April 15th, 2008
04:28 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton, Obama go negative on special interest influence

The new ad is Clinton’s second negative spot this week.
The new ad is Clinton’s second negative spot this week.

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton’s campaign debuted a new 30-second television spot Tuesday that accuses Barack Obama of accepting donations from energy executives and supporting the Bush-Cheney energy bill – as the Illinois senator’s campaign unveiled a new mailer and Web ad that says she has accepted more lobbyist money than any other candidate.

“Every gallon of gas takes over three bucks from your pocket,” says the announcer in the new Clinton ad, ‘Pocket.’ “But Obama voted for the Bush-Cheney energy bill that put $6 billion in the pocket of big oil. Hillary voted against it….”

The new Obama mailer and Web ad make many of the same charges against the New York senator. "Clinton has taken money from lobbyists for oil companies, drug companies and insurance companies,” says the Pennsylvania mailer. “She says they represent ‘real people.’ Do they represent you?"


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soundoff (161 Responses)
  1. Chris

    Where are the "issues" ads? Hillary, stop the the old politics and divisive attacks – keep your eye on the ball and win because of what you represent!

    Obama 08! (hispanic husband and white wife)

    April 15, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  2. Amazing...

    Distortion at its best! Everyone knows that to get things done certain bill or packages contain good/bad! It is called compromise! To be a uniter, you must be able to compromise! Check the facts from both camps before making quick judgments!

    April 15, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  3. andrew

    You said silly season?????????????????????
    Power hungry,

    April 15, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. amanda

    HIL... LIAR ... Y!!!!!! SHE IS A DESTROYER A DIVIDER.TWO FACE LIAR. WHO WILL STOP AT NOTHING INCLUDUNG DEMEAN AND RIDICULE SOMEONE ELSE JUST TO GET THE NOMINATION.... AND THEN DO WHAT? GUESS........ TEAR THE COUNTRY ITSELF DOWN. SHE CANNOT BE TRUSTED AT ALL. SHE HAS NO CONSCIENCE.

    April 15, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  5. Paul

    OBAMA -WRIGHT .. HELL NO!!!

    IS THAT THE CHANGE THAT HIS GRANDMOTHER ' THE TYPICAL WHITE PERSON ' BELIEVES IN...

    I DO NOT THINK SO, RPOBABLY SHE WAS OFFENDED BY HIS DEROGATORY COMMENTS AGAINST MILLIONS OF AMERICANS

    HILLARY- PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    April 15, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. Chris

    Hillary would have voted for NAFTA
    Hillary voted for the WAR
    Hillary lies and takes money from lobbyists

    I don't get the point of the ad – it's like it's taken out of context and twisted as usual.

    April 15, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  7. OC

    JEEEEZZZZZ
    Is it ever gonna end?
    You did it, no you did it, no you did it, no you did it...

    Meanwhile, the RNC is tipping beers and laughing all the way to the Whitehouse!

    April 15, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  8. La Bomb ba

    Obama pot calling the Clinton kettle Black. Look at the record, look at the past and you can predict the future. Oh Obama doesn't have a past just a civil rights background at a hate America Church. Oh but that is being bitter not better. As long as we are blaming the Government why trust any of them?

    April 15, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  9. seah Ohio

    Bring Edwards Back for nominee

    April 15, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  10. Rosemary K. WI

    I just want to hear about what really matters to all of us in this country. I will admit, at first I had to do some real thinking about who I was going to support. Now it's perfectly clear, I'm an Obama girl. He is the real thing. He pulls no punches but can take them so well. I urge everyone to listen to this man's speeches. He truly is a "once in a lifetime leader". We would all be fools again if vote any other way.

    April 15, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  11. Lord Voldemort

    Former Clinton Voter,

    Its not that Hillary has a problem with the truth, she has a problem with saying "I'm sorry ", therefore trying to justify herself, spinning and spinning, in the end everything comes back and crashes on her and then she finally looks at herself as a victim, where as it was heer that started the whole darn thing herself.

    still no I'm sorry............

    April 15, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  12. Reality check #1

    Obama also said he and George Bush were not that different on the war in Iraq. Not what he is saying now. Nothing that comes out of his mouth is believable. Seems the Rezko trial held today told about him being at a fund raiser at Rezkos house and low and behold who else was there? Aubi.

    April 15, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  13. Jeff

    Hillary is going down! her negative are higher!!!

    April 15, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  14. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Hillary is biting the dust, so there will never be anything regarding current issues of interest coming from her. Go duck hunting Hillary or take up knitting or something we are sick of your cat fighting.

    April 15, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  15. melikeyhill

    i REGRET voting for hillary!!! i wish i could take my vote back....she is full of lies and spin, she will lose this nomination for supporting republicans to attack a fellow democrat!! she doesnt know who her true enemies are!!! the superdelegates will never give her the nomination only true democrats can get the nomination and she isnt!!!

    April 15, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  16. Lord Voldemort

    Marie in California,

    Yea save us Hillary, only you can, or maybe that crazy old guy can too, but no go Hillary go hillary, run girl run go go go

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    some of you guys are just funny.

    April 15, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  17. Desiree

    Obama is change we don't need or want!

    April 15, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  18. seah Ohio

    Money for your wifes hospital

    Money for drill team uniforms

    Money for all you little special interest

    You worse than a 10 year old with you game.

    Obama started the name calling, blaming, dirt campaign game.
    What don't you start with Grown up campaigning.

    April 15, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  19. gary

    O.B. HAS ALL OF YOU SOLD. HE TAKES MONEY FROM BIG OIL COMPANY'S ,LOBBIST ETC. HE CAN LIE TO YOU SUPPORTERS AND SMOOTH IT OVER WITH A SPEECH AND YOU KISS HIS -. HRC YOU DO NOTHING BUT TRASH AND HATE. YOU ARE HATING ON YOUR ONLY PRAYER. THEY SHOULDNT LET ANYONE YOUNGER THAN 35 VOTE. YOUNGER THAN THAT ,THEY HAVE NO COMMON SCENCE ABOUT OUR COUNTRY. THEY VOTE FOR A CANIDATE THEY KNOW NOTHING ABOUT. THEY ONLY KNOW WHAT THEIR CANIDATE TELLS THEM. THAT IS REAL SMART. IT SHOWS YOU HOW MUCH THIS COUNTRY IS IN TROUBLE. DONT THINK YOUR GOD O.B. CAN WAVE A MAGIC WAND AND GIVE YOU ALL OF THE CHANGES WE NEED.O.B. IS NOTHING BUT A SMOOTH TALKER.THAT IS HIS ONLY QUALIFICATIONS. HE IS NOTHING BUT A HYPOCRYTICAL ,RACIST CON MAN.AMERICA WILL WAKE UP WHEN THE ENEMY IS IN OUR BACK YARD AGAIN.

    April 15, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  20. Maggie

    Oh, Hillary!!!! You know that is not the complete truth!!! All you have to do is go to fact check and it will prove you wrong AGAIN!!!!! He voted for it because it was basically a good bill regardless if it was Cheney's bill or not!!! Use the fact check and read it for yourself.

    April 15, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  21. Truth

    If you are going to vote for McCain instead of Obama, I'm pretty sure you voted for Bush in 2000 and/or 2004. Look at your judgement. Look retrospectively, ignoring your ego, at how he did compared to how it is likely Gore or Kerry would have performed.

    Do you not learn from your mistakes? Would you rather vote for McCain out of spite instead of giving this country a chance at changing the path to destruction we are currently on? Can you possibly not think of your own personal interests for once and think of this country as a cohesive unit?

    For the love of god people, stop acting so childish and realize McCain will bring us to war with Iran, allow for the rich to get even richer, and continue to destroy our civil liberties. Did you even know that the US has approved use of unmanned aerial surveillance and satellite surveillance against domestic objectives. It has even been approved for Police use. This is a clear violation of the 4th and 15th amendments and you people don't even know probably. And guess what... McCain supported this bill to allow this.

    Accept the fact that you may be ignorant and you open yourself up to learn much more than putting your fingers in your ears and closing your eyes.

    CNN Moderator who has this comment's fate in your hands, I speak the truth, and if you are a human being who values the freedom of this country and its people, let my voice be heard for once, lest you be complicit in its downfall.

    April 15, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  22. Dennis, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Go Hillary, I love you!!! Keep fighting and staying in there, I know you'd be a great president like you've been a caring person!

    April 15, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  23. North Carolina

    The Bush Cheney energy bill allowed hydraulic fracturing a process where toxic chemicals are injected into the ground to help extract oil and gas. In hydraulic fracturing for methane gas in coal formations, these fracturing fluids are injected directly into the water sources. In many instances they remain in the coal formations even after cleansing attempts using water and acid. The energy bill banned the EPA from prohibiting hydraulic fracturing in oil and gas production, despite an 11th Circuit Court of Appeals case that required EPA to regulate it as a drinking water contaminant. That's why Clinton voted against it.

    April 15, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  24. Sharon

    I am glad Obama will win.
    'Bitter' maybe wrong choice of words-by Obama.
    'I was under sniper fire in Bosnia', out right lie-by Clinton.
    'I never supported NAFTA in 1990's", out right lie-by Clinton.
    Let really change Washington!!!

    April 15, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  25. tropicalos

    DEMOCRATS MAY LOSS IF THE SUPER DELAGATE KEEPS SILENT TILL MAY 6 BECAUSE THE ARE GETING TOO PERSONAL: SHAME ON DEAN AND THE SUPER DELEGATES!

    April 15, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
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