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)
  1. TX 4 Hillary

    there are only one to one debate, and in that debate , I did not see obama even talk smoothly

    Mr. hope Mr. Change, Only live debate shows the true ability.

    February 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. ad

    why is it that every time Hillary opens her mouth these days I feel like I'm being thrown back into my kindergarten days? Hillary had her chance to get her point across and she lost...she lost. Now, it's just whining. Even her speeches in front of her constituents seem that she's whining. In the debates she was whining. She is just a whiner and it makes her appear like she's a nagging old wife. God, she makes me want to turn her off...completely.

    February 15, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. Ca Native

    Obama would be WISE to keep his campaign positive and not respond (in ads) to Hillary. His campaign spokesman should call-out Hillary going negative and continue asking the voters if they want Hope and Inspiration or the same-old negative campaigning that Hillary offers.

    Hope trumps negativity.

    February 15, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. Frank

    Laughable ... Does Billary think that all of the United States is stupid enough to fall for that ?

    Just as a reminder ... you may win this battle but you will lose the war in November ! I'll not be rewarding this crap with my vote in a general election!

    If I want to reward 'good' attack ads, I'll vote Republican. They are waiting to throw all the Clinton-Dirt at you, Billary.

    Nope ... Billary won't get my vote anymore. Not now, not in November.

    February 15, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. David

    Now Hillary's attack machine is geared up. attack on many fronts . it is a do or die situation. Go baby
    Hillary 08

    February 15, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. R. Fogle Houston, TX

    Hillary Clinton has lowered herself to a level that sickens me as a voter. She's being incredibly hypocritical and misleading, and I think the average voter is turned off by her tactics. She'll do and say anything to get elected, as an Obama supporter, I was going to vote for her if she got the democratic nomination but now I cannot do so.

    February 15, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. Hawaii Dems

    I've seen enough of these scripted debates and I am offended that she has gone on the attack and I have thus changed my vote to Obama.

    Good job Clinton Attack Machine!

    February 15, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. Ben, Nashville, TN

    Hillary Clinton is making John McCain look awfully appealing...

    February 15, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. Microtek


    February 15, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. Crystal in CA

    Hillary is playing the throw the rock and hide your hand game with the American voters. She is so arrogant to think that people can't see right through her shenanigans.

    Grow up Hillary. You are acting like a spoiled rotten child.

    February 15, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. Frank

    What happend to 'Ready on day one'-business ?

    Is she planning on running attack ads against the insurgents in Iraq too once she has been elected?

    How about running an attack ad in which Barack Obama makes her cry again ... I bet that would be more effective !


    February 15, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. John Adkisson, Sacramento, California

    The Clinton campaign will be relentless and without moral retraint during the next few weeks. We will learn once and for all whether the American voters can be bamboozled by false choices and fake negative accusations. While Obama needs to respond, let's hope he can keep from sliding down to her level.

    Remember–no matter how excrutiating this stuff is to the rest of us –this is the the "fun" part to the Clintons.

    February 15, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. hank

    Everyone on this blog who are supporting Obama are morons. You base your decission for president on short slogans like "Yes we can". Obama has no substance and if you support Obama that means you have no substance.

    February 15, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. lily

    It really does'nt suprise me that the people who support obama can't say why he should be president other than he is 'positive'. Nixon was a real gladhander too! An entire generation was raised not to question anything, or think about anythind only to flock to the team leader and say yes we can. Can what? How pathetic, and disapointing, if only †hey could convince me to vote for him.....

    February 15, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. Manuel in TX

    Just to clarify for everyone, there has only been one debate that only included Hillary and Obama head to head, toe to toe, and that was the debate in LA.

    Hillary cleaned Obama's clock in the LA debate.

    Obama does not want a debate in Wisconsin because he would get his clock cleaned again.

    Face it, Obama is just not very good without a script and a teleprompter.

    February 15, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. AJ

    The loser always wants to debate the 'front-runner'. Never the other way around.

    February 15, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. Rei for Hillary

    who's negative now? It sounds like all the OBAMA cronies are always on the message boards attacking Hillary.

    Get a life. I know you all earn over $150,000 a year and can afford to be online conducting campaign attacks against Hillary. The working poor will have their say. They will continue to choose Dunkin Donuts over Starbucks and Hillary will win.

    February 15, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  18. Tom Wittmann

    After Union endorsement and considering Momentum,6 days, difference probably will be about 10% in favor of Obama


    February 15, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  19. harry K

    The OBAMA supporters alway complain aboute how OBAMA is been treated as though Hillary should just waste 30 years in politics so Mr. OBAMA get a free ride! Special when she has won the popular vote and 2 states that will at the end be seated on the Convention (Florida, Michican) Wait Mr OBAMA here cames OHIO and here it comes Texas.. As for you Hillary speak out tell it about him !!!

    GO Hillary GO! 08

    February 15, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. Tim in NY

    Whenever things get tight for Hillary she goes negative. There is a reason the Republican's want her. So many people dislike her and would automatically vote against her even if she were running against "W" that we'd have 4 more years of the same old garbage.

    She wants debates because she is short on cash and needs exposure. These little attack ads will eat a lot of her remaining reserves and barring some major cash influx in the near future she'll be running on "E".

    She's in trouble and she knows it. She has Super Delegates talking about switching their votes and that is the ONLY thing she has going for her at this moment. She's desperate and acting like it.

    February 15, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  21. NickNasc

    Problem with Obama is he is too Clean. Hillary can't find anyway to drag him into the mud with her so she makes things up. In the old days that would work because people didn't have the INSTANT information at their fingertips (internet) Spread a horrible lie and by the time people found out it was a lie it was too late. Now it can be shot down in just ONE minute and broadcast all over the world via the net.

    McCains Camp head said " If obama is the Dem Nominee he will quit" Why? Because he wants no part of the way the repubs are going to lie and try to ruin him and he is a man of HONOR. I REALLY respect that man.

    Lie with dogs you get fleas and it WILL come back to haunt you.

    February 15, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. Larry, Philadelphia

    Hillary is being out-raised in campaigns funds by a wide margin.

    This means she can't spend like Barack can.

    She needs free pub.

    So the only way she can get that is through debates.

    Plus, debates are a good way to "catch" someone on a mistake.

    All the momentum is on Barack's side.

    She is looking for something to turn the tide...a stab in the dark.

    How pathetic.

    February 15, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. Lisa Doe

    NO Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    NO! YOU CAN'T!!!
    There is only ONE face-to-face DEBATE so far, not 18!!!!!
    NO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO YOU CAN'T!!!!!!

    February 15, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  24. To Alecki

    Hillary has spent money donated to her campaign BY Rezko, but hasn't given it back because she needed it so. Do we really need another lying CROOK in the White House?

    February 15, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  25. Lola

    Wisconsin deserves better.....


    I LOSE in Wisconsin.

    Then, they're just a bunch of know-nothing cheeseheads who don't represent the REAL Americans in California and New York...

    February 15, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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