June 3rd, 2008
03:21 PM ET
15 years ago

Republicans begin to highlight Clinton’s criticism of Obama

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NEW YORK (CNN) – Hours before the polls closed Tuesday in the final two Democratic presidential primaries, the Republican National Committee began circulating a video of Hillary Clinton questioning Barack Obama’s qualifications to be commander-in-chief, and acknowledging John McCain has this important presidential credential.

“Senator McCain will bring a lifetime of experience to the campaign, I will bring a lifetime of experience and Senator Obama will bring a speech that he gave in 2002,” Clinton says in the one-minute video of CNN’s coverage of a news conference she held on March 8 – the day Obama won the Wyoming caucuses. “I think that is a significant difference. I think that since we now know Senator McCain will be the nominee for the Republican Party, national security will be front and center in this election. We all know that.

"And I think it is imperative that each of us be able to demonstrate we can cross the commander-in-chief threshold. And I believe I have done that. Certainly, Senator McCain has done that. And you will have to ask Senator Obama with respect to his candidacy.”

The RNC posted the video on YouTube early Tuesday afternoon, just as Obama was on the verge of locking up the Democratic nomination and speculation heated up about Clinton being his running mate.

Tonight, South Dakota and Montana Democrats hold the final two contests of the primary season. Obama is expected to secure the support of enough delegates to claim the party’s presidential nomination as early as tonight, and but no later than the end of this week.

An RNC official tells CNN to expect to see more of Republicans highlighting Clinton’s critical comments of Obama as the campaign now turns to the general election phase.

“We will use it repeatedly,” the official said.

soundoff (237 Responses)
  1. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    ... and here we see yet another reason Clinton is NOT a viable Vice Presidential candidate.

    June 3, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. carrie,obama baby

    this is ur plan isnt hillary?
    shame on you
    barrack has won the nomination and he will be the president
    shame on you hillary

    June 3, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. Susan

    And this is why she should not be his VP choice!

    June 3, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. vw

    Hillary is exactly right on this issue...
    Jone will be the winner in Nov.

    June 3, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. USAF Staff Sergeant

    Yeah, we all knew a long time ago Hillary's words would come back to hurt the Dems. Hopefully she can claim she was just pushing him very hard to strengthen him or something.

    Although with her on the ticket, she could cover the "experience".

    June 3, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. vw

    Hillary is exactly right on this issue...
    John will be the winner in Nov.

    June 3, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. Rebecca

    The truth hurts. I don't see why people think Obama will make a good president. Here we go again with the prez in training. People just got caught up on his "feel good" band wagon, but that is not enough for me.

    June 3, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. NickNas

    And it starts. THIS is the main reason why Hillary cannot be on the Ticket. They are going to use HER and her husbands big mouths to attack Obama. She knew this and it is already comming true.

    Shame on you Hillary.

    June 3, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. Karen

    Sooo what?? Clinton has been defeated for her criticisim. And Republican wants to try them again? What a foul.

    June 3, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  10. Matt - One of the Proud 28% in WV

    And that, ladies and gentlemen, is EXACTLY why a joint ticket will not happen.

    June 3, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. Cammi317

    LOL....now she's going to have to defend all of her criticisms on the trail.

    June 3, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. steveda - poconos

    Yep ... thank you Hillary. In her self-centerred quest for the presidency she was willing to throw the entire party to the dogs. The Republicans will use many of Hillary's comments to attack Obama for the general election.

    The sole consolation is that the attacks did not work for Hillary, and since McCain and his republican cohorts seem to have no imagination, they will work even less for them.

    June 3, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. JT, AZ

    This is precisely why she cannot be offered the V.P. spot.

    June 3, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  14. Arkansas Undertaker

    I knew those slimmy Republicans would do this. Even so an OBAMA/CLINTON ticket will prevail!!!

    DEMOCRATS are better than this. we can always rise to the occasion when thew good of the country is at stake.

    OBAMA/CLINTON 08

    June 3, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. Griff

    You need Hillary, Mr John "Man of the Moment" McCain... Seduce!!!
    This little Lady... Do not excuse her... She is more Republican than Most.... Seduce! Do not Reduce.....

    June 3, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  16. glhf

    and this, ladies and gentlemen, is why we CAN'T have Hillary Clinton as the vice president.

    June 3, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. WOMAN THAT BELIEVES HILLARY IS A PARTY SPOILER!

    I DON'T WANT HILLARY AS VP!!!!!!!

    OBAMA DON'TBE NO FOOL! SHE HAS MADE OT HARD FOR OBAMA. BUT HE DOES NOT NEED HER THERE ARE [LENTY OTHER WOMEN HE CAN CHOOSE!

    June 3, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. Eric M.

    Now she wants to be Obama's VP. What a pitty!

    June 3, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  19. Democrats Unite Against 3rd Bush Term

    There goes the "Dream" ticket...
    Down the drains...
    She really put her foot in her mouth didn't she?

    In spite of this, I think the issues win and a joint ticket guarantees enough support to win...

    Obama/Clinton 2008

    June 3, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  20. Amber

    Thats because they're scared to have her on the ticket. The GOP knows if there becomes an Obama/Clinton ticket....McCain is TOAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Millions and millions and millions of people love Obama and Clinton. McCain stands no chance, so...the Repubs are doing the only thing they can to stop the Dream Ticket. They realize it is total defeat!!

    June 3, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  21. Tammy - KCMO

    This is exactly why she should not get the offer from Obama as VP running mate.

    She did everything to politically destroy him and doesn't deserve the opportunity. She and Bill will continue to bash him given the opportunity with the hope that eventually she would get the Presidency by any means necessary.

    Obama has been smart throughout this race. I think he will be smart enough to see this and not give her this opportunity no matter how much she pressures him. There are too many other good choices he could make for a runningmate that doesn't include the baggage and problems the Clintons' bring with them.

    June 3, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  22. shamous mc

    I denounce and reject the comments made by senator Clinton.

    June 3, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  23. for realsies

    Thanks, Hillary.

    June 3, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. Darrel from Denver

    Typical. The Republicans can only denigrate and bully their way around these days. It's the primary reason I am no longer voting for them after 36 years of general elections.

    Clowns, all of them.

    June 3, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. Go Obama!!

    HRC lost so it didn't do much for her-did it.......He is going to beat McCain too....without HRC as his VP. Can't wait unitl November! Then January!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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