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. AJ, IL

    Hillary started these negative personal attacks. Back on July 25, 2007 at a debate, Hillary called Obama "naive" because he responded to a question of foreign policy saying he would meet with our enemies as well as our allies. Obama held back.

    The distortions and lies of Obama's record took front-and-center of the Clinton campaign after Hillary came in third in Iowa. Bill Clinton became frustrated after Iowa and went on the attack of Obama.

    In the SC debate, Hillary was claiming Obama praised the Republicans and thought they had good ideas based on an interview with the largest Nevada newspaper who endorsed Obama. Obama had never said he liked the ideas or that he thought they were good ideas.

    Both Hillary and Bill continue to use falsify Obama's words as though they are preaching facts. Every major political news media outlet has listed Hillary and Bill's claim about Obama supporting Republican ideas as false.

    Please stay above the dirty politics of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Mr. Obama. As long as your message of hope and unity are seen as the entree on your political menu with some seasoning of important issues like, the economy, national security, and Iraq, you will do just fine.

    January 24, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  2. charlotte

    Hillary started this with Oprahs, I have a dream speech, Hillary started this with Michelles, ain't no blacks in Iowa. Amazing, it's not what you say, but who you are?

    January 24, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  3. JoR

    To: Canada eh!

    I love your comments. Please don't judge Americans from some who write negative comments on various blogs. Most of us are very sane. We refraim from the name calling. We know we are extremely lucky we have three very intelligent Democratic candidates. Most of us do our research. We find the entire comment and not just a sound byte to find out what exactly was said. We go on the federal congress site to see how many votes are missed, how the candidate voted on the particular legislation, and, of course, we study the issues of each candidate. Then we make a decision.

    We know that many of the negative comments on blogs come from the Republicans masquerading as Democrats. Actually, in 2000 Al Gore won the popular vote, but George Bush won the electoral vote. I don't know why we still have electoral votes. The fact he won in 2004 is beyond me. I am a Hillary supporter and feel she will be a strong leader.

    This is a very intense campaign. There is a lot at stake. However, I am glad that people are involved than being apathetic. I just wish some would be more civil.

    January 24, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  4. Jorie

    Hey everybody! Wow, I'm really tired of reading the he said/she said and the blah blah/wah wah on these sites. I wish someone would say something or ask something real. Like, what are you planning to do about healthcare in America? Or, what policies do you have in mind for the enviroment? Or, what are you going to do about _fill in the blank___? Instead, it's all about he's a wimp, or she's a witch, etc., etc. Isn't that the kind of thinking that got us in trouble in the first place? All about the superficial, not about the issues. We, and only we, as the American people have the power to change this country. Don't sit back and let it happen to you, MAKE IT HAPPEN FOR YOU!!!! Stop and think about what's important to you and ACT! It doesn't matter who is in office, WE have the power. We have the power to make politicians act in our best interests...as soon as you stop believing in that...well, we're doomed regardless who's president.

    January 24, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  5. bdc, phila, pa

    real sick of the ignorance/hypocrisy. In the mind of Billary's flock:

    A) Obama responds to attacks = "he's a cry baby" and "change your diaper"
    B) Obama ignores attacks = "he's weak and wouldn't defend himself/America"

    Seriously, think about it. Why don't you just admit you'll never like anything he does and Billary is your God. You would have to have blind faith in her to be so incredibly ignorant of the facts.. 90% of her attacks are completely fictitious.

    Recent example:
    -Obama praises the way Reagan got things done and accomplished the goals he set. (leadership style, no praise for the policy or the results)
    -Billary's says Obama is in favor of Reagan's economics opinions and is therefore a republican

    Why don't you try READING the transcript or actually LISTENING to what he said IN ITS ENTIRETY instead of listening to a 5-10 second sound clip put out by his competition. You always have to CONSIDER THE SOURCE of your "facts".

    January 24, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  6. Al in Monterey

    Hillary is riding on, and depending on, the coatails of Bill to win the presidency. This makes her a follower, not a leader. Hillary started the attacks on Obama who was forced to respond. Anyone who thinks he should be a wussie about it is in la-la land.

    Obama "08"

    January 24, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  7. Sam

    By the end of this back and forth, at least Hillary cant go back to the crying routine she orchestrated in NH anymore. The woman is so cold and calculating.

    Imagine, the self-professed feminist icon who wants to be the first woman in the WH has to do it on the back of her husband. Somehow, it doesnt remind one of how Margaret Thatcher became prime minister in the UK.

    You strip Hillary of Clinton and she's less than mediocre!


    January 24, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  8. Enough said.

    You guys dont seem to get that Senator Obama was running on a hype of hope speech.

    He has dragged himself down into a mud slinging war. He has been caught outright lying about the single user pay system. He has been put into bed with Rezko.

    Now, the clintons have slung the mud, but Obamas ZEAL to show how tough he was by confronting them has a huge cost.

    Hes exposing that he is NO BETTER than the Clintons and he had to most to lose because of it.

    Its really the CNN south carolina debate. Most voters noticed he was the first to ATTACK.

    His campaign wanted to show he could stand up to them, but it came across as a PETTY squabbling by both Clinton and Obama.

    He lost his I AM ABOVE IT ALL shtick. Now, he is viewed as a politician. Not a GRAND UNITER.

    Both camps have drawn sides. Many experts saw it coming. Polarizing Obama was the way to get Clinton back to front runner status.

    As for south carolina??

    As I said before. Obama has to win the WHITE VOTE or take it close even. Otherwize the country sees that he has been judged along racial lines.

    January 24, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  9. john

    GO OBAMA....



    January 24, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  10. Debbie, California

    The Clintons can lie and distort Obama's message but if he responds he's whining? How can you NOT respond after someone lies about what you say or stand for. I sure wouldn't want either of the Clinton's representing me and what I stand for in an election! Hillary supporters have selective hearing. I hear what Obama's health care plans are, what he really said about Reagan, what "present" votes mean, and that he was against the Iraq war but also wasn't going to let our troops fight on our behalf without the proper protection! I also hear what Hillary has to say, mostly she regrets her votes, she will mandate health care (hello fines), and has to steal other peoples ideas to look better! Do you really want more liars in the White House? Lets move America in a positive direction people!!

    OBAMA '08!!!!

    January 24, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  11. Eric

    What of Obama's lie that he will fire anyone who engaged in negative campaigning then when his South Carolina campaign issued the four page memo about the supposed racial slurs by the Clintons Obama said he was "disappointed" but the person doing it was not fired.

    January 24, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  12. matt

    Obama crys foul and plays the victim. The Muslim story is a prime example of him milking the racial/religous card. He likes that story being out there so he can blame Hillary.

    Why doesn't the media at least look at the unabashedly black church he attends, and the people they honor like Louis Farakan?

    If Hillary or Huckabee attended a unabashedly white churh that honored David Duke, don't you think the media would have a field day?

    I get the feeling we are being set up, by the corporate media, for a Republican general election win.

    Vet them both honestly CNN.

    January 24, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  13. Isaac

    Amazing. If these comments are reflective of the American people, I have no hope for America in choosing a capable candidate.

    He said, she said. It's pointless! Vote on the ISSUES, people! I'm not talking about gay marriage or abortion, though those seem to be favorite topics for some. I'm talking about issues that affect each and every one of us: economic policy, foreign policy, civil rights, taxes, etc.

    Let's face it: In the past few decades we have:
    1) Faced unprecedented gov't interference with our civil rights
    2) Been crippled in the world's eye with a interventionist foreign policy
    3) Squandered our nation's wealth through horribly near-sighted economic policy and exorbitant spending
    4) All due to an government which is gaining more and more power by the day

    What will you do, America?

    January 24, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  14. Mike, NY

    Obama is not going to just bow down to the Clintons. There time is up. Billary is wack.

    January 24, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  15. marie

    Turn the table on the Senator Clinton and give the people of Florida , mainly the military the issues and anwers they need to hear before from Senator Obama before the primary. It's time for change.

    January 24, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  16. Steve

    It's okay to say it. Hillary and her husband are LiARS! I'm a Democrat and I want to support the Democrat nominee. I've been following this race, like everyone, for a year now, but it was not until this week that I feel HIllary truly revealed herself. Her claims about Obama's record and distortions of his statements are a travesty. The 'fun part' has begun. She and Bill will stop at nothing to get back into the White House. Hillary is a LIAR and she has publicly proven it this week. We need a candidate who can unite the country and not embellish the truth. Obama 2008! Anyone but Hillary!

    January 24, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  17. Independent

    During the last 20 years we've only seen 2 last names in the Oval Office....it's time for a fresh new face with fresh new ideas to stimulate our economy and to inspire citizens to bring moral back to the culture of our communities. Republican or Democrat.

    Obama isn't going to win if he continues to lock horns with Hillary, which is driving his approval rating down when he should be trying to win over the undecided. Hillary has an edge because of her goal for universal health care and because the majority of voting age white Americas (especially in the "red states") aren't ready for a minority president. We don't need surveys to prove this. Just look at the biased media (like CNN). For some reason only girls with blond hair become murdered or go missing (if there is a report on a minority missing it's RARELY if at all a main story followed up on)...There are healthy numbers of whites who would vote for Obama in major cities in the north, but what about the rest of America? I wish that this was just negative thinking, but let's face the truth.

    January 24, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  18. L.S.Viney

    To the man from Canada, you have probably the best comment I have seen on any board since this primary began. As a nation of people who did vote for George Bush "twice" we too have lost some of our credebility as individuals with the ability to truly decipher who is best to lead us.

    Regardless of who you support, do you not think it would be important to evaluate your own standards of how you judge someone as qualified? Should we not ask ourselves what are the standards that we are using to judge our leadership and their ability to deal with the current state of our country?

    One of the core principals of American government is "For the People, By the People" and therefore it is neither Bush, nor Hillary, nor Obama who bears the responsbility of shaping our current or future standing in the world. It is us. And if we once again want our country to rise from this state of despair then we have to look beyond our inherent human flaws of ego and bias (not in racial but thinking terms) that blinds us from sound judgement and see that only a leader that manifests the ideals and prinicipals of this country shold be the one destined to lead.

    But, once again, that is in the hands of we, the people.

    January 24, 2008 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  19. Kenny

    Hillary CLEARLY started the first attack ad with this radio spot. This attack has CLEARLY been rejected and everyone knows it is something the Clintons have tried to twist. Obama has every right to respond to it and set the record straight. How dare anyone say he is whining when all he is doing is correcting the negative lies the Clintons are spreading.

    January 24, 2008 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  20. JDel

    ....................OBAMA 08..............................UNITY TICKET.......
    So good to see OBAMA gives credit where credit is due. Agree or not Republican
    Government has done a number of great things for our country and some outstanding actions for minorities. Example THE REPUBLICANS APPOINTED THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN (Powell) to a cabinet position and the first AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN TO SAME POST(RICE) and don't forget the first Hispanic to federal persecutor that's just to name a few. by the way am a DEMOCRAT. That believes that my country is The UNITED states of America and united is important.
    (UNITED WE STAND) ............OBAMA 08...... MAY GOD BLESS YOU.

    January 24, 2008 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  21. Stayonpoint

    Obama is Diversion

    Below are a few points for those of you who are considering voting for Obama as the Democratic candidate to pursue the Presidency. Please read and consider these points thoroughly before casting your vote:

    1. Obama is a Diversion;

    2. Over the last two years, the large powerful conservative new agencies owned by influential Republicans have purposely given Obama either neutral or positive news reporting in his run for presidency, amplifying his exposure and ratings amongst Democrats;

    3. The neutral/positive news reporting of Obama has split Democrats in choosing between Clinton or Obama as the Canidate to run for President;
    4. The conservative news agencies and powerful Republicans politicians are trying to manipulate the Democrats to choose Obama to run for President;

    5. When Obama is chosen to run for President, the conservative news agencies WILL turn on Obama by inciting (through negative reporting) the fears of Americans, and the Presidency will go to a Republican candidate;

    6. Please do not be manipulated and vote for Clinton (or urge them to unite). Democrats should unite together behind Clinton or else the Republicans will literally steal the presidency; or

    Obama and Clinton should unite or Obama should step-down to ensure a Republican is not elected to the presidency.

    This is in no way anti-Obama.(Bless you Obama for running; however unfortunate the timing, considering the above).

    The point of the above is to make us Democrats aware of a very possible scenario. We dealt with very similar manipulation the last eight years (remember Karl Rove?) and need to wake up. There is much at stake to let the powerful Republican politicians manipulate our vote.

    This is no means an attack on Republican citizens or Obama supporters, and much respect to you. Please consider the above points.


    January 24, 2008 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  22. Democrat for 08

    If Obama was neither praising nor denouncing the Republicans with his statement- why make the comment at all? Of course he brought it up to appeal to Independents and perhaps Republicans. Obama seems to be a very intelligent and articulate person. I respect that. But he needs to acknowledge that he is playing politics just as much as the rest of them. It's almost as if he purposefully made the comment with an escape clause (so it could be said that he never said they were GOOD ideas). Analogous to voting "Present" rather than committing to a firm "Yes" or "No." He needs to show more substance.

    January 24, 2008 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  23. thomas

    I have No comment about all this: except that both Hillary and Obama suck, and so does McCain. they all offer the SAME "solutions" for everything – more of the same. More FDR/Fabian Socialism; that is the philosophy that a Government can and Should print new money, and hand it out like candy (for people to spend), and by SO DOING the Government can and Should "Create Properity." Have we not had enough of that for 70 years. Is there No One in American Politics today who has an ORIGINAL IDEA.

    January 24, 2008 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  24. ron


    Remember the more delagetes he pulls from clinton on Feb 5th the better. Everyone get out and vote!

    She may win the popular vote but the closer we keep it the better.

    January 24, 2008 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  25. JoeinTexas

    The followers of obama simply amaze me. They rank and rave like cult followers and they never demand any answers from him. Obama acts and behaves like he has a right to be president. I beg to differ. This comes from an AA male just watching the issues unfold. I watched the democratic debate in SC, and I must confess that obama is not ready to be president. Mrs Clinton answered all the questions honestly and fortrightly; while obama whines and complains. Mrs Clinton is extremely smart, tough and above all competent. Obama, on the otherhand, is not sure-footed, does not have a crasp of the issues and the media have done us extreme disservice for not calling him on it. Obama, in my opinion, is not ready for prime time in presidential politics. I must agree with President Clinton, " this whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I have ever seen," and we owe it to cnn and msnbc under whose auspices obama mania was created.

    January 24, 2008 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
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