April 20th, 2008
04:01 PM ET
7 years ago

In the homestretch: the campaign's 'most outrageous' attacks

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 The Pennsylvania contest's final days are turning into a slugfest.
The Pennsylvania contest's final days are turning into a slugfest.

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama haven’t crossed paths yet during their weekend barnstorming across Pennsylvania. But they’ve been constant campaign trail companions, as each invokes the other at virtually every whistle-stop during the final blitz before Tuesday’s primary vote.

Clinton has attacked Obama for his recent comments about some small town Americans, his heath care plan, and his relative Washington inexperience – which she argues makes him unprepared to lead the country in a crisis.

Obama has taken aim at Clinton over her acceptance of money from political action committees, her health care plan, and her Washington experience – which he argues makes her unprepared to bring real change to the city.

But the most-often repeated charge, the one that makes an appearance at virtually every stop, is: negative campaigning.

"I just heard that my opponent has put out an ad attacking my health care plan, which is kind of curious because my plan covers everybody, and his leaves out 15 million people, just leaves them out in the cold,” said Clinton at a campaign rally in York Saturday. “Instead of attacking the problem he chooses to attack my solution.”

For his part, Obama accused Clinton of looking to create “fake controversy” around him in the race’s final days.

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April 20th, 2008
03:55 PM ET
7 years ago

Pennsylvania's seniors may prove decisive

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Older voters are a major force in Pennsylvania politics.

(CNN) - See which way older voters - a critical primary season voting bloc - are leaning in Pennsylvania's contest. CNN's Randi Kaye reports.


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April 20th, 2008
03:50 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton accuses Obama of Republican tactics

Clinton said Obama was acting like the GOP on universal health care.
Clinton said Obama was acting like the GOP on universal health care.


BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania (CNN) –
Hillary Clinton on Sunday once again took umbrage at a new Obama television spot running in Pennsylvania that censures Clinton’s universal health care plan. The Obama ad suggests Clinton's plan would force people to purchase health insurance, even if they cannot afford it.

“He persists in it,” she said at a rally here, referring to Obama’s criticisms of her health care plan. "I really regret that because the last thing we need is to have somebody who is spending as much money as he has downgrading universal health care.”

“We need to try to achieve universal health care not create political opposition to universal health care,” she remarked. “That is what the Republicans do, not what Democrats do.”

The Clinton campaign in recent days has criticized Obama for saying that the New York senator has adopted the tactics of her GOP critics.

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April 20th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
7 years ago

Three negative spots debut in one day

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The DNC is taking on John McCain in a new TV spot.
The DNC is taking on John McCain in a new TV spot.

(CNN) - With just two days to go until the Pennsylvania primary, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama both launched new attack ads Sunday that accuse the other of “empty rhetoric” and “eleventh-hour smears” - while the Democratic National Committee trained its fire on John McCain.

Roughly half a dozen negative spots - the majority of all campaign advertising in the state - have hit the airwaves this week alone.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • DNC • Hillary Clinton • John McCain
April 20th, 2008
11:30 AM ET
7 years ago

Clinton campaign gets new conservative nod

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton's campaign is pointing to its Pennsylvania primary endorsement Sunday morning by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review – the latest in a stunning series of recent rapprochements with previous conservative media foes.

"For Pennsylvania Democrats, the smart choice Tuesday is Mrs. Clinton," writes the paper's deeply conservative editorial board in a piece e-mailed to reporters by her campaign Sunday. "She has a real voting record on key issues. Agree with her or not, you at least know where she stands instead of being forced to wonder.

"Many of her views on domestic issues are too liberal for us, but on others she seems to have moderated. ."

The board sharply criticizes both Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, writing that: "Everyone utters stupidities now and then. Yet taken together and uttered repeatedly, they sound like a pattern of thought in the Obama household. It's a pattern the nation can't afford in the White House."

The Tribune-Review is owned and published by conservative Richard Mellon Scaife - a frequent critic of the Clintons who helped fund The Arkansas Project, a series of exhaustive investigations into former President Bill Clinton.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Pennsylvania
April 20th, 2008
11:14 AM ET
7 years ago

McCain: Obama's patriotic, but his Ayers ties are 'open to question'

McCain hit Obama on Ayers ties Sunday.
McCain hit Obama on Ayers ties Sunday.

(CNN) – John McCain waded into the controversy over Barack Obama's ties to Weather Underground founder William Ayers Sunday, telling an interviewer that the Illinois senator’s relationship with the activist was "open to question," and his explanation of their connection “borders on the outrageous.”

The presumptive Republican nominee raised the issue himself during an interview on ABC’s This Week, in response to a question from host George Stephanopoulos about whether he believes Obama is as patriotic as he is.

“I'm sure he's very patriotic. But his relationship with Mr. Ayers is open to question,” said McCain.

“He became friends with him and spent time with him while the guy was unrepentant over his activities as a member of a terrorist organization, the Weathermen,” said the Arizona senator.

“Does he condemn them? Would he condemn someone who that says they're unrepentant and wished that they had bombed more?”

The Obama campaign responded a short time later. “Unable to sell his out-of-touch ideas on the economy and Iraq, John McCain has stooped to the same smear politics and low road that he denounced in 2000," said Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton. "The American people can’t afford a third term of President Bush’s failed policies and divisive tactics.”

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain