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. cindy

    It's obvious to me that as the campaign has shown us, whenever Mrs. Clinton's numbers appear shaky or whenever she receives negative coverage or feedback, her approach is to go on the attack and who does she attack, Obama of course. A few days ago (I'm sure it was one of her supporters) the bigger than life headlines read "Obama ignored Hillary". Her campaign managers (with her knowledge) are dirty players and will resort to any tactic they can come up with to attack Obama's character and/or political stance. Today she's playing the whiny female stumpig up and down because Obama won't debate her.

    Mrs. Clinton WILL serve to protect the interest of the wealthy in this country, in that, there should be no doubt. I would rather give Obama the opportunity to prove himself than to hand this position and power over to Mrs. Clinton. Especially since in my estimation, she's played dirty throughout this campaign. He has been a gentleman through and through and that says something.

    February 13, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. john

    I can see how biased CNN is by not posting my comments

    this whole media is playing very safe if they comment on anything what Obama says everybody pulls the race card. so they are afraid of that and being extra nice, why aren't they asking questions about his relationship with with slum lord who just got arrested? if that was something to do with Hillary everybody would have been on her case.

    all you Hillray haters you hate her because she is woman you men are so afraid that women will become president you guys rather vote for a incompetent afro American than capable Women. You all enjoyed health and wealthy 8 years of economy during Clinton years so what what is all your problem? just because this guys picks out few good quotes form JFK and MLK and other famous people doesn't make him teh good leader. He makes a good preacher. YOu will be sorry that voted for Obama.

    February 13, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. Nancy

    What is Obama afraid of? Is he afraid that the voters who watch the debates will decide that Hillary Clinton actually is more than just rhetoric and that she actually has concrete solutions to the problems facing America? I just can't believe that people are stupid enough to place their trust in someone who is so totally inexperienced as Obama certainly is. But why should I be surprised? They're probably the same people who voted for George W. Bush! Go figure!

    February 13, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. Kovsky

    Hillary you will have all the debates you want, as Obamas' Vice President nominee if he lets you.

    February 13, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. C

    That is what I expected for Hillary to do. Start bad mouthing to try to win votes; we in Ohio hate that tactic.

    February 13, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. tanu

    Gosh ! Cant she simply remain dignified and fight it out like a decent person....after all this country does not need a negative person at all, especially so if its demonstrated so many times already.

    Defeat and win are going to be part of any race , someone tell me why cant she be dignified in defeat ? Cant people see what they are in foe incase she gets to the white house.

    February 13, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. Arushi Sharma

    This seems like a pathetic and sad attempt on belhalf of Hillary Clinton. Just because her ratings are low and she's behind on delegates, she lowers her standards and attacks her opponent because she knows that she isn't credible enough to be elected. Thus, she stoops down to make the other person look bad.

    February 13, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. tra

    Hilary is desperate now. She did not think that Obama would beat her socks off. She has no money. She wants free air time. Does she think the people of Wisconsin are ignorant of her devices? I hope Obama beats her in every primary.
    OBAMA 08!!!!!!

    February 13, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. Charm

    Just another typical negative attack by the CNN Obama Machine.

    Why are my comments always get stuck in moderation? How about some fair and unbiased reporting CNN?

    February 13, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. Emma

    Pathetic!
    CNN is doing a great job!, just because Hillory is behind doesn't necessary mean that CNN has preference for Obama!!
    When you're starting to loose just do it with a bit of dignity, Pleaase! and stop blaming other people for your own mistakes! Is that how you are gonna run the country ? by blaming others for you incompetency?

    By the way I've heard that Susan Eisenhower(republican) is indorcing Obama! wow!

    February 13, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. Michael from CO

    The Clinton's are cheesy in Wisconsin--that great!! Desperation is so obvious. She needs free airtime so she won't have to lend her campaign any more money...oh well!!

    February 13, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. Glory

    The American people are tired of dirty politics. We want reality and results. Don't take shots at Obama if you want me to vote for you, tell me about you and the truth. But as we all know honesty has no place in politics. Obama 08!

    February 13, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. CWD Chicago

    I don't know how many of you recall back during last summer when Barack Obama was criticized for being too "professorial" in his delivery of his speeches and his dogged adherence to the issues (He is a Consitutional Law professor at the University of Chicago, remember). Then in the fall he let loose and showed us he can master the issues AND inspire through oratory. Now everyone is complaining that Obama is light on the issues and facts. I agree: 18 debates is more than enough. Please read both of the candidates websites and compare and contrast them for yourself - without CNN's spin.

    February 13, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. Naldo

    Let's see Senator Obama in this blog has been called " A false profit, Fidel Castro, A poor debater, A Sweet Talker, and finally a Killer Wave.

    Come on People, less hate, there's room for you all to participate!!!

    OBAMA O8

    February 13, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. CW

    Since when does having a clue have anything to do with being president? We've had W for 8 years....

    Due to his extremely liberal views, Obama will have no support from the Congress, remember Bill Clinton's first term? If he makes it to office, it'll only be 4 years before we end up with another Repulican.

    Since McCain will be to old then, does that mean we'll end up with Romney or Huckabee? Brrr, that ought to give you the shivers.

    February 13, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. Joyce Francis Jacksonville,, FL

    Not surprised at all!!! The Clintons have slung dirt from the day they introduced themselves to politics in Arkansas and will continue to sling it till they're both dead. I would like to see a fact-solving debate but the questions asked of all candidates by all commentators are bland and never of any substance. When will someone ask all the candidates - are you ready to pardon Border Patrolmen Campion and Ramos if you are elected president? Such a simple question - no one dares ask it of any candidate.

    February 13, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  17. Canadian

    The fact is that Hillary voted for the Iraq war because it was politically expedient for her to do so at the time.

    Barack called her on it - brilliantly in their last debate in fact - and she puts on that s*%t-eating fake smile and contines to try to justify and unjustifiable vote for war.

    They have debated18 times for god's sake. Everyone has seen them numerous times. Don't need anymore debates. Billary is just trying to rack up more free PR since it means they will now have to dip into hers and Bill's very considerable millions to continue to finance her campaign.

    February 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. Thats Right

    Also, toughen up a little people,,,,,,,this is negative? More debates should be held and more positions explained.....WE DESERVE THAT FROM OBAMA.....he speaks well....but in poitics talk is cheap....we do not need another wooer like Bush....we need SUBSTANCE.....be realistic....stop storytelling!!

    February 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. Hillary

    She's right, but it's no use criticizing him. The media will just find a way to call her racist. She just needs to promote herself and not attack him. I think her strategists are sabotoging her. They have given awful advice.

    February 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. Jason

    Hillary followers make me laugh!!! This deal about more debates came out right after Hillary's campaign admitted to having a money crunch. The only reason she wants all of these debates is to get some free publicity.

    Clinton supporters keep drinking the "Clinton Kool-Aid" that she wants these debates to help Americans understand the candidate’s positions better. It is simply a way for her to get where she wants to be at the end. Is that wrong? No you have to compete, but let’s not lose sight at the reasoning.

    Simple question: If roles were reversed and Obama was in the money crunch do you believe Clinton would be asking for these extra debates? Obviously, we will never truly know the answer to this question, but it is my belief that the answer is a resounding NO!! I don’t see her as the type of person that would allow her competition a chance at making a comeback.

    February 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. texas

    Momentum has been an illusory concept in a democratic race. Obama had it for four days after Iowa and then saw Clinton ris up and stop him in New Hamshire. By the time the campaign moved toward South Carolina, it was Obama who badly needed the victory.
    They place the race issue there and they are trying to place another race issue in Texas. African american fell for ,but latinos are not that gullible.

    Texas for Hillary!!

    February 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. Sarah

    I'm beginning to really question my support of Clinton. Obama's message keeps getting stronger, and he's really beginning to talk specifics, like in his speech on the economy today. If Clinton continues to be negative, I may switch my vote. She needs to learn that this will only hurt her.

    February 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. prudence

    Obama is avoiding a debate because he can't do it.
    He has nothing to say.
    He is a false profit.

    As opposed to a "false prophet"?

    I'd take Obama over Hillary any day;in fact, I would take almost anybody over Hillary any day, because Hillary is too arrogant and condescending for my taste. Also, I've had plenty of mean women in my life, and I don't want a mean woman to be my president. And yes, folks, I am a woman.

    February 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. California Independent

    Democrats alive and hating today. I love watching the Democratic party implode.

    Best poll result from last night.... Clinton supporters won't vote for Obama and Obama supporters won't vote for Clinton.

    Obama may win the nomination, but for some reason he just looks like a loser.

    February 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. Falstaff

    To Where's the Beef:
    You have made a mistake on the meaning of "tax credit" and "deduction".
    A $4000 tax credit is taken directly off your tax bill. A deduction reduces the amount of money you must pay takes on. I think you have reversed the meaning of the two.

    Using your .25 percent effective tax rate number, a $4000 tax credit is equivalent to earning roughly $5000. The numbers you quote would be true for a tax deduction, not a tax credit.

    February 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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