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. Denise

    I am throwing the media bias because I used to work in news. No matter who I am for, there is a huge problem going on with CNN. As a Democrat, I turn to CNN for educative news. All I am getting is a strong bias towards a particular candidate on the Democrat ticket. Look at the posts. Who would you vote for? Someone smiling with streamers behind them with big font saying OBAMA WINS Florida. Or the nominee that says Hillary is smearing Obama's campaign. GIVE US THE FACTS CNN. Stop with the whole he did this she did this crap. We need to educate who is out there.

    February 13, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. Tanya

    CNN: Your deep bias against Hillary Clinton is showing. Most every headline in your internet news is negative. Your CNN television cohorts are equally negative, never missing an opportunity to swipe at her. Whether you like her or not, the press has an obligation to report objectively. I think your mail chauvinism is showing, your fear of a female governing our country permeates most of your comments about Hillary Clinton. CNN is definitely not the most trusted name in news!

    February 13, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. NickNasc

    You people are funny

    Obama has no fear of Hillary.

    Obama + TONS of support + Real Deal attitude = BIG$$$$$$
    Hillary + Nasy tactics+Name calling+major loss of her base= NO$$$$$

    She NEEDS the Free publicity that Obama can afford to Pay for.

    Last I saw of them together you Hillary people should be really dissappointed. You REALLY wanted her to rip into him but she didn't. She didn't because she CAN'T. The Man is C_L_E_A_N She will just let her team and people like the ones on this board make up lies that she doesn't have to prove.

    Last I saw them together Obama pulled out her chair for her when it was over like a gentlman and she didn't bother to say thank you.

    That is ALL I need to know about her. ( as if I needed more)

    Sorry folks Hillary is going down in flames and WILL take the party with her if you let her.

    February 13, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. Jeanine G

    "inability to be an effective leader"?

    Are you serious Dani?

    He's leading. Hillary's following. He gains, and she jumps, he wins and she blames (caucuses, black voters, red states..you see its never her fault), He inspires and she fires (shuffling staff like a card shark on a losing streak), He raises more and more money and endorsements, and she loans herself money and cries for sympathy votes.

    An effective leader runs an effective campaign, and Hillary bankedon, heck, she totally convinced HERSELF that she was going to be the nominee, but what she fails to remember is she has to convince everyone else she is the right nominee. And she's failing.

    Obama is not obligated to jump when she says jump in order to give her free advertising. The issues have been debated, they are in the public forum for all to read and he goes over them in his eloguent and inspiring manner which Hillary can't duplicate at his stump appearances.

    He's leading effectively and she isn't.

    February 13, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. patrica denny

    It's a shame that a daughter can not help her mother during a campaign that there is name calling, also Bill was doing his duty of defending his wife, more name calling. I have been following this campaign, who started name calling first, Obama. For god sake don't offend the shining knight. Hillary If I had the MONEY KIDDO I would give it to you to help. The WOMEN are blind now days, Don't they understand we have been slaves longer than the Black man, washing, ironing, raising children and sex, oh yes sex too. Well you may not read this, but if sure may me feel better typing it. GOD BLESS WOMEN.

    February 13, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. Pat

    She will say and do anything to get elected. He's done 18 debates and has 2 more scheduled...the fact that she's screamng about this shows her desparation.

    February 13, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. David

    Obama is already acting cocky and arrogant. Imagine what that would translate into if he was elected President. God forbid Hillary gets elected and the US goes back to the days when the President got standing ovations at the UN. Americans took the risk
    with Bush and look where that led. Choose someone who understands whats at stake. Come on people, Hillary is your best

    February 13, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. Joyce Johnson, TX

    I don't want my check garnished because I decide not to participate with Universal Health Care Plan. Hillary is bitting off more than she can chew. No more debates, besides 18 debates is enough, she had her chance to go after Obama in California, and she did nothing. I do not want to see anymore debates.

    If Obama is the nominated candiate I will vote for him, and if Hillary is the nominated candiate I will vote for her. So Hillary chill on going negative!

    As for McCain, "My Friend", he is not straight talking! McCain is doing and saying anything to be elected. No one is stepping up to the plate and asking what the soliders desire!

    We have givin so much money to an "OIL RICH COUNTRY" And under McCain's watch, he will continue the BUSH Plan to give "AMERICAN'S MONEY", to more foriegn Countries. These OIL RICH COUNTRIES, need to be sending money to "AMERICA", and to all the Slain Soldiers Wives and Children, that have fought this war with honor and their lives....

    The Republican's have done enough to this country! We need to regain the WHITE HOUSE back!

    February 13, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. VS

    I don't see it as negative. It's a truth. He doesn't want to debate, because
    everytime he debates he performs poorly. No more speeches Obama.

    How much protection can the media give him when he gets hit by the Republican machine, is my question. Right now he's the teflon media king.

    February 13, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. Brands

    I read over the comments, and found all kinds of Feminist qualities to the messages supporting Hillary, like all 4 of them. Wishful thinking? Hillary has the plan to bring universal health care (Socialist, borderline Communist idea) and to bring our economy back up.Well, which one is it? You can't do both. You'll overspend billions to get the heath care to work and kill the economy as well as spend alot to get our troops out of there. Huckabee was right about her:

    " There's nothing funny about Hillary Clinton being president. Let me tell you why. If she's president, taxes go up, health care becomes the domain of the government, spending goes out of control, our military loses its morale, and I'm not sure we'll have the courage and the will and the resolve to fight the greatest threat this country's ever faced in Islamofascism."


    February 13, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. cjhults

    What is Obama afraid of? Debates allow us the opportunity to hear both sides of an argument and make an educated decision on who to support. I agree with probably the majority of the nation that we definitely need change – our government is really messed up. Hillary is an agent of change herself and she is OPEN about the things she intends to change. Why won't Obama debate? Is he afraid he'll lose support when she wins the debate? If that's the case, what happens if he ever actually does become the President????

    February 13, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. Ohio for Obama

    She's pathetic, and her whining won't stop what is happening.

    February 13, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. Leslie in NH

    Obama doesn't want to debate Hillary because for all intents and purposes they are the same candidate. He'll (or she'll) have to wait until this election has actual nominated candidates. This was bound to take a down turn for her. When you surround yourself with controversy it does catch up with you. She has had a long ride on this horse.....time to stable the pure egotistical ambition.

    February 13, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. Mo

    Hillary, she very experienced in washington politics and all the corruption that comes with it, she no argument on experienced that he has. Some people are so blind by the popular Clinton name. He does not have to debate her. We already election a popular name president which are the Bushes why was he ever elected President Twice.

    Obama will bring truth change because he has been exposed to decades of corrupted washington politics that has hurt this country so much.

    February 13, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. kimberly

    By him not going face to face it shows that he is a coward and we want him as a our president . Our country has a bunch of people just jumping on the wagon.. People need to do there own research and then pick for them self on who would be the best for our country. A seventeen year old is going to do what there parents tell them and there peers. who gave them the right to vote. Clinton is more educated with our country and he does not have a chance face to face we all know that..

    February 13, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. IndependentThinking

    After 18 debates ... with 2 more on the horizon.

    Does anyone think Clinton needs any more time to contrast her talking points Vs. Obama's talking points?

    Just a quick quiz ...
    1) What's the differences between their healthcare plans ... hint: one has a mandate. One makes it more affordable.
    2) What's their differences on Iraq? ... hint: one voted to authorize the war. One spoke out in opposition of the authorization.

    These debates have been scheduled for how many months ??? Clinton just know figured out the people in Wisconsin only have local TV and must have missed the PREVIOUS 18 and won't be able to catch the NEXT 2. Why wasn't she talking about more debates when she was in the lead ? ? ?

    Because ... Clinton is falling behind and $$$ is getting tight ... She wants some free face time on TV. It's a nice ploy by her ...

    Once again Clinton's are parsing words and playing with the media.

    If can't tell ... I'm an Independent who has crossed over to Obama ... It's time for this country to get on the positive side.

    February 13, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. ed

    Money could be an issue for the Clinton Campaign. Debate is free nationwide advertising at no cost.

    February 13, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. Susan Norton

    I don't consider it negative for Hillary to tell the truth. Why is everyone, including the media, giving Obama such a free ride? Do you think the Republicans will give him a free ride if he wins the nomination? If anyone questions him they get attacked. This arrogance kind of reminds me of the march to war. Americans, particularly democrats, get some critical thinking skills and quit being so easily swayed and superficial. Just because Obama says he is more electable, doesn't make it so. Think about it.

    February 13, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  19. Jason, Denver Co

    I don't want to hear one more debate with the School Mom droning on, and on, and on.

    Guess what Hillary, women are better when it comes to talking. We get it, you win the "talking campaign". Now maybe Barack can focus on meeting the voters.

    Give it a rest Hillary.

    Barack 08

    February 13, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  20. Sharon Brooks

    Clinton 08,
    If Obama can't handle the fire get out of the kitchen. Right now he is like a rock star once he fades away there will be nothing left. Hillary knows where she is going and how to get there. We the people need of the USA needs Her.

    February 13, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. William (Illinois)

    Since when is criticizing a candidate the same thing as "going negative"? The media is so ready to put a nail in Hillary's coffin, and Obama simply can't do any wrong, that every story about her has to have some negative tone. I'm sick of it. I'm also suffering from Obama fatigue. Is this guy really the savior? Or is it that we are so afraid to be critical of him for fear of being labelled "racist" or "dirty politics"? Sorry but that won't cut it in a general election, labelling your opponents criticsm as dirty. This is politics, not shuffleboard, you've got to be able to actually defend your posistions and experience (or lack of both in Obama's case). This is also why McCain will crucify him, and its about time the media actually treated Obama like the politician he is, not our savior.

    February 13, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    How many debates does Hillary want 20 is enough. After all every time Mr. Obama makes a point about his policy Hillary will come out the next day & repeat Mr. Obama's statement. The comments made by Hillary & Bill Clinton in S.C. did for me.

    February 13, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    In desperation, she's acting like a child!

    February 13, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  24. HJ

    People will regret the Obama vote in the long run..

    February 13, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. Justin

    This just makes her look weaker.

    February 13, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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