February 13th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
13 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. Jenny

    Here's something from the Plain Dealer in Cleveland, OH dated 2/10/08 – they interviewed all candidates (Clinton, McCain, Obama) for 30 minutes and here's their conclusion:

    Clinton sold herself as the best because of her broad voter appeal and her experience dealing with foreign affairs.

    "I am very encouraged and heartened by the support I have," she said. "I think I have work to do. I believe I'm much better positioned than Sen. Obama to take on Sen. McCain. I have no doubt that Sen. McCain and the Republicans will do everything possible to reprise the national security campaign they ran in 2004. I think I have, from my service on the Senate Armed Services Committee with Sen. McCain, a much better opportunity to make the Democratic case for a strong national security."

    Obama's response re: why he would be the best person for the job in terms of foreign policy:

    Among the reasons he said he deserves support: "Given the amount of repair work that has to be done internationally in the wake of the Bush-Cheney administration, I don't think there is anybody else who would signal a clear break from Bush and would receive a more open attitude from the world than me. "If I go to a poor country, I do so with the credibility of someone with having a grandmother who lives in a small village without running water. If I go to a Muslim country, I do so as someone who has lived in a Muslim country for four years as a child and with relatives there . . . credibility overseas directly translates into the ability to mobilize the world around real threats."

    February 13, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. Johnson

    She is the one that doesn't want to debate on MSNBC. There is 2 debates in the past 3 weeks. Thats plenty for everyone. Just because she can't get enough TV time doesn't mean that Obama has to bend of backwards to get her to be on TV.

    February 13, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. godlesspriest

    If there's one thing this election needs, it's more debates. yep.

    February 13, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. Why Bother

    Hillary Clinton seems to be combining the campaign strategies of Mitt Romney with the attack ads, and Rudy Giuliani with the "firewall" of Texas and Ohio. Those two candidates are now out of the race, let's see if she does any better...

    February 13, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. Heather

    Hillary is up to no good! Go Obama. Maybe the people of Wisconsin watched the earlier debates on CNN and they do not like the idea that HIllary will garnish our wages. Just lower the cost and see the amount of people purchasing healthcare increase.

    February 13, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. Chris

    So Hillary has to go negative...does she have Karl Rove on her payroll? It did NOT work in South Carolina...won't work in Wisconsin...

    OBAMA 08!!!!!

    February 13, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. jack

    obama can not go to a debate ,
    cause he has only empty slogans ,
    so how can he debate real issues,'
    evryone knowes it, its no secret,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    February 13, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. mike in mo

    The real hillary is starting to show.This comes off as desperation. Im sure Obama has real answers planned. No person in power makes choices without advisers.

    February 13, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. California Independent

    That's negative? Democrats are such wimps.

    February 13, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. Veronica Ward

    She's going negative already. I don't think it will be a very successful ad anyway and once they debate on Feb. 21st, it will be a mute point.

    February 13, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. ariel

    Let me see if I understand this:the Clinton camp is essentially ignoring the Wisconsin primary in favor of Texas,but wants to gain points for a non-existent debate in Wisconsin?

    February 13, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. Anne Marie

    Again- your slanted reporting isoffensive. If she states he won't debate, isn't this a true statement. Why do you call this negative?? It is your constant portrayal of the issues and how you state them that make all the differnce. Why not state that in her new add, Hillary goes on the offensive, questioning why Obama doesn't want to debate? I am sick and tired of the media and their portrayal of the various candidates. You should at least attempt to be fair in your comments.

    February 13, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. pam Eugene OR

    Why should he debate her now. He has the lead. She will use that time to throw bombs at him.

    February 13, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  14. Confused..........

    You go Hillary!!!! I am interested and I would hope all of Wisconsin is interested. How come he s shunning the opportunity for us to hear him? Maybe he feels like he doesn't need the votes.

    February 13, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. ABC '08

    Read the issues! Both candidates have details on their web sites. If you can't read then you should not be allowed to vote!

    Get a grip America, the Clintons, like platform shoes and elephant pants are part of history. Neither of which are worth repeating!

    ABC '08

    February 13, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. js

    Clinton wanted debates because she is out of money...now she canceled them because she was disrespected by some MSNBC analysts.....you could get whiplash....

    and what do you mean, "goes" negative....was there a specific occasion when she was every positive......

    hill wins we all lose.....I do not like her brand of old mudslinging politics and dragging others down in the mud with her.....she sure plays dirty when she is not crying about something to get votes.....

    February 13, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. Dave

    Of course she's going negative...she's almost done. We all know Hillary wants debates because she's running out of money and it's the only way to get free airtime. The only scary thing is she might be able to get her un-educated base to believe ads like this.

    February 13, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. Tim

    YEAH! Here we go! More bad moves by Hillary to make more people hate her. Maybe she should switch up another campaign manager.

    It's funny how arrogant she was only a few short weeks ago. I am going to enjoy watching her slow demise as things spiral out of her control.

    Obama 08'!

    February 13, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. Becky in Indiana

    Wow, she sure sounds desperate. She should focus more on herself instead of Obama.

    February 13, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  20. John

    Oh boy, let the games begin......I was starting to wonder how long it would take for the QUEEN to go negative, just like her...NEGATIVE....I will pry tonight that she will back out....but I guess I cannot have my cake and eat it to.

    February 13, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  21. Brian

    Surprise! Clinton is desperate for free media now that her campaign is suffocating under financial burdens and she doesn't have any campaign managers left who can dig her out of this mess she's gotten herself into.

    She'd rather spend time giving fake smiles, artificially loud and obnoxious cackles (she calls it a laugh) and stuffy, arrogant smirks while Obama debates her.

    For the record, I used to be a Clinton supporter.

    Obama 08.

    February 13, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  22. Cole

    Well, Obama you need to either answer it or agree to a debate with Sen. Clinton, who evidently is seeking to just get votes. She has paased up some states and gone to others. She is only after votes, not caring truly about the people during this election.

    February 13, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  23. Stacy Clarks, Texas

    Here we go with the negativity...he has agreed to TWO debates. I think people are refreshed by the positivity Obama exudes, and the fact that when he has SO MANY THING against the Clinton he can go negative about, he decided not to. So many people have urged Obama to attack CLinton, but he said no, that he wants to run a positive campaign. If Hillary is so confident abotu what she has, then just promote that positively, not negatively.

    Also, what mroe new thing are we going to hear in the debates?!?!?! How many times have they debated to date?!?!?!?

    im sick of the negativity!!!!

    OBAMA 08!!!

    February 13, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  24. Aimee

    Love it! Bring the heat Hillary! 🙂

    February 13, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. Dissappointed

    She forgot to add that Mr. Obama has debated her 18 times already. Can you really accuse somebody who has agree to debate you 18 times of dodging debates with you?
    Mrs. Clinton, you really will say anything to get elected. How disappointing.

    February 13, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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