October 29th, 2007
06:14 PM ET
11 years ago

Clinton ad targets seniors

Clinton ad targets seniors

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) – Sen. Hillary Clinton launched a new television ad in Iowa and New Hampshire Monday designed to reach senior citizens.

In the 30-second spot, Clinton highlights her role as an advocate for the elderly by focusing on key issues of the demographic: Social Security and long term health insurance. Clinton asserts she is the candidate that has been with seniors “all along.”

The Republican National Committee immediately responded with a sharp critique of the New York Democrat’s ad.

“How can Senator Clinton claim to be there for you, when she won’t even give a straight answer on how to save Social Security? The one thing we know about Hillary Clinton and Social Security is that she was definitely there in the White House when Bill raised taxes on benefits and she was definitely there in the Senate when she refused to repeal it.”

- CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla

soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Ron, TX

    ==Clinton says that Social Security is in jeopardy. But pressed in a recent debate on how to shore up the system's shaky finances, Clinton refused to offer any remedy. "I don't think I should be negotiating about what I would do as president," she said. "You know, I want to see what other people come to the table with."=== LA Times Article, early October 2007

    America DESERVES answers Hillary. America NEEDS to know where you stand! We don't need a President who's good at dodgeball. We need a President who's good at -leading-.

    October 29, 2007 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  2. Uriew, CA

    Hillary has perfected the art of being a follower. As soon as Obama posts a TV ad on social security she does the same, as soon as Obama puts a TV ad in South Carolina she follows. Maybe she is struggling for Vice president spot, the perfect follower!

    October 29, 2007 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  3. Ann ME

    Hillary Clinton's claims to Seniors and Social Security is ludicrous. Her appreciation of both is the same as her husband's. Bill Clinton raided and stole monies from the Social Security Department to "fake" balancing the budget. Hillary intends to do the same thing.

    October 29, 2007 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  4. BCNU purple state, usa

    Clinton asserts she is the candidate that has been with seniors “all along.”

    She's been with every demographic "all along", just ask her.

    The headline should read....

    Clinton targets seniors' wallets

    October 29, 2007 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  5. Bob, Seattle, WA

    Hillary is the 'all' to all people. She was there for the babies too. $5,000 worth per child. She was there for the 'poor'. She was their for the 'sick'. She was there for the under served in New Orleans. She was there for the Iragi civilians that America violated. Why wouldn't she be there for the seniors. Trouble is, as in the Wizard of Oz, she is being 'found out' and the whole 'show' is being exposed. '08 will be the year she wish never happened. '08 will be the year of her reward.

    October 29, 2007 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  6. monica, rochester new york

    Hillary has said publicly during one of the debates that she "doesn't think a presidential candidate should tell the American public everything they really think." So why is the GOP surprised that she won't answer tough questions about important issues, apparently the American people don't need to know. We're just the "little people" as Leona Helmsely used to say.

    October 29, 2007 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  7. Tim, El Cerrito CA

    The Republican National Committee is a joke. Do they think anyone believes anthing they say? The Repubs just don't get it. They are the ones with zero credibility. Zero a big zero. Hillary will make a great President! And she will fight for more than just the few like the RNC and all their like! Long live Hillary!

    October 29, 2007 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  8. Tim, El Cerrito Ca

    Oh, and you know what else? You can't even send the RNC an email. The RNC can't deal with the truth. They are afraid of the truth if you ask me. Otherwise they would try and win elections by arguing issues on their merits instead of by character assasinations, distortions, and dirty tricks (like they are trying again in California by rigging the electoral collage). Even Arnold (one of their own) said it was a loser mentality.

    October 29, 2007 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  9. Joe, DC

    Looks like the Republicans aren't quite so anxious to have Sen. Clinton be the Democratic Party nominee anymore!

    October 29, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  10. readbtwthlins

    "she was definitely there in the White House when Bill raised taxes on benefits and she was definitely there in the Senate when she refused to repeal it.”

    Oh...., there's that experience Hillary keeps crowing about..

    October 29, 2007 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  11. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    I would trust Hillary Clinton and any democrat to safe guard our Social Security, improve our health care system, before any republican. As for Giuliani touting the success rate of our system over England's, number one he has insurance, what is the survival rate if you're one of those that don't health insurance. Number two I don't believe him, he's playing with the numbers.

    October 29, 2007 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  12. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    This is a typical RNC response, denegrate whatever the Democrats say, but offer no succor alternative.

    What does the GOP offer senior citizens? Nothing!

    October 29, 2007 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  13. jw, canadian,ok

    I don't know how Hillary would solve Social Security, but I tell the 3 TRILLION dollars we've spent in IRAQ, probably would help.

    October 29, 2007 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  14. John, NC

    Bill Clinton raised taxes on my hard earned Social Security.

    October 29, 2007 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  15. J. McKinney SW MO

    There is no way Hillary could give an answer that would satisfy those of you who are against her. She will be able to straighten out a lot of the mess we are in, but we sure didn't get there overnight, and even she and Bill, with all their good intentions, won't be able to straighten it out overnight, but they will be doing their best, I am sure. Hillary all the way! Go, Girl! We are with you.

    October 29, 2007 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  16. Beth, NY

    Is anyone else noticing the fact that Hillary Clinton never gives a straight answer to a question?

    This commercial does not tell us what her plan is for assuring the solvency of Social Security.

    Can she just answer a question for once?

    October 29, 2007 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  17. Jesse, Burnsville, MN

    Hillary's campaign is imploding slowly but surely. Obama and Edwards should strike a deal that whoever does better in Iowa gets to keep going and the other would become the automatic VP. What a great ticket that would be. Obama/Edwards or Edwards/Obama. Either way, it is better than Clinton/????.

    October 29, 2007 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  18. Daniel, NY

    Edwards's very harsh attacks on Hillary today are an attempt to soften her up, which is exactly what Edwards and Obama have to do. But Obama might be the on who benefits most from the attacks, read why here!

    October 29, 2007 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  19. Olson Johnson; Rock Ridge

    It's hard to criticize Mrs. Clinton on Social Security because we have no idea what she thinks about how to solve the problem.

    October 29, 2007 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  20. Tim, El Cerrito Ca

    The RNC continues to want to run campaigns bases on lies, distortions, and character assassinations. They don't want to talk about the issues because they are afraid of the truth. Hillary rules!

    October 29, 2007 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  21. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Tell us old folks specifically whether you will support a means-tested SS reform to save the old-age fund from insolvency and plundering by those like you and Bill who do not need it? Yes or no, please, then explain if you can.

    October 29, 2007 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  22. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    "A chicken in every pot" Squawk, Squawk.

    October 30, 2007 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  23. MostAmericanVoters

    It's going to take a lot more than a 30 second ad for Hillary to convince me of anything..

    October 30, 2007 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  24. doremus jessup

    The way to save social security is to first secure the competency of the US government by electing a president that considers the people before politics and corporate greed. By a process of elimination, most or all of the Republican candidates do not qualify by virtue of their obligations to highly influential corporate interests. The Repulicans and religous right are wrapping our constitution so tightly in the flag that it suffocates while cross-bearing hate mongers advocate the ethnic and social cleansing of America in the name of an imaginary power, but mostly from fear of difference. We need real, rational, considerate, logical and thoughtful leadership. Hillary is the current best choice. To believe otherwise is to admit ignorance.

    October 30, 2007 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  25. therealist

    The only way to save Social Security is to cut benefits and nobody is going to tell seniors that truth and get elected.

    October 30, 2007 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
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