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. J. Sully, New York

    The RNC is comprised of a bunch of slimeballs!!! The people that were for Obama will always be for Obama. This reads: HILLARY CLINTON LOST FAIR AND SQUARE. With even a small number of her voters in the Obama camp, he'll still win the election. She should protest these ads, but notice that she's not doing that. The Clintons will go down in history as the GREAT DEMOCRATIC PARTY DIVIDERS. GO HOME CLINTONS!!!

    August 25, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. The Bush Twins : George and John

    Everyone knew at the time she said it, it would be used against Obama sooner or later. No surprise there. Let's wait and see who McBush picks for the VP spot. Dare he pick Romney ?. If he does the same thing is going to happen to him. Maybe they (Obama's camp) should go ahead and use some of Romneys words that he spoke about McBush during the primaries. It's coming down on the Dems for the moment, but it won't matter in the end. The American people are not going to put up with 4-8 more years of the same. There is a change coming.

    Obama/Biden

    August 25, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. Truth

    Tabloid media uses the same level of division as the RNC. Imagine the distasteful ads McCain Republicans would be using if they were running against Hillary.

    Most Clinton supporters understand that she will be better suited to lead a higher level position in an Obama and Biden administration (i.e. Supreme Court Justice, cabinet position, etc.).

    Obama/Biden '08
    i Si se puede !

    August 25, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. Fool me thrice?

    Seriously? How can people fall for this crab again? How can any democrat ever vote for John McCain? Senior citizens voting for someone who wants to privitize social security. Women voting for someone who voted against equal pay and birth control. Blue-collar workers voting for someone who has and will continue to ship their jobs over seas.

    I know Hillary supporters are hurt, but for God's sake listen to reason (and listen to Hillary). The "I'll just wait four years" position is just completely selfish. What about your friends, family and neighbors who can't wait 4 years? There are people losing their jobs and homes every day. REMEMBER THEM?

    August 25, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. Bubba

    I want the guy who doesn't have a long history of political compromises, and right now, that's Barry Obama. In four years he'll be an insider who owes everyone a favor, and we'll kick him out. Do you people think we voters are married to these politicians? I dislike them all, Bush and McCain leading the list right now, and only vote for them to keep from having to do this work myself.

    August 25, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. KC

    Still people will belive judgement meens nothing. Vote McCain he has poor judgement.

    August 25, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Cynthia

    Obama/Biden all the way to the White House.

    One thing that I do know for sure is that if Senators Obama/Biden happen to lose so will Senator Clinton for years to come. There will be camapigns of Anybody but Hilliary in 2012.

    August 25, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. Kathy in Minnesota

    There was only one MAVERICK and that was James Garner!!!

    I may have disliked some of the tactics Hillary Clinton used against Barack Obama used during the Primariy season, but I dislike it even more that the McCain campaign is resorting to dirty tricks as well as running a disrespectful campaign.

    How any Hillary Clinton supporter vote for John McCain or not support the Democratic Party ticket is beyond me! The mere thought of voting for John McCain and continuing the Bush policies of the last 8 years is horrifying enough.

    August 25, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. Calvin

    Bill and Hill have done nothing but cause problems, when is she going to actively, on her own address and lead her supporters? when is she going to actively try to clear her own debt?.... it's just so messy

    August 25, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. Hello!!!

    Paul Begala warned CNN about Hillary supporters not voting for Obama WAY back in the EARLY primaries. January or February and CNN brushed it off….. I believe he said it was 24% of her voters would not vote for him at that time. Not much difference today. And I'll tell you when it started. When he said "You're likeable enough, Hillary." Then progressed and got solidified when he stated so arrogantly, "I'm sure I can get her voters, I'm not so sure she can get mine."
    The person who should have Obama campaign running scared…..
    Kay Bailey Hutchison
    Kay Bailey Hutchison
    Kay Bailey Hutchison
    Kay Bailey Hutchison
    Kay Bailey Hutchison
    Kay Bailey Hutchison
    Kay Bailey Hutchison
    Kay Bailey Hutchison
    Kay Bailey Hutchison
    Great Lady 🙂 What a resume

    August 25, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  11. Foreign observer

    Having no amunition on economy, war expenditures and now even their foreign affairs experience and judgement is weaker, the Republicans have to go into smears.

    August 25, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. Lamarr

    I Think people need to take these ads with a grain of salt. Understand, the RNC is running them and could less about poor Hillary's feelings or political stances. Their main objective is to minimize Barack's political chances and they wil stoop to any means to achieve that.

    I am no fan of Barack Obama or John McCain. I actually supported Hillary and still feel she is the best candididate. However, John McCain is steadily proving to me he is not a man of his word. His claim to run a "clean" campaign can be thrown out the window. McCain has pulled his sleeves back and is politically wailing away. Quite frankly, I find his ads void of Presidential quality.

    August 25, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. Chris

    Just imagine if Hillary was the VP. It will be a nightmare for Democrats. Hillary ran a very bad campaign. I am happy Obama chose Biden.

    August 25, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. anonymous

    Hillary Clinton needs to take the back seat where she belongs and that applies to Billy Boy too. We could care less what they have to say about our country. They had their chance and failed the american people. They opinions are not worth a cent. Let's get the show on the road and get a fresh new start and throw the grabage away.

    August 25, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. ElectHillary

    OBAMA and his henchmen STOLE the NOMINATION FROM HILLARY.
    i hope the delegates come to their senses and change their votes to Clinton on the convention floor. GO HILLARY!!!

    August 25, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. KB

    Did GW Bush have experience prior to taking office? because you run a state you can run a country? NOT!!!!!

    August 25, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. DocReal

    McCain, the most out of touch and senile candidate of our time!

    Obama has more character and vision than McCain and will win in November in a landslide.

    August 25, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. Jenny from Chicago

    Clinton supporters, do the nation a favor and vote based on the issues. If you look at the real problems facing our nation and still want to vote for McCain, then you were supporting Clinton for the wrong reasons. If you find your stance is closer to Obama's then vote for him. If you agree with Obama, but can't move past the primary, then stay home.

    August 25, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. Paul.

    Democrats did everything in this campaign to destroy the only successful brand in the recent history they had – Clintons. Very smart marketing. So they can't blame anybody else.

    August 25, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. Mark

    Just remember all of you who have commented:

    McCain is too old and has been in the game for two long

    Biden is just the same as McCain. He as been in the same position for about the same amount of time. He is just as old.

    So if you think voting for Obama is change. Why would you pick a vp candidate that has been in the same place as McCain with the politics as usual crowd.

    Hillary supporters and undecides should think about voting for a Third party candidate to bring fresh ideas to the field and not the same democrat politics as usual, and not the same republican politics as usual.

    August 25, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. Linda

    Just face it. Hillary Clinton is the STAR, period.

    And because she isn't the Dem's nominee, they will lose.

    August 25, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. 62 year old white woman

    Anonymous, you hit the nail right on the head! They are playing these disgruntled, bitter, emotional Hillary supporters like a fiddle!! The Republicans are sitting back and laughing at these sheep who they have driven to the slaughter!!!! Maybe these people ARE too emotional, irrational, and spiteful! All I can say to these "sheep" is "wake up and smell the coffee......you are being used and laughed at".

    August 25, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. Jerry

    I cant wait until MCSAME chose Romney for president, I hope Obama bring out the ads that Romney was talking about MCSAME is bad for the country same old Bush policy

    Obama and Biden 08

    August 25, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  24. D&D

    I hope Hillary comes out and says something about these ads, otherwise her political career may be put at risk for the rest of her life...I really hope she's smart enough to realize it.

    August 25, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  25. Hello!!!

    IF HILLARY HAD BEEN GIVEN THE NOMINATION,

    HOW MUCH MORE VIDEO DO HAVE OF OBAMA BASHING HER???????????????????

    August 25, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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