May 2nd, 2008
10:25 PM ET
15 years ago

Huffington: Clinton using Rove tactics against Obama


Watch Arianna Huffington assess the 2008 presidential race.

(CNN) – Arianna Huffington, Editor-in-Chief of the and author of a new book, didn’t pull any punches in assessing the 2008 presidential race.

Sen. Hillary Clinton “has really taken a page out of Karl Rove’s playbook when it comes to her advertising especially,” Huffington told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Friday.

Huffington compared Clinton’s “3 a.m.” ad to advertising against Sen. John Kerry orchestrated by Rove during President Bush’s 2004 re-election bid. “The assumption was that if people elected Obama they would not be as safe as if they elected her.” “Their children would not be as safe,” added Huffington.

“And then on the eve of the Pennsylvania primary, we had the Osama ad appear,” Huffington said, refererring to a Clinton campaign ad that contained an image of Osama bin Laden, the alleged mastermind of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

“It is a very powerful image in America,” Huffington said of the bin Laden image. “Every election after 9-11 is going to be a national security election and manipulating the electorate’s fear has been key to the re-election of George Bush,” she added.

Huffington, the founder of the popular liberal news and commentary website, also shared her views on Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama, on the way the media is covering the Iraq war, and on “the extreme right of the Republican Party.” “Right is Wrong,” Huffington’s new book, was released recently.

soundoff (199 Responses)
  1. Patty

    Arianna, you must be joking! It is you and your other liberal blogs along with the Obama campaign who have started coining the term "Rovian" against the Clintons to instil hatred. WHat is more Rovian than what he did to Kerry and turning his strength as a war hero into something dirty than what you and others have been doing crying racism to whatever the Clintons say and turning their strength of helping the black community into something disgusting. Or what about an Obama supporter making sure that everyone in the media got notice to go see the clip of falsehoods being discussed now where someone is portrayed as demeaning and racist just before the upcoming election? Sorry, but claiming Clinton is acting like Rove is showing that your side has learned well enough to even use this term as a slur against her where it is unwarranted.

    May 3, 2008 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  2. Kathy

    I remember you running as a Republican for governer in California and how you were mixed on your messages. It seems that you are going against a democrat now for your own gain. I don't like it.
    Just saying that she is using Rove tactics is using a fear tactic that the Republicans use and that is beneath you.
    You should just say what you like about your candidate and stay out of it.
    All of the candidates are fighting for the top office of our land and it is a fight. Let it go. If you don't like it turn off the tv or the internet or close the paper.

    May 3, 2008 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  3. richard

    Huff is a joke. Good job releasing the bittergate issue though. oops

    May 3, 2008 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  4. Promoting a New Book Arianna?

    Arianna only crawls out of her website to promote a "new" book. And surprise, surprise she has a new book.

    Arianna and her "website" have been attacking Hillary and running water for Obama since he announced.

    Arianna is not credible. You should ask her why she was banned from another news site in promoting her book. They booked her and then canceled her.

    And who was promoting "War Room" lie and then retracting on her Rove tactics today....yeah, Arianna.

    May 3, 2008 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  5. G Morris

    I found Anderson Cooper's recent profile of Mr. Obama outrageously biased and dishonest. He rightly showed Mrs. Clinton's life in positive terms committed to public service. Half of the profile on Obama is Rev. Wright ! Then he doctors a tape to show drug use, as if that is relevant to who Obama is. It is disgusting. (Why not show Mrs. Clinton in a back room doing a crooked land deal?) He follows that with a nebulous, story about Rev. Wright's ideas on education. I watch Mr. Cooper religiously each evening and even though I find him tending toward sensationalism. However, I find he has a feverish obsession with Rev. Wright; whose excerpts he replays ad nauseum, then has the inexplicable temerity to ask rhetorically whether the media will ever let it go !

    May 3, 2008 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  6. Neutral

    What does Arianna knows about US policy when all she does make herself look pretty in her Brentwood home. These extreme leftists don't know the plight of middle America, these people look down on common Americans and calls them "uneducated". Funny enough, this country was built by the "uneducated" who work their fingers to the bone. While the elites like Arianna sit down in their cosy living rooms surrounded by servants thinking what dress to wear.

    May 3, 2008 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  7. Dood

    Besides, I can't hear Arianna Huffington without thinking I'm watching an episode of Green Acres.

    May 3, 2008 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  8. Ron

    Mrs. Huffington, I watched you on CNN and you do not make sense of what you talk. Remind me of Sen. Obama with the exception you were not talking in Church.

    Being a woman you should be ashamed of your self. Why can;t you see all the good that happens to this country. Then again after listening to you we know why.

    May 3, 2008 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  9. Ron

    For all the support that you are giving Obama his popularity is still declining so stay away you are doing NO good!!!

    May 3, 2008 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  10. PCM 01

    This is very interesting, the more mud the looser is throwing to the winner...the more presidential he looks.
    The generational change to a younger and more transparent political generation will happen.
    Next Tuesday will be the beginning the beginning of the transition.

    May 3, 2008 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  11. judyb

    Cretins? Who voted for the war? Don't you think that the high price of gas is connected to the war? Our economy? Our trillions in debt to China is the result of the war she authorized! Bosnia? Liar liar sniper fire! NAFTA? She was behind it 100% until she started her campaign for president or don't you read her books? Iran? Yes, let's obliterate Iran and send our troops on their 7th, 8th, or 9th tour to die in a third war. Health Insurance? She screwed it up 12 years ago and she'll screw it up again. And, $2.8 billion in earmarks that she won't release? Where's her 2007 Tax Returns? Hillary Clinton – the Worst Person in the World!

    May 3, 2008 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  12. E

    So kelly, Hillary has NO baggage, none whatsoever? The republicans can't touch her? Please.. i have a relative who is a participating member of the rep party in TX, they were TOLD TO VOTE FOR HILLARY because at that point McCain had already won, and he could sweep the floor with hillary.

    May 3, 2008 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  13. xargaw

    Clinton takes more lobbiest money than almost any other Senator, in particular from the drug and insurance industries. Does anyone think she will give us a good health care program and betray these powerful interests? No one should be that stupid. Her plan to end the War in Iraq is laced with situational reasons to delay troop withdrawls. Her diplomatic stands about negotiating with foreign governments are laced with pre-conditions similar to Bushs. She is a Republican at heart that hitched her wagon to a Democrat but will govern as a Republican. Her campaign has been run like a smear GOP campaign. She is not what this country needs for the future. Only a new way will save this country. We are here where we are because of the corruption in DC of the past and present. We need to turn the page. We need to better for the sake of the next generation.

    May 3, 2008 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  14. Randell

    How exactly is Hillary qualified to be President?

    I am a Finance Director, and my wife is a Pediatrician. I tell my wife about my day when I come home from work, and she tells me about hers.
    Is she then qualified to meet with banks and aquire financing for clients simply because she is married to me?
    And can I diagnose or operate on a child just because my wife can?

    By that argument she is merely qualified to run the USA because her husband did so??? Maybe Barbara Bush should get to run against her then.


    May 3, 2008 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  15. Patricia

    Clinton Supporters......Bill and Hilary knew and invited Rev. Wright to the white house back in 98'- the day the Monica L. scandal broke out as a matter of fact. Bill was seeking his counsel. You see the clintons can throw dirt on someone else, but never on themselves. Deny and Lie is all they learn in politics. Check the "internet." But you see Obama knew about this and so did a lot of political is a chess game, and Obama chose not to play it. He rose above it and he is still going to win fair and square. Check out Clinton's secret- Peter Paul vs. Hilary C. part 1 and 2 on U-tube. Then ask if you could ever vote for her.

    Obama 08' truth be told

    May 3, 2008 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  16. vince pupo

    She Huffs and she Puffs to blow the house down
    Yet she has no subtance to her arguments.
    She is obsessed with Obama and totally in the tank for him!
    Why should anyone think she is objective?
    Did she see any of the mailers the Obama has been sending out in recent primaries? Obviously not!
    Someone should send some to her! But then again who really cares enough. Once in the tank, no one really escapes!

    May 3, 2008 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  17. MacMo

    Even if Mccain will win [I dont think so though], I will still vote for Obama period. No spin or fear mongering will divert my vote. I'm a christian and live in hope and not fear.

    May 3, 2008 02:53 am at 2:53 am |

    HOW OBAMA WILL WIN: Obama is GENUINE! There is a clear distinction between Clinton and Obama. This is distorted from the Campaign There is too much lies in (both) Clinton, then and now. We do not need anymore old politic, lies, and deceitfulness. Let us bring the changes for truth - Obama: show your light of genuinity and you will win!. Everyone will turn toward you and vote for you! -Psalm of the Future.

    May 3, 2008 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  19. C. J.

    N. Carolina, Indiana, Oregon, Montana,W. Virgina, S. Dakota ,and Kentucky. Will all go to OBAMA. Its all over, for McCain. After eight years of Bush even DAFFY DUCK could take the Whitehouse.

    May 3, 2008 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  20. cheguevera

    she is right but the second Media can not see that.

    May 3, 2008 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  21. Missy

    The question I have for the Hillary supporters is, do you all REALLY think the republicans aren't going to pull EVERYTHING out of the Clinton closet if she gets the nomination? There is much out there about the Clinton's that isn't being exposed now because the focus seems to be on taking Obama down. The Clinton expose' will make Rev. Wright look like Mickey Mouse.

    My point is, don't be so blind-sided by the smooth ride Hillary is currently getting because she isn't up against the republicans, and Obama is taking the high-road. However, in the words of Rev. Wright (which were actually Malcolm X's words), the "chickens will come home to roost" if Hillary is the nominee. The same "Rovian" tactics she's using on Obama will be 10-fold on her by the republicans.

    May 3, 2008 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  22. obama rocks

    Hilllary can do anything to get whatever she forgot in the white house a few years ago. She may even drive a bus to take people to the voting polls. She is so so desperate.
    Obama 08!

    May 3, 2008 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
  23. MERLE7

    A vote for Hillary is a vote for McCain or a third term for GWB.

    Obama 08!
    Yes We Can !

    May 3, 2008 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  24. SAM

    Wherever you guys are in a verge of losing you come out crying – got news for you – you will lose this nomination. Obama’s campaign is based on a lie – we are not fools!!!
    Dallas, TX

    May 3, 2008 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
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