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. Az

    Good deal Obama...this sucks though.

    January 23, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  2. MIke

    It looks it is Bill Clinton, not Hillary, runs for president now. Mike

    January 23, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  3. Mike T

    They should add the TATA Consulting story to it. And explain how Bill Clinton also expanded H-1 and L-1 visas. We are bleeding skilled jobs and we have an invasion of people from Mexico taking unskilled jobs. How long can our economy last? Gee, why is the Dow down almost 1,500 points since the beginning of the year? And why can't people afford their mortgages anymore? You want to talk work and economy? The Clintons cost Americans millions upon millions of jobs, but they sure profited.

    January 23, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  4. Tom, Ca

    I don't think Hillary will lose too much sleep over this. She's already proven she can take him anytime, any place. GO HILLARY!!

    January 23, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  5. Jay

    Obama you are just another politican , where did your politics of HOPE go.
    Try whatever you can but you are going to lose on Feb 5.

    January 23, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  6. Keeping it real

    That's about right I must agree. She will "say anything and do noghting". Nohting worth while any way. I think people like the Clintons have mental issues. Such as being habitual liars for the most part. No one can deny that. No one!. Oh and the thief factor. Did they ever return all that stuff they stole from the White House on their way out? Suicides, theft, convictions, impeachment, lies, and death are all the things that the Clinton road is paved with. If she's nominated the democrat part will pay dearly. I hope Barack Obama sees the light before it's too late to do anything about it. – Independents! '08

    January 23, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  7. Bernie Moore-Knowles

    Go get her! She and her husband are white collar thugs. Can someone please "tuck Bill Clinton in?" And Hillary? You dig a deeper hole every day, sister. Every day.

    Obama 2008

    January 23, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  8. s.positive

    About time...

    January 23, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  9. T

    Mr. Obama, seriously, just leave Billary to implode by themselves. Defend yourself by all means because the Reagan remark by Clinton was absolutely misrepresented but please, get back to your words of hope and inspiration and unity.

    But if some Billary supporters feel that Obama is merely retaliating and resorting to Billary's shady, negative ways, then let me just say that attacking Hillary Clinton for championing NAFTA and voting for the war is the TRUTH because she did support NAFTA and she did vote for the war. By all means, debate and argue back and forth about votes in order to get through to the public. Do not lie and present words differently and mislead people in order to get through to them!

    January 23, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  10. Anti Clintons

    It's time for Clinton to get her own medicine the lying witch!! I'm glad Obama is doing what he is, it just shows how much the Clintons want to do anything they can to lie, cheat, play dirty political tricks they know how to do, and they have plenty of that kind of experience in that trickery up their sleeves.

    Obama is the right person, Clinton is the worse thing since 9/11! She voted for the war, but she didn't have enough information until it was to late, good answer Hitlery. You could enter the fat thigh contest and win hands down!

    Go Obama!

    January 23, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  11. Anthony


    Oh yeah!

    January 23, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  12. vaughn

    It seems to me that Obama is doing the very thing that he is claiming Clinton of doing, and thats "negative" attacks. I've noticed that anytime someone questions him about his record or a comment, he or his campaign say that they are "attacking" him. In my opinion if you feel a simple question about your record is an attack then you need to take a second look at your record.

    January 23, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  13. Independent in MI

    Obama the hypocrite. The Clinton adds used Obama’s own words. His add against Clinton is all spin, why not quote her words – not that inflammatory I guess. . So much for his “change” and “unity” speeches.

    January 23, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  14. Grace, Overland Park, Kansas

    ""She'll say anything and change nothing. It's time to turn the page.""

    amen to that. i think the first sentence perfectly describes clinton's campaign and the second sentence is a clear call for what we need in this next election. THIS is the way to counter against false attacks and misconstrued statements.

    January 23, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  15. Don, Houston, TX

    I wish it didn't have to come to this...but the Clinton's started it... and this reminds me of a famous poem called "The Test of a Man." Fight back Obama, but don't let them trick you into losing sight of the message. You got much love in Houston, and whatever happens in California, YOU'LL WIN TEXAS!

    January 23, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  16. Deb

    Well at least we know the man is honest. Good job Obama , the country is behind you !

    January 23, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  17. Bimmer

    Last night the "fact check " part of the show on CNN was scary to see the picture of the Chicago slumlord with whom Obama had busniness dealings.

    Obama has to be careful in attacking his opponents when he has shady business deals with nefarious character.

    January 23, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  18. Daniel

    Go Obama!

    It is Obama's right to defend himself against these misleading and viscious lies. Hillary and Bill just keep on lying, even when it is proven that what they said is a lie.


    The Clintons cannot expect to DIVIDE A PARTY AND THEN UNITE A NATION.

    Obama has the fresh energy, inspiring message, and can take this country in a new direction.

    We have the opportunity to elect a truly great president.

    January 23, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  19. j berard

    these thing aren;t going to solve our problems i and many don't care about what he did ,hillary , but what are u goiing to do . her campagin is all about de facing him , is that the seed not falling far from the tree. i didn't c her near bill whth all these negatives. hey like she is acting like the past is the past she said bill is and will be campagin for our team remember gor didn't want bill because of........ now the tide is balck u do or maybe becauase that is all u got bill didn't do half as much for gore

    January 23, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  20. James

    This is a great add based on facts , unlike the Clinton's smear machine.

    January 23, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  21. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    It's over Obama. Pack it up and go home. Follow Huckabee's model and start pocketing cash to go out in the black. You never should have lied in the debate about those five hours of work for that church related project. That bell can never be unrung. You could have weathered the storm if you had been honest.

    January 23, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  22. Enrique

    What goes around, comes around. Bill and Hillary are so hell-bent on winning the nomination that they've done nothing but mudsling through this entire race. I was a big fan of the Clintons in the 90's. I'm no longer a fan.

    January 23, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  23. dee

    Time to turn the page

    One point left out

    She voted in 2007 for a war with Iran.

    Time for change

    obama 08

    January 23, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    I used to respect Bill Clinton – now I just think he, and Hilary, are into 'dirty' politics and I don't a bar of either of them.

    January 23, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  25. Roni

    I have to question the ability of a person to effectively negotiate and deal with controversial or difficult world leaders or situations if he or she cannot participate in either a polital campaign or debate without become angry, slinging arrows, or otherwise exhibiting an inability to place personal opinion and/or ego aside and deal with the issues at hand. I also have great difficult with people who deal in innuendo and half-truths as that proves a lack of integrity.

    As this campaign continues it becomes apparent that the only democratic candidate capable of maintaining his calm and reasoned demeanor is John Edwards.

    Despite obvious intelligence and abilities exhibited in the past, I cannot but believe that neither of the other two candidates is mature enough to be able to keep cool in the face of the difficulties of being the leader of the United States.

    As an independant who is doing my best to evaluate each candidate on his or her merits, I've all but eliminated Senators Clinton and Obama from consideration simply because I don't trust the ability of either to maintain a reasoned dialog or negotiation when under pressure.

    January 23, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
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