July 16th, 2012
05:35 PM ET
2 years ago

Hillary Clinton: Romney ads featuring her a 'waste of money'

(CNN) – She's been featured in two negative television ads from Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday the spots would have little effect on voters who already know the story of the 2008 Democratic primaries.

Speaking in Jerusalem at the tail end of a two week diplomatic trip, Clinton said in an interview with CNN Foreign Affairs Reporter Elise Labott the spots were a "waste of money."

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"I am out of politics, and I haven't seen any of the ads that you're talking about," Clinton said. "But I have to say it's a waste of money. Everybody knows I ran against President Obama in 2008, that's hardly news. Everybody knows we ran a hard fought campaign and he won. And I have been honored to serve as his secretary of state."

Romney, engaged in a heated battle with Obama for the White House, has released two spots featuring Clinton from her 2008 Democratic primary battle with the then-Illinois senator. The first ad, released at the end of June, uses video of Clinton campaigning against candidate Obama in Cincinnati ahead of the 2008 Ohio primary.

Clinton accused Obama of "blatantly false" attacks against her in campaign mailers, which Romney used to highlight a fact check by the Washington Post calling one of Obama's current ads "misleading, unfair and untrue."

A second Romney spot, released last week, responds to one of Obama's latest slams that claims Romney's former private equity firm, Bain Capital, in part specialized in advising companies on 'outsourcing.'

The new ad recycles a quote from then-Sen. Hillary Clinton in 2008, when Clinton fired off on Obama over her opponent's latest round of blows.

"Shame on you, Barack Obama," Clinton says in the clip.

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Filed under: 2012 • Hillary Clinton • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (216 Responses)
  1. Peter S.

    I still do enjoy hearing Hillary trying to shame anyone, least of all Obama. Love her, but still.

    July 17, 2012 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  2. Stephen

    It's a little early in the race to be so desperate, isn't it Richy Mitt? Or maybe not...

    July 17, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  3. Dean

    So Hillary lied during her campaign also? What is it with these idiotic Democrats who run for president?

    July 17, 2012 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  4. Reynald

    How is that going to get him more votes? People who are undecided don't know all that already?

    July 17, 2012 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  5. Fred

    Politicians amaze me when they are astonished by the fact that everything they say and do has been recorded by some form of communications medium, and comes back to bite them....

    Thank god no one made a big stink about Obama giving illinois tax payer money to now convicted fellon Tony Rezko, who stole the money and turned chicago minority housing into unhabitable slums.... Or that he was Obama's campaign financial bundler...

    July 17, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  6. tv22

    Tough when your words are used against you, huh Hilary? BTW, your Democrat tendencies are showing, telling people what to do with their own money!

    July 17, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  7. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    Yes, the ad is a waste of money, so "shame on you Willard Milton Romney." Now on the other hand, a good campaign ad goes something like this: "Oh beautiful, for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountains majesty, upon the fruited plain." Don't quit your day job Willard.

    July 17, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  8. The Other Dale

    Hmm. Romney fans here seem to be rather thin-skinned about this. Evidently, Clinton laughing it off as a waste of money worries them because they know it's true. Preaching to the choir isn't going to get Romney anymore votes, and women aren't the suckers he thinks they are who will immediately go "Oh, yeah, a woman said these things so I'll vote against the guy who actually IS for women."

    July 17, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  9. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    President Obama was the first Senator and now President in almost 70 years of government not to complain about personal attacks or demand an APOLOGY from his opponents! Yes, I'll take President Obama over a whimp who attacks women anyday! Obama/Biden/Roberts 2012!

    July 17, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  10. Jack

    Right. What a waste of time and money. Hillary has proven herself on the international stage and part of the Obma team. What has romeny done? A once liberal now trying to be a conservative? Is that an accomplishment? A man who avoids paying US income tax by hiding much of his profits in overseas bank accounts? The rest of us pay our taxes and don't try to hide our income.

    July 17, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  11. American

    tv22,
    Just wait until Romney's own words are used to reveal Mitt's lies & flip-flops, along with his GOP colleague's warnings about Romney showing Americans his immoral 'social engineering' that Romney-Ryan are scheming.

    July 17, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  12. GI Joe

    I'm more interested in what Sheldon Adelson wants in return for millions he made off his 2 casinos in Macau, China (because Vegas has had a hard time).

    Could he want Rmoney to start war with Iran to save Israel? Or is it something to do with keeping his offshore money non-taxable? Or both? Or worse?

    Just too many questions about Rmoney's campaign and financers. repercussions for decades or maybe forever for folks fighting his wars for him (you know it won't be any wealthy kids fighting and getting killed). All for Adelson and a few hundred milion dollars? Is THAT what you folks really want?

    July 17, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  13. DIANA

    I've always admired her and hope she runs in 2016. People who know what happend in 2008 know that she said that when Obama was talking about Healthcare. She wasn't calling Obama a liar.

    Mittens is getting desperate.

    July 17, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  14. Gop

    @tv22
    Well said.

    July 17, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  15. Nietodarwin

    See, she's not whining. LITTLE CHEAP TRICKS are not going to get Teapublicans anywhere anymore, (OK that's not true, the teapubs might even get 40–45 percent of the vote!) It's good to see dems acting tough, and calling them out on the cheap little tricks. Americans are FED UP and do have some memory as to who got us in this mess. This election isn't even gonna be close. It's alarming, just how pitiful the right has become. Doesn't feel like a fair fight, we're just picking on the slow kids.

    July 17, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  16. John

    Still out of touch with what matters to the American people, eh Mittens?

    July 17, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  17. GI Joe

    Dig into Romney/Cantor and Adelson Chinese Money. It's on the surface all over the place. Very easy. Just read one or two or even 6 articles. Do it or remain ignorant of what is happening under your noses in clear signt.

    July 17, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Romney wants to run on the fact that he's (ostensibly) a businessman, but he doesn't want anyone to question his experience and decisions as a businessman
    -------------------------------------------------
    That's one take.
    Here's another: Romney wants to run on the fact that he's filthy wealthy. And filthy wealthy people like himself get "passes". They certainly don't have their actions, current or previous ones, questioned. They expect to be sheltered and protected from inquiries,including the ever-probin media; and they act above the law and fly under the radar.
    Romney wants to have the ground cleared for him to land into the White House. He doesn't expect, nor want to "connect" with the voters because in his world little people like us have no say nor control. People like him decide the outcomes.
    Romney is not running for the presidency so much as "assuming the sale".
    That's how uber-wealthy folks like Romney roll.
    You or I don't know anything about that.
    Obama 2012. Because America is NOT for sale.

    July 17, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  19. jpmichigan

    The Republicans have a chest full of issues about Obama that the can use against him, why they don't, amazes me. The Democrats would do any thing and I mean anything to get the poor difunctional leader like Obama re-elected. It is time for the Republicans to take the gloves off and play the same type of Chicago policitics. All's far in love and politics, Romney show the Ameerican people you are ready to REALLY FIGHT FOR US!!!!!

    July 17, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  20. Alan J

    omney is so desperate he wil throw anythingand HOPE it will stick! Using Hillary is slime even for slime ball Romney

    July 17, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  21. Ryan-MN

    Plenty of Santorum (Dirty Word) and other Repub sound bites available for Obama campaign to use if they like......

    July 17, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  22. mcskadittle

    Republicans have said some nasty things about Mit, and that was just months ago, do they want to go down that road?

    July 17, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  23. Nate

    I wish Hilary was still in politics. Romney is the same age as her. But I can understand cherishing quality time with family also.

    July 17, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  24. Name

    Does anyone feel like it would be more fair if the middle class tax rate was lowered to the 18% that "the rich" have been enjoying all these years instead of raising everyone's taxes but saying its fair because you are finally getting "the rich" to pay a higher rate ?? Me personally would get more satisfaction seeing my rate go down then to see someone else's go up

    July 17, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  25. Bob

    Romeny will lie about anything to get elected. The man has no integrity or character.

    July 17, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
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