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. sacto joe

    The energy bill was a "bitter" compromise. It was a case of either sign the flawed bill or have no bill at all for a couple of years at least.

    Senator Clinton knows that, but has neglected to tell the people of Pennsylvania all the facts.

    April 15, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  2. Demo Craxy

    She is desperate and will do wahtever it takes,
    she has lied about Bosnia, Nafta, Canada, Mexico
    she has lied about "35 years of experience,"
    shemade 109 million who is the elitist?
    she spends summers in Martha's vineyard, who is the elitists?
    She send an email about Senator being Muslim, he is not he is Christian
    She send another emial about Senator Obama while he visited Africa , who is the elitist?
    She said only the big states count? who is demeaning?
    someone who makes up lies, laughs off a her own lies, never sees the oponent in the eye, pretends to cry and care when in side she is mad as hell, someone who stands by a ch eater husband while claims to be a feminist,
    somoene who claims does not support Nafta while her advisors makes deals with none less than Colombia
    someone who does not fire her advisor who deals with the colombians
    someone whose husband takes at least $800,+++ for lobbying his wife to support nafta.......while she syas she does not..

    who is the liar, the elitist, the demeaning of hard working people???

    if you can not guess, you are not living in the USA or in this world, ............wonder where you are ..

    April 15, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  3. money

    if Clintons made millions, they gave back quite a good chunk to charity. This looks fair.

    Not eveyrbody is scrutinized as they are these days.

    April 15, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  4. Demo Craxy

    No more Clintonssssssssssss

    Clinton and McCain one and the same, ...but even then I would vote for McCain........

    April 15, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  5. Bill

    I have heard Obama explain this particular bill, and i am going to believe his version. Thank you very much.

    April 15, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  6. Michael,North Carolina

    Sen. Clinton is the one who should be ashamed of herself. SHE HAS PEOPLE WHO WERE FORMERLY IN CHARGE OF HER CAMPAIGN DOING BACKDOOR DEALS WITH THE COLOMBIAN GOVERNMENT, AND SHE WANTS TO TALK ABOUT THIS ISSUE. True or not about this energy deal. The deals that her and her cronies were doing with the colombian government has done more damage to the AVERAGE WORKING MAN, AND WOMAN, than this energy deal she is PROBABLY NOT BEING COMPLETELY HONEST ABOUT.


    April 15, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  7. Taylor

    I do not understand why people have a problem with this ad. It is completely true. No one is scrutinizing Obama and it takes that kind of scrutiny... both positive and negative information will help us come to the truth and evaluate him corectly. No one says anything when Obama says something awful about Hillary, such as when his wife suggested that she could not govern because of her inability to stop her husband from engaging in oral sex with another woman.

    However, it is true... Obama takes money from large spenders and wealthy bundlers to cut across expenditures, he has people from Blue Cross runnin his campaign, his campagin chair is David Axelrod the kingmaker in the media, he has accepted money from Tony Rezko and let his own district got o hell becaue of his influence from Rezko, he lies about his bill on ethics reform it was not at all a big deal, moreover it was a waste of tax money being that it said that lobbyists and PAC's could do whatver they wanted for a political candidate so long as the politician were standing at the time of receiving it.

    Besides what good is candidate who makes his campaign about changing ethics codes if he is so naive, has so little experience, and has such a small depth of knowledge on the toehr issues that matter.

    I just do not undertsnad it at all.

    April 15, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  8. Melissa

    To those of you who have an interest in seeing your candidate win in the general:

    – There's a useful tip they tell you when you go out to campaign for any candidate. They tell you not to criticize/get angry with people who disagree with you. High minded debate is healthy and good, but please be aware that you only serve to damage your own side when you pile on the personal attacks.

    April 15, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  9. rudy, Trenton,NJ

    Let it be told, the the real truth behind all these primary's, and the election of the DAY ONE PRESIDENT, is that all OF THE WASHINGTON LOBBYIST, LAME-DUCK President George Bush,McCain and The same old Hillary, behind the scene's politics are Over! They're all scared of the new kid on the block. AMERICA, and the whole World are READY FOR REAL CHANGE. BARACK OBAMA IS THE POEPLES CHOICE ! America is ready for a new day. And WHEN Obama is PRESIDENT-ELECT.The world will be a better place to live again!

    April 15, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  10. Clinton4EVER

    May the best woman win!!

    Fight Hillary Fight! 08!!

    April 15, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  11. Ross in MD

    Her attacks are as negative as her favorability ratings. BA-ZING!

    (Note: She is the only candidate with a net negative fav. rating. What was that about being electable Hillary?)

    April 15, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  12. joe

    Hillary is in denial. Or maybe she is having a Senior moment ( you know a little confused ). She has been negative her whole life. Can you imagine what life would be like if she becomes president ?

    April 15, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  13. julie MN

    To all you Obama supporters, the only thing Obama and his wealthy,elite , hate, terroristic friends, want to do for you is take away all your rights, turn the U.S into some communist country, He know more cares about blacks, then any other ethnic group, He is out for power, and to destroy this country. So yes 44% or more will go for McCain, COUNTRY FIRST-PARTY SECOND–NO OBAMA !!!!~

    April 15, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  14. PA Al

    Wow Lin you sound like a hater. Why don't you take the time and explain to us what you stand for, who you prefer to speak for you. Look it just boils down to who do you think is willing to fight for you. Hillary or Obama. Clearly it's Obama ! Relax enjoy the ride and be happy change is on the way. Luv to seeya angry.

    April 15, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  15. Michael,North Carolina

    Also I must add that I believe Sen. Clinton is trying to insert racial overtones into her negative campaigning against Sen. Obama.
    As far as I am concerned the word ELITIST=UPPITY.

    This is a word that alot of southern whites would use to describe a black man or woman who they would consider lived above their means, or even to say lived just as good or better than White Americans.

    Sen. Clinton in my opinion is doing this because she know she has not chance of taking this nomination away from Sen.Obama. She wants to destroy him, and the Democratic party as much as she can. To try and keep the American people divided. To try and turn the whites that are for Sen. Obama against him, and his black supporters.


    April 15, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  16. ALBO

    After such, how anybody expect that the DEMs can beat the GOP in November:

    1) Any DEM attack to McCain accusing him yo be soft to Big Oil, will
    only be greeted with a laughter

    2) Any attack to McCain or the GOP, accusing them to be funded by
    the Big Money, will equally automatically defuse


    April 15, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  17. Tanya K

    A TIT for a TAT, didn't OBAMA just say these ads were not focusing on the real issues?

    April 15, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  18. Gary, Los Angeles

    I guess Obama does no wrong, huh? You crazy people! Wake up! Hillary 2008 and 2012!

    April 15, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  19. carolsullivan

    obama you are the next president of the us if hillary by some chance and i don;t know how wins i would never vote for her you are a fresh breath of life but if our country really believed what the president said about the weapons i guess they will believe all the lies she has to tell i know you sleep well at night but i don;t know about her her life is a lie i'm counting you you go obama change this county around so if i decide to visit outside of the county i will feel safe there is a reason the world is against us and you know why

    April 15, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  20. julie MN

    O.K cnn , why none of my posts. Or is it because I dared to call Anderson a Obama elitist, I think you need to understand that once Obama has shown us who he really is, anyone defending or praising him starts to look like him, sorry, He's just to scary!

    April 15, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  21. Alex H

    Carl from Pa – What? People aren't looking up the facts??? Why would they want to do that when all the information they'll ever need to know to wage war comes out of Hillary's mouth?

    Plus the bill is called the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

    To call it the Bush/Cheney Energy Bill is misleading... but not surprising.

    April 15, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  22. Nathan Hussein Bryson

    Has he gotten a little darker in this ad?

    April 15, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  23. Tom

    It seems that finally Sen. Obama's patience has worn thin and he's decided to move to his staff to DEFCON 1. It's about time he expose that monster.

    April 15, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  24. linda in illinois

    Hillary voted for GUN CONTROL.Ran on the issue in NEW YORK Hillary helped screw people with NAFTA. Hillary is involved with the Columbia trade agreement.Hillary also VOTED "YES" to the trade agreement Oman where the middle east gets 100% duty free goods into this country. Hillary took far more money from OIL COMPANY
    relatives then OBAMA. Hillary took 342 million in earmarks. Hillary husband pension is much higher than ANY OTHER EX-PRESIDENT
    HILLARY IS AN ELITIST. She is a liar and makes sure her own self interests come FIRST. They made 109 million reported on her taxes but what about money she recieved behind CLOSED DOORS IN PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS??? HILLARY CONTINUES TO BACK OTHER COUNTRIES NOT OURS. She is NATURAL AT MANIIPULATION, LIES and DECIT. She has a lot of favors to return to her LOBBYISTS BACKERS.

    April 15, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  25. Sue

    Hillary, was that not about green energy? Did it not include a higher tax on energy taxes. You are waxing poetic, grasping at straws, spinning your wheels....you and your campaign know this is refutable, so why do you keep stirring the pot when it is empty. as far as donations go, these donations came from individual donations from employees. Are you now telling us that if a work for a power company and doate $50.00 to a campaign that I am a special interest. Onse again a twist of the facts. Before you get into this mud slinging again, why not disclose who you PAS donaters are, and while you are at it, how about full disclosure on your taxes as to the accouting of Bills' earnings from all the companies that he "consults" on. You can't and won't get it. Pitiful

    April 15, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
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