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
soundoff (490 Responses)
  1. Randy M., Allentown, PA

    Go Hillary!

    All GW cares about is money and how to make those with money even richer. It is time to elect a president who is for the American family and make sure that we have stability in this country that this government can not give us.
    That is why I support Hillary Clinton because she cares about this country and sees that it is time for a change. I can't wait till she is president so the rest of the country is no longer invisible to her.
    She will be our next president that will get things done other than making the rich richer and the poor poorer

    August 16, 2007 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  2. Jim Charbonneau, California City, CA

    Get used to this phrase "President Hillary Clinton". She will do a great job of leading our country.

    August 16, 2007 03:42 am at 3:42 am |
  3. Lila, Oklahoma City, OK

    Hillary says it like it is. Anyone who says they are ashamed to have Ms. Clinton as their senator ... well look who you have for a president!!! He totally does not belong in that position. He is a disgrace to this Country! Lila, Oklahoma City, OK

    August 16, 2007 05:53 am at 5:53 am |

    i'll say what everyone else is a fraid to say "shes a WOMAN"!!NO WAY A WOMAN WILL RUN THIS COUNTRY!!!

    August 16, 2007 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  5. Nina Chattanooga TN

    Like our troops will be important to her. No way, didn't see her go have Thanksgiving dinner with us troops instead of her family. As on who served while the other clinton was in office I'm sickened by her!! This war is just a tool to the dems. They don't really plan to pull us out after they get in office.

    August 16, 2007 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  6. nina

    The dems remind me of another party that I thought I'd never see in this country. The Cummunist party. They believe that everyone everyone deserves the same. This is america. Make your own destiny. The government already takes to much from us. These stupid ideas that I should pay taxes so someone else can come here illegeally and I can pay for there welfare bill is crazy. Maybe we need to seperate the US for you all.North and south is starting to sound right but instead republicians and dems. then you can ruin your own land and please keep your illegeal buddys with you.

    August 16, 2007 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  7. Ronald Raby, Rogersville, MO

    Apparently Clinton can not tell the differance between 'striking a nerve' and refuting a lie.

    August 16, 2007 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  8. Kyle, Fayetteville Arkansas

    Has anyone else noticed the comments that go missing shortly after being posted? Many of them have no offensive remarks whatsoever, and yet they are still deleted. My conclusion: CNN sucks.

    August 16, 2007 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  9. BFA, Harrisburg, PA

    When will people learn that when you say “The Republicans” or “The Democrats” you are creating a defensive posture by one group or the other and forgetting the issues. Which is what the politicians want. If you blame the President for problems in the country you must also blame the other branches because there is no one branch of our government that has complete control. Hillary and George are “two wings of the same brid”. Not my quote but appropriate.

    August 16, 2007 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. RLA Las Vegas, NV

    The US is invisible alright; and has always been that way for me as long as I can recall. I am due for eligibility as working-class senior citizenship and all administrations have ignored the middle class for many administrations.

    Not just one administration! I do not recall any type of health care my entire life! I believe, as Hillary Clinton so aptly stated, that we, the poor, working-class and the elderly have been pushed aside by this administration; plus all previous administrations as far back as President Dwight D. Eisenhower. We ARE definitely invisible to them and that is the way they would like too keep it. Do you really believe things will change just because our administration is about change hands?

    Way to go Joe Shepard, Spring Lake NC: August 15, 2007 11:34 AM 2,000,000 PAGES! The Clinton’s in the White House again! Is a disaster waiting to happen! Liken to a nuclear explosion. I will choose the heart of a nuclear explosion over the Clinton’s back in the White House any day of the week!

    August 16, 2007 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. Chip Celina OH

    Joe in NC,

    "Of all the judgemental things to say…

    Also I'm offended by your suggestion that being a single parent is the fault of the parent. "

    A little reading comprehension on your part would go a long way.

    Go review what was written.

    Or here, I'll do it for you.

    She said: "Being a mother of two and not married yet to their father, we are currently living on one income because it dosen't work out financially to put my children into day care…."

    In that sentence, the term WE is used. That denotes a number greater than one. Hence, your reference to single is moot. And, since the two are co-habitating, being a "single" parent is the choice, at this point in time (Notice the word yet was used, which implies a possible change of status in the future).

    "It doesn't work out financially to put my children into day care." The children should be delighted that Mom is at home with them.

    Her situation is really no different than mine. We lived on one income (and still do).

    I'm sorry that your father died when you were young, a similar thing happened to me except it was my mother. She died from complications arising from childbirth. So, I never knew her.

    Don't accuse me of being judgemental, go find a mirror.

    August 17, 2007 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. BillH,Moorpark, Ca

    What I don't understand is why some of us think that our constitution provides health care.No one has a birth right to HEALTH CARE!When some of you idiots wind up paying five,ten even more thousands each year in add'l Hillary health care taxes maybe then you will realize that you could have purchased,on your own a better,cheaper plan..get a grip!!!

    August 17, 2007 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. Eric, Albuquerque, NM

    Mexico is a rich country and is clearly taking advantage of us. We don’t need to deport everyone; all we need to do is take away the incentives for the Mexican immigration flood. We shouldn’t pall pass health care for all children, which is basically an open invitation for all poor Mexicans to flood our country. Our streets are already too crowded

    August 17, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. Rose Hann New London, CT

    The whitehouse is showing their fear. The decider is the absurdity. He has been responsible for death and destruction. Now that's absurd!

    August 20, 2007 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  15. mike , RPC, CA

    It aint about attacking parties, Grow up and do the job and do the right thing. Clinton scares me to death, crazyness, bad morals, decietful, greedy etc.
    Only in America there would be a chance for the first woman president with no logical understanding of the world around her. WE NEED LEADERS AS PRESIDENTS. We live in a world that requires new ideologies that can coexist with the government. Religion is obsolete and science is the new religion. Government isn't supposed to tolerate BS, they are supposed to follow there own set of rules the the govenment was founded upon. If a govenrment doesn't always keep the control it is then out of control; and it is. I love my America and I want it back the way it needs to be. Need to be an example for the rest of the world. Do they all forget history? Not giving out handouts to the needy, but fixing the problems so as there won't be a needy populate or as large of one. Onces that will live up to the greatness of many past heros of returning the nobel side of offices. Ones that realize they are writing history to be remebered by other future generations. Clinton is not a leader and what she beleives seems right is not reality of the our problems. She wants to spend funds on health care. To those who can afford to pay for their own. Sad yes, but as important to do right now is bad. We have too many illegals and too much of it would just go to them. The non citizens who don't care about their their own country and surly don't care of ours. I'm speaking mainly of illegal Hispanics. They are hard working good people. We better damn well throw money at fixing immigration first other wise you want to do healthcare and that would be a endless money Pit. You don't fix problems by throwing trees with ink at things. If anybody attacks anything, Help Fix mexico so peole can live there happily and not run off and cause big prolems here. What's wrong with mexico...Fix it. Solve Problems By Looking at the ORIGNS of the problem, not small centralized parts of problems. All problems we face we must attack an origin. If we don't, problem stays and it will cause something worse it is obviously apparent is it not. Our wars in the mid east are fixing origins of torn religious people who do seem to learn from mistakes and live in fear. The mentality will stay, we must keep on the offense in those areas, otherwise that will regroup over time and something will happen like 9/11 again or worse. Will it take another attackun homeland before people realize its permanent untill its finished. We are there for the right reasons. If we pull out, all those brave people envolved will have died in vain becuase selfish people are everywhere. We want our son home!! My dad home!! yeah yeah we know, but you fail to understand the bigger global pictures we are facing much more important over time then now. We are growing over capacity. We all fudge our resources knowing damn good an well we are the casue of bigger problems. Go buy a bunch of stuff and the things you don't need go throw in a landfill. Go on ahead and bury all the resources and drive your car and don't think about how you are killing the world slowly. Listen to the Media, let it distract you from what really going on, what's really important. Yeah! the media knows all, they know all about greed and selfishness and are the finiest example of those things that are not worth a fraction of a second of your time. Who cares about the news. I don't. they are lost as a naked baby in the woods. When everyhting becomes fubar someday it will be all back to Darwinism and we be fighting each other for the things we are wasting now. Go trade a tree that gives you a stable atmoshphere to inhale. Make so stupid symbol on it like its really worth anything. It was really only worth anything when it was a tree. It is a spectacular worth. These words to be read are not at all off the subject, merely everything is connected together. Start living in the real world and leave the confort zone. Sacarafice what you wanted most to do the right thing. We already have too much. We are lucky, now don't be selfish. Be SELFLESS

    October 2, 2007 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
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