April 19th, 2008
05:45 PM ET
2 years ago

Clinton, Obama campaign battle over health care attack ads

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New Obama ad takes aim at Clinton over health care.
New Obama ad takes aim at Clinton over health care.

YORK, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama’s campaign battled Saturday over television attack ads on the issue of health care.

Obama launched an ad in Pennsylvania Saturday criticizing Clinton’s universal health care plan.

“I just heard that my opponent has put up an ad attacking my health care plan, which is kind of curious, because my plan covers everybody, and his leaves out 15 million people, leaves them out in the cold,” Clinton told an outdoor audience here.

The Obama campaign responded to the New York senator’s criticism by pointing to an ad produced by a pro-Clinton 527 that makes the same claims about his health care plan as she does.

Obama’s ad, titled “Afford,” re-hashes critiques he has made against Clinton’s plan since last year, mainly that her plan forces people to buy health care even if they can’t afford to do so. The ad also suggests Clinton will garnish wages to pay for the plan.

“Instead of attacking the problem, he chose to attack my solution. I don’t think that we can just make speech about this,” Clinton continued. “We have to have a plan that we can actually implement that will provide quality affordable health care. That’s what I’ve been fighting for 15 years and that’s what I will fight for as your president.”

The Obama campaign circulated a script of an ad sponsored by the American Leadership Project. “Hillary Clinton’s healthcare plan would help every American get affordable, quality healthcare. Barack Obama’s plan would leave as many as 15 million Americans uncovered…”

“So you would either be one of the millions without coverage, or you’ll keep paying more to provide emergency healthcare for the millions of uninsured. Call Barack Obama and tell him to support healthcare for all Americans,” says the announcer in the 30-second spot.

“Given that they have been engaging in a self-professed 'kitchen sink' strategy that Senator Clinton describes as 'the fun part,' their charges today are laughable,” said Obama adviser Hari Sevugan. “While they continue to employ the say-and-do-anything tactics of the past, Senator Obama is going to focus on the issues that are affecting the American people.”

soundoff (129 Responses)
  1. pc

    There is a lot Hillary is not saying. Being in the white house for eight years, she's learned how to "play the people" which is what she is doing. She is coniving and condescending.

    Obama for President.

    YES WE CAN!!!

    April 19, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. Jess

    They are both totally fake, with no toe hold on what reality they can deliver. Or course, then they will demonize everyone around them for not making their rhetoric come true.

    April 19, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  3. lynette

    I' d rather have an option to get insurance instead of being forced to pay for it. Look at social security, I am paying for something I will never even benefit from seeing it will be "bust" when I retire.

    April 19, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  4. pc

    Obama's healthcare plan is better than Clintons. Obama's plan will be affordable, Hillary's won't.

    GO OBAMA – PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

    YES WE CAN!!!

    April 19, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. Susan MO

    Of the two, we feel Hillary Clinton is the more intelligent, the strongest.

    Obama appears to be one who will 'break' under pressure.

    Strongley for Hillary Clinton :)

    April 19, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. Susan MO

    We laughed about this...........Obama says.......let's campaign.

    He is an attacker and denies it.

    Strongely for Clinton :)

    April 19, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  7. vince - phoenix

    Hell hath NO fury as a woman SCORNED !

    April 19, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. Kevin

    You're right, Hillary: "we have to have a plan."

    Problem is: yours isn't the one.

    April 19, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  9. x4faith - Mobile

    Good-Bye Hillary!!!! AND PLEASE TAKE Bill, Chelsea and ALL of your ugly NEGATIVITY with you!!!!!

    April 19, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  10. Susan MO

    Some people can't take a hint. Hillary we don't want you.

    OBAMA all the way

    Obama will beat Mccain/Specter any day

    April 19, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  11. Edna Hudson

    Why did you close the comment for 35,000 people coming out to see Obama with only one comment?

    April 19, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  12. whatever

    Hillary will not be able to afford her health care plan with our economy being destroyed before our very eyes.

    April 19, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  13. melisa

    well she will plan and ready for president. not obam noghting about health care.

    April 19, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  14. jl

    WITH OUR CURRENT ECONOMY, I DO NOT NEED TO BE FORCED

    TO BUY ANYTHING.

    OBAMA'S PLAN IS MORE REALISTIC!!

    April 19, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  15. Bob

    'Tis indeed the Silly Season!

    Go away, Hillary!

    April 19, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  16. mjaber

    Hillary trying to persuade indepents to vote for her with her lies...

    April 19, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  17. Ben Gabson

    Go Obama! Expose the hypocrisy, the lies and the diabolical nature of the Clinton political machine. We are hehind ya 101%.

    April 19, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  18. Willy

    Tax everyone who works to pay for health care for illegals. The democrat motto:

    April 19, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  19. Grif

    Instead of criticism, Obama should be more concerened about his own Health, come November; if not before. The Healthy, the Wealthy, and the Wise....

    April 19, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  20. HH

    Hillary will take your wages, the majority of us need a president that is going to save money NOT TAKE more.

    Clinton/McCain 08

    April 19, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  21. Gabriel

    This is what she wanted. She thought she would use his taking against him, but now they are fighting back.

    Who's the whiner now?

    April 19, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  22. Still Shaking Head

    Ah, the politics of change at work.

    It still amazes me that no one sees through this man.

    They're both politicians, so let's choose the one with the better plans, and the superior experience.

    HILLARY '08

    April 19, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  23. Marc

    Does CNN feel left out of the Politico fodder?

    April 19, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  24. julie

    Well then, I guess they will just have to debate this , so come on Obama say yes.

    April 19, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  25. gary

    O.B. HAS TO COPY HRC 'S PLANS OTHERWISE HE HAS NONE. HRC IS FOR EVERYONE. O.B. IS FOR THE RICH. GO HRC.

    April 19, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
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