April 30th, 2008
06:18 AM ET
14 years ago

Clinton hits Obama directly in new ad

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/29/art.add.cnn.jpg caption="Clinton is out with a critical ad in Indiana and North Carolina."] (CNN) - Hillary Clinton launched a new ad in North Carolina and Indiana Tuesday that directly criticizes Barack Obama’s proposals to address the explosion in home foreclosures and rising gas costs.

The negative spot comes a week before both states’ crucial May 6 primaries and specifically attacks Obama for not calling for a freeze on mortgage foreclosures and not supporting a suspension of the gas tax.

Clinton has called for a 90-day moratorium on home foreclosures and $30 billion for an Emergency Housing Fund. Obama has called for a $10 billion foreclosure prevention fund to help homeowners who are victims of mortgage fraud sell their homes or modify their loans, to avoid foreclosure and bankruptcy.

In response to rising gas costs, both McCain and Clinton have called for a suspension of the gas tax ahead of the summer driving season. McCain's plan would lift the 18.4 cents per gallon tax during peak summer travel months and would suspend the 24.4 cent diesel tax.

Clinton, who rejected a similar idea in 2000, said her plan is different from McCain's, claiming his proposal would cost the government up to $10 billion that would otherwise be used to improve roads. Clinton has said she'd make up for the lost revenue with a "windfall profits tax" on oil companies, meaning their profits over a certain amount would be subject to a 50 percent tax.

Obama does not support a suspension of the gas tax, which he described as a political scheme that would save the average driver $25 to $28. He's instead proposing a tax on oil companies to help low-income families pay energy bills.

"It’s time for a president who’s ready to take action now," the ad's announcer states.

(Full ad script after the jump)

Announcer: The economy’s in trouble, the housing crisis broke. Hillary Clinton called for action. Freeze on foreclosures.

Barack Obama said no.

Now gas prices are sky rocketing and she’s ready to act again. Hillary’s plan: use the windfall profits of the oil companies to pay to suspend the gas tax this summer.

Barack Obama says no again. People are hurting. It’s time for a president who’s ready to take action now.

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soundoff (673 Responses)
  1. Daley

    Go home Hillary, please.

    April 29, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  2. lito, Illinois

    Why is this ad negative? Is there any attack on character here? Aren't these factual representation of the candidates position?

    The headline clearly shows the bias that your network has against Hillary. I am just sad that CNN has lost any modicum of impartiality in this election cycle.

    Please, be fair.

    April 29, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  3. jd24

    she's tenacious I give her that, to bad she's such an awful person on the inside

    April 29, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  4. EC

    Sen. Clinton must think AMERICANS are truly stupid and ignorant at the same time to think that her gas "fantasy" tax suspension is really a GOOD thing.

    While suspending the taxes and putting it BACK on the oil companies, WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK WILL RAISE THE PRICE OF OIL EVEN MORE???



    ARE YOU NUTS??? Sen. Clinton knows that the oil companies are going to RAISE the price of the barrel, but she's hoping to hood-wink the American people BEFORE they figure out her lie and deceit. That's what the Clinton's do. They PROMISE YOU THE WORLD and then YANK THAT SAME WORLD FROM RIGHT UNDER YOUR FEET WHEN YOUR BACK IS TURNED.

    April 29, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  5. Nathan in Charlotte NC

    How is this "negative"? HRC is simply pointing out that her policy suggestions are opposed by Obama. I see nothing negative in pointing out their differences. At least she has a plan, and is discussing the issues. Until the very recent past, all Obama could say was "change", never what he would change or how. He still is severely lacking in details on most of his proposed initiatives.

    I am voting this coming Tuesday, and while the ideas of "Change" and "Hope" appeal to me, someone with experience and a plan is by far my chosen candidate.

    Besides, the one strong point Obama has been making since day one, his "judgement" has effectively been nullified by his complete lack of judgement in regards to Rev. Wright. I think his judgement in the Iraq War was more a lucky guess at this point.

    April 29, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  6. Josie

    Negative? Please. Whenever Hillary puts out an ad its always "Negative". So you're saying Obama's ads aren't . Geez!


    April 29, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  7. Mark P

    What else can she do? She's losing and mathematically can't win, she has to bring out the sleaze to have a chance. She's the most insincere candidate since...well, since bush. She won't win against McCain. How are so many intelligent people fooled by her? Look up Whitewater, Peter Paul, Vince Foster, etc. etc. etc.

    April 29, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  8. Nancy

    Now, don't lie to us that you know what you are talkin about here, Hillary.

    You will screw us up even more than Bush!!! You have no idea what is needed to be done...You are playing games with our desparation and playing well...You just want presidency... This is no 'Mary -go-round". Please go!!!

    April 29, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  9. Eric-PA

    On Hardball, Obama's chief strategist, David Axelrod, falsely claimed that Hillary's plan to suspend the gas tax this summer would be financed by diverting funds for federal transportation projects:

    "He'll invest in our infrastructure, which badly needs it. We know that. That's one of the reasons this diversion from the federal highway trust fund that Senator McCain and Clinton have proposed makes no sense."

    This is false. Hillary's plan is financed by a tax on the windfall profits of oil companies.

    April 29, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |

    my husband refuses to watch cnn, he says this is the clinton news network I'm starting to believe him, Is this true? For real is this network owned by the Clintons? It sure seems like it even if it isn't.

    April 29, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  11. Megan

    I just wish there was a way to help the uneducated people who see this ad know the "real" deal. Suspending a gas tax and going deeper in debt is not going to help anyone. I have never understand Democrats who say if my candidate doesn't win I may go to the dark side and vote McCain but Billary is really pushing me.

    The DNC lost in 2000 with a shoddy campaign for Gore and they're going to blow it again in a year they should own. I am seeing 4 more years of Republican mess and a huge stain on our already damaged reputation in the rest of the world. SIgh. How can we get people to wake up and stop sending the same people to the white house to do the same old thing that is not working! Not to mention destroying hopes of all these young voters who are finally giving a darn.

    OBAMA 08!

    April 29, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  12. DC

    Wow 90 Moretorium JUST in time for the election then you are all on your own folks! LOL, LIAR LIAR SNIPER FIRE!

    April 29, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  13. kayg

    Obama is right, suspending the gas tax isn't a big savings, especially when it would be taking away from the funds used to maintain and improve highway infrastructure. I'm glad he's looking far enough down the road to see the long-term effects. In my opinion, HRC is just telling people what she thinks will get her elected, I do not trust her.

    We don't need another Clinton in office. Clinton or McCain in office will just bring more apathy which we certainly do not need..

    Obama is a vote for the future in so many ways.

    April 29, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  14. Hon

    she gives new meaning to the B word. menopause at its finest.

    April 29, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  15. Blueray98

    Give me a break - this ad is negative? I've seen it and it sure doesn't seem very negative to me!

    April 29, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  16. Cherokee

    Beware of woves in sheeps clothing.

    April 29, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  17. betty tudor

    I used to back Clinton but no more. She is a dirty fighter acting just like the republicans. I back Obama all the way.

    April 29, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  18. Em

    "Clinton goes negative" implies that the departure into negative campaigning territory was relatively recent, a fact I'm sure all can disagree on. I am sick of seeing her face plastered everywhere on her bitter mission to derail the Obama train.

    April 29, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  19. gokhan Cukurova

    I am a first time voter. Democrat
    Just because of her old-fashion attack and destroy tactics
    she will not get my vote.
    We need a Uniter, not a divider.
    Certainly not approve her tactics.
    I hope you guys at CNN ask her someday
    'Why it took you so long to prepare your taxes?'
    'How do you explain your husband making $15M by giving advise?'
    'Did he give anything else?'

    Keep up the good work
    Thank you CNN

    April 29, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  20. pastjob, il

    This is too funny.
    Here goes Clinton throwing the kitchen sink again. obama is right a total savings of 28.00 is peanuts for gas. we need a better plan. it's funny how Clinton says "we don't need speeches we need results"
    all she is doing is speeches, I have yet to see any results...the only results we have ever seen is the FAILED health care plan under her husband....President Hillary Rodam Clinton...hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
    what a joke. I hope the people from Indiana and North Carolina are smart and vote for Obama. let's bring this country back together.

    April 29, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  21. Phyl

    Any politician can call for anything that might give them a vote, but how about adding how your going to accomplish what your calling for ? Hillary can elbow Obama as many times as she wants, it's quite a talent, it comes in handy when that's all you know how to do, makes it look like your keeping busy. Several States have reviewed the benefit of reducing the gas tax , hope so but anyone aware of it happening .Everyone knows the economy,gas ,health,and war situations, the messages from Hillary about taking action now ? Do you really believe anyone of the candidates are able to take action now? Just pick anything out of the air and make an issue out of it, makes you look like your presidential material. When your as transparent and demeaning as Hillary Clinton, it won't be long before any intelligent person catches on.

    April 29, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  22. Fred

    Nice title

    "Hillary goes negative in new ad"

    Good one

    April 29, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  23. David, Kentucky

    Here we go again with Hillary going negative. This woman is nothing BUT negative. She is one of the most hateful, most vicious women on the face of the planet! How could anyone want a person like that to be their President?

    April 29, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
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