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. Justin

    You could say the same thing about Hillary. This ad means nothing. It only convinces more of her simple-minded supporters to not vote for Obama. It really sucks that we live in a country where the first woman with a decent shot at becoming president acts like a high school girl spreading false rumors about someone she doesn't like. She has too much experience in the negative aspect of campaigns for me to even stomach her in the White House. Shame on you Hillary. I thought you'd know better.

    March 3, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. shobha

    Straight talk about Obama's absence on key issues including vote on Iran is "getting desparate". When on Earth did Obama become untouchable? How did he get on that pedestal? Who put him there without any scrutiny? You all – media and hip-hop generation who can't think beyond "this moment". Win or loose, I am glad Hillary is raising these issues. Mccain will just roast him. Then we all will wake up to another 4 yrs of republican rule. Who to blame? The media pundits and brain-less followers of Obama

    March 3, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. Sal in Phoenix

    Senator Clinton, as long as there is a mathematical chance to win the nomination, don't quit...It's just a matter of time before the real Obama is exposed for the corruption he's been involved in with Rezko.

    March 3, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |

    Really? But he is so young? And he is always says "Yes, we can"

    And I also find that he hates debates, maybe because debates need something you can not prepare but speech can just read what has been prepared.

    March 3, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  5. Krishna & Ranga

    The "fierce urgency of now" touted by Obama is nothing but his urgent wish to occupy the Whitehouse. The "fierce urgency of now" for us all is to make sure that we donn't fall for tall talk and flowery rhetoric.

    March 3, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. Matt, Indiana

    Stick a fork in Obama, he's done! He needs to drop out of the race NOW! He has no experience, he is a liar and a cheat. If people would actually open their eyes and do a little research on their own, they would realize this. Instead, they choose to bicker and complain about Hillary because she is a powerful WOMAN and they cannot stand that fact! If you took the time to actually look at her record you would see she would be a wonderful President.

    Also, if Obama was so ANTI-War, why has he voted EXACTLY the same as Hillary in regards to the Iraq war ever since he has had accountability? I guarantee if he was in the Senate when they were voting for the war, he would've stamped a big fat YES on it. His speech is nothing but that, words without any accountability. Wake up people!!

    HILLARY '08!!!! The *ONLY* chance for change!!!

    March 3, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  7. Luis Rodriquez

    When has a senate hearing been so crucial in reference to any actions American troops play in foreign affairs.... The truth is Senator Obama took control of this committee right before his bid for President... I am sure he knew that his influence as President to help the troops would be more of an advantage than being a Senate Chairman... I respect Mrs. Clinton, but she is coming off as too much as a Divider, at least Mr. Obama told the truth about his situation, and for the looks of it, his Presidential bid is paying off; for people are uniting, coming together, and young people are finally excited unlike anytime before, and I am sure this has to make Parents very proud to see the young people really envolved. I am glad that Senator Obama is running and whether he wins or lose, I appreciate his candor, his leadership, and most importantly his manner in how he deals with the critics of both Senator Clinton and the media.

    March 3, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. G Waggerby

    I think it is pathetic that the " Clintons" have to hand out cheap shots in order to get their votes.
    What dirty trick does Hillary and Bill have up their sleeevs for March 4th????
    I hope Obama does NOT give her a placement in the cabinet.
    H e would have her dirty cheating habits going on behind his back all day long.

    March 3, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. Adam

    This is true sign of desperation, but people watch out, whole system is helping her. If you follow TV, you could see how systematically whole organizational set up is trying to help her, e.g.

    1. She is short of money, so CSPAN, NBC and MSNBC is running her town meetings, calling her to SNL just before important primaries and re-running all those, respectively for free and you can't even see a single thing about Obama.

    2. Every one knew, pollster showed Obama lead in NH and Hillary won because of high turn out of her fan to make her victory possible, so media is showing Obama leads in TX and OH, to motivate and mobilize Hillary voters.

    To me it seems like media wants McCain as next president.

    March 3, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. Micahel Guinn, Ventura, CA

    Hillary- anyone with a brain knows that he's been running for President- and beating the heck out of your campaign since getting that chairmanship. That's your REAL gripe- what you thought was inevitable just "ain't gonna happen!" PS- How many commitees have you sat in on in the last year? I think you know that this whole thing is ridiculous. You need to withdraw and show that the unity of the party and beating the Republicans is something you believe in!

    March 3, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. Kristopher


    These are the kinds of things people need to think about when they go and vote!

    and its all True....Hillary is the right one for the job!!!!



    March 3, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. reality check

    ....and those are the kinds of results that you can expect if Obama is president. Wake up America! He even by his own admission said that he would be apt to run the country like CEO and leave it to his advisors to do the real work. Take the blinders off and see this guy for what he is. He wants to be President more than he wants anything else. He lacks crediblity, integrity and substance. Vote responsibly, please...and say NObama.

    Hillary (or McCain) '08

    March 3, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. True Democrat

    If by some miracle, Obama loses the next 11 straight...better believe he should be counting on the media to call it a close race.

    Clinton is getting serious preferential treatment.

    Come on, Hillary!

    March 3, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. Mary Jo in Illinois

    Two more great television ads that speak the truth! Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island, Vermont, and the rest of America need Sen. Hillary Clinton.

    March 3, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  15. Ann

    Mr. C how can you say that Obama is loyal to the american people when he won't even pledge allegiance to the flag.
    Furthermore he keeps talking about Hillary voting for the war but he has no problem with people who are backing him that voted for the war.
    He is a hypocrite and anyone who can not see through this is crazy!!!
    Hillary stay in there until the convention. I'm sure that this is not over yet and in months to come we are going to find aut about the real Obama and his crap about change.
    Don't give up we are behind you 100%

    Go Hillary

    March 3, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  16. Nancy FL

    The media still continues to put Senate Hillary Clinton down. When pictures are shown on TV of both of the campaigns you always show Obama with a wide lens so everyone can see his speeches, but when it comes to Hillary you only show her and a few people and we all know that she holds large crowds. I like her ads and she is correct she will fight for what's right for the people.
    You Go Hillary, your the best.

    March 3, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. Sharon

    Of course, he's been too busy repeating what Hillary says and doing what Hillary does....he can't make a move or speak until she does.....

    She's not chairing that committee, so why would Obama hold a meeting...he would have needed Hillary to tell him to do so...the man can't think for himself....that why he doesn't hold meetings, doesn't vote, and doesn't say anything but hope change, hope change, hope change.....

    March 3, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. Jed in Texas

    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.

    March 3, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  19. Fundamental Question

    "Change" Question: What has Obama done while in Senate to bring the Democrats and Republicans together?

    March 3, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  20. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    How much time does Chairperson-of-Something-or-Other Clinton spend on keeping her hair so stiff it never moves? That's got to be a major effort.

    March 3, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. Gram

    It's about time for the truth about Barak's lack of leadership to come out. He's certainly not represented his IL constituents over the past year. Sen. Clinton, you have my vote.

    March 3, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  22. Politra

    Mrs.Clinton should not undermine & defame another democrat to such extent.

    March 3, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  23. Michael "C" in Lorton, Virginia

    Hillary's ads are about as effective as the geniuses running her campaign. Her anger to "punish" Obama will only turn around and punish her. She is truly in complete denial.

    March 3, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  24. TL

    I find it very suspect when a candidate comes out with new negative attack commercail less than 24 hours before the election because it does not give the opponent time to respond to the attack. It's just a dirty campaign tactic. Why didn't Hilary come out with this commercail before now?

    March 3, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  25. Ex- Clinton Supporter

    I was a Hillary supporter until today.

    March 3, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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