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. Check the Clinton Record

    CNN is irresponsible to keep even discretely spreading the "muslim" slander when they have investigated and proven them FALSE? If these comments are moderated, they should be moderated for truth. Carol's comment does nothing more then perpetuate this false claim, exactly what the Clintons want their "supporters to do. Pathetic!

    January 24, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  2. Ohio

    Obama is whining and doing the same thing everybody else is. He is great at playing the victim. What a baby.

    Hillary 08

    January 24, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  3. Amy in Cincy

    If I hear one more person call Obama a cry baby, I'm going to puke. I suppose he is supposed to just let the Clinton machine roll all over him agian and again and again. The Clintons have made it IMPOSSIBLE for Obama to "be above the bickering". Here's the sad thing...a good deal of the American public have no idea what the real issues are, and will vote based on an ad or name recognition, so yes, it is necessary for Obama to set the record straight when he has been consistantly mischaracterized by the Clintons. For those of you who insist upon calling Obama a cry baby etc, first of all, please be a little more creative, and secondly, realize that the Clintons are the ones who have writtent he book on dirty politics...

    January 24, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  4. Sad to Say

    I wish the democratic children would go to school and leave the business of the day to grown folks. You have a limited vocabulary and are so focused on how Obama acts instead of how you sound with your childish comments and statements. Which are so unbecoming when most of us are really serious about what is happening inside the democratic party. What a shame you just jump in defending Hillary which is fine but at least defend her record attacking Obama does not justify to me that she is the better candidate. You want to defend her fine get specific give me the straight facts not silly childish playground name calling comments. Truthfully I don't think you can!

    January 24, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  5. Roger

    He should just tell it like it is – "If you vote to put Hillary in the White House, Hillary will vote to send your son to Iran, and she will vote to send your job to Mexico".

    January 24, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  6. michelle in Des Moines

    Every vote for Hilary is bringing McCain one step closer to the white house. Look at the polls people, she can't beat McCain because she can not get the independent vote, Obama can. Do democrats want to win the primaries or the presidency? Cuz you know that Republicans will all band behind whomever they elect, as will the Democrats however all the new and young people Obama brought in will not support Hillary. I talk with my sons and the pals, ages 20-18 all of whom support Obama and all say they will vote McCain if Obama does not get the nomination. Think people the future of our country is talking and its saying they are sick of the Clinton's. If the Clinton's keep this up and alienate the future of our country that will give the Republicans 4-8 more years in office and that will be a fitting end to the Clinton's legacy for America. Scandal coming in and scandal going out.

    January 24, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  7. Elizabeth

    Go Obama Hope you go all the way to the White House!
    I find it very unfair that Bill Clinton is campaigning with Hilary trying to help her win the elections, they will say and do whatever it takes to win simple as that, they just want to be back in the White House! They are playing a real 'dirty' game of politics by trying to criticize Obama at every opportunity.
    I am so impressed and inspired by Obama and feel he would be a brilliant president. I hope the American people vote for change vote for Obama.


    January 24, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  8. Pa Guy

    Obama is delusional. He actually believes in his own “Fairytale” that he will get Hillary's votes when he is nominated. I am a lifelong, hard core democrat, and, if he thinks I, or the majority of Hillary supporters will be running to the voting booth to support him, he got a big surprise coming. Racism was initially injected in the media by Sharpton, Clyburn, and Brazile by questioning former President Clinton remarks about Obama’s view on Iraq being a fairytale. With all this division going on, maybe America is ready for an Afro-American President. We need to get back to issues plaguing the U.S. Candidates need tell us their ideas, tell us their plans, and tell us how they are going to implement them. Let the voters compare and contrast and decide whose experience will get us out of the mess.

    January 24, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  9. lavelle Rochester,ny

    Come on Hillary folks now Obama is crying? Are you blind or just plane dumb? The Media knows who's doing the attacking plus they also know who they want to win the nomination. If Obama just sits there and let the Clinton hammer false truths Obama would lose and look weak. Then the Clinton dynasty will sit there and act as though they are some how the victims. Obama is doing what he's supposed to do!

    January 24, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  10. A voter

    These Hillary supporters keep calling Obama a cry baby, but i can only think of one candidate who actually 'teared-up' on television this campaign season, and that was Hillary.

    And as for experience, Obama has more years in elected office than Hillary 2x a state senator and 1x Us senator . And as for toughness, how is Hilary tough when she needs her aging husband and black celebrities to fight her battles for her, she cant even do it herself, such a weakling she is.

    And as for experience, Harry Reid, nancy Pelosi, Senator Leahy, Al Gore, John Kerry, and a host of other Democrats have way more years experience than Hillary does, and they are also less divisive figures. And if this election is any indication, they are probably better people than she is.

    So let's be honest, Hillary is neither the most experienced nor is she the best "example" of a good Democrat. She is simply more popular. And that is what her election is really based on. Her popularity. So all you hillary lovers can stop all your nonsense claims about her, and just admit that this is a popularity contest and nothing more. '

    Her experience is laughable compared to so many othe senior democrats.

    January 24, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  11. Janet

    Instead of making negative comments about the candidates why don't you go to factcheck.org and see who is telling the truth. The Clinton supporters may be surprised. An educated voter and Barack Obama supporter .

    January 24, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  12. Helen

    Obama is a cry baby

    January 24, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  13. checkthisout

    This is what happens in the Kitchen !!!

    Pretty entertaining, so far. I 'm loving it !!!

    Let nobody complain it is too hot !!!

    Will the Democrats self destruct ? Will the Republicans benefit from this?

    Will there be an opening for an Independent?

    OR shall we find out who is the survivor and the fittest of the fittest?

    Suspense, Suspense.

    Keep on watching CNN.

    January 24, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  14. Dan, NJ


    I am reading Brokow's book. Yesterday I got to the section on Hillary. It is a very flattering portrayal of her. IT INCLUDES ABOUT TWO PARAGRAPHS OF QUOTES FROM HER PRAISING REAGAN. She thinks she can say anything in the press and sheep like you won't check the facts.

    Go to the book store, read her comments for yourself and then ask why YOUR candidate is lying to you. My guess is she is a political opportunist who will say or do anything to get elected. But that may depend on what the definition of "is" is.

    January 24, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  15. Enough said.

    CNN is back to censoring Clinton supporters. This is why the posts are 70% obama favored. I have posts going back from 8 hrs ago that STILL read 'waiting to be moderated' .

    CNN ...............the ALL OBAMA NETWORK.

    January 24, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  16. Lisa Salt Lake City UT

    It seems that the Clinton fans are either paid staff who are repeating their mantra over and over as frequently as possible in as many websites as possible or they are simply "dittoheads" and cannot come up with an original thought themselves. Why the sudden "crybaby" label and "frustrated" label being used on Obama? Isn't it strange that no one called Hillary a crybaby for actually crying because she was afraid that she was going to lose?

    What about poor Edwards who is simply dying for some attention, any attention – and yet no one cares what he has to say? No one calls him a crybaby, because he isn't a threat in the race.

    Funny how the Clintons labeled Obama as "ambitious" (for his Kindergarten goal), then he was lazy. They called him "too nice" to get anything done, (And Edwards wanted to convince everyone that he is the FIGHTER – who spent his entire life FIGHTING as a lawyer), now Obama is "not nice". Clintons called Obama naive, and then they said that he was the candidate for the establishment.

    Clintons will keep throwing as many labels as they can at him and see which ones will stick.

    The label that I believe will stick for Obama – is President!

    January 24, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  17. Amy in Iowa

    This is all Rove type politics the Clintons are playing. The Clinton campaign has done their best to put race into this race. Obama is the candidate of all people and has never been about race. In fact, Obama is both White and Black. But the Clintons are trying to make him the Black candidate and divide the vote. The Clintons are willing to do ANYTHING to get back in the White House.

    Obama is simply responding to their nastiness. It is sickening how the Clintons have thrown it out there, and then playing innocent. I see through it and Hillary has lost my vote.

    January 24, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  18. Lucas, Columbia, SC

    Obama is responding, just as he should. The quote was selectively edited, which is a polite way of noting that the Clinton campaign is lying.

    Take this example:

    Pretend we are having a conversation about a particularly nasty video game.
    I say "It is good to kick puppies. I can't believe that there is a video game out there in which it is good to kick puppies, that you actually score points for kicking puppies."
    Then you run an ad that says that I said it was "good to kick puppies."

    Same thing as what the Clintons are doing. Enough of that kind of politics.

    January 24, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  19. Ray

    Guess it's time to puke Amy becasue thats all Obama has done. He dosen't know how hard it is to run fro President. Just some fancy speech's are not going to lock in a win for you. He needs 8 years as VP then he will be ready. Its a win win for ALL of us. We will have 16 years in control.


    January 24, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  20. Jenny, Worcester MA

    Way to go, Obama.
    Expose Lies while pointing out specifics of each candidate's ideas.
    two birds with one stone.
    well done.
    keep it going!!!
    never forget to SUBSTANTIATE your message.
    DROP empty words like "HOPE" and "UNITY".
    just spell out WHAT exactly you want to do, WHY, and HOW.
    and point out WHAT your competition has done and wants to do, and HOW.

    January 24, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  21. Taylor

    I heard on MSNBC today that Obama's explaination for his "present" votes were he pushed the wrong button. Where is CNN's reporting on this? I don't want someone that can't push the correct button running the country.

    January 24, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  22. Truth Squad

    this is Clintons fault. What is a Candidate left to do but defend themself? She asked for this and (apparently) will go down for this.

    January 24, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  23. Debra

    Obama has to dispute the lies otherwise people will believe them. We need Obama in the White House to change the course of history. We're on the wrong path, both in America and worldwide.
    Too bad the Clintons are such LIARS. Their attacks will only devide the Democratic party in the end, so whoever is nominated will not get the votes of their opponents supporters. I now despise the Clintons and will vote republican if she's nominated. At least McCain is honest.

    January 24, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  24. foreigner in US

    Some Americans are basically ignorant. A pity, because these ignorants actually go and vote. The truth is Americans don't notice or react to positive or optimism in politics( Obama should have won New Hampshire and Nevada if so). It is the dirty tactics that get their attention. Of course Obama should respond and set the record straight but in doing so, he risks losing votes not because he 'went negative'( do some people even know what that means?) but because of the ignorance of some voters. My advice is, 'follow the news and course of events , then make your own decision' ,don't be lazy and depend on opinion writers decide for you.
    If you did you will see that Obama has never made personal attacks and insults and mischaracterizations as much as is being made against him. He is the new face and that's why it is a challenge to him to defend himself as well as let his message out.But then again, agree with the early poster. It was the same ignorant voters that got Bush elected TWICE!!

    January 24, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  25. Bill

    All Obama is doing is setting the record straight and defending himself from false allegations put forth by Hillary. Does Hillay and Bill really think anyone will vote for them now in the general election?

    January 24, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
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