May 6th, 2008
06:32 AM ET
13 years ago

Last minute Clinton ad: 'What has happened to Barack Obama?'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Clinton is out with a last-minute campaign ad in Indiana."]
(CNN) - Hoping the proposal to suspend the gas tax will resonate with working class voters in Indiana and North Carolina, the Clinton campaign launched a last-minute ad in those states Monday that sharply attacks rival Barack Obama for not supporting the measure.

"What has happened to Barack Obama?" an announcer states in the new 30 second spot, among the campaign's most bruising to date.

"He is attacking Hillary’s plan to give you a break on gas prices because he doesn’t have one," the ad's announcer also says.

The ad comes on the heels of a weekend marked by heated back-and-forth between both campaigns over the issue. Obama's campaign launched an ad Sunday that called Clinton's proposal to suspend the gas tax a "classic Washington gimmick" and argues that oil companies will keep the extra proceeds from the suspension of the gas tax and will not pass the savings onto drivers.

The Clinton campaign countered that Obama is siding with the oil companies over hard working voters increasingly pinched by the price of gas.

UPDATE: Barack Obama's campaign released a response ad Monday afternoon that charges Clinton with offering "More of the same old negative politics."

“A war that should never have been waged. An economy in turmoil. Record prices at the pump. America held hostage to foreign oil," the ad's announcer states.

“Her hometown newspaper says she's taking the low road – her attacks do nothing but harm," the announcer also says. “The same old Washington politics won't fix our problems. We need honest answers... And a president we can trust."

soundoff (539 Responses)
  1. Hill The Pill of the Century

    If Hillary cared half as much for the working people as she does for herself, we would have a real candidate. But here's a dose of reality folks, Hillary is the most self-centered, selfish person on the planet, and no one can tell me dirrerently.

    I change the channel so fast when I see her lying face. How is this women going to get people to listen to her selfish ideas. She uses uneducated people to drum up false excitement about her stupid campaign. She is dividing the Democratic Party already. The Clintons foul up everything they touch. Wherever they go, there's drama. Why? Because they are what this country does not stand for–self-centered, me and only me people. She will never lead anyone as long as her only motive is herself.

    The whole Clinton administration was an exercise in drumming up business for himself after he left office. Wake up people, he drafted NAFTA, and now it's hurting average Americans that she says she's trying to protect. She can start by giving back the $800.000 he just made on the backs of Americans.

    Obama 08

    May 5, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. KC

    Good for Hillary. Barack has NO plan! He's ALL talk and NO action. Go Hillary!

    May 5, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. linda-Texas

    Senator Obama and William Ayers teamed up for three years on the board of the Woods Fund, a Chicago charitable organization. Together, they voted to donate $75,000 of the funds they controlled to the Arab American Action Network. The AAAN was co-founded by Rashid Khalidi, a longtime supporter of Palestinian “resistance” attacks against Israel, which he openly regards as a racist, apartheid state. Despite considerable evidence to the contrary, Khalidi denies having been a PLO operative or having directed its official press agency for six years (from 1976 to 1982).

    There are far more questions than answers with Senator Obama.

    May 5, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Can't take it.

    I'd love for someone to come out with an ad saying, "Hillary, where is the 1.5 Million from Peter Paul in 2002." Obama would be wrong if he even brought that up. But the media gives her a free ticket when it comes to that. Poor David Rosen was the fall guy, but the issue is not dead just not mentioned. Not fair.

    May 5, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. lyn

    Clinton cannot even tax the oil companies profits, she's not President. We all know if the gas tax holiday goes thru, oil companies will just raise the price of gas.

    Thank you for that one. If she so bad, get the oil companies to stop their maddness.

    May 5, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. Val, Atlanta, Ga

    Hoosiergirl, if you read these blogs unfortunately there are a lot of stupid people out there they have not yet realize that first of all its nothing she can do in 2008, non of the candidates will be president during the summer, and its amazing how these people are triping about 30 cents I live in Atlanta and thats an insult to me I can't do anything with 30 cents and she should know but shes praying on the uneducated and the elderly, God will get her in the end.


    May 5, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. We now know the TRUTH

    WE NOW KNOW THE TRUTH: Hillary was against this gas tax gimmick when her rival Lazio proposed it before her during her senate campaign.

    Bill Clinton opposed it. Governor Easley opposed it.

    EXPERTS oppose it.

    Conservationists are appalled by the notion of this gas tax gimmick

    Obama has this right.

    May 5, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. ken

    I think the comments on this board show that the ad should work. People in this country are so stupid, there will be a significant number of people that believe that $35 per year (which will only be obtained if prices aren't increased by local vendors and/or oil companies) will actually make a difference – instead of the comprehensive plan put forward by Obama – for his plans go to

    May 5, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    May 5, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. Mike - ABQ

    Typical of Hillary Clinton to come out with negative ads right before the election.
    She continues her scare tactics, remember the ad with bin Ladin in it?

    Hopefully CNN will stop being biased in the future.

    Obama 08

    May 5, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  11. Chut Pata

    Obama must not react. Clinton's vote bank is that of those who buy in fear mongering and negativity, and do not want change. Therefore negativity and fear mongering works for Clinton.

    Obama's vote bank is that of educated, intelligent, and daring people who would consider their intelligence insulted if Obama goes negative.

    McCain's vote bank is also similar to that of Obama except for war and tax cuts for rich. Hard core conservatives are not going to vote for him.

    So Obama needs to get ready to face McCain who has a nice image but bad policies. That means against McCain he will have to keep his focus on issues instead of personalities.

    Obama needs to maintain his policy of talking on issues and not on personalities and negativites if he is to win agains McCain.

    May 5, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. Deb

    Mike, you obviously do not go to church. In every Church, I've been to, the children do not sit in the pews, they are in Bible study.

    May 5, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. Indiana Jim

    This is nuts. I can't believe people are falling for this cr*p
    Americans use 386 million gallons of gasoline daily.
    In three months thats 34 billion 740 million gallons of gasoline.
    Or a loss of Federal tax highway spending of $6,948,000,000.00
    Now you tell me how long it's going to take Hillary to get that money from the oil companies.
    100 Years?
    What a joke.

    May 5, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. mick

    I own a small Mechanical company and my bill for gas is $3200.00 a month. If Obama pays for some of my bill I might even vote for him

    May 5, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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