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. evans o.oseki, norway

    Mighty sun-stroke. Take it easy now Hillary, how`re you gonno back Obama if he gets the nomination? And you want democrats to unite? Don`t be a shame to the females though you`re a desperate house wife! Look before you leap.

    March 3, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. Tracy

    This is hysterical. In the last debate when Hillary was asked why she couldn't release her whitehouse papers or her tax returns she stated that she's "Been a little busy lately" Ok....That's her excuse but she doesn't think Obama has been "A little busy" as well? Of course she does, she's just s divisive, sarcastic, conniving politician.

    Show us your records Hillary or shut up.

    March 3, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. Emily

    Hillary,
    The American people are NOT STUPID! Here are the following:

    1. You were TOO BUSY to read the IRAQ Intelligence!

    2. You were TO BUSY to read the Telecom Intelligence!

    3. You were TOO BUSY to RELEASE your Tax Return( With your CROOKED Husband)

    4. BUT NOT TOO BUSY TO GO ON SNL!!!!!

    Go Awaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! You're a HOT MESS! As a life-long Democrat, I will never vote for you! ABC-Anyone But Clinton!

    Go Barack!.......Go McCain!

    March 3, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. JoAnne Allen

    She is desperate. She is calculating and certainly not presidential. Whatever made her think it was a given?

    JoAnne
    Royersford, PA

    March 3, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. John

    Gary. Amen. I've tried. But stupid peolpe won't listen to anyone but the SHOWMAN, who is ALL TALK, NO ACTION. He won't even do the job that he was eleced to do. Maybe the fools that are for him, will wakeup in time, and voe for the right and best choice. GO HILLARY.

    March 3, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. bob

    hmm – cnn bias at its best. Obama is meeting with the canadians telling them that he is lying to the American people about his intentions for nafta, but the headline is phrased in a positive way – if clinton was winking at foregin governments the news would be all over her. Obama ia a politician just like anyone else. im tried of him thinking i she better than other people.

    March 3, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. S. Wright

    It is becoming clearer everyday: The Democrats have nothing to offer the American people but the same tired old rhetoric.

    March 3, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. obama08

    I used to admire President Clinton but his actions during this campaign have tarnished my opinion of him. Hillary will stop at nothing to falsely discredit Obama.If she has the bests interests of our country in mind, she needs to drop out of the race after tomorrow and throw her support behind Obama. Otherwise, her actions will further harm the chances of Obama in the November election. We cannot afford four more years of the same.McCain will continue our involvement in Iraq, and his economic policies will be more of the same things we have seen since 2001. How can anyone in their right mind want to continue with the failed policies of the last 71/2 years?

    March 3, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  9. ATIF

    Vote Obama for good American economy, please forget about liar Hillary who authorizes war without analyzing the reality.

    Obam08

    March 3, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. NORMAN

    This is what you get if you vote for a quadroon or an octoroon. A mixed up guy who doesn't know anything just talk talk talk!

    NOBAMA!

    March 3, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. Kay Tuner

    Hillary is desperate with her kitchen sink. We will see you tomorrow.
    We need change in Washington. No more years of a same dynasty. U.S is a democratic country. Not a monarchy.

    Hillary thinks that she is above the law: I donot think the American people will let you govern them with your hidden agenda:
    1- Why are you NOT releasing your tax returns? Are you above the law. What will happen when you are President? The IRS will not work well with elected officials hiding their tax returns. Corrupt business in Washington DC!!! It is time that the refusal be investigated.

    Go Obama 08

    March 3, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. teddy orlando fl

    this man is running for president. Clinton give me a break

    March 3, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. Grif

    Obama's coming round the half turn, oh no, he lost his saddle.

    Wait a minute, he's going back for it?

    Ohio Silver now the bridle slipped, and the Bit's half way up his nose. Oh what a

    Calamity!! Obama....

    March 3, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. keith

    The Canadian government has OUTRIGHT DENIED the character of their conversation with the Obama rep.

    In fact, they have said his rep has informed them on his willingness to renegotiate NAFTA.

    If, and I don't believe for a second, if this was true. Why haven't they said that he was changing his stance on NAFTA? Why would they protect him? They have no reason to.

    This is another example of Hillary and her paid bloggers posting in these forums to snatch truth away with BALD FACED LIES.

    I want a woman President someday. However, not THIS one, never ever.

    March 3, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. CHIEMEZIE

    YES I MEANT TO SAY THAT WE ARE TIRED OF ANARCHY IN OUR OWN BACKYARD. TWO FAMILIES IN THE WHITE HOUSE FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS IS A POLITICAL TYRANNY!!!

    VERY SOON CHELSEA AND ZEB WILL GET INTO THE BRAWL TOO.

    March 3, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. Bill

    Regardless of the He Said, She Said, The party has to come up with a viable plan to get to a point on candidate gets the nomination. Florida and Michigan are out. We could have real primaries there and count their votes and delegates if the states are willing to pay for the primaries, or, subtract their delegates from the delegate count and use the MAGIC NUMBER 1842 as the declared winner of the nomination.

    March 3, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. Kobby;Nottingham-UK

    Obama isn't just the right person for the job at this time. I don't know what contract he has signed with the media, esperciaaly cnn to warrant such unfair favouritism. He's the one who've being attacking Hillary, but the media prertends not to realise that. In fact, he does'nt offer any ideas nor solutions. Rather he waits for Clinton to come out with her ideas/solutions, and he cheaply and shamefully attacks those ideas, refine them and roar about them as if they were his. No wonder he has already demonstrated his penchant for plagiarism, and when asked about it, he could only murmer that "its silly" to talk about it. Americans wake-up, or else you'll get a president worst than Bush in the person of B.H.Obama!!!

    March 3, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. chris

    Hillary's ad implies she would be answering the phone. I wonder if it might not be like this.

    Phone rings at 3 am in the white house. Hillary has had a long day. She's tired. And Bill says, "It's ok Hillary, I'll get it." ..... I wouldn't be surprised to see McCain run some version of that if she does become the democratic candidate.

    March 3, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. Jim Walker

    Dear Trina.. tsk tsk.. Just can't stand the idea that your dear Obama has been lying. Have another sip of Kool-Aid to help you feel better.

    Oh, and Dear Was A Hillary Supporter. You were never a Hillary supporter. Since when does telling the truth become a reason not to vote for someone? Unless, the truth is not what turns you on!

    March 3, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. John

    I hope all the Democrats leaving comments are focusing on picking the best candidate they think will best represent the Democratic ideals. After the democratic nominee is chosen I hope you don't lose sight of those ideals and still vote Democratic and definitley not stay home and not vote.

    Many say that the candidates and the nomination process are dividing the Democrats. If you glance back at many of these comments above it appears to me that it's the candidate centric mania is doing that much more than either Clinton or Obama.

    I voted for Obama already yet if Clinton gets the nomination, I will vote for her in the presidential election. Take a deep breath folks.

    March 3, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  21. Tim, Milwaukee

    Obama just sold his believers (trust) to Canada.
    REF: Obama adviser: Memo misinterprets stance on trade

    After all, this "Yes we can" and Hope and Change is all a "political positioning".

    We still have time to save our country from this imposter. Texas / Ohio, Please vote Hillary tomorrow...

    Hillary / Edwards 08

    March 3, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. Rebecca

    Just because someone is running a campaign, does not mean your day job ceases to exisist. I am tired of Pbama using fancy words that just shuffles around the issues. He never ever gives a direct answer, yet he demands it from the other candidates. He also does not even follow his own word. When stating that all campaigns should focus on spending less money, He is top dog for spending.

    Hillary Clinton is a very well spoke individual, so is Obama, but atleast Hillary doesn't skirt around the topics. She says it like it is. For many people they want yes or no answers, yet many issues she is struggling to convey to everyone have no yes or no solutions.

    The US are sheep, and easily swayed on smooth talkers. At least Hillary has answers

    March 3, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. Tex'un

    Will Hillary "tank" in Texas? Given the continual undercount of Barack's young but not-land-line supporters by the polls, his lead is probably considerably higher than the average of five polls indicates. But, if she wins Ohio and then Pennsylvania, won't she still be in the race?

    March 3, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. sozzi

    Hillary stated that she has been unable to show her tax returns, becasue she's been busy running her campaign, what bull. Please show your tax returns Hillary.

    March 3, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. EFabian

    She speaks the truth about Obama. Some people just turn a blind eye.

    Go HIllary

    March 3, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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