April 23rd, 2008
10:26 AM ET
12 years ago

NY Times slams Clinton's 'negativity'

 Clinton celebrates her Pennsylvania victory with Gov. Ed Rendell.

Clinton celebrates her Pennsylvania victory with Gov. Ed Rendell.

(CNN) - Fresh off her victory in Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton is facing a stinging rebuke of her campaign tactics from her hometown paper, The New York Times.

In the paper's Wednesday edition, the editorial board which endorsed Clinton's White House bid earlier this year says the New York senator's "negativity" is doing "harm to her, her opponent, her party and the 2008 election."

"The Pennsylvania campaign, which produced yet another inconclusive result on Tuesday, was even meaner, more vacuous, more desperate, and more filled with pandering than the mean, vacuous, desperate, pander-filled contests that preceded it," the board writes.

The paper finds fault in Clinton's latest campaign ad, which includes an image of Osama bin Laden, and asks, "Who do you think has what it takes?"

"Mrs Clinton became the first Democratic candidate to wave the bloody shirt of 9/11," they write, adding that it is a tactic that is "torn right from Karl Rove’s playbook."

"Mrs. Clinton does more than just turn off voters who don’t like negative campaigning," the editorial also states. "She undercuts the rationale for her candidacy that led this page and others to support her: that she is more qualified, right now, to be president than Mr. Obama."

The paper also says Barack Obama deserves some of the blame for the negative tone. "He is increasingly rising to Mrs. Clinton’s bait, undercutting his own claims that he is offering a higher more inclusive form of politics."

But the editorial makes clear the paper thinks most of the blames lies with Clinton. "If she is ever to have a hope of persuading [superdelegates] to come back to her side, let alone win over the larger body of voters, she has to call off the dogs."

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  1. Fred in Indy

    Treaties aren't negotiated on "hope and change" You know what Jay u are so right only our Country was founded on it. So what's wrong with that... I hope everyday that the war in Iraq comes to an end and for a change in our "Gov" from the status quo. Every one attacks him for having no experience but forgot that Bill Clinton himself was just a darn Gov with no experience himself.... but sometimes to shake things up in Washington u need someone from the out outside. Not someone who has been in bed with a ton of lobbyist who cares nothing about whats is right but only about there own views....I was not going to use my superdelegate vote at first and wanted to stay neutral but ...... you know what My mom is going to have alot to say but "HILL" has really piss'ed me off You know greed is a deadly sin and her hidden ambitions scare me and I will now cast my vote for Obama and plan on donatin my full 2300 to his campaing hopefully my freinds will do the same and get him another 40 mil to defeat Old man McCain in Nov

    "08" Indiana 4 OBAMA "08"

    April 23, 2008 04:16 am at 4:16 am |
  2. Vic

    It's baffling that the woman who was a board member for Walmart and lead champion of NAFTA convinced blue collar workers she was their friend...Talk about a wolf in sheeps clothing.

    April 23, 2008 04:18 am at 4:18 am |
  3. john

    Billary is in debt to the tune of $10million.
    Obama has 42 Million on hand.
    If Billary gets the nod, then John gets my vote.

    I'm tired of Hillary talking down to the American people.
    She is an old joke.

    April 23, 2008 04:18 am at 4:18 am |
  4. Jay Epee

    D. Stevenson (11:53 pm ET)

    Too bad it isn't double digits...

    At 99% reporting she has a 9.39 percent lead. She will not get the double digits.

    Give it up already.

    April 23, 2008 04:21 am at 4:21 am |
  5. joe

    every time she put a negetive ad. let us send at least $10.00 for Obama camp this way She will start thinking for our party not self satisfaction (by distroying Obama now she can be ready for 2012)

    April 23, 2008 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  6. Daniel

    Although l am an outsider from UK, but l have interest in the drama the democrat are displaying on the stage. The ticket price for the drama is free for those have access to media.

    I do not think that democrats have elders, who can be bold, couragious and brave to stop the public show of the party nakedness.
    It's a pity that GOP is ready again to seat on power except the elders do something to stop exposing weak point of each fighter before the convention.

    April 23, 2008 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  7. Typical latina Patriot n proud voting for OBAMA

    I pledge allegence to the flag of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FOR WHICH IT STANDS..

    IT STANDS FOR TRUTH > That is not Hillary. Lies about Bosnia, the 5.2 mill she owes Penn she could not fire from her campaign..On and on.

    The only reason she won in Ohio is because she manipulated the voters ij Ohio by trashing Obama not her skills. She is for Nafta and helped to create it. Ohio will not vote for her again. Texas is a mix of primary and caucus. Please do the math Obama won by primary and caucus.

    Patriots for Obama 08

    April 23, 2008 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  8. JOHN

    Indiana should do the US and the world a favour and vote Obama!
    Hillary is a double standards candidate bent on tearing the party apart just because she won't get the nomination.
    Obama 08!

    April 23, 2008 04:24 am at 4:24 am |
  9. naresh kotak

    obama is the only person who can change the worlds perception of usa in the world. peoples attitude topwards usa is war loving nation
    who wants to dominate the world.
    obama will make the difference by talking to different world leaders and bring end to wars and bring peace to iraq and afghanistan.
    instead of fighting wars there should be peace in the world and how to bring poverty down in our world.

    April 23, 2008 04:25 am at 4:25 am |
  10. Obama for President

    It's obvious that Hillary's supporters can't do the math.

    April 23, 2008 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  11. SYJ

    If some has a gap of 24 precent to get over, wouldn't they have to out spend?

    April 23, 2008 04:27 am at 4:27 am |
  12. Omar Khasru

    The NY Times endorsement of Hillary Clinton was quite predictable. Now the paper is trying to atone for it, feigning surprise that she is using the stated kitchen sink strategy combined with the scorched earth policy and slash and burn politics, all of which are included in the Bill and Hillary Clinton lesson in Dirty Politics 101.

    What is puzzling is the CNN penchant for blatant favoritism. Hillary was featured in Larry King Live the night before the Penn primaries, a veritable treasure trove of free publicity, especially with Larry King's typical lollypop questions. This combined with recent positive news items in favor of Mrs. Clinton is height of biased reporting!

    April 23, 2008 04:30 am at 4:30 am |
  13. RTH

    So many of the comments here are depressing... we really are tearing this party apart over the nomination. McCain deserves to lose for changing everything he believes in – starting back in 2000 – to try and win this nomination. We should have had this one in the bag. How could you not defeat the Republicans after seven years of Bush? Yet... here we are, spiteful and throwing hateful comments at voters in our own party.

    April 23, 2008 04:30 am at 4:30 am |
  14. Rentamob

    Billary , get 's Mobile Home Vote out in Pa.

    April 23, 2008 04:31 am at 4:31 am |
  15. AHS--NYC

    I'm pretty amazed at many of the nasty comments to this story and I find the data in tonight's exit polls indicating the large percentages of both candidates supporters who wouldn't vote for the other very troubling. I voted for Obama back on the first Super Tuesday and he's not looking too great now either. But I find Hillary's actions over the past 2 months absolutely despicable.

    There is absolutely no way she can beat Obama in pledged delegates. Remember how the popular vote is meaningless in our "democratic" society? If the super delegates overturn the will of the majority of the country (which will be Obama), it would be mutiny for the Democratic Party.

    Hillary flat out lied about her experience in Bosnia and tried to dismiss it as a mistake because she was tired, which is of course why she repeated it at least 3 times. The Clintons constantly seem to be under investigation for one thing or another. And Bill has been out of control since South Carolina.

    Mostly, I'm deeply troubled by her comments today about Iran. I've spent nearly 6 years of my life living outside the U.S., most recently spending 5 months in Southeast Asia in 2006 and our image throughout the world is greatly tarnished thanks to George W. Bush. A big thing the next president will need to do is repair that damage. Hillary clearly demonstrated today that she is incapable of doing so. Despite the fact that Obama has been chastised for saying he'd seek diplomacy with Iran, that is the right thing to do.

    I'm a firm believer that Bush's so called "War on Terror" has actually made us less safe. Just about everything we've done since 9/11 has further alienated and threatened the Muslim world instead of reaching out to them. Obama spent part of his youth living in Indonesia and has more of an understanding of Islam than most people in this country and probably most people in Congress as well. (And no, he is NOT a Muslim, and I don't quite see why it would matter anyways).

    Also, speaking from experience, living oversees gives you a unique take on the world. Sure Hillary visited all those countries as First Lady but on those visits she did not see the real country but was instead taken on a tour to see sights arranged for her. That is not seeing what a country is truly like. It's not the same as being immersed in a culture or dealing with local people who haven't been staged for your viewing.

    Hillary might have more political experience, but Obama has far more life experience. I think they're both great candidates, but Hillary showed today that she is the same war monger that McCain is by making threats to a country that has not threatened us (hmmm....sounds like Iraq). Given this, and her behavior over the past few months (and yes, she started the negativity...Obama didn't start fighting back till after Ohio) I'd be scared to vote for her for President, and I certainly do not plan on re-electing her to the Senate either.

    April 23, 2008 04:31 am at 4:31 am |
  16. Rob

    I'm a Democrat. I've never voted Republican. But, if Clinton is our nominee, I'll vote for McCain. I really can't stand her. She's incredibly negative and insincere. It frightens me that she might be our party's nominee. Truly sad.

    April 23, 2008 04:32 am at 4:32 am |
  17. Bernard Bingwera.

    Nothing to shout about. A win is a win and Clinton has won, congratulate her. The other side of clinton is however distroying the party. She has turned the game so nasty and if this goes on, there will be a reason for people to shun democrats and vote for John Mcain. Some one needs to teach Hilary to consider unity in diversity and not diversity in unity.

    April 23, 2008 04:32 am at 4:32 am |
  18. Todd, NYC

    THIS article is a "Mean... vacuous... desperate" attempt by the media moguls (closet Republicans... Murdoch, Turner, Winfrey, etc.) to downplay Senator Clinton's win (this happens EVERY time she wins). She won by 10%. That is NOT close in THIS pimary. That is devastating to Obama's campaign – PSYCHOLOGICALLY. Does no one wonder WHERE the $42 million Obama has left to spend came from? It's reported – he's required to report it. Some of that money came from the spouses of CEO's and board members of OIL, NUCLEAR WASTE MANAGEMENT, and HEALTH INSURANCE companies... but he doesn't take money from special interest groups. Right. He's a racist, he's divided the party irrevocably by ensuring that either the African-American electorate will ONLY vote for him, OR abandon the party altogether.

    He is a JOKE. Bill Clinton was right, "This is fairy tale." More like a nightmare.

    April 23, 2008 04:34 am at 4:34 am |
  19. Oleg, CA

    Bin Laden ad... Much scarier ad would be one showing Hillary.
    She had voted for Iraq war, and look – no shame, no guilt, no jail time – she's campaigning! And saying essencially that Obama must win ALL contests. If she wins a few (say, 14 of 44), that's her victory.
    Anybody thinks Bush or Clinton would want better education in our country? Why would they? Isn't it clear that less educated people vote easier for these crooks, no? Stupidity is a great comfort for two royal families.

    Obama 2008

    April 23, 2008 04:39 am at 4:39 am |
  20. Jay, Evansville, IN.

    Barak Obama will not win Indiana because he has spent all his time pandering in the Northern half of the state. He was in Evansville tonight and no one really cared. Most of the people that went to see him came from other colleges just across state lines to see him. We don't want him here. All of a sudden he has decided he needs to win Indiana because he lost so bad in Pennsylvania. A week ago he was content with just having a close vote here. He ignored the Southern half of our state now we are ignoring him. Here is some News no one wins indiana without the 8th district. Congratulations Hillary because you will win Indiana.

    April 23, 2008 04:43 am at 4:43 am |
  21. Delaware

    One person wrote that Republican will kill Obama if elected and I think it was so wrong to even think like that. I do not believe that United State is still having people with these negative mentalities. People this is United State here, we are not Pakistan or Zimbabwe.We should not be thinking this way in the 21st century. We cannot be the world leaders if we keep thinking like a third world country. We are one United States and 9/11 was every American cause ,not a particular race cause. We were all affected by it and we should all find agaisnt it to change the world. How can we fight them extremist if we are ennemies among ourselve. After this divisive race all democrat need to support whoever get the nomination to get the white house back in November.

    April 23, 2008 04:43 am at 4:43 am |
  22. get over it

    Hillary won, and I expect her to continue to win. Obama has lost votes and I expect him to continue to loss votes. he's a rich, racist and it's becomeing more apparent. he's totally blew it with his elitist comments , refusing to ware a symbol of the country he proclaims to love, and standing by his black theology chruch.

    April 23, 2008 04:44 am at 4:44 am |
  23. Annette

    I am so disappointed that Hillary won in my hometown state. She does an injustice to the honest Americans who believe in her false promises...look back at the White House years. She was only a first lady, not the president of the U.S. Jobs were outsourced during the Clinton's administration. Look who they pardon through the White House years...look at their backgrounds and history before they got into office and what they did in office and after they left.

    April 23, 2008 04:44 am at 4:44 am |
  24. maria

    One question: Does Hillary want the white house for YOU? or for herself?

    April 23, 2008 04:48 am at 4:48 am |
  25. Beartrack

    It appears that the Dems, with the help of Billary, will manage to "Snatch defeat from the jaws of victory". The Clintons are doing almost as much damage to this country as Bush has.

    April 23, 2008 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
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