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. Sheri


    MCCAIN 2008!!!!!

    March 3, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. AJ, IL

    Oh Hillary and her uninformed supporters...What do you think Hillary has been doing over the last year in the Senate? Is this what Hillary-supporters expect to get for their donations, more Karl Rovian-attack antics. Obama is trying to stay about the fray of negative politics. He could simply "spit-out" similiar stuff on Hillary and take it to a higher level because there is more political Clinton garbage to choose from.

    Stay positive and stay strong Obama and Obama-supporters...!

    March 3, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. Concerned Voter

    Senator Obama has failed, even after 11 victories to seal the nomination. Even today, he still neck and neck in Texas and Ohio. If he can't bring the Dems together, how can he unite a nation ? Forget the speeches and the movement. Forget your ego. You have not won and it will go to the end.

    March 3, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. Stevenson, RI

    That Howard Wolfson is's good he's losing. He sounds like another Karl Rove.

    I'm saying no to Howard and his puppet Hillary Clintonette.

    Obama 08

    March 3, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. pupnannie

    It's pretty sad that CNN is so negative to Hillary Clinton that they won't even post a blog criticizing obama. I put information in a blog that obama supporters should see but they won't post it. I'm sure FOX would.

    March 3, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. JJ

    Hmmm. Who was too busy to actually read the intel report before authorizing Bush to invade Iraq? Oh yeah, Senator Clinton, that's right.

    March 3, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. dj

    this woman makes me sad... I'm sick of watch her cackle at herself. she's already done more damage to the democratic party than anyone in the last century, and we aren't even done with this.

    there was a time when EITHER clinton or obama looked poised to steamroll the GOP, but now its fading fast because, unlike the news agencies, PEOPLE are getting sick of this race. Who's dragging this out, the guy who is up by more than 100 delegates and has won 11 races in a row???

    her campaign runs on the idea she has our interests at heart, but every step along the way she proves otherwise. As a democrat its gotten to the point that I might well vote for McCain in November, but if Clinton somehow theifs this nomination I won't just vote for him, I'll become a precinct captain.

    March 3, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. Jurell Houston

    Clinton is the epitome of wealthy and well connected. She has some nerve claiming to be a woman of the people. If she were truly a woman of and for the people then all the hype and momentum in this campaign would be surrounding her and not Obama. The people are speaking, and Hillary continues time after time to call the voice of the common people insignificant in the 11 states she has lost in a row. Had Obama suffered the same defeats, calls for his withdrawl would have been sounded long ago.

    March 3, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  9. Gunther Jones

    Obama has absolutely no foreign policy experience. Zero, zip.
    We need someone who has foreign leaders in her rolodex and on speed-dial ready to be called at all hours of the night.

    Hillary's extensive work with world leaders and on foreign relations issues makes her someone this country can depend on.

    March 3, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. Charles

    The report from Canada on Obama's meeting about NAFTA was just released and it is FALSE! Obama never said these things. Another lie cooked up by the Clinton machine.

    March 3, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. Cecil

    Lets Not Forget;
    I think nearly every person who posted here can run for President!
    We are all good people and love our country, even as our respective candidates.

    Obama 08

    God Bless America!

    March 3, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. Brenda Gouck

    Hillary Clinton should step out of this campaign, negative slandering remarks and commercials aren't the campaign Obama is running. Apparently the good guy wins in the end. She and her husband are liars and should go live their lives separately instead of playing the charade she has been. Go Obama we know your ready.

    March 3, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. Dani

    I demand a shorter campaign season, a relatively close national primary, within four months of each other and be done with it. If anyone wants to run for the presidency, put out their position papers, let the country read them and then have the debates and the primaries. This is very, very bad for the country.

    Every person has the right to run and every person has the right to stay in the race and challenge their opponents right up until the convention. Get over it. This is not an American Idol vote and based on the comments from all the blogs, I kind of wonder.

    March 3, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. kim from nyc

    Charlotte you need to get your facts correct. The back room issue regarding CANADA was INCORRECT info. Candaian officials and THE NEWS agency withdrew the statements acknowledging the ERROR!!! please get your facts straight. ignorance is bliss.

    Obama 08

    March 3, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  15. Jenny MA

    OBAMA is a desperate one!

    If not, he should call his competitor:" I am waiting for you in OH and TX."

    This is the race which should be. Everyone is the competitor in this race, how can you have right to ask the other to drop out.

    If OBAMA is confident, he should smile to his competitor. but actually he fears, he fears what will happen in TX and OH!

    He knows he will lose both states + RI........ He will be known more by American people, he will be known as a fake person from his face to his soul!

    Hillary --2008!!!GO GO GO!

    March 3, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. Steve

    So if Hillary won't be "too busy", where was she when it came to voting whether or not to give the telecoms retroactive immunity to spy on people? The same bill that Obama was there to vote on?

    March 3, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. Darryl Miller

    When a person back is against the wall they will reach out at anything just to stay afloat. Hillary is no different although she is evil and 75% of america don't trust her and wishes she would just go away. However, she can't take a hint and owe to many people to give up now.

    March 3, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  18. Sal

    Hillary was too busy to ready the security report, when voting for the war with Iraq. Iraq want us out.

    Obama is the leader we need with good political judgement.

    Hillary will fail in nov.

    Nader will get the young vote and Dems will loose becaus of the sore looser not wanting to bow out with grace.

    For real change

    Obama 08

    March 3, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  19. Shannon Shiflett

    the more clinton goes negative, the more pathetic she looks.

    March 3, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. Pepou

    The desperate housewife is running out of arguments. Pitiful.

    March 3, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  21. IA

    The Jury's being picked in the REZKO case today! I'll guarantee you OBAMA has been involved in a bad way this guy. It just don't add up!


    We still have time to SAVE our country from this empty suit!

    HILLARY 08!

    March 3, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. Texican

    Just love this fight. Too Bad both of them can't cut it as president and will lose to JOHN SYDNEY MCCAIN a real American Hero with experience and wisdom. Vote for Hillary and keep this fight going all the way to the convention.

    March 3, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. Sharlene Williamson

    I originally backed Obama but now see that he's nothing but talk and would probably be better off preaching in a church somewhere. He's scary actually.

    Smart people vote for Hillary!

    March 3, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. dave

    I would like to ask CNN, Obama, and all cult Obama why Barack can claimed Hillary has poor judgement based on her vote on the Iraqi war. We all know that all of those votes the senators cast were based on info available at that time to them. But what I don't understand is how Obama somehow feels he has better judgement when he continued to have dealings with Rezko even after allegations were levied against Rezko by state and local authorities and formal investigations had already started?? Did I miss a meeting?

    March 3, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  25. CB

    Senator Clinton have you missed any committee meetings since you started the campaign trail? Give it a rest, March 4th will bring you a little awaking news. You are not saviour of the little people as, you think you are. What experience do you REALLY HAVE. Let change for new ideas and hope take seed and give it your support.

    March 3, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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