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. Jim, Youngwood, Pennsylvania

    Once again the only thing Obama changes is his answers (or should I say lack of answers) to the same questions. So much for his cheery campaign of change. It's amazing how he fails to take ownership for anything he says or does! That's not change Barak! I guess Oprah can't bail you out of this one!

    January 24, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  2. Khwaty

    Obama must answer questions, what he stands for instead of pointing people who ask him questions to go to his website and read.

    His negative campaign against Hillary is bad, he's losing supporters. The problem with Obama he wanted to be everything to everyone, whatever he says, no one must question him; he's a typical college professor. As far as Obama is concern he's the voice of authority, you all must bow down to him, he's above you.

    I'm Edwards supporter. Someone has to stand up and tell Obama to put a lid on it and talk about issues that matters to the American people, not this childish bickerings and negative attacks he's busy doing with Hillary since February 2007, his first negative attack against Hillary printed in UK newspaper. It took forever for Hillary to respond to his negative attacks and when she did he cried like a baby, use it to send emails to his supporters asking for campaign donation. My candidate was guilty too in attacking Hillary but not as severe as Obama.

    January 24, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  3. Jim

    I just saw the clip of the Clintons dancing on stage, laughing and having such a good time. It must be nice not to have any worries about money. How did they ever get so wealthy? Then I read the next CNN artical about the auto industry loosing more good paying jobs. This was the result of NAFTA and was signed into law by a democrat who promised change. He said it was time for America to turn the page and go from an Industrial country to a " service country". This was a Republican bill that needed to be defeted by whomever we elected. Where did this poor boy from Arkansas get the money to run such along expensive campaign? Wallmarts name was brought up during the debates, will we hear more about that in the future? This great country has been bought and paid for by special interest groups, It sure would be interesting if all candidates would list there donaters after each television ad. Bill, could you and your wife tell us more about those service jobs? Remember the words of Ross Perot? He was right on the money!

    January 24, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  4. Tom

    A great uniter? Hes ripping the democratic party apart, not hillary. Obama's a fraud with zero chance of beating the republicans.

    January 24, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  5. Steve, Pennsylvania

    I have a question for the anti-Obama people: do you really think that the American people are stupid enough to be affected by your pathetic emphasis on his middle name?

    January 24, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  6. Neel ny, ny

    Amy in Cincy- Obama is real cry baby:)

    January 24, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. Renee' Va.

    To Norman
    Thanks for using my adlib word even if it was out of context. For everybody else who wants to know the truth go to factcheck.com. They both have distorted the facts good souce for getting to the truth. I have noticed several other sources correcting the mis-statements from the candidates so why the supporters so angry? Hillary supporters are a bit too much because the Clintons have always been known to lie! Calling Obama names just won't conceal that fact.

    January 24, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem with running for office is that there are many ways to take things out of context. It would be nice if that wasn't done, but it will be. Obama is taking steps to fight what he believes are things taken out of contex that make him look bad. Clinton is doing that as well.

    John Kerry provided the lesson. When Kerry was running for president, he ignored those from the swift boat group. I read that book that they put out. If Kerry had been running in the 1980's, he'd be toast, but it was not. The Kerry lesson is that you need to answer attacks quickly. These two are starting to do this.

    January 24, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  9. Jamie, PA

    I am a supporter of Sen. Obama, but feel that Hillary is invincible. Sen. Obama is honest, optimistic and inspiring- but weak! Hillary is deceitful, dishonest, and selfish- but definitely a powerhouse! She is very skillful at manipulating Hispanics and females (Hillary can produce tears– and yes, females buy it and she is promising illegal immigrants (primarily Hispanics) all these wonderful things– including driver licenses– and of course they buy it) . Wow, what gullible factions. All the while, African Americans get to sit in the back seat again.

    I saw the S.C. debate and thought to myself– there are many things Obama can bring up and address, but instead he was on the defense almost the whole time– obviously not prepared for Hillary's rapid fire. I am convinced that the Clintons can get away with murder, if they want to! I despise both Hillary and the Republicans. It will be a wonderful competition in the November to see which axis of evil is more powerful.

    January 24, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  10. Dave

    Why are people calling Obama a whiner? He is just trying to put light to the Clinton's many many lies. And, by the way, who the the queen of crocodile tears in new hampshire. Obama didn't send his pundits to call her out, although we could all see how fake she was being.
    Here is what intelligent people saw from her performance.
    "Waa Waa, I want to be president. I miss living in the whitehouse. Oh boo hoo."

    January 24, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. AJ - Montpelier

    Amy in Cincy posted:
    "If I hear one more person call Obama a cry baby, I'm going to puke."

    Puke away Amy. Obama is a crybaby. Obama has no trouble dishing it out, but when it gets slung back into his face, all he does is whine. His supporters do as well. This man is as dirty as they come and does not shrink from slinging mud. Obama has been the most Party polarizing figure in the Democratic party in my lifetime. Should he win the nomination (yeah, like thats going to happen!) Hillary suporters wont vote for him and vice versa. That will stick us with at least 4 more years and probably 8 of a Republican White House. That paints a pretty picture doesnt it?

    His was supposed to be the campaign of hope. He has me hoping all right. Hoping that he gets run over by a bus...

    January 24, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. TEXAN for HILLARY!

    Did Obama and his supporters honestly believe that his campaign journey was completely hands off! If he cannot put up with the pressure then he should not be in the presidential race. At least Hilliary knows what it's like and has the polticial courage to face it and endure it. And, he wants to get the nomination and then be President–shoot he can't handle the pressure now he'll crumble when the GOP come at him. I think he's spent too much trying to impress people of his "greatness" but in reality he's not up to handling the pressure of a political campaign much less the presidency. Obama, go home!

    January 24, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. Okechukwu J. Diala

    That is democry in democratic party ? am only watching whatl happens at the end- peoples choice. That wil help me figure what America has become of.

    January 24, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  14. anonymous

    Bill Clinton is the ex-president, why do we care what he says? if there is any african american that doesn't think that now is the time for an intelligent, well spoken, isssue addressing, african american to be president should read the Willie Lynch letter, or do you even know who that is. do the research people and come together for once in your life. For decades you have being voting, now is the time to make it really count. MLK, had the dream and yes dreams really can come true. Obama is not only the best canidate, but the best of the best for this United States.

    January 24, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  15. TN.


    January 24, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. bill hopen

    the truth must be spoken! go Obama!
    Clinton' lies will wake up their supporters very soon!

    January 24, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  17. MC

    To All Obama posters:

    We understand what is going on here. We are all frustrated that some people cannot look at what really happened objectively. We see the games that "Billary" Plays. I personally have lost ALL repect for Hillary. She had the chance to really do something good but she is so "Blinded" by her run for the President that she can't even see straight. Obama has been forced to defend himself and some people see that as "Whinning" or being a "Cry Baby". So now we are going to stoop to name calling and do things the same old way.

    Let her have the White House it is in such shambles, why would we want Obama to inherit that mess????

    All we wanted was for someone to campaign fairly, Unite the Party's to get things done and to address the concerns of the American people.

    January 24, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. dee

    Scott Tas Australia

    Vote for Edwards, that takes a vote away from clinton

    Obama 08

    he a wimp if he does not respond
    thats what happen to Kerry with President bush

    If the information is not accurate he should speak out.

    She voted for war with iraq and now voted again for war with Iran

    Her experience is old, broken and irrelevant.

    Obama 08

    South Carolina lost more factory jobs than any other state besides MI, due to the Clinton NAFTA Treaty.

    We need change from Day one, not more of the same.

    obama 08

    experiece is nothing when you vote for a War twice!

    January 24, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  19. George from Minneapolis

    Hillary Clinton does not have the character to be president. Oh, I forgot one does not need character to be the president, so she will fit right in with George Bush. Hillary wont change a thing. If you like George Bush vote for Hillary Clinton.

    January 24, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  20. Jim, Youngwood, Pennsylvania

    Obama said he would not run again because his wife wouldn't let him if he loses now. What kind of fight and leadership is that. If he can't even stand up to his own wife and say I'm in this for the long haul regardless of winning or losing the nomination, than how is he going to stand up against the Republicans? Oh I'm sure Barak will once again claim that he never said that or that wasn't what he meant. Why does such a wimp sound so familiar? Oh that's right-it was the wimp the Democrats nominated in 2004: JOHN KERRY (who now gave his wimpy whiny support to Obama).

    Barak in 08 = Republican President in 09, 10, 11, 12

    I don't want to squander the best chance we have at correcting yet another failed Bush Presidency. Of course, if we had nominated someone stronger in 04, we may have been well on our way to fixing the Bush mess. But Alas, we had Kerry and his supporters (who are now Obama supporters) helping the Republicans win in 2004.

    January 24, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  21. Randy S. Lawton, OK

    Tony in Bama: 'Fraid you got it backwards, son. Obama didn't go into the gutter 'til he was dragged there by the Clinton BS machine.

    Hailey: You said "Thank God the voters are smarter than the media and obama give them credit for."

    After reading your rant, you are proving your own statement false. And I love the way you use terms like 'we' and 'no one' in your rant. Sounds more like your personal opinion, misguided and ignorant of reality as it may be.

    Pa Guy: Maybe Hillary supporters won't vote for Obama should he be the nominee, but I guarantee that Obama supporters will vote GOP should Hillary become the nominee.

    TEXAN for HILLARY: What do you mean he can't handle the pressure? That is exactly what he is doing with his counter-ad. He is responding to and handling the pressure. That is how it's done in Political campaigns. Take off your blinders and open your mind. It's amazing what you might discover.

    TN: You're not a SMART 76 YEARS OLD; you're a narrowminded, frustrated, manhating female who would vote for the first woman to have a shot at the office, regardless of merit. The fact that you say you've heard all the answers you care to speaks volumes. So close your ears and close your mind and waste your vote.

    January 24, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. michelle in Des Moines

    Pa guy So if Obama gets the nomination will you vote for a Republican? or will you just not vote?

    January 24, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  23. AC

    Barack should stay on offense with all the mud he can grab. Over the last 15 years they've given him all the mud he needs and then some. This is it, he's gotta use it, or he will lay in their political wake just like everyone else who's ever confronted them. It is distressing to see the ease at which they can lie.
    Barack is the better person who is trying to stay "above the fray", but they are successfully spinning this upstanding behavior as to make him look weak, and it's working. He can't allow her to slap him all over the stage.

    He needs a knockout punch before Super Tuesday. He needs to break her down emotionally and make her snap for all the country to see, it can be done.
    Don't worry about the female demographic, If they were voting for Hillary, they would never vote for a Republican anyway!.

    January 24, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. Carole CA

    Randy S. Lawton: Man, you sure have it all figured out, don't you? Too bad your logic is so obscured by your rabid fervor for Obama. All the people you singled out wrote legitimate articles. You are way to full of yourself. Your criticism of these folks was cheap, stupid, and verging on the hysterical. Get ahold of yourself, Man. Then maybe some of your opinions will carry at least some degree of credence.

    January 24, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. A voter

    People are only voting fo Hillary because she is popular. It is a high-school mentality that will get her in the whitehouse. She is not the most experienced politician, like her supporters love to say, because she's only been in th US senate for two years! There are scores of longtime Democratic politicians with resumes longer than the listing of lies she has been spreading this campaign season.

    The only reason she's a viable candidate is because of her popularity. So you people can keep folling yourself and thinking your voting in some 'amazingly experienced candidate,' but in reality you're not. Your voting in an ex-presidents wife because she was popular, and she became popular after being a public victim(Lewinsk)

    So If you want to judge what has become of this country's critical thinking, you only need to look at this election.

    Obama, by the way, has been proving his skills as a negotiator and an important legislator from day one. And just as our country starts to really fall apart, and just when we really need someone with his sort of skills, here comes hillary and the lie-machine and the American people just lap it up like dogs without a brain..

    You will reap what you sow. This is only a popularity contest.

    January 24, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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