February 23rd, 2008
03:06 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton: 'Shame on you, Barack Obama'


Clinton is upset with two mailers the Obama campaign is sending out in Ohio. (Photo credit: AP)

CINCINNATI (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton, needing wins in delegate-rich Texas and Ohio to overtake Sen. Barack Obama in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, ramped up her criticism of Obama Saturday, accusing his team of negative campaign tactics "straight out of Karl Rove's playbook."

Clinton addressed two mailings the Obama campaign distributed in Ohio - one that lambasts her position on the North American Free Trade Agreement, which her husband, former President Bill Clinton, signed into law, and another that criticizes her proposed health-care plan.

"I have to express my deep disappointment - he is continuing to send false and discredited mailings with information that is not true to the voters of Ohio," she said, shaking the mailings to punctuate her remarks.

The NAFTA mailer accuses Clinton of switching her position on the trade agreement, saying the senator from New York was a "champion" for NAFTA while first lady, but now opposes it.

The mailer on health care was "reminiscent of the health insurance industry's attack on what we tried to do the last time we went after universal health care," Clinton said. It says her proposal would force everyone to buy health insurance, whether they could afford it or not, a charge Clinton vehemently denied.

"Sen. Obama knows it is not true that my plan forces people to buy insurance even if they can't afford it," she said.

The mailers are "blatantly false and yet he continues to spend millions of dollars perpetuating falsehoods. That is not the new politics that the speeches are about," she said. "It is not hopeful; it is destructive."

She added, "Shame on you, Barack Obama - it is time that you ran a campaign consistent with your messages in public. That is what I expect from you. Meet me in Ohio and let's have a debate about your tactics and your behavior in this campaign."

Obama spokesman Bill Burton denied Clinton's assertions that the mailers were false.

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soundoff (152 Responses)
  1. ASJ

    HRC is loosing her mind
    maybe it's time for her to take a seat and watch OBAMA

    HRC she's the definition of Liers

    February 23, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  2. Georgia Voter


    I cannot understand why you keep deleting my posts and you would publish racist posts from someone like that 'Mad In Texas' jerk!!!!


    I will try to post it again.

    Hillary the truth hurts! You did support NAFTA! You did say that you would go after people's wages for healthcare! America is over you Hillary!!!! The truth of the matter is, you thought that you were owed the White House, and you are not owed anything!!! I know people that have said that if you win the nomination, they'd vote for McCain. I will not go that far! I would never vote for "100 year McCain" who came out and said that he hopes another leader would die, but I hope that you do not get the nomination and continue the same politics of Washington!

    February 23, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
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