December 3rd, 2007
10:15 AM ET
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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
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  1. Donald Wayne Mannheim, Germany

    Senator Clinton needs to grow up and run on her own. The American people do not want to elect a person who whines about being picked on or who uses gender as a means of arguement. None of those things will help the United States in its foriegn policy issues. The comment made by the Senator stating that "she would rather be fighting Republicans", just goes to show how partisan she is and that partisanship, whether it be Rep. or Dem. is not good for our country. We need to go back to what we started from. United We Stand and Divided We Fall!

    December 3, 2007 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    Leave it to a neophyte with a fan base of mostly college students to come up with such an infantile name for his site. He could have had a site similar to her "HillaryHub", but to call his "Hillaryattacks" is purely inflammatory. Lest the very junior senator forgets, he and Edwards went officially on the attack mode as of October 30th (even though Edwards had already been doing it for months). Did anyone think that Hillary was going to be rolled over by Obama, or any other candidate, without putting up a fight?

    Politics of hope? Pleaaasssseeee!!!!!!

    December 3, 2007 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Corey, Bloomington wrote:

    "I'd much rather be attacking Republicans."

    And there's actually an argument about who can bring this country back together? "

    If Obama would much rather be attacking republicans, why isnt he doing it? This empty suit has to attack Hillary on what she says because he has nothing to say. Send this Bible banging, homophobic, lying, arrogant loser back to Ill. where he belongs. By some twist of fate, if he wins the nomination, I will vote republican for the FIRST time in my life.

    December 3, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. Diodisegno

    Wow. What I see is some of the same nonsense in these comments that got us "stuck in Iraq." Hillary is desperate? Obama a loser?
    How about a little faith and trust? Let us stop villifying people who are devoting their lives to public service. Let us look at their intentions. Let us discover the truth of their character for ourselves, not from the digestion of some cooked-up spoon-fed poison pablum.
    Enough with the insults! How about we talk about who we want elected and why, and forget about insulting those we don't want elected?
    Or we can keep trying to squeeze this country down the toilet by repeated flushing.

    December 3, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. Daniel

    Barack is losing.

    My vote is for Hillary!

    December 3, 2007 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. Tim Williams, Muncie, IN

    Unfortunately Senator you lack the experience to lead this nation at this time. You are constantly talking about being the candidate of change however I would as what change is that? You are constantly spouting off ideals however what I and the American people want to hear is a plan, not 10 dollar words that would be better suited in a church sermon rather than a presidential debate. The biggest challenge America's next commander and chief is improving diplomatic relation around the world, and that is something that requires experience not only in the global arena but in the area of national security. And you Senator served in the Illinois State Senate and in the United States Senate for a little more that two years now. You need more experience at the national level. I am not saying you will never be ready to lead this nation but you aren't ready now. You have the charisma of a great leader but you lack the credential and it would be a grave mistake for America if we elected a charismatic speaker whose words, albeit very inspiring, were as empty as our current presidents brain!

    December 3, 2007 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. Brenda, Annapolis MD

    Jesse, Burnsville MN: "Although Republicans may not agree with Obama on many things (why would they afterall, they're Republicans), at least most of them don't hate him."

    What better reason to vote a candidate for president? (sarcasm)

    I'm someone who's neither an Obama nor Hilary supporter, but I feel the need to call Obama and his supporters out on this bad move–I think Obama is getting too darn defensive with this website thing. IF he's elected president, he will have more critics than just Hilary (it'll be on an international scale–heck he's already gotten some international criticism, and he isn't even president yet). Is he going to then come up with a website to address all of those critics as well? Why just a website against Hilary and not the other candidates? Could it be because she's the only threat to his campaign? Why waste the time responding to the words of competitors if they aren't true? Clearly Obama needs to grow a backbone–which is one of the reasons why I no longer support him.

    What's funny is Obama supporters can say nothing more than "he's positive change for America", etc. Give me something substantial for crying outloud as to why I should use my vote on him–yet, no one seems able to. Way to be educated voters Obama fans. I guess it's easier to list all the reasons why you don't like other candidates than saying why you support Obama (exactly what you're chastising Hilary for).

    And Obama, fyi: Actions speak louder than words.

    December 3, 2007 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. Elsewhere, USA

    Tameka in Harlem-Your an uncule Tom and would rather support Whitey. Go ahead mental slave. Have fun when Obama wins. Disgrace to the black race.

    December 3, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. James M, Tacoma WA

    Clinton is getting desperate indeed. She's a hypocrite. Wasn't she whining about throwing mud at the Las Vegas debate? Well now she's doing it. Honestly, I can't say I'm suprised. Clinton cannot be trusted. Period.

    She seems to go out of her way to look for glass houses she can throw stones from...

    December 3, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. Brenda, Annapolis MD

    To Elsewhere, USA: "Tameka in Harlem-Your an uncule Tom and would rather support Whitey. Go ahead mental slave. Have fun when Obama wins. Disgrace to the black race."

    So we're supposed to vote for a candidate on the basis of race and not principle/ideals? Doh–that makes so much sense now. Thanks for taking our country back hundreds of years.

    December 3, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. Tom, New York, NY

    Funny how the Obama supporters think it is such a great idea to spend their money (their contributions) on developing a website to keep track of the attacks on their candidate.... that is the politics of HOPE? of CHANGE? sounds like much the same old politics to me... and then when you go look at the website, it looks like a third rate site and also shows the facts that Hillary only began defending herself AFTER the "old" politics of attack began from Barama himself more than a month before they could come up with the first example of a Hillary "attack".....go look it up... it is the facts.....facts do not lie... so keep posting them you guys... if you spend all your time on this, you will have no chance of convincing Americans you are the politics of hope and change....the message "WE DO NOT WANT THIS STUFF".. stop wasting our time and money on it

    December 3, 2007 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. Randy S. Lawton, OK

    After reading these comments, one thing finally becomes clear. Hillary supporters are too addicted to the Kool Aid to ever see through the Clintonb blinders and look at these candidates with an open and critical mind.
    They continually accuse Obama (with no foundation in fact and no examples to back up their claims) of the things that Hillary does (documented, on tape and or video) such as flip-flopping, evasive answers, mudslinging, character attacks. These sheep will not change their vote, nor will they listen to reasoned, intelligent arguments if they're anti-Hillary.
    I had thought to address several of them individually, but there are not enough hours in the day. I just give thanks that they will, in the end, prove to be a minority of American voters.

    December 3, 2007 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. Mia, Stafford, VA

    2004 – Swiftboat on John Kerry
    *******WHY DID IT STICK************
    His team was too slow in responding.

    ***BARACK IS DOING THE RIGHT THING, it's just too bad he has to respond to what he was thinking in kindergarten, or a PAC fund that was started before he ever thought about running for president and that has contributed $4200 to Hillary's Campaign***
    People claim that hate negative but they eat it up.

    December 3, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. David, Dallas Tx

    Hey now. I'm sure the Clinton's decision to move to New York instead of back to Arkansas had nothing to do with any presidential aspirations.

    And clearly, anything you say in kindergarten should be fair game in a presidential campaign. Heaven forbid a 5 year old should say they want to be president.

    Thank God we have a candidate who doesn't stoop to such deplorable tactics to score points.

    Such crap is more appropriate to Republican campaigns, not Democrat.

    December 3, 2007 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. Jonathan, Holiday, Florida

    They aren't attacks if they are true!

    December 3, 2007 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. Step Montgomery, AL

    I am so disturbed by some of the comments I'm reading here...have any of you honestly gone to Barack's site or listened to any speeches? How is he NOT honest? How is he dimeaning women (especially with the way he speaks about his wife and the active role she is taking in his campaign)?? How can you say he lacks knowledge or fresh ideas?? Hillary will say and do anything to be elected while Barack stays true to himself. He got into politics to try to better the coutry for everyone- not just Democrats.

    "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.
    -That's not the attitude needed to get ANYTHING done! The country is now evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, and she will not have a chance in hell of winning a general election saying stuff like that. Barack is a uniter, not a divider. He, most certainly above Hillary Clinton, finds the American peoples' welfare as his motivation- not just winning. He's not worried about making history for being the first black man elected President- he will make history by being the most progressive President since FDR! All Hillary learned from her time as First Lady is how to lie, not how to serve! Barack will...PLEASE, check out his stance on the issues important to you by going to http://www.barackobama.com and clicking on "Issues." Then select the issue most important to you. Don't just listen to what the media feeds you- empower yourselves with the knowledge to make an informed decision. I was really excited when Hillary annouced she'd be running for President- that is, until I took the time to examine her and the other candidates...And now I've made up my mind:

    OBAMA 2008!

    December 3, 2007 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. bukky, Baltimore MD

    For all the people saying that Obama has been attacking Hillary for months... Please tell me how. In truth is that it has been the other way around. Since being called Naive and Inexperienced by the clinton clan he has stood up for himself in a "non mud slinging" way.

    How is being being attacked, someone pointing out flaw in your platform is good politics.... you pointing saying he lied about something in kindergarten and accusing him of bribery is pure BS

    December 3, 2007 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  18. henry,pa

    Establish another one for Karl Rove attacks. He is using dry sarcasism on you.

    December 3, 2007 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. Jimmy

    Bill Burton is Barack Obama's downfall what a squirl.

    December 3, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. David, Sacramento, CA

    Senator Obama is going to lay out all of the negative reasons for people to not vote for him? How easy is this? LOL
    Hillary is brilliant and our next President.

    December 3, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. Steve, Portland, OR

    Is that the best you can do Hillary? Kindergarden antics. A very large crack is forming in your plastic facade of a smile Hillary. The guy is better material for president. That's the simple truth and people are starting to figure that out. You are way to embedded with special interests and lobbyists in this country and would polarize our country as much as the current imbecile in the White House.

    December 3, 2007 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. LILLY,NY,NY

    It is interesting Obama has been on attack mode on Clinton for months. Now she started fighting back and he can't handle that. He actually goes and sets up a website....what a cry baby. Is this what president is suppose to be like. He is nothing but embarasment.

    December 3, 2007 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. Leo, VA

    “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.”

    Calling on American people to be 'vigilant'? What is this, Stasi? McCarthyism? Are they looking for 'informants' now?Instructing people of what to look for, may be fabricate 'evidence'! This is an outrage! and is exactly what you can expect from Obama as president.

    With no doubt Hillary08!

    December 3, 2007 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  24. Kirstin, Los Angeles, CA

    Hillary is like the Titanic... A sinking ship. Bye-bye HRC!

    December 3, 2007 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. Tasha, FL

    He's not setting up a website to "cry" he's setting up a website to provide transparancy...when has transparancy ever been a problem?? I think we like to live in the dark so that we can make an excuse for not facing real issues that affect us...

    December 3, 2007 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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