April 20th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
14 years ago

Three negative spots debut in one day


[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/20/art.dncad.cnn.jpg caption="The DNC is taking on John McCain in a new TV spot."] (CNN) - With just two days to go until the Pennsylvania primary, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama both launched new attack ads Sunday that accuse the other of “empty rhetoric” and “eleventh-hour smears” - while the Democratic National Committee trained its fire on John McCain.

Roughly half a dozen negative spots - the majority of all campaign advertising in the state - have hit the airwaves this week alone.

Barack Obama’s ad, “Exactly,” is the latest in a series of ads from both candidates that paint their opponent as a tool of special interests.

“Newspapers call Hillary Clinton's negative attacks the ‘old politics.’ And now, in the final hours, she's launched the most misleading and negative ad of the campaign,” says the announcer in the 30-second spot. “Barack Obama doesn't take money from special interest PACS or Washington lobbyists. Not one dime. But federal records show Clinton's raised millions from PACs and lobbyists; more than any candidate, in either party.”

“Eleventh hour smears, paid for by lobbyist money: Isn't that exactly what we need to change?”

The Clinton camp released a spot Sunday that responds to Saturday criticism from the Obama campaign of the New York senator’s health care plan.

“He couldn't answer tough questions in the debate. So Barack Obama is making false charges against Hillary's health care plan. She has a plan everyone can afford,” says the announcer. “Obama's will cost taxpayers $1,700 more to cover each new person. Hillary's plan covers everyone. Obama's leaves 15 million people out.”

As both candidates focus their fire on each other, the Democratic National Committee is taking on presumptive GOP nominee John McCain in a new ad, “Better off?”, that paints McCain as out of touch with current economic issues.

The spot uses footage of McCain saying “I think we are better off overall” than we were before President Bush took office, and asks “Do you feel better off?”

The McCain campaign has criticized Barack Obama for using this quote out of context, without including the Arizona senator’s full remarks – in which he said that overall economic progress was little comfort to those who are struggling.

The DNC has said it is making a significant ad buy.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • DNC • Hillary Clinton • John McCain
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. christi

    ITS ABOUT TIME~!!!!!! McCain has 8 years of REPUBLICAN FAILURE to answer for.

    April 20, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  2. Jack in ND

    Well, Clinton is already finished.

    If Pennsylvania is misguided enough to still give Hillary a win and perpetuate this, they deserve to have been inundated with all that trash.

    April 20, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Grif

    Roughly, Half a Dozen Negative Spot's...
    Six Letter's..... Beware..... Borack.....

    April 20, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. Venus

    Keep your foot on her neck! Bring the Clintons down! Worry about grand-pa later!

    April 20, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. Concerned Voter

    I thought Obama was going to run a new kind of campaign. How can his supporters not see through such hypocrisy?

    April 20, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. Clara

    I hope the DNC wises up and gets Hillary the nomination or says bye bye to hopes for the White House.

    April 20, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. Uncle Sam

    The American people know Sen. John McCain to be not your average Republican and, more importantly, not your typical politician.

    Americans for McCain '08

    April 20, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. gerald strother

    Do the math over for Hillary, If she win by override the will of the people what has she won?? if I am one of the volt she over ride she wont get my volt

    April 20, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. Gail

    Too much noice.....super delegates,,,,if you have a role at all, this would be where it shoud be used....do make dems not fight dems

    April 20, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. Ovitshio Branco from Scranton (PA)

    God bless America

    April 20, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. bigben

    Obama supporters this means war!

    April 20, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  12. Peter in Oregon

    Hillary Clinton is dishonest, self-serving, and self-righteous.

    If Barack Obama exhibited some of the serious character flaws that Hillary has during this campaign he would have been out long ago.

    Obama '08

    April 20, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. Susan MO

    Obama is the one who:

    Insulted the people of Pennsylvania.

    We do not need a president who insults the people.

    That is being SUPER Negative.

    Strongely now for Hillary Clinton

    April 20, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. chris isner

    The Neo-Cons are our enemies; our enemies support Clinton; vote Obama.

    April 20, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  15. kevinlarmee




    April 20, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. LD

    It's going to be very harmful for the democratic Party in November.

    April 20, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. Pete

    It's time for Hillary to quit! Everyone knows she can't win except her. In the meantime she's ruining a man's good name.

    April 20, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  18. noemi in los angeles

    I dislike negative ads. I think our citizens really need ads that deal with how candidates plan to attack the issues our country faces. Politicians should be regulated as to how many negative ads they can air during a campaign.

    Obama 08

    April 20, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  19. pc

    Obama doesn't accuse, he challenges. Clinton can't stand to be exposed. She can't take the heat and should get out of the kitchen!



    April 20, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  20. Unbelievable

    Thar she blows again. Hillary with 109 Million Dollars in sleazy lobby money the Clintons got for sending our jobs to China. Has the audacity to hint that Obama is linked to special interests. Liar Liar your pant suit is on fire.

    April 20, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  21. Cynthia

    I can't wait for all of the other states to vote. The infighting amongst Democrats is getting to be too much.

    April 20, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  22. Tom Baker

    I meant to say "I do not post after...."

    April 20, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  23. Sharon Minnesota

    Well, if they can't get these issues aired out in a debate they can spend a bunch of money on TV adds.

    April 20, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  24. Grif

    Question? Said Obama... Why did it take 45minut's.... Answer... "Because nobody wanted to listen to you Obama"...

    April 20, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |