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. Mika

    Hello everyone My name is Mika and I approve the following message: What the ????? Are u kiddin me????
    Seriously, I still think he'll need to put her on the ticket to defeat insane McCain or no brain McCain.

    June 3, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. Clinton Supporter

    This is so great! Let the games begin! Now what, Barry? Obviously you really need her for her (oh, no!) her EXPERIENCE and for her other 50% of the Dems! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!! I can hardly contain myself!! What a riot!

    The moral of the story? Don't play chess with Hillary.

    I am dissolving in laughter!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. Emma

    Now can you see the damage Hillary Clinton has created for Senator Obama and she thinks she deserves the VP slot.

    NO WAY OBAMA! SHE WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEMOCRATS LOSS IN NOVEMBER IF MCCAIN WINS!

    June 3, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. Rave

    Latest update = Hillary calling Obama to pardon her stupid supporters. She quoted… " My supporters are stupid and dumb.. or why would they support me in the first place, when I am clearly lying and desperate ".
    Please dont be mad at me and I will be waiting for your gracious call for the VP Position.
    ——-
    Obama quoted " Hillary, may God bless your weak soul and help you recovering from your evil thoughts and deeds ". I am not mad at you..but forget about the VP position. I dont want 8 years of nightmare.
    OBAMA / AL GORE 2008

    June 3, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. shawna

    Karen is right on the money. This criticism by Hillary did not work. Voters saw right through it. Therefore, it will not work for the republicans. Ff they claim the Dems are no good, then they (republicans) are worse. I had began to hate Clinton during the course of the campaign. I now realize the future of our children is at stake. She is right: we must do whatever it takes to take the white house, she should be on the ticket if she wants to. I think they can explain those remarks away. We cannot allow another BUSH-Mccain is the white house.
    Obama/Clinton '08!!!

    June 3, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. Davind King

    I despise Hillary!

    She is a good Republican undercover agent. She's a horrible Democrat! Selfish in all her ways! A liar and a loser!

    She should run for the REPUBLICAN VP position!

    June 3, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Rick in Florida

    THANKS A MILLION HILLARY....FOR HURTING THE DEMS CHANCES IN NOVEMBER. BUT THEN AGAIN, IT WAS ALWYS MEANT TO BE EITHER YOU OR MCCAIN, WASN'T IT ???

    LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN IN 2012 FOR YOU AGAIN.

    GO SOAK YOUR HEAD AND DON'T COME UP, OK????

    June 3, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. CJ in Canada

    If this tactic was repeatedly used by Clinton and did not work, what makes the RNC think it will work for them?

    June 3, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. Jon

    It's what we call "The Truth".

    June 3, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. Truth

    I wouldn't doubt that you said is a fact Kevin from MN

    June 3, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. Annette

    Hillary you are messy.

    June 3, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. To Tell The Truth

    Obama/Wright/Pfleger/Rezko/Ayers/Dohrn/Auchi/Hamas/Farrakhan/Khalidi '08

    June 3, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. Shawn T

    Hillary accepts VP = Hillary accepts she is a flip flopper who will do ANYTHING for power.

    June 3, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. Juan

    For all of the empty rhetoric, we once again see politics as usual from Obama. And what exactly is changing except the empty slogan. Kerry and Gore were twice the candidate of this wannabe.

    Change your Taxes! 08

    June 3, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  15. enomisa

    Remember to use Michelle as well.

    She is the one who couldn't even commit to voting for HRC, were Hillary the nominee for the party.

    What better proof do you need to show that the wife of Obama has no loyalty to her party- and hence does not support the democratic platform.

    All she EVER supported was Obama- she did not care about the IRAQ war, or Roe vs Wade etc.

    So USE her refusal to vote democratic UNLESS the nominee was Obama, as proof that she does not believe what he and HRC preaches.

    June 3, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  16. Shasta

    It would not be a smart idea for Obama to take Hillary, especially now that the republicans are going to put her comments on loop (as we knew they would). I would seriously question his judgement if he did that.

    Hillary as VP would contradict what Obama preaches. He has been portraying her as "old politics", so to take her would mean that either he wasn't honest, or he is willing to take "old politics" to the White House.

    June 3, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. Rich

    Hillary the traitor!

    June 3, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. DeniseGA

    See what did we say, Clinton was giving them material, now she has the gall to think she will be on the ticket!

    June 3, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  19. boered1

    Yep just as I suspected

    The WORST candidate for President in recent history has finally been eliminated but her lies will continue on long after she departs.

    thank you Ms. Clinton for destroying the DNC, for destroying the chance the Democrats had of being President and destroying America by giving it over to the radical right. but hey at least when you run again in 1012 we can ALL tell you where to shove it right!?

    While YOU might be open to being Mr. Obama's VP WE ARE NOT OPEN TO THE IDEA AT ALL!!!! Your lies and distortions have helped to undermine a good man because you got your panties all in a wad about not getting crowned like you thought you should have.

    usually I end this Moronic Clintonistas but this time
    Moronic Clintons!

    June 3, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. Mike

    Every Democrat knew that this was going to happen, which is exactly why many people wanted Senator Clinton to tone down her campaign. Unfortunately, because she was determined to fight on, Senator Clinton may have done some damage to herself.
    Unless she (and no one else can do this) can provide an explanation for how this statement can be 'spun' to the betterment of Senator Obama, she may not have any chance at a VP spot.
    Regardless of the outcome, I am confident that Senator Obama is a far superior choice to lead this country.

    June 3, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  21. "independent"THINKER

    OBAMA IS NOT GOING TO PICK HC AS VP. SHE NEEDS TO RUN AS INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE MOP THE FLOOR WITH THESE TWO CLOWNS. SHE WILL HAVE CREDIBILITY AND OWE NO ONE ANYTHING. START A PRESIDENCY UNBLEMISHED OWING NOTHING. WHAT A CONCEPT! SHE WAS SMART TO SAY SHE WOULD, WHEN HE LOSES SHE CANT BE BLAMED, THEY WILL CALL HIM AN IDIOT FOR NOT CHOSING HER. WOHOOO GO HILARY 08 NEW PARTY. PARTY OF CHOICE. I THINK OBAMA SHOULD PICK OPRAH ANYWAY, EVERYTHING SHE TOUCH'S LATELY TURNS TO DIRT. THEY CAN GET THERAPY FROM DR. CHEATING PHIL.

    June 3, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  22. random comment

    So I'm guessing she's not getting that VP spot now, is she?

    June 3, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  23. Farhad Malekafzali

    It would be a big mistake for Obama to offer Clinton the Vice Presidency position. During the 1992 campaign, Bill Clinton had said repeatedly (with his wife nodding behind him) that if elected, the country would get two for the price one. Hillary was co-president from 1993-2001, indeed. She was in charge of the administration's most important policy, health care and later battling the "right wing conspiracy" against her husband. For the other member of the duo, Bill Clinton, Hillary’s Vice Presidency means the opportunity to be co-president again. The husband and wife political team will interfere in presidential politics and policy, making it impossible for Obama to do what he wants as president. Additionally, Hillary will add little strategic depth to campaign. She is not from a battleground state and will bring with her not only her self inflicted and divisive wounds of the primary but also the old Clinton problems: White Water, Bill's insatiable appetite for playing the field, their support for middle of the road band aid solutions for a country facing deep domestic and international problems. If she hopes to have any future in the Senate as a Democrat, it is best for her to only campaign for Obama and, perhaps later, work with Obama as Senate's majority leader. Bill should quietly exit politics.

    June 3, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  24. No Hillary

    Who cares what HILLARY said.... the PEOPLE of America said NO to Hillary and the people of America will say NO TO MCCAIN, because AMERICA IS READY FOR CHANGE....none of those videos will help u Sir... but good try.

    June 3, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. Black Republican

    I am so sick of Hillary Clinton! If she is tapped as the VP candidate, I will not vote for OBAMA! CLINTON is EVIL!!! I don't trust her at all! OBAMA....WE WILL NOT VOTE FOR YOU IF HILLARY CLINTON IS YOUR RUNNING MATE!!!!

    OBAMA/NUNN 08'

    SAM NUNN IS THE PERFECT RUNNING MATE FOR YOU!!! YOU ARE A SMART GUY!!! CALL ME FOR MORE ADVISE....OBVIOUSLY YOUR ADVISORS ARE USELESS!!

    June 3, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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