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

Clinton the star of new RNC ad attacking Obama

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(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. Obama 08:60 year old, white, female

    WHERE IS OBAMA'S NEW AD?? yOU ARE QUICKLY LOSING CREDIBILITY? fIRST YOUR BOGUS 7.5 mARGIN OF ERROR POLL AND NOW CONSTANT FREE ADVERTISING FOR MCCAIN?

    What a joke CNN has become!!

    August 25, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. Soldier 4 OBAMA

    Of course, the GOP think we are so naive and out of touch. We know they were expecting an OBAMA-HILLARY ticket and so now Obama out smart them again, so of course Hillary is their best friend. Well, McCain should ask Hillary to be his running mate and we will see how well the GOP measure up to it's rhetoric.

    OBAMA-BIDEN

    August 25, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  3. carlo

    Can you imagine what McCain would have done if Obama would have chosen her as a running mate? You think the commercial about Biden was bad? If anyone thinks the Rethugs are really sympathizing with Hillary after the way they treated her and Bill for eight years, they are deluding themselves.

    August 25, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  4. Linda K.

    We knew this would happen. All during the primaries, as the kitchen sink was thrown out piece by piece, it was apparent the Republicans would pick up those pieces and hurl them again. All I can say is, Thanks, Hillary.

    If she's a true leader, Hillary will immediately denounce and reject these ads.

    August 25, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  5. Angus McDugan

    I gotta say... When she is right, she is right!

    August 25, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  6. Freida, NYC

    CNN please post my comments!

    The nerve of Obama and his campaing! How dare them not to even consider Hillary for the VP spot… But come to think about it, they are right, she is not vetted to be VP, she is vetted to be our next President.
    Obama is a joke and so is his running mate. They will not win in November.

    P.U.M.A

    August 25, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. Ed

    If McCain doesn't put Hillary as his VP I'm voting for Obama in revenge!!

    August 25, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. RGB in MN

    THis is so accurate how can you avoid using it?
    Game, Set, Match, McCain!

    August 25, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. Mark Wagner

    Why isn't CNN reading what she said?

    She is talking about the campaign, not being President. "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."

    Again, read what she is saying, and while McCain and the GOP want to try to spin it and take it out of context, or claim that she meant something else, she is clearly talking about being experience to the campaign, not to the office of POTUS.

    August 25, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. Jim

    Republicans are playing Clinton supporters like puppets. I hope you think of your children when you vote...

    August 25, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. Truth

    This is incredibly sad and it hurts my heart. McCain does not care about veterans, he is not pro-choice, he wants to keep us in this war, knows nothing about the economy and has no new ideas. He is the complete opposite of what Clinton believes in. It is just pure hatred to vote for this clueless man.

    August 25, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    And people wonder why he didn't choose her as his running mate?

    August 25, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. Jeff

    She was absolutly right. Obama is all rhetoric and ego and not much substance. I am a lifelong democrat who will be sitting at home in November.

    August 25, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  14. Maggie

    She was right, but I'll be voting for Obama anyway. We can't afford another republican in the supreme court! Obama supporters, why don't you quit your vitriolic anti-Clinton comments and listen to your own candidate!

    Obama/Biden '08 should have been Clinton/Obama '08

    August 25, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. Reality

    OBAMA IS GOING TO LOSE THE ELECTION BECAUSE OF CLINTON'S DIRTY POLITICS AND CHEAP SHOTS DURING THE PRIMARIES 🙁 SAD SAD SAD. THE GOP IS USING EVERYTHING THAT WORKED FOR CLINTON AGAINST OBAMA.

    IF OBAMA LOSES. HILLIARY WILL LOSE ANY CHANCE OF RUNNING IN 2012, 2016 OR 2020

    August 25, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. R.I.F.

    wow! Now I know that CNN is in the tank for McCain. You put this up, along with every other McCain attack ad, but who didnt but the new Obama ad up which goes after McCain HARD on the economy and his closeness with Bush and his policies. Thank you CNN for making it crystal clear that you want McCain to win.

    August 25, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. Cindy

    THE RNC is Playing the HILLARY Supporters like they are fools.

    August 25, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. Cheri

    Bill and Hillary Clinton need to go away they are destroying the Democratic party.

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

    Thjanks for the everlasting wound Hillary and Bill...the egotistic, entitled blow that keeps on giving. We all have the Clintons to thank for bring the DNC to the ground....some legacy

    August 25, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  20. Rebecca

    CNN, you have stooped lower than low. You weren't happy until you bashed Hillary and praised Obama to the point that she gave up her campaign. Now, you turn against Obama and are running John McCain's campaign ads on your "news" reports. All you are doing is giving him free advertising. You are despicable, and so is your competitor. This is why I took my journalism degree and started working on the one media outlet that still holds some dignity...textbooks. You make me ill.

    August 25, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    The same wing of the RNC that condoned and fronted for the Swift Boaters that lied their way to fame at John Kerry's expense also did McCain in in South Carolina in 2000.

    I have a new project for them on a subject they like to attack.

    Run an ad to ask McCain what his credentials were for getting into flight school. And part two, when does the wife release her tax statements?

    It's about credibility with these guys, so here's your chance to use actual facts; you won't have to dream up anything, fellas!!!!!!

    August 25, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  22. james in florida

    No suprise there.
    Clinton new she should have pulled out of the race earlier and that she was just giving the Republicans plenty to use against Obama by the smear campaign she ran, and lost because of the negitive attacks.

    Is someone could cost this country an election and give it to Johhny McBush it would be Hillary.

    She stayed in to long and for her own greed.

    August 25, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  23. Guy

    I'm all teary-eyed listening to that crap. Are the Republicans so desperate as to use Hillary in their ads? Pathetic.

    August 25, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Which is more likely: that the Republican Party has a new-found respect and admiration for the Clintons (they impeached Bill and practically accused Hillary of murdering Vince Foster, among other things), or that the GOP is relying on an ancient stereotype (that they no doubt believe) that women are irrational, too emptional, and not politically sophisticated enough to realize that they are being manipulated by the party that has no history of supporting issues important to women ot the average American.

    These followers are being played like a fiddle for the benefit of rich white men; remember, the GOP all but accused Hillary Clinton of murder.

    August 25, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  25. David

    America must ask ourselves: "How many time will we repeat the same mistake?"

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