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. TO

    Why CNN doesn't say it more plainly? Please use this title: Obama didn't did not hold a single oversight hearing, Clinton says.

    February 27, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  2. Republican in Kansas

    Thank you Lou Dobbs. Obama is all talk. I will vote for Hillary if I get the chance.

    February 27, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  3. Tom

    So Senator Obama held no hearings in his subcommittee over the past year? Senator Clinton chairs the subcommittee on Superfund and Environmental Health. That group did meet once last October and twice over summer, each for part of one day. Anybody know of one substantive action that came out of any one of these three hearings? Any committee chair can call witnesses and show up for half a day to ask questions. That doesn't translate into action, either. I, too, am glad Obama is out campaigning because a Clinton or McCain presidency is bound to be business-as-usual Washington politics.

    February 27, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  4. Amy Carmichael

    Hillary? Never. That would be the most tragic mistake the American people would ever make.
    And about heer tricks, sarcasm, manipulation, etc.?

    Bye Hillary. Go away

    February 27, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  5. dave

    and what have you been doing since you began running for President Hillary? hmmm,... running for President I guess... It takes up alot of time. Can she just quit already....

    February 27, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  6. joe

    What is this the Clinton Campaign chat site?

    February 27, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  7. Tracy

    Has anyone noticed the lack of respect she gives to Senator Obama. She addresses him by his first name only. That is an intentional gesture of disrespect. But you know what, he is such a wise person, he never says anything about it, and he never let's it bother him. He still referrs to her as Senator Clinton.
    OBAMA ALL THE WAY!!!!!!

    February 27, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  8. Vig

    Obama will get us into some international mess. Because smart people can say and do stupid things. He will stack his administration with mostly inccmpetent people. The whole administration including the Presidency will be affirmative action appointments. Texas and Ohio you have the power now to turn this around

    February 27, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  9. LeftyLadig

    Oh boy look at those Hillary people. Why couldn't Hillary find the time to vote on FISA? You Hillary folk are grasping at straws.

    February 27, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  10. YLR

    And if I might add, who is Billary to talk about "WOMEN RIGHTS" and yet sticks around after her husband had an affair, and if you research, you'll realize that was not the first one. And that's the woman that is suppose to represent ME!!! I T-H-I-N-K N-O-T!!!

    February 27, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  11. Wilhemina

    Song:
    The Clintonite's say vote for Hillary, the our country says no, no, no... The Clintonite's say she won't lie, cheat, and steal again, and she does, does, does...Hilary says vote for me to tell you what to do....and the people say no, no, NO!

    February 27, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  12. CA Supporter

    Oh Goody Goody .. the meany CNN has finally given Hilary a break!

    People .. it's nicknamed the Clinton News Network for a reason.... dummies.

    February 27, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  13. vivian

    You guys are so naive. Hillary is missing meetings as well. Are you crazy? Hi commitment began in January, that means he has been out for two months. I am sure he is in touch but unabke to attend. These committees do not meet everyday. Besides, he is trying to bacome president because he can help our country much more as president than as a committee chair. So let's get real Hillary. You just made an idiotic point. Like you are not missing your work everyday! hello!!!!! at least he has one personality not 10. We never know what you are going to come out as. Please take a vacation right after you bow out of this race.
    Thnaks!

    February 27, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    i'm an outsider, from what i see from the last debate, then watch the comments from CNN, MSNBC. I have to say, the media is really tough to hilary. There is no negative news from obama! BTW, a person who can just say sweet words, no actual actions can be so popular! It's a empty suits! Kind of weird, i still don't know why people like obama so much??

    February 27, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  15. Andrea

    This discussion is completely relevant! This is something that should have been brought to the publics attention months ago! You should not vote someone into the highest office of our country without examining their record and proven accomplishments. Obama uses his participation on this committee in his resume, but hasn't really made any accomplishments while on the committee. That is telling. Wake up you Obamabots, this election is too important!

    February 27, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  16. keith

    And she was where during the FISA vote?

    Running for President.

    February 27, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  17. fonsworth for OBAMA

    She certainly can't go over her record,that's why she sound like a different person with a different record every time she speaks. She actually appears to believe that she can whine her way into the Presidency of the United States.

    February 27, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  18. D.R.

    Why aren't any of these Hillary supporters blogging on the fact that she refuses to release her records while in the White House or her Tax info. Funny that her supporter pick their fights also, and focus on the topics they are proud of. I understand now.

    February 27, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  19. Andrew

    YOU GO CLINTON! I was for you since the beginning, but thought, "you know, if it was Obama I would still be content." Now I am completely against the idea of this guy being president. All talk and no action. I never heard anything substantial come out of his mouth – it's all "hope" and "change" and "I was against the war" (remember, he never actually voted against it b/c he wasn't in office at the time) but when it comes down to what he plans to do, he's either vague or expresses poor – sometimes scarily conservative – ideas. He's bad all around as it relates to both foreign and domestic issues. My fear is that people are falling for charisma, but not character and intelligence.

    February 27, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  20. Bethany

    Why is no one reporting that Hillary is too busy to release her tax statements? That to me is the bigger story.

    February 27, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  21. VoterforHILLARY

    Thank God that Obama is being looked at with more scruitny. I believe with all of my being that Hillary is the only choice for US president. I say If Hillary does not get the nomination. We either don't vote or vote for McCain or Write Hillary In. I am tired of this Obama Fest. I am tired of the Hillary bashing I am ready to take this all the way to November with a protest if she does not get the nomination. I feel that strongly about Hillary. Please encourage your fellow Hillary supporters not to settle. PROTEST!!!!!!!!!! Write her in, Vote for McCain but do not settle for Obama. He is not right for the US.

    February 27, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  22. KIWAMBA

    This is not a Monarchy government, we don't wanna heritance in the government, we have had 4-years for Bush, 8-years for Bill Clinton, 8-years for Bush Jr. again. Do we really need another Clinton in the White House ? We need a change and the time has come.

    February 27, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  23. forhillary

    Ohio! Texas! PA! PLEASE save us from ourselves. We have followed the media like lambs to the slaughter. No matter what point Hillary makes now someone says it is the wrong one. But she continues to fight for us. Yes we can be the stupidest people on the planet. We have disrespected her enough. Please help us nominate Hillary Clinton.

    February 27, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  24. jp/michigan

    Obama has been on a mission since finishing Harvard and that is to be President. With the help of the media and democratic party, he might just be. Elected to the US senate was just another step of many, and lately he is to busy to take that job seriously.

    February 27, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  25. Donald, Butte, MT

    Clinton, McCain, and Obama and any other fullt-time member of Congress should have to resign from that seat when running for President.

    All three of these candidates have been derelict in their duties as Senators and representatives for their states.

    Look at all the major votes in the past year and you will see that all three of them have missed almost all of the votes. True, you might see one or two cast in the past year, but that is irrelevant considering the issue that they have failed to vote and in some cases thee small margins in which they failed to muster a m ajority.

    Go to the U.S. Senate and look up the votes on the legislation and see the truth for once!!!!

    February 27, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
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