January 23rd, 2008
05:01 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama hits Clinton back in new radio ad

The Obama campaign is debuting an attack radio ad of its own.

The Obama campaign is debuting an attack radio ad of its own.

DILLON, South Carolina (CNN) - Hours afterDemocrat Hillary Clinton launched a radio ad throughout South Carolina criticizing chief rival Barack Obama for comments he made in reference to the Republican party, the Illinois senator's campaign announced they'll be launching their own ad in response.

Clinton's spot highlights a portion of Obama's 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?" a narrator asks.

Though not yet on the air, Obama's radio ad includes the claim that the New York senator is the bearer of "false attacks" and "will say anything to get elected."

"Obama 'did not say that he liked the ideas of Republicans," the announcer continues. "But it was Hillary Clinton, in an interview with Tom Brokaw, who quote 'paid tribute' to Ronald Reagan’s economic and foreign policy."

"She championed NAFTA – even though it has cost South Carolina thousands of jobs. And worst of all, it was Hillary Clinton who voted for George Bush’s war in Iraq."

The ad closes with the announcer saying, "She'll say anything and change nothing. It's time to turn the page."

The campaign said the spot will begin airing "in the next 24 hours" depending on how quickly media markets are able to add it to their rotation of advertisements.

–CNN Political Producer Chris Welch

soundoff (296 Responses)
  1. Sig, Los Angeles CA

    Since when is defending yourself being a crybaby? Please people...

    January 24, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |

    Randy S. Lawton, OK:

    I do not have blinders on. That is why I am not supporting Obama. I do not take people on face value. I look beyond the surface, and not just take what they say as gospel. Talk is cheap. I don't take sound bites nor the opinions of commentators and the media to help me decide whom to vote for. I invest time and energy in keeping up with the issues that affect me personally, my city, state, and the country. I also look at the entire picture and am not narrow-minded. I am not an uninformed voter. The more informed American voters are, the better. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case.

    I do believe Obama cannot handle the political pressure. He is demonstrating just that. He comes across as the poor soul who is being attacked by untruths, etc. Harping on Bill Clinton. It's obvious that the media is manipulating this campaign–exaggerating and twisting everything that is said about him. In my opinion, President Clinton is a scapegoat. The media is giving the perception that Obma is the good guy. Good strategy I suppose. This way he can avoid addressing the real issues of this country, and what he has done and will do. Instead, he and his campaign can spend time complaining and working to convince the undecided voter how negative Hillary and her campaign and vote for him.

    Obama I'm sure has made mistakes as well in his political career. It bothers me a great deal when he constantly said he "didn't vote for the war." He couldn't have, as he was a State senator and not a US Senator. That is misleading. Now, he says he "consistently opposed the war." But many people actually believe he voted against the war when in fact he couldn't vote. Some voters do not know the difference and he and his campaign has used to their advantage.

    He is not perfect as he is being portrayed and you would like to believe.. Read Time Magazine article The Fresh Face by Joe Klien/10/15//06…. (He once–accidentally, he says–voted against a bill to "protect our children from sex offenders.") YOU, take your blinders off. It's amazing what you will find and discover.

    January 24, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. dee

    Texas For Hillary

    Face the music. Hillary is not ready

    Voted for a war in Iraq, and then in 2007 voted for a War with Iran.

    Same old experience is needed today.


    Good Comment!

    However we need change

    Obama 08

    January 24, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. IM Canadian

    If Obama responds tit-for-tat, I see folks say he is whining and being distracted from the issues. If he does not go tit-for-tat then the same group of folks tend to say he's implicitly agreeing or simply too whimpy to stand up and shoot back. And, in this case especially, what is being overlooked is the idiocy of Clinton. She is essentially saying that Republicans cannot have good ideas and Democrats cannot agree with or ever give credit to a Republican idea. If you ever wondered how she would function as a President, there you go... She is dividing her own party in the leadership race, since a win for herself is the only outcome that matters to her. And, she has no capacity to work with the Republicans if she were President. She makes George Bush look outright collabotative.

    January 24, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. Susan

    Been a registered Republican for twenty years and yesterday signed up with the Obama website.

    Democrats – catch a clue!!!!

    Obama is a once in a lifetime candidate.

    January 24, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. Dan, NJ

    TEXAN for Hillary,

    You say you are an informed voter, and I'm sure that's true, but you seem to imply Obama has not addressed the isses or his record in the state senate or U.S. senate. All of this information has been made public and is readily available.

    Concerning the Iraq war, Obama spoke out against it before the war. He doesn't say he did not vote for the war, he points out correctly that Hillary and Edwards did. Indeed, Hillary was one of the most hawkish Democrats as she was obviously trying to toughen her image for her presidential run. Calculated move that put personal ambition and bad judgment ahead of the country's best interests. And if you remember, after 9/11 Bush/s approval rating was in the 90's. It took a great deal of courage to go against Bush's policies in the face of those polling numbers. A courage Hillary did not (and likely does not) have.

    One other point. Obama has done a very good job reaching independents, some Republicans and a large number of Democrats. Hillary alienates many Democrats, has done poorly with Independents, and is loathed by Republicans. Often times, rightly or wrongly, members of Congress (particularly the House) bend to the opinions of the people. The point is, talk is not cheap. A president who can sway the population and rally support across party lines is in a much better position to get things done.

    January 24, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. Taran, San Diego, CA

    Hillary's ad is founded in fact. For goodness sakes, anyone can read the Obama transcript for the interview and see EXACTLY what he said. He was clearly trying to pander to the Nevada Republicans to have them cross over to the Democratic caucus.

    Obama's radio ad is founded in falsehoods. She NEVER said NAFTA was a "boon". Nevertheless, the Obama campaign keeps saying the same thing over and over again in hopes that it will stick. And for Obama, a Democrat, to say that Hillary will say and do anything to get elected is nothing more than a REPUBLICAN talking point! Obama is the divisive candidate, trying his best to divide and polarize the Democratic party. That's unfortunate. He would be better served sticking to his "hope" message; because what he's saying right now, ain't hope.....it's whiny, it's bitter, it's divisive.

    January 24, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. Billie

    i pray its not Hillary as i would have to vote MC Cane makes me ill to think about it the Clintons are showing that win no matter the meny lies you tell people forget how you get there they make me as ill as the Republican s

    January 24, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  9. jp/michigan

    Let's talk about Obamas voting record. As state legislator , which was a part-time position, he voted 130 times "present". In his book AUDACITY OF HOPE (page 130) Obama explained that even as a minority legislator,"You must vote yes or no on whatever bill comes up, with the knowledge that it's unlikely to be a compromise that either you or your supporters consider fair and or just." Americans are searching for their next leader. That president will be faced with countless difficult decisions on numerous gray issues and voting "present" will not be an option. His voting record in the US Senate Since Jan. 6 ,2005 he has be absent , not voted 177 times out of 1086 votes. He was elected to represent the people of Illinois. So when search for our next leader forget the rhetoric, gender or skin color , we need someone who on day one can face the issues head on , make those tough decisions....

    January 24, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |

    Dan, NJ

    Obviousy, you missed what I wrote. Yes, now he does say he "opposes" the war.He didn't do that before. Even at the very first debates he was still saying, "I'm the only one up here on this stage who voted against the war." Obviously, he was told to change it. But the fact remains and I say this because I know people who are supporting him he do say he VOTED against the war. He did not! And, again, I wonder what he would have done if he had been faced with that decision. As we know, Monday morning quarterbacks are a dime a dozen! He can sway voters all he wants–he"ll never sway me. I look at issues. I "oppose" the war as well, but I am still behind Hillary. Why, well for starters because of the work and legislation she has introduced and spoken out on when it comes to children and women and Hispanics who ALSO left behing. As for the war–we are there and if your vote is going to go simply bacause of that then go for it. I look broader than that. Often packages can be deceiving because of the pretty paper and ribbon, but once you open the box the gift may not amount to much! Hillary will aways be a target, but she's got what it takes to take it on.

    January 24, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. James L

    Is this Star Trek. ... or is Obama a "Change-Lean" . Suddenly he sounds just like everybody else.

    January 24, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  12. Essentia


    January 24, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. enomisa

    First, Obama claims the republicans were the party of ideas for a big chunk of time. Then when called on the comment, he says that he never said those were GOOD ideas nor did he say he AGREED with those ideas. So one has to ask why didn't he simply say the republicans were the party of bad/poor ideas for a big chunk of time? I will tell you why. Obama wanted it to go both ways- he was appealing to republicans by invoking the name of their hero Reagan, and then he wanted to keep an out for himself by being able to say he never said those ideas were good.
    Folks meet Obama the divider. Wait, maybe i really mean uniter. Huh???
    Mark my words, Obama will divide the Democrats and will lose the election for us democrats. Stick with Hillary who tackles issues, not people.
    Wake up and read the writing on the wall- Obama NEVER says what he means and apparently never means what he says.
    Why isn't the media questioning his comment and subsequent negative ads?

    January 24, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. Essentia


    January 24, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. Renee

    Everyone!!! I just met Obama!! He is very awesome and down to earth!! It is time for some fresh blood in Washington!! Vote Obama '08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 24, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. brian


    I'm glad I'm not the only one doing my own research. Some people just take what he says for gospel. I'm not one of them. I researched each candidate myself. Google is a wonderful tool.
    You are right he did say he voted against the war, but he couldn't have voted against it because he wasn't in the US Senate in 2002. He made a speech in 2002 where he opposed the war and then in 2004 he said his possition on the Iraq war was the same as Pres. Bush's. Pres. Bush has been for the war from the start. Now he's opposed to it again.

    I can't blame Clinton or any of the Senators that actually voted for the war because back then I was for it as well. Most of the country was. That is due to the lies told to us by Bush's Adm. She has since admitted to it being a mistake, I give her alot of credit for admitting it. We are human and we have all made mistakes, its how we learn.

    He voted 130 "Present" and the answer he gave for doing that is BS.
    His voting record in the US Senate is just as bad.

    He voted against a 30% freeze cap on credit card inerest , because it was too high? What the heck was he thinking? That answer showed just how inexperienced he is.
    He's for single payer on health care, then at the debate late week he argued he never said he was.

    Then he goes and does business with a man who is being investigated by the Feds. It was known he was being investigated.

    He goes back and forward so often, someting I don't think he knows what his stand is on any issue.

    January 24, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  17. Jane Cushing, Ok.

    Is Obama an American born citizen.???? It concerns me as there are so many stories about him i dont think we have ever got the truth. If he is not an American born citizen why is he being allowed to run for our presidency.
    We dont need a foreigner running our country.

    January 24, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  18. Don't Be A Fool

    Becky you are foolish !!!! Try researching the Clintons. You are the ignorant sheep!!!! You must like having smoke blown up your rear like the rest of the Clintons supporters !!!!

    January 24, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  19. Don't Be A Fool

    Independent maybe your the one that suck the big one!!!!!

    January 24, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  20. Seleste Gonzalez


    I DON'T

    January 24, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  21. Don't Be A Fool

    Jane that's a foolish question please find the kiddie board !!!

    January 24, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
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