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. enomisa

    Life long Democrat AGAINST Obama.

    Use Michelle.

    June 3, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. Griff

    The Ticket!!! John McCain... Hillary is Game... She is fantastic, but she is also elastic.... Go for it, John. Snatch her from under the Dem's, very eye's... Give her a sure VP on your Table... She's you're for the asking.... But you will have to ask...... John.....

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

    Obama's supporters need to get a clue. If he does not offer her the VP slot, he's doomed come November. There is no way now he's going to win the General Election if Hillary is not on the ticket. They are almost equal with the votes. There is no other viable candidate that Obama can choose that has the momemtum that Hillary has. PERIOD!

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

    real nice hill first of all you coulndt play fair second of all you trompled obama every chance you got i really dont think your a true democrat how can you do this well thanks to you mccain might win thanks alot hill thanks for nothing!!!! take your husband and daughter and go back to ny stay away from obama he dont need you we dont need you!!!!

    June 3, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. noemi of reason

    thank you billary, you just shot yourself on the foot at your chances of ever being obama's running mate. next time, remember: the real enemy if the republican!

    June 3, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. Mr. B.

    Sorry Hillary.......you have crossed the line (many times) and for that reason alone we can not accept you as our VP !

    America Is ready
    Obama 08

    June 3, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. bob in L.A.

    And before anyone starts saying "see- we knew she would hurt him!" They should go back to the debates and see what was said by Gov. Richardson, Edwards and others. What is said in primaries should stay in primaries. Don't forget, there were a lot of things said about McCain during his short campaign as well. Imagine the sound bites that can be found from 200 and GWB's comments about McCain!

    June 3, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. b - nyc

    What a bunch of complete idiots.

    June 3, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. Less, Austin Tx

    The RNC are a bunch of air-heads.

    The RNC needs to start a strategic plan on how they are going to explain to the Ameican People why they let Bush, and are ready to let McCain continue to destroy our country and the American people's lives.

    Sooner or later, there are going to be a lot of people waiting for the RNC's explainations/excuses.

    June 3, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. Brad, Denver CO

    This does strike me as funny kind of like how last week The Catholic League denounced Obama's ties to a Catholic Minister. So John McCain is going to solidify his base by using a false endorsement from a candidate that polls over 50% negative in the general public and around 90% with supporters of the GOP. Must also be why he hangs around Bush so much, to get that political boost.

    June 3, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. errrr

    As a Hillary supporters, I am very glad to see those hateful words towards Hillary here. I also hope that Obama will not pick her as VP. This will further enrage Hillary supporters and cost Obama any remaining chance to win in the fall.

    Bye the way, it is Obama and his supporters who divid the party, not us. Because they reject the good will from Hillary and her supporters.

    June 3, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. Adam - TX

    Obama has one shot at the presidency, and its about to expire come November – The party will not give him another opportunity if he fails in Novmeber.

    Superdelegates will already take the heat for the defeat since they are essentially deciding the nomination. The party will not stand to let this happen again in 2012.

    June 3, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. No Hillary

    One looser puts another looser on video... very funny. I laught about it a lot.

    June 3, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. NJ

    OBAMA --> ALL TALK NO ACTION

    Republicans will crush him for his family's hatred towards America and Americans...also, did I tell you about his ties and the baggage he brings along??

    June 3, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  15. Glad to be an Independent

    I have been against a Obama/Clinton ticket. Obama's message is about change. I definitely am not a fan of the Clintons. It is not about my feelings as a Obama supporter.and it is not the feelings of Clinton supporters. At times, Obama supporters have been arrogrant and demeaning to the intelligence of Clinton supporters. At times, Clinton supporters have been angry and uncompromising. Both sides have their faults. The goal is to bring our troops home from Iraq, come up with a sensible health care plan, come up with an energy policy to reduce our need for foreign oil and come up with a plan to deal with global climate change. I could care less if you are mad or you are arrogant. Stop the failed Bush policies by defeating McCain. I can live with a Obama/Clinton ticket. I do not like it, but how cares if I like it or not. Obama and Clinton supporters do not need to like each other or their respective candidates. Agree to disagree and co-exist to end the failed Bush policies. It really does not matter what the Republicans try this year because it very good chance that McCain will lose.

    June 3, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. Obama-Junkie, IL

    I told cha. I told cha. I told cha.

    This far too much video footage of Hillary dismissing Obama as naive, inexperienced, and empty rhetoric for her to be his VP. Likewise Obama has called Hillary, dishonest, symbolizes Washington status quo, and influenced by special interests group money.

    Even the RNC knows that if Obama and Hillary had kept a relatively clean campaigns, then an Obama-Hillary or Obama-Hillary ticket would be unstoppable.

    Obama in 08!

    June 3, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. Jeff

    BHO can't win. Why are we nominating him – white guilt?

    June 3, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  18. Stephen

    The only way I could see Clinton accepting the number two spot,is if she plans on slipping into the number one spot...No means no

    June 3, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  19. Cayman

    THIS IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER BURN YOUR BRIDGES. THIS GOES TO SHOW YOU THAT NOW HILLARY WANTS TO BE ON THE TICKET, HOWEVER THE COMMENTS THAT SHE MADE WILL HUNT HER...THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WILL RUN WITH IT. NOT SURE HOW YOU CAN GET AROUND THIS ONE.

    NOT SURE WHY SHE WENT OUT LIKE THAT..TALKING ABOUT SOMEONE IN HER OWN PARTY....I CAN SEE HER NOW TRYING TO RETRACT WHAT SHE HAS ALREADY SAID, SHE WOULD NOT LOOK HONEST.

    June 3, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. Joe Reg

    Democrats are free to discuss without reprisals.

    Republicans must follow blindly.

    No more repubs this year.

    Go Obama go!!!
    OB/HRC 08 &12

    June 3, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. Truth

    It will be a fatal mistake to select Hillary as VP...

    Obama will loose big if he did it

    June 3, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  22. Chut Pata

    Proves Hillary was more dirty than the legendary Carl Rove. She left nothing for Republicans and the best they can do is "reuse" Hillary's dirt.

    June 3, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  23. Kevin

    Hilary please go home and sleep. Allow Chelsea to marry. Please kindly disappear from the scene.

    June 3, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  24. Texas Obamacan

    Well she can always say "that is not true...AS FAR AS I KNOW".

    June 3, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  25. Unreadable

    Just another proof that Clinton is a Republican puppet.

    June 3, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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