March 3rd, 2008
02:06 PM ET
10 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. IA

    FACT: Just reported on television..............Obama will not be able to win the general election because too many independents and Hillary supporters will vote McCain!

    March 3, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. Pete ,Illinois

    With all said and done, I am STILL waiting for the Clinton camp to answer the question: What foriegn crisis has Hillary dealt with before?
    Also, what committee or subcommitte meetings has she attended in the last year? what committees does she chair? have they had any meetings? What heads of state that were in power doing the Clinton years are still in power today?....the claim of knowing the heads of state is an very looooong exagaration. strong you can hear the crickets

    March 3, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  3. P Graber

    Just say NO to O.

    Hillary Clinton will be the next President of the United States of America and we will be PROUD.

    March 3, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. Dylan Kay

    The sub-committee is on Europe and has purview over NATO. NATO is involved in Afghanistan.

    There are other sub-committees on Asia and the Middle East.

    However, to link this sub-committee to Afghanistan is a bit of a stretch. Sounds desperate.

    March 3, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. Franky

    "You folks are like little kids fighting on the playground.Do some homework and find out the facts.Its more about your future and your survival in it.Big promises can turn to big failures fast,just look at the recent past.'


    It sounds like someone knows not only the history but also the conseuqences that it may have. And for the record, I've already thought about my future about 2+ years ago....................only but me can imrove my future but the President, he only could do so much and all we could do is nothing but wait and see.....

    March 3, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. The Observer

    If Obama can't cope with this kind of campaign how on earth is he going to cope when the Republicans unleash their onslaught?

    March 3, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. Independent in IA

    Since when does running for office negate your responsibilities as a duly elected Senator and Chairman of a Committee? Frankly, that is what you are being paid (entirely too much) for, not traipsing around, giving flowery speeches that you will never in a million years be able to bring to fruition.

    Too bad there isn't a regulation that stipulates if you wish to run for an office other than the one you were elected to, you must either resign your current position, or be required to be present at ALL floor votes.

    Tough luck if it breaks your rhythem, candidates....

    March 3, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. Leslie

    If Obama didn't do anything when given one important responsibility, what will he do with responsibility for everything? He admitted doing nothing because he was more interested in personal ambition than taking action.

    He's not what he says he is.

    March 3, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. Chalermpol Intha

    Those who sided with Obama appear to be young, inexperience, similar to those who bid the dot com industry to the sky during the stock market crashed in 2000. They didn't know what the bear market is/was. How can you tell that Obama is not another dot com material?
    Obama is another dot com!!! He's is only two years in the senate. Remember the Bay of Pig when JFK invaded Cuba? That's inexperienc!! Will Obama jerk the troop in and out of Iraq? Of course he will. Will he be a single term President? Most likely!! He will fail many things. The energy, the economy, the security. He cannot use rhetoric to work his way out of the complicate problems. No more bs. There are tons of leaders like Obama in this country. I don't need them/him. I hope March 4 is the bening of an end for him for the sake of the country and the world or I'll vote Republican.

    March 3, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. d.dee

    Why are my comments not showing up? What's happened to honest and fair reporting? I, like Dee, am a Clinton supporter. Is that why my posts don't make your cut? CNN has been bias in covering this campaign.
    You can bet that Senator Clinton's experience will bring change to Washington. She knows how to get things done. Barrack does not. There are too many very serious issues facing this country to turn it over to a rookie.

    I applaud super delegates California Rep Diane Watson and Ohio Rep Stephanie Tubbs Jones for having the integrity to ignore the pressure and threatening emails they've received to switch to Barrack. They understand the complexity of the issues and stand firm in their loyalty to Senator Clinton. Just shows who lacks integrity in this race.

    March 3, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. kd



    OBAMA 08!!!!

    March 3, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. Matthew

    You all are putting way to much importance on this. It is a Subcommittee. It's not even a full committee, it is a SUB. Which means that the Sen. Biden chaired Foreign Relations committee is still meeting and will deal with all the important issues. I agree, that it's not good, but it's not that bad.

    March 3, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  13. CE, Wisconsin, USA

    I am still looking for her to articulate HER experience.

    March 3, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  14. robert wilson

    This just shows that Obama is all talk.American trrops are dying in Afganistan because Obama has been awol from his oversite duties.He is the one person in charge of NATO oversite of the war on terror in Afganistan.No REAL informed anti-war American could ever support a Obama, who's absolutely failed the leadership test he has been given and is his responsability.This goes directly to the nieviety and total lack of understanding of Real issues that the obama campaign and suporters embody, and that affect America in the real world.

    March 3, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. Jayson

    Sitting senators shouldn't be running President. It is a disservice to their constituents. In the future if a sitting member of Congress wants to run for president they should do their constituents a favor and resign or not run for election prior to the year they plan on running.

    March 3, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. Trang, Fremont, CA

    Well, I think people want you out of the race because you are so divisive. Huckabee stuck in, but he is not divisive. He doesn't tear the Republican party apart. He just highlights his conservative values. You, however, are divisive. You want to win so much that you don't mind tearing other people down or the party down. But, I suppose it's in your blood. Habits die hard. Your supporters are pretty much the same. At least when Obama supporters get riled up, we try to tone them down because they make Obama look bad because his goal is to bring the country together and his supporters should too help this country come together to fulfill his goal. There can be criticism, but there can be constructive criticism and there can be destructive criticism.

    But I understand, you want to win and so you want to give your all. We just have to stomach it.

    March 3, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. suzy


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

    And just for the record....
    I am a college educated woman with a master's degree,
    AND I drink warm light foam lattes every day,
    AND I voted for Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Get over the educated vs. non educated thing........

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

    March 3, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. derry

    something real basic bothers me. We do need to speak better English, Barack. If you do win and you are a Harvard graduate, please use better grammar. I know you can. You do have young voters and we need a good role model. thank you.
    example.... "I think she has got a little desperate toward the end of this campaign," Obama told ABC in an interview set to air Monday night.
    I know you can... English.

    March 3, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. No time??

    If Obama thinks he has pressue now and cannot handle multiple duties – what is he going to do as President? The stakes will be higher then. Is her going to be crying, I can't I can't????

    March 3, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    How many meetings and votes has the good senator from New York missed since she has begun her campaign? Her charge is simply "politics at its worst."

    Moreover, if Senator Obama is such a "blank page," as Senator Clinton argues, why are so many experienced, respected leaders of our country campaigning for him? It just doesn't make sense!

    With our country in the mess that it is in, it seems practical that these individuals would be pulling for the candidate with "35??" years of experience.

    March 3, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. bob

    Hillary, It is sad to see you completely falling apart..but I know that your afraid that this is going to be #12 loss..and it hurts to know that this is probably going to be the end of a long campaign....It seems like both you and Bill never quite got this figured out ......bite the bullet and help the Democratic party defeat the neo cons....

    March 3, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. Manuel TX

    Keep hitting them Hillary!

    You can win in spite of the hype and the hate.

    There are millions of us out here who have your back. 🙂

    March 3, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  23. Suziku

    Hillary Clinton is "BUSH" in a womans body! She plays on everything that might bring "fear" to us. She is negative, she is nasty, she is the same old thing we've had for the last 8 years! Does anyone really want another 8 years of this? She somehow thinks she's entitled to run this country based on her last name. She has no real experience and is no more qualified to run this country than the current administration was/is. She is incapable of playing fair and represents all that is bad and wrong with politics in this country. We shouldn't trust her and I sure hope she doesn't get more pity votes. Try looking up her record, she's not for us, she's for her! Don't just buy into her rhetoric.

    March 3, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. d.dee

    I’m absolutely terrified about Obama’s inability to handle National Security (long before the ad came out). Obama has no wisdom, no insight, poor judgment, lacks experience and has no depth of knowledge on National Security and military issues. He misunderstands the intricacies of international relations and the role of the military in protecting us from the outside. Obama likes to point out that he spoke against the war in Iraq. But people should ask themselves - if the information available at the time, led MOST to believe that American’s were at great risk…..why didn’t he vote for the war? Perhaps his judgment wasn’t as sound as he wants us to believe. It’s easy to second guess after the fact. Clinton and others agree that had they know what they know now they may have voted differently. And, of course, anti-war Obama glosses over the fact that he has continued to support the war with his votes.
    Obama has been absent and ineffective in his role as a subcommittee chairman of NATO. His speeches about change are meaningless when he doesn’t even participate in a committee that will effect some change. He’s all words no action.

    March 3, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. Chris from NY

    Texas, Ohio, Vermont... you guys make your call. Consider all the facts and your heart. I trust you will make a good decision.

    March 3, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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