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. Richard McLaren

    It will get worse if Hillary is up for VP, because the ticket will actaully be a triumvirate of Obama, Hillary and Bill, and anyone who has watched "Rome" on HBO will know how well triumvirates worked out.

    June 3, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. Clinton Supporter

    This is wonderful!

    June 3, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. Chyrel Wallace-Jackson, Chicago Illinois

    So much for being on BO's Presidential ticket. This woman was venomous and attacked without cause. I hope he sticks to his guns she would totally undermine his campaign of change. Anyone but HRC, Wexler or Sam Nunn perhaps but for the love of God never HRC.

    June 3, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  4. Texas Obamacan

    And she is asking for the VP slot? We knew this was coming.

    Vicious attacks against one's own party and endorsements of the opposing Party can come back to bite. And you know the Clintons are savy enough to know it. They WANT McCain to win. I'm praying Obama won't even give her a cabinet position much less have her as a running mate.

    June 3, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  5. Steve in DC

    wow...ghost come back to haunt dont they?

    June 3, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. To Rebecca

    If you don't see why, then don't worry about it. But if you are genuinely curious, then start paying attention.

    Obama 2008.

    June 3, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |

    This is why she should have campaigned a little smarter and thought about her attacks on Obama.

    June 3, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. Venus

    One of the major reasons not to have Hillary on the ticket! She should be McCain's VP!

    No to Hillary!

    Obama for president!

    June 3, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. broadstreet buddy

    How far did it get Clinton?? Oh thats right, second place!! Use it all you want republicans. The only thing democrats have to do is say George Bush and the smart citizens of this country (and the millions of people almost going broke and losing jobs thanks to Bush) will no doubt vote Obama.

    George Bush had experience and he is the worst prez ever! While on the other, hand a man from Illinois, who only served in the senate for two years and then became one of the greatest Presidents the US ever had. He was Abraham Lincoln. Of course thats only where the comparisons start . . .

    June 3, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. Oil rules

    What do you expect. It is the typical Dem hypocrisy. Obama kool-aid drinker unite with Hillary and watch her push Obama out of the way in the new 'Co-Presidency' era. She might be 'president' for 16 years.....

    June 3, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. Ohio-Dem

    See...the Repubs are going to take all that negativity that Hillary put out on Obama, and turn it back against him...How can he use her as a VP? During the Debates they are going to EAT him and her alive by asking her to clarify her bashing comments of Obama...that is going to be the first strikes!!!

    Obama give her a Cabinet position...she is too much of a liability to put her at VP...at this point she has thrown too many knives at you and the Republicans are determined to make her knives stick deep in you!!!

    ~Obama '08

    June 3, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. Ryan

    This is just another example of how badly Clinton behaived this entire primary season. Whining when she got attacked (even when she wasn't), using false math (count all the votes.. except of course 4 caucus states which Obama won along with any of Obama's supporters in MI) and saying anything to win, no matter how it could affect the party. All she has done this campaign is show how she will say and do anything to win at the cost of the party.

    June 3, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. Eric

    It's very funny that the Republican party thinks turning the democrats against each other is an intelligent means of winning the candidancy. Highlighting Hilary's obligatory statements will only shed light to their weakly placed importance on "experience", which if you take a careful look at, McCain displays absolutely no consistency with regards to his decision making historically, which "experience" is supposed to be able to establish.

    June 3, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. ANGIE

    listen up dems get ready for the repugs to play real dirty because thats there style i saw on msnbc last night karl rove has been giving mccain help and support on his camp obama is to smart and decent and he will beat them at their own game go obama you have our support 100 percent

    June 3, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. Ben

    Obama must win for the sake of Native American Indians!...Must win to put the wrong right ...etc.

    June 3, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. Veterans for Obama

    Saw this coming.....

    June 3, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. EBK

    After all the damage, she wants to be on the ticket. Obama watch your back!

    June 3, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. Diva in Pennsylvania

    Oh boo-hoo, Billary... And the real issue is not whether she really felt these things, but that she was told repeatedl.y to stop going so negative or it could be used against Obama in the General. She didn't listen, but that's what she wanted anyway, the selfish, backstabbing harpy. And NOW she wants to be VP??? GIVE ME A BREAK!!! Why would he choose you and you don't even know how to run a clean campaign or not hemorrhage money during your candidacy. What could you POSSIBLY bring to Obama's ticket besides more divisiveness and the uncanny ability to draw even more Repubs to the polls in November to vote AGAINST you, or more harpy supporters who cry sexism at the drop of a hat, but treat you with disdain if we cry racism... I am an African-American woman who used to be a staunch Billary supporter, but now I just want her to fall off the face of the earth.

    GObama '08!!! Obamacrats and Obamicans unite!!! Si, se puede!!!!

    June 3, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. Bubba

    This campaign reminds me of Vietnam....shouldn't have gone in and no exit stragety....Vietnam War, 13 yrs....dem campaign, forever and more painful...enough, enough

    June 3, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. Thomas

    Obama is going to lose SOOOO bad... You see its not all George Bush fault you see, its the Democrats who have done NOTHING even in the Majority.

    So what McCain will give money to the business in America... GOOD they are the ones who pay me! He will give more money to the military GOOD they are the ones who pay my brother who signed up for the war. We cant leave the war in 60 days anyway Obama, what do you think will happen then... that right the who area around Iraq will go into war and the gas prices with go up even more.

    Hey Obama you have said NOTHING about how you are going to fix the housing issue that is different then McCain or Hillary, your website added the info after Hillary and McCain on Gas policy, national security and housing problems.

    Don't vote for the media hype empty suit Obama vote:

    McCain 08' or Hillary 08'

    June 3, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  21. Victor, NJ

    Under one condition, DIVORCE Bill pronto!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  22. Donna

    Who is going to pay off Hillary's DEBTS????

    June 3, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  23. Michael


    You're missing the point of the article. Hillary said Obama is not qualified to be commander in chief, and now that he has the nomination, she says she wants to be his VP. I guess that suddenly he has acquired the skills that she has so diligently been criticizing him on.

    The Republicans will throw this in her face every chance they get. This is another example of how she has torn apart the Democratic party by saying anything to get votes.

    She has made a real mess and the Republicans are waiting to nail her to the coffin.

    June 3, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. Carol

    . She's so selfish – if she can't have it then nobody can have it. If Obama loses, I hope EVERYONE blames her. And please, please don't bring her on as VP. This is his moment – why she he have to share it with that b....h.

    She's been screaming that this hasn't been fair to her. How is it fair to him if he has to drag this cow around with him for the next four years. God, woman, go away!!!

    June 3, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. DJ - Texas

    This is a BIG reason why that woman doesn't deserve any position on Obama's administration.

    June 3, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
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