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. Kiah

    THANK YOU HRC! You have done officially done the Republicans job for them.

    I hate that woman!

    June 3, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. Jared

    Wow,

    The Republicans did Obama a favor: they have allowed Obama off the hook for accepting Hillary as his running mate.

    June 3, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    Hillary's battle plans...

    Plan A – Secure the nomination by any means necessary – FAILED

    Plan B – Destroy Barack so that he loses 2008 election or only serves one-term so that she can run again in 2012 – ONGOING!

    June 3, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. "independent"

    HILARY IS BRIGHT, SHE OPENED THE DOOR FOR VP OBAMA DOSENT WANT HER, SO WHEN SHE ISNT VP HE LOOKS LIKE THE BAD GUY THAT HE TRUELY IS. THEN WHEN HE LOSES, THEY CANT BLAME HER. SMART WOMAN. MUCH SMARTER THAN HE. I STILL WANT HER TO RUN INDEPENDENT, SHES GOT A MOVEMENT OUT THERE THAT WILL CAMPAIGN ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE FOR HER.WE READY IF YOU ARE HILARY. WHY BATTLE THE DEMS? NO POINT, THE SUPER DELEGATES CHOOSE THE NOMINEE, NOT THE PEOPLE. WHY DID I VOTE?

    June 3, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. Kevin from MN

    Maybe Hillary has secretly been campaigning to be McCain's VP this Fall??

    June 3, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. SheisEvil

    And now she is open for V.P HRC is Evil woman trying to destroy Obama now she wants to be V.P any thing can happen in her thinking she want to be the first one in line. What a sick and wicked mind woman.

    June 3, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. Sarah L., Fayetteville, AR

    Way to go Hillary–spend months attacking Obama and then say you want to be his V.P.? I hope to God he doesn't choose you.

    June 3, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. sophia nyc

    It was a matter of when.

    June 3, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. Th3rdpwr

    Talk about arm twisting!

    June 3, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. for realsies

    You do realize, that all else aside, it would be an unbeatable ticket. The RNC is doing this more to prevent the ticket than to hurt Obama himself.

    June 3, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. Jeff G

    To all those Hillary supporters

    If the shoe was on the other foot and Hillary was the nominee can any of you point to any statement made by Obama about Hillary that could be used by the GOP in this way? No, because Obama always stayed on the high road. Now do you understand the calls for her to get out even though she was technically not eliminated. They had nothing to do with sexism but rather the fear that she was arming the other side.

    June 3, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. Debra

    This is one of the main reasons she should not be his VP.

    June 3, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. MD in GA

    We all knew this would happen. All except the Clinton campaign. Thing is, the Repubs would have had a hell of a time finding statements from Obama to run against her. Maybe because he behaved like a gentleman during the primary. She should have behaved like more of a lady.

    June 3, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. Mike

    If Clinton had won the nomination, they would use Obama's public criticisms against her. So what is the big deal here? This is nothing new in politics. If she were on the ticket it would actually strengthen Obama by having her out there hitting back against McCain and the GOP ticket.

    But as you can see, the whining by the Obama crowd continues. Stop making excuses and fight the Republicans instead.

    June 3, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. KMAN

    Her big mouth burned her bridge to the VP spot and Bill is such a political albatross for her and Obama! You should have played nice Hillary, but you didn't and you made yourself a lot of enemies both in and out of the Democratic Party!

    June 3, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. Mark

    YAWN!!!....

    This is old news, and if this is all McCains crew can drum up... are you serious? It did not work in the democratic primary, and it will not work in the General Election...

    Newsflash, as a good leader Barack does not have the be the best at everything... No one human is....all he has to do as a good leader is surround himself with people that are the best at things he is weak on...

    Thats the sign of a great leader...and Barack Obama is exactly that!

    DEMOCRATS 08'

    June 3, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. outsider

    she doesnt deserve the vp slot, obama should take a woman that is close to her campain just to make up for her lost

    June 3, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. CW4Barak

    Remember McBush....you need to spend your time reading up on the economy, cus that's how we are going to vote this year....not who can run the nastiest campaign or who has the toughest warmongering talk, or who claims to have the most experience....we are all about who is going to fix the economy, fix Washington and bring about CHANGE!

    Obama '08!

    June 3, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. Kristina, Seattle

    Aww, how sweet. The repubs should send Hillary a box of chocolates and a thank-you note.

    Meanwhile, the manipulative hag can kiss her chance at the VP slot goodbye. (not that she ever had any)

    June 3, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. Mike

    MCCAIN, YOU'RE DONE, OBAMA IS GOING TO EAT YOU ALIVE,
    IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE OUT WITH OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW, MCCAIN YOU'RE OLD, AND SO ARE YOUR IDEAS....OLD SCHOOL POLITICS IS WHAT GOT AMERICA INTO THIS MESS HOME AND ABROAD.......THAT JOHN WAYNE AND RAMBO MENTALITY

    June 3, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. CIC

    No two ways about it,Obama can never,ever defeat Mccain.Hillary was the strong candidate but DNC gave it to Obama.sorry,republicans will wipe democrats again this year.Now the mistake has been made.Sorry for Democrats.

    June 3, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. martin

    she deserves nothing!

    June 3, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  23. zorba

    Of all the side-winding Hillary has done to get as far as she has, this is the one thing I can't forgive her: giving WMD-like ammo to the Republicans against Obama. Unforgivable disloyalty to her party. Disgusting.

    June 3, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  24. Evan

    this comment came from the same woman who wants to be Obama's VP. Barrack does not have to take such drastic measures to ensure that HRC's women supporters vote for barrack. There has to be other ways. Maybe it will happen when HRC stops taking political jabs at Obama.

    June 3, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. Joyce in Florida

    You can't blame Hillary for putting this ad out. It is the RNC alone. Of course, her statement is true to say the least. This is only the beginning of what Obama is going to endure, so he better get used to it. Then, the American people who voted for him will see the true person he really is. Not experienced, arrogant, selfish, lies and is deceptive. I could go on and on but everyone knows or is just simply blind to it. What a pity they are. You know the old saying "be careful what you wish for". You might actually get it. Heaven help us all this November. GO HILLARY 08!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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