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

    As the investigations went forward, I repeatedly asked those conducting the investigation whether there was any reason to believe that members of my Administration were in any way involved. I received repeated assurances that there were not. Because of these continuing reassurances, because I believed the reports I was getting, because I had faith in the persons from whom I was getting them, I discounted the stories in the press that appeared to implicate members of my Administration or other officials of the campaign committee.
    Until March of this year, I remained convinced that the denials were true and that the charges of involvement by members of the White House Staff were false. The comments I made during this period, and the comments made by my Press Secretary in my behalf, were based on the information provided to us at the time we made those comments. However, new information then came to me which persuaded me that there was a real possibility that some of these charges were true, and suggesting further that there had been an effort to conceal the facts both from the public, from you, and from me.

    Richard Nixon

    June 27, 2014 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  2. jojo62

    I hope the american electorate comes to their senses and doesn't elect another dem. When Obama leaves it will take years for the next admin to repair the damage that has been done by Obama.

    June 27, 2014 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  3. Republican supporter of President Obama

    She certainly is just like our President. She would be a great leader and will be different from the GOP mold (old, cranky, crybabies).

    She will have my vote for sure!!!!

    June 27, 2014 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  4. amazed2

    The republican party is petrified of Hillary Clinton and I am astonished that all they do in Washington is fret over Hillary. If they had anything to offer to the people of this country and other than corporations and the top 1% maybe they bring that up in say... the next several years? Amazing.

    June 27, 2014 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  5. Rene5911

    and Bush(Jeb) is the Bush(GW)

    June 27, 2014 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  6. ARMYCSM

    Republicants are unable to get it in their heads that the country is/has changed. there is a new thought process in the country and it's all inclusive with the millenium generation. President Obabma is the just the first manifestation of that change. More is on the way...there is NO going back to yestaerday., only forward. We will move forward everyday because the hate that hate produced generation or "baby boomers", "tea Parters" whatever , are dying out faster than a sneeze through a screen door.
    Peace is at hand.

    June 27, 2014 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  7. Luc

    GOP trying to scare there followers and not even offering them any platform to move the country forward. They tried to scare there followers that Obamacare was going to create another recession and that it wouldn't work. Well 8-9 million people is the proof that they were wrong and they have shelved fighting against ACA. Even some states in the south are asking where is my healthcare. See you in 2024. Scare tactics work for only so long then the people wake up.

    June 27, 2014 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  8. BD70

    And there you have it folks. The GOP will do the same to Hillary if she gets in that they are doing to Obama and they did to Clinton. Oh but its always the presidents fault. The party of no finger pointing...right.

    June 27, 2014 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  9. Skeptacular

    Well, insofar as Obama is the President and a Democrat, from that basis I would agree with the GOP...Hillary Clinton IS the next Obama.

    June 27, 2014 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  10. billym67

    I hope the Republicans realize that they are not going to win slamming Clinton or whomever the Democrats have running, but by actually having candidates that Americans want to elect and that do not say things that make 80% of the country cringe.

    June 27, 2014 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  11. Howlin

    I love the smell of Republican fear in the morning...it smells like victory.

    June 27, 2014 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  12. BB

    The smear and fear continues from the party with nothing to offer.

    June 27, 2014 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  13. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    That's rich, after 6 years of blabbing about how much better Hillary would have done, while trying to divide the democrats.

    Keep toting that water for em MSM.

    June 27, 2014 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  14. carl grant

    What they meant was "Clinton is the next President". They are not very articulate these days.

    June 27, 2014 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  15. CrashTestHomie

    Neither side has a plan or a decent candidate.

    Might as well elect a boat anchor at this point.

    June 27, 2014 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  16. joejack65

    "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."

    Are you for real? Seriously, you honestly believe that Obama is the best president this country has ever had? I'm not against Obama, I voted for him, twice. He knew what he was taking on and he knew that he would be blamed for all that ills this country but the best president ever? Nope.....

    June 27, 2014 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  17. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    This from the party that's done nothing but whine, obstruct and throw the biggest itch fit in history. What exactly have you accomplished GOP? Record filibusters, trying to repeal Healthcare for Americans 50x? We know one thing you did not accomplish... Your #1 goal, to make President Obama a one term POTUS. That DIDN'T happen. Nothing but a bunch of selfish, entitled envious whiners.

    FIFY

    June 27, 2014 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  18. stewart

    she at least has ideas. you may not like them and we can have a discussion about them. what the the GOP have NOTHING except whatever it is they are against it. want to talk NO want to listen NO want to sit and do nothing NO want to have congress actually show up and do their job NO NO NO

    one prime example repeal the ACA, they have nothing to replace it but repeal it anyway. it was their idea before the dems passed it but because the dems passed it we are against it.

    June 27, 2014 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  19. Mike

    I think they mean that Clinton will end two disastrous republican wars and give hope to millions of uninsured Americans.

    June 27, 2014 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  20. lucy two

    I'd vote for Hillary if she did run for president ,on the other hand who do the republicans have:
    No one !!!!!!!! just a bunch of talking heads

    June 27, 2014 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  21. BeverlyNC

    President Obama has been an outstanding President and leader with many accomplishments. Just because Republicans refuse to recognize them does not make any less important.
    I hope Hillary will have the vision and compassion of President Obama. I hope she will think before she acts and I hope she will keep us out of war regardless how hard Republicans push for it at every chance.

    Hillary will be an outstanding President. She has tremendous foreign policy experience with great relationships with world leaders. She is highly intelligent and has the advantage of seeing how Washington works from inside the WH and from inside the Senate.

    As all Democrats we are thrilled to have a real leader to run for our President. Sorry Republicans have no one the People will accept. Maybe if they had spent more time on legislation, helping the nation recover, worked for the People instead of corporations who buy them and worst of all having spent all their time spreading hate, lies, and fake scandals they might have had something to run on. Republican have no platform, no policies, and no unity in their Party. They are one giant mess with nothing to offer because they are too busy fighting for who is the most extreme.
    Welcome President Hillary 2016!

    June 27, 2014 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  22. Marco

    The next Obamas are Malia and Sasha, who will be old enough to run for president themselves before we elect another Republican.

    June 27, 2014 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  23. critical thinking

    She did say one time that she is part black.

    June 27, 2014 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  24. Jerry A

    Well, she will be like Obama in the sense that she will win two general elections by a wide margin of electoral votes.

    June 27, 2014 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  25. Bonnie

    The GOP is going to have to do better than that. The truth is that Obama is so far to the right as democrats go that he's hard to distinguish from a Rockefeller Republican. He's be far more hawkish than his base would prefer. He's deported far more illegals than they'd prefer. He's done jack all about gun control other than wag his finger a little bit. He's pushed the boundaries of executive power, but far less than Reagan did. At the same time, he's managed not to diddle any interns or invade any countries on false intelligence.

    In other words, swing voters aren't going to see him as all that bad. If he's guilty of anything, it's being far more idealistic and naive than he should have been in foreign policy.

    This ad is only going to appeal to racists, but, that's the wrong target. The sexists are who you should be targeting – those who are going to vote for Hillary simply because she has a vagina.

    June 27, 2014 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
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