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. NY

    Stop blaming Hillary. If Hillary didn't bring up Obama's baggages, McCain would be brought them out anyway...It's better to be surprised now than in Now.

    June 3, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. BIFF, BIFFINGTON...

    peakarach,des moines

    Yes, Barack's middle name is HUSSEIN. YOU refering to him BY his middle name puts on full display who YOU are.

    please.... GET THE HELL OUT OF MY PARTY!!!

    WE don't want YOU in it.

    Thank you, and have a great day.

    June 3, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    It won't make that big a deal in a few months.

    I remember when Reagan was running against Bush, and the Democrats tried to use Bush's words against Reagan, and it didn't work either.

    If Hillary knows what's good for her, she will support Obama and help him win. McCain has several strikes against him – his policies don't match 70% of American voters, he's too old, and he agrees with Bush on too many issues.

    June 3, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. Rick FL

    Gee, Republicans are being divisive again–imagine that. Karl Rove's concept of division as a party platform is another reason why I am a former Republican now. Sad.

    Dem '08

    June 3, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    CONDI RICE TODAY SAID THE U.S. NEEDS TO START TALKING TO IRAN AND MCCAIN WANTS TO BOMB IRAN. IRAN HAS NEVER ATTACKED OR BEEN AT WAR WITH ANOTHER COUNTRY. SOUNDS LIKE THE REPUBLICANS ARE PARTING WAYS WITH MCCAIN AS ANYONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD DO.

    June 3, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. Truth

    With Clinton as his VP....there is a lot more where that came from, you can count on it. Hillary is a terrible choice for president or VP......all you women wanting her to be president because she is a woman are pitfiul. I am a woman too but I at least want a woman of dignity to be the president and if you're honest with yourselves...you'll admit.....she lacks dignity. It doesn't matter, she's a woman, support her anyway!!! Such emotional WRECKS.

    June 3, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. Don

    Perfect fodder for the GOP, this will further divide the party all thanks to

    SELFISH SELF SEEKING INDIVIDUAL, WHO CANNOT BE NICE LIKE A

    LADY ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL. DID SHE HAVE TO STOOP SO LOW?

    June 3, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  8. enomisa

    HRC supporter

    I hope this helps and works to stop Obama.

    I want HRC, but I will support anyone that can stop Obama.

    I hated the way the Democratic primary was fixed for Obama.

    June 3, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  9. indy dem

    Who didn't see this coming?

    Clinton's and McCain's experience are regularly exaggerated. What have they learned from their experience? How does that learning inform their decision making now?

    Look at McCain's record. "I'm against the tax cuts for the rich" "No wait- I'm for the tax cuts." "I'm for immigration reform." "By reform I mean a big fence."

    Same thing with Hillary although she gets credit for consistently fighting the good fight. She just happened to be one of the SPINELESS democrats who thought she couldn't afford not to give the Prez a blank check for war. Stupid. Or just cowardly.

    June 3, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. Tom

    Absolutely – and she's right. This from a Hillary supporter who will move to McCain if she's not running. That Obama is even still running says amazing things about the anti – white racism and elitism that is alive in the democratic party because there is no way that Hillary would have gotten away with saying and doing the things he and his supporters have done and still been in the race. On top of that he's flip-flopped more than a teen's summer footwear on every issue that's out there.

    June 3, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. tony

    Hillary,Please do not hook up with this loser. He'll only bring you down

    June 3, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. cf

    Senator Obama has enough to fight off those thirsty wolves.
    Obama supporters have faith. The way McBush and Cheny has run this country that don't have a fighting chance! Remember good people, Obama took down the Clintons he can certainly take down the two losers!

    Ohio Obama girl!

    June 3, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. Rick in Florida

    That SEALS it !!!

    NO V.P. spot for Hillary.

    Can you imagine the McCain ads??? Hillary's (many) attacks on Obama, played alongside her "new version of the truth" as she runs as his VP on the ticket, extolling his good points ???

    She DID IT TO HERSELF...and now must pay the price of no VP spot.

    June 3, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. jl

    Hahahah poor republicans are scared!! They know that we are so going to beat them on November!!!! you can do whatever it is Republicans but we are going stronger on the election for President!! Especially if Clinton is considering the VP Slot!!!

    Can't wait, let's start the debates with grandpa McCain!

    June 3, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. carrie,obama baby

    i knew hillary was a bitter old had
    well,obama will win
    shame on you for ur kitchen sink
    dems,we have to get dirty
    thats the way to win

    June 3, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  16. taylor

    These are some of the same reasons i dont believe that Hillary deserve's the vp spot, How can he even trust her?...she constantly tried to hurt him throughout this primary campaign, and now it seems like she's given the republicans ammunition against Obama...That is what can happen when you try to win at any cost. Her and bill are so desperate to be in the WH, that they are now begging Obama for the vp position..WOW. LONDON.ON.

    June 3, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. Will from NYC

    let the GOP attack all they want... this election will be about the economy and Iraq... McSame can't win.

    June 3, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. Still for Hill

    Hope it is enough to damage the demagague Obama.

    Americans need to unite against Obama.

    June 3, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. Tjaye in LA

    Great! This gives Obama the out he needs to not choose her as his VP. Thanks RNC!!!

    June 3, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. Lee-- Dallas, TX

    And where's the news... All of this has been said before. There is nothing new that the Republican party can come up with... they just rehash the same things the Clinton's have said, and guess what... it didn't work. Why do they think it will work now when more Americans are going to vote Democratic in November compared to the Republicans.

    June 3, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. Willis, Texas

    HILLARY CLINTON HAS NO MILITARY EXPERIENCE!!!

    June 3, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. Pappu

    All you Hillary haters: watch us swing to McCain and see where Obama can get without us.

    June 3, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. An American

    McCain is toast

    June 3, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  24. Truth

    DON'T DO IT OBAMA....IT'S A SET UP! SHE WILL UNDERMIND EVERYTHING THAT YOU SAY OR DO BECAUSE SHE WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO BE PRESIDENT. HILLARY IS NOT THINKING ABOUT ANY OF YOU WHITE WOMEN, BLACK WOMEN, LATINO WOMEN, OR ANY WOMAN OR MAN FOR THAT MATTER.....SHE'S ONLY CONCERNED ABOUT GETTING IN THE WHITEHOUSE. YOU PPL ARE VERY SLOW.

    June 3, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. Rus in St. Paul, MN

    I think it's a brilliant idea for Republicans to use Hillary's arguements against Obama.

    I mean they worked for her right?

    June 3, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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