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. Vic

    USAF Staff Sergeant~

    Let's be clear on this, Barack Obama has more experience in elected office than Hillary Clinton. And he's done more in his shorter time in the Senate as well. Misinformation is not our friend.

    June 3, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  2. cildawg1

    If the Republicans are posting this now, it's because they believe that and Obama/Clinton ticket is unstoppable. Why else would they start playing this at this time. They don't want Hillary on the ticket.

    June 3, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  3. LOL

    What are you Obama lovers going to think when its a McCain/Clinton ticket?You guys do realize Obama could never in a million years win that contest? LOL!

    June 3, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  4. Pistoff


    June 3, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  5. Brianna

    I've been screaming about how she tried to take down i(n a very damaging way for months), a fellow Democrat. Thanks Hillary. Once again, Hillary fanatics, IT'S NOT ABOUT BEING A WOMAN OR SEXIST OR BLAH, BLAH, BLAH!

    And don't ever forget – SHE VOTED FOR THE WAR! Again thanks for nothing Hill.

    June 3, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  6. Tyler in Raleigh, NC

    This is why the Clintons are no better than the Republicans, and she has a better chance of being McCain's VP.

    June 3, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  7. MAG

    See, a lot of people said she was going to hurt the dems and help the reps. No surprise here. McCain is all nicey nice yesterday about Clinton and defending her, now he's using her every word. How's she going to get herself out of this mess if she's going to support Obama 100% as she said she would? I hope someone on one of the campaigns has a good line for her. Only problem is can she make it believeable?

    June 3, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  8. think people

    Don't do it, Obama. Those who are so immature and bitter that they are switching allegiance will switch regardless. Don't compromise your vision and allow these power-hungry backstabbers into your cabinet.

    The irony is, if you read these posts, you can really get a chuckle out of all the whining about "mean Obama supporters." There is plenty of vitriol on both sides. But for what is really RELEVANT, The CANDIDATES, HIllary threw Obama under the bus time and again, whereas he showed incredible restraint. But of course, these people's disappointment/venom/stupidity/whatever clouds their ability to see that truth.

    Some people will just see what they want to see, regardless.

    June 3, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  9. Francis, Hawaii

    First things first! Round up all your supporters and get them to vote for Obama even if you are not on the ticket! Or is this another of your manipulations to get on the ticket? You should think of your Party first, not for yourself. Be sincere and honest for a change.

    June 3, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  10. Perry

    "we can always rise to the occasion when thew good of the country is at stake."

    Since when? We've had 2 presidents in 40 years.

    June 3, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  11. Keifer S.

    Tyler, you are right on. The only VP slot she could earn is with Johhny McBush. If she wishes to be honorable and wants to serve the American people, she would gratefully accept a top-level cabinet post in Obama's administration. She would prove she is fit for the job by campaigning every day with Obama in the general election.

    June 3, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  12. Jean

    The majority of the country says Hillary is not trustworthy. Her entire adult life is a disgrace. Check the records. If she is on the ticket the Democrats will lose.

    June 3, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
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