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. And everyone said he was different........

    godlesspriest..........can you please tell me what the 'change' is that Senator Obama promotes in his health care proposal? As I see it there are millions now without health insurance and there are a proposed millions that will NOT have health insurance under his proposal................so what is the difference? What is the 'change'?

    February 13, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. Perry

    Again the Clintons are being hipocritical. Shes not even campaigning that much in Wisconsin she already shift her attention to Texas, so why will Wisconsin take her commerical serious. She need to give it up she is contradicting herself

    February 13, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Rick, Maryland

    You call this negative, what a bunch of sissy's, your worse than Obama, this is a clear and simple challenge .
    His people say she can't catch him and that it's over, put that
    so called man's money or delegates where his big mouth
    This will be my last entry because after today I need to find
    a sourse of new's that's not Pro Obama and Anti-Clinton.
    Whar a coward, and people want him to lead this country,
    God help us.

    February 13, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Amy in Iowa

    How can she demand anything when she refuses full disclosure? Show your returns Hillary.

    February 13, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. 2tight

    Thats a shame. Clinton has gone to desperate measures. She's lost this presidential bid and she knows it. I just hope that she bows out gracefully after her last stand in Texas and Ohio, and not get the courts involved over Michagan and Florida. But knowing the Clintons, they will be mud-slinging all the way to the Supreme Court over her life long ambition.

    February 13, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. Patty Don't

    Well i'm just glad i already have health insurance, because honestly if someone came along (ie Hillary) and told me i HAD to pay for it and if i DIDN'T they would MAKE me, i think i would be inclined to armed insurrection.

    OUR country was based on the idea of people choosing for themselves, and historically we have never taken lightly being told we HAVE to do something.

    February 13, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. O-Wait in '08

    What is so interesting is that this is the same person who has gotten up on any number of occasions (60 Minutes, local DC TV I believe) and said, "Sen, Obama has never had a negative campaign ad run against him; he needs to be ready." and now she is running a negative campaign ad against him.

    Now of course, all is fair in love and politics and Obama has run his share of ads about her but don't get up and tout something so hard and be the first person to turn around and do it.

    *ahem Negative radio spots in SC *cough cough negative ads in Wisconsin

    February 13, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. Drew in AR

    Hillary goes negative? Shocking!

    February 13, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. d4obama

    Perhaps Hillary should explain why "the voters of Wisconsin" don't deserve her attention for the next week, and why, in true snaky polititian fashion, she is concentrating on convincing TEXAS voters how much she cares about their issues! This ad is not only going to confirm voter's reservations about Hillary's motives, it will send the message to Superdelegates that Hillary DOES NOT HAVE A WINNING STRATEGY and will not be electable in November. Negative ads are a thing of the past, a reminder of the type of stale politics that we have become disenchanted with. BARACK OBAMA represents this great country's future.
    OBAMA 08

    February 13, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. Bob, Florida - RFO

    18 debates so far, how about reading the issues! They contain far more details and can be found on both candidates web sites.

    Parliament’s have debates where the Governing party debates the Shadow government every week. Plenty of entertainment value but little substance. You can watch the UK government on CSPAN to see what I mean.

    Go Barack '08

    February 13, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. Anderson Imes

    I wish CNN would use the phrases "Take Aim" and "Slams" more. Please? It makes me giggle every time.

    I'm also wondering why Hillary's plan to put a "moratorium" on foreclosures is a good thing... should government really be that involved in the free markets even more than they are? Who thinks this is a good idea? People being foreclosed upon? Are these same people a large voting population? Who is she pandering to here?

    February 13, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. Chitown

    I'd say this is a sign that they're running a little scared in Clintonville. The first one to go negative shows more that s/he has something to fear, rather than her/his confidence is running high.

    February 13, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. Atheist

    Seems to me she feels she deserves the presidency and with that goal slipping away she's becoming a real sore loser.

    February 13, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. Scott

    Billary going negative, no! What a shock! She has negative since she started LOSING. What a sore-loser.

    February 13, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. Max C

    Brilliant! About time she calls him on it.

    February 13, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. Snow White

    Two debates b4 march 4th is more than enough for any sane person to grasp the difference bw the two candidates.Debate everyweek,how desperate can she get.Hillary this is no monarch and u r not entitled to the presidency,u have to earn it.Barck might be skinny but believe me,he!s tough.

    GO BARACK 08

    February 13, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. shamous mc

    This is funny!
    She's criticizing him for not debating her in WI, but where was she last night, Texas...where was he..Wisconsin.
    She's already overlooking WI for the big states "that really matter".
    Instead we have Chelsea going to breakfast with the 21 year old WI superdelegate. Yeah, we know what really matters to Hillary.

    February 13, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. Vincent


    February 13, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. Hope08

    Here we go...

    The whole morning analytics were discussing the possibility of a negative campaign from Hillary. She'd do anything to win.

    February 13, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. Maria

    This country is too blessed to be so stressed, too gifted to be so restricted, and even though everyone cannot be rich, yet no one should be poor. That is why God send Barak Obama. Whom God Bless NO MAN CURSE.

    Have a God Bless Day!

    February 13, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  21. Margaret D

    She has a valid point , mr obama likes "SWEET TALK PEOPLE" but I have not see any facts that he has made a difference in people's life, he is a new senator, no legistaltion that has made a huge difference or any specific plans like for "college students" or health care, or the economy or International relations????
    He is not very patriotic either because he refuses to wear the american flag pin, which most politicians do wear, maybe it sounds petty but yet to me is very significant......
    he has no experience ,he needs to wait to prove that he can be the President of the USA, is a huge job and he is NOT ready for it
    I am independent and I have voted democrat for all past election but this time if he contest is between obama and McCain I will vote for McCain and the rest of the family will too ( 10 +)

    February 13, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  22. RRH

    Clinton goes negetive? Every speech from Obama has been negative and not a word said about it. A guess the rules apply to woman only. Nothing has changed!

    February 13, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. norvef

    It's not because he doesn't want to answer it, it's a strategy in Obama's camp.

    She is asking for a debate because she doesn't have money to spend on more ads, while Obama can has more money than her.

    February 13, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. Mike D

    he's doing the smart thing. the last thing he wants to do is get down in the arkansas mud with her. she will fight tooth and nail to bring him down to her level.

    February 13, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. Tou, Minneapolis

    How many more debates do we need? We already had 17+ Democratic debates I believe. The time is here and now. It's time to woo the voters and explain your plan to the people, to see if the people agree. We don't need back and forth bickering on who has the best idea.

    February 13, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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