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. bob

    IN HIS SPEECH THERE ARE NO ANSWERS , BUT IN A DEBATE
    THERE COULD BE QUESTIONS .

    February 13, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. kevin from alaska

    To all the Hillary supporters threatening to vote for McCain if Obama wins:

    If you truly cared about ending the War in Iraq and pulling back Bush's tax cuts for the ridiculously wealthy and getting more affordable healthcare you would NOT vote for McCain.

    Stay home or vote for Nader if he runs, but to vote for the other guy because you're candidate lost is.... well, you're the one has to justify your vote whenever a US soldier comes home in a body bag.

    February 13, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. Mike

    The only thing missing from the CNN website is a link to donate to the Obama campaign. It's ridiculous that CNN is allowed to be this biased, and not called on violating campaign finance laws. Whatever happened to objective reporting.

    February 13, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. The Truth

    Obama is avoiding debates, running like a chicken, stuttering when placed on the spotlight......running from the facts. What are you hinding? People want to know the truth. Is this going to be your reaction to world leaders? Just plain ignorance? Yea, that sounds about right. Listen to your wife who did not want you to run in the first place. You just don't have the experience baby! Just another wanna-be-president Bush!

    February 13, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. Jason Smith

    Hillary cannot win the election by conducting herself as a lady and a senator. She has to revert to her methods as a politician.

    That is exactly what we want and need to get rid of. POLITICIANS!
    She is bleeding from his success and the only thing a hurt dog, and a female one I might add, knows how to do when hurt is bite and fight dirty.

    Take a good look at Hillary and her upcoming conduct. If you FOCUS on her, you would see that all you get is a polarizing politician. She will never make it to the White House. Obama would not even allow her to clean the toilets. She doesn't keep the one under her nose clean, how could she clean one in the floor?!

    I cannot stand her or what she stands as a reminder of. A corrupt and immoral Presidency. She is evil.

    February 13, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. Alex , N.C.

    Man I tell you it has gotten worse for Hillary, now the media is mixing neg. ad's with facts. He didn't want to debate, reason being is he is terrible when it comes to issues, other then saying one word-Change. Come on people aren't you getting tired of that word, are you so blind as to not even care about the issues. That ad is about as negative as a produce stand at a fruit market.

    Go Girl, get it on because we know he isn't.

    February 13, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Carol

    Remember dear Chistopher, people lie, even Barack Obama, but maybe your too young to realize that. Even well educated people like myself in exit polls, because, the media plays into it. If your going to play with the big boys and girls you better have a stomach for it. Now that i'm thinking about it, the younger geration never fails, everyone is a winner and everyone gets a trophie. Now don't go crying to mommy Oprha.

    February 13, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. Mo

    Tell the Clintons stop hiding their sercets in the Presidential Library that's something to Debate about. Lets see what experience she is claiming.

    February 13, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. HJ

    All this going back and forth about Obama and Clinton is a waste of time as the Republicans will keep the house till 2025 and maybe more..

    February 13, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. Joe

    Hillary is the better debater. They should have more debates now. Enough of Obama's "Need a Change" speeches. When it comes to substance, the debates always show his lack of substance and knowlege as compared to Hillary.

    February 13, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. Oprah CA

    Let pop and rock star Obama leads this country for hope and change in world.
    American will go wei-wei.
    Obama, you just like rising sun in the morning. We are sun followers and follow the sun. You give us your great speachs and make us live or die for you.
    Oh Obama, you are rising pop star and make us high and do not need using druges.
    Oh, my sunny boy, my big son, my brother, my hope, and my change.

    Call 911 we need Doctors here.
    Sorry we only have one named OBAMA.

    February 13, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. Tom (Philadelphia)

    Debate or no debate he has debated her before. . .end of conversation. He has two more coming and near two big states Ohio and Texas. Do you think someone who is scared to debate her would do it before her supposed in the basket, firewalls. I only have one thing to say for Ohio and Wisconsin voters(not so much Texas) NAFTA. Obama/Gore 2008!

    February 13, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. Travis Rail

    Clap – Clap – Point – Point

    February 13, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. Julie in Boston

    it is not like anyone believes a word out of Hillary's mouth, anyway.....

    February 13, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. Lynn - Alhambra, CA

    Confused...if you want to hear his positions, then go to a rally or town hall meeting!

    Because Hillary wants a debate, he has to stop campaigning to give her free air time? He will not let her be in control of the situation! If she wants to get her message heard, then go to Wisconsin earlier than Saturday!

    For her to dismiss Saturday's wins just proves that she is divisive and will to say anything to win or get votes. Remember one thing, if you are to win the nomination, those states WILL remember your comments! She needs to stop relying on the BIG states to get her delegates...we all know how that turned out!

    February 13, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. kevin from alaska

    If Clinton did so well in the first 18 debates.... how comes she's still losing?

    February 13, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. ObamaSUPPORTER

    Hillary is broke. What else should we expect??? We should use anything to stop the momentum Obama has.

    February 13, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  18. nashville news

    obama is the clear choice for 2008. period. end of story.

    February 13, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. Shun

    For those of you too ignorant to do your own research on the candidates plans for the future...

    But, instead want it to be force fed to you directly from the candidate OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

    Why not just simply visit Obama's website?

    All his plans and stands on issues are THERE for FREE.

    Hillary would be better off if she didn't have to waste campaign money to tell her "poor" and "uneducated" base the same things over and over again....

    I mean... they have net connections... its obvious from the uneducated post from some of her supporters.

    February 13, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  20. R Casey

    Exactly why Clinton's now losing...we all knew she's go negative soon enough. She doesn't understand why Obama has caught fire...he's staying positive about the campaign, the issues and the country's future. There will be no counterattack. That's what America wants: a positive discussion on the future.

    February 13, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  21. Ken

    The reason that Obama will not debate Hillary is because he would have to answer to exactly how he can make the changes that he is promising. Obama DOES NOT have the talent, skills, knowledge or the experience to make the changes. He is only talking a good story, and there are enough BLIND people following the "Pied Piper"!

    WAKE UP AMERICA! We ALL need to get behind Hillary and push her over the finish line, so that the one WITH the talent, skills, knowledge and experience to start making the changes that she is promising, starting from day one!

    WE DON'T WANT A "ROOKIE" PRESIDENT! THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE WILL GET IF OBAMA IS ELECTED!

    February 13, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. Shelly

    Every candidate is entitled to pick a winning strategy.
    Obama's campaign has every right to chose whether or not he will debate her. He is not obligated to bend to her needs. And yes, she is VERY desperate.
    Keep up the negativity Hillary, it is great for Obama.
    Go Obama!!

    February 13, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  23. Shabbar

    Hilliary Clinton is so desparate right now. President Obama (how awesome does that sound!!!) agreed to 2 debates in 3 weeks which is more than enough. Hillary should withdraw from the race based solely on the fact that after 17-18 debates people are still on buying into her agenda for the country. In fact, her popularity is continuing downward. Also, she claims to speak for the blue collar worker yet she is trying to buy the election by loaning her campaign $5 million of her won money. As a citizen, I find that highly offensive. Can a blue collar worker relate to that? I don't think so. The handwriting is on the wall but the Clintons have such huge egos that they can't see it yet. Say good bye and good night to the Bushes and the Clintons. Thank God!

    February 13, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  24. Yellow Dog Democrat

    As I read this Blog I am truly sickened of the remarks
    My Vote will be Democrat NO matter Who's Name is on the Ticket

    Both Candidates want to throw around the Word CHANGE
    or how people need to get together on doing what is right for all Americans
    what is wrong with straight answer for either Party on these Questions
    double talk and cheap shots is not where this party needs to be
    CNN needs to get in the middle and quit leaning to one side or the other just my opinion
    or put some one on the air who will (Lou Dobbs he seems neutral)
    I would love to here that CHANGE means
    the first day on the Job our NEW president will be
    getting the big Business, Insurance ,Oil companies
    and the sort out of my back pocket
    WE need RELIEF not LIP SERVICE
    rsb
    Tx

    February 13, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  25. Leedy

    Hillary has sanked to a new LOW!! She is saying anything to make Obama seems incompetent and not worthy of the votes he has and will continue to receive. I think she has ran out of strategies. The bottom line is that Obama is a refreshing change and everyone Black, White, Latino, African American, and Asian American have embraced the thought of change in America.

    February 13, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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