First on CNN: National Republicans say Hillary Clinton is next Obama, not husband
June 27th, 2014
07:29 AM ET
5 years 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 saying

    every time bill and hillary clinton open their mouths these days, it is to put their foot in it. they are both too old, to out of touch with reality, too rich, as well as hillary being totally unqualified and inexperienced. he ronly real talent is lying and fabrication, much like obama.

    June 27, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Fair is Fair says:
    June 27, 2014 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm
    Of course I know what it means and when I’m using it I’m talking to the haters and non-journalists. Try again Unfair.

    A little sad…. Smh means shaking my head.

    Unfair…. FIFY!
    ———————-
    In other words, you haven’t a clue.

    Speak for yourself.

    June 27, 2014 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. tom l

    a. It was the worst economic condition since the Great Depression. If not, then tell us what was worse.

    The late 70's/early 80's was far worse. Remember odd/even days for gas? Inflation at 10%, unemployment at 10%. mortgages were around 15%. Dollar losing value. No comparison.

    b. What moves has the government made, the ones that didn't work? The GOTP has blocked every effort by Democrats

    Really? How about the stimulus bill? How about the ACA passing? The Dodd/Frank Act? Utilizing TARP for the auto industry. The first 2 years of Obama's administration was all dems. Do you remember that? So, yep, those had major negative impacts on the economy no matter what you say and the proof is in how poor our economy is today. And sure, Bush has a hand in all of this too. But to ignore the acts that have hurt this economy by the current administration would just be, what did you call it, a liberal ideologue.

    I'm sure you'll dodge and deflect and bring up something irrelevant piece of information to pin this back to Bush (which he has cu

    June 27, 2014 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. Glenn

    This just in. She's not a white male.

    June 27, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. Ed F.

    Cool

    Then she will be incredibly successful.

    June 27, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. exfl

    If by "Next Obama" you mean "next President" then, yeah, you republicans seem to be doing everything to make that happen by being so extreme.

    June 27, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. John

    The obvious fear and panic from the Republicans is enjoyable. You built that, choke on it!

    June 27, 2014 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. GTS58

    Am no Hillary fan but nobody (absolutely nobody) could be a worse POTUS than Obama! Totally clueless, unqualified and incompetent. The worst part is Obama surrounded himself with an administration even more feckless than he is! (and that was hard to do). To think that a majority of Americans voted for and elected this boob, not once but twice does not bode well for the future of our country!

    June 27, 2014 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. TomInRochNY

    Still better than a Romney, McCain, Bachmann, Rubio, Paul, Perry, Santorum, Huckabee, Ryan, Palin, etc. first term.

    June 27, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. TONY

    she will never be president cnn so just forget it

    June 27, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. OwMySkull

    Republicans are dying. Their last gasps are hilarious.

    June 27, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    No, Hillary would not be four more years of Obama, she would be infinitely worse. Obama was inexperienced, Hillary is incompetent.

    June 27, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  13. msyellarose

    I think they are running out of straws to grasp.

    June 27, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. DNA

    The next 2-term president? OK. Thanks for the info GOP!

    June 27, 2014 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  15. Dr. Brown

    Inexperienced, yup, you are truly one sad little man, can you say madam president? Now that's funny, your gop is going to have their asses handed to them in November, you don't think so, but you didn't expect the blacks and browns to wait in line eight hours to vote either, but they did .

    June 27, 2014 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  16. Dr. Brown

    That doesn't bode well for the Republican party, who are you kidding, you guys are frigging screwed dude, you really don't see it do you, its over already, and btw that'll be eight more years! I'm feeling all warm and fuzzy inside

    June 27, 2014 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. sparky

    If calling her Obama sounds like an insult to you, then you probably weren't going to vote for her, anyway.

    I don't think it's an insult. I don't think it's true, either.

    June 27, 2014 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  18. SteveInMN

    YAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!

    I can't WAIT for a continuation of Obama-style intelligent command!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 27, 2014 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  19. conoclast

    Are the simple-minded naturally drawn to the tea party or do they get that way after they arrive? Seems that while not all simpletons are tee-baggers-ALL of the tee-baggers are simpletons!

    June 27, 2014 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  20. GOP FAIL

    I don't give a rat tail comb if she's another Obama or Clinton, she will be better than any radical nut the GOP has to offer. I plan on voting in the Republican primary to vote for the most awful choice they present. I'm looking forward to pulling the crank for ol' Fail-Again Mittens.

    June 27, 2014 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  21. GOP FAIL

    For those who keep claiming the economy got worse under Obama, I say HOGWASH! My 401K has quadrupled since that loser Bush got out office. LMAO.

    June 27, 2014 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  22. Larry38363

    And the GOP is the SAME GOP of the last 10 years – So what does America get? Doesn't make any difference whose President with the current extremists in control of The House. Only bad things will get resolved and those things American's need will NEVER BE SEEN! They (the GOP) will just keep chirping their right wing mantra and let everyone but the 1% continue to die!

    June 27, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    tom l

    a. It was the worst economic condition since the Great Depression. If not, then tell us what was worse.

    The late 70's/early 80's was far worse. Remember odd/even days for gas? Inflation at 10%, unemployment at 10%. mortgages were around 15%. Dollar losing value. No comparison.

    b. What moves has the government made, the ones that didn't work? The GOTP has blocked every effort by Democrats

    Really? How about the stimulus bill? How about the ACA passing? The Dodd/Frank Act? Utilizing TARP for the auto industry. The first 2 years of Obama's administration was all dems. Do you remember that? So, yep, those had major negative impacts on the economy no matter what you say and the proof is in how poor our economy is today. And sure, Bush has a hand in all of this too. But to ignore the acts that have hurt this economy by the current administration would just be, what did you call it, a liberal ideologue.

    I'm sure you'll dodge and deflect and bring up something irrelevant piece of information to pin this back to Bush
    ----------------–
    You don't understand recessions. The Great Recession of 2007, unlike previous recessions, hit across all sectors of the economy. The recessions during the Reagan years were self-inflicted, caused by Reagan's tax cuts. Trickle down tax cuts have always caused recessions, which is why they are also called "boom then bust ecomics."

    The first two years was "all Dems", a period that saw the economy go from losing 750,000 jobs per month to a fairly consistent 100,000 to 200,000 positive jobs growth. That's a big turn around. Once the Tea Party rolled into the House, the improvements in the monthly jobs figures completely stalled. The economy has been stuck on stupid ever since.

    June 27, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  24. ART

    She could be whoever she wants to be,she"d still be a better President than anyone of those GOP nincompoops

    June 27, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  25. Pandamonius

    Yakobi
    "66% of Americans had a favorable view of the former president"
    Until they're reminded of the innumerable scandals and the fact he did nothing for the economy except benefit from the huge Internet boon of the late 90's.
    --------------------
    Must really irk you that his 66% is a lot better than the GOtP's current...what is it? 12%?

    And even if you say the economy boost had nothing to do with his 8 years, it still took the next president less than that to squander all of that surplus.

    June 27, 2014 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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