March 3rd, 2008
02:06 PM ET
6 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. daniels

    This really colored what had been said
    SHE WILL DO OR SAY ANYTHING TO GET ELECTED.
    It is a shame for her and her campaign if they can't connect with the voters.
    But trying to bring fear in the mind of the American people won't help her.
    She is finish,she is history now
    GO OBAMA.
    God will be with you through this rough and narrow path.

    March 3, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. jd

    Clinton Campaign is Desperate! Vote for Obama- Obamacans

    March 3, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. Jack

    Why is this negative? It's just pointing out the candidates record in the Senate? What Obama can't be criticized for this either? Give me a break!

    March 3, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. truth

    Didn't she say during the Cleveland debate she was too busy to release her tax return ???
    All candidates are busy and absent to some important meetings when campaigning ...
    LOL !! that's getting so funny, I can't believe her hypocrisy
    I can't wait to see the results tomorrow

    March 3, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. Carol - Colorado

    I have always been a Hillary Clinton supporter, and BARE-ak Obama's coment that Hillary is getting desparate solidified my support for her. NO RESPECT FOR OBAMA! Who wants to listen to a shallow orator for four years? If not Hillary, GO MCCAIN!

    March 3, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. Jay

    Obama is full of it, just like most other politicians. His whole "change" campaign is not new. Many other politicians have ran on "change." Do a little research – Obama is a typical politician just like Hillary and McCain. Any other politician gets scrutinized for every single thing they do. Obama, however, can blow stuff off or just say, "I swear I didn't do it," and his followers just believe it (without seriously looking into the matter).

    Hillary gets criticized for everything from her laugh to her pant suits. McCain hasn't had too much criticism yet, but he will. Get over it, people. Obama is fair game. We're potentially going to hire him for the most important job in America. By looking at his past, we can attempt to predict how he will govern in the future. Obama isn't an angel. Now that Rezko's trial begins today, I'm sure we'll find that out. However, I doubt his supporters will even care. Stop lying to yourself, folks. Obama is a typical politician like everyone else in this race. He's not "different." Sorry.

    March 3, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. LeftyLadig

    to Gary and others who are soooo negative......

    I support Obama and I think the Clintons are becoming very negative and I hope they wake up soon. That said, I do not call any Clinton supporters "stupid". I am not a naive "young person". I am a 61 year old white feminist and I greatly admire HIllary Clinton. If she was the nominee I would support her 100%. Both candidates are qualified; I just happen to believe that we need someone who can get more of America involved in choosing our leaders and that person is Barack Obama. I will support the nominee our party decides on and so should we all.

    March 3, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. Colorado

    It is simply this..............a vote for Obama is a vote for an army of faceless people who will implement their own agendas with Obama is president. With such little experience in Foreign affairs, economic policies and everything else.....a vote for Obama is a random vote for the people he will rely on. So ask yourself, who are you really voting for if you vote for Obama? do you know? should you care? does it matter?

    March 3, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. Linda

    Her campaign has become 100% negative. Instead of "elect me because I'm good" it's "elect me because my opponent is bad"... This is exactly the sort of politics that has people gravitating towards Obama in the first place. Not to mention, completely disingenuous in that ALL of the candidates have missed their usual duties due to campaigning. God I hope she gets trounced tomorrow....

    March 3, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  10. Diing, Washinton, DC

    Jane Johnson, you are so laugbable indeed.

    March 3, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. mbm2008

    OH Hilary ! Can you focus on your own message and ideas instead of attacking like the desperate woman you've become. You say you have more experience, being the wife of a President doesn't count. You've had 6 yrs in the senate thats it. While Barack has had 10 + years experience in the gov, 3 in US Senate and the rest in Illinois state senate. If your campaign is any indication of how you'd run this country, you're in deep trouble.

    March 3, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. Paul

    And what was Hillary doing for the effort in Afghanistan? Sending troops to Iraq. Let's not be fooled, folks. Her "35 years of experience" didn't include any foreign policy experience before 7 years ago. Being married to a former president isn't the same as having been the president. Being a junior senator is not much different from being a freshman senator. Just because we've known her name longer doesn't make her more qualified.

    March 3, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. Ron Carter

    Obama was not in the senate at the time of the Iraq vote. Most of you Hillary supporters fail to note that 23, yes 23 senators voted against the war. And they had the same information Hillary had. Obama while not in the senate, did and does not live in a vacum. Had Ms Clinton admitted her error, I might have second thoughts. But like GWB, she can do no wrong.

    March 3, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. simple thought ?

    she who laughs last may have the last laugh?

    March 3, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. Marvin Gonzalez

    Clinton is desesperate. her perfect campaing is gone...Now she is showing...her capacity to be another politician like Bush.....and the republicans...She wants to be president and she will do anything to achive her goal...she doesnot care the party and the country...it is only her that's it!!!!Go Obama GO! Si SE PUEDE

    March 3, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. reba

    Obama is a "SHOW HORSE" in the senate, not a "WORK HORSE".

    He can't be bothered with doing a job he has been entrusted to do

    because he is too busy running for president.

    See it, hear it, smell it

    March 3, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. Dupont Circle

    I guess this is the Clinton policy of throwing everything, including the kitchen sink.

    This will not shake my resolve to elect Barack Obama for president.

    Hillary has a very selfish reasons for running for president–to become the first woman president.

    I will not vote for Hillary so that she can make history, or so that Chelsea can have a WH wedding. These people are selfish to the core.

    Obama 08
    Clinton 0-Never

    March 3, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. dee

    IT SEEMS THAT MOST OF OBAMA'S CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN ANSWERING
    HILLARY ADS....WHEN DOES HE GET DOWN TO HIS ISSUES?
    HILLARY'S CAMPAIGNING HAS HAD PRACTICALLY POWER POINT PRESENTATIONS TO HER PLANS. I DON'T THINK OBAMA REALLY HAS ANY PLANS EXCEPT WHAT HE HAS COPIED FROM HILLARY AND MODIFIED A BIT JUST TO CALL THEM HIS OWN....JUST LIKE HIS ADS.
    FROM RUNNING FOR SENATOR CLEAR UP UNTIL NOW, OBAMA HAS ONLY POSITIONED HIMSELF FOR RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. ALL THIS RAH RAH SIS BOOM BAH IS NOTHING BUT SMOKE SCREENS SO HE DOESN'T HAVE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ON SPECIFIC ISSUES. WHEN HE IS ASKED ABOUT ISSUES, HE SEEMS TO START ON THEM, GET REALLY VAGUE, AND THEN GO INTO THE IRAQ WAR VOTE..AND/OR A "YES WE CAN " SPEECH.

    March 3, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  19. Donna Midkiff

    Go Hillary! Action's speak louder than words!!!

    March 3, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. Vince Schneider

    In my opinion, the measure of a person, and a leader, is how they respond under pressure. Hiliary is demonstrating pettiness and fostering fear in the American people in her ads. Obama continues to inspire hope, and also responds quickly to attacks. I'm Canadian, and I don't want a loose canon reactionary as my neighbour, even if Bill Clinton is there to balance her decisions.

    March 3, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  21. frank ogobi

    who is a micromanageable candidate? who said 'those behind my campaign...', is it not obvious those ship-jumping delegates are doing so for self interests? to have room and influence...where does emotion stand on the face of reason? who really represents CHANGE? A MAN OR A WOMAN WITH EXPERIENCE...?

    March 3, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  22. Praetorian, Ft. Myers, FL

    I can tell you one thing.

    Anything executive who chairs a committee or working group and doesn't call even ONE meeting would get a pretty lousy rating on his/her annual review!!

    Why should Obama be any different?

    Let's give him an "F" on executive skills–and vote for anybody else!!

    March 3, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. Jules

    It's time we overhauled the process. All the candidates are in the same position- missing important votes and hearings- that includes McCain who has missed more than any of the three and Clinton who missed the Telecom vote to go to a fundraiser. It's what's required because we drag the process out so long. And "T" is absolutely right. Overzealous supporters are desroying the party when Democrats should be clapping each other on the back at our good fortune to have such great candidates- both well informed, intelligent, and qualified in his and her own way. Time to stop bickering and start building the strong coalition we will need to push a progressive agenda forward. Keep your eye on the ball.

    March 3, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. Micahel Guinn, Ventura, CA

    PLEASE QUIT SAYING OBAMA WON'T SAY THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE OR THAT HE WILL USE THE KORAN AND ALL THESE OTHER LIES! LEARN THE FACTS BEFORE SPEWING! HE LEADS IN THE PLEDGE IN THE SENATE AND HE'S A DEACON IN A CHRISTIAN CHURCH AND HAS BEEN FOR 12 YEARS!
    IF THESE ARE THE REASONS YOU ARE FOR HILLARY, YOU NEED TO GET A GRIP OR GET EDUCATED ON THE FACTS!!!

    March 3, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  25. Kevin, Louisville, Ky

    Low despicable blow from Hillary....this is the end of the Clinton Bus..sorry Hillary but no more respect for you!!!

    Obama as president is a more respectable figure...btw he did not hold a meeting cause he know when he becomes president and working hard for that, he can reshape the lives of the pple of America and those of soldiers in Afganistan for the better...

    He has brought hope to a discouraged country and he will prevail ....

    Can wait to see the look of your face when he whacks you silly tomorrow

    March 3, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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