August 25th, 2008
02:33 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton the star of new RNC ad attacking Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The RNC is out with a new ad starring Hillary Clinton."]

(CNN) - She's been the target of countless Republican attack ads, but it now appears Sen. Hillary Clinton is the GOP's new best friend.

On the heels of two McCain campaign commercials that feature the New York Democrat's repeated criticisms of Barack Obama during the Democratic presidential primary race, the Republican National Committee released a new ad Monday that asks, "Was she right?"

"Who has the experience to govern our nation," the ad's narrator asks before showing a clip of Hillary Clinton declaring in March, "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 he gave in 2002."

Those comments were criticized within the Democratic Party at the time, appearing to many that Clinton was endorsing McCain over Obama. The New York senator later said that was not the case.

"Barack Obama, he gives a great speech," the ad's narrator also says. "But now Americans must ask ourselves, 'Should we elect the most inexperienced candidate of our times,' or was she right?”

The ad, financed by the RNC's independent expenditure arm, is expected to run in key battleground states, including in Denver, Colorado - the site of the Democratic convention this week.

The Republicans' now seeming embrace of Hillary Clinton is a stark departure from its days of targeting the New York senator in countless television spots. Evan Tracey of TNS Media Intelligence/CMAG, CNN's consultant on television ad spending, reports since only January 1, 2007, nine thousand ads have aired using Clinton in a negative way on behalf of Republican candidates or issue groups at a cost of $7.2 million.

soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. SB

    Now we know why Hillary wasn't announced as a VP. Her comments are very damaging and undemocratic. She shouldn't be nominated to speak at the convention. She has caused much division and little unity. What a Prideful person. Do she actually think that if Obama looses and McCain somehow won that she will be able to run in 2012 and win? She has polluted her Clinton name is her negative campaign will go down in the hx books as shameful politics.

    August 25, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. AP

    There are way more supporters of Obama-Biden then either republicans or Hillary voters combined then why does CNN wants to create this division by such articles. Is CNN now the new faux news.
    A note to Hillary voters: pls don't fall for this divide and conquer tactics by republicans, we all know Hillary will have a position in govt far better then VP. Think about it since when was a VP position any important in the past.

    August 25, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Ed

    Hillary was right. Get over it.

    August 25, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. Bill

    This is no suprise. We knew as soon as the words came out of her mouth that the Repuglicans would use them against Obama.

    August 25, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. Boston For OBAMA

    Never again will I vote for a Clinton...................

    August 25, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. Amy from TX

    Bush was the most inexperienced. You have to look at the people he surrounded himself with...CHENEY, WOLFOWITZ, the CORRUPT LAWYERS...

    August 25, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. Andrew

    I seem to be on CNN's no-fly list. Don't know why

    Senator Clinton should either denounce these ads, or demand the VP slot on McCain's ticket.

    August 25, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. mark

    Thanks Hillary. You hate losing so much that you would rather hand over the white house for another 4 years to McBush.
    If you are really on board to help, you had best do a much better job of endorsing Obama, the real winner of the Democratic primaries. Oh, and you husband too.

    August 25, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Hillary Clinton............another mirror of Joe Liberman......I wonder if they are related. And with a friend like Hillary, Obama truly doesn't need anymore the spots on the leopard can be touched....but one can never move them........

    August 25, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. E.C.Coleman

    Senator Clinton hit the nail on the head! She's right on target........the MOST INEXPERIENCED, UNQUALIFIED CANDIDATE OF OUR TIME!

    August 25, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    Oh and thank you CNN for manufacturing drama for your own ratings increase. It's amazing that the GOP can get free ad time but anything Obama puts out in respinse or ads in general never get played. I can no longer support or watch CNN

    August 25, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. Jerry in Boston

    You'd think people would have realized by now that this is how the media operates with celebrities. Build someone up then knock them down, then do it all over again with some other sucker. It's just Obama's turn.

    CNN is no different people.

    August 25, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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