January 23rd, 2008
03:49 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton goes after Obama's Republican comments in radio ad

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/23/art.hillaryad.ap.jpg caption="Clinton is going after Obama in a new ad."](CNN) - Democrat Hillary Clinton is launching a radio ad in South Carolina Wednesday that targets Barack Obama's recent comments on the Republican Party – her campaign’s latest effort to capitalize on the Illinois senator’s recent remarks.

The spot highlights a portion of his recent interview with the Reno Journal-Gazette in which the Illinois senator said in part, "The Republicans were the party of ideas for a pretty long chunk of time there over the last 10, 15 years."

"Really? Aren’t those the ideas that got us into the economic mess we’re in today? Ideas like special tax breaks for Wall Street," the ad's narrator asks.. "Running up a $9 trillion debt. Refusing to raise the minimum wage or deal with the housing crisis. Are those the ideas Barack Obama’s talking about?"

Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have repeatedly raised those comments on the campaign trail. Obama's campaign has said the two are mischaracterizing the original comments.

Responding to the radio ad, Obama spokesman Bill Burton called the ad a "negative, dishonest attack."

“In her newest negative, dishonest attack, Clinton claims that Obama praised Republican ideas apparently in an attempt to obscure her record of voting for Republican ideas like bankruptcy, NAFTA and, of course, the war in Iraq," he said.

"That fact that Hillary Clinton has praised Ronald Reagan and supported some of the very worst Republican ideas just underscores that she will say or do anything to get elected,” said Burton.

The Clinton campaign maintained the ad was straightforward.

"This ad straightforwardly uses Sen. Obama’s own words in his own voice saying the Republican Party was the party of ideas for the past 10-15 years," Clinton spokesman Mo Elleithee said. "We can understand why the Obama campaign would be frustrated with that. The bottom line is that Sen. Clinton is running for president in order to replace those ideas with new ones like jumpstarting our economy, creating jobs and protecting people’s homes."

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
soundoff (1,035 Responses)
  1. Gloria b

    Hillary has a lots of friends, and they will vote for her.
    CNN let's Hillary's friend see their comment too. I only see Obama's friends comments. PLEASE CNN let me see my comments.

    Gloria B

    January 24, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. JoAnn in Florida

    My husband and I have always planned to vote for Obama. We decided last nite to vote for him or not vote at all. We will never vote for Hillary. The Clintons are dividing this party and this country. Please wake up democrats, we had the wind at our backs until Hillary got started with the lies and tears. Haven't we had enough of this. I pray we end the Bush-Clinton sagas.

    January 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. From England

    Obama's issues are better than Hillary

    January 24, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  4. Terry

    Me and my team are former Sen Obama supportes now supporting Sen Clinton and the reason why is because Sen Obama and his team continues to play the race card. We finally realized that he has no issues accept for being a proud black man and making history.

    It was his team that started the race card. When Oprah Windfrey a former Clinton supporter went on national TV and said I am proud today to announce my endorcement of an Afican American candidate and a proud black man for President. I will do everything I can do to help him make history and beocme the first African American President. Nothing about his cridentials in the endorcement.

    Then it was Collin Powell on Fox stating we could see history being made because an African American man may become President and I am proud of him for that. Again nothing about his cridentials.

    Then the republicans started adding fuel to the fire Hannity on is talk show talking about the Clinton's playing the race card, Bennet on CNN during the Nevada primary talking about how the Clintons are playing the race card. All knowing that if the keep it alive the African American community leaders will run with it.

    Today on MSNBC was another African American leader attacking the Clinton's on playing the race card and how when it comes to the primary the African community will not forget and will rise up against the Clintons and there so call black President Bill. And if she wins the African American community will remember then. Again playing right into the republicans hands. I want to remind the African American community there are more white voters in America then African American.

    I have read and listened to African Amercan leaders stat that it was the Clinton's that strarted the race war to take advantage of the election. Are you crazy? What ever would the white Clinton's gain by making the African American community angry? Sen Clinton had over 70% of the African American vote rpior to the Obama team starting the race war. Since it has started she now only has 17% of the African American vote so do you really think they gained by starting this. Look at the team that gained and you will see who started it. Obama's team played the African American people like a fiddle and they followed right along. EVIL

    Lets vote on issues not whos African American, White, Female or anything else. Just vote on issues please and right now Sen Clinton has the best plan for the issues followed by Sen Edwards. I have not heard any issues lately for Sen Obama except his color.

    January 24, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  5. asianchick

    Politics have always been dirty. Negative campaigns are called smear campaigns for a reason.

    If Obama can't take the criticisms and/or distortions, he should just drop out. Other politicians have created worse campaigns. And... it's not as if he never created a smear campaign. Who is he to call the kettle black? I dare say, pure hypocrisy.

    He says that he's bringing something new. Something fresh. What does he mean by that? When he says he wants to implement tougher measures to fight crime, how would he go about it? Is he pro-lethal injection? Pro-choice or Pro-life? Or maybe, he'll just vote present every single time.

    January 25, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  6. From The North

    JoAnn in Florida

    Isn't that Jeb Bush Country? Likely why your voting for Obama
    the Candidate whom the Republicans can beat and rip apart....hence put them in office.....So you must be a Republican, yes?

    January 25, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  7. Matrix

    Hillary and Bill are only in this for them selves. They don’t care about us, the Democrat Party or respect the office of the Presidency. They will do anything to regain the office, even circumventing the laws of our land which limits a Presidency to two terms. Think about it, they will be back in the White House for four or eight more years.. Do we really want that? Also, Bill disrespected the office while president and is doing so now by his personal attacks on Obama. His comments on Obama has been child like and unbecoming a former President. Hillary nor the Democratic Party has any control over him. So, what makes everyone think he will respect the office once back in the White House again. Basically, he will try to regain the White House from Hillary unless she can control him which she has been unable or unwilling to do thus far.

    Obama needs to get out of the mud fight with them and return to the issues and his vision of the future for our great nation.

    January 25, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. keep the peace

    Although Hillary is the one suppositly running for President, her husband is the one campaigning. This man sold technology to other countries that poses a serious threat to this Country.

    Whats wrong with people this is not a game. This is serious. The media makes mockery of this whole campaign.

    Bill Clinton should not only be allowed back in the White House, he has no right to praticipate in our governing process. HE IS A SERIOUS THREAT TO THIS COUNTRY ! ! !

    No felon is allowed to even vote. WHERE IN THE LAW IS HE EXCLUDED?

    This man was impeached! How in the name of common sence is this man allowed to determine who will be the most important leader in the world! ! !?

    The fact that she, Hillary Clinton is married to this thing should automatically disqualify her.


    January 25, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  9. Ken Hayes

    Obviously, once again the democrats are perfecting the fine art of the circular firing squad. I voted for Obama in Iowa, but I have respect for Hillary. The press seems to favor Obama and McCain. Hillary is seen as part of a team of crooks. McCain got where he is because he is a statesman? McCain in a speech, along with the whinning Lieberman, describes hot spots all around the world. Are we heading for a multi-front war from the tip of Africa to South America. If Obama runs against McCain the Republican Race/Hate machine will rev up to high gear. McCain will disavow these tactics while all the while reaping the benefits of hate and bigotry. (After all Reagan perfected the art of soft-core bigotry, the sly wink and nod towards Jim Crow and the Stars and Bars.)
    My wife believes we will get what we deserve. If we get McCain I dare say we will pay with deah and debt for his delusions of empire. (Think Rome and the legions spread thin.)

    January 27, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. icon pack

    Certainly. It was and with me.

    October 8, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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