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. Sarah

    This woman is such a phony!!!! Obama 08'

    April 20, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  2. Niky


    April 20, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  3. JT

    this is hilarious considering she is the one using the self-proclaimed "kitchen sink" strategy. Get a life Hill-baby, and quit lying...PLEASE!

    April 20, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  4. Tee

    Give me a break, How can this women say this. She has been giving the republicans ammunition since she fell behind. Shes a closet republican.

    April 20, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  5. Jo Ann - HOUSTON

    The nerve of Hilliary when she use the republicans tatics, the kitchen
    sink so to say. Is she on drugs or something you can't tell what will come out of her mouth. Oh i know she just misspoke.

    April 20, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  6. kentucky

    This if the Queen of crap saying that Obama is negative? I think we will all take a laugh break now Hillary.

    April 20, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  7. Tom, Gettysburg

    Senator Obama, . . .Ignore Hillary and keep getting those votes and

    YES WE CAN!!!!!

    April 20, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  8. Kathy

    I agree with Hillary. He acts more like a Republican.

    April 20, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  9. Dan, TX

    Stick to the issues. Doesn't matter who started it now. It is a spiral down into the gutter. You can't stop it now can you? Thanks for letting us know that there is NO difference between democrats and republicans.

    April 20, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  10. Peter in Oregon

    I'm finally starting to see the trend in Clinton's most recent strategy. Her campaign takes tactics that they've been using against Obama, and accuse him of using those tactics...

    She's cunning like a fox.

    Obama '08

    April 20, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  11. sivananthi

    Hillary Clinton will solve the problems...
    will treat all americans with dignity......
    will balance the budget...
    will unite the country...
    will become one of the greatest american presidents.

    .-HILLARY 08

    April 20, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  12. Jack in ND

    Is she just going to turn around and accuse Obama of everything he accuses her of.

    That's like the guy who steals my wallet accusing me of stealing his wallet.

    April 20, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  13. Cowboy Jack

    On Tuesday, I encourage "typical white people" to vote "present".... If you do, for the first time in my adult life, I'll be proud of my country

    April 20, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  14. Hattie / Chicago

    This is so funny.. This contest needs to end now.. I order both children to go to time out !!!

    April 20, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  15. annie

    That is not negative attacks....

    Negative attacks are distortions or lies ...

    Obama has to put ads on to clarify Clintons DISTORTIONS (aka LIES)...

    That's called "INFORMING THE VOTER"...

    It's ALL TRUE!

    April 20, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  16. Melanie

    I know the Queen of Republican Tactics is not pointing the finger at anyone else!

    Her campaign motto should be "Rovian on day one" not "Ready on day one."

    April 20, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  17. Cowboy Jack

    Is this Obama's idea of changing politics in Washington and embarking on a new way of doing business?

    because if it is, it seems like her "plagiarized" off the current system

    April 20, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  18. Stop That Woman!

    Yeah right...more games from the Clinton camp!

    April 20, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  19. DS in SD

    Hillary has made of lot of outrageously hypocritical statements during this campaign, but his one is probably the worst. No one has embraced Rovian tactics like she has in this campaign. She truly makes me sick.

    April 20, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  20. Laurie Johnston

    maybe she can say these are Republican tactics because she is so thoroughly familiar with them thru personal use!

    April 20, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  21. John from Las Vegas

    Now THAT'S' funny! After she looses she should go into stand-up.

    OBAMA '08

    April 20, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  22. Fred

    She is getting ready to drop a whoper Monday or Tuesday. You watch This sleezy tatic worked last time before the voters realized it wasnt true. That she was the one that contacted the Canadians not Obama.

    April 20, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  23. Ladyleo

    Hillary never stops amazing me with her "I will do anything tactic."

    April 20, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  24. adonalson

    She is so sad!!!!

    April 20, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  25. Bridgette- PA

    Hillary, Hillary....it is over! Let it go. You started this negative crap from the start. Taste your own medicine! We are fighting hard for Barack in Pennsylvania. Let's Rock with Barack on 4/22/08.


    April 20, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
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