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. greenaxe

    Next Obama? She gets my vote!

    June 27, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. Truly Unprincipled!

    Hillary Clinton showed her total lack of principles and values when she capitulated to the race-baiting Obama election bunch in 2008. They smeared her unmercifully simply in order to elect a black man who had absolutely NO qualifications and who did little more than vote "present" most of his life. In return, Clinton played nice in order to get the title of Secretary of State, through which she unfortunately also showed a total lack of abilities (while she could have continued as an excellent Senator). I was a staunch supporter of hers back then - but NO MORE!

    June 27, 2014 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  3. 1alien1

    as long as she is not bush, chaney or mitt

    June 27, 2014 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. Just A Man

    I am a Republican. The good old GOP can paint anybody and everybody as the next Obama (or enter your favorite Democrat-to-slam-name here), BUT the GOP should just keep its collective mouth SHUT until it has a better alternative. The last two elections were as winable as when Regan won, but we didn't have any candidate available to get the job done!

    June 27, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. George

    Mark S, if you cant see what is wrong with this country in the last six years you are blind. Some of this is the fault of the republicans, but name one thing right with what Barrak Scandal Obama has done that is right for this country. Please do insult both of us by issue talking points.

    June 27, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. George

    Greenaxe, why. Because she has accomplished so much, she is a woman, what. If this is your reason this country is already sunk.

    June 27, 2014 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  7. don in albuquerque

    Gotta love it when the GOTP screeches "she has no accomplishments as Secretary of State (or anything else for that matter), but uhhhhhh........would they care to list THEIRS for, oh say, the last two decades? Go on. I dare ya'.

    June 27, 2014 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  8. Just A Man

    ....and until we show ourselves to be the better men/women we claim to be by reaching out and initiating some true comprise, we'll remain a laughingstock of a government.

    June 27, 2014 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. Sniffit

    Hahahaha...boy are they scared she's going to drive the bus right over them in 2016. Did everyone have a big bowl of GOP Fearios this morning? All part of a "fair and balanced" breakfast you know....

    June 27, 2014 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  10. David

    And the GOP wants another Bush?

    June 27, 2014 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Barack Obama's third term"

    Hear, hear. I'll vote to that ... !

    June 27, 2014 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. Joe

    Hillary is probably the only Democrat that can keep the White House in Democratic control-Biden-probably can't until he stops his gaffes, would destroy GOP when it comes to foreign policy in debates, O'Malley-bland and dull, probably a Dukakis or Mondale landslide- Warren-could, but Fox would destroy her with her anti-Wall Street beliefs. We should have a third party, though.

    June 27, 2014 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. tom l

    When do you think dems will stop perpetuating the lie that Obama was handed the worst economy since the Great Depression? Are they aware that the recession ended in June of 2009 or are they just too blinded by their partisanship to acknowledge the truth? At some point these dems and repubs will realize that both parties have done us no justice and have really screwed things up big time by pitting us against each other.

    June 27, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. Longtimer

    The Republicans are a funny lot. They spend 6 years in more or less Luddite mode- grinding the gears of government, sabotaging things where they can- certainly doing absolutely freaking nothing to get America out of the ditch they drove it into- and now? They think somehow their slate is clean.
    Really? They de-regulated everything- causing the economic crash, gave the rich $trillions in tax cuts, bankrupting the nation; started two wars no one wanted. A simply horrible record that alone should make them unelectable for a generation, then they follow it up with six years of do-nothing, know-nothing ignorant idiocy- and now they want to lead?
    Too funny!

    June 27, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  15. Longtimer

    David

    And the GOP wants another Bush?
    _________________________
    Bush looks like a genius next to their current crop of TEA Party terrorists.

    June 27, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  16. peterz

    Then who was GOP politician to counter Obama politician. GOP had to admit they were brankrupted after two-war policy.

    June 27, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  17. rs

    George

    Mark S, if you cant see what is wrong with this country in the last six years you are blind. Some of this is the fault of the republicans, but name one thing right with what Barrak Scandal Obama has done that is right for this country. Please do insult both of us by issue talking points.

    _______________________
    Good question! Try this: Under Mr. Bush, 8 million Americans lost their health insurance. Under Obama, 11 million Americans got health insurance. The greatest increase in 40 years. Likewise with jobs- Obama made millions more jobs than Bush did (proving tax cuts for the rich don't make jobs)- of course, Bush also destroyed jobs at a record rate as well. Look at the wars- Bush started two wars-both unfunded, with no plans to finish the job. Under Obama, one is complete, and the other ends within a year- and bin Laden is dead- something Bush wouldn't or couldn't complete. I could go on, but you ought to get the idea.

    June 27, 2014 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  18. Lucas

    Clinton doesn't know how to run anything. She's a decent politician, but her management skills are actually worse than Obama's, which is saying a lot.

    June 27, 2014 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  19. Susan

    I wonder how many times the GOP can say 'Bengahzi' over the next two years? If they were paid for it,they would be very rich indeed!

    June 27, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. Dave

    Hillary is just what we need...more of the same old 1%er inside politics that favor political donors at the expense of the middle class! Everybody better get some more of those part time jobs to cover all of the new taxes, regulations, and their new shiny electric car that they can't drive because all of the power plants are closed (except the ones that provide power to the Clinton inner circle)!

    June 27, 2014 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  21. Fair is Fair

    Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Well at least it won't come out about her banging any fat, ugly interns.....

    FIFY
    --------
    Do you have any idea what FIFY stands for? Because the way you use it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever...

    June 27, 2014 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  22. Lynda/Minnesota

    Sniffit
    Hahahaha...boy are they scared she's going to drive the bus right over them in 2016. Did everyone have a big bowl of GOP Fearios this morning? All part of a "fair and balanced" breakfast you know....
    ------------–

    Yep. With a big cup of GOPerville tears to moisten mine up a bit. Nom Nom.

    June 27, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. rs

    T

    That's actually fair....
    Dems said that McCain was the new Bush.
    __________________________
    I voted for McCain in Arizona a few times- Palin REALLY would have been the next Bush- although I think he's quite a bit smarter than she is- and that in a nutshell is what's wrong with the GOP: crazy old men, and howling lunatics don't make for much of a party these days.

    June 27, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  24. Longtimer

    Susan

    I wonder how many times the GOP can say 'Bengahzi' over the next two years? If they were paid for it,they would be very rich indeed!
    ____________________
    They should just tattoo it on their foreheads.

    June 27, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. peterz

    GOP was brankrupted after two-war policy. Obama politician could bail out the economy but could not bail out GOP politican except for one, Missisippi primary runoff.

    June 27, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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