January 23rd, 2008
05:01 PM ET
13 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 combs

    obama keep talking the issue.and dont answer to the idoits
    if you cant say anything good keep your trap closed (bill)

    January 23, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  2. EntertainMeDontBoreMe

    This guy congratulates the Republicans on being the party of ideas for the last 15 years – and then his campaign says that HILLARY will say anything to get elected? – Maybe Obama should try running for the Republican nomination. The Republicans seem to have a lot more tolerance for hypocrites.

    January 23, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  3. Marko, Chicago IL

    Kerry got criticized for doing nothing when swiftboated and Obama gets criticized for fighting back. Make up your mind America. What is he supposed to do?

    January 23, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  4. James

    Obama the great divider and the context twisting liar is at it again.If Obama can take statements out of context this good now, just think about what he would do if he were president. Poeple don't be fooled, don't be blinded. This is your future.

    January 23, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  5. The Decider

    Well Teresa, seems you are confused and extremely partisan towards the Clintons. You need to read more than one or two of these to get to the nitty gritty dear. We all know who started this crap and now that Obama is fighting back you come up with some dumb iliterate comment like that.. Get the facts right.. Its ugly but he is fighting back against the "status quo" and the lies the Bill and Hill show are throwing out there. Its to bad because I would personally like to hear more on the issues instead of watching a 5 round fight. This can only be accomplished by listening to Edwards between rounds.. Oh well.... such is dirty politics

    January 23, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  6. eric

    I do believe it was Hiliary doing the crying a few weeks ago. Some people have very selective memories.

    On a serious note, who really thinks that Hiliary can win in November? If she polarizes fellow Democrats in her own party, what makes anyone think that she could unify the country?

    January 23, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  7. a little sad

    "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." "

    Please cite some facts, not inuendo.

    Obama wants to walk away from the rookie comments he has made, but they show that he is not ready to take on the big leagues.

    January 23, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  8. Mark ,Lake Geneva

    Unfortunately,Obama has to respond ,Hillary and Bill know it.This is only hurting us make our decision.Hillary's had her chance in Washington,it did'nt get us away from the Washington Two-step.Obama wants to get us away from politics as usual,after 8 years of Bush,could it be any worse!

    January 23, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  9. Perla

    I also may be a 9 year old but I do understand this election. And I agree with Seleste about Hillary her husband may just be planning this all with Hillary. It's not the immigrants falt they weren't born in the United States and it's not their falt it's not easy to get papers or cross the boarder. Now is it. No. We shouldn't even vote for her nor Obama. I may not be able to choose for you who you think is the best person but I can persue you to. So vote or don't vote at all. Think of our friends who are immigrants. Do you really want them to be tooken away from you are to stay her with you.

    January 23, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  10. Donna, NJ

    When is the media going to have the nerve to tell the truth about Hillary's illegal 2002 Senate campaign fund raising issue with Peter Paul? Go to You Tube and look up "The Video that Hillary Doesn't Want You to See". The interviews with Fox, CNN, and MSNBC, etc. about the Peter Paul fund relationship with the Clintons is incredible! The Clintons really know how to go for the jugular. Don't take my word for it...watch the video and draw your own conclusions. Anyone with half an ounce of common sense knows that if Obama was ever caught up in this kind of scandal his career would be over. The Clintons are way too powerful, ruthless, and are out to destroy anyone who stands in their way just like they did to Peter Paul who was their "friend". Of course the Obama haters would call it "sour grapes" if his camp confronted Hillary about something so serious.

    January 23, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  11. Steve, Landing, NJ

    Right, Obama supporters, remember: Setting the record straight when someone lies about you is "whining" and you should stop being a "crybaby".

    Didn't you learn anything from how Hillary reacted when Obama and Edwards were both leveling criticism at her? *She* certainly never played the "victim card" by having the gall to tell the truth.

    January 23, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  12. charlotte

    Obama said in the first debate, he would use Bill and look forward to Hillarys advice. My,my have things changed. Isn't that what he wants, change? Needless to say he got his wish. Politics makes strange bedfellows.

    January 23, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  13. bd

    The Clinton's are horrible corrupt people!!

    A lifetime of public service has made them multimillionaire's! WHAT????

    They made it by currying political favors. Just like Hillary's new plan to put the whole country into a mandatory HMO. She has received campaign contributions from those same people who will profit from it. She is 100%corrupt.

    January 23, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  14. songbird

    You all are fools.....Hillary is not going to change an things... don't you know the republican what her to get the nomination so they can tear her up... Why nominate the past ... lets move forward and take a change on new ideas.

    January 23, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  15. Curtis

    Why is Obama a crybaby for fighting FALSE allegations against him? The Clintons are spinmasters and you are all buying the bait. Check out the Newsweek fact check on the debate... Hillary spun the truth through and through.

    She'll say anything and change nothing – exactly. Don't fall for the same old tricks America – fight the politics of "anything goes" and see through these lies and pretty faces. America needs you to open your eyes and vote for a real change, not somebody who has ALREADY BEEN IN THE FREAKING WHITE HOUSE.

    January 23, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  16. J, Ca

    Boy, I didn't know that Obama camp is so easy.
    They are playing right into the Clinton trap.

    January 23, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  17. floydknight

    What is most disturbing are the hateful things Americans are saying about Obama, like some of the weak-minded commentors earlier. They know nothing about Obama except that which their lazy eyes and ears see and hear in the media. They oppose the war in Iraq and the lies of George Bush, but are supporting a candidate who voted to authorize the war and is blatantly lying about Obama's words and actions to get herself elected. This is why change is hard. It's not because of the establishment. It's because of the electorate.

    My momma didn't raise no fool!

    Obama for President in 2008!

    January 23, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  18. Dave, Atlanta, GA

    I'm more or less an Obama supporter, but I have to admit, this is kind of pathetic.

    January 23, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  19. mr.fair tax


    January 23, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  20. James springfield mo

    tell obama to put it in his pipe and inhale hillary 08

    January 23, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  21. Joojo

    It is starange how when he does it, the media seems to urge him on but woe unto HRC. I am really disgusted at CNN. I think foxnews has done far better on the elections

    January 23, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  22. Jimmy

    Fortunately, there are also thousands of African-American voters who are knowledgeable and well informed on the issues facing our country today and they will not vote simply on the basis of race Hopefully they can weigh Obama's remarks about Reagan and Bill Clinton..who did much for the African american community and more so in So. Carolina. which today badly needs a Democratic
    President bit it Hillary or Obama. Religion and race really ought not to be issues
    in the Presidential Campaign trail. There is too much at stake for our country.
    So then get on with the issues and stop the petty bickering.
    GOD Bless America. Pray for our country.


    January 23, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  23. hkeith

    Look, she misrepresented what he said and he gave it back to her. What do you expect him to do?

    January 23, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  24. GENE

    This country was founded on christianity. Obama is not a christian, and where is he getting his money from, to go on this campaign trail?

    January 23, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  25. Jean

    Hillary all the way!!!! Down with the media.

    January 23, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
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