First on CNN: National Republicans say Hillary Clinton is next Obama, not husband
June 27th, 2014
07:29 AM ET
1 month 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. small sonkarlay

    They got no accomplishments to run on, Obamacare and all their false talking point is not working with the American people so they are going crazy and time is running out on them

    June 27, 2014 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  2. s

    At this point I would vote for anyone who could get Bubba walking around the White House again. Even if its simply to spread ideas and shame against unproductive legislators.

    June 27, 2014 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  3. rick

    I shure hope hillary is getting her moneys worth with all this publicity from CNN. Not even actualy said was going to run(gag). But has gotten so much mention from CNN its should be obvious whos actualy on the payroll... Every day Hillary this.. HILLARY THAT.. Hillarys book is failing to bring in millions.. Get real..

    June 27, 2014 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  4. Mark S.

    Clinton the next Obama? Does that mean Clinton will have to deal with a congress that does nothing then complains when the President is forced to do things thru Executive Orders? Or do they mean that Clinton will be bashed constantly by the Republicans for everything that happens including things the Republicans do? Or do they mean Clinton is really a black man?

    June 27, 2014 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  5. Mr. Conservative

    Aside from being arrogant and condescending, Hillary has embraced socialistic ideas in the past – and Bubba did his best to socialize this country during his tenure.

    A vote for Hillary is a vote to further turn the US into a third-world country.

    June 27, 2014 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  6. Anonymous

    so.....im still waiting to hear who the GOP will run..they seem to have effectively marginalized the only acceptable candidates and leaving us with losers like Cruz and Ryan.....the way its going now i think Jeb may be the new george w

    June 27, 2014 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  7. Chuck

    We can only HOPE. Hillary in 2016.

    June 27, 2014 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  8. xirume

    The GOP's fear is palpable.

    June 27, 2014 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  9. eoin12

    Well Far Out!
    "Clinton 2016"

    June 27, 2014 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    The Obama/Progressive agenda is the path majority of Americans want the country moving in. If republicans are calling a HRC presidency an Obama 3rd term, I think that's a strategy that will backfire against them. There is no viable alternative to the progressive movement. Republicans have drifted too far to the right and that's not what the country needs or wants.

    June 27, 2014 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  11. Joe P

    Cool! GOP got slammed by Obama not once, but twice! They are obsolete....no forward thinking and worfully out of touch with average Americans. All they want is war with no plan to pay for them.

    June 27, 2014 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  12. ShawnDH

    Yep. She's the next Obama. She's the next President of the United States and she's heads-and-shoulders above every GOP hopeful. Hillary 2016! I can't wait.

    June 27, 2014 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  13. Dave

    Good god, Republicans sure are desperate. Hillary is going to beat you so bad!

    June 27, 2014 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  14. Obama Defense Force

    Hilary Clinton is great!! I wasnt paid to make this comment btw.

    June 27, 2014 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  15. Ace

    I hope so. Don't tell me, the GOP candidate will be the next "Reagan".

    June 27, 2014 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  16. Andy

    Name ONE thing she has accomplished as Secretary of State other than alienating all our allies in the middle east and Europe, She's a elitiest

    June 27, 2014 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  17. TheDuck

    Clinton is awful. No more Dynasties, and no more voting people in because of historics and social experimentation (first woman, first African-American). The next person has to know what they're doing and be in it for us (the people), and Hillary has always been all about Hillary.

    June 27, 2014 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  18. MaryM

    Sorry repubs, you have no one that can beat the Clintons..
    Madam President Hillary Clinton and First Gentleman President Bill Clinton.

    June 27, 2014 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  19. TCinCNJ

    What an original strategy. Democrats can math it though. "Republican Nominee" is the next Bush II. Will work for the rich and big corporations....

    June 27, 2014 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  20. Tim

    My goodness. Isn't it entertaining and comedic to watch Republicans grasp at ANY straws they can to bash Hillary Clinton? They have NO viable candidates to run against her, and they're clearly terrified because of that. They failed miserably in their attempts from day 1 of Obama's presidency to bash him. Remember the whole "birth certificate" fiasco and Trump's sudden silence after he hired investigators to check out the birth certificate in Hawaii? Remember how Republicans couldn't decide if Obama was a socialist or a communist? (Evenly split.) Remember how they failed in their 56 attempts to repeal "Obamacare?" These things and many more were both laughable AND pathetic. And now, after their numerous failed attempts to bash Obama, they realize that they need to move on, and this time it's to Clinton. Let's continue to watch Republicans squirm!

    June 27, 2014 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  21. Coffee Party >>> Tea Party

    I agree.

    That's why we need to vote in BERNIE SANDERS for real change everyone can believe in. A true man for the people.

    No more Clintons, Bush's, Romney's, Ryans, or Rand Pauls.....

    June 27, 2014 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  22. B

    Keep focus on Hillary, keep the attacks going. She'd be the 3rd term of Obama, who is the 3rd term of Bush, having kept 94% of his tax cuts, 90% of his fiscal & ~80% of his national security policies, not to mention Gitmo & the wars going long. Only thing he changed was on social policy, which affects few people. The focus on Hillary would distract attention from the best candidate who we hope would run, promises real positive change and would win hands down – Elizabeth Warren.

    June 27, 2014 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  23. CarrierSailor

    When are the Klinton's going to explain why they have as many dead bodyguards as Stalin and Kim Il Jiffy John ?

    June 27, 2014 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  24. mutantsubhuman

    Clinton is both politically dead and broken.

    June 27, 2014 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  25. Randy, San Francisco

    The Clinton years in the White House were prosperous years for America. Looking forward to a return of good times with Hillary as president!

    June 27, 2014 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
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