February 13th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Clinton goes negative in new ad

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/13/art.clintonad.cnn.jpg caption=" Clinton is taking aim at Obama in a new TV ad."]

(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. RD

    The reason she needs all of these debates is because they are free publicity. Hillary's campaign is failing to keep up with Obama's monumental fundraising efforts, so she can't afford the media and travel costs that Obama can.

    My favorite Hillary-ism is that she gets a better return on investment by focusing on Texas and Ohio, states with a higher delegate count. Last time I checked, she was running for President of the United States, not President of the States with the Most Delegates.

    February 13, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. Deidre

    Here is my question for Hillary supporters who claim EXPERIENCE should be a determining factor for who we choose for president: if Hillary gets the nomination, will you vote for McCain over her in November? Because he certainly has more experience. So if you say no, why? Is it because you think Hillary has better JUDGMENT than McCain? Hillary has really backed herself into a corner here. She has no platform to run against McCain at all. Think about it!!

    February 13, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. almostNov.

    This is game of politics. They all lie. Obama is no different. He is NO angel. I don't trust him to lead our great country. People are going to feel the way they feel. It does not make me wrong.

    Obama has dropped dirty little attacks on Clinton. No big deal. It is part of the game. He goes after her, she goes after him and so on and so on.They are trying win a chance to become the next President. The claws will come out on both sides.
    Obama does not have my support I think he is way overrated. But hey that is me. Obama supporters feel he is the best thing since sliced bread. Good for them.

    February 13, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. Hillary Supporter MD

    It is not true that only uneducated are voting for Obama. It is just the media again taking Obama for a free ride. Most of our offices voted for Hilary. Many of them are engineers, Many other have doble Masters, Most of them have atleast one Master. The information what you are getting is bogus. As one of you have said Obama is attracking young people who are immature, also some of the white men who do not want o vote for a Women. Is this just an male ego? Just wake up and just do not belive in the blank word "Change". He is just giving the blank hopes. Hopes are not enough to eliminate the crisis we are in now. We need an experienced leader. we have heard all Debates and all Obama speeches. People are more vigilant this time. But most of the people are just getting excited and blindly believing in the blank words "Change and Hope". They are not realizing the depth of crisis we are in which needs experienced person to be in the White house. Who is the only one Hilary now.

    February 13, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Clarence

    Hey, I thought Leona Helmsley was dead.... but apparently she's running for the White House.

    February 13, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  6. Grad Student

    This ad doesn't seem negative to me, but anyone who has kept up with the election should know both candidates stances on any issue of interest to them by now. I personally have watched numerous debates including the one-on-one debate and I could tell you each candidates stance on the issues that I find most important in the upcoming election. I think Obama has the better health care plan, and it is also important to me that he has been opposed to the war before it started.

    Many of the Clinton supporters on this blog have claimed that Obama supporters have been brainwashed by a "slick-talking politician" but if that is the case how come Obama is more popular with college grads. As a graduate student, I am educated on this election and in my area or study. Oh, and I voted for Obama.

    February 13, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. Noreen

    Yes, finally Hillary is fighting back and telling it like it is.

    GO HILLARY!!!!!

    February 13, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  8. Iggy

    Hey folks,
    House divided cannot stand. The Clinton camp are not helping the situation but trying to divide the Democratic Party through their magic trick again. This kind of portrayal of Obama as someone who cannot lead is unacceptable. If Mrs. Clinton cannot run a succesful campaign, how can she lead the country. It seems like she is not a good CEO. The truth is, Mr. Obama is an effective leader who can bring the quality of change our nation wants.

    Folks, it takes a strong leader with charisma like Obama to unite this great nation of ours. He his the only person who can bring both Democrats and Republicans to the UNITED WE STAND. GET IT..... CLINTON SUPPORTERS. Come and join OBAMA so that together we can take over the White House. This man can lead us to prosperity again. He is the right person for the job.

    About the debate, people are tired of debates. I think people know already where both candidates stands on the issues. So, no more debate. GO OBAMA 2008.

    February 13, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. Sanji

    Sure, bring on a debate... Who doesn't love seeing Hillary slosh around in the mud as she tries to defend her vote for Iraq! Now that is good t.v.!!!!

    February 13, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. Bill

    Amazing when your back is against the wall old time politics of negative ads coming out. A true political machine at work here. Not quite sure why people want this kind of person in the White House. I think people are beginning to realize that old time politics, big money, and the same out same out won't work. Read the article in the Wall Street Journal, Tues, Feb 12 called, "The Clintons' Terror Pardons". Again, a political move for Hilary back when she was running for NY senator, but pardoning terrorists. Nice job. We want this in the White House again. At least we have a fresh new face to give us hope. I was sad to hear that Hilary decided to go negative. She should have kept up offering what she can offer instead of some corny line about debating when they have already debated 18 times. What more does she have to say? Again, when your back is against the wall the true person comes out. We are seeing what this woman is all about.

    February 13, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. john

    What a shame hillary has to go down this road of attack ads. She is getting pretty desperate.

    February 13, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  12. LeDiva Dallas, TX

    Since CNN had already closed the post on the other link this is from about the stupid media inquire about what Hillary does in her camp (which does not matter to the issue faced by the American people) I'll add it here...

    [QUOTE: Michael February 12, 2008 5:28 pm ET
    Gotta hand it to Obama and his campaign. They hire all of these "paid" bloggers to post in spanish in order to create a false sense of shift within the Latin community. Guess what? Most of us will not fall for this charade. Oh, by the way – Hillary supporters are Latinos and also are educated. And we are voting for her not because of her color, but because of her credentials! Latinos will vote in RECORD numbers for Hillary Rodham Clinton.
    Hillary for President! END QUOTE]

    Michael, so are we to take this to mean that you have been bought? If so, that is ok…because in America you have that right! That’s why educated people seek the truth instead of expecting others to provide it for them. Which are you?

    By the way…this is nothing against Latinos, because their just as many uneducated Blacks, white, and other nationalities, but it is a fact that many NOT ALL BUT MANY of Clinton's supporters are not as educated as Obama's, who typically speaking have more than a High School Diploma. This is America, so you have the right to free speech, but at least speak facts and not regurgitate rhetoric.

    February 13, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. trying to figure it out.

    For those of you that think CNN reports accurately, have you seen the video of Hillary "crying"?

    February 13, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. Scotia

    If Hillary wins the presidential race we will soon be the USS, the United Socialist State. She is one of the most horrible people in the world and I would rather live in Europe than have her as my president.

    February 13, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. Tim

    Going negative with a misleading ad like this just shows desperation not leadership.
    We in Wisconsin are not so stupid that a debate that takes place here has any more meaning than the other debates that have happened elsewhere. People here who wanted to watch a debate have seen one and having a "local" one isn't going to make a difference. She's shoveling this because she needs the press her.
    I saw Chelsea in Madison in a crowd of 600 or so. Then I saw Obama last night with around 17000+. Wisconsin is slipping through her hands and her supporters here can claim it's because of radical students or the African American vote (which is small here) but it does no good to marginalize the groups that don't vote for her.

    February 13, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. Cindy

    Lets get very real here, we as women need to vision ourselves in the most powerful position in the world. Young women should understand the underlying factors she can gain like respect and equal pay. If images and emotions are the key, it shall be; but lets also turn on our minds--"WE NEED A WOMEN AS PRESIDENT AT THIS TIME IN HISTORY." It will send a message through the Middle East they would never forget.

    Sisterhood is live and well!

    February 13, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  17. Leigh

    He can not debate because he has no real answers, just so call CHANGE and YES WE CAN, but never exactly what kind of CHANGE nor a What We CAN DO.

    February 13, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. John Medrano

    I don't see how putting out a television ad stating that Obama hasn't agreed to debate means that Hillary Clinton is "going negative." Let's face it, the media loves Obama. They cow-tow to him and every word that any Clinton speaks is maligned or deliberately misinterpreted. Tim Russert, David Shuster and Chris Matthews are blatant Obama supporters. If you don't believe me, pay attention to how they communicate about Clinton and Obama. There is a definite difference. I'm sick and tired of seeing the Obama backers crying and whining about anything that REMOTELY appears to be negative about him. He will become puppy chow if he is the Democratic nominee – the Republicans will make sure of that. Frankly, if he is the nominee, I will vote for McCain. At least I trust him and know where he stands on the issues even though I don't agree with him on everything.

    February 13, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  19. mary

    What is so negative about debating? Are the Obama people afraid of what they will hear from their rock star? Obama gives the same speech over and over. Tells about the same guy whispering in his ear. What gives? At least when the candidates debate we hear what is inside of them not what the speech writer wrote.

    February 13, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  20. Bernie Moore-Knowles

    Curliss? If Obama is not the nominee – I don't have to vote for McCain, I simply will NOT VOTE. Hillary Clinton does not have a chance against McCain. How could anyone still be buying into the Clinton(s) politics?

    Bernie Moore-Knowles
    Papa'aloa, Hawai'i

    February 13, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  21. Mr. Mind

    I don't think she must agree to a debate in Texas or Ohio. If you watch Obama Camp, they don't like to debate in states they are sure of winning thinking debate must change the minds of voters. However, states they are not sure of such as: Texas, Ohio and Pen. they are willing to debate. It is time to focus on street to street and door to door campaign.

    February 13, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  22. AC

    Barack, you're ahead. Stay on offense!

    February 13, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  23. Natasha

    WOW! Its great to get online and read all the comments and see how people really feel. This ad is not negative but it is missing some key elements. The ad is void of the fact that there have been plenty of debates on the issues. Where she constantly repeats the same thing that she repeats everyday, nothing new we could watch the debate that we tivo'd and get the same message. Can someone explain what people mean when they are looking for substance from Obama? I believe all of the candidates have been open book when it comes to their current view on issues(I hope you know that will change when they become president,) as well as released information to the press about their views. So, if Obama uses his "stump" time to inspire, to motivate people to become part of the process instead of part of problem thats his choice. Hillary choses to use her "stump" time for mini commercials where she repeats the same thing, over and over again, thats her choice and strategy. With the decisive OBAMA wins lately, we can see which strategy is working!!!!!! If you continue to do the same thing, you will continue to get the same results!

    This is sooooo exciting!!!!!!!

    February 13, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  24. John, Pittsburgh

    Future conversation....Hey do you remember when Bill Clinton's wife tried to run for president?

    February 13, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. art4all

    I have a question for Obama
    what country does he want to leave for his two daughters,
    One in which they have the opportunity to one day become president of the united states
    or One where they have the opportunity to marry the president of the united states

    Go Hillary!!!!!

    February 13, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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