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. Craig

    Well gosh, maybe she should have openly praised Obama for all his shortcomings (of which he has many). What was she supposed to do? It was a competition. You Obamites act like she should have never been critical of the fact that he has such a thin record on....anything....

    I'm glad the RNC is going to use her words, since they are completely accurate. This will open the door for her to come back and trounce McCain in four years....

    Craig

    June 3, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Looks like the chickens are coming home to roost, Hillary, thanks so much!

    June 3, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. sam in london

    i have followed the democratic primaries very closely.I would have been the first to scream that Hillary should not be on the ticket with Obama becos of all she said and did against him during the nominating process but as i have noticed in states like Kentucky and West Virginia,people dont vote based on the facts or the truth but on frivolties like race,gender and the like and therefore may be wise to get votes from those quarters by putting her on the ticket.There is no other plausible reason to do so.

    June 3, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Is This Over Yet?

    What goes around will come around. Good job Hillary.I don't believe Hillary should be on the ticket with OBAMA. She and Bill are the reason the republicans have picked up the idea Obama can't win in November. I don't think her supporters who said they would never vote for Obama ever planned to vote democrat.

    June 3, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. dan

    you 17 million hilliary supporters who are going to cross over to McCain to destroy Obama chances. If you are successful, please dont think us 17 million obama supporters will forget that in 2012 when we all unite to destroy Hilliary chances.

    What goes around comes around, enjoy!

    June 3, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. yns

    Hillary is absolutely right!

    June 3, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. Bert

    I hope he makes a better choice for VP than HRC. At this point in time we really need a President with the strength to pick who he really feels would be the best choice and not give in to people who feel they are entitled to it just b/c of the color of her skin.

    June 3, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. Lindsay

    AMEN to all of you who have pointed out that this is a PERFECT example of why Clinton is not a good candidate for VP.

    June 3, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. Jackson

    Sigh, I can't believe people don't see what the republicans are doing. They released this video because they know they will have hard time competing against Obama/Hillary.

    June 3, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  10. Anastasia

    This media foray has been such a travesty; sexist, unfair, undemocratic...I even found it difficult to find a place to blog...they are trying to convince America Hillary is finished, when she has said she will not concede. Hillary fans DO NOT LISTEN TO THE MEDIA..vote your conscience. They are terrified of her fantastic showing to day...so far a tie in Montana and 60% of the vote in South Dakota..the DNC knows Obama is a weak candidate without Hillary and the republicans do not want her as president because she can beat McCain; that is why so many McCain voters voted for Obama. She will make an incredible showing tonight, diplaying her popular votes and strengths...Let's not sop the momentum...they're terrified. VOTE FOR HILLARY!!!

    June 3, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  11. Hillary for Queen

    ......nuff said.

    June 3, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  12. MP-Pennsylvania

    Hillary gave ammunition to RNC. And that's all they have. But if Hillary in the ticket, RNC will have whole lot starting from Bills' behavior, white water, Peter paul, Bill lobbying for Dubai in port deal, Bill's library contributions, Hillary's bias towards PLO etc etc...

    That' why Hillary should not be on the ticket.

    Also her behavior is totally opposite, so Obama cannot claim what ever principles he stand for with such a running mate. Those who promote Hillary for VP is helping McCain's win.

    June 3, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. Disappointed

    NO NO NOOOOOO How can you change Washington with the Clintons there? Get Bill out of town and let Hillary languish in the Senate. No No No

    June 3, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. Dave Nittel

    This video might be very damaging to Mr Obama... IF Hillary Clinton had any credibility on any matter. Fortunately, at this point, she no longer does.

    June 3, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  15. Harry C

    These Idiots in the RNC are backing a REAL LOSER! McCain has no idea of what he speaks... All he can talk about is Iraq and Iran; whatever happened to Afganstan???? OBAMA is still running around. He admits he knows nothing about the Economy even Cheney disagrees with this Fuel tax refund plan...I go on record as saying that this Novemeber you will see McCain go down to defeat in one of the biggest defeats in political history, I will be surprised if he gets over 30% of the popular vote...

    June 3, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. LIAR LIAR LIar

    HILLARY, Miss experience, NOT!!!

    Maybe she can join John McCain on a ticket...

    OBAMA/Richardson 08

    June 3, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  17. Antoinette from New Carrollton, MD

    This is still open for commentary i see

    Look how Clinton just gave the repubs fuel to use against Obama and she wants to be the VP??? Are u serious???

    They'll throw that at them both in the general and she cant go back on her statement now, because then she will be a hipocrite and she will make Obama look bad

    No VP for her

    June 3, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  18. Donovan

    Sure is going to make it tough as a VP. Hillary go back to NY,
    wait 4 years and run again.

    June 3, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  19. Words of Caution

    Why do you think Karl Rove was encouraging Hillary so much? Get a clue folks, Hillary was the Republicans first choice as Democratic Nominee. She will be poison on any Democratic ticket. Make her Health Secretary or a Supreme Court Judge or a limitless supply of Hillary fundraisers, but not VP!

    June 3, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  20. Tired of Hillary

    This is exactly what Hillary wanted. She wanted to damage Obama enough so he couldn't be elected. Hillary your hand has been exposed and you....will never see the White House again (except maybe in some of your old photos)...you have burned too many bridges and guess what REAL DEMS HAVE REAL LONG MEMORIES AND WE CARRY GRUDGES!!!!

    June 3, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  21. Bitter Tommy Hussein in St. Louis

    Hillary herself is a Judas.

    June 3, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  22. Pat M

    Harry C I sure hope your right as if your wrong it will be the Nation going down not McCain and the people will go down with him. Just like they've went down currently with Bush!

    What are these people who are stating they will vote for McCain thinking????? They must love War!

    June 3, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  23. frank Honolulu HI

    Republicans are shaking in their collective boots. I hope they're looking forward to the next 12 years of Democratic leadership. They (republicans) haven't the foggiest idea why their morals and standards are upside down. They're blinded by themselves. They spend so much time trying to defend themselves that they have no time to reflect on whether they are right or wrong or how to improve themselves. Until they do they will be the in the minority.

    June 3, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  24. Cindy

    Who better to answer this than Hillary herself. She caused the damage; she needs to fix it. I'm sure she can do it. I'm sure she will do it.

    June 3, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  25. catty

    If this anyway damages HIS CHANCES his chances in the general election I hope all his supporters remember in 2012 when she tries again...MAKE HER PAY!!! She ran as a repugnican and should go over there now.

    June 3, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
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