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. Rudy NYC

    This is just the first of many reasons/words why Clinton could not have been selected as VP.

    I guess this is the beginning of the end of Hillary Clinton's political career.

    August 25, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. Richard

    If McCain wins, we have the spiteful Hillary Clinton supporters to thank.

    You can bet on it.

    August 25, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. anonymous coward

    Ronald Reagan was inexperienced and completely naive, but yet the heritage foundation, and all the right wing talking heads think he saved our country.

    So by their logic, our next savior will be...

    August 25, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. Glenn H.; Bakersville, NC.

    I thought throughout the democratic nomination process thatSen. Clinton was doing more to endorse and support Sen. McCain that she was to support her own party. She and Bill consistently made devisive remarks about Sen. Obama that gave Sen. McCain more than enough sound bites to carry him through to Nov. She and Bill should be ashamed, and not be allowed to speak at the convention.

    August 25, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. beevee

    The republican party is full of crooks. McCains approves their personal attack advertisements. I don't approve McCain. He will lose.

    August 25, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. KenB, MI

    if I were staffed with the Clinton's to create a response to the McCain negative ad machine I would issue no response until Hillary speaks at the convention near the end of her speech would be a swift end to uncertainty who to support, a call to McCain to stop using her image and during the next commercial break air ad to support Obama...too much like right

    August 25, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. Democrat for McCain

    Lovin every minute of it!!! Obama snubbed Hillary and her revenge is the fact that Obama won't get elected, and then SHE can run against McCain herself in 2012. NEVER count a Clinton out.....McCain 08, Hillary '12!!! Jennie, Amherst MA

    August 25, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. Speider

    Usually I question Clinton supporters for their position on voting for McCain but I have come to the conclusion that the "fringe element" that actually feels slighted and will vote republican out of spite is very, very small. Most posters who expound this odd plan are just republicans stirring the pot. Ignore them and continue to move forward to replace the forces who have torn this country apart, raped our economy and turned our great nation into the new "evil empire."

    A McCain administration means four to eight more years of economic downturn, a repeal of Roe vs. Wade, contraception restrictions, the return of the draft with eventual war with other nations and a ballooning debt to fund those conflicts. What supporter of Senator Clinton's ideals would ever support that just out of spite?

    August 25, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. Matt from Boston

    Hillary is the sorest loser of ALL TIME

    August 25, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  10. Sorensen

    If only the unhappy, frustrated (probably for many reasons) and not
    particularly highly educated women who are so desperately
    clinging to the Clintons would only understand, that the Clintons are
    all over. All over.
    What do you think the new generation of young voters think about
    their self-destructive, tasteless and corny behaviour?
    Obviously McCain is enjoying it. Then again, he has not got much
    to enjoy for very long.

    August 25, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. Susan, PA

    David,
    I asked myself and am not committing the same error I did in last 2 elections.
    I apologize for it.

    No more Republicans.

    August 25, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. Dan in Philly

    You know, this happens in every election. I'm sure there's plenty that the other Reps said about McPain. Very usual tactic. Won't have any lasting traction.

    August 25, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. Mainely Carol

    Almost all of McCains attack ads have been based on Hillary's work during the primaries. She wouldn't quit when she needed to and handed over a full blown play book for the GOP. She and Bill lied to the electorate in unrealistic expectations and whipping up a frenzy that now definatley won't go away.

    Unfortunatley, I don't belive Obama will win with Biden on the Ticket. Saddened by his selection. He let recent pressure and events drive his decision, which means he is not a bold as his visions. I will vote for him as a stauch supporter, but my enthusiasm was definately dampened with his selection.

    It is not foreign affairs people are concerned with... it is the economy . And for all his pouting, Bill will speak really well on the economy. The public is tired of Foreign Affairs.

    August 25, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. Millie Bea

    Hillary would have done that to Bill, if she were running against him and thought it would bring her votes. She shifted her "constituency" every time she hit a new town- "NOW, I get it"....puleeze

    August 25, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. AP

    Republicans taking the page from the imperial countries like UK how they ruled India – divide and conquer. That is exactly the theme of republicans a low tactic which will fail this time. Hillary voters are way more smarter to allow this division. McCain knows he cannot win with issues so he has to go after such low tactics...even republican voters are ashamed of the way McCain is acting. Where is the morality.

    August 25, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. McKAY

    Who cares about what the Clintons say-they should go and suck it off period?
    There 're two choices in this election neither you vote for McBush or you vote for change. Hillary's backers the choice is yours stop whinning.

    August 25, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. anonymous

    The Republican party will win this election.

    August 25, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. WORD UP!

    This is a dirty tactic to attract angry Clinton supporters. The democratic party is imploding right before our eyes and McCain is taking advantage of its vulnerability. Typically, when parties are split, the other one wins.

    August 25, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. Brenda

    Wow really gops are so scared, Watch out their turn is coming ahahahah

    August 25, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  20. Jill- IN

    Why does CNN have to keep serving up this kind of trashy reporting. Some of your reporters just gush over McCain and need to have a muzzle placed on them if they cannot do fair and accurate reporting. Reading CNN lately is like looking at the Enquirer on the rack while standing in the grocery line.

    August 25, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. Chris

    Quite bluntly, I am astonished and dismayed that ANYONE who supports Senator Clinton, her causes, and her ideas can support John McCain for president. She is pro-choice; he is pro-life, having said he will use overturning Roe as a litmus test for Supreme Court nominees. She opposes offshore drilling and drilling in ANWR; he has moved to a position favoring both. She does not support continuing the Bush tax cuts; he does.Their positions on same-sex partnerships, the occupation of Iraq, and alternative energy resources are all markedly different. In ALL of these areas, she lines up much more closely with Barack Obama than with John McCain.

    The next president will likely get to pick replacements for two of the more liberal members of the Supreme Court (Ruth Bader Ginsburg and John Paul Stevens) and possibly a third (Steven Breyer is 70 years old). McCain will further pack the court with Scalia-esque votes. The court would be far more conservative than the country at large for, quite literally, decades.

    If anyone who supported Senator Clinton supports McCain over Senator Obama, he or she is engaging in the worst kind of personality politics. The issues are the key.

    August 25, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  22. Patsy Madison, TN

    When will the Clintons understand that it is not about them. They are history, and they need to move on. Nothing short of speaking on Thursday night will make her happy. Get over it, you lost. I keep thinking about what you did to Gore over the years. He is my hero because he is truly a southern gentleman. You can't bully your way through life and always come out on top. I really wanted Gore to be our nominee, but we need a democrat in the Whiste House, and that has to be Obama. Hillary get out of his way.

    August 25, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  23. Sari

    I would love to see a democrat and republic on the same ticket. I'm tired of a politically divided nation. Let's work together as a united nation on all issues! How great would that be!

    August 25, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  24. ME AT FL

    Seh is absolutly right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 25, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  25. rob

    Good let these idiots vote for McBUsh . Then they can't complain when he screws them even more than Bush 1 or 2 .Their only hurting themselves .mc Bush will make us a real 3rd world country .American's will be running to Mexico for jobs.

    August 25, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
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