February 15th, 2008
03:17 PM ET
13 years ago

Clinton spot: Obama 'hiding behind false attack ads'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/15/art.deservesad.hrc.jpg caption="Sen. Clinton released another ad in Wisconsin Friday."]
(CNN) - On Friday, the newest negative ad hit the airwaves in Wisconsin – the third such spot launched by a Democratic presidential campaign in three days.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign unveiled an ad Wednesday that took aim at Barack Obama for turning down an offer to debate her in Wisconsin before the state’s February 19 primary, tying the decision to his stands on other issues.

Obama’s campaign struck back the next day with a spot that responded to Clinton’s, calling the original ad an instance of "the same old politics of phony charges and false attacks."

Today, Clinton’s campaign debuted ‘Deserves,’ a response to what it called “false attacks” in the Obama spot.

"Barack Obama still won't agree to debate in Wisconsin,” says the announcer in the 30-second ad, which will also air in Wisconsin. “And now he's hiding behind false attack ads.”

The ad criticized Obama’s stands on issues like health care and Social Security, and asked
“Why won’t Barack Obama debate these differences? Wisconsin deserves better.”

The state's voters head to the polls next Tuesday.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (198 Responses)

    People don't trust Hillary she is sooooooo fake Obama is the true President vote for OBAMA. Hillary shame on you who would want a president like you, please take your family and go home you are losing respect everyday when you open your mouth. If she cares about the American people why does ignores the small states? well guess what Hillary that will back fire at you.

    February 15, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. ARundle

    Hillary didn't learn a thing from South Carolina. America is ready for a positive message. We've had enough of Karl Rove and his negative campaigns. WAKE UP. Can't you see that this country is hoping for something better than the last seven years. Vote Hillary =more of the same.

    February 15, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. piecrust

    Elizabeth Smith get real – ". . . give way for a new generation and change the way the business is done in Washington . . ."

    I kept on saying and stressing Barack will not CHANGE Washington (I've lived here forever for godsakes!) Washington will CHANGE him, you guys still don't get it? Be real!!!!

    February 15, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. James H.

    "Barack Obama still won't agree to debate in Wisconsin,” says the announcer in the 30-second ad, which will also air in Wisconsin. “And now he's hiding behind false attack ads.”

    Jesus, we've already had like twenty of them. I don't even want to see another debate at this point.

    February 15, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  5. Art H

    Hah, so Obama will not debate Hillary one-on-one eh ? He certainly has got gifted speech-writers, who write all those rousing speeches for him to deliver, which in turn helps to influence the minds of impressionable voters. I wonder who in the Obama campaign coined such catchy phrases like 'yes we can' and the "change" mantra....that person certainly deserves a raise.

    But when it comes to debating, there is nobody to vet what a candidate says (regardless of the preparation done before the debate), since he/she has to react on his/her feet to his/her opponent. Obviously when delivering a speech, a battery of people get to pore over the speech after the speechwriter writes it and prior to the delivery on stage.

    So this presidential candidate's strength seems to be to regurgitate the ideas of the speech-writers than debate his opponent one-on-one ? America deserves better !

    February 15, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. Rosa Birmingham, AL

    Obama can't win the general election. (Neither can Clinton but I doubt she will get the nomination.) Obama talks a lot but doesn't say anything. Isn't this how we got in trouble with W. Everyone "liked" him even though he didn't have a plan. Also, I'm afraid the Obama supporters are becoming part of some kind of cult of personality. All the hate towards Hillary is not constructive and if you think 4 years of McCain is better than Clinton shine up up your combat boots because we are going to need a lot more people to Invad Iran and then occupy Iraq and Iran for 100 years.

    February 15, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  7. Casy

    I think the same Obama supporter wrote the many negative postings about Clinton. You just changed your name 15-20 times huh?

    Why is it when you point out an inconsistency with him, she is the big bad wolf. When he makes the MANY snipes at her and McCain for that matter, it is ignored?

    Obama has as much substance as a teddy bear.

    People remember this, the Media made Obama. It will be the Media and the Republicans to knock him down–if you think I am talking hot air just wait and see!

    February 15, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. Tesa P

    I think Barack should debate her after she agrees to unseal the paper she wrote in college on civil rights.... while she was a memebr of the young republicans................... I think America deserves better, I think she should stop attacking before a talking skeleton falls out of her closet.

    One Nation....................One Dream..............................

    February 15, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. B

    This is a good ad. I Don't view this as an "attack", it's just stating facts. Problem is... Obama doesn't want to admit the answer to this question. He's AFRAID to debate Hillary because he's not good at policy. Maybe he can give a speech about it.

    February 15, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  10. Sue

    There are two reasons why Hillary wants more debates. One is that since she has the name recognition, it benefits her to divert Barack from meeting the voters and letting them get to know him. That is why she won the big states on Super Tuesday. There was so little time for Barack to visit all areas of the big states. The second reason is she is getting low on funds. Debates give her free air time.

    There have been a total of 18 debates so far. There are two more planned. Enough is enough. This is the Clinton's "politics as usual". Attack and divert.

    February 15, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. Falstaff

    The Clinton style of attack campaigning simply does not work in the age of the Internet. When events and facts can easily be verified by the average person, the Clinton distortions are no longer effective.

    February 15, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. steven/oklahoma

    I see nothing Negative about wanting to debate someone. It appears that is the only way you will hear the REAL issues in this campaign. Obama just falshes his Change banner or says Yes we can. Clinton says she has experience..Let's hear what is important to the American voter....the economy, education, health insurance, medicare, etc.

    February 15, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. Ronaldo

    Shut up Billary!! Because you ran out of money now you wanna get free airtime blabbering the same jibberish"I have experience, I'll be ready on day one." Again I say what experience?...picking your husbands tie and underwear combo for a conference does not a president make....I will be glad when "Billary just fades into the post election sunset.....

    February 15, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. Justice

    South Carolina sent a message to the Clintons when they tried to through race into the campaign. Wisconsin will send a message when they see past these negative attacks, especially since she hasn't even mentioned WI. It's all about OH and TX, right? And the DNC will enforce their own rules when the Clintons have claimed victory in MI and Fl, knowing all along they did not count. Hillary is killing her own political career and just doesn't know it yet.

    February 15, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. Monica

    Its time for the Clinton machine to pack their bags and head for home. Its all over but the crying.

    We are finally seeing the real Hillary..insincere and will say anything to win. If it werent so pathetic, it would be sad.

    Go Obama!

    February 15, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  16. CK Canon

    People, how is it negative (or lying) that Hillary points out in an ad that Obama won't debate her. What "phony charges", what was "false" in her first 30-second spot? Have any of you watched it? It wasn't negative at all - just points out that Obama won't debate her, which is true.

    They have had only had one debate where it was just the two of them. What is Obama afraid of? That all his talk of hope and change are a bunch of hot air?

    I'm sorry, but Obama will never win a general election. The Republicans will run "negative" ads that make you forget all about this nonsense. I used to like Obama, but the the way most of you Obama supporters are talking trash, I want less and less to do with you. This life-long democrat is starting to think of McCain over Obama if it comes to that.

    Hillary '08!!

    February 15, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. KMagnuson

    Some of you love to talk change, but really what change is Obama offering....nothing but nothing, I've seen this man's record for votes, it's ridiculous, he won't be able to pick and choose if he becomes President.

    And why would anyone want someone who can just talk, if I want talk I'll listen to the radio. I want action and someone honest...that's not Obama. Man hides behind his wife, his color and the word CHANGE.

    He's even backed off his timetable for Iraq, he doesn't get called on anything by anyone, because he can just cry racism...let those who actually care about the US and it's citizens vote, the rest of you stay home.

    February 15, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. H


    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 15, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. Dennis

    We do not need a bonehead as Obama at the White House, we need somebody like Senator Clinton, she delivered in the state of NY and she will continue delivering for all Americans, WAKE UP GUYS, Obama is not the choice, Obama does not have the experience he needs to lead this country, after what G.W. Bush have ruined our country, do you want a bonehead to lead the country? If the choice is Obama it will be a total disaster, from the economy, to the war, to the environment, and maybe the ganster from Chicago will be free without a trial, Just analyze the bill he proposed to help the poor countries of the world, it will cost the USA $847 B per year, are you out of your mind???? GO HILLARY CLINTON, the BEST CHOICE, she is IN TO WIN and will WIN BIG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 15, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. Serge

    The Clinton campaign is just plain DISGUSTING right now. She should have the grace to campaign with integrity, but her win at all cost mentality has, in my eyes, cost her greatly. The more she opens her mouth, the more I stand behind the poised, charismatic leader that is Obama.

    February 15, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. Les

    Oh, why would Obama debate the stupidity of forcing people to join the national health care plan or pay a fine for not doing so versus making an affordable plan that will make all Americans want to join. Get a life Hillary, your plan is ridiculous and you are ridiculous.

    February 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. H


    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. Jazz

    Hillary is scheduled to be in Wisconsin this saturday until the election.
    Eight years ago we were promised change and unity instead of division of the population. To paraphrase Reagen, are you better off now than you were eight years ago? Think about it!

    February 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  24. yak

    Hillary has out-debated Obama before. He has no plan and is inexperienced compared to Hillary. If he wins, this is Bush all over again. This is America. Whatd you expect? People here are dumb.

    February 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  25. William, Baltimore

    Great plan. The negative approach backfired so violently in South Carolina that HRC lost all momentum. Sooo ... try it again and maybe this time it will work.

    Kind of sounds like our current Iraq policy.

    These long national contests work better than I thought - we get to see what the candidates are really made of. Say good night, Hillary.

    February 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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