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. here

    does her royal highness HRC have time to please call her accountant to give us a rough idea of her tax returns, at least to the nearest $million?

    February 27, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  2. Armando

    Bush 1 (4 years of incompetence); Bill clinton (8 years of competence); Bush 2(8 years of incompetence); Hillary (8 years of competence). Things will balance out unless we elect incompetence (Obama) again.

    February 27, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  3. Bonheur

    I'm certain that Barak will not be an absent president and you all know it.

    February 27, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  4. Marie

    As someone said before...it's not pretty when the wheels fall off. Have fun rolling that Radio Flyer out of the playground Hill supporters. I'll be on the side rollig in the next president of the U.S.A. Barack H. Obama. But thanks for the laughs. LOL

    February 27, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  5. Lisa from Cincinnati

    Its funny how the media works again. You post something good about Obama it is immediatly posted but on the other hand you post something good about Clinton and it takes forever to be posted.
    WHY IS THAT!!!

    If Obama wins Ohio and Texas then McCain has my vote!!!!

    February 27, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  6. keith

    Running for president is a full time gig. Plus, he was responsible for Obama-Lugar(Nuclear proliferation). Feel free to check out his whole – and long – legislative record in the Senate. Feel free to do your homework before you spout off. Senator Obama has never said he was perfect. He has made mistakes and has owned up to them.

    Now, where are Hillary's tax returns and White house papers she's hiding.

    February 27, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  7. Jay

    Senator Obama should never had accepted the position of chairman if his campaign interfered with its responsibilities. If he was being honest in the Texas debate when he said, "I've been campaigning now for the last two years," he knew of his intent to run before being named chairman.

    February 27, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  8. glhf

    ...Was there anything to oversee in that committee?

    February 27, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  9. Sukie

    Signs of things to come with Obama.

    All talk and no do.

    There are going to be millions of Obama supporters with jaws dropped come the end of 2009 when Obama hasn't gotten us out of the wars, when health care reform hasn't even begun, and all his other promises.

    February 27, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  10. G Williams AZ

    We need ANOTHER Clinton like we needed another Bush!
    Time to give someone who is NOT a political dynasty insider a chance. It can't get worse.

    February 27, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  11. Bebble

    Yes, we all saw it again. Obama showed how he is not ready for leadership. Flip-flop politics but I guess his blinded followers really don't care about it, the media doesn't care. We have all made up our minds. The only applaud during the debate was when Hillary mentioned about a woman being President but I guess it wasn't news worthy to report.

    BTW, are you people kidding about the "typical pro Hillary people monitoring the posts"? That statement alone shows us all the you are an Obamalite; as delusional as he is............

    We are not whining; just frustrated that the delusional will be shaping our future.

    February 27, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  12. Giselle

    I agree with Danielle. My post also hasn't gone through. What's wrong?
    It contradicts, even the worde "democrats". If this website is Clintorist, why should you call yourselves demos? Is it not manipulation? Well, that's precisely what Hillary reflects: manipulation, control and lack of statemanship. How can she be my prfesident? Never, never, never!!!

    February 27, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  13. Zach

    Obama is a media creation. Democrats will pay for their mistake if he is the nominee. Republicans will have four more years in the White House because democrats could not see past their skin color and delusional enthusiasm.

    February 27, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  14. BENICE

    This is getting too stupid again.... all the Hillary bashers, Obama bashers going at each other. Get real folks, stick to the issue!

    Bottom line...if you make a committment, you stick with it, or quit. So, Sen. Obama, what's it going to be?

    February 27, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  15. Joy Remson-Johnson

    As a military spouse I find it rather appalling that it is okay to state that he had no time because he is running for President. If you are placing on your platform of issues the lack of attention to Afghanistan then should you not use your position, whether a new one or not, to do something about it. All talk and no action. Well, I will just inform my husband who is currently serving his fourth time in a combat zone that the man who may become commander in chief is currently occupied with more important business. I am a supporter of Senator Clinton, but I will vote for Obama if he is the democratic nominee, but I will expect more from him than he has given. His debating style is greatly lacking, What will he do when he doesn't have Hillary to speak first. He can't say I agree with McCain repeatedly. The detract and deflect method will not bode well with the Republicans who will pull out all the stops. The Democrats must stay united. However, this also means that Obama supporters must stop the disparging remarks towards Clinton, because it has only given the Republican party more fodder and upheld the sexism that has permeated this election process. And for those who are not up on their American history, lets stop comparing Obama to Kennedy. I mean yes Kennedy had a rock star image and brought forth hope just like Obama. However, Republicans are going to attack Obama on foreign policy and foreign policy was Kennedy's downfall-remember the Bay of Pigs and Vietnam.

    February 27, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  16. Jen, Gainesville

    Nothing can change people's lives more than electing a great president. I would rather Obama to spend time on the campaign trail than on other things, such as committee meetings, senate votes, and forum speeches targeted to a special group of auidence. T

    his is why Obama has been consistent on his message, whereas Hillary has been working hard to find and try various messages. Vision and wisdom are what we need, not division and boredom.

    February 27, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  17. McPoke

    Is this the best Hillary can do? She is a person scaping to find some credibility in a campaign covered with teflon – everything runs off and nothing sticks. It is sad to see a person struggle so much with defeat especially in a national campaign. I firmly believe Hillary does not know any more who she is or who she is supposed to be. There is just no other way to say it and not worth sugar-coating it...the more you see the two candidates together, the more Presidential Mr. Obama appears to be.

    February 27, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  18. Shola

    There isnt really anything to respond to in this article. Its illuminates the desperation of the Clinton camp and her supporters. I would like all the Clinton supporters to tell me how many oversight meeting she has conducted since January 2007. I believe there is no difference between Obama and Clinton, however, Obama is more adequate for the situation that this country is in now. They are both un-experienced, if you want to talk about presidential or executive experience. Standing beside your husband while he was a president is not experience, you would not let a doctor's wife operate on you, same dynamic here. Sen. Clinton is too divisive, her campaign has shown that by ostracizing independents, disaffected replubicans and even democrats in caucuses and swing states. When she loses a primary or caucus, it is because they dont count. If we really want experience McCain is the answer but he has a bunch of baggage with that experience such as arrogance, "American vs the World" mentality and the notion that if unchecked capitalism works for the entire country. So Obama would be the best bet among the remaining contenders.

    February 27, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  19. Cris in Texas

    OBAMA going down.......Tell us more on the nuclear plant that you suppoted.

    February 27, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  20. Clint

    Universal Healthcare – She's been working on it since 1992...and has gotten nowhere. Hmmm...Most people would be fired for that kind of lack of productivity!

    Go Barack!!!

    February 27, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  21. RTH, Bellingham, WA

    I guess it's easier to say, "He's done nothing," rather than, "He's co-sponsored dozens of bills, 13 of which have become law," and it's easier to say, "He's done nothing," than, "He's been chair for a year and held two meetings of a subcommittee that often does very little business."

    Anyway, I'd love to see Obama go up against McCain in the general election and McCain play this card. McCain wants to keep tax cuts for the poor and deny healthcare to working Americans... and Obama didn't have time to schedule a meeting of a minor subcommittee. Awesome.

    February 27, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  22. Brian

    What has Hillary and McCain done in the Senate since January of '07? Get real, this is no issue.

    February 27, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  23. Rosemarie

    come on guys start voting for Hillary, the rewards will be enormous,
    stop being afraid of this Brillian woman. Why on earth are you voting for someone who hardly speaks. When asked a question at the debate after Hillary, what did he say, well has Hillary has said........
    doesn't this tell you something about this guy, he is flying on the coatails of Hillary. Start looking at the issues and the solutions that Hillary has. You know Obama does not have a magic wand that he will wave if he gets to the Whitehouse and says it shall be done, wake up this man has underlying currents that I am getting scared about.

    Get out and Vote Hillary, she is the one!

    February 27, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  24. Beth

    If Mrs. Clinton runs for President, I'm voting for Mickey Mouse! She is vindictive,
    holds too much anger and who wants
    Clinton's in the White House for a total of
    16 l-o-n-g years! That would be a dictatorship!!

    February 27, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  25. gagirl

    Thall999 February 27th, 2008 6:05 pm ET
    Hillary can't get disclose her taxes because she says she doesn't have time to call an accountant due to her running for President. But you wantt Barack to hold sSentate meetings while running. Shame on all you you! This goes to show why Hillary campaign is a such mess. 35 years of experience and no time to have an accountant or Bill Clinton to make sure their taxes are disclosed. Amazing!!!!!!!!

    Typical (delusional) Obama supporter response. Totally issue the issue at hand and deflect, deflect, deflect. Tax returns are personal (and ALL Senators have to disclose financial information anyway so it's out there) BUT that has nothing whatsoever to do with Obama's failure to convene a substantive meeting of the subcommittee he chairs, which, by the way if far more important that whether or not I get a peek at someone's tax returns, or know who they slept with (because I know that's coming next...) and so should you.

    February 27, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
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