March 3rd, 2008
02:06 PM ET
7 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. Joe

    See, I think this is why Senator Clinton's campaign is failing. She obviously has the experience to do the job, she just fails to see that Americans are tired of the politics of destruction. Since her our messages and campaign has failed to attract enough support, she is reverting to the old tired ways of negative campaigning.

    Enough is enough.

    It is time for a President who can bring this country together - not one who is only interested in scoring political points even if that means tearing the country apart.

    To borrow the Senator's own words.... SHAME ON YOU HILLARY CLINTON!!!!!!

    March 3, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. sjk in denver

    Hillary has never been too busy to defend our national security? Well, she was clearly too busy to think logically about authorizing the Iraq war. And, she is clearly too busy now to get her tax information together and get us her documents related to her time as the First lady in a timely fashion. Those things are easy, it is far more difficult to coordinate many people for committee meetings. People ought not to throw stones about time and being "too busy."

    March 3, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  3. Elaine in Atlanta

    Good god that woman is desperate!

    March 3, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. Thomas

    The hail mary... too bad there's no one there to receive it. Once again, Clinton goes negative with a Republican talking point. Good job Clinton. If you can't win it, you're going to lose it for the other guy so you can have a shot in 2012.

    March 3, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. Mike

    MY POINT IS OBAMA SHOULD REALIZED THAT THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT MATTER AS WHAT HE SAID ALSO DURING HIS SPEECH. IF YOU THINK YOU DON'T HAVE TIME BECAUSE YOU NEED TO CAMPAIGN FOR ANOTHER VERY IMPORTANT JOB – PLEASE DON'T TAKE A CHAIRMANSHIP JOB, LETS OTHERS SENATORS HANDLE IS BACAUSE IT IS ABOUT OUR NATION SAFETY.

    BECAUSE OF YOUR JUDGMENT TO ACCEPT THE CHAIRMANSHIP POSITION LOOK WHAT HAPPEN IN AFGHANISTAN NOW ALQUIDA BECOME STRONGER – LOOK WHAT NATO OFFICIAL SAID LAST WEEK IN TV, THEY NEED MORE TROOP

    March 3, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  6. M. Martin

    Please Hillary think of the party for ones, stop helping the republicans.
    By the way did you read the intelligence report on Iraq prior to your vote?

    March 3, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. Matt

    Obama is using the committee in his stump speeches as "proof" of his ability to handle foreign affairs.

    Washington as usual.

    March 3, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. Thomas

    Hillary must have already had her president then since she is herself wealthy and well-connected.

    March 3, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. Many

    .
    Obama is so desperate to divert attention from his limited national security experience that he’s not just misleading voters about Sen. Clinton, he’s also misleading voters about his own supporters. That is not change you can believe in. -Phil Singer

    March 3, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. Mary

    Yes Hillary by all means drop out. You are offending the Obama supporters by telling the truth !!...and we all know that isn't allowed.

    March 3, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. Dr. Feelgood (In MA)

    Mr. C, I'll tell you exactly who would nominate him for chairmanship... the party that knew he would be running for President. That's who. This is really pathetic and indicative of what we could expect from an Obama Administration. He would be a lame duck President on day one.

    March 3, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  12. Kyle

    whats wrong with you guys ? does anyone of you share your tax returns with your neighbors ? why expect the same from Hillary.

    Obama may have given his tax returns but he hasnt still provided a concrete answer for his illegal land dealings.

    March 3, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  13. Kings

    This is why I will NEVER vote for hillary.

    Obama08

    March 3, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  14. Iowan for CLINTON

    AT LEAST THE CLINTON CAMP IS COMING UP WITH ***MULTIPLE*** REASONS TO SECOND-GUESS OBUMMER INSTEAD OF SOUNDING LIKE A BROKEN RECORD (Iraq vote)!

    HILLARY CLINTON IS THE PRESIDENT WE CAN DEPEND ON!!!!

    March 3, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  15. Sarah L, Fayetteville, AR

    I'm so tired of all this. I hope we can get this nonsense overwith quickly. No one is in Washington doing their job. We have two good candidates. However, we desparately need to move on toward the general election. Who really wants the primary to continue for another few months?

    March 3, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  16. Marie

    She talks about cleaning. Means an other dynastie will clean an other dynastie, by the same dynastie.two decades ago .........Ouf..........Hard to believe. I am sure she will have to clean her husband mess with canadian mining scandal before she start to clean the previous administration....I think that it's too much for her. Before you start the cleaning the first thing to do it's to pull out your tax return... As you know that will be a good start....

    March 3, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  17. Tim, Milwaukee

    Wait a minute... Cant Obama handle more than a task at a time? I can understand that campaining is a full time job, but ignoring National security is not cool... If Obama is the president we can have lot of Rock Concerts for the college kids for sure...

    March 3, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  18. Betty, PA

    If Obama really wants change, why does not he begin with what he can do? Maybe he just wants to be president to fulfill his own ambition.

    March 3, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  19. Adam

    Right on Hillary!
    the voters have a right to know his experience (or lack there of)

    The people who want you to drop out are the ones who are afraid that you will expose the truth about Obama.

    HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 3, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  20. Nancy

    To: Was a Hillary supporter and your comment:
    "Kitchen sink. More venom. Divisive. She is so NOT presidential. Hillary doesn't have any foreign policy experience. Bill does! I've jumped ship"

    How sad that you choose to interpret real critisicm with "venom". One thing your correct about, Clinton should not have to be pointing these issue out.....The Media should have done it long ago. Your position is suicidal as sooner or later the facts will come out. Allowing the republicans to lead the charge is simply foolish and iresponcible.

    March 3, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  21. Dem123

    Another shining of the difference between rhetoric and reality.POLITICAL OPPORTUNISM and Obama campaign are true friends.

    March 3, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  22. Frank

    "Smear and Fear" a la Clinton .. .what a scum.

    Does she think the people who support Obama today would ever support HER in November ? I did my homework, I know about the issues and I know when she shoots crap to distort the truth.

    The American People are not as stupid as she needs us to be.

    March 3, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  23. andrew jones

    Obama said it right: Billary is desperate!

    GO AWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!

    VOTE OBAMA!!

    March 3, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. ME

    Why are all the Obama fanatics so eagerly asking Hillary to quit? Are they starting to get wind of the issues coming up he will have to face? Are they scared that his WEAKNESS and BAD JUDGEMENT and BAD DECISIONS and BAD CONNECTIONS are coming out in the open?

    Can't wait til March 5th :)
    GO HILLARY!!

    March 3, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. john

    Desperate times call for desperate Adverts. Hillary has been too busy to vote on the Dodds amendment too busy to do her tax returns too busy to release the whitehouse papers too busy to attend the Senate period. and too busy to research her lying advert.

    OBAMA08

    March 3, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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