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. Rebecca

    Boooooh. Are you scared? Are you afraid the "terrorists" are going to come get us? Are you afraid to fly on a plane? Are illegal immigrants going to take your job? Fear, fear, fear, and more fear. The Bush administration and Republicans have been drilling that into people's heads for the last 7 years and now Hillary is trying to take advantage of scared Americans by using these same fear tactics. Just look at her most famous ads. They are completely based on fear because Hillary knows there are a lot of scared people out there. She's preying on their fears.

    Wake up people, there have always been dangers in our world. Always. There have always been murderers, terrorists, gangs, drugs and the list goes on. But today people are more afraid than ever. Why? Because it has been forced down your throat through the media and Bush administration. Get over it. People who make decisions based on fear are making bad decisions. They are not thinking clearly. Wake up!

    May 2, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  2. Ex-Hillary supporter

    I gave up on Hillary early on in her campaign, it has turned in to a disgusting spectacle, and no doubt the Democratic party will pay a price for her negativity and lies.
    I wouldn't vote for her, even if she paid me, and frankly I believe she would stoop that low.

    May 2, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  3. Susan / PA

    Jeff, You are right.....
    I am wondering whats up her sleeve come sunday/monday............gonna be big for sure........................

    Still not so convinced she or someone in her campaign didnt have something to do with the Press club breakfast.............. Rev Dr. Reynolds is a stanch supporter of Hillary and she arranged it all..... not accussing..just wondering..hmmmmmmmmmmmm

    May 2, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  4. Bubba

    should be 30 days to campaign. all states vote on same day. no caucus's. no delegates. no super-delegates. convention held in one day. general election 30 days later to elect president.

    all of the above for both parties. no exceptions.

    May 2, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  5. Andy Laub

    BS hiffington knows very little comparing Rove to Clinton saying it makes me laugh, she doesnt get it just doesnt shameful

    May 2, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  6. Neutral

    Hillary Clinton is a MODERATE, Barack Hussein Obama is ULTRA LIBERAL and that is ON RECORD.

    May 2, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  7. dl

    This woman has been all over the page with her political ideas.
    Arianna Huffington has come to this country and made
    her fortune by being married to a rich man..
    At the time she was a die hard Republican..
    Now she is a blow hard at best.
    I am so sick of her!

    May 2, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  8. Neutral

    Arianna like other ultra liberals are in bed with SOROS, a socialist just like Arianna. BIRDS OF THE SAME FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER!

    May 2, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  9. SO WHAT???

    If Hillary was a man she would not be seen as going negative just being competitive. Hillary is a fantastic candidate and sometimes going negative works, just ask the republicans!

    May 2, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  10. susie

    Does anyone know why Oprah left Trinity Church a long time ago? And if she was smart enough back then why wasn't Obama?

    May 2, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  11. Vig

    This woman seems to have become the green-eyed monster.

    May 2, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  12. Art from Philly

    Rove tactics? You mean like taking a clip from the 'War Room' and making people believe a Clinton supporter used a racial slur to describe the people of Indiana?

    May 2, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  13. dl

    Go away Arianna and take your negativity with you..
    Has she become a US citizen yet....

    May 2, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  14. Barb in Tn

    Obama;s voting record shows that he is the most liberal senator in the senate. This is why Ted Kennedy has backed him. This is why HUffington backs him.

    To the person who posted Hope vs Fear. Get real. Lets talk issues not emotions. People have a right to be afraid of Obama winning the Presidency. He is so liberal our debt will triple.

    Look at their records. Clinton has worked across the isles a lot more than Obama. Obama voted 97% with the Dems in the US Senate. I can't remember Clinton's numbers exactly and I don't want to misrepresent the facts so I will just say that her percentage of party votes was much lower.

    Obama is too inexperienced to handle the stress of not having things go his way in the debates so he refuses to have any more. How is he going to handle meeting with world leaders who will disagree with him?

    I will not vote for this man and his color has nothing to do with it. I will vote for McCain depending on his VP otherwise I will not vote. I think they call that voting "present" in the senate.

    May 2, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  15. George

    Anyone that is still a supporter of Billary must watch too many soap opera's and too little news. She is insane!

    May 2, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  16. Jill

    If the Clintons were truly Democrats The Huffington Post would not be focusing on them – but anyone with ears and eyes can see that Billary is just a Republican in a pantsuit. Huffington Post is must reading in my view – I can't wait to read the book. It's one of the few places that doesn't buy into the spin the other media outlets keep feeding the public.

    May 2, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  17. is it necessary

    Clinton is a desperate politician

    May 2, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  18. Xanadude of Velen

    Publish my comments CNN. Everyone needs to know that this women that you deem as newsworthy has a history of plagiarism.

    May 2, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  19. Irish Gram

    Senator Obama would sell his soul and his children for the office of the President of the United States. He has no scruples in running a clean and honest campaign. His type of politics make rational people ill.

    Ms. Huffington has no credibility and her views are completely wrong.

    May 2, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  20. jim from Canada

    Huffington's on the mark. Are the American people that stupid or naive that they can't see through Billary? She's every bit as sleazy as Bubba and just as cunning. When will CNN act responsibly and start attacking Billary's dishonesty. All these so-called journalists like Wolf and King prefer to give her a free ride. I'd like just one of them to show some gumption and nail her on all her lies and inconsistencies.
    The USA is a nation of guns and it's never been too shy to use them.
    Did I just offer a solution to the Billary problem?

    May 2, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |

    Clinton needs to come clean on Paul vs Clinton case. that is all I can say for now.

    May 2, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  22. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles

    Yes Joe?

    Americans Freedom of speech must be stopped??

    No one has the right to speak negatively against Hillary??

    OkJoe.. Please Don't forget your Medication tomorrow..

    Or Lay off of the Clinton Kool-aide...

    May 2, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  23. fran

    I'm sick of Obama supporters crying about everthing. Grow a back bone. These people are running for the most important job in the world and it's going to take someone who isn't afraid of a fight, and Hillary is a not only a fighter, but she's smarter.

    May 2, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  24. Kyle

    Huffington is just upset because Clinton went on Fox News with Bill O'Reilly. I wouldn't put it past her and to have put out the fabricated video of Kantor.

    May 2, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  25. Pamela

    This whole media election thing has turned me off.

    May 2, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
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