March 3rd, 2008
02:06 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton goes after Obama's chairmanship in new ad

 Clinton is launching new ads in Texas and Ohio Monday.

Clinton is launching new ads in Texas and Ohio Monday.

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton hit Texas and Ohio airwaves Monday with two new television spots, including one that goes after Barack Obama for not holding any oversight hearings since becoming chairman of a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee.

"Barack Obama says he has the judgment to be president, but as chairman of an oversight committee charged with the force of fighting al Qaeda in Afghanistan, he was too busy running for president to hold even one hearing," an announcer says in a 30-second Texas ad called "True."

"Hillary Clinton will never be too busy to defend our national security, bringing our troops home from Iraq and pursuing Al Qaeda in Afghanistan," the announcer also says.

Clinton first criticized Obama over his chairmanship of a subcommittee on Europe at last week's MSNBC debate.

'"It has jurisdiction over NATO. NATO is critical to our mission in Afghanistan," she said then. "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."

Obama responded that he became chairman of that committee in January 2007, just as his presidential campaign was launching.

Clinton also went up with a new 30-second ad in Ohio on Monday called "Partner," in which she highlights the state's economic downturn and says she will fight for working families.

"The wealthy and the well-connected have had a president. It's time the middle class had a president who will stand up for you," Clinton says in that ad.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Ohio • Texas
soundoff (367 Responses)
  1. Vic

    FOR THE RECORD: The fact that Hillary Clinton DOES recognize that the low income, poorly educated citizens of the U. S. makes her that much more attractive for those of us NOT in that category. Remember, these folks pay taxes too, which enables us to enjoy all the positives of our country.

    Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are the ONLY persons who will determine when he/she should drop out of the race, and those who would insist on this are showing their arrogance. Now that it's coming to light that Obama has his faults, contrary to what the media have been reporting, is reason enough for Hillary to stay in the race. There are those who now say he has not been vetted enough, using his no-meeting chairmanship of the Afghanistan problem, and his prior relationship with the Chicago man who goes to trial today. What else is out there would affirm the need for further campaigning.

    Just like Senator Clinton, Senator Obama's record needs an "airing out."

    March 3, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. Closely Watching

    I have worked with several people who seem to think that the best way to advance up the corporate ladder is to tear down their equals by pointing out the mistakes they have made rather than pointing out their own strengths-as far as I know most of them are still in their mid-management level positions still trying to get ahead by tearing others down.

    The people who hold positions in higher level management are smart enough to recognize this tactic for the smear campaign it is-when will the people who still support Hillary gain the same level of wisdom?

    I am a 47-year-old white man with two degrees from Ohio State University and a long history of following the political scene very closely and I will unwaveringly vote for Obama tomorrow~

    Obama '08

    March 3, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. david

    Let's see if Obama copies this ad like he does everything else. Man, he really looks up to Hillary. You can tell. Imitation is the greatest form of flattery.

    We need a 20 yr old immature Obamazombie to make a mock ad of this...come on!


    March 3, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. Faye

    I was an obama supporter, but I get tired of hearing that he did not vote for the war in Iraq and that his wisdom in being against the war makes him ideally suited to be the democratic nominee, if not president. Why?
    -1 – he was not a senator at the time and was not privy to the intelligence presented to the Senators. Professing clairvoyance makes him less credible in my book. We want to know is what he will do about it.
    -2 – Sen. Clinton, although one of the Senators who voted to authorize the war in Iraq, presented a recommendation on the floor to allow the inspectors to finish their work – that recommendation was rejected.
    -3 – Sen. Clinton should not have to apologize for the war. She acted based on the intelligence presented to her and the other senators who now endorse Sen. Obama. If the facts have changed since then, she has shifted her position to apply to the facts as she knows it.

    I believe Sen. Obama should not try to discredit Sen. Clinton's foreign policy experience based on this issue alone, particularly when he has failed to hold oversight meetings for Afghanistan. He has other merits to his character that his campaign should highlight.

    March 3, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. Deana

    LOL, I think obama is getting worried, hi rhetoric is wearing thin ;).

    March 3, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. Jbrd

    Why would Obama take the committe chair if he knew he would not be able to do it? That shows a lack of respect for the job and also that he wanted to use it only to bolster his resume. He put personal gain over duty to his country.

    March 3, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. Mike

    Interesting that Obama thinks that China is part of NAFTA (re: his comments during the debate). Obama has all the intellectual foreign policy firepower of an American Idol contestant.

    March 3, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. norma

    When it comes to he said/she said – I'll believe her more than him. Its really sad to say that after the last two debaucle's where the courts had to cheat and give the presidency away – here we are again. Only this time, its the media that has given the presidency "almost" away – from day one.

    Mr. Obama may have a good speech writer – and his librarians do a good job of turning words around whenever HIllary hits on a sore spot, but you believe all his jargon and try to make him look like Einstein. With all due respect, If nothing more, 'd love to see Hillary make you eat your words.

    Well, like the carnival man who charms the snakes – I hope if he is the nominee, he can charm the pants off all our hostile foreign leaders – if "charm" means "change."

    March 3, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. Lisa Singh

    Really, now. The comment by Hillary that there has not been one hearing on oversight was bait. Nothing more than that. Just something to get the juices flowing because she couldn't find anything of substance to put into the pool.

    Let's not take this kind of bait and hook tactic. Let's stick to the issues, the important points that matter sincerely to the American public. And, according to what I have heard, Obama takes the lead in what he brings to the campaign and to our chances to continue as a strong, viable nation in the future!

    March 3, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. MN Woman

    FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT HILLARY. Another deposit on my future will be sent to you tomorrow!

    I'm living on Soc. Sec. Disabilty, if I can find money to donate so can others this important decesion.

    Obama completely lost me in the debate when he glossed over people, such as myself, paying for Medicare part B, which responsible person on a limited income has to have. He has no clue that that coverage takes 25% right of the top of my disablity.

    And...before you maniacs start ragging about low income, uneducated people, blah,blah,blah...I worked for 35 hears with severe Rheumatoid Arthritis and I'll go toe to to with any of you on intellect.

    March 3, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. kathe oakland, california

    You know Hillary's ad about the call at 3am well if you look and listen very closely phone I believe rings at least 5 times!!!!!! Where is President Hillary – don't you think a white house "red" phone should be picked up on 1st ring?????? Again Hillary's judgement in crisis BOO BOO. Also why in world at 3am would she have on a suite, jewlry, lipstick, etc. If you are going to do an AD do it right and be real.
    If Hillary has not answered that phone on 1st ring, WOW I don't know about her.


    March 3, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. Pamela

    Please let this be over with tomorrow! !. Vote Obama.

    Hillary is beyond desperate. How in the world could she possibly unite the country?

    March 3, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. Hector Rodriguez

    i believe Sen. Clinton is fireing disperate shots to win over voters at Sen. i can recall Obama suported going after Taliban but dis-approved the war in IRAQ, which CLINTON was all for............the true american EMEMY is in Afganistan not IRAQ.........

    March 3, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. carol

    I agree with Gary. Wake up America. Obama is just a smooth talker and will be the worst possible President ever. Hillary Clinton is the one who should be running this country. These young people are just voting for his looks and him being young. He has no experience whatsoever. You better wake up and smell the coffee on March 4th before it's too late. If you want this country straightenend out,Hillary is the #1 person to lead. She's a smart woman. I just haven't figured out why everyone thinks Obama is so great. What has he ever done except go to rallies and make the people scream and faint. Go HILLARY, you deserve this 100%. All the media and press do is put her down. It's very rude and they are so nasty.

    March 3, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. democracynow2008

    Lets remember on that special day Oct.10th ,2002 before we went to invade Iraq Mrs experience did the wrong thing she voted on a resolution to invade Iraq which President Bush wanted to do.
    She Senator Experience Clinton voted yes while Senator Barbara Boxer voted No.
    Sh says she against the war and has been from the start thats why she gave Bush what he wanted in 2002 a yes vote to invsde Iraq.
    Talk about who do you trust to be President its not Hillary Clinton.
    So that leaves me with one other choice and one I as a Democrat will make Senator Obama clearly is the right American candidate to become President of The United States of America.
    Those that spend time putting him down and creating fear and lies are the trash of America period and would be better spent talking about issues instead of the nonsense that some are creating here.
    Go Obama Yes We Can is not just words its action.

    March 3, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  16. shobha

    In response to "On the record" who said Hillary base is uneducated and so forth. I would like to tell this person that I am a huge supporter of Hillary and I have the highest education that anyone can get -a Ph.D. So quit sterotyping.

    March 3, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  17. deliseo

    I think Hillary ad was useless just the same as Obama. In fact I don't think Obama should of made an ad so similar because either one were effective. Very corny in my opinion. What is effective is the way his campaign is running which makes this country excited about a candidates with a different flash. I don't want the traditional politician with experience because experience has not gotten us anywhere in the past 7 years. We should be happy to have this Obama or this sensational strong lady to guide us in the next 4 years.

    So for some of you stop bickering about desperation
    when their both just trying hard to win these primaries.

    March 3, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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