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. Terry For Texas

    Right here. I support Obama.

    February 27, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    ahhaha the obama supporters are nowhere to be found becasue all the hillary supporters have been proven right without a doubt on this one.

    February 27, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  3. Sue

    I guess this is what we can expect if Obama becomes President. He's all talk and no action. What a disgrace that the media has influenced so many people to support this empty suit. The only thing he has ever been good at is promoting himself and running for office.

    February 27, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  4. king

    I wish the Hillary camp would take these blogs and do a media blast with them.
    This is what it takes to stop the momentum.

    CNN you have chosen not to post me at least three times...Am I back in?

    February 27, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  5. Rich

    I'm tired of CNN's bias toward's Clinton. I'm tired of how ridiculous the Clinton supporters are. Let's see, who voted for the War? And tried to pawn it off as being misled by Bush. How about Hillary not voting for the FISA immunity bill.. not even being there... where was she?

    This is really ridiculous. I am ashamed to be an American that there's actually people who think that this is a real issue. People are dying in Iraq everyday, and people think that this really means something. How sad and petty of CNN. I refuse to watch CNN further. I doubt that CNN will publish this.

    February 27, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  6. suzy

    Hillary rocked that debate last night – and of course Obama rode on her answers. He just keeps getting a free ride.
    She is tough, she is strong.
    I admire her more every day.

    I was listening to a town hall meeting he held today (for VERBAL ammunition!),
    and he actually called a girl in the audience "sweetie".
    I noticed how he patted hillary on the back last night when the debate was over. PROBLEM WITH GENDER?????
    He is arrogant. He is not ready.
    PEOPLE PLEASE!!!!!!!
    TEXAS OHIO RHODE ISLAND VERMONT!!!!!! LET'S GO!!!!!!!!!
    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 27, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  7. Joe Chicago

    Obama is all talk and little of anything else. Whenever he has a chance to lead and cross those famous political lines, he runs off to make another speech.

    February 27, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  8. bola

    THANK GOD U HAVE SOMEONE LIKE OBAMA CONTESTING!!!!!!!!!!.

    A CHANGE U CAN BELIEVE IN.

    HILARY TALKS ABOUT EXPERIENCE OUCH!

    EXPERIENCE IN WHAT? WAS SHE THE PRESIDENT OR BILL?

    OBAMA IS TALKING ABOUT U MOVING TO THE NEXT LEVEL i.e. IF YOU LIVE IN A FLAT , HE WANTS U TO MOVE TO A HOUSE. IF U LIVE IN A HOUSE HE WANTS U TO MOVE TO A MANSHION. DON'T STAY IN SAME HOUSE AND CHANGE THE FURNITURE. THAT'S WHAT U WILL GET FROM HILARY. THINK GUYS THINK.

    February 27, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  9. simon

    Wow, finally a positive article on Senator Clinton! The press and the media has been treated her so unfairly lately. And I know there are negative articles on Senator Obama, but only oversea media such as the London Post and BBC would have the guts to publsh them. Anyway, I think Senator Clinton brought up a good point about Senator Obama has yet to hold a meeting since he became a chairman of Senate subcommittee. There is really no excuse for not doing your job even if you're running for president.

    February 27, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  10. Ryan

    Can it be that SNL has become the new source of honesty and COURAGE in the media? Apparently it took them to finally shame CNN into putting out a story like this! And yes, it does show how Obams failed a position, showed no action, and demonstrated that he is indeed a lot of talk with little (and in this case, NO) action!

    Good job Hillary for pointing it out! And I'm loving this Hillary support! She's a fighter, and so are her supporters! This thing isn't over yet!

    February 27, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. KK

    Really...I'd like to review what sort of duties the happy Senator or NY may have neglected in the wake of her vigorous campaign–perhaps things like releasing her TAX RETURNS, inter alia??? Clearly she admitted that she, too, was "busy" campaigning, which was why she could not get to it as of late. HYPOCRITES!!

    February 27, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  12. Rick NYC

    How much of the money that Obama gets online and in small donations must be from Republicans? How will the annointed one defend himself on this point when McCain brings it up? And don't think this is a fluke. I bet they are making lists now for use after the primary season is over. Are we Democrats trying to lose the election on national security or are we going to pick another area where Obama is weak and lose on that one?

    February 27, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  13. Grant in Scranton

    This Obama person is right here...
    Get real people, you think Obama has control over NATO because of some rhetoric that Billary spews?
    You people should start to love Obama.
    He is our next president!

    YES WE CAN!

    February 27, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  14. D.dee

    Finally CNN is getting the message. - Or, just fairly reporting Clinton’s very accurate and intelligent response. It's about time. We only ask for fair and honest reporting. Stop treating Obama with kid gloves. Scrutinize Obama’s record and background as Clinton's has been. Senator Clinton definitely has the solid ideas with the depth in her plan to back them up — Obama does not. He always looks lost, lets Clinton do the talking, generally agrees with her and adds very little to the conversation….despite what the bias media has been saying. He starts with a lie or misrepresentation and Clinton has no choice but to call him on it. Then the media portrays her as a whiner or nitpicker. Then he acts so innocent like her forceful response is unwarranted. PLEASE...give me a break!!!!

    February 27, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  15. BenInOhio

    You guys need to wake up, and not fall for another Clinton political game.

    What will calling a NATO hearing do? The arrogance of the current administration has pissed of NATO countries and they are NOT going to cooperate with the US until there's a new administration in place.

    Even our closest ally Britain has pretty much pulled out of Iraq. Tony Blair's support for George Bush cost him his political life. Except you guys are kidding yourselves, no NATO leader is going to stick out a limb for the current president – an no NATO hearing can help that much.

    February 27, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  16. Stephen

    Is it not a sad statement that it takes a skit from SNL to get the media to start vetting Obama. No one could argue that this week has not been the week that he has been the most scrutinized.

    February 27, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  17. stella

    Can anyone tell me what Hillary has done in term of her public duty other than runing for president?

    February 27, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  18. Jenny Phan, TX

    It is wonderful to see Hillary' s supporters stand up. Together, we will make our voices strong and clear. I am a Vietnamese American, and I can sense that we are strongly for Hillary, because we are the people who value knowlege and experience above all.

    February 27, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  19. B. Smart

    I wonder what Hillary is neglecting while she is also running for president. Has anyone ever heard of the CO-CHAIRMAN of the senate
    subcommitee? Thats who is running it in his place. Kind of makes sense doesn't it? At least this proves Obama HAS EXPERIENCE in foreign relations. Education is the key.

    OBAMA 08.

    February 27, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  20. stella

    Can anyone tell me what Hillary has done SINCE Jan. 2007, in term of her public duty other than runing for president?

    February 27, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  21. rock usula

    McCain is in, if Obama isn't out.

    February 27, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  22. ben from ohio

    If Hillary wins, she won the hard way , if Barak wins , he gets it on a platter, served up by the media.
    GO HILLARY if not 08 then we will see you in 2012

    ps if not HILLARY , the we vote Mcaain this time, and I am a diehard democrat

    February 27, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  23. Steve

    To Damon,

    So you think it's petty that he has chaired a major senate commitee but has not had one meeting in the year he has chaired it? I do have to say you don't sound very intelligent.

    February 27, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  24. Sally

    Kind of interesting that it is thrown in Obama's face that he's focusing too much on running for president that he isn't chairing meetings. An easier task, releasing tax returns, cannot even be done by Hillary!

    February 27, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  25. full disclosure

    where are Hillary's tax returns?

    what is she hiding?

    February 27, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
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