April 23rd, 2008
10:26 AM ET
11 years ago

NY Times slams Clinton's 'negativity'

 Clinton celebrates her Pennsylvania victory with Gov. Ed Rendell.

Clinton celebrates her Pennsylvania victory with Gov. Ed Rendell.

(CNN) - Fresh off her victory in Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton is facing a stinging rebuke of her campaign tactics from her hometown paper, The New York Times.

In the paper's Wednesday edition, the editorial board which endorsed Clinton's White House bid earlier this year says the New York senator's "negativity" is doing "harm to her, her opponent, her party and the 2008 election."

"The Pennsylvania campaign, which produced yet another inconclusive result on Tuesday, was even meaner, more vacuous, more desperate, and more filled with pandering than the mean, vacuous, desperate, pander-filled contests that preceded it," the board writes.

The paper finds fault in Clinton's latest campaign ad, which includes an image of Osama bin Laden, and asks, "Who do you think has what it takes?"

"Mrs Clinton became the first Democratic candidate to wave the bloody shirt of 9/11," they write, adding that it is a tactic that is "torn right from Karl Rove’s playbook."

"Mrs. Clinton does more than just turn off voters who don’t like negative campaigning," the editorial also states. "She undercuts the rationale for her candidacy that led this page and others to support her: that she is more qualified, right now, to be president than Mr. Obama."

The paper also says Barack Obama deserves some of the blame for the negative tone. "He is increasingly rising to Mrs. Clinton’s bait, undercutting his own claims that he is offering a higher more inclusive form of politics."

But the editorial makes clear the paper thinks most of the blames lies with Clinton. "If she is ever to have a hope of persuading [superdelegates] to come back to her side, let alone win over the larger body of voters, she has to call off the dogs."

soundoff (917 Responses)
  1. Pete

    Someone needed to say it. I am having a hard time differentiating Clinton's campaign with Bush's past presidential campaigns. The longer this campaign goes, the more Clinton's campaign looks like Bush's past campaigns.

    April 23, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  2. David

    i guess she won with the unedecuated Voters.............That says alot about her too...

    April 23, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  3. JV

    If Clinton's margin of victory is 9.44%, why do the percentages say "10%"? Why wouldn't it round to "9%"??

    April 23, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  4. cleareyes

    Obama's big spending could have saved a lot of low income families in PA. SHAME ON YOU, OBAMA.!

    Smart PA people know who is really good for the country, Hillary is THE ONE. PA people's voices have been heard. Thank you, PA.

    GO HILLARY! WE LOVE YOU!

    April 23, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  5. Rick

    This is probably her last victory...how deep in debt is her campaign?

    April 23, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  6. kayln

    NY times knows that Obama will be the nominee and they want to please him now

    Hillary Clinton- I cannot believe that you could not win by more than 10 point sin PA...I am very upset today..YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO WIN BY 25 POINTS...for God's sake

    April 23, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  7. Steve

    Hey Jay in Kansas
    By foreign experience are you refering to Hillary's Bosnia run?

    April 23, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  8. Backlashg20

    Hillary will give hand jobs for a vote....

    April 23, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  9. Adam in Canada

    Obama goes for change, Clinton goes for hating people who go for change.

    Sorry, I'm with Obama on this one.

    April 23, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  10. Kevin

    Dear NY Times,

    I am so sorry your cozy relationship with Mrs. Clinton is fraying. I have more bad news for you. Sometimes she doesn't tell the whole truth.

    Kev

    April 23, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  11. Sarah

    being the president's "wife" doesn't make you qualified to run for president. she obviously wasn't by bill's side to often...we all know how his oval office days were spent....

    OBAMA 08

    April 23, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  12. Dianne

    Hillary 2008!

    Hillary 2008

    Hillary 2008

    Within 1 hour Hillary raised 2+ Million. Go Hillary!!

    April 23, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  13. dawit isaac

    The paper has it right-on. The Clinton's rugged thirst for power is simply abominable. What will it take for the American people to see through this clear lack of character and leadership? Please don't burden us with another tabloid presidency!

    April 23, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  14. Ramona

    Hillary Clinton is still a person who changes her "voice" to fit whatever area she wants to woo. She is a candidate that has been run by her handlers, many of whom have quit. Many stories have been written about the shabby way she treated people, including the media, when she was the wife of a president. We need someone now without all her and her husband's questionable connections and investments. I do not think she is one who frequents bars and tosses back boilermakers, is she? Who will she be if she is elected, she is still a big question mark.

    April 23, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  15. Peahen

    Noah, twelve million didn't buy Pennsylvania (we're talking people who like Cheese Whiz on their Philly Steaks here), but her negativity won't buy the nomination. And on the off chance that the Supers are stupid enough to go for it, it will cost her the election in November.

    That would be a shame.

    April 23, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  16. Mark

    Clinton's entire campaign is nothing but negative. She can't say anything positive about herself, all she can do is tear down somebody else. I'll never vote for her. If she wins, I will be forced to vote for McCain in November.

    She only won PA thanks to all the senior citizens who are so stupid they don't know any better, plus the support of the criminal Rendell and the joke of a mayor in Philly.

    I'd also look into those Diebolds again. They had them in my district, and I still don't trust them.

    April 23, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  17. Floridian

    People just made a horrible mistake.

    April 23, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  18. I bake cookies

    The more she speaks the less I listen. Earlier I felt i could support either democrat and now.... I just dread having to cast a vote for such divisive person. Win at any cost – nice hasn't that been a Bush tactic?

    If it comes down to Clinton versus McCain

    I just may not vote but then again – i doubt Clinton would care after all I'm just a college graduate who stays at home to raise children... I better go get those cookies

    My famly is not valuable to either Clinton or McCain

    April 23, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  19. Brian T

    The Clintons are killing the party, and any chance for (us) the democrats to win the 08 election. It shows you how the Clintons play politics. "If we don't win, then no one wins". Disgraceful, and dishonorable.

    April 23, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  20. Mike

    I hope Hillary wins so you can see just how back she will screw up this Country. What is REALLY sad is out of 300 million plus people, these three are the BEST we can come up with to be president. How very sad.....

    April 23, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  21. Devon Fort Myers, Fl

    OMG considering that a few months ago she was up by 33% and just 3 to 4 weeks ago she was up 25% and she ONLY won by 10% she has LOST BIG time. Clinton is a SOFT REPUBLICAN and Obama is the TRUE Democrat. She has now moved to the right of John McBush on Iran and that is UNBELIEVABLE. Obama supporters like me just IGNORE the Media for the next 2weeks because the Clintons, Republicans and the Media are about to get 50times more NEGATIVE on Obama and I pray it all back fires on them.

    Obama 08

    April 23, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  22. Tyrone

    It was pretty clear that Obama was NOT going to win PA, but the polls had him down 25% at the start, and he worked his way up to a 10% difference, in my opinion his "25 Million" bought him the support of 45% of PA citizens, and informed the other 55% of who he was, and what he stand for, even if they choose Clinton because they like her better, at least they will have better knowledge of him and his policies, if he does win the nomination.

    April 23, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  23. tiredofcnn

    I'm sick of the New York Times and CNN ALWAYS reporting NEGATIVELY on Senator Clinton. They just cannot wait to bring out their fangs and tear her down. I see NOTHING negative about her campaing against Senator Obama. She is comparing herself to him and giving clear and concise reasons as to why she will be a better President. She is not slamming Senator Obama or calling him names. She is just speaking the plain truth! That's it! Get over it CNN and NYT!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  24. TerrenceW for NC

    Up next is US, Carolina... I can't wait until we post up our results. It was so surprising to hear Clinton brag as she said taunted "why he couldn't win in PA?" What if he taunted after Mississippi? No one expected her to win there? I have respect for Pennsylvania, but it was an empty victory. The state was hers to lose. With the demographic as it is in that state, I'm surprised that she didn't win by more. But Carolina Blue will let her know where she stands with us on May 6.

    Lets do it Carolina. It's our turn.

    April 23, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  25. Manuel TX

    Obama just can't close the deal.

    Never has so much been spent to accomplish so little.

    Obama needs to bow out.

    🙂

    April 23, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
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