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. SPH

    Hillary cannot win without ripping the party apart. Knowing her, she won't care. It's time for the party leaders to step in and break up this pointless and destructive fight.

    March 3, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. George

    This whole thing is moot. If Obama wins, Hillary will be VP. If Billary wins, Obama will be her VP. It's just a question of who will sleep in the White House. Hopefully, it's Obama because this country doesn't need another 4yrs of scandle around Bill that draws all the attention instead of the issues that matter most. I can only imagine what Bill's going to do in the White House with 4yrs of idle time on his hands watching Hillary get all the attention.

    March 3, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. Texas4Obama

    The Clintons should stop whining and just go home!
    And her statement about releasing her tax returns on April 15th is a bunch of BS. She needs to release the tax returns from LAST YEAR like Senator Obama has already done! Last year's returns are the ones that Clinton don't want you to see because there are things on there that she is hiding!

    March 3, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. Marlene

    It boggles my mind somewhat that few people have paid attention to the fact that had Clinton been practicing law in any state other than Arkansas, she probably would have been disbarred. Yes...what an American hero.

    I also wish she would stop bragging about her 35 years of fighting for change. She all but retired when her husband first took political office and her legislative experience amounts to 7 years in the Senate representing a state that she has no connection to other than the house she purchased when it appeared to be an opportunistic move. Her recent ads only highlight the fact that she's a "do anything, say anything" type person.

    When the public finally clears their head of all the hullabaloo, then maybe Clinton will finally die politically. I'm all for having a female president, but I'd rather our first one be not so dubious.

    March 3, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. Wayne

    EXPOSED Obama Hillary he is not Good for America

    March 3, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. hello

    why CNN is not reporting about NAFTA in back door Mr Obama's adviser telling canada not to worry about any changes in NAFTA
    it is all politics.
    CNN shame on you.
    Hillary for 2008 and 20012

    March 3, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. M Johnson

    "Obama is campaigning. Hillary is campaigning. McCain is campaigning. No one is in Washington working. "
    Really! So why should any of them get paid for campaigning?
    Why should we pay for it? Make em do it without pay, they can all afford it better than we can.

    March 3, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  8. david


    March 3, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  9. Pete ,Illinois

    Jennette said "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…."

    So Jennette, she did make a mistake that she has yet ti unequivicly state ws in fact a mistake...and she is one of only 2 that voted for the war that is running for POTUS, so she deserves the scurtiny for that vote. She has also worn that line out about "experience" when in fact we now know she has very little....

    March 3, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. Lisa

    I am getting so discouraged by all this, honestly I am. I can't stand there types of "kitchen sink" politics. I can hardly stomache most news shows now, and I am totally discouraged by these types of tactics and by the entire democratic party too.. the dnc website is so hateful it is apalling. Why can't anyone get anywhere on the issues and beliefs?

    March 3, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. Jane, Maryland

    Ant well informed person knows that that committee is a window-display committee – Bush controls everything.

    And where has Sen Clinton been the last 18 months?
    She did not even vote for the Telecom bill.
    I find desperation of any form, unattractive.
    The only reason you focus on the opponent is if you have nothing good to say about yourself.

    March 3, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  12. keith

    Hey Hillary wonks.

    Want to know the REAL TRUTH behind the Hillary machine.

    JustlLook up Peter Paul and Federal Election Campaign Fraud trial- going on right now – from her 2000 Senatorial campaign. That's right another Clinton FRAUD TRIAL.

    C'mon Hillary wonks, see how your girl really works the system.

    March 3, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. BS

    Enough with the desparate adds.

    Obama is the only truthfull candidate!!!!

    Obama 08

    March 3, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. Chris, Middletown, CT

    People will listen to Hillary (of course....Obama already addressed this in the debate...) – but there will those that listen....kind of like spoon feeding monkeys...Hillary supporters pick and choose their "truths" – you can point to Hillarys devicive past....and they will talk about her "experience" – there is truthfully something wrong with you people....we've had enough half truths and "depends on what is is" answers....

    March 3, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. Shirley in California

    As a woman over 50, I would like to support women. However, in selecting our President, it is too serious too limited to base my decision on the gender.

    After watching Hillary in the past several weeks, I have to tell my daughter: Do not behave like she does. We need to find a way to get beyond whinning about the blocks when competing in the outside world. The best role model ironically is Obama, just watch how he deal with his black skin!

    There are quite of few of us in California wishing we could take back our early votes for Hillary!

    March 3, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. Spirit of America

    Go Hillary! You might also want to remind voters about the extortion trial of one of Barack's major campaign donors, a crook who got Obama a great deal on some real estate. Haven't we had enough corruption in high office without sending a man of questionable integrity to the White House, again. Time for a woman to clean House!

    March 3, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. Vince

    Why are Hillary backers so hateful of Obama? Do they realy think his supporters will back her after all the attacks, not just on him, but on those of us who voted for him.

    Hillary's one big negative going into this election was the perception that she was divisive. I always thought this was an unfair perception. But now that I see how she turns people against one another, even those of us who agree on almost all major issues, I see that she is indeed a divisive politician. Who will do anything to win.

    March 3, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. Mark

    All anybody needs to do is spend 10 minutes on a google search of Hillary Clinton and her history. If you can vote for after reading what you find, you have severe problems.

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

    I am suprised Obie hasn't held an inquiry into how and why US jobs are going to France and our Air Force will be flying French aircraft. So much fro the Obama job recovery plan. He has spent a lot of time pontificating about the evils of NAFTA and unfair forengn trade...guess $150 billion to France is not worth his time.

    March 3, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. andrew jones

    In the same debate, Billary stated that she has been TOO BUSY to release her tax returns...

    this is just typical of Billary's smear tactics...say and do anything just to win an election!

    I beg Obama not to stoop so low to Billary's scum by responding to this ad!



    March 3, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  21. sistermoon

    the weirdest thing to me about all this is i never heard of Obama
    until this election, and to me that just about says it for what he's done, usually if someone is up on the hill supposedly working for the people
    their name is out there, isnt it? Well, whatever happens, I pray for this country, it will take a person who is not afraid to make decisions and act on them. There has never been a war any country embraced and loved has there? I found it interesting that the Iranian Ahmadinejad on Americans: 'No one likes them' just felt free to make that remark in Iraq, I bet he is loving this mess, well good luck everyone hope we arent just daydreaming that change will come easily, and by the way, what does that mean?

    March 3, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. Judie Taylor-Texas Born and Raised



    TAKING HIS VACATION BEFORE CHECKING AS WELL AS DEMANDING IF THIS COUNRTY WAS SAFE. HA HA HA.... Many of you chickens are the ones who VOTED this to happen to our country in the first place. SO TAKE THE BACK SEAT KILLERS.


    People come ON FACE IT OBAMA can't SCREW UP any worse than THAT!!!!!!!!!


    GOOD or BAD- OBAMA 08

    March 3, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  23. piecrust

    How come voters would say "Was a Hillary Supporter" and then would switch sides just because – "she did not smile," "looked rude," "angry," "ran ads" "not forthcoming with her taxes" and many more unfounded whatever. If you are a supporter, you should go all the way. Look at the Obama supporters, their candidate is "arrogant," "nothing to prove," and according to the Washington Post write-up yesterday "always avoided tough votes in Illinois," – but they remain loyal to their NOTHINGNESS!!!! Pettiness in voting in sad, do not vote ala American Idol, vote for substance, PLEASE!!!!

    March 3, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. zerville

    Can anyone explain why the Obama campaign doesnt attack Hillary accalimed 35yrs experience and competence claims but just wait and react to her attacks??????????????

    March 3, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. Mike



    March 3, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
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