First on CNN: National Republicans say Hillary Clinton is next Obama, not husband
June 27th, 2014
07:29 AM ET
6 months ago

First on CNN: National Republicans say Hillary Clinton is next Obama, not husband

Washington (CNN) - Barack Obama's third term.

That is what the Republican National Committee wants Americans to think when they consider the prospect of Hillary Clinton running for president in 2016, and that’s the main point in a Web ad to be released Friday by the group.

While promoting her new book "Hard Choices," Clinton has spent a great deal of time defending the economic record of her husband, former President Bill Clinton. That trend, coupled with Obama's poor poll numbers, has caused some pundits to speculate that if Clinton runs in 2016, she will likely run on the Clinton economic vision and message, not Obama’s.

The Republican committee, which has devoted a great deal of time and manpower to targeting Clinton's likely candidacy, hopes to make sure Hillary Clinton is more closely associated with Obama, not her more popular husband.

After showing videos casting the Obama presidency as a "team effort" with Clinton, the former secretary of state, the Web ad flashes a simple message: "Hillary, Obama's Third Term."

The ad, which is going to be used on a number of GOP websites and on social media in the coming weeks, includes video from Obama and Clinton's first joint interview in January 2013 and the first event the former rivals did after their contentious 2008 nomination fight.

"It has been a great collaboration over the last four years," Obama told CBS' “60 Minutes” after Clinton left the State Department. "I think there's a sense of understanding that sometimes doesn't even take words," Clinton said about their partnership.

"These are the issues that have always united Sen. Clinton and myself," Obama said in 2008. "I believe at this moment, they are the causes that can unite us as Americans."

Correct the Record, an outside Democratic rapid respond group with close ties to Clinton, rejected the idea that the former secretary of state would be running for anyone's third term.

"When Secretary Clinton joined the administration, the former rival teams became a team without rival," said Adrienne Watson, the group's deputy communications director. "If Hillary Clinton does choose to run for president, she will carry her own policies and ideas, which we will look forward to hearing straight from her.”

Based on polling, Republicans think tying Clinton to Obama is a prudent strategy.

The President's job approval numbers are stuck in the low 40's in the most recent national polling.

Bill Clinton, however, remains markedly more popular. According to a CNN/ORC International poll released earlier this month, 66% of Americans had a favorable view of the former president. And a 2012 Gallup Poll found that 88% of Americans saw Clinton's presidency as somewhere between outstanding to average.

While Clinton speaks highly of both Bill Clinton and Obama at events, the former first lady has made a noticeable point of defending her husband's economic record in the last two months.

In front of a Washington audience in May she said that her husband’s years in the White House showed that "a rising tide really did raise all boats." In early June she told an audience in Chicago that trickle-down economics, the conservative idea that money and tax breaks to top earners trickle down to everyone else, "does not work."

"Bill Clinton proved that 1000%," she added.

When asked about Obama's economic record, Clinton is less outspoken. While she generally backs the economic decisions he made, especially those early in his presidency, she usually pivots to bashing Congress shortly thereafter.

"Getting that balance right is what I know President Obama has tried to do," Clinton told PBS earlier this week, "and at every turn he’s been stopped."


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soundoff (292 Responses)
  1. just asking

    yes, hillary clinton is obama 2.0 and that would pretty much spell the demise of this country. 8 years of obama and his record unemployment, scandals, incompetence, feckless and weak foreign policy, immigration disaster at our borders. and all of this hillary clinton would continue and expand. i can tell you one thing, all our enemies and all the illegals are rooting for hillary. they have thoroughly enjoyed having obama in the white house.

    June 27, 2014 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  2. jim

    All Republican are the next W.

    June 27, 2014 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  3. bob smith

    I really hope Hillary realises she is too old to be president and is just trolling the GOP. By pretending to run the GOP targets her and the real canidate gets through easy.

    June 27, 2014 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  4. Anonymous

    That is entirely accurate. Hillary will be the next Obama, all over again. She however........may NOT get the second term at all.

    June 27, 2014 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  5. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Such haters!! And Jim, I agree.

    June 27, 2014 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  6. really

    Hillary will never be like Obama and that is too bad, I really like Barrack's style, intellect and thoughtful approach. Its been so refreshing to have a smart person at the helm instead of the crazies before and after him. We will miss you Barrack, well the few of us who have eyes and ears to understand how the meek can be devastating to the egocentrics. Thank you for your presidency it was the best time of my life. As for Mrs Clinton, I expect nothing less than the same heavy-handed rule we would get with any of the "good ole boys" pack – be it republican or democrat its back to same shenanigans.

    June 27, 2014 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  7. Tim

    Yawn. They always say this. Gore was the next Bill Clinton. McCain and Romney were the next G.W. Bush. It's a standard tactic when the imcumbent becomes less popular as they approach their term limits, a phenomenon which is very common.

    June 27, 2014 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  8. William House

    Bernie Sanders for President.

    June 27, 2014 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  9. Mete Kroo

    So, that is great if she looks Obama. Do you forget that Obama win election twice in land slide. So does Clinton. Go for Clinton 2016/

    June 27, 2014 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  10. Jim

    Can you say desperate? Lol

    June 27, 2014 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  11. LR

    Hillary is still better than anyone the GOP has to offer.

    June 27, 2014 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  12. Jim M

    I guess that's bad news for the GOP since they lost to him twice.

    June 27, 2014 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  13. Jim M

    just asking

    yes, hillary clinton is obama 2.0 and that would pretty much spell the demise of this country. 8 years of obama and his record unemployment, scandals, incompetence, feckless and weak foreign policy, immigration disaster at our borders. and all of this hillary clinton would continue and expand. i can tell you one thing, all our enemies and all the illegals are rooting for hillary. they have thoroughly enjoyed having obama in the white house.

    -----

    Yeah, we should just go back to the end of 2008, right?

    June 27, 2014 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  14. RCCO

    If it were not so serious it would be funny. How can republicans ever say that a president is bad when they voted twice for W. W took this country into the Iraq War for no good reason then he ruined the economy and almost destroyed the country. Remember when you could not find W at the end of his presidency. Every time there is a conflict anywhere in the world republicans want to go to war. They do not think about the consequences of these war they just want to fight. This is not the republican party of Presidents Eisenhower or Reagan but a dangerous mutation.

    June 27, 2014 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  15. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Considering this POTUS had to deal with the absolute worst Congress in history whose entire position was opposing him, at a time when the economy was the worst since the Great Depression, I'd take it as a compliment. We elected a POTUS and a Congress, but it seems like Congress doesn't understand their jobs and think their elected to impede the POTUS and progress for our nation. That said, President Obama is a great POTUS. However Hillary is Hillary, not President Obama nor President Clinton.

    And if she runs I think she'll make a good POTUS.

    Nothing but a bunch of whiny, desperate cowards.

    June 27, 2014 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  16. daw, NC

    Let the hate speech begin, the end of the world and all other manners of disaster for the US if we do not elect a conservative according to the GOP, yet what do they offer???? I have not seen any plans other than against everything the president or democrats do, against science, against the poor, against the environment and civil rights (unless it is for one of their beliefs), for more interventions and wars, how would they help those of us that actually have to work every day to pay the bills and yet find ourselves slipping backwards no matter how hard we work. What is their plan other than the old trickle down from the rich and let business take care of us, that has not worked no matter how you spin the numbers and distort the past.

    June 27, 2014 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  17. Anon

    why would anyone in this united states even WANT another obama geeeez how stupid are these people

    June 27, 2014 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  18. Anonymous

    PS the W is better than a clinton and most certain;y an Obama every day of the week... Just another aside- Clinton is Obama light the only type of candidate the dims can muster! Talk about the hutspah to run for president with her history of nothing! Hot air– we don't need another one

    June 27, 2014 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  19. Anon

    Our country is DOOMED I SAY! DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMED

    June 27, 2014 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  20. MaryM

    So republicans want George 2.0. Such fools they are

    June 27, 2014 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  21. ryan

    Bill Clinton's presidency is remembered as a time of economic prosperity because of the tech boom, despite the fact that the White House and Congress's actions had little to do with it.

    Clinton gave us sub-prime lending and signed the repeal of the Glass-Steagall act into law. Then there was NAFTA. The financial and housing crashes and hemorrhaging of American manufacturing jobs are the legacy that Clinton's economic policies left.

    June 27, 2014 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  22. Stephen

    Hillary the next Obama? Eight more years!

    June 27, 2014 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  23. Wade

    Can Hillary even run when it is so obvious she is brain damaged?

    June 27, 2014 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  24. iceload

    The best way for the GOP to lose is to buy into the "America wants Hillary" theme. Stop running against Hillary and everything else and start for something.

    June 27, 2014 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  25. newshound

    Can we not do better than more Clintons and Bushes?

    June 27, 2014 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
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