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. suzy

    So she's defending herself and it's ALWAYS viewed as negative – he does it and it's considered positive.
    Why don't all of you at CNN and MSNBC go ahead and suck his .... because that's what you really want to do.

    February 13, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. chris-seattle

    art- the beef is in the 8 wins during the past week. the real question is when i hillary going to get out of the way so obama can focus on the real race. the longer she stays in the race, the more she hurts the american voter she claims to care about. the message is loud and it is very clear, America doesn't want to go back to the Clinton's. She needs to bite her lip, go back to work and start the divorce proceedings with Bill.

    February 13, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. Daniel Stevens

    Oh, I kind of have to agree with another poster. This is hardly what I would call negative. I mean it is negative but not really all that bad.

    I am FOR Barack Obama, not really against Hillary Clinton.

    February 13, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. michael, ny

    Mrs. Clinton, cant you make your case alone?

    February 13, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. Justin

    Let her go negative, it just blows up in her face anyways. Remember South Carolina? As Chris Matthews would say: HA!!!


    February 13, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. Dave- Mankato, MN

    I like how the Clinton campaign is really showing desperation after losing every primary and caucus after Super Tuesday...It really goes to show she will take anything out of context just to win votes. This is the kinda sleaze I would like to have seen taken out of politics. I am so sick of attack ads. Obama '08!

    February 13, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. Iris, IN

    People, wake up!!!

    The media is totally slanting toward Obama, period. Bill's campaign manager from 92 endorses Obama and it makes the headlines. John Glenn endorsed Hillary YESTERDAY and we've still yet to see it make a headline ANYWHERE! Seriously here, do you vote with the issues, or do you vote with who's more popular?

    If you wish to vote flashy and empty, go with Obama. If you wish to vote for someone who cares about the issues that Americans face and who has answers and substance, vote Hillary!

    Hillary in '08!!!

    February 13, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. Maria

    I watched the movie 'sicko' last night and changed my vote to Hillary.

    Universal Health Care is the only way to go if America wants their livelihood back. She is the only one that can get us there. Please stop the greed and the trillion dollar profits for HMO's, Pharmacuticals, and Insurance Companies.

    February 13, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. Kevin (Jonesboro, GA)

    Why should Barack jump just because Hillary said so?! If she was truly interested in wisconsin, she would have gone there instead of jumping over their primary next week and flying on to Texas. Boy, her campaign is starting to reek of DESPARATION!!!

    February 13, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Brigitte F.

    As there are only Obama and Hillary standing we sure need them to debate with each other.
    What is the problem with Obama? Is he afraid? I'm tired of Obama's Fairy tale speeches.
    No one can say anything negative about Obama...it's called raciast
    right away, but they can say anything about Hillary...?
    We don't need a Rock Star for a President, we need a person with experience and that is Hillary. Why can't we as American's except a woman in Power?
    Do we want to continue to believe in FAIRY TALES???
    Is that, why so many people are in trouble finacially, running up credit cards, buying homes they know they can't afford to make payments on?
    Well, we better get real...
    Now I know what Bill Clinton meant ...about a FAIRY-TALES
    Go Hillary Go....don't give up !!!

    February 13, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. Maryland Forever

    Who needs attack ads in Wisconsin, when you have Gov. Rendell in PA to do your dirty work?

    February 13, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. JO

    Obama is nothing but hot air. He has all these plans but we never hear just how he will implement them. Save the USA and the World !! Right !!

    February 13, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. thehourpast

    She is as transparent as scotch tape. I was amazed at the American public's naiveté to the criminal we now call our commander in chief. I wanted to have faith in my fellow Americans, but Hilary Clinton is vindictive, insincere, ego-centric, and untrustworthy and I believe the Hilary supporters that believe in this type of campaign are as naive as the voters that gave GWB another four years. Good job guys, can't wait for you to try to do it again.

    If she was interested in ending what we have known for the last miserable eight years of our country's history and she was a true blue, she would be interested in the best interest of the party to ensure that Mr. "100 Year War" does not come remotely close to winning. But the ego-centric. political machine we have all come to know and despise, with her politics of the moment, cannot bow down to anyone else or respect her counterpart in this race. That is too "noble" of an idea for a woman of her caliber.

    Obama '08

    February 13, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. Vic

    To paraphrase the legendry Ronald Regan: "There she goes again..."

    Hillary Clinton apparently can't win fairly so it's time to dip once again into the now famous bag of Clintonian dirty politics. Is she planning to set her Pit Bull husband loose again too? Hey Bill, anymore Jessie Jackson comments about Obama's marginal appeal?

    The Clinton's are famous for shady politics – which simply goes to show... "You can paint the spots on a lepard, but you can't change the lepard!"

    February 13, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. Rod Allan

    He has 2 more debates scheduled and he has already debated her several times on national tv.
    Clinton is trying to stall him from meeting the people.

    February 13, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. Dave

    Is this the best she's got?

    February 13, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. Billary

    Hillary's response to Obama's victories are as follows:

    Caucuses victories: My voters can't make it to the caucuses. They don't count
    Primaries: Winning a primary from a red state doesn't mean anything. Small blue states doesn't represent America. They don't count
    Big Blue State victories: They don't mean anything since they are not CA or NY. They don't count
    8-0 : Doesn't mean anything since we really don't care what the people of these 8 states think. They don't count
    Virginia: Really are you sure that we already had elections in
    Virginia???. Well if we failed to acknowledge it then they don't count.
    Losing 21 states to Obama: Well we have a safety net in TX and OH
    Obama cutting into her Latino voters: They are young and naive. They don't know any better. They don't count
    Older voters in Virginia who voted for Obama: They are too old to think for themselves. They don't count
    White males for Obama: They are sexest . They don't count
    Women for Obama: They are new to the idea of a female President. They don't count
    After losing TX and OH I think the line would be: PA is the only State in the union that should decide who the winner is. For the rest of the 49, states they don't count!!!

    February 13, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. Janis

    I guess Hillary's new campaign manager speaks the language of "nasty" and Hillary agrees with that. My first thought when I read this was, how hypocritical, she's talking about herself. She ignored speaking about the Potomac Primaries last night. This was so disrespetful to those who braved the cold weather to go out and vote for her, knowing full well she was going to lose, but wanting to exercise their American right to vote. If Hillary keeps up this nasty campaign, the Dem Party will desert her because if the Dems are busy fighting and defending, the Republicans will get elected. Hillary is evil and even those who barely pay attention to politics are beginning to see her true colors.

    February 13, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  19. paul

    What kind of mud slinging is Hilliary doing ?–everytime someone tries to tell the truth about Obama-he starts to cry–grow up little boy–what do you think the republicans are going to do–welcome you with open arms??

    February 13, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. kaseam

    this is funny. Hillary is done. Go back to NY.

    February 13, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. Rick in Florida

    I'm an Independent. My wife is Republican. If Obama gets the nod,
    we'll both vote for him. If its Hillary, we'll both vote for McCain. There
    are millions more just like us. Should be a no-brainer for the Dems.

    February 13, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. LJ

    Reading the responses from the Obama cult followers is equally amazing! They seem better able to articulate their perception of eveything negative about Hillary and not one word of why support Obama!
    It isnt easy articulating and quantifying how Yes We Can gets us national health care! No wonder you are bashing her!
    Hillary 08

    Laura NY

    February 13, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  23. Jarvis, Milwaukee, WI

    larry buchas, new britain, ct February 13th, 2008 12:32 pm ET

    What's more important, another debate or the candidates meeting the voters?

    I think the public would rather participate in the latter.

    Debates & meeting the voters, through a canned speech are NOT mutually exclusive!

    February 13, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. keli

    Do you really want to see another debate where the candidates say the same thing over and over again just like in all previous debates, not to mention in their speeches? They're boring now.

    February 13, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  25. matt hardeman UK

    "We've debated 18 times, were gonna debate two more, but we've got other business to do here in terms of meeting voters face to face."

    doesn't sound like a very capable 'commander in chief' to me. scary.

    February 13, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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