January 17th, 2008
06:47 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton, Edwards campaigns blast radio ads backing Obama

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - The campaigns of Hillary Clinton and John Edwards took aim at Barack Obama Thursday over radio ads in Nevada funded by a third-party group that is backing his candidacy.

The spot, running on Spanish-language radio in the state, criticizes Clinton for a lawsuit filed by some of her Nevada supporters that sought new restrictions workplace caucus sites this Saturday. The buy is allegedly being funded by the Unite Here Campaign Committee on behalf of the Culinary Workers Union, which has endorsed Obama.

“Hillary Clinton does not respect our people. Hillary Clinton supporters went to court to prevent working people to vote this Saturday – that is an embarrassment,” says the announcer, according to a translation of the script sent to reporters by the Clinton campaign.

“Hillary Clinton supporters want to prevent people from voting in their workplace on Saturday. This is unforgivable. Hillary Clinton is shameless. Hillary Clinton should not allow her friends to attack our people’s right to vote this Saturday. This is unforgivable, there’s no respect.

“Sen. Obama is defending our right to vote. Sen. Obama wants our votes. He respects our votes, our community, and our people. Sen. Obama’s campaign slogan is “Si Se Puede” (“Yes We Can”). Vote for a president that respects us, and that respects our right to vote. Obama for president.”

On a conference call with reporters late this afternoon, Hispanic supporters of Clinton’s presidential candidacy criticized the union for incorrectly implying that “Si Se Puede” – a slogan associated with the late activist Cesar Chavez – was also the Obama campaign’s official slogan.

The Clinton campaign also expressed frustration with the fact that the spots are continuing to run, even though a judge ruled against the suit today, the ad has continued to air.

John Edwards was criticized by Obama in Iowa for not calling an independent group that supported the former North Carolina senator to demand they pull ads they were running in support of his candidacy. “When Sen. Obama says ‘turn the page,’ he obviously means turn to whatever page is most convenient. He loudly and repeatedly attacked independent ads by unions in Iowa as the product of special interests,” said Edwards Deputy Campaign Manager Jonathan Prince.

“But when a different outside group starts running ads on his behalf in Nevada, there's not a peep from him or his campaign. It must be because he's burning up the phone lines calling the head of Unite Here personally to demand he pulls the ads down right away.”

Late Thursday, the Obama campaign responded to the criticism: “Sen. Obama believes, and has said clearly, that campaigns should fund themselves and discourages supporters from spending outside the campaign,” said campaign spokesman Bill Burton. “But no one should be confused about the effort that was run on behalf of John Edwards in Iowa. In that case, it was not the independent speech of individual union members, each contributing small amounts to amplify their voices. It was a special project of outside donors funding a massive 527 effort run by one of Edwards’ top political lieutenants.

“As for the Clinton campaign's comment, coming from a campaign that is repeatedly launching absolutely false attacks against Sen. Obama, it takes some chutzpah. The fact is their camp clearly would like to have worker's voices silenced and they need to live with that unfortunate position.”

-CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

soundoff (388 Responses)
  1. Obama08

    the only way to beat the Clinton machine is to hit them hard. You can't play nice and expect to win against the Clinton machine.

    Only in Iowa is possible to play nice and win where the people are well informed.

    January 18, 2008 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  2. mylord

    I say to all the blacks running around talking about how good Obama would be for the country, remember Clarence Thomas. He try's to roll back every good thing that Thurgood Marshall did on the Supreme Court. What a guy... Now Obama is talking about how good Reagan was for the country, and Clinton didn't do as much as Reagan. As a Black man i find his comments repulsive, and will vote for Hillary. What Clinton did was put many Black's in his cabinet, not just one's he groomed to do his bidding like Bush did. With Clinton if you were qualified and you put in for the job, skin color didn't matter, the only Black's on Bush team is the one's he made.

    January 18, 2008 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  3. Solomon Freeman

    While doing the same thing and wanting to see something different. Hilarry has nothing new to offer. she should step aside and surport Obama,so that she have be appointed to manage something with time. restricting people to vote is something too hard to handle. Go OBAMA.

    January 18, 2008 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  4. mylord

    To have a Caucus in the work place is like Jim Crow all over again. There will be no debating those people will vote for whom ever the boss say's should win. Now, that's the problem i see with this in the work place caucusing. Will the people in the bar rooms be able to do the same, what about the nurses and doctors. Wow, there would be a lot of people laid off, if they didn't do what the boss said. I think it's a conflict of interest, and sholdn't happen, and it will divide the Democrats. If this thing keeps going like it is, get ready for four more years of Repub's.

    January 18, 2008 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  5. pam

    Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    where is the justice for ALL the people in nevada in their working sites????

    January 18, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  6. cyrille

    This remind me of my childhood!!

    my little bro used to spit on me...so i spit back on him and there u go;he will cry,screem and run to Mummy saying i had beaten him and etc.

    This just the same with BILLARY CLINTON.

    ,,First they ignored Obama- they didn´t truly think this guy could gather so much

    then they ridicule you- they tried in vain to sell Obama as inexperience,racist,
    muslim.I remember Bill Clinton shouting in front of a
    crowd that ,, Obama is a fairy tale, He is a fairy tale,,

    then they fight you- every single word spoken by Obama is criticized to the
    extend of even copying his message, designing their web
    site just as Obama..if only they could get so much hits like

    then YOU WIN - and that´s what we are seeing people. Remember Obama is
    underdog,outsider here.Months ago,no one knew about this
    guy.He was far behind in the Polls...but TODAY HE IS KNOWN

    Only FOOLS don´t change Hillary!! U still have enough time to change your approach.u might have a good product but u are not selling it well.

    Let´s agree on this one FACT....OBAMA HAS IT GOING ON ISN´T HE?

    January 18, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  7. jerzee gal

    tom davie, Obama is not the one who wanted the recount, even fox said so. check your facts Of course clinton supporters are going to say they (cnn) favor Obama. But she puts herself out there to be ridiculed. Don't hate because people don't hate Obama. If you don'y like the way cnn reports, don't watch. If so many people didn't watch , maybe they wouldn't do that. Ever think maybe clinton wanted people to think just that(to get more press). Trying to inject race didn't work, so complain about how the media reports all the stupid things she says. Doesn't she know the camera is rolling? He is careful not to mention his race, but she can definately play the woman card. I didn't see any of you complaining in mid 2007 when all media seemed to be against Obama. how soon we forget. He has paid his "black tax" , He knew going into this he had to be twice as great as everyone else, don't get upset because he rose to the challenge!!! Still a very educated and dignified man running for president, who happens to be black. Now everyone wants to be anti- Obama? He's is exactly what this country needs, and it scares Americia to death.!!!!!
    GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 18, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  8. sairefgm

    I will be so happy when this is over. I am so tired of that old lady (hillary) attacking people i dont know what to do. It is th eAmerican people who do not want her to be in the white house at all.

    it is a sh ame before god what they are trying to do in the south with those older blacks, they do not have to vote for the clintons.

    Independent 08

    January 18, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  9. Truth

    Lee, NYC I know one person Obama isn't as dumb as you!!! Take your 3rd grade education and go watch Barney you are living in the past. We see through your comments.

    Have Shanna sit down next to you

    January 18, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  10. Any one but HIllary God

    Just goes to show you, the care ONLY about the votes they can get.

    January 18, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  11. Any one but HIllary God

    Bob, she is NOT a can do person, she is a "the he** with you person, YOU are nothing to her. She cares about no one but herself. KEEP THE CLINTONS OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!

    January 18, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  12. Any one but HIllary God


    January 18, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  13. Tom, Boston MA

    Most of the hatred-spewing idiots on this blog are karl-Rovian-REPUBLICANS parading as either Obama supporters or Clinton supporters. CNN may think they got some hot button issue to report about, when it is only hot air stirred up by lying Rovian brain-dead heartless robots.

    don't waste your time here, good thinking people!!!! CNN and corporate media do NOT have your best interest in their mind.

    google Democracy Now, and get some real information and perspective!!!!!

    January 18, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  14. carol

    Obama plays the race card again.

    This time using the Hispanic vote.

    Obama – go away!

    January 18, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  15. danielo

    The Clintons think that its unfair for some people to vote when they are legally allowed. That says a lot where they stnd on voters rights.

    January 18, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  16. AtlantaVoter

    Tom Davie, thanks for that post.

    Your observations are spot on. I love CNN and have always considered them on the upside of fair but anyone who doesn't see the slant for Obama here is just reading with their eyes closed.

    C'mon CNN...report the news. Leave it to the pundits to do the spin.

    btw...I made a pro-Hillary post early last night here on the Ticker and it's still waiting to be moderated? What's that about? Should I not have pointed out how Obama being against the war when Senators Clinton and Edwards voted for it is a bogus comparison because he couldn't vote? Oh, yeah....that is the cornerstone of his spin machine.....

    Step up, CNN. You're better than this.

    Hillary Clinton '08!!

    January 18, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  17. hayes

    Got to get the illegal immigrant vote, huh, Obama.

    As a Republican I thank you. Only the Democrats could find a way to screw up an election.

    January 18, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  18. Gbryant

    Yes Obama is lying to people who don't really understand what is going on. Why can't hospital workers vote at work, firefighters vote at work, factory workers have their own little place to vote at work? It makes no sense, and so now they have a message out to mislead these people. That is taking advantage of people who do not understand.

    In the end it will not matter.

    Go Hillary.

    January 18, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  19. Bob, VT

    Aj; Montpelier, VT,

    Care to back up your comments with facts or are you just guessing since you support someone else? Which of his political campaign adds were sleazy and exactly where do you see corruption? You probably won't respond so I'll just assume ya got nothing, which is the same as the rest of the Hillary supporters on here that make false statements without any support.

    January 18, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  20. Mark J.

    All media outlets are giving Obama a free ride because he is black. Seems to me blacks would support any black candidate, at least that is the way the media is portraying them. What happens, if Obama is president, when he is questioned about any decision/or anything else will blacks have a conniption saying he is being picked on because he is black? Sorry, but the media is starting to scare me with this black situation. The media is so scared of being political incorrect they don't dare mention Obama's voting record since he has been in the US Senate. I've looked it up on the government web site, not all votes nor all positions are shown. From the looks of things Obama comes across as lazy and rarely stands up to serious questioning by other senate leaders. Rarely voices an opinion of any kind. He is a good stump/preacher speaker though. It's time the media starts doing a little more background checking on all the candidates, not just a handful. CNN gets their little group of male journalist together for a candidate analyst and automatically start bragging up Obama and then the Clinton bashing begins in earnest. SICK OF IT. That goes for the McCain free ride too. The Romney and Huckabee bashing is almost as bad. I do not plan to vote for a Democrat but do feel sorry for Hillary and Edwards because of the media bias.

    January 18, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  21. Ray

    Obama Fans = CULT!

    He will tell you anything and you will fall for it. Sad sad little kids!!

    When we loose the Election to a Republican, This will be YOUR fault!

    January 18, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  22. Eric in Massachusetts

    Dear Obama,

    Take a look in the mirror. Do you like what you see? Forgot your own message of hope? Wow.

    I'm unimpressed. It's nice that you are showing more of yourself in the past days and weeks.

    Prediction: You will self destruct by Super Tuesday.

    The only ones left standing by convention time will be Edwards and Clinton.

    January 18, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  23. me

    I am African American and I used to Love Bill Clinton. This whole thing has changed that in a big way. Remember, he can lie very well for what he wants. Remember, "I did not have sex with that woman." I do not care if he did. Do you Bill. What I do care about though is that he can and still does LIE!!!!!!!!

    I say since Barak is really campaigning agaist him, Obama should attack him too.

    Bill and Hill...that sold stuff.

    January 18, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  24. Mary

    I really feel this will backfire on Obama, I agree with hayes.

    January 18, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  25. J

    It's interesting to see the different tone, writing ability, and level of critical thinking behind the HRC and Obama supporters. I think I'm generally neutral here (I'd be happy with either one–or Edwards–instead of any of the Republican candidates). But I find the HRC supporters' posts here to be, comparatively speaking, the equivalent of Republicans' crazy wingnut infantile postings when attacking the more well thought out, intelectually honest and intelligent postings of Democrats on any popular forum like USAToday. Of course these are generalizations, but it's still the impression I get. Fascinating.

    January 18, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
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