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. joe

    Hillary "I'll do everything I can to help the Democrats win in November" Clinton sure put her foot in her mouth on that one!

    June 3, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Sadie

    Of course they will use it repeatedly. They have to have SOME mud to sling (that's just what the RNC does), and they've already proven that they don't have anything that's actually relevant.

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

    The dems should have selected Sen Clinton. She is far and away more experienced and qualified than BO.

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

    WE KNEW THIS WOULD HAPPEN, SHE KNEW THIS WOULD HAPPEN. SHE HAS BEEN WORKING FOR THE REPUBS ALL ALONG.

    MCCAIN NEEDS TO BE ABOUT MORE THEN WAR

    June 3, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. BIFF, BIFFINGTON...

    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.

    ______________________________________________________

    we TOLD you this would happen. WHO DOES THIS TO A CANDIDATE FROM THEIR OWN PARTY....

    Thank you hillary. No, please don't expect a call regarding the V.P. slot. You have done quite enough.

    June 3, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. glhf

    by the way, Rebecca, we preferred Barack Obama(11 years) because he had more experience and better judgment than Hillary Clinton.(7 years)

    June 3, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. Dal CA

    Well HRC you will be the one who helped the Republicans defeat the democrats this election in November.

    June 3, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. Jean

    CLINTON IS NOT THE PERSON FOR VICE PRESIDET SHE MADE THAT AN IMPOSSIBLE TICKET. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY THE NEWS MEDIA KEEP PUSHING THE IDEA DO THEY WANT THE DEMOCRATES TO LOOSE THAT BAD?????????

    June 3, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. Democrat from NY

    This is why it is does not make any political sense for us to have Hillary Clinton as Obama's running mate. McCain will have a field day repeating what the Clintons have said in criticism of Obama throughout ths campaign. We are going to look like a bunch of contradicting fools with a Obama/Hillary Clinton ticket.

    June 3, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. Nel from Chicago

    Geez Hill, thanks a lot

    June 3, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. America Speaks

    And now she is open to being the VP (like she is doing him a favor)......Hellllllll Naaawwwwww.....There are plenty of other wise selections to make that he will not have to worry about in the future.

    June 3, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. peakarach,des moines

    If Hussein Obama is the nominee,I truly hope all 18 million strong Hillary supporter will vote for McCain so we can send a strong message to the party leader and the whole media not to mess with Hillary and her supporter ever again.

    Go Hillary!

    June 3, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. JRC

    This is why HRC CAN'T be the VP. She has already done too much damage to Obama, as has her husband, as recent as yesterday. If he takes her on, she will either have to come out and say she is a liar (which she is) or admit she believes he is not ready.

    Other reasons she shouldn't be VP –

    Bill

    She sees it as an "easy" way to the presidency, since she can't get there through the vote. I trust them both as far as I can throw them. He better watch his back.

    Bill

    People that like Obama like him because he is not like HRC.

    Bill

    She would think she is in charge, and he somehow needs her advice, which I don't think is true.

    Bill

    She is not a candidate of change.

    Bill

    Did I mention she lies....a lot?

    Bill.

    June 3, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  14. Davind King

    I hate Hillary! She is a good Republican, but a horrible Democrat! Selfish in all her ways! A liar and a loser!

    She should run for the REPUBLICAN VP position!

    June 3, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. Shirley, Clinton Fatigue, Silicon Valley, CA

    If Obama is FOOLISH enough to choose Clinton as his VP, I will switch my support, including money contribution, to McCain.

    June 3, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  16. Politico

    McCain is running an establishment campaign in an election season of change. It's the same mistake Hillary made early on. We all knew Repubs would jump on Clinton's soundbytes; they're unable to bring anything new to the table. There's nothing they can say that hasn't already been said.

    With all the media attention paid to the Democratic primary, Obama is fully vetted. McCain isn't. Should be an interesting ride.

    June 3, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. Proud American

    McCain you and your ship are already taking more water than the Titanic. We dont want what you are selling. Not anymore!!

    June 3, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. Dixie Chick supports Obama

    I knew it!!!!The Clintons said anything to win now the Rethugs will use it!!! Vote for MCsame as liar BUsh.

    June 3, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  19. Sandy

    OH BOY! IT'S FUNNY HOW WORDS CAN COME BACK AND BITE YOU IN THE END. SO PEOPLE BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY, IT CAN HURT YOU LATER.

    June 3, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  20. Venus

    John McSame can thank Hillary for this video! This is why many people wanted her out of this race!

    But-------------– it won't work!

    Obama beat Hillary/Clinton Machine and will be McSame!

    Yes we can...
    We are fired up and...
    Ready to beat McCain!!!

    June 3, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. Ross in MD

    That's why Hillary should not be on the ticket.

    June 3, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  22. Liar, Liar pants on fire

    Rebecca,

    Speaking of the truth, there is none coming out of Hillary's mouth. People got caught up in her name, race and gender.....that's just not good enough for me.

    June 3, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. Rave

    REPUBLICANS official news network is CNN.
    Even if republicans dont say... CNN will try to throw mud on Obama.
    OBAMA / AL GORE 2008

    June 3, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. Kaci

    What the Republican party will soon lear,n but alas it will be too late, is that there is a new type of voter. Those kinds of negative ads will appeal to the Republican base because they have nothing else to offer the American people. That new type of voter hates negative, Rove-like campaigning and will reject it at every step. This time, Republicans, you will have to throw away the playbook. Obama is the New American candidate for president. Voters in the primary are but a mere reflection of this country's hunger to throw out the old, flim-flam, double-talk, money buys power kind of goverment we have had the last eight years. A new dawn has come. Deal with it!

    June 3, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. Stacy Clarks

    IF THAT IS ALL THEY GOT, I SAY BRING IT ON!!!

    MORE AMERICANS ARE NOW FOR OBAMA:

    according to Obama's health care plan, McCain can retire nicely in a senior citizen home, I can even help him look

    June 3, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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