February 13th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
14 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. MD

    CNN – thanks for not posting my comment NOT!
    Just trying to educate the voting public regarding both candidates health care plan – of course since the article I found had a 'pro' Clinton stance you refuse to post it.

    Nice.

    Journalism in the US no longer exists –

    February 13, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Rod

    I should not be paying tax dollars to bail out people because they were stupid enough to buy a home and accept a payment they could not handle. There is a personal responsibility problem in this country. No one should spend money they haven't earned or worked for. The whole idea that I have to bail you out because you were too stupid to know you couldn't actually afford something is absurd.

    February 13, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. LeDiva Dallas, TX

    Susanne T – Because he does not have too, he's leading.

    Unknown – If the people's vote are so easily swayed than how valid were they to begin with.

    If you know the truth, nothing can sway you from it!

    February 13, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. Mia, Stafford, VA

    Shari feel free to go the the Library of Congress website and see what the junior Senator from IL has done compared to Senator Cinton.

    February 13, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. Jack

    That statement in the ad is not negative. It true. Obama and the media have stole this election, but yet Obama can not make clear answers and the media refuses to ask.

    Yes, we had 18 debates, but only one that featured the last two standing. They should debate.

    February 13, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. obama'08

    Imagine that... Hillary goes negative!!! Who would've guessed... obama and hillary have debated 18 times already! she just wants free air time because she has NO money! she just uses her husband for votes also..

    GO OBAMA!

    February 13, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. Millie watson

    i've just had all my cohesive arguments blocked by cnn. funny how its always the ones that question obama's new 'legend' status.

    i think it's transparant, obscene, and deceptive,

    Its at moments like this you write things off. like CNN, for example?

    February 13, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. Dee from Texas

    Hilliary, do you need to cry again on TV. Buy your own time to cry!

    February 13, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. Don

    Barack Obama on abortion

    On Roe v. Wade
    Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has said a woman's right to decide how many children to have and when is one of the nation's most fundamental freedoms. Obama opposes a constitutional amendment or federal law banning abortion.

    At a forum in July conducted by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Obama implied that he would appoint Supreme Court nominees who support Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision legalizing abortion.

    "With one more vacancy on the court, we could be looking at a majority hostile to a woman's fundamental right to choose for the first time since Roe v. Wade, and that is what is at stake in this election," Obama said. "It is time for a different attitude in the White House. It is time for a different attitude in the Supreme Court."

    February 13, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. June for Hillary

    One of the pundits on MSNBC finally told the truth last night. He said every time he asked Obama's supporters to name one of Obama's accomplishment in the past that earned their support, those people just said "ugh,.." couldn't name a thing. That should tell you what kind of supporters Obama has. So sad. I am scared for the future of our country. Eight years of Bush is bad enough, we cannot afford to gamble for another four years. Please be practical and come to your senses and vote for Hillary has positioned herself well with solid plans, policies and goals to bring our country forward!!
    I have a lot of dreams and hope, but I need Hillary to make them come true as she is a doer and workhorse.

    February 13, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. TMll

    The more debates Hillary can get lined up, the more exposure
    she gets at someone else's expense. There has been 18 debates
    to date, and most of them cover the same dialogues. In the beginning of course there were more candidates, but at the end of the day
    the majority of voting Americans have figured out the positions of
    the last two candidates. Moreover we are seeing more and more
    what happens when things don't go right, or do go wrong with a candidates campaign. Heads role. In a more sophisticated kind of way. In most work enviornments if you're going to be fired they usually give you the opportunity to 'resign' to keep the firing off the record.
    That just happened in this election process. Did you recognize it???
    So with all the back and forth, let's make a choice and vote. Or,
    exercise your right not to excercise your vote. That is what we
    Americans have the power to do. Thank you.

    February 13, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. Joyce

    Obama has policy and he has stated how his policy will work at several locations. How would you know if you are a Hillary supporter. You people act like he will be sitting up in the white house learning what to do as days go by. It's not like that. It is not like training on the job. Educate yourself about the responsibilities of the Presidency before you express yourself. Bill Clinton had just as much experience as Obama does. Besides, he wil surround himself with experienced people to balance his good judgement.

    February 13, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. CHASE

    The questions have already been answered! I'm not against Clinton but I feel like since her money is short she is trying to get some free air time. Obama is not just making speeches......he's answered the questions 18 times.

    Change is upon us.......finally.

    Obama 08!!!

    February 13, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. Phyllis, Dallas, TX

    People say that Sen. Obama attacks Hillary. He has never attacked her or her husband when there were times that I believe he should have.

    Comparing your proposals is not attacking. Showing the differences is not attacking. BUT saying something that is just false is not only negative attacking but a sign of desperation.

    We all knew that the clinton's would show their true colors eventually.

    Just as Billary would have, Sen. Obama does not have to accept all the debates that she is deparately looking for. Why help your opponent when you are leading. Sen. Obama is not a fool.......Billary just thinks he is.

    Yesterday showed they need to do something..............the dirty tricks and lies have started from the clinton side.

    February 13, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  15. Raoul

    Obama has provided answers and plans for those who are actually willing and open minded enough to listen. Once someone pulls the blindfold off their face, they are able to see that Obama's plans are more practical and feasible. Furthermore, none of his plans will penalize those who do not wish to participate.

    There are two more debates planned. That is enough. Hillary is running out of funds, support, and effective tactics. She has shown time and time again to be willing to distort facts. That alone invalidates her credibility.

    February 13, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  16. Ratgurl

    Joe NJ – Are you planning to have an abortion soon? Seriously, where do you Billarybots get this stuff?

    February 13, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  17. Bill Jay

    To all that are sick of CNN......CNN has be against Hillary, just
    read between the lines. However CNN is run by a bunch of men,
    and would not like to see a women become President. So sad.
    The women of America need to wake up, women do a much better job when it comes to keeping their houses in order. I think Hillary
    would do an excellent job at the White House. CNN does not want
    that.

    February 13, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. Experience?

    Why does everyone tout Sen Clinton's experience?

    I wouldn't trust a brain surgeon's wife to operate on me or a pilot's wife to fly my plane.

    I'll give her credit with being around the process and near the process. But isn't that the process we all hate? Wouldn't you want someone outside the process?

    What about being a lawyer elected to DC makes one qualified to lead a country?

    Is anyone really "Ready on Day 1?" Character is what makes someone ready. Not experiences in DC – "Fanatasyland"

    If being in DC makes you ready for the job of president then lets elect Ted Kennedy or Ted Stevens…how in touch with the real people do you think they are?

    February 13, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. LeDiva Dallas, TX

    Rebecca and to all other's with issues about why Obama will not vote:

    The reality is...McCain, Huckabee, Hillary and Obama are all speaking promises. Until they make it to office and work with Congress nothing is a fact. So look at their records and make an educated decision!

    You won't to do away with the Electoral College...then become educated voters so we want have approx. 8,000 electors deciding for you!

    February 13, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. Millie watson

    oh my god they deleted all my earlier ones too.

    CNN YOU ARE SICK!!!!!!!!!!

    how about CNN-KGB? think that works better.

    February 13, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  21. Delta Dave

    Face-time with voters or face-time with Clinton – is there any comparison? It will be the voters he has met and been able to influence in person that will elect him. To listen to La Clinton say one more time that she will make a better "commander-in-chief" – no thanks. Is this woman a dominatrix or something ? The only reason she wants more debates is to get free air-time. When you are running out of money you have to grab anything free that is going past your downward-sliding campaign.

    February 13, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  22. John

    It's about time Barak gets asked some hard questions. Side by side he looks like a novice when compared to Hillary. Go Hillary. Pennsylvania loves you.

    February 13, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  23. Beatrice

    Obama does not need to participate in debates with Hillary.
    He does a lot better meeting people directly, so they can
    appreciate how honest, sincere, enthusiastic, and brilliant
    he is.
    In debates, she talks about her experience, she forgets to say
    how wrong she was from day one.....
    Hillary is the PAST, Obama is the FUTURE!

    February 13, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. SFLou

    Who needs a debate? By now you have formed an opinion of her- she's been in the public eye for over 15 years! If you want to learn about a candidate you read it on the website, at least what most info seeking people do. If you're not so internet savvy, you may get your info from local newspapers & tv- in which case campaigning in-state is the only way to get someone's attention.... My poor mom, lives in Chicago and had never heard for Obama. She said she'd vote for Hillary cause she's gone through so much and seems smart. BAM that's how people decide. Not because of debates.... another thing, the Clintons didn't expect to have to work on securing the votes. They thought the machine in the democratic party would allow them to just get the nomination without a challege. hah hah hah. I hope Obama wins! Go OBAMA Go

    February 13, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. Brian Carroll

    Here something the Press or Hillary is not pointing out. Her health care plan "forces" everyone to have health care if they wanted it or not. Weather they can afford it or not. Weather their religion rejects it or not. When are other politicial going to stop with the absolutes. "NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND", "HEALTH CARE FOR ALL", "EMPLOYMENT FOR ALL" are all fantasies. First, some people choose (right or wrong) not to want to learn, or get health care, or work for a living. Second, the government can not give these things a gifts. A person needs to want them and have them available and that what Barack seems to be saying.

    February 13, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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