November 2nd, 2007
01:00 PM ET
15 years ago

RNC, Edwards hit Clinton on debate performance

Clinton is taking heat from both Democrats and Republicans Friday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton is coming under fire from both Democrats and Republicans in two new Web ads released Friday that focus on her debate performance earlier this week.

The Republican National Committee is out with an ad titled "Hillary Clinton: Long on rhetoric, short on answers," that edits together several different Washington pundits expressing criticism of the New York Democrat's answers at Tuesday's debate.

Meanwhile, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards launched a Web ad titled "The politics of parsing." It also featuring clips from the debate and accuses Clinton of "double-talk" on Iraq, social security, and Immigration.

Responding to Edwards' Web ad, Clinton spokesman Isaac Baker said, "In 2004, John Edwards said, 'If you are looking for the candidate that will do the best job of attacking the other Democrats, I am not your guy.' But now that his campaign has stalled, he’s launching false attacks on his fellow Democrats."

"Voters will certainly be asking whether Mr. Edwards’ pledges to be positive in 2004 were anything more than just a political tactic," Baker added.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John Edwards • RNC
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Howard Hewlett, Des Moines IA

    Why is it that every time that Hilliray is exposed as a questionable candidate it is deemed as a personal attack? Are we not allowed to question her? I guess when you feel as if your presidency is enivetable being forced to deal with the people can be an inconvienance. How dare we question Queen Hilliary!

    It is this type of attitude that should have all Americans weiry of 20 years of either a Bush or Clinton.

    November 2, 2007 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. Kevin Covina, Ca

    Hillary = Cry Baby

    Her waffling and playing verbal dodgeball with questions was her "Dean Scream". It's time Democrats take a hard look at Obama and the other candidates.

    USS Hillary just took a fatal blow and is sinking fast.

    November 2, 2007 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. Mark Columbus, Ohio

    It's now or never. If Obama or Edwards wants to get the Democratic nod...they have to step up the attacks like they did during the last debate. Of course, Hillary really shot herself in the foot big time, and they really have to exploit that in order for them to rise in the polls. They have to get the message out that Hillary talks out of both sides of her mouth and that she is not the one to go against Rudy if he gets the nod for the GOP.


    November 2, 2007 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. TheInsider

    USS Hillary just took a fatal blow and is sinking fast.
    Posted By Kevin Covina, Ca : November 2, 2007 3:32 pm

    You're the King of wishful thinking...

    "...In fact, if anything, support for Clinton has ticked up a bit since she stumbled on an answer to questions about drivers licenses for illegal aliens.
    Data from the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll shows that on the two nights following the debate (Wednesday and Thursday) Clinton held a 45% to 18% lead over Barack Obama. For Clinton, that’s an improvement from Monday and Tuesday nights when her lead over Obama had been 40% to 24%."


    November 2, 2007 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    I'm very disappointed in John Edwards. He's way behind in the polls due to his own doing, trashing the front-runner is not going to get him the nomination. His negative campaigning will not aid him but it's something that will further add fuel to the Republican attacks. The Democrats need a united party if we wish to defeat the Republicans next November!

    November 2, 2007 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. Corbett, Seattle WA

    The fact that Edwards still thinks he has a chance is evidence of his hubris. He needs to shut his pie whole, go home and change parties.

    November 2, 2007 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. rob, austin, tx

    i'm rather sick of the ignorance that goes on here by reading others comments. she is a great politician and doing a politician does. so she didn't perform well in a debate. its not the first time a person running had a rough night. get over it, she is intelligent and her campaign is running in a manor that is working.

    November 2, 2007 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. Leo, VA

    Obama and Edwards didn't ask Hillary questions to have a dialogue. They were not even interested in understanding her answers, just in catching 1-2 words they could jump on. They were prepared with a next "question" regardless Hillary's answer to the previous one. The debate was a shameful boxing game. Why wasn't Edwards aggressive with Cheney in 2004?

    Everyone understands what a debate is, but the Tuesday event was not a debate, was a shameful coward attack on one candidate, while other candidates didn't even have a chance to say something.

    November 2, 2007 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. Kevin Covina, Ca


    If you were being objective and not simply a Hillary-partisan you would ADMIT she stumbled several times – that Obama and Edwards will pull away from her past level of support. We don't have conclusive polls numbers (yet) however here are the words of the Washington Post and Boston Herald:

    Washintong Post:

    "Democratic leaders quietly fret that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton at the top of their 2008 ticket could hurt candidates at the bottom. They say the former first lady may be too polarizing for much of the country. She would jeopardize the party's standing with independent voters and give Republicans who otherwise might stay home on Election Day a reason to vote."

    "The problem is her political baggage: A whopping 49 percent of the public says they have an unfavorable view of Clinton compared to 47 percent who say they hold her in high regard, according to a Gallup Poll survey Aug. 3-5."

    Boston Herald:

    The Boston Herald reports on what 'ordinary, grass-roots Democrats' think about Hillary Clinton: 'Lying B**** . . . Shrew . . . Machiavellian . . . Evil, power-mad witch . . . The ultimate self-serving politician. . . Criminal . . . Megalomaniac . . . Fraud . . . Dangerous . . . Devil incarnate . . . Satanic . . . Power freak.'"

    THOSE are the words of other Democrats!

    You keep sipping your martini on the USS Hi-tanic and pretending nothing to worry about.

    November 2, 2007 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  10. AJ, Chicago IL

    All these Hillary supporters have very short memories due to the incompetent Bush years 2000+. Being attacked personally is when the media were talking about Hillary's hair style and/or pant suits. Tuesday's night debate showed America that Hillary doesn't answer forthright questions and will lie in public. Yes she did lie but got called on it by Senator Dodd. She needs to take a stand on issues and sharpen her intellect in defending her stands, not muddle and give convoluted answers because she is trying to be politically savy like Bill Clinton. I think many Hillary supporters are going to be surprised that Hillary and Bill don't see eye-to-eye on many issues! Tim Russert tried to bring attention to this when he would ask Hillary questions and when she did answer directly it was in direct contradiction to what Bill Clinton said.

    November 2, 2007 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  11. hillarylover, NY NY

    I want to ask Barack Obama and John Edwards how they will campaign for Hillary if their strategy of bringing her down doesn't work and she still wins the nomination. How then will you be able to convince the American people that she is the candidate to lead America when you have questioned her leadership, morality, ethics and integrity. I hope Edwards and Obama don't squander one of the only chances we have at taking back the Presidency.

    November 2, 2007 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  12. Jesse, Burnsville, MN

    This probably won't stay posted, because it seems like CNN is erasing every comment I have against Hillary....But, it DOES matter who the Democratic candidate is. Hillary does not represent the values of the Democratic Party (pro-war, pro-lobbyist, pro-corporate control of america). Those don't sound like Democratic talking points. We need a leader that will create positive change for our country.

    Edwards/Obama '08

    November 2, 2007 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  13. JD, Chandler, AZ

    and who ever said john edwards is doing bad by going after clinton needs to look farther into that. if you didnt hear 50% of the nation WONT VOTE FOR HER. so is it smart to vote for her?

    November 2, 2007 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  14. junta,ny,ny

    I think Hillary is not ready after agreeing with her husband for all those years that she will run after G.W.Bush. It seems she is just flashing herself around the country but doesn't want to tell us why we should give her the job and pay her with her tax money! Hey, remember she love lobbyists so she doesn't care what the common man is asking her.....
    I think Germany is much better by far. They can elect a female president without female thing!
    What do you think hillary?

    November 2, 2007 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  15. mike, coarsegold,cal

    Hillary will claim this is a vast left wing conspiracy.......

    November 2, 2007 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  16. john,princeton,NJ

    AS a democrat,i for one think this is the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton,the media has been waiting to bounce on hillary for a long time like a loaded Gun, and just like an excited kid having sex for the first time ,i think they may have just unloaded pre-maturely lol.
    there's nothing like witnessing the media go after you,and the polls continue to reject them,clintons are very famous for this(aka the 90's–drove republicans nuts-bill 60% aprroval
    The election is freaking a year away yall know how freaking long that is..they couldnt control their exitement)
    Now we all wait for the next poll and looking at the lastest rasmussen after debate poll it doenst look good for the hatchet job,,wow this is gonna be fun,,watching the media all claim HIllary is flawed,,so why dont yall just relax.let her get nominated and lets see how weak she really is,,,i mean dont you all wanna be president..LOL

    November 2, 2007 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  17. Williams, Jason Pasadena, TX

    He is not making false statements, they are true! Clinton even did exactly what they say she does all this time on Tuesday night, and all the Democrats made aware how they could not tell whether she is for something or against it. She is a highway intersection. Someone asks her, "What is your standing on____," and then she says, "Hang on," then lifts her finger in the air as if she is detecting which way the wind is blowing, then says, " I am against that today."

    November 2, 2007 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  18. Steve Banny Toccoa GA

    Long on rhetoric short on answers? Tsk Tsk( just another example of the vast right wing conspiracy!)

    November 3, 2007 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  19. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    Poor John Edwards. His true nature is like a bull dog. He likes to attack as a litigator would, and that may be reason that John Kerry picked him to be the bad guy in the 2004 campaign.

    This time at first at least, he didnt attack and let his wife did the attacks of Hillary for him. After people were upset while she did the attacking of Hillary for him when she is not running, he now ccomes out to attack. Now, people ask why he runs a negative campaign....

    He can't win, and won't. He may as well packing and going back to carolina chasing after insurance companies and ambulances with his $400 haircut.

    November 3, 2007 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  20. Jim Bremer

    Edwards needs the $ 400 haircut.

    I mean, don't you know – when you chase an ambulance at breakneck speeds, just any cheap haircut won't do. It needs to be good – it's worth the $ 400.

    November 3, 2007 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. JD

    Sue you really think she wont sell out to lobbyist? what do you think shes doing when she accepts 1 million dollar donations from lobbyist right now? Is she just saying 'o thank you for your alturistic donation' haha×3660882

    November 5, 2007 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  22. Jorge B., Denver Colorado

    Who wants to vote for Obama just because of his color and what qualifications does this candidate have....he is the crazy nephew that lives in the attic...Cheney is a man of integrity and guts...I dont think Obama is worth electing leader of the free way Jose!

    November 5, 2007 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  23. Scott, Minnesota

    There is a reason 50% of America will not vote for Hillary Clinton – people won't trust a morally bankrupt conniving adultry apologist. Say what you want about whatever her policies may or may not be... people won't vote for her because you can't trust someone who will stay married to a multiple-cheating letch, purely because she has something to gain by it.

    Sadly, Hillary Clinton as the Democratic candidate will just give a total id*ot like Guiliani the Presidency... more of the failed Bush-Cheney corruption. Little wonder the USA is viewed less favorably the world over... we like id*ots to lead us!

    November 8, 2007 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  24. Ku, Atlanta, GA

    Hey Edwards, that is now old are the most negative candidate we can't afford to choose you over the others. End of story!

    November 8, 2007 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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