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. Edward Green

    To Becky and Teresa,u want Obama to sit down and allow the Clintons to continue with their lies?If you are honest enough you will say what is i the Clintons' ad is not true.If is about taking the heat that is the reason why Obama is responding.He sure can stay in the kitchen! The Clintons' will be matched boot for boot if they continue to lie.Period.

    January 24, 2008 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  2. Jonathan Simeone Seattle, Wa

    This is why people should be voting for John Edwards. After all, he is representing the grown up wing of the Democratic Party. The lies and dishonesty on both sides of this fight–although more so the Clinton side–are disgusting!

    January 24, 2008 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  3. victor

    I had great respect for Hillary Clinton and her husband. It is a pity that they should resort to petty politics just to clinch the democratic presidential slot.We did not hear anything from the clintons until after their loss in iowa. Americans should observe that politics of the old is being drawn unto the stage after Bill Clinton launched an attack on the person of Obama. Truly, it is time to turn to a new page.Hillary Clinton and her husbands should focus on issues rather than on persons.If there is anybody that should be ashamed,it is the clintons.

    January 24, 2008 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  4. James Brown ( Independent )

    Clinton's have tons of trash in there back yard , and this thing is just getting warmed up folks. Just wait a few more days , and old slick willy will be on tv shaking that finger into the camera saying ...............I didn't have sex with Hillary's campaign staff !


    January 24, 2008 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  5. Chief

    To Becky- You must have been sleeping for the last few months if you think Obama started this. HRC and her cheating husband, you had the nerve to lie to the whole world about having an affair are the ones that started this mess. Bill Clinton will do and say anything to get his wife into the office.

    January 24, 2008 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  6. Bill, Ohio

    If Obama wants to correct Hillary he could simply repeat his stance rather than starting with that's not true, that's not what I said, etc. I don't think he presents a good image when correcting comments.

    Obama's not bad. But you can't vote "present" as president. You have to make a decision and live with it.

    January 24, 2008 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  7. biased media hurt us all

    i haven't seen cnn mention obama's horrible performance on the today show. meredith vieira showed him the clip of him saying he never supported a single payer system and the clip of him saying he was a strong proponent of a single payer system. he pretended he didn't hear the one where he said he was a strong proponent, then started on some obfuscation. the oldest trick in the book, not to hear when confronted with his lie on national tv.

    bet cnn will send this to moderation and make it disappear, like all my other posts. i think i may buy a share of their stock and show up at a stockholders meeting and protest their suppression of opinions they don't like.

    January 24, 2008 03:49 am at 3:49 am |
  8. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    That's a disgusting ad to use against a fellow Democrat!!!

    Shame on you senator, just one more reason NOT to vote for you!!

    Truly pathetic............

    January 24, 2008 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
  9. alan

    I swear people who say Obama is complaining or "crying" are retards. Hes RESPONDING cause obviously fear mongering and lying still work in "progressive' /democratic primaries. One observation about this point before i rant.

    Democrats think they are so much smarter than republicans. They say o we are the party of the poor, minorities, blah blah blah. The truth is Bill Clinton was one of the proponents or economic liberalism in the 90's i.e. NAFTA. Sorry NAFTA didnt help the working poor cant spin that its economics. But it did sure did help Wall Street. John Edwards is just a joke 500 dollar haircut nuff said.

    See what people dont understand about this primary is the Clintons are liars. You can say w/e you want about what they did for the country during her husbands presidency but the fact remains they are liars and do whatever they can to win. Hilary always says lets talk about the issuses lets talk about the issuses and then attacks obama personally.

    Its about integrity, honesty, vision not ideology. Threatening people with the "politics of personal destruction" seems to be winning.

    All you Hillary lovers out there who think your going to win in november are crazy. She is the only thing that will unite the republicans in the fall and alot of Obama supporters will not vote for her. Some of you hillary supporters need a history lesson.

    I will not vote for her and if she wins ill be sure to get all my family and freinds to support MCCain in the fall. She doesnt have the integrity to lead this nation.

    Lying = Bush
    Lying = Hillary
    Hillary = Bush

    Obama 08 or McCain 08

    January 24, 2008 03:56 am at 3:56 am |
  10. Drew

    God lord...Obama's appeal sure wore thin early. Sorry, I need a Democrat that can stand up to the attacks from Republicans. Anytime Obama is attacked, he whines. Also, I love how he's about "The Politics of Hope"....yet does some of the most back handed attacks i've seen.

    January 24, 2008 03:56 am at 3:56 am |
  11. PoliSci GradStudents


    SC is notorious for the style of politics played, so if Obama can't take the presure there, would he wither under the concerted full court press of the GOP political attack machine in the general?

    His staff has also been seen frantically trying to do damage control in regards to the Rezko connection – Barack's long time friend who has finally been indicted for fraud, bilking the teachers pension fund, and campaign contributions seeking political pay backs. GOP blogs are already all a buzz, Democrats are too lazy to google.

    TeamClinton is actually playing nice by only bringing up his Reagan remark, the Republicans would go straight for the jugular with Rezko. Most sheeple don't bother to check the facts, they just see the headlines. Remember the GOP operatives full front page plant in 2000 proclaiming GORE LIAR LIAR? The majority of people wouldn't even bat an eye if they were to see that pinned above Hillbillary because they've already seen all their laundry hung out to dry. However imagine "Obama accepts money from long time pal Tony Rezko in exchange for political favors" now press the caps lock.

    CampObama is wasting money in SC where he already has a commanding lead with the African American vote. He needs to save it for Super Tuesday ads.

    January 24, 2008 04:06 am at 4:06 am |
  12. Leah

    I used to think Hillary was okay, if not my favorite person. I thought it exciting we had a woman candidate but now I just can't stand her or Bill - and I used to like him. The two of them are attacking Obama in ways the Republicans attacked the Clintons back in the 1990s. It's just hateful. And nasty. She'll never win the cross-over votes but she'll bring Obama down with her so even he won't get the cross-over votes from Republicans and Independents needed to win. It's beyond the point of whether she'd be a good president or not because she's become what I hate the most: a politician who'll say and do anything, be as nasty and vindictive to get elected. Only I think it is all going to backfire and she'll implode. She might drag Obama down with her by giving the Republicans ammunition to use against him and then we'll wind up with, god forbid, Mitt Romney or John McCain for president. Maybe John Edwards can rise above all this but I don't think his numbers are high enough. I'll vote for Obama if he gets the nomination but I won't vote for anyone if Hillary gets it.

    January 24, 2008 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  13. Canadian

    It is all cofusion in both party races. The clintons are nuerotic about clinging to power. It is time to turf this un-dynamic duo and elect a sensible human being, such as John (the haircut) Edwards.

    January 24, 2008 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  14. The Observer

    My own view is that Clinton and Obama have been playing to different audiences.

    Clinton has always taken the long-term national-wide view whilst Obama has been much more short-termist concentrating on specific primaries and especially in South Carolina.

    The old phrase winning the battle but losing the war comes to mind and I believe that is what is going to happen here.

    Obama will win South Carolina only to lose on Super Duper Tuesday – especially in the big states like California, New York and New Jersey.

    Moreover, Clinton's long-term view is not just to February 5 but beyond – she knows that the GOP machine will throw mud at her and by establishing now that she is a fighter that will put her in a good light for many voters.

    Whilst many voters say they want a unifier the truth is that negative campaigning still works and it is those who come out fighting the hardest that often succeed. Kerry was attacked at the last election and did not respond – he took the "I won't go to their level attitude" – and look how much good it did him. If Clinton wins – and I believe she will – then I don't think that will happen this time.

    January 24, 2008 04:47 am at 4:47 am |
  15. The Observer

    Part of the problem is that the American media have given Obama an easy ride when it comes to analysing his policies – they seem too focussed on the style rather than the substance – they let him away with murder in my opinion.

    January 24, 2008 04:50 am at 4:50 am |
  16. Kingsley

    How is Obama a cry baby? Should he turn the other cheek after being hit in one? The Clintons are fighting the political fight of their lives; and what an effrontery it is 'little, inexperienced' Obama who is threatening to put a pin in the balloon. Ride on Obama, you are on the right track.

    January 24, 2008 05:17 am at 5:17 am |
  17. Xavier, Washington DC

    While I understand his need to rebut Hillary's attacks, I think he is going to lose some voters by continuing to go negative. After all, he started his campaign on the promise of a new kind of politics. Although unwarranted, Hillary has eight years of goodwill to rely on, whereas Obama does not. She can afford to be negative, but the candidate of hope is starting to look just like another politician. Sad.

    January 24, 2008 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
  18. Maeve

    Geesh. Obama was seeming like the bigger person when he was staying above the fray. Now, he looks like just another politician.

    I guess congratulations should go to the Clinton camp. At least they knocked Obama off that pedestal he built for himself and revealed that little halo of his to be made out of only tin foil.

    Now, if only the media would do its job of reporting and lay off the interpretation and spin. They sound like a bunch of frustrated soap opera writers, for pete's sake.

    January 24, 2008 05:34 am at 5:34 am |
  19. Ann Aloha Independent Thinker,PA

    CNN's Darling Candidate is crying foul!!!
    Poor Edwards and Cinton

    January 24, 2008 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  20. Billary is Back

    Check out the comment Hillary made when advising her campaign workers on what actions to in Nevada..this is priceless, "It's not illegal unless they tell you it's illegal." It's the Clinton "proud ot be unethical" roadshow...again!

    Booty Call Bill needs to sit down and take a breath....is it ALWAYS about him? Oh that's right it depends on what is, is... Hillary needs to stand on her own two feet. She is weak and pathetic. I'm so sick of the Clintons..they will say anything and do anything to get elected. Sadly they are supported by people who are too blind to see these two for what they are...dysfunctional, co-dependent and polarizing.

    Our country deserves better..we need a leader with a vision and one who can bring this country together....we deserve better than the Clintons as co-presidents. That is exactly what we would be getting....how frightening is that.

    January 24, 2008 05:44 am at 5:44 am |
  21. Dusacre

    The devil himself can come and vote for Hillary, He may even bring all his armies. All that will not matter. Hillary will not be the next president of the United States.

    Bill Clinton may yell at reporters, he may even bark. All that will not matter. Hillary will not be the next president of the United States.

    Hillary and Bill Clinton may say all kind of lies and use all kind of dirty tactics to destroy their opponents. All that will not matter. Hillary will not be the next president of the United States.

    Marketers and political strategists may repackage Hillary Clinton and sell her to us. All that will not matter. Hillary will not be the next president of the United States.

    All Clinton supporters can vote for her as long as they want. All that will not matter. Hillary will not be the next president of the United States.


    Americans in the vast majority are people with a good judgment. They know and see what the Clintons are.

    January 24, 2008 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  22. Mark, Wilkes Barre PA

    the back and forth attack and retaliation between Obama and Hillary has already sunk them for the general election. Who in there right mind would want 4 to 8 more years of what appears on the surface to be life timers of politics argueing over who's the greatest politician rather than who's the best candidate to lead our nation ???? mean while John Edwards is on the letterman show looking like he's having FUN with this campain. The republicans are shaking hands after events and stating publicly how they are proud of each other for running clean and respectful campains so far into this election. Obama and Clinton have nothing new to offer,,,, If you think its bad now,, wait till the general election comes into full swing. remember what is being said by these two now,, You Will be shocked at how different they sound ( and not in a good way ) in the general election

    January 24, 2008 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  23. Mark, Wilkes Barre PA

    canada EH ! and next time you book a vacation,,, remember,, our beaches are already over- crowded with your neibors as well as all the hotel rooms at Disney World. Please book your next beach vacation at the Bering straight,, Your comments on our nation are about as valued as your rude behavior at our popular vacation sites

    January 24, 2008 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  24. Mark, Wilkes Barre PA

    To the monitor,,, you posted the comment from canada,,,,You really should allow a response comment,,, simply removing " canada eh!'s comment after it was allowed to post for 24 hours and then not allowing my resonse wont due in this case,, every ones oppinion should be valued even outside oppinion,, BUT,, this was way more than just oppinion wasn't it ????

    January 24, 2008 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  25. The HillBillies!

    What you see on the campaign trail is what you will see in the White House if Hillbilly gets elected. Aren't we tired of a President who lies, cheats, misinforms, bullies, and is only for self?? This is the type of president HillBilly will be! Voting for HillBilly is the same as voting for a Republican. I am so sick of their lies!

    South Carolinians I hope you see that HillBilly has deserted you because she thinks she is going to lose. If she really cared she would be there talking to you all instead of leaving it to her husband and child. I hope you can see she does not care about any of you and if she is President she will not care then either.

    January 24, 2008 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
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