March 3rd, 2008
02:06 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton goes after Obama's chairmanship in new ad

 Clinton is launching new ads in Texas and Ohio Monday.
Clinton is launching new ads in Texas and Ohio Monday.

(CNN) Hillary Clinton hit Texas and Ohio airwaves Monday with two new television spots, including one that goes after Barack Obama for not holding any oversight hearings since becoming chairman of a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee.

"Barack Obama says he has the judgment to be president, but as chairman of an oversight committee charged with the force of fighting al Qaeda in Afghanistan, he was too busy running for president to hold even one hearing," an announcer says in a 30-second Texas ad called "True."

"Hillary Clinton will never be too busy to defend our national security, bringing our troops home from Iraq and pursuing Al Qaeda in Afghanistan," the announcer also says.

Clinton first criticized Obama over his chairmanship of a subcommittee on Europe at last week's MSNBC debate.

'"It has jurisdiction over NATO. NATO is critical to our mission in Afghanistan," she said then. "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."

Obama responded that he became chairman of that committee in January 2007, just as his presidential campaign was launching.

Clinton also went up with a new 30-second ad in Ohio on Monday called "Partner," in which she highlights the state's economic downturn and says she will fight for working families.

"The wealthy and the well-connected have had a president. It's time the middle class had a president who will stand up for you," Clinton says in that ad.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Ohio • Texas
soundoff (367 Responses)
  1. John

    ...and Hillary was too busy running for President to vote on the most important bill of her term – FISA. Thanks for protecting America Hillary.

    HELLO THEY'RE RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT.

    March 3, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. Jeanette

    So Hillary voted for the war In Iraq, Obama need's to come off that crapp, she made a bonehead mistake, she was not the only one who voted for the war. That seem's to be his only weapon he has to use against her. He has wore that line out....

    March 3, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. mk

    everyone who is posting here needs to go and check Hillary's voting record in the Senate for 2007. Then decide if she has been doing more in the Senate than her opponets.
    You will find quite a number of "NO VOTE"'s
    if you do your research

    March 3, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. Andrea

    It appears that Senator Clinton is bringing up something that needed to be emphasized. Repeatedly, she has mentioned our veterans, universal healthcare, mental health, terminating exempting oil companies, corporate giants from taxes-huge tax breaks that are laid on some one else's back (ours).
    Remember, after the 9/11 tragedy, this country had to respond, and even the folks in high places were pressured. Senator Obama needs to cut out all his CRAP "I didn't vote for the war." That is like slapping our Veterans in the face. This does bother me, my brother died in the Vietnam war. There is a time when we have to gather our wits and make decisions to be successful, and that may mean taking an alternate route, as is being recommended with the war.
    Remember a fast talker is stabbing you in the back, and knows how to manipulate. They come with an agenda, and it does not include us. He will give in to pressure and will be controlled. Young folks, if you are not out on your own yet, there is no way for you to understand.
    To the concerned Vietnam Veteran, thank you for serving our country.

    Our country needs Senator Clinton

    March 3, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. Dee

    About 2 or 3 weeks ago you stopped putting my comments on this website.

    Will one of you there please tell me why.

    Is it because I am a Clinton supporter and refuse to be taken in by Obama?

    CNN has been grossly unfair to Clinton.

    You can shut me out of your site but I will still be at the poll in Ohio on Tuesday.

    March 3, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. Alex P

    Why not post a ticker on Obama's NAFTA comments in OH CAN? Then his message to Canadians insuring them the message was merely 'political positioning'. Very telling of the true Obama.

    I guess CNN doesn't want to let people comment on evidence of who Obama really is.

    March 3, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. For the record

    Don't forget who Hillary's base is. Lower income, uneducated individuals. Not very hard for the Clinton camp to appeal to less intelligent folk. 'nuff said.

    March 3, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. Charlotte

    Sara, the committee was in 2007, 14 months ago.

    March 3, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. Roger from Texas

    As a republican, please vote for Hillary. If she is the democrat's choice, then I'm comfortable that republicans will win in November. Obama might win in November, Hillary does not have a chance. It will be record turn out against her.

    Bush – Clinton – Bush – Clinton?

    That is change?

    March 3, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. Ron

    Hillary....................................YES WE CAN! YOU CAN DO IT !

    March 3, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. dj

    why not post on NAFTA comments... because A) they weren't his comments, and B) its already been proven they were taken completely out of context, oh and C) THEY WEREN'T HIS COMMENTS.

    morons...

    March 3, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. PA

    Obama is too busy promoting himself to worry over our service men and women when they are dying? This is terrible. Hillary took time out of her campaign to visit with a fallen motorcycle policeman's family and attend his funeral because she cares about people and because self promotion was not as important to her as doing the right thing. She did that in the span of a couple days during the biggest challenge of her political career. He has had a whole year to hold hearings and has done nothing because he was campaigning by his own admission. And he thinks he is fit to be president?

    March 3, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. Rick

    Even if she ever gets around to releasing her taxes (like everyone else), will they show the full picture. The last time the Clintons released taxes (after similar pressure), they only went back to 1980. Hillary's brilliant trades in the commodities markets where she netted $100K practically overnight were in 1978. Coincidence?? NOT!!

    March 3, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. Vig

    Clinton will win both Texas and Ohio because Latinos will put her over the top, and then maybe we won't have to hear that smugness in Obama's voice or watch his bobble head followers snicker when he pokes fun at Clinton. Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 3, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  15. Frank

    So you become Chairmin in 2007, and you announce to run in February, if you have the Judgement to LEAD – you figure out how to do BOTH! It's called being a LEADER!

    DUH!

    March 3, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. Las Mascaras de la Nada

    Barack Obama is the 2008 version of the "Macarena" – just because a lot of people are doing it doesn't make the dance any better.

    March 3, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. Rose

    As gruelling as this primary has been neither Obama or Clinton have been able to fulfill their congressional responsibilities. Heck, I've been so busy watching it, I haven't even had time to clean my house.

    March 3, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  18. aPuerto Rican

    THE BEAT GO ON FOR THIS SEN. SHE DOSEN'T REALIZE WHAT SHE DOING AND HAS NO CARE HOW THIS COULD END UP. SHE CAN ALWAYS GO BACK AND WRITE A BOOK ON HOW THE ELECTION WAS TAKEN FROM HER. SHE ABOUT HERSELF WHEN IT COME DOWN TO IT. AM SO SURPRISE WITH THE CLINTON FAMILY. I ONCE ADMIRED THEM SO MUCH. WHAT A SAD ENDING TO THIS FAMILY. YES WE CAN!

    March 3, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  19. Gil - California

    CNN, why is this picture darker than the other pictures of Obama? Is this your doing or Hillary's? Reminds me of the OJ magazine covers.

    March 3, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  20. JH

    Hillary will win Texas and Ohio. GO HILLARY 08. Dont quit go all the way till the convention in August. GO Hillary 08

    March 3, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. AK

    Obama's change so far, 3 quarters, 2 dimes and a nickel for a dollar. What will he do for REAL change, make great speeches and talk to dictators like Raul Castor and the Iranian President (who by the way calls for total annilation of a soverign nation). If we had sat down nicey nice with Hilter, where woudl that have gotten us? Maybe we should have sat down with Osama or with Saddam! Get real, Omaba fever is a sick fairy tale.

    March 3, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. HC

    Good job HIllary.
    Put the truth out there for the fair-minded and the sensible to decide.

    March 3, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. Heather in Ohio

    Obama has my vote tomorrow!!!

    March 3, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  24. John

    Barack 08 Enough said

    March 3, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  25. CHIEMEZIE

    Hahahhaaaha

    BILLARY- PLEASE RELEASE YOUR INCOME TAX RETURN AND TELL US HOW YOU LEND YOUR SELF 5 MILLION DOLLARS.

    WE ARE TIRE OF

    Nice work BILLARY, But i must admit that I can smell your desperation from kilometers away.

    Desperate fear mongers!!!.. I don't see any reason why Obama explains himself to us Canadians when he has nothing to gain. Lets face it, a no brainier would not even discuss those issues with Canadians when the literally have no votes nor delegates in the Dem. party pres. nomination. Obama has his eyes set on being the prize of our HOPES and Clinton will do anything possible to make every ones life miserable for HOPING just because she is a rogue who takes lobbyist money and cannot be trusted.

    March 3, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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