August 15th, 2007
02:55 PM ET
13 years ago

White House calls Clinton ad 'outrageous,' 'absurd'

The White House responded to Clinton's first campaign ad Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush has repeatedly said he won't weigh in on the presidential race yet, but that didn't stop a White House spokesperson from calling Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton's first campaign ad "outrageous."

The ad, which started running in Iowa Tuesday, shows Clinton at a recent campaign rally saying, "If you're a family that is struggling and you don't have health care, you are invisible to this president. If you're a single mom trying to find affordable child care so you can go to work, you're invisible too."

She is also seen saying the president treats the troops in "Iraq and Afghanistan as though they were invisible as well."

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino sharply fired back to the Clinton's allegations Tuesday in a press conference, saying "This is a president who, first and foremost, has helped millions of seniors across the country have access to prescription drugs at a much lower cost." (Related video: The politics of healthcare)

"As to whether or not our troops are invisible to this president, I think that is absurd and that it is unconscionable that a member of Congress would say such a thing," Perino added.

The Clinton campaign seemed delighted the White House highlighted the ad, immediately flagging Perino's comments on its Web site with the headline, "White House Attacks Hillary's New Ad."

Clinton herself shot back at the Perino's comments while campaigning in Dubuque, Iowa Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

"Apparently I've struck a nerve, the White House just attacked me a few minutes ago," she said. "Not only have I said it and am saying it, I will keep saying it because I happen to believe it."

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
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  1. David, Arlington, VA

    I love how Hillary gets lambasted, by the White House and Bush supporters, for having the guts to pointedly and directly go after the White House for their numerous failings regarding healthcare and Iraq (among other issues). The ad is NOT part of a smear campaign, because it doesn't engage in petty personal attacks. Rather, it criticizes the Bush administration based on its record and, you know, actual issues and facts. The fact that the White House responded so vehemently and defensively just proves that Hillary's ad struck a nerve and has merit. The White House, and their supporters, wouldn't be responding with such vitriol if they weren't afraid that people might actually consider the broader, and deeper, issues the ad alludes to. As someone else said, the truth hurts, doesn't it? The plain and simple facts are that Bush doesn't care about the middle class or the issues that affect us. Just look at who his tax breaks have been been directed to (the rich) and who have really benefited from his healthcare and prescription drug policies (insurance and drug companies). And to those who continue to attack the Clintons as dishonest and unethical, I'd only ask if you share the same feelings for a White House that lied to get into a war, is in complete denial of said war (and, as a result, is undermining our national security), and has blatantly violated the Constitution.

    August 15, 2007 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. Brenda, Annapolis MD

    This is the beauty of politics. The lot of you are idiots, and you are scaring me if the future of this country is in your hands.

    I'm not 100% sure who I am supporting as of this moment, but I do intend on keeping an OPEN MIND. Let's be realistic here–the term "flip flopper", that was developed by Bush's campaign committee to damage Kerry...and it worked. For the most part, most American's ARE flip-floppers, the way you all are defining the term. She voted for the war, yes. At the time, the war was widely supported by well more than half of this country (and now you want out–hmmm). So, if she didn't vote in favor of the war, she would have gotten chastised for being a horrible representitive of the people. Not to mention, Obama did not vote on the war in the U.S. Senate; he was only a member of the State Senate at that time–so don't be fooled by his "politicking" either. What's funny is you label Clinton an ice queen, yet you fail to label any of her male counterparts who part take in the same antics. It's interesting to see how the human psyche has not changed amongst progression.

    None of these candidates are perfect, blue-blooded, Americans. They're POLITICIANS. Isn't that their nature? It's sad, but instead of attacking certain individuals (because NO ONE is 100% perfect like we demand our elected officials to be), perhaps you should take a look at the bigger picture.

    Bottom Line: What this country has endured during the Bush years has got to stop. Despite what you might think, just an fyi, when he went to Iraq he had A LOT of protection–a lot. So his little trip there to support the troops (who he keeps treating like they're his own little green plastic army men toys) was meant to look good for the American people. Reality was, he had so much protection he never was in any danger.

    The American people who run their mouths on emotion instead of being rational need a good wake up call.

    August 15, 2007 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. Chicago, IL

    This is just a pointless ad, the majority of the country is upset with W, so she's pandering to the masses by bashing him (standard Clinton practice). He can't be president again (thank heavens), she's not running against him, so why bother?

    August 15, 2007 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. Perry, Dallas, Texas

    When is Hillary going to figure out that George Bush isn't running for President?

    August 15, 2007 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. Donnie Rio Grande City, Texas

    If Bush thinks he helped the elderly with meds he needs to start taking some himself. The only thing that plan helps is Big Pharmacy retailers by putting the smaller ones out of business because they can't wait that long to get their money and insurance companies. Probably the same interest groups that got him elected. Impeach the jerk.

    August 15, 2007 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. Mike, Gilbert, AZ

    Hilary Clinton is a joke. It is obvious that she has nothing important to say but attack the president. Maybe she should look at herself. We are certainely doomed as nation if Hilary Clinton becomes President. She is nothing more than a two face idiot. She talks about how the president doesn't care about health care and our troops. What has she ever done to care for other people? She is stretching to make headlines and it's sad. But this is the sort of person she is. She will do anything to make other's look bad. I am sure she has a chip on her shoulder from being married to Bill Clinton.

    August 15, 2007 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. LD White, Davis, CA

    Hillary forgot to add "if you are not a rich white guy contributing to the GOP, you are invisible to this administration

    August 15, 2007 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. Joe Shepard, Spring Lake NC

    I will admit that Hillary Clinton has got brass. Attacking President Bush for not seeing troops, not seeing people who need government help, etc.,etc. Attacking Bush for the war in Iraq–a war she voted for–oh well, two faced is as two faced says. But, what about her papers from her term as First Lady? Been sealed, and not slated to be released until after the election. Why?? If Hillary Clinton is the paragon of virtue she wants us to believe she is, why is she hiding this material? Some will say that the information in these papers is not relevant to the election. Fine, if its not relevant, why be afraid to show it? Hillary Clinton is not someone I would trust as far as I could throw a 500 Lb. hog.

    August 15, 2007 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. Pixie, Murfreesboro, TN

    Why is it that all the Clinton haters are demanding to know how she will pay for universal healthcare, but they never feel the need to ask Bush where the money will come from to finance our everlasting occupation in Iraq?

    Double standards anyone?

    Oh that's right, when it comes to helping our fellow Americans, our tax dollars are suddenly too precious to spend (you saw this with Katrina as well), especially when the money could be used to finance more bombing campaigns of the swarthy ones OVER THERE. Is it any wonder that the Bush apologists/authoritarian cultists on the fringe?

    August 15, 2007 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. Helen, Goose Creek, SC

    After reading the article concerning Mrs. Clinton's ads. If I were her, I would stop and think before I speak. Americans forget so quickly. When Bill Clinton first ran for presidency, I heard he was going to work on providing a health care plan for the nation. He assigned this task to his wife, Mrs. Clinton. That's all we heard about until Mr. Clinton was re-elected. The proposal was shot down and never mentioned again, until time for re-election. Again, all I heard, the Clinton's are going to provide nationwide health care. Never happened. After Mr. Clinton was re-elected again, we did not hear another word about healthcare..... Until now. Mrs. Clinton, before trying to divert blame on the Bush administration, stop & think about all the promises that you & your husband has made FIRST! I for one will not elect a president who has repeatedly LIED to this nation.

    August 15, 2007 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Donnie Rio Grande City, Texas

    In response to M Finch. We, in Texas, do not want him back. Just like the Dixie Chicks, we are ashamed he calls himself a Texan. I think that he, Gov. Rick Perry, and Tom DeLay should be deported from the state of Texas.

    August 15, 2007 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. Anonymous

    We could only hope that Hillary would become invisible....she is such an eyesore!

    August 15, 2007 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. bush4ever

    Rob in Panama City says this:
    There is no government healthcare…


    There is no child care cheap enough to cover the rise in gas prices…

    Walter Reid is not providing troops the care they need…


    Here's my comment:

    Child Care:

    PRESIDENT BUSH RAISED THE CHILD CARE TAX DEDUCTION after BILLY had it at an all time low of $500 per child!

    Health Care Reform:

    CLINTON: NONE – all talk, no action – as usual!

    Walter Reid:



    Additionally, President Bush ABOLISHED THE MARRIAGE PENALTY TAX! What kind of a creep (a/k/a Clinton) would have a MARRIAGE PENALTY TAX? Oh, yeah, Billy!

    August 15, 2007 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. Rob, San diego CA

    RE: Van in NY,NY

    I thought Bush was "the decider" on military matters??? Why shouldn't we hold the commander in chief of the armed forces responsible for the poor healthcare our troops receive, the lack of training and armor or the increased tours of duty? If he's not responsible then I guess no one is...which rings true for most issues involving this entirely incompetent administration: complete lack of accountability for anything.

    Not a Hillary supporter by any means but I can't believe anyone can defend this pathetic excuse for a President.

    August 15, 2007 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. Steve Anderson, Loudon, TN

    She is the "complete" liar and refuses to release her own words and documents that would prove to the public what a corrupt individual she is. She borders on being traitorous in her actions and commments. Basically a communist at heart, her writings show that....that is why they are hidden. Our president, while not perfect, is far more honest than she could ever be.

    August 15, 2007 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. Katie, Chicago, IL

    While I'm no fan of Bush, I have to agree that the ad is ridiculous. Bush isn't running for re-election. Why is Hillary wasting campaign resources attacking a non-opponent? This ad would only make sense if Cheney were a Republican contender, and thankfully he's not.

    August 15, 2007 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  17. Keith Norton, Hoboken NJ

    You're not running against this stop campaigning against them. Show us how you're different from the other Dems and R's and you'll get our votes.

    August 15, 2007 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. Jay Quigley - Sarasota, Floridal

    Thank you so much for starting in layman`s terms to show our President what a shameless one he & his cohorts are.Please keep up this simple dialogue until he is banished from hurting average U.S. citizens further.

    August 15, 2007 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  19. Mark,Whittier,CA

    Read the comments: Here we go again with Democrats caling people with opposing views names. Can we please clean up our acts!!!

    August 15, 2007 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. bkrane Pittsburgh PA

    As a polititian Hillary is simply better than the rest. She has already separated herself from the democratic pack and is already able to concentrate on the general election.

    She is definitely not someone I'd like to invite over for dinner. However, Bush and his surrogate Presidential minions have made it clear that the American Middle Class will not accept their drivel in the general election. Might just as well go for a winner. That is spelled H-I-L-L-A-R-Y.

    August 15, 2007 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. Mike Detroit, MI

    It is telling to me that Dana Perino's retort didn't address the issues raised in the add (families struggling to pay for health care and affordable child care) two things that i deal with and that are not on the Republican radar screens. The President can't respond, because he doesn't have a leg to stand on when it comes to domestic issues that real americans are concerned with, and yes I do think that I, may family and my friends overseas are invisible to this president.

    August 15, 2007 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. Donald G. Kite

    Senator Clinton has started the political mud-slinging with her comments. Did Bill Clinton do anything for healthcare? No. Did Bill Clinton do anything to stop al Qaeda when he had a chance? No, he did not. Perhaps if he had acted to eradicate al Qaeda, we would not be in Iraq now. Hillary Clinton for President? I really hope not, at least not in my life time.

    August 15, 2007 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  23. J. W. Cotnoir Augusta Maine

    I believe, as Hillary Clinton so aptly stated, that we, the poor, working-class and the elderly have been pushed aside by this administration. We ARE invisible to them and that's the way they want it. All of the big oil companies and all of the Bush cronies have enjoyed tax breaks (which have lead to absurd profits for big companies and private individuals at the EXPENSE of us, who cannot even fill our heating oil tanks). The soldiers of this so-called war are suffering greatly because of lack of equipment, faulty equipment, poor leadership, even poorer planning and funding that lines the pockets of the VP, and others, without helping our troops in the least. My favorite slogan for this campaign is " The only term this administration deserves is a jail term!" The Hague would do well to consider prosecution of this administration for crimes against humanity.

    August 15, 2007 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  24. Kim, Dallas, OR

    Go Clinton's, it will be great to have a Clinton in the White House again to clean up a Bush's mess.

    August 15, 2007 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. Ginny, Raleigh, NC

    Why do so many people assume it's the government's responsiblity to handle child/day care or health care? This country is being suffocated by those who do not understand the difference between and right and and entitlement. You do have a right to health care, but you are not entitled to get it free. Everything costs money. Someone must pay for it. Pay for yours and I will pay for mine.

    August 15, 2007 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
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