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. Erin

    What has Hillary done in 2007 other than run for President?

    February 27, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  2. Jay

    Wake up people, Obama and Hillary held two chairman ships him on Europe and she on environmental affairs. They both had the position for same time period and Hillary held 2 hearings where Obama did nothing but to run for the president.
    American people just like hype and glamor, The only smart choice these people did in recent years is electing Bill Clinton and thats why Republicans cannot stand he held the office for 8 yrs.
    By the time American people wake up for this mess it will be too late and Hillary will look like a Queen in the Senate and people will start worshiping her. Where Obama will become the next Bush. He might even get the name Obama Republicans.

    February 27, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  3. Justin

    So where are all the Obama supporters comments on this one? Not one trying to defend him? Maybe because there is no excuse for this!

    February 27, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  4. Kansaa Republican

    Aren't we all tired of the lofty, unrealistic rhetoric we keep hearing from Obama?

    February 27, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  5. CJ

    Ok, so the glimpse we see of Obama regarding this committee is the real thing, and the glimpse we see of Hillary when the mildly sympathetic character comes out is also the real thing?

    Seriously folks....stop grasping at "glimpses" and start looking at the totality.

    She is not winning, I've changed my support and America is choosing otherwise as well.

    Its time to get behind Obama or make your stand for four more years of the same because I think those are the realistic choices at this point.

    The divisiveness has to end!

    February 27, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  6. MARIA 2325

    Hillary , you are the best and latin people are with you
    GO HILLARY !!!!!!!

    February 27, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  7. Prof Michael Peterson

    If Obama was fully engaged in the Senate's business he might be far behind Clinton today as he was initially. I think all of the candidates have made some concessions on Senate duites during this run for President. I supported McCain 8 years ago, and initally supported John Edwards. I really like some things that Ron Paul says. The types of change needed in our political system requires the leadership and level of engagement that Obama has brought to this Presidential race. Without that type of engagement, American's would likely opt out of participation in the political process one more time!

    February 27, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  8. Coby Austin, Texas

    Look at all the Obama haters out there still lingering.
    Knock, knock! Helloooo. HILLARY CLINTON IS GOING TO LOSE! I repeat: HILLARY CLINTON IS GOING TO LOSE. You say Barack is all talk. Well Hillary is all lies. What do you say to her not releasing information showing how her and Bill raise their money? You still want to be an idiot and support this dynamic duover. Barack has been upfront with everything and you still don't want him. Go to another country.

    February 27, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  9. J.I

    Great! Obama should go back to Washington, hold 'daily' oversite meetings of his comitee, and give Hillary all the time to campaign so they may return to the white house and 'finish' the 'work' big Bill could not 'finish'.

    February 27, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  10. Jeanne

    GO Hillary! You would have to be deaf and blind not have noticed the media and yes CNN also giving Obama a free ride. Of course he all talk( he is inspirational speaker with NO actions behind anything). Of course, he won't hold meetings he is to bent on winning . We will vote for McCain if Obama gets the nomination as I hope and knwo many will also. CNN don't let Obama off the hook.

    February 27, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  11. doug

    Thank you, CNN for the good information.

    February 27, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  12. mathew james

    What solutions does Hillary have? force me buy healthcare plan even if i can't afford it? fine me when i fail to buy or pay? support for a terrible idea of going to war in Iraq? supporting Nafta trade deals? crying on public TV?

    February 27, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  13. melissa

    what a pity!!!!!!!!!!! and people say obama is ready????????
    nooooooooooo hillary is !!!!
    go hillary go!!!!!!!!!

    February 27, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  14. Debbie

    For the thousandth time you're biasad again CNN!!! The title should be:
    Clinton Campaign Highlights Obama's LACK OF Chairmanship. Indeed, he never proves himself to have done anything worthwhile, that Mr. No Substance.

    February 27, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  15. Kirk

    Thank You ! Lou Dobbs .

    For being the only one on CNN with the "GUTS" to ask though questions of all the candidates , and never afraid to follow up with even tougher questions!!!!!!! . The Free Press isn't dead yet!

    Hillary 08

    February 27, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  16. Lisa in Cincy

    Dolores –
    All the Obama people are too busy CAMPAIGNING for the next President of the U.S.

    All you Hillary supporters can continue to WHINE and celebrate this small victory you are claiming. Nonsense.

    February 27, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  17. Aaron, Saint Paul MN

    Come on Hillary people....

    Let's look at the facts:
    1. He was appointed right as his campaign got underway. It's a shame that these candidates have to spend this much time on the campaign trail. Blame this one on all the states moving up their primaries and caucuses.

    2. Trying to slam Obama for campaigning too much is like the kettle calling the coffee black. I'm amazed that no Hillary supporters have mentioned that ALL THE CANDIDATES including Clinton and McCain have been pulled away from their duties in order to campaign. Hillary doesn't mention anything of SUBSTANCE that she has done in the subcommittees that she chairs (and I can't even think of one that she does).

    3. We've seen what Hillary does while she's campaigning – ie, voting to declare Iran's National Gaurd a terrorist organization, and in turn giving Bush her support to start another endless, unilateral war.

    4. This is an OVERSIGHT committee. They are not setting the agenda and have little authority over what George Bush does. Blaming Obama for what is happening in Afghanistan is like blaming the chair of the ethics committee for Bill Clinton having an affair while in office!

    February 27, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  18. David Fisher

    The Obama people are not in on this one because it is the last ditch efforts of a candidate who has lost. She had her chance but has lost. Lets get behind the nominee and start pushing Obama into the White House.

    February 27, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  19. Carlene

    I believe Hillery is the one and only one that can beat the Rep. in the fall. If she doesn't win......then my family is all going Independent....there isn't much left to choose from. Obama, we really don't know any real truth of what he truly stands for and McCain is just another Bush.

    February 27, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  20. ariel

    Hillary is spoonfeeding attack points to the Republican party for Nov.

    February 27, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  21. Wilhemina

    CNN get back to maintaining truth about the issues you address; Obama is the Chairman of a subcommittee on Europe, you look silly when you just take off spouting Hillary's accusations. Try finding out what his post requires, Lou Dobbs you sound political ignorant as to how these branches of government work. Now let's see if you post this!

    February 27, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  22. JAC465

    Censorship!!!!!! I guess the Obama folks aren't allowed to post. My posts are not being posted.

    Typical, pro Hillary people monitoring the posts.

    February 27, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  23. moemoe

    4 years of Bush / 8 Years of Clinton/ 8 Years of Bush
    Do we really need another Clinton in the White House.
    It's time for a change...... (Republican) Obamacan for OBAMA 08

    February 27, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  24. Jim


    February 27, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  25. Jeremy

    I'm a Obama supporter, but i still like HRC. All of u Hillary supporters crack me up.

    If i didn't know better i would swear that we were on different teams.

    Obama 08

    February 27, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
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