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. noone

    I wish we could have a president who isn't a (D)olt or a (R)ube. The Dolts want to screw us one way and the Rubes want to screw us another. And for some reason YOU keep voting for them.

    June 27, 2014 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  2. Liberal and proud of it

    I would love Hillary to be the next Obama. All the more reason to vote for her.

    June 27, 2014 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  3. Tom

    Good lord no. She's not nearly as competent as Obama.

    June 27, 2014 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  4. O'drama ya Mama

    Republicans finally admitting Bill was a great President lol

    June 27, 2014 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  5. John

    Hillary will NOT have a "Great Economy" handed to her on a silver platter like Slick Willie got from $10/barrel oil and Republican Tax Cuts..

    Had Hillary been elected in 2008, she would have done everything Obama did and gotten the same sorry result. She will be the frontrunner for Worst Ever President and she knows it.

    June 27, 2014 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  6. anotherGDlefty

    Are they saying she'll be president like Obama?
    GOTP, got any ideas besides repeals and NO?

    June 27, 2014 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  7. Under The Desk

    President Hillary Clinton.
    Sounds good to me.

    June 27, 2014 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. Bcw

    Hillary Clinton is the next Obama?! Well, she better start digging out her birth certificate and Bill start learning how to grow vegetable in the White House lawn. The Clinons are going to spend another 8 years in the White House starting 2017 with their grandchildren running around in the rose garden.

    June 27, 2014 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  9. ritmocojo

    Love how Hillary gets under GOPers' skins, and she hasn't even declared her candidatcy yet.
    But when is the Repubican Clown Car going to roll into the scene? The toob needs some much-needed comedy.

    June 27, 2014 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  10. MLegendre

    I'm happy the Republicans have finally conceded that Hillary is the next Obama. She will stomp them mightily at the polls both elections and we'll have 8 more years of bliss. American voters need to wake up and drum those whacko Republicans ALL out of office!

    June 27, 2014 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  11. RS

    Ann Coulter says Americans who care about the World Cup are 'a sign of the nation's moral decay' – do we want the GOP in the White House?

    June 27, 2014 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  12. D

    The GOP Still thinking white voters will pull them alone................

    June 27, 2014 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  13. manhandler1

    The nut jobs are so afraid of her, they don't know what to claim next.

    June 27, 2014 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  14. Right as Always

    lol. So Hillary will also beat the Republicans in an election due to their own incompetence and radicalization?

    June 27, 2014 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  15. Rosslaw

    And this is supposed to be a bad thing? As opposed to the next George Bush?

    June 27, 2014 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  16. snowdogg

    Hillary IS her own woman... not a sock puppet ala the shrub.

    June 27, 2014 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  17. krg

    Clinton is worse. Who calls themselves a " Champion for Women" and laughs about getting a 2 month sentence for a man who brutally raped a 12 year old girl, who was in a coma for 5 days and left infertile. She laughed because she knew he was guilty. Sleazy lawyer to her cold dark core.

    June 27, 2014 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  18. ArchStanton

    So that means that Hillary will create jobs, cause the DOW to skyrocket, triple my investments, and kill the next Bin Ladin? You've convinced me, GOP - I'll vote for her!

    Republicans do nothing but gripe and have no record of success to run on. Look at the states that elect them the most consistently. If conservative ideas were truly the best ones, states like Mississippi would be leading the rest of the country instead of consistently coming in last. Sorry, Republicans, you have nothing to offer - I don't take advice from losers.

    June 27, 2014 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  19. doh

    The GOP is scared out of their socks!

    June 27, 2014 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  20. Tom Bukowski

    The GOP couldn't beat him, so now they'll try by proxy. The GOP is a sad Party. If you're scared, say you're scared.

    June 27, 2014 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  21. Mark

    Already they're starting with the negative. Boy the Republicans are very, very desperate. Try this instead: Run a BETTER CANDIDATE!

    June 27, 2014 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  22. bajadelmar

    Typical. No ideas just attack the other party.

    June 27, 2014 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  23. OrmondGeorge

    Clinton 2016/2020
    Unless she doesn't run
    THEN???

    Warren 2016/2020

    The base listens to the talking points, the rest of us look at what they've done, what they want to do and have rejected them.

    June 27, 2014 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  24. Tampa Tim

    Republicans only hope at the White House is voter suppression. The brain dead actually think that Bush had nothing to do with his unfunded wars, his unfunded drug program, record unemployment, ignoring the 9-11 warnings, 15 embassy attacks, NKorea's nuke program, and want another moronic republican to finish off our country.

    June 27, 2014 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  25. kurtinco

    If Obama wasn't allowed to run on Bush, the tea party can't run on Obama.

    June 27, 2014 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
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