April 15th, 2008
04:28 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton, Obama go negative on special interest influence

The new ad is Clinton’s second negative spot this week.

The new ad is Clinton’s second negative spot this week.

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton’s campaign debuted a new 30-second television spot Tuesday that accuses Barack Obama of accepting donations from energy executives and supporting the Bush-Cheney energy bill – as the Illinois senator’s campaign unveiled a new mailer and Web ad that says she has accepted more lobbyist money than any other candidate.

“Every gallon of gas takes over three bucks from your pocket,” says the announcer in the new Clinton ad, ‘Pocket.’ “But Obama voted for the Bush-Cheney energy bill that put $6 billion in the pocket of big oil. Hillary voted against it….”

The new Obama mailer and Web ad make many of the same charges against the New York senator. "Clinton has taken money from lobbyists for oil companies, drug companies and insurance companies,” says the Pennsylvania mailer. “She says they represent ‘real people.’ Do they represent you?"

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  1. vince - Phoenix - (forgive me cnn, for I have sinned)

    at LEAST it's an attack on a REAL FREAKING ISSUE... for once in her miserable campaign!

    April 15, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  2. tired of the double-speak.

    Hillary shouldn't be one to talk. She's got more baggage than LAX. It seems like all she can do is go negative. She's been a nay sayer from day one. Nay sayers are always an impediment to progress. The fact that she thinks people will buy into this hypocrisy is insulting to the intelligence of the American voters. There is no way I want her representing the values of the Democratic party this next election. If she wins, my endorsement goes to whatever reality show contestant is popular this fall. I never watch that garbage, but I just might have to start this next election season depending on the primary's outcome.

    Come on Pennsylvania.
    I know you're smarter than to fall for Clinton's tactics.
    I know you will have the wisdom to consider the source.

    April 15, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  3. maggie

    You people are so stupid! You don't bother to look anything up, but you just keep talking....saying what you hear the media idiots saying on TV. Elitism is a state of mind. It has nothing to do with how you grew up or how much money you have now. It's who and what you THINK you are!! Barack holds his head up so high, chin in the air, looking down on everyone! Yes, he definitely fits the description of an elitist!! For those of you who didn't take the time to look it up...I've done it for you.




    1. belief in concept of superiority: the belief that some people or things are inherently superior to others and deserve preeminence, preferential treatment, or higher rewards because of their superiority

    2. belief in control by small group: the belief that government or control should be in the hands of a small group of privileged, wealthy, or intelligent people, or the active promotion of such a system

    3. control by small group: government or control by a small, specially qualified, or privileged group

    April 15, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  4. Grif

    To all Obama supporter's. Ditto! If Obama drops out, then all will be fine...

    April 15, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  5. Bayou Joe

    i can't believe this new revelation. The Democratic candidates taking money from Oil lobbist. What are they thinking. Next you will find that the Pharmaceuticals are also giving them money. Or that George Soros is funding a 527 PAC to hit at McCain. Horrors, I am shocked.

    This is like a day time soap opera. Meanwhile I am losing my home to that unscrupulous lender that financed it at 100% without me having to show any income.

    The new enlightened politics. Brought to you by your Democratic Party.

    April 15, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  6. levi

    For the first time in my life Isaw Obama wearing the American flag pin.
    Is that what they tell you to do Obama to show that you are not anti-american ,keep hiding the real Obama.

    April 15, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  7. Huntingdon PA

    Why did Barack Hussein Obama vote for the energy bill...I guess he has interests in those parts of the world.

    Beware B. Hussein Obama.

    We are talking about electing the next President of the USA, this is not a popularity contest for student body president.

    Get real, B. Hussesin Obama is scary and his wife is a nut.

    April 15, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  8. Tejano

    Now that is hitting below the belt. Why can't you too be civil to each other. We all know that politicians receive money from Big Oil and Drug companies. That is why Oil prices are high and Drugs are illegal and we can't buy them in Mexico or Canada where drugs are cheaper.

    Get this intra party fight over soon so we can get to the main event.

    and may the best Patriot win.

    April 15, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  9. Hillary 08

    Obama will not win even with all the DRUG money he's using for his TV ADs!!!!!!!!!

    April 15, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  10. Incredible!

    Elaine from California........check at factcheck.org........you will find that Senator Obama has left out some critical information in this bogus ad. That would be what he has accepted and taken from his big corporate money people – guess what, more than Clinton. He only tells 1/2 truth. Sorry you are so gullable – but most Obama supporters are. Just check the facts and then decide. There is a principal in law called 'ommission of fact'. Check into that too.

    Obama is unelectable for the General Election. I think it should be a prerequisite for every super delegate to read his books. They provide a clear picture of his intentions and how he thinks. This is only the beginning...and he will get smooshed by the Republicans. They will not need a big boat to swiftboat him – more like a canoe.

    April 15, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  11. Lynn D

    Hello Obama supporters. The difference is Senator Clinton does not make a bold claim to not taking any money from lobbyists. Senator Obama says he does not take money from lobbyists when he does. The media is fooling you into believing that Senator Clinton does not tell the truth. The media is brainwashing you. Ask Senator Obama to tell you about Tony Rezko, Rev. Wright and Wiliam Ayers. Ask him why he called PA people "hicks" No matter what Senator Clinton is the better choice to beat McCain in November.

    April 15, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  12. Susan MO

    NOTHING would surprise us about Obama...........not after he insulted the people of Pennsylvania. And then 'made light of it'..........basically laughing in their faces.

    America........do not vote for Obama.... who insults the people. How rude & critical. We do not need a president like this.

    Obama........lost our vote a long time time ago with being negative.

    Now Strongely for Hillary Clinton

    Clinton 08

    April 15, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  13. Jude

    You know something...In all of this....Hillary's words always comes back to bite her. She's the one that has done herself in. She could only blame herself for losing when early on she was in front. Even these deceptive ads will come back to haunt her because the American people see right through her two-face lying person. Its Obama and if not Obama then Nadar...screw McCain The Same and Hillary Billary.

    April 15, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  14. Mike

    People, PLEASE read "From Dreams Of My Father," and "From The Audacity Of Hope."

    ...You will then understand the hatred of this "So-Called-Obama..."

    He hates white people!!!! He IS an ELITIST!!!!!

    Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!!

    April 15, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  15. Paul

    It is sad how people have been brainwashed by speeches. Obama is not God, did you notice that he was at Rezco's party, then he lied about the ammount he received from him.
    Later on, his pastor accussed America of Terrorism and the worst part is that he inspired the tittle of Obama's book... he gave a speech, yet, he never apologized.
    Obama and his lawyers disenfranchised FLA and Michigan with the DNC witnessing everything.
    Now he has attacked Core American Values.. gun ownership and faith.. If some of you do not believe in God, millions of Americans do out of conviction and not out of frustration like Obama stated.
    God will bless America by delivering us from an extremist-snob who plays to be the savior. He is just words.

    President of The United States of America, 'cause actions matter more than "Just words,.."
    The best candidate and our hope to fix the problems (economy-healthcare, jobs) and build a better future for us all


    April 15, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  16. David

    Hillary ....Please leave already

    April 15, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  17. Dee Dee

    She will still be placing negative ads after he is sworn in to the office.
    Pouting is she?

    April 15, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  18. annie

    This has definetly turned into a vote for race and not for who is qualifed. obama has no experience has a horrible list of friends and has no programs laid out for this so-called "change". What will all you obama nuts do when he appoints slum landlord Rezko as VP? Best wake-up folks, he is half and half and thinking about no one but himself. He is an arrogant, look down his nose at everyone but the criminal crowd he hangs with.

    April 15, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  19. honkey white guy from cali

    All these bitter Hillary supporters in her for a moment I thought I was on Hillary.com it seems the only place left with those guys that can not for the life of them see the difference between corp backed donations and my brother who is a janitor at Exxon and made a 50 dollar donation. They will believer anything and don't mind being lied to to. They will continue to bow down and kiss her feet. I am glad other seem to be waking up it is funny Obama went to a close door fund raiser in San Fransisco and was not bad mouthing anyone he was actually telling the truth! we are bitter very bitter because people like Hillary and Mc Cain have been allowed to have there hands in the cookie jar for way to long!!! notice once again he was telling the straight truth to people who to be honest in SF probably did not want to hear it! just like he told wall street they will have to change there ways as well.

    Go Obama 08

    April 15, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  20. Sherylanne

    OK, all of you "typical white persons" who fell under the dark spell of Obama (I admit, I was once) are still in a trance....

    Notice how CNN is NOT reporting anything about the Rezko trial and how deep Obama was in "friendship" with him.

    Hillary might not win the nomination, but Barack will never win the election!!!

    April 15, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  21. CL

    We are learning more about Mr Obama all the time, aren't we? Time to realize that he is not a saviour to be followed blindly. At least Hillary doesn't act like she is.

    April 15, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |


    Hillary or McCain 08'

    April 15, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  23. Rick

    Don't be silly people. Check out factcheck.org and see that Obama takes PAC money and gets money from lobbyists...he just does it in a slightly different way. In fact, they say that he has taken more money from the oil industry than ANY SENATOR.

    The ones that come from nothing are always the worst elitists. Money does not equal elitism. So what if the Clintons have a lot of money. Was anyone surprised by that? The fact that they still work for our country shows me that they do it because they care.

    Nice "change" Obama. You are the same kind of politics as usual. Just better marketing.

    April 15, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  24. annie

    Isn't there at least one news reporter out there with the guts to track obama's campaign funds? Just one reporter who will track who is funding this money to the poor people to donate to obama.

    April 15, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  25. rezagui1@hotmail.com

    Hillary has lost, she just hasn't been told yet.

    April 15, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
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