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. Proud to be American...

    I Can't wait to see what he DOESN'T do as president if he makes it that far!!! GO HILLARY!!!!!

    February 27, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  2. E.Richards

    Hillary Clinton may be very educated, but she is hardly the kind of stateswoman we want to represent us at home and abroad. She is not to be trusted. She will stop at nothing to get into the White House again, even if she has to illicit sympathy.

    If Obama misses an opportunity to get something done in order to focus on something else of similar importance, there is no reasone why he cannot delegate. That's what management is all about.

    Hillary may be bright, but her personality is certainly not suited for president of a great country like the USA.

    February 27, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  3. Tati

    where are all the Obama people?

    voting

    February 27, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  4. American abroad

    I find it interesting that Senator Clinton said that she didn't have enough time to arrange for the release of her tax returns (which I presume isn't done by her in person), yet she and her supporters blame Senator Obama for beeing busy on his Campaign for the past two months. But you know what, she probably thinks that if he would have gave more time to that committee, she would have done better in the last 11 primaries.

    February 27, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  5. Lena

    Perhaps we should talk about the fact that she promised to create 200 000 new jobs in Buffalo THREE years ago and has not fulfilled her promise to the extent that there is a net LOSS of 30 000 jobs.

    Yes, let's talk about that promise...

    February 27, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  6. kerry d

    and hillary is the chairperson of what commiteeor sub-, and has held how many hearings?

    February 27, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  7. gerry

    This is a mistake by obama.He should haveactivated his committee.

    But these committees are driven by a process, almost a standard process.If one checks closely, one will see very little difference between this and other similar committees.And Mrs.Clinton knows this.

    February 27, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  8. Robert James

    Why do all of the presidential candidates tell us all of the ideas they will enact when they become president, but, none have tried any of these while in Congress. Should we not look at their past record of voting to see where they stand, instead of words that go nowhere. Obama is blasted for his lack of issue stand in Illinois, Clinton argues that she has " leadership skills", but, held no security clearance or had any hand in her husbands work. McCain has actually been in the military & may understand it better, but, since being a POW, he puts TOO much emphasis on the war, to tell us what else he may do. Let's broaden the issues & what can actually be done & why they think we shoulld elect them. SHOW us why your different. SHOW us why you would be the better choice.

    February 27, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  9. SAM - CommonSense

    Hillary failled miserably on healthcare after 8yrs as co-president. Now, its her big-deal case! Obama has not help meetings on Europe in the senate after roughly a year of chairing that committe..big deal? He's not been doing anything less during that period either, Europe is just fine now.. the Euro is much more valuable than our dollar. He's running to take power from Bush-McCain so that with the authority of the president, Americans can work to take back the American Dream! Get your priorities right Billarians!

    February 27, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  10. bob East

    This is not a new issue. If you listne to the debates he tlaks about all he has sponsored in the senate yet you cannot find a single bill that has his nname as anything other than a supporter.
    The record is clear- he was an activist. He was a state legislator who had time to write a book and run for US Senate in the few years he was there and now hee is a US Senator that has had time to write yet another book and promote it and plan a campaign he admits started in January 2007. When has he done his job as a Senator?
    He is the chairman of a subcommittee? It's seems to be an empty chair.
    What will he do as President except meet with world leaders and run for re-election? And just what wil that third book be about anyway?
    I am old enough to remeber both Kennedy's and Mr Obama you are not John (or Robert) Kennedy!

    February 27, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  11. Adam

    Dolores:

    The Obama people aren't here because there is nothing to slam Hillary about. This is 100% true and they have to hide from it.

    February 27, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  12. Peter Kavanagh

    wow did you people jump all over this one lol . You people just don't get it people want a change .We are suffering from Clinton fatigue and want Obama .

    Now she is saying the press is biased . When Bill started to attack J.D. Roberts was on CNN talking about the latest round in the feud between the "Clinton's" and the "obama's" . Funny I didn't hear Michele call Hillary's campaign a "fairy tale" .

    Barrack will blow her out big time Tues. its over

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

    To answer Delores' question on where the Obama people are-

    Weer n ur puter, laffin at u n ur candidate.

    Best go check the Congress website and see if ANY meetings have been held. He said he hadn't held any about Afghanistan, not about anything at all. Go check, then get back to me, k?

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

    Perhaps we should talk about the fact that she promised to create 200 000 new jobs in Buffalo THREE years ago and has not fulfilled her promise to the extent that there is a net LOSS of 30 000 jobs.

    Yes, let's talk about that promise!!!!

    Hmmm, 230 000 jobs gone in Buffalo alone. Thanks for your service Senator Clinton! It's been a great help....

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

    Perhaps we should talk about the fact that she promised to create 200 000 new jobs in Buffalo THREE years ago and has not fulfilled her promise to the extent that there is a net LOSS of 30 000 jobs.

    Yes, let's talk about that promise!!!!

    Hmmm, 230 000 jobs gone in Buffalo alone. Thanks for your service Senator Clinton! It's been a great help.

    February 27, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  16. st louis

    The Obama people are watching his numbers and donations go up. Nobody has time for this but Hillary's frantic supporters. Have you notice that John McCain is going after Obama and not Hillary. Have fun posting yourselves. Bye Bye

    February 27, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  17. Bobby

    "Dolores
    where are all the Obama people on this one?"

    to answer your question Dolores, CNN is editing out all the Obama comments so far.

    February 27, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  18. DP

    Nobody cares this is so so petty.

    February 27, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  19. Patrick

    This is kind of off subject but I ask this question in all honesty and am not trying to start a debate. I know both Obama and Hilary want out of Iraq but they both support the war in Afghanistan because we want to stop Al Queda and support a new democracy there; those are the same two reasons why I support staying in Iraq and John McCain. Can someone who supports one of the two democratic candidates and therefore probably is against the war in Iraq please tell me why they continue to support the war in Afghanistan but not Iraq?

    Thanks

    February 27, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  20. SLO Bear

    At least he made it to the FISA vote. Selfish desperation is not helping the Democratic party or the American people. It's time for superdelegates to close the bar before the damage gets more expensive.

    February 27, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  21. Jim

    Interesting the one Obama supporter on this blog. I love it....it's petty to expect someone to perform their responsibilities? Ok, it's sleepy time, you can go back to bed now Damon.

    February 27, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  22. TED

    Go Hillary ! you rock! let the people vote not the media decide our minds! we love you and no matter what they say no one would make usa a better country then you. I'm a white male guy how's that! I got no problem with a woman the guys in my work that have a problem are all weak and insecure with themselves. like there manhood will be replaced. Go Hillary you rock!!!!

    February 27, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  23. DF

    Dolores...Perhaps the Obama people are being censored (I have yet to have one of my posts actually get posted, even though I've submitted when there were zero posts made at the time).

    Until you observe how DC politics work (the everyday life), be careful to criticize Obama for this. It is perfectly reasonable that a candidate who has low recognition needs to spend 10 times the amount of time campaigning. Hillary is a household name and because Obama has focued on meeting with people in this campaign he is winning.

    February 27, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  24. SAM

    We all know that he is all talk. The media was kind to him and he could do no wrong. As Chairman of a sub-comittee on Europe that has influences on NATO actions, and yet he didn't take his responsibility as he should. How can we trust his all talk and no action now? Wake up America before it's too little too late. Ohio and Texas, you can change the wrong.

    February 27, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  25. TED

    Go hillary!!!!!

    February 27, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
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