February 13th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton goes negative in new ad

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(CNN) - Hillary Clinton is taking aim at Barack Obama in a new Wisconsin television ad for not agreeing to participate in a debate there.

"Both Democratic candidates have been invited to a televised Wisconsin debate," an announcer says in the new 30 second spot. "Hillary Clinton has said yes. Barack Obama hasn't. Maybe he'd prefer to give speeches than have to answer questions."

"Like why Hillary Clinton has the only health care plan that covers every American, and the only economic plan that freezes foreclosures," the announcer continues. "Wisconsin deserves to hear both candidates debate the issues that matter. And that's...not debatable."

The ad is Clinton's latest attempt to put Obama on the defensive over his refusal to debate the New York senator more than twice between Super Tuesday and the crucial March 4 primaries in Ohio and Texas. Clinton, who has been widely praised for her debate performances this campaign season, had proposed one debate a week after Super Tuesday.

The Obama campaign later agreed to two debates - one in Ohio at the end of the month, and a CNN/Univision debate in Austin, Texas next week.

The ad is also a sign the Clinton campaign is still aiming for a strong showing in Wisconsin next Tuesday, despite the fact it is devoting much of its resources to the Ohio and Texas primaries a week later.

Responding to the ad, Obama senioir adviser David Axelrod said, "We've debated 18 times, we're going to debate two more, but we've got other business to do here in terms of meeting voters face to face."

- CNN's Alexander Mooney and Chris Welch

soundoff (1,010 Responses)
  1. rick, pa.

    i wish people would wake up and use their brains. stop letting these news networks decide this election for you. the people who work on them like that annoyingly depressive character WOLF BLITZER are just disgruntled wannabe politicians. those that can, do. those that can't- rant! from everything ive heard and learned. i believe that HILLARY CLINTON is the best candidate. obama is just a black BUSH. telling people what they want to hear. if i hear that word MOMENTUM to describe obama one more time i will throw up! by the way what does that mean anyway?: for the moment? that's what i feel it is all about. for the moment folks!. he cant deliver on his fairy tale. HILLARY CAN!- SHE HAS SOLUTIONS!!!!

    February 13, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  2. BV

    They have had 18 debates. She backed out of one on MSNBC because an anchor made a mean comment, so she had to pout about it (she could have played up her mother role more, had she debated...then she could have loudly stated at the start of the debate her reasoning for initially wanting to back out, Women would have LOVED that). Obama is actually CAMPAIGNING in every state, as opposed to Clinton who has adopted the Brilliant Guiliani strategy of putting all her eggs in one basket.
    Obama has debated her plenty. The American People have responded, and he is now the frontrunner. Two more debates is PLENTY. One before Texas, one before Pennsylvania. Seems fair to me, considering these are the states Hillary needs to win to even have a shot at the Nomination.

    February 13, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. Anna Sacramento, Ca

    If Barack becomes the nominee that is when he needs the magic, if you think he has it now you'd better hope he still has it after the convention when he will need the experience to handle the republicans. I agree with Jimmy! Hillary 2008!

    February 13, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  4. satish

    FOlks...of the obama campaign - I dont see how it is negative? Is there a lie in the ad? Debating in a group 18 odd times, is not the same as going one on one when it is so important to contrast the 2 candidates.
    Senator Obama is obviously a phenomenon and is a great candidate but remember she is not exactly a fool or unworthy...I think ! Besides...it is not that he does not attack her or something! He is a younger politician than she is and is with a cleaner past perhaps –only because he is newer to politics.The vitriol that I see poured against Senator Clinton is saddening. I am sure she is not made of milk and honey but she is not the devil either!!!

    I am a green card holder who unfortunately cannot participate in this election process YET. But i would love to see senator clinton win just to smack the media and press!!! They have lost their sense of objectivity so much that it is depressing. But it is also testimony to the power of the 4th estate. Senator Obama is a good candidate but they make him out to be like some god!!! goodluck to both candidates .....

    February 13, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  5. randy

    Debate or not, the momentum continues, the movement ongoing. You want substance, count the votes! Empty rhetorics...count the delegates! Please, folks, facts are facts. What are you gonna do, imagine they're not real? Wish Obama, and all this energy is somehow false? Again, count the delegates, count the votes. And deal with it!

    February 13, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  6. Brandon

    Obama Magic? Has everyone forgotten that George Bush was headed to Washington in 2001 with the promise to bring everyone together. That he was an outsider who was going to bring CHANGE.? Distaster! Or better yet, Jimmy Carter with his southern charm and his fireside chats. He was overwhelmed and cut off at the knees. How can so many Democrats be so foolish? You can call Hillary an insider but believe me its going to take an insider to undue what this Bush Administration has done.

    February 13, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  7. janene

    Whats so great about Obama? The speeches he gives are words that have already been spoken by JFK and Martin Luther King. These are not his own words. The media finds everything negative about Hillary because if they were to do that with Obama someone would cry discrimination. Wake up people! There is more to Obama than what the eye sees and it is NOT GOOD!

    February 13, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  8. zipo

    Here we go again with Billary negativism and negativity. The shamefull clintons will do and say anything to get attention. CAN'T THEY GET IT? THE 44TH PRESIDENT OF AMERICA Mr. OBAMA, has no time for no productive debates with loser Billary, Senator OBAMA as better to do, meeting voters listening to them and talking to them. Meeting parents, familly members and veterants of the unpopular Iraq war that Billary Clinton voted for to sand Americans DIE FOR A LIE.
    It's clear, Billary Clinton in need of media coverage prefers runing non prodactive debates, runing away from people who are asking her questions about how cruel and cold hearted she is voting for a war to send Americans DIE FOR A LIE. Hillary is running away from families who have their sons, daughters, dads, moms deployed in Iraq, while senator Obama is meeting them and dealing with veterans and mutilated from the WAR SHE VOTED for.
    I wonder if the Clintons know how does it feel to have a partent deployed in Iraq, praying every day that no army personel shows up at your door to bring you a bad news.

    Hillary please get it once for all, go face those families whose members you sent to DIE FOR A LIE, what plan do you have for those IRAQ WAR veterans and thousands of familes who have lost their loved ones? rather than bieng in dire need of media coverage and going negative on OBAMA., tell us how do you feel about the toll of AMERICANS SOLDIERS WHOSE LIVES ARE BEING TAKEN BECAUSE OF WISEDOM AND POLITICAL CALCULATIONS ??????
    Why Americans have to DIE FOR A LIE ? WHY ? WHY ? WHY? can you tell us Why Hillary ?

    February 13, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  9. Mary Jo in Illinois

    I love my country so much and I want what is best for her people. Therefore, I voted for Hillary Clinton and contributed to her campaign. This was the first time that I've ever contributed to anyone's campaign. I honestly do not believe that Mr. Obama is the right person for President at this time. I've done a lot of thinking, listening, and research, and I have come to the conclusion that I will vote for the Republican nominee (probably John McCain) for the first time in my life IF Mr. Obama is nominated. Mary Jo

    February 13, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  10. Lou

    Senator Obama does not have to debate Senator Clinton as often as she wishes. She wants a debate once a week which is unrealistic. It is a fact that he has debated her 18 times and 2 more debates are planned. His position is that he needs to be out amongst the people so that they can get to know him and what his position is on many of the issues. He has stated many times that he is the underdog since the Clintons' have name recognition. I appreciate that he is taking the high road and is not bashing her to the extent that that she want to bash him. Neither candidate should show Desperation by using underhanded tactics and negativity which is a typical trademark of the Clintons'. May the best man win!

    February 13, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
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