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. Pam

    I wouldn't vote for Hillary if she paid me. Which is probably next on her list of campaign strategies.

    May 2, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  2. jeremy

    clinton is disgusting and should change over to the GOP. that's what she has become.

    May 2, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  3. Karen G

    To many women are following in the mens footsteps of the good ole boys club,and most of those good ole boys don't want Hillary in the white house because they can't stand taking orders from a women, it is to bad that we have this divide in the United States and most of the women that can't bring themselves to vote for Hillary are only hurting themselves. Hillary is a caring ,and very intelligent woman, that could run circles around obama, and his nothing speeches,and if you people that think we that don't like obama are going to rally around him if he gets the nomination ,you are sadly mistaken,and I am tired of the obama followers calling us that support Hillary uneducated ,I am educated and I have run a business on my own for 30 years.

    May 2, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  4. Ada

    I agree with her. The question is: What is the DO NOTHING candidate ( I mean Barak) doing about it? I don't know how anyone can win an election by DOING NOTHING when their opponent attack them. He has to fight aggressively till the end to show voters his strenght. The more people watch him do nothing, the more they run away.

    You have to take the high road, but fight aggressively till is over.

    Presidential election is not a wave that you can just ride. You need physical strenght. If you do not have the strenght, then go back home to your family.


    May 2, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  5. Karen

    No, Joe. Hillary is disgusting. SHE needs to be stopped. The news media should give equal time to Hillary and her corrupt background. Most people do not have the time or the inclination to dig up the dirt on Hillary. Thank you to Phil T. for providing an informative site.

    I am encouraged by super delegates who are standing up and supporting Barack Obama. It is the intelligent people with integrity who understand who the best candidate is.

    May 2, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  6. After further review,Texas

    I can see her wearing jack boots and rounding up her political enemies.She is the most dangerous Scorpio on the planet.

    May 2, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  7. Rene in PA

    Apparently CNN is protecting the big diva of show biz, Liz Taylor by not allowing comments on her endorsement of Clinton.

    One elitist endorses another (what a shock) and furthermore, won't hear anything from the rabble about it.

    Let them eat cake with that summer gas tax reprieve!!

    May 2, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  8. Dave

    This is politics, Obama dose the same. I'm a Pa. republican who turned democrat so I could vote for Hillary and I did and will vote for her in november. However, I find most of you democtats to be NUTS, Especially the Obama cult. You all want more welfare programs and cry when things don't go your way.
    HILLARY 08 or McCain 08

    May 2, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  9. Bob

    She is weird and we dont want a cliton family AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 2, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  10. Don't be fooled

    No Joe, it's people like Hillary and you who must be stopped! Hillary hates blacks. At least those who won't kiss her butt! And she hates people who won't fall for lies and B.S. Hillary is everything Ms. Huffington said she is and a whole lot, a whole lot more. There was a time I would have voted for her, but if the democrat[ic] party plays her dirty games with this nominating process after rules have long since been in place, not only will the democrat[ic] party not win in November, it may become the odd out political party in this country for the forseeable future. Besides, no one wants young women working in the White House where Bill Clinton resides with a whole lot of time on his hands.

    May 2, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  11. Edward

    The last thing i want for Obama is a support from Ariana and huffington post.
    This surely is going to push more Obama supporters away from him!
    She is ballistic and comes across as a very jealous person like Pelosi against any other successful woman like Hillary. I just hope she doesn't do any further damage against Obama.

    May 2, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  12. kaz

    For any unthinkable reason if sen. Clinton wins the nomination, she will be the worst president. America needs a better leader

    May 2, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  13. Colli

    i am so shocked that the American people stil vote for a woman who has so blatently lied to them. Not padded her resume, but LIED!!! How can anyone vote for her as the leader of the country. I think only those that are totally uninformed, or racist vote for her. Please post this message. I am a Canadian, follow the race closely, and feel the United States is missing a great opportunity if they do not elect Barack.

    May 2, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  14. patrick reyes

    It's really scary if obama is the nominee, people still blind not to see and evaluate who Barak really is. People are just obssessed of Barak's words especially those young people but the fact is, he's very arrogant, just talk beautiful and flowery words but with empty thoughts. There's something behind in Barak's personality and intention why he runs for the highest position in the country. Hope true Americans can realize and not to be persuaded by this pretendious and impostor.

    May 2, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  15. Lisette Chicago, IL

    Arianna is absolutely correct about Clinton and McCain

    May 2, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  16. jr.

    Dear Americans: If Mr.Obama wuold be our next president do you'll think he would invite Pastor Wright to the White House ?I think he woud remenber what he said one time ,he would never disown him. His like an uncle to me.

    May 2, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  17. anthony

    The 3 AM ad was simply an ad about who do you think would do a better job handling an unexpected crisis. Thats it. All the Clinton haters and ultra liberal Obama disciples are trying to once again paint Hillary as the dragon lady. What is wrong with Clinton making a claim that she is more experienced and can deliver more than her opponent? Its a campaign,
    not a church social. I see no problem when a candidate says vote for me because I can do a better job than the other guy. It's not mean, underhanded or undemocratic. Its what makes candidates believe they can be president.

    May 2, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  18. susie for Obama

    I am a 60 year old woman who is NOT for Clinton and cannot believe that anyone who went through what we did with Bill Clinton's sexual acts in the White House could even consider her – what does that say about her judgment????? BAD!

    May 2, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  19. Jonny

    I Choose Hope.

    May 2, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  20. Eric-PA

    I think it's the other way around!

    May 3, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  21. georgia

    If it walks like a skunk & smells like a skunk ....
    It could be Hlilary .

    May 3, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  22. frank, las vegas

    Obama! Obama! Obama! You have been sieved and found to be good. You have gone through more trials and tribulations than any other candidate and triumphed. Whatever is the will of God will happen. Long live America!

    May 3, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  23. Marc

    I am for Obama all the way.

    May 3, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  24. concerned

    How did all you poeple get so damm smart when you cant even get out of the crapper. You have to be fed with a spoon your so unable to think for yourselves. Clintons made sure you all get the scripts to follow cuz your brain dead
    If Obama can win after the dumping that she's done on him, he can beat enyone

    May 3, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  25. Nichole

    I will not vote for Billary even if she wins the nomination. I simply don't trust her. She would sell her country for power and money.

    May 3, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
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