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. Interesting

    I am pro Obama, but this is laughable.

    He just managed a $150 Million campaign that beat a 35yr veteran politician.

    During that time she mismanaged her campaign & reportedly didn't even know she was out of money.

    She can't control her husband.

    Her campaign are so unhappy they are leaking inside info to the press how bad things are.

    Every 2 days she has a new message before we can digest the last one.

    Now imagine she's running the country.

    No thanks.

    February 27, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  2. bob tx

    so..obama reason for holding a hearing its because his campain was to busy RUNNING for president...but yet hilary can't show her taxes because she's RUNNING for president?

    ahh the smell of hypocrisy brewing.

    February 27, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  3. Bob

    People, Hillary's experience being first lady does NOT count.

    February 27, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. Il Teacher

    Finally!!! It is about time someone begins reporting on the weak resume.

    Hillary smoke Obama last night on every issue. His lack of knowledge on Russia, lack of accomplishments in the Senate and his coat tailing on he answers were more apparent last night than in any othe debate.

    He hot air balloon is beginning to deflate.

    Go Hillary go!

    February 27, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  5. tandmdrider

    I am an Obama supporter. During the debate last night you could take any one thing said by either one, and based on your already made up mind say something about it. I am in no position to know whether his not having a meeting over the last 4 months is significant or not. It could be, but I hope everyone can get off a "one item vote" or a single issue vote to embrace the fact that a) it is historic moment when a woman and a black man are debating for the Democratic nomination, and b) that was one heck of a substantive debate! You'll never never never see that from the elephant people! Hooray for both Hillary and Obama.

    February 27, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  6. Patrick, Chicago, IL

    And what has Hillary done in the same time period besides run for president?

    February 27, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  7. James

    Dear Clinton campaign and its loyal supporters,

    Thank you for continued efforts to destroying your party's chances this November. All help is greatly appreciated.

    Regards,
    The GOP

    February 27, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  8. viv

    wow my response can't go on because of my support for obama that is sad. Oh by the way he has sat in on meetings and have gone out to talk with people. she is desperate!!!!

    February 27, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  9. Jason

    As an independant, I would give that one to Sen. Clinton, looks like out of all the slings and arrows she's been sending out wildly something finally stuck. However it may be too little too late at this point because her recent behavior has already turned many people off.

    February 27, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  10. Clinton, NV

    This is emblematic of the Clinton campaign. They are the campaign of pettiness.

    It is a good thing Clinton had her meltdown before she ever got close to being the nominee as another Kerry-like campaign failure during the general election would be disasterous for the Dems.

    As a Republican I'd like to say if you want a Dem in the White House you better get behind Obama, he's your best hope. The Republicans would rather run against Clinton, she's got more skeletons in her closet than three Kennedys put together and they have a storeroom full of info ready to throw at her. She's not Bill, she's not tephlon and isn't well liked by Reps and Dems.

    February 27, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  11. BJ in Idaho

    Hmmmm!! Where did I just hear too busy. aaaahhh yes.

    Was it not Hillary who said she was too busy to release her tax returns and too busy to push having the papers released from their interim in the whitehouse.

    It is funny how when they left the whitehouse they were so broke friends had to buy them a house and now they have so much money and nobody knows where it came from!! I understand Clintons have quite a stake in the pharmaceutical field????

    February 27, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  12. Patrick, Chicago, IL

    To Me,

    You think Hillary will be the best president in HISTORY???
    Really?
    I thought Lincoln was pretty good....

    February 27, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  13. Vince

    FINALLY.... after trying for a year to find something.... anything.... SUBSTANTIVE on Obama, the Clinton campaign FINALLY found something that I, as a Barack supporter, will give some credence to. .... congratulations.... so the score is NOW... THREE MILLION TO "ONE"

    is this the kitchen, or is this the sink???? i guess tomorrrow it will be that he didn't call his mother enough when he went away to school..

    February 27, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  14. Bob Pete

    Too little too late, this is a point that should have been brought up sooner. Unfortunately everybody became infatuated with the Obama and now everyone is jumping on the band wagon because he is likeable. He is too young and inexperienced at this time. I would love to find out if it was true that he promised to serve his six years before running for president.

    February 27, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  15. Jordan

    Why does Hillary continue to imply that Obama is not interested in actions?

    Actions have been at the foundation of Obama's 20 years of public service!

    This article is silly and it sheds nothing but light on the time constraints candidates face during presidential campaigns.

    February 27, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  16. Pieter

    Something we all allready knew... all words, no action. It's the theme of his campaign... let's see how the media will turn this as shamefull bullying from hillary , instead of taking Obama up on it!!!

    February 27, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  17. John

    Typical Clinton attack. Mrs. Clinton is really good at being critical and finger pointing. This is yet another example of her getting dirty about the race. Senator Obama gave Ms. Clinton a response as to why he has not yet held meetings. Senator Obama's response was factual. He is not the type to hold meetings just to hold meetings. Senator Obama gets things done. When there is a need to meet, I am sure he will meet. The same old POLITICIAN would hold meetings just to hold meetings. Mrs. Clinton and her followers are the lots-of-meetings-which-accomplish-nothing crowd. Senator Obama takes action when action is needed.

    Bitter, tired, old politician; time to retire from the race Mrs. Clinton.

    February 27, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  18. steve

    Hillary with experience since when does being a wife to the president gives you experience, if that were the case Mrs B. Bush, N Reagan and the likes would be saying the same thing.. Give me a break!!!!

    February 27, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  19. Okay--

    A chairman on a committe do not make policies for the president.

    February 27, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  20. Frank

    Just listen to today's exchanges between Obama and McCain! McCain will truely destroy him in debates, especially when he finds all the holes in Obama's character and experience. And then the American people will wake up, just in time for a landslide win by McCain, which will be the only other choice at that time. Wow, this is truely history making!!!

    February 27, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  21. dajack

    Now THIS is interesting. There is a lot of talk about how Obama lacks substance, but it usually seems to come from people who haven't bothered to educate themselves on his record (and therefore, it ironically lacks substance).

    I have been strongly leaning toward Obama but this is definitely a point worth talking about, and I am VERY interested to hear an explanation. I'm also curious why Hillary has waited until now to make an issue of this.

    February 27, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  22. Lou

    The real question is how long after she retires from the presidential race, will the happy Clintons announce they are divorcing?

    February 27, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  23. Jojo

    Bunch of ignorant people as we've seen all through the century during primaries and presidential election. Hillary is a fat talker, what solution has she got? It's the same blablabla blabla , the difference is she is more convencing. That's all, nothing more. All candidates want to seduce the voters. So if you don't have a brain, go and vote for the fat talker.
    It is always the same scenario, big promises and little achievement.
    She was not head of state, she was just a kind of co-pilot in the white house, it doesn't mean she can be ready on day one to be head of state. Taking a decision and advising someone to take a decision is not the same. Neither Obama or Hillary is experienced, so let's sit back and let's make a wise decision when we elect the next democratic candidate, it is not about debates, race, punches, big promises,experience.... But who can sincerely bring back the smile on our face, who can help us carry our heavy burden.

    February 27, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  24. Bethany

    Give me a break. Hillary said she was too busy running for the President to release her tax statements and then cries foul at Obama for being too busy.

    She is unbelievable.

    Obama 08

    February 27, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  25. MCNEIL

    WHAT WILL ALL THE DELEGETES WHO ARE RUNNING TO OBAMA DO WHEN HILARY IS THE NOMINEE?????????????????????????????????????????????

    February 27, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
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