February 27th, 2008
04:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton camps highlights Obama's chairmanship

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/02/26/art.debate2.ap.jpg caption=" Clinton raised Obama's subcommittee chairmanship at Tuesday's debate."] WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign Wednesday pounced on Sen. Barack Obama's acknowledgment that he has yet to hold a substantive hearing since becoming chairman of a Senate subcommittee on Europe.

The admission during Tuesday night's Democratic debate offered a "glimpse of the real Barack Obama," and was emblematic of the Illinois senator's light record of results, the Clinton camp said in an e-mail.

Obama "did not hold a single oversight hearing because he was too busy running for president; the Barack Obama who spends his time talking about change you can believe in instead of change you actually can count on," the e-mail stated.

Clinton herself raised the issue at the debate in Cleveland.

'"He chairs the subcommittee on Europe. It has jurisdiction over NATO. NATO is critical to our mission in Afghanistan," she said. "He's held not one substantive hearing to do oversight, to figure out what we can do to actually have a stronger presence with NATO in Afghanistan."

In response, Obama noted he has only served as the committee's chairman since January of 2007, just when his presidential campaign was beginning - a fact the Clinton campaign's memo also highlighted.

"But by his own admission, he was too busy running for president to conduct a single substantive hearing of the committee he chairs," the memo stated. "So he would rather talk about what he would do rather than do it through the responsibility he had.”

For the record, Obama has held two hearings on ambassadorial nominations, but no oversight hearings.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (451 Responses)
  1. Liz

    A lame duck committee chair? Shameful behavior. No excuses. At least Hillary's working for the public good while she campaigns.

    February 27, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. Bayou Joe

    Smart Woman. I picked up on that one too. All talk and no action.
    Get him Hillary. Bayou joe is pulling for you.

    February 27, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. jessica


    HE IS TOO BUSY RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT – THAT MUST BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN ISSUES ABROAD. Obama was asked once he took the Senate Chair if he would serve his full term of 6 years before running for President and he said "YES" What happend to I stand behind my commitments?




    February 27, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. SC lady

    Here's more proof that many have ignored....
    He HASN'T held a single meeting?????
    Obama is NOT ready to be President. He's all bubbles, no substance.

    February 27, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. Darren

    Excellent point Hillary. Of course CNN will spin it to Obama's favor.

    February 27, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Vote for Hillary

    I'm not suprised by Obama's lack of accomplishments. He's focsuing so hard on change. If he wants to change the world polciy , he should spend time conducting meetings. Plese, Obama do not give you any excue. You're not only one who running for President.

    February 27, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. Sherry

    Again he proves all talk and no action. On MSNBC there was a show which is also on the site that talks about his record. He doesn't have a whole lot to show for himself.

    Hillary '08

    February 27, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. Nell-LA

    Wake up,Amerocan people!!! What else proof do you still need?
    Please...do not send another Bush from Democratic Party for another 4 years.

    Vote for Hillary! She will never let you down.

    February 27, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  9. What else is new?

    That's typical of Obama, he wiggle out of his responsibilities and make up excuses like his PRESENT vote and OOPS I PUSH THE WRONG BUTTON!

    February 27, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. Texasgirl

    Obama is all talk and is not ready to be president. We cant talk about his record bc it does not really exist. I would never vote for him until he gets more experience. I dont care how many speeches he writes or how well he performs in a debate. If Hillary does not win we need to support the best candidate and that is McCain.

    February 27, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  11. Barb Canada

    It takes a real Narcisist to take on the most Serious Job in the world with little to no experience!!

    February 27, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. Kirk

    He's does nothing , and gets praised from the so called free press. I'm a life long Democrat , But Thank God for The Republican Party who won't be afraid to put him under the microscope asked the tough questions .

    Kirk , Michigan

    February 27, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  13. HSNP

    Barack Obama – all hat, no cattle

    February 27, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. Di

    Right ON Hillary!!! Obama is all talk and no action.

    February 27, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. bob






    February 27, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  16. MelanieL

    Actions speak louder than words Sen Obama – you have stated again and again that Iraq was a mistake because it deflected attention from Afghanistan. Now we learn that you were in a position to influence the outcome of that war, and that you have failed because you were "too busy" promoting yourself and spouting forth more empty words, to appeal to empty headed voters. What a disgrace. People of Texas, don't be fooled by this empty vessel, don't listen to his empty words and empty promises.

    February 27, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  17. Louise

    This epitomizes Obama's lack of experience. When is the country going to wake up and vote for a candidate who is so blatantly qualified like Hillary Clinton. What a waste if America lets this opportunity go by. God bless us all...

    February 27, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. E Popp

    The emperor has no clothes!

    February 27, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  19. frank

    Hillary is the most qualified candidate. Let's support her.

    February 27, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. me

    FINALLY CNN!!!!!!
    You are actually starting to ask QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR CHOSEN ONE!!!!!!!!

    Hillary Clinton will be one of the MOST successful presidents in HISTORY! You can not knock her down!!!!!!!!!!

    February 27, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  21. Mark - Queens

    Let's see if CNN actaully posts this.

    We Clinton supporters might as well give up ... the media doesn't seem to want to let anything stick to Obama. The media sees how the people are behind him and they are afraid to bring him down. They fear the black community will be outraged because the media will be labeled as racists. You might as well put this man in the White House now and forget the general election. When you can't even say this man's middle name without fear of a media storm, then i can only see the media have a hands off approach when he takes office.

    February 27, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  22. AJ

    Why is he the chairman of that committee after a year of nothing? This is the problem I have with Obama and I feel that this is what will happen if people don't WAKE UP! Hillary Clinton is the right choice and certainly the one to kick Republican butt.

    February 27, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  23. jwilliams

    Just another reason not to vote for Obama all talk no do !!!!!!! What is going to be his excuse if he wins in November People wake up!!!!! and to the people who haven't decides to Vote for HIllary yet !!!Please Vote for Hillary !!!!!!Hillary had showed that she is a fighter and she will fight for you when she is our New President !!!!!! and another thing on the debate she has been asked more question first and when he is ask a question first he hen haws around a lot before he can answer the question !!!!!He follows her lead when he answers after her So who then is he going to follow if he wins in November Bush leads !!!!!!!!!!
    go HIllary

    get out and Vote Texas and Ohio for Hillary and all the other states!!!!!

    February 27, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  24. Florida democrat

    CNN dont let Obama off the hook on this one. He talks about Afganistan but is unwilling to make change for it. Hillary is fighting a battle with Bush over a permenant treaty in Iraw, while running for president. Obamas been skipping important votes in the senate as well.
    If hes not going to do anything as a senator he shouldnt count the past year as part of his service

    February 27, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  25. Chin

    Hillary go 2008.

    February 27, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
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