April 20th, 2008
03:50 PM ET
10 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.

With time dwindling before Democrats in Pennsylvania head to the polls on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton used the speech here to aggressively push back against an onslaught of television ads from her rival Barack Obama by reminding voters of the Illinois senator's debate performance several days ago.

“This week we had a debate,” she said at the rally. “And it showed you the choice you have. It's no wonder that my opponent has been so negative these last few days of the campaign, because I think you saw a big difference between us. It's really a choice of leadership. I'm offering leadership you can count on.”

Despite polls that show Clinton’s favorable ratings suffer when her campaign rhetoric turns negative, the Obama campaign’s attacks on Clinton this weekend - in TV ads, on conference calls and in mailboxes - have given the New York senator an opening to respond.

Throughout the weekend and across the state, she has done so forcefully, both on the stump and on the  TV airwaves.

Her campaign Saturday launched a new television ad attempting to undermine Obama’s outsider message by linking him to lobbyist money, drawing a response ad from Obama calling those charges from Clinton “eleventh hour smears, paid for by lobbyist money.”

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. alexis

    Hillary did not learn anything from her health care debacle in the 90's. Obama's health care plan is far superior.

    April 20, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  2. Pat Va

    Has this woman lost all perspective??? I'm really wondering if she's lost touch with reality!!!! And this, Hillary supporters, is who you would trust to have their hand on the button of a nuclear device???

    April 20, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  3. david

    Obamas just like the rest of them. He says one thing, means another and does something else intirerly. The mans a frued and it will cost the Dems if their not careful.

    April 20, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |

    Go away Hillary. I don't want to hear any lies, distortion or divisive tactics of you...you are not a trustworthy person to vote for presidency.

    OBAMA 2008 !!!!

    April 20, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  5. Steve

    You have GOT to be kidding me. Clinton complaining about someone being negative?!?! Is this bizzaro world? I'm in complete shock.

    Obama please beat her so we can wrap this up and go to the general election.

    April 20, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  6. Michael in Columbus, Ohio

    Hillary you should know, didnt you use to be a republican at some point, i guess you kwo one when you see one doing what you do best, right?

    Obama '08

    April 20, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  7. Deborah

    Clinton is a Liar.

    April 20, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  8. carrie

    hillary has lost it.
    thats all i can say

    April 20, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  9. Darryl

    People are making a choice and they need to know the truth that Hillary Clinton is not willing to tell everyone. This lady have lied from the start and need to get off her high horse and tell people the truth.

    That is she has sold out the white house to the highest lobbyist.

    That the way the clintons play.

    April 20, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  10. HonestyMatters

    Hillary's fib about her brave landing in Bosnia is just too much to stomach. The "job interview" is over, Hillary – we've chosen someone else. Thanks for the memories.

    April 20, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  11. Lorenzo

    Come On Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Stop please.

    April 20, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  12. Johnny

    THIS from the women who taught the republicans HOW TO attack and bicker... when it comes to politics... Hillary is the Queen of Mean!

    April 20, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  13. Sick of Hillary

    Hillary, just shut up.

    No one cares what you think or say anymore. The only ones to blame are you and Bill. You have zero credibility with the American voter because of all your personal attacks, double speak, lies and deceit.

    I will be so glad when Tuesday gets here.

    April 20, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  14. j gannon

    More Hillary desperation!
    Sad to say but YEAH!!

    April 20, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  15. Linda

    Is she serious? That excuse is getting very old Clinton. Now you are trying to put any and everything out there. Whatever sticks right?

    April 20, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  16. PA Voter

    Who do you want advising the next president?
    Rev Whright?
    Al Sharpton?
    Bill Ayers?
    L Farrakan?



    April 20, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
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