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. Brad

    The Clinton's are going to sabotage the Democratic Party and McCain is going to be elected President unless the Clinton's get their act together and stop being childish.

    August 25, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. Abby

    his line one of the many reasons that Hill could not be seriously considered for VP.

    August 25, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. lancecoardill

    Hillary is an intelligent woman, and she is right Obama is this century's William Jennings Bryan, lots of sizzle but little steak. He's done nothing for the state of Illinois and has done nothing of substance to become the democratic presidential nominee. Buyer's remorse for many shall not be long in coming.

    August 25, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Mat

    If your view of the candidates is swayed by media ads and pandering to voters then you're as stupid as those who voted for Bush.

    It's not about Hillary being bitter, Obama not being the right choice for the DNC. it's about getting our economey in better shape – when McCain says you have to be making over 5 million to be considered rich then you're very, very confused!

    Vote republican if that's what you believe, but not if it's out of spite for who you think should be on the DNC ticket.

    Wake up you idiots.

    August 25, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. Tommy Straun

    Didn't see THAT one coming, did we?

    John McCain will have to look far and wide to find a Republican that's never criticized him on video, so good luck with that, Johnboy-

    And we've already rejected Clinton's message, so what else ya got?

    August 25, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. RLA

    If one is to be held to having told the truth, then what Senator Clinton said back then has to be accepted as a proper viewpoint and commentary from someone who sold herself as being knowledgeable and the right candidate for president. As Senator Obama has had little to no experience or "training" since that time, Senator Clinton's words should hold true even today.

    If she chooses to deny those words or "spin" then as only campaign rhetoric, then we're dealing with someone who can't be believed on any given day or topic.

    America needs people who stand by their words even if they bite them later.

    August 25, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. Lisa

    Obama supporters are so dumb!!! They selected a candidate based on their campaign strategy other then their policies. This is the same reason Bush won because he ran a good campaign. These are the same exact people that voted for Bush too.

    How stupid could you be?

    August 25, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. Susan, PA

    I fooled myself for voting Repubs in last two elections and got myself into this mess…..

    I AM NOT A FOOL ANYMORE… Vote Democrats…..

    CNN post this. I know you are paid by GOP and are becoming FOX-News Part II.

    August 25, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. Oh Boy

    This is exactly why Hillary Clinton supporters need to open their eyes and shut their mouths. Hillary ran a negative campaign throughout her entire primary nomination bid, is lauded by Republicans. and the best that her camp can muster up is: Obama is an inexperienced Muslim. Well, I for one, rather a non old boy, Koran reading truth telling, Constitution believing, freedom preserving BHO han the dynamic duo of presumptive, self indulgent HRC and General Geritol McCain-Bush. This ad just goes to show how tight these old time politicians are...Hillary is a smart woman and knew she was providing fodder for the Republicans if she didn't get her way.

    August 25, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. Joseph Adewole

    The Republicans thought they could cause disunity among the Dems by this ad; they our wrong because Hillary – their target that could cause disunity – has realised that no one is greater than the Party and that she could not be manupulated as thought by the 'mean' thinking of the Republicans. What is at stake for Hillary here is greater than the whole Republicans put together

    August 25, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. Sherry

    Okay, let's get something clear here - why are people expecting the loser to give the winner advice? Hillary Clinton lost because of her inapt staff - they had no strategy or money after Super Tuesday. How is it that Mr. Obama has to be accommodating to the Clintons - they have had their time in the White House (TWO terms) - let's give someone else a chance. The title of President is not an entitlement - you have to earn it - and Mrs. Clinton did not earn it - she had no control of her staff and did not even know she had run out of money. And remember all of you Clinton supporters - Mr. Obama has 18+-million supporters as well, and we will not forget that if you deny him this nomination because of your ignorance and/or racism (yes I said it)!

    August 25, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. Dr. Vincent J. Petrosino

    As everyone with a brain has learned the Clintons are intent on destroying Obama's campaign and his success. Too much effort is being made to appease the Clintons who are still angry over their loss in the primaries. And now HRC has become pure campaign fodder for McBush. These two sore losers will attempt to steal Obama's thunder at the convention but they will not succeed. This is pure ego at its worst and the country will suffer because of it! HRC and her die-hard supporters need to be silenced once and for all. Enough with the accommodations to these dirty politicians like McBush and the Clintons. Shut the Clintons up once and for all and let's move on! There are enough DNC members who can silence them! Do it NOW!

    August 25, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  13. Dick/NH


    I think you and your husband are worried about YOUR legacy??? WHAT LEGACY??? That of a turncoat !!! There are millions who agree that you both care only for yourselves...we will have VERY long memories if you EVER run again...You have shown your TRUE color...RED!!!

    August 25, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. Bdiddy from Chicago

    if Hillary was right then she would be the nominee. We talk about the 18 million people who voted for Hillary but 18 million wasn't enough to beat the Freshman African American Senator from Illinois.

    What it comes down to was connecting with the voters and Hillary nor McCain can do that. The average Joe is trying to pay the mortgage and have enough gas to get to work and get the children to school. Hillary hasn't bought gas in almost 20 years.

    The only person touching people is Obama with his speeches and just his story, HE embodies the America that Yes We can get past racism, Yes We can work together to build a solid future. Yes We can look terrorism in the eye and overcome it, yes we can make America the Great nation it's always strived to be and Yes WE CAN do it the unconventional way.

    WE don't have to use yesterday's politics to do a work that has to be done today. Obama is about Hope, the American underdog who will become a champion. The Community Organizer who will become President!!

    August 25, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. Deb

    As long as we Americans listen to the issues all the Karl Rove, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity's of the world will not impact the Obama/Biden ticket. We just have to realize who is orchestrating all of these attacks. I am also very disappointed that Senator Clinton provided the RNC with so much material during the primaries. She ran a very negative campaign.

    August 25, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  16. Kim

    Was she right ? When Hillary said that McBush is the third term of Bush ? That McBush has no grasp of the economy? That McBush is a dangerous War Monger? Yes, She was right on the money.

    August 25, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. chuks

    And you dared wanted to be on Obama's ticket. I must confess women have always doomed men. From Adam and Eve, to Samson and Delilah, Kings and Princes to Presidents and Governors. Some American women are ripe and ready to devastate this country by voting McCain. Oh Lord what manner of creation you have made in women. Thank you for it but can you re-create some of the crazy ones in them so they have human brains and not chicken brains.

    August 25, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. Anson

    "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."

    She betrayed the democratic party right there. It has always been about herself. Shame on those people who think she should have been given a shot at VP slot. The Republican party would have used all her negative statements against her and Obama.

    By the way, if the 18 million voters really stand by Hillary, why won't each of them give her just $1 to get her out of debt? I guess they love their $ more 😀

    August 25, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. Rj

    I am a life time Republican but I cannot stomach more of the same! I'm voting for OBAMA!!!!!

    August 25, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  20. Marilyn

    Obama's loss in November will NOT be Hillary's fault. You Obama idiots need to understand that many of us who are not voting for him are not doing this because we love Hillary (I don't!), but because we really don't like and don't trust Obama. I would not vote for him even if Hillary had never entered the race!

    August 25, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. Tom Eyemdaman

    Bush has hijacked the Republican Party because of his out-of-control spending and his manipulation of the Iraq intelligence to go to war.

    We need someone with integrity like John McCain to get us out of this mess with victory and hope. I'm no fan of Clinton, but at least she told it like it was.

    McCain 08

    August 25, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  22. Political Junky

    This is a hot mess! Why is Obama relying on the Clintons to provide party unity? He is the one running for president. He could have wrapped up his run by selecting Hillary as his VP. No, he just couldn't live with a woman as his choice. Unfortunately, this will cost him the race.

    August 25, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. Betty

    I think Obama was wrong for not picking Hillary for his VP now I will not vote for him and a lot of my friends will not eather. I hope he is happy now

    August 25, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. SBAMA

    To Clinton supporters voting against Obama..

    Do you enjoy being played like a violen by Republicans that do not share your stance on issues, gives tax breaks to wealthy, cozies up to big business.

    Clinton and Obama shared a lot of similiar views and do not share the policies of McCain/Bush.

    Vote with you mind not your heart! Don' t let the Republicans USE Hillary, who you treasure so dear.

    August 25, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  25. Kristal

    Clinton proves once again that she is not to be trusted with our Nation. She can't even back Obama even though he has already won the nomination. Imagine who she would go after if she held the office? Imagine if someone pisses her off! She won't stop and help unite. She will only keep it going until she thinks she has won. The sad point is that she will never win with this attitude and lack of love for us, the citizens of the United States of America.

    August 25, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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