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. sigh

    But, oooops, Hillary was too busy to vote no to telecom immunity.

    March 3, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. Dave Froyalde/Washington

    Way to go Hillary. Senator Obamas' failure to do his job to hold even one hearing to deal with the growing problem in Afghanistan is inexcusable. The excuse he gave during the debate that he is busy running for president is not an excuse. As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations subcomittee, that was his opportunity to probe and show his concern for the growing problems in Afghanistan. This is the true Senator Obama folks. I hope all the democratic party voters especially in Ohio and Texas think clearly when they cast their votes tomorrow.

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

    you know its pretty lame – on both sides of the campaign – when people just attack the other candidate instead of discussing their own merits and letting people decide for themselves. If all you have to add is sillyness and mean spirited attacks about the candidates you are no better than they are. No wonder our party is in shambles.

    March 3, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. David, Gilbert Arizona

    So Hillary will never be "too busy" to do her job? Then why did she miss 18 out of 21 Senate votes? Was it that she was too busy campaigning for President?

    March 3, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. Obama all the way...

    This is getting ridiulous...and desparate!!!

    I hope Obama doesn't respond. Let her own negativity stand for itself!

    I guess he could release an add about her not disclosing her tax returns!!! I hope he doesn't but...HILLARY...YOU LYING SACK OF S***!!! WHERE ARE YOUR TAX RETURNS???? IT MUST TAKE A LONG TIME TO DOCTOR UP THE ORIGINALS IN ORDER TO RELEASE ANOTHER SET THAT COVERS UP ALL YOUR LOBBYIST DEALINGS!!!!!

    March 3, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. Barry

    Yes America at 3am if the phone rings, Hillary will shed some tears for world peace.

    March 3, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  7. clarity

    Spot on Girl – it's about time you just cut through the crap, and tell it like it is!

    Obama would be, a do nothing president, as illutrated by his record.
    That guy is all talk and no walk.

    He said he would have voted against the war if he had the chance, yet when he had the chance to lead (for a whole year) America against the war on terror, he chose to do NOTHING!

    America doesn't need an AWOL president!

    March 3, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. Yinka Lawal

    Yes the ad might be right, but remember that Obama is campaigning to bring our troops home, to change the mind set of people all over the world for the war you vote for, and also he is busy for helping people in Ohio to get a job. So please Hillary shut up.

    Yinka Lawal

    March 3, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. Donald

    "just as the Presidential campaign was starting" - sounds like an excuse to me. Was everyone on his staff working on the presidential campaign. Couldn't one of his staff members have been working on the business they were getting paid to do?

    March 3, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  10. Long-term Memory

    Obama's refusal to hold any meeting on this issue in the last 13 months is indefensible. His self-professed early opposition to the Iraq war is undercut by his voting in line with Hillary Clinton and the other 28 Democratic senators who voted to authorize Bush to use force once he actually got to Washington. (He should probably stop referring to the fact that Jay Rockefeller actually read the information and then decided to vote for the Iraq Resolution, which actually supports Hillary Clinton's position not Barack Obama's.) His self-professed concern that the war in Iraq distracted us from the war in Afghanistan is undercut by his inability to use his position as chairman to hold meetings that would have directly addressed this problem all because he was campaigning for president.

    March 3, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  11. andrew jones

    Billary said that she was too busy to release her tax return...because she was busy campaigning.

    Nice try there; but it's not going to work! SHAME ON YOU BILLARY!

    GO OBAMA!!!

    March 3, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  12. jj

    What is wrong with that ad?? All it does is ask you to actually THINK. It does not cut anyone. Not Obama nor McCain. It just says THINK. I hope we have someone with experience next time. Enough of the monarchy.

    March 3, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  13. julie

    That Senate campaign of Obama's is in charge of NATO, the European countries. Not Afghanistan. And Senate hearings are meant to conduct investigations. What about NATO needed to be investigated? Nothing. That's why there weren't any hearings. Because none were needed. If you and your spouse didn't go to marriage counseling last month, is it because you're not committed to your marriage? No, it's because you didn't NEED counseling. That's exactly what happened here. If there was a reason why there needed to be a hearing, wouldn't we have heard about it well before the day before the election?

    Clinton's top strategist last week said Clinton was going to throw the "kitchen sink" at Obama in an attempt to take him down. Please don't believe these last-minute lies.

    March 3, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  14. Tim R

    While I would agree that he probably should have called at least one meeting, this pales in comparison to changing how politics is done in Washington. I would much rather he focus on winning the presidency and be able to exert far more influence than just this chairmanship.

    Now, speaking of spending time on important things while running a presidential campaign - why hasn't Hillary released her tax returns and records of her days in the white house [where she gained so much experience, gag me]?

    We need REAL change; we need Obama!

    March 3, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  15. Vic

    If you're true Obama supporters, you won't indulge in name-calling and negativity.......or are you getting desperate?

    March 3, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  16. laura

    Obama made a real estate deal with a criminal named Rezko. He is running on his judgement, well that sounds like bad judgement to me.

    He works with lobbyists, they run his campaign and he is friends with them, just because he doesn't take there money makes him any different. He is so full of it.

    Putting Hagel or Lugar in his administration is NOT CHANGE, that is Washington on the wrong side!!!

    The only change Obama will offer us is CHANGE IN OUR POCKETS!!!!!!!!!

    March 3, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  17. Iowan for CLINTON

    Mr. C – this is old news???

    So is Senator Clinton's vote on the Iraq conflict – but Obummer's people sound like a broken record continuously bringing it up!

    Obummer hasn't proven anything except he can read speech lines from a teleprompter.


    March 3, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |




    OBAMA 08

    March 3, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  19. Tell it!

    Stop running from the truth. Stop letting Obama get away with things that you wouldn't dare let Hillary get away with.

    Be honest. Be brave and be responsible; We have a world to lead. We have a country to save. We have to break away from this crazy onesidedness. Step and do the right thing!

    The campaign obligations are demanding but, there are other things more important then winning. It's being hoest with yourself. I thought Obama was all that. And he is. But all that isn't what we need. We need solutions to problems. Not window dressing!

    Vote Hillary!

    March 3, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  20. RO

    Obama is a joke!!!

    He didn't have any authority on the Iraq vote, he considers NAFTA to be politically convenient, he's missing in action on the senate foreign relations subcommittee, and all of his bills were introduced early this year for political convenience. The man has not gotten anything done! Words are important, but actions speak louder than words. I hope by the end of all this he eats his own.

    Hillary 08

    March 3, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. Joshua College Station Texas

    Hillary Clinton wears her qualifications on her sleeve. As ornery and backbiting and divisive as she is now in these desperate moments is how she will be as President. She will be an emotional roller coaster ride. She will do some good things, intermixed with some very bad, scandalous things, which she will never take responsibility for, and which will weigh her down. She'll be like Bill but worse. But she will be a woman! And that's new. And she probably won't have multiple affairs while in office.

    March 3, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. FreshFlavor

    Cry me a river Hillary. OBAMA 08 you cant change fate.

    March 3, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  23. Mary

    C'mon are not only throwing the kitchen sink, but the garbage disposal as well. Give it up can't win it.

    March 3, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  24. Jane Johnson

    As a black woman, I am so upset with Obama, he knows that the right witng are just using him against Hilary Clinton knowing that white Americans will never vote for him in general election. I am sick of him and all these black people supporting him. They have no brain. The republicans knows how to win. Blacks can you ask yourselves why all these republicans are voting for him. We have had good relations with the clintons and now this idiot wants to spoil the relationship with his republicans. I bet you he will loose so bad to Mcain and will never be re-elected in the senate. This means another 8 years of hardship with a republican president. It just hurts that this man thinks that he can be the president of America. Look at all the countries blacks are ruling, they are all in ruins.

    March 3, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  25. Electress

    Obama, during his last debate said I've been campaing for a year.
    In the prior debate he said two years. He has only been in senate
    for three years, with that being said, do you think he is "taking
    care of business". When he voted in Chicago, he voted present
    too many times, and on very important issues. He can't seem
    to make up his mind, especially when it will effect his political
    positioning. Enough of this kind of judgement!

    Obama wants to be for the people, but once he gets down to the nitty gritty, he seems to take the higher ground that enables him to have power, but not power to the people, power to the politician. That
    tells you all his "judgements".

    If his judgement is spot on, look at Chicago's housing, and educational problems, healt care, it is worst than most in this country.

    Hillary I can trust, Obama get back!

    March 3, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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