August 25th, 2008
02:33 PM ET
14 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. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Didn't any of the Democratic candidates think about how their primary campaign trail rethoric would come back to haunt the Democratic party?

    Reagan was right: "Speak no ill...."

    I want Obama to win, but what a bunch of idiots the other Democratic candidatres were in their harsh, harsh criticism earlier this year.

    Opps, there goes another Democratic nose cut off by spite.

    August 25, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. fella from Chicago

    I love watching the Republicans at work with their ads. They"ve like surgeons performing a delicate operation while the Democrats come forth with ads equating themselves like hospital interns. This is why the Republicans are always so formidable, its their marketing skills. It makes no difference who their candidate is, they can dress them up to look beautiful no matter how ugly they are. Kudos to the Republicans again.

    August 25, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Desperate times calls for desperate measures!

    Obviously, McCain has absolutely nothing to offer the American people. Bush has destroyed the republican party to the point that they can't offer anything positive to this election.

    They are down to begging for Clinton supporters.

    They make me laugh!!

    Obama/Biden 2008...Bring on November!!!!

    August 25, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Steve, Madison WI

    The most inexperienced candidate of our time was Bush – and if you disagree look around you. Bush ruined the Nation and the Republicans want to say Obama is inexperienced. I would make a better President than Bush, not because of my experience, but because like Obama I have sound, reasoned judgement and can't be easily bought. I voted for McCain in the 2000 primaries because back then he was a "Maverick". Now he is just a "tool". Look it up – he has "flip-flopped" on EVERY position he held previously. This year, I was a Clinton supporter, but will NEVER forgive her or her supporters if we end up with a Republican in the White House because of their spite.

    August 25, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. Joan, Ontario

    Instead of giving McCain free ad time with this, why don't you run the joint statement released in the last hour by the Obama/Clinton camps which state things are NOT as the media portrays it and they want UNITY? You are continuing to try and stir up controversies. Report on the news, don't try and make it.

    August 25, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. David Armendale, SF, CA

    Hillary and Barack need to come out with a joint ad repudiating this manipulative and demeaning message. Speaking on camera together they should call Republicans on this Rovian tactic of trying to drive this wedge between disappointed Hillary supporters and the Democratic party and Barack Obama.

    August 25, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Mike

    And this is why Hillary does not have a chance in 2012. The democrats own defeat.

    August 25, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. Nikki, Florida

    Can the RNC do anything about their actual candidate or is it all negative from here on out? I don't like that kind of's tacky and irresponsible and shows nothing for McCain...

    Obama/Biden '08

    August 25, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  9. common sense

    Thanks Hillary.

    August 25, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. rhoward

    Where are all the Dem ads rebutting this stuff? Letting the Republicans get away with these distortions and outright lies is costing the Dems dearly. The Dems need to hit back and hit back hard. They say nice guys finish last and that's just what the Dems are going to do if they don't get some backbone quick.

    August 25, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  11. mike

    At the very least, she spoke the truth, the same truth biden spoke during the primary.

    August 25, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. Lisa

    She was telling the truth about Obama but no one wanted to listen.

    August 25, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. Mike, TX

    This convention must be very bitter for Hillary and Bill. Hillary is so much more qualified than Obama, won more popular votes than Obama, and has more ardent supporters than Obama. Yet Pelosi, Reid and Dean decided that it was better to go with a radical leftist than a pragmatic centrist.

    August 25, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. janis - Missouri

    Clinton was only speaking the truth.

    August 25, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. Nova from NV

    Today I am going to switch my party affiliation to be an independent and will vote for McCain. This is the best way to make my voice be heard to the arrogant DNC leaders.

    August 25, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. Tony

    Coem on Hillary, let's see some of the fighter in you. Go get McCain!

    August 25, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. KH

    Why does CNN seem to be so obsessed with the Clintons? I mean this convention is supposed to be about Obama and the future of America. Why is so much coverage been given to the Clintons and whatever drama can be drummed up. Look, if i want drama, I'll go watch a soap opera! Stick to the issues, I am tired of hearing about someone who is no longer in the race!

    August 25, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. Saad from NJ

    With all due respect, how silly is this? If Hillary had been the nominee, RNC would've made the her the worst person on this planet! Worst than anyone we can possibly imagine. But then again, people fall for this. Just so funny.

    August 25, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. Tony

    Bush is the biggest political failure of my lifetime. (I'm 52)

    August 25, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. stan

    she is exactly right, obama is an empty suit, nothing but talk and great plans, just like an extremist ultra left wing liberal radical loving ayers, wright, show him the door to the south side of chicago where he belongs with the other problems he has not solved.

    August 25, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. beth - tampa

    whatever it takes, as long as Obama loses in november

    August 25, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. Lisa

    Why are Obama supporters threatening to not vote for Hillary in 2012? We don't care who you vote for in 2012, we want Hillary to win in 2008.

    Hillary 08!!

    August 25, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. Beverly, NYC

    Hope the new GOP poster girl she is happy. If these ads and the bitterness of her supporters cause Obama and the Demoscrats the whitehouse the wrath will fall on her. Say so long to Senate seat and hello obsecurity. You and Carville have big mouths about everything else why not the GOP using you in their ads?

    August 25, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. Patrick

    Hillary had better get out there and support Obama with everything she has, because if Obama loses, her political career is over. She is being positioned as the scapegoat for an Obama loss.

    August 25, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. steve a, texas

    Just more republican slime from the slime masters,remember RNC and consider the sorce. It was the RNC that gave us "w" and Rove and Cheeny and "condi" and Rumsfield(where is he?) Delay and a host of other scumites..Obama 08,go Obama,,,from a former republican...

    August 25, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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