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. Julie

    Hillary is a leader that we can count on; she has a record as working hard, taking action and doing her job. We do not need another fraternity guy politician who does nothing for this country.

    February 27, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  2. Damon

    Oh my God People!

    He hasn't held an inquiry into how NATO can be stronger in Afghanistan. No one said he has never attended a meeting. Please get it together and stop grasping at straws. I personally feel that right now, with this administration, he needs to focus on becoming President, for that is the only way this world will change for the better. If another Bush-thinking person gets to sit in the Oval Office imagine how much worse the next 4 to 8 years will be?

    Please stop this petty stuff

    February 27, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  3. JS in OK

    Thank you CNN for finally reporting important FACTS about Obama's record. Keep up the good work!

    February 27, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  4. Dolores

    where are all the Obama people on this one?

    February 27, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  5. sam

    These are the facts that the screaming. placard waving followers of obama do not seem to be aware of. They are being hoodwinked by a phoney who is only after power. No substance in his empty words. I hope and pray the voters and the MEDIA take notice of this and stop the rot before its too late for America and rest of the world.

    February 27, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  6. Sam

    Only 14 comments from Hillary camp? Where did everyone go!

    Obama will have plenty of time for meetings. Don't sweet the small stuff.

    February 27, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. Jane

    I hope Americans will see the real Obama before it's too late. He's all talk and no action and that explains his lack of responsibility to stand up to the challenge. Giving a speech about the Iraq war is hardly a vote that counts when you're not even in the Senate. There were citizens all across the nation giving speeches and rallies but that doesn't make us a candidate for President. And then he went to the Senate and voted exactly like. Now he has surrounded himself with the establishment Democrats, whom he claims to loathe, the very politicians that voted to give authority to President Bush to go to war, exactly the way Hillary voted.

    February 27, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  8. Vic

    CNN "Best plitical team get our TRUST back.
    Take the right, fair position on this. You're students of politics. By any measure this is bad chairing. Say so!
    Don't bother to "moderate" this - this is for your eyes only, if your underlings show you it.

    February 27, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  9. Sandy in New Mexico

    This is such an irrelevant discussion. Clinton, Obama, and McCain have spent hours and hours on the road – ALL running for president! Huckabee is the only one who does not have a day job! Clinton is giving the enemy ammunition and all you can do is complain and whine. Clinton should be attacking McCain, not Obama. All she is doing is splitting the party. GEEZ!!

    February 27, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  10. Souza

    Funny how the media never brings up these things. Corporations own the media. Republicans support Corporations so no wonder they give Obama all the attention. They want McCain for President so they are suporting the person that will loose against McCain. Senator Clinton has been down the road of running for office and taking on Republicans. GO HILLARY!!

    February 27, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  11. Don Luis

    Could Obama haters speak well of Hillary rather than slander?
    This extremely silly to see comments that attack with so much anger. They both will do fine up against McCain, but I believe Obama has a atronger voice because he represents THE PEOPLE of America. He has the experience to defeat all odds being a minority.

    America is in desperate need for CHANGE. I am sure Hillary and Obama can give us that, but Obama represents a unique group of individuals who make America the way it is – a multi-cultured nation.

    Obama is the voice and represents the soon to be majority.

    February 27, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  12. Debbie, St. Charles, MO

    It is really a shame that Obama has not been scrutinized until this past week. After George Bush was elected for a second term there was a headline in one of England's newspapers that read, "How can 55 million people be so stupid?" I look at Obama and ask myself the same question – every day. We heard the same rhetoric from Bush – that he can unite the parties; and one more similarity – little experience. America, let's not be so stupid again.

    February 27, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  13. dallasiteforhillary

    Wow, the Obama crowd is kinda quite here. Hard to deny this lil morsel huh? He has actually been running for President for the past 2 years. His words in debate number 19.

    February 27, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  14. Corey

    Wow, Hillary is looking really DESPERATE these days! How pathetic! Perhaps after she loses the nomination, she can star in a new cnn drama series titled, "Desperate Former First Ladies!"

    February 27, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  15. Mauo

    Go Hillary!!!!! if she doesnt win I will vote for McCain. And who cares if the low life Lewis is now supporting Obama.

    February 27, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  16. Erika Donneson

    Of course he isn't wasting time with a European subcommittee, forget NATO. Because it does't affect his numbers.

    February 27, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  17. MR. B.

    Hilliary who........?

    America Is Ready
    Obama 08

    February 27, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  18. Covin

    Wow!!! There seems to be a lot of angry Hillary supporters. All I could say is, "Don't hate me because I beautiful." When you guys stop being spinned by the Clinton's spin machine. You'll know what I mean.

    February 27, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  19. Judy

    When Obama is given the chance to chair an important subcommittee, he does nothing. Is this a glimpse into the future? If he's too busy running for President to take on the responsibility, then resign that position. But I guess it helps puff up the resume.

    Obama cannot be counted on to follow through with his promises and that's what disturbs me as he moves closer to the White House. I am concerned that the voters and superdelegates are being swept up in the latest trend. When people like John Lewis switch their support from Clinton to Obama because they want to ride the popular wave, I question their motives. If superdelegates were supposed to vote with their constituents, then Ted Kennedy should be voting for Clinton. I don't see that one happening.

    February 27, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  20. Charle

    Wow, it took her a year to finally find an imperfection about Obama. congrats Mrs Clinton, at last you havesomething that actuallyis useful in your campaign.I'm afraid itis too late now.

    February 27, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  21. Derek

    Are you posting only pro-Hillary comments here?

    If this is the best Hillary has, she is in deep trouble. Please Hillary, tell me what exactly you have done in the past six years to make our country safer?

    Oh that's right you voted for the Iraq war, which you have now admitted you regret, because it has made us less safe.

    Sorry, but this feeble attempt at criticism will go over about as well as that comment about Barack's pillows. Good one!

    February 27, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  22. Cindy

    Too little, too late. Won't make a dent in his momentum. When will people begin to understandt that it is not about liking Obama it is despising Hillbilly.

    February 27, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  23. Johnson

    Hillary has no wins!

    February 27, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  24. 4REAL

    Well if that is why you say support Hillary. Then why don't she stop hiding her tax records to the campaign as asked. That don't say she is experience. She always try to get the media to focus on him for somethings that means nothing. Hillary supports get over it.

    February 27, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  25. Jim

    And is our friend Hillary busily doing Senate-related duties during her campaign? Oh, wait, she's too busy trying to jump on her opponent for every single litte thing. My mistake!

    And remember kids, Mr. Clinton and several other presidents have been governors before this, or senators who have not chaired committees, etc!

    February 27, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
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