's debate.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign Wednesday pounced on Sen. Barack Obama's acknowledgment that he has yet to hold a substantive hearing since becoming chairman of a Senate subcommittee on Europe.

The admission during Tuesday night's Democratic debate offered a "glimpse of the real Barack Obama," and was emblematic of the Illinois senator's light record of results, the Clinton camp said in an e-mail.

Obama "did not hold a single oversight hearing because he was too busy running for president; the Barack Obama who spends his time talking about change you can believe in instead of change you actually can count on," the e-mail stated.

Clinton herself raised the issue at the debate in Cleveland.

'"He chairs the subcommittee on Europe. It has jurisdiction over NATO. NATO is critical to our mission in Afghanistan," she said. "He's held not one substantive hearing to do oversight, to figure out what we can do to actually have a stronger presence with NATO in Afghanistan."

In response, Obama noted he has only served as the committee's chairman since January of 2007, just when his presidential campaign was beginning - a fact the Clinton campaign's memo also highlighted.

"But by his own admission, he was too busy running for president to conduct a single substantive hearing of the committee he chairs," the memo stated. "So he would rather talk about what he would do rather than do it through the responsibility he had.”

For the record, Obama has held two hearings on ambassadorial nominations, but no oversight hearings.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

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  1. JP

    If anyone had any reservations about his capabilities as Commander in Chief, it should have been dispelled in the wake of the Texas Debate. In that debate, Senator Obama answered concisely with an effective and viable approach to foreign policy and our military preparedness.

    His preoccupation to keep us SAFE was absolute. He showed strength, fortitude, and resolve to delivering on this promise. While his opponents incessantly SEEK FABRICATE A FALSE SENSE OF INSECURITY about this Senator, his elucidation on just what plagues our military builds confidence in his leadership. The false characterization to the contrary, which presupposes out of thin air that he is an extreme "liberal" who is weak on such policy considerations belie Senator Obama's intelligence fully supported by General Casey this week. Gen. Casey affirmed that there is no reason to suppose what Obama stated as inaccurate.

    February 27, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
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