December 3rd, 2007
10:15 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama camp launches Web site to document Clinton attacks

Obama's campaign has launched a new Web site designed to track and respond to attacks by Clinton’s campaign

WASHINGTON (CNN) - After a tense weekend that saw a marked escalation in an already brutal war of words between the two Democratic frontrunners, Barack Obama’s campaign launched a new salvo Monday with a Web site designed to track and respond to attacks by Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

“We're asking all of you to be vigilant and notify us immediately of any attacks from Sen. Clinton or her supporters as soon as you see them so that we can respond with the truth swiftly and forcefully,” campaign spokesman Bill Burton wrote supporters. “[These] attacks could be phone calls, literature drops, blog posts, mail pieces as well as radio and TV ads. Some could even be anonymous or designed to be.”

The New York senator’s campaign has been ramping up its assault on Obama’s record over the past few weeks, but stepped up attacks this weekend after new polls seemed to show the Illinois senator had dramatically narrowed his deficit in New Hampshire, and even grabbed the lead in Iowa in a survey released Saturday. Just a few months ago, Obama trailed Clinton by double-digit margins in both states.

“Less than twelve hours after that poll came out, the Clinton campaign launched a series of baseless attacks against Senator Obama,” wrote Burton, referring to a Clinton campaign release that accused the Illinois senator of hiding early presidential ambitions. “Panicked by the poll numbers, they even attacked Barack for telling his kindergarten teacher what he wanted to be when he grew up. I wish I were joking.”

Responding to the new Web site, Clinton spokesman Phil Singer said, "It's rather disingenuous of Sen. Obama to complain about questions being raised about his record - which remains unknown to voters - considering that he has spent the last three months impugning Sen. Clinton’s character. When it comes to changing our politics, Sen. Obama talks a good game but clearly lacks the courage of his convictions."

On Sunday, Clinton aide Howard Wolfson also renewed criticism of Obama for allegedly mishandling political action committee donations, telling viewers of CBS’s Face the Nation that "there's a lot that voters don't know about Barack Obama." Later that day, Clinton directly assailed Obama’s veracity for the first time, telling reporters at a New Hampshire campaign stop that "you can't get a straight answer" from Obama on health care.

"I have said for months that I would much rather be attacking Republicans, and attacking the problems of our country, because ultimately that's what I want to do as president," said Clinton. "But I have been, for months, on the receiving end of rather consistent attacks. Well, now the fun part starts. We're into the last month, and we're going to start drawing the contrasts."

Wolfson also signaled that Clinton would be drawing sharper contrasts with her opponents after months of criticism from her primary rivals. "Sen. Obama is a fabulous orator, but we need more than words,” he told the Washington Post in a story published Monday. “We don't need someone who says one thing and does another, somebody who talks a good game but doesn't have the courage of their convictions.”

- CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. Vince Foster

    Go get her, Barach!

    December 3, 2007 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  2. Dalton, Detroit, MI

    I think Hillary Clinton is the last person in the world who should be attacking someone for not giving straight answers or for havinmg presidential ambitions.

    Hillary Clinton has been seeking the presidency since she was first lady of Arkansas and I think everyone realizes that her time in the senate was just a stop gap as she prepared to run for president.

    As for honest answers to tough questions Hillary Clinton is the master of the evasive non answer. She has refused to talk about how she would maintain social security or any of hr other policy initiatives.

    Hillary needs better people around her because whomever is advising her on attack strategy need to recognize that everything she accuses Obama of she has been caught engaging in herself.

    December 3, 2007 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. Claude, Mesa AZ

    Obama, this is brilliant! You are continually 10 steps ahead of the Clinton camapaign.

    December 3, 2007 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. RICH,NY


    December 3, 2007 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. Don, TX

    She actually referred to attacking fellow democrats as "the FUN part"?! After she REPEATEDLY declares that she's not interesting in attacking fellow democrats two weeks ago?

    Wow. Dirty flip-flop alert... should we trust someone who thinks ATTACKING democrats is a FUN game?

    December 3, 2007 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. Hussein Osama, syracuse, ny

    Hey Borat,
    Those attacks are correct. They (e.g., your health plan is not universal) represent your lies. You need to tell people why they are not true, instead of denying.

    NObama 08!

    December 3, 2007 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. Stephen

    Clinton 08:Saying anything to get elected

    Clinton needs to take a look at her own character before she comments on anyone else.

    Obama's got Hilldog on the ropes, waiting for the finishing move.

    Go Obama!

    December 3, 2007 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. Sean, Detroit, MI

    this is such a great idea on Obama's part. He's not going to stand for the type of baseless attacks and sabatoge attempts which are characteristic of Clinton politics.

    Hillary Clinton, your ship is sinking. We're tired of the same old dirty politics.

    December 3, 2007 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. Jimenez - Texas

    Obama is a waste of time. I am so sick about how the cry baby cries about everything. This is what people look up to in a leader? A whiner. Please....... Obama isn't going to win. A true democrat knows that.

    December 3, 2007 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  10. Bee

    The clinton campaign is so desperate and will do anything to remain in power. Clinton cannot be trusted.

    December 3, 2007 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  11. Nita - SA - TX

    Clinton is panicking about the polls. Wake up she knows she is on top. It is Obama who is afraid. The more he opens his mouth the dumber he sounds. The guy isn't what america needs. I don't care what color this man is – he and his "fresh" stolen ideas have to go.

    December 3, 2007 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  12. Roy, Merrimack, NH

    Clinton has even attacked Obama for writing in kindergarten that he wanted to be President. (Seriously...look it up)

    Desperation, thy name is Hillary.

    December 3, 2007 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  13. roger, conway sc

    I will not vote for Obama you Clinton critics say she is sneaky and untrustworthy you just wait and see if this man is the next president, this nation will be in worse shape than it is now with the GW regeime...

    December 3, 2007 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  14. Tim, Atlanta GA

    This would be a much better news report if they actually told you what the web site is!

    December 3, 2007 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. Seam, Philly PA

    Funny how Hillary accuses Obama for not giving a straight answer on healthcare; yet, one cannot get a single straight answer from Hillary on any subject matter. She's pathetic.

    December 3, 2007 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. Hillarylover in SA

    If anyone is desparate it is Obama and his staffers. He is minor league compared to Clinton. WE ALL KNOW IT! And, my God – Mr. Honesty/Obama – give us a break the dude is a loser. He should go back to his high school days................

    December 3, 2007 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. Megha, San Antonio, TX

    First, this the third time Hillary is directly involved in a winning Presidential Campaign, so please all of you who think she's getting nervous need to re-think coz it's obvious, after doing it the third time around, you'd know better about not getting nervous coz of biased polls. Esp. since we know Bill Clinton won even after losing Iowa and NH.
    Second, Obama has Oprah to his support. This is the same woman who said American kids are too arrogant and went to spend 45 mil in South Africa, despite knowing that American education system is in dire need of attention, reform and money. It surprized me, what an American spirit. I am sure Obama would be more than happy to spend money in Indonesia and Kenya, instead of here in America.
    Third, Obama supporters who call the Clintons attack-crazy need to go check out facts. Larry Craig was one of the most outspken critics of Bill after the sex scandal, but Bill when asked on Larry King Live, had nothing bad to say about him. Then, Bill was very respectful and non-negative about Ken Starr who literally chewed Bill.

    So please people, let's make this a more informed blog than misled attack book on Clintons.

    December 3, 2007 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  18. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Oh please, how could you get a straight answer from Obama when he doesnt have the slightest idea what he is talking about. As for his website with Hilarys attacks against him, well, whaaaaaa. I suppose he will start to accuse him of being racist next.

    December 3, 2007 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  19. Tevin, Raleigh, NC

    Hillary is rattled! I love it! She's so untrustworthy and full of crap! She's unelectable and she knows it!

    December 3, 2007 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  20. Tony, Enterprise, Alabama

    Is this a joke?

    Senator Obama and former Senator Edwards have been bathing in the slime of a negative campaign for months. Neither of them have been selling themselves, but have been deriding Senator Clinton instead, as the easiest way to the nomination.

    Now Senator Obama wants to "track Hillary's negative attacks"? This man has absolutely zero integrity, and even less experience.

    I am a solid Democrat, and fully intended to vote for the nominee no matter who they were to keep the Republicans from the White House.

    Now, if Senator Obama or Senator Edwards get the nomination I will be looking for a third party.

    A slime saying he's been slimed, what a joke!

    December 3, 2007 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  21. Eyong Ebot,Gainesville,GA

    Does obama character with bill clinton character matchup?if the do,where is the do they?if they don't, where is the difference.Hillary just clean your house and stay put.

    December 3, 2007 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. Lindsay Gainesville, FL

    Hillary Clinton flip flops like mad! First, she said she would not engage in a negative smear campaign, but now she realizes that she is losing in Iowa, so she starts slinging mud. Pathetic!

    My vote goes to Barack Obama.

    December 3, 2007 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Tamika Harlem, NY

    Obama have been attacking Hillary for months and months. I'm surprise it took Hillary a long time to respond to his smear tactics.

    Obama projecting his self as President for Change, copied his campaign from Karl Rove; he doesn't have a track record, he has nothing to show why the American people must vote for him. This is the man whose hand resting on his crotch while singing the national anthem. This is the man who said in his speech at Apollo Theatre if he is the President, he will create a Federal Commission for the unfair treatment of blacks; and he's calling his self a "uniter"? Something is greatly amiss her.

    I'm black, proud of my race, but I'll not vote for this man who has the notion being black is good enough to elect him as President.

    Oprah should be ashame of herself supporting Obama, he demeans women.

    Fool the white folks brother, ya ain't foolin' me.

    December 3, 2007 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. Jim in Orlando, FL

    I hope Obama shines a light in every corner that the Clintonistas attempt to hide in and sling mud from. So Clinton aide Howard Wolfson says "there's a lot that voters don't know about Barack Obama". Sounds to me like Robert Novak knew EXACTLY what he was talking about a couple of weeks back ! Better than that, if the Hillary camp DIDN'T actually know something, they would spin or invent something just the same.

    December 3, 2007 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  25. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    For Gods sake be a man!!! This is a waste of your supporters hard earned cash. What a wimp!! Keep it up–you won't get anybodies vote.

    December 3, 2007 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
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