September 30th, 2008
01:40 PM ET
14 years ago

Bill Clinton the star of new McCain ad

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The McCain campaign is highlighting a recent Clinton interview in a new ad."](CNN) - As he gears up to hit the campaign trail on behalf of Barack Obama later this week, former President Bill Clinton is the star of a new television ad - for John McCain.

Watch: New McCain ad features Bill Clinton

The Arizona senator's campaign is highlighting Clinton's remarks in an interview with ABC News last week during which he appeared to lay some of the blame of the current economic crisis on congressional Democrats.

"I think the responsibility that the Democrats have may rest more in resisting any efforts by Republicans in the Congress or by me when I was president to put some standards and tighten up a little on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac," Clinton said in the ABC News interview that is highlighted in the new McCain ad.

The announcer of the one-minute spot called "Rein" cites McCain's call for more regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac two years ago and said "Democrats blocked the reforms."

"Loans soared. Then, the bubble burst. And, taxpayers are on the hook for billions. Bill Clinton knows who is responsible," the announcer also says.

But in the same interview with ABC, Clinton also said it is important not to assign blame at this time for the current state of the economy: "We are where we are. I think the most important thing is we got two candidates for president saying 'lets try to minimize the partisan differences,'" he said. "We will have plenty of time later to look at who caused this and what mistakes were made."

Those comments did not make it into the McCain ad.

The ad comes days after some Democrats grumbled the former president appeared to be overly praiseworthy of the Arizona senator as the final stretch of the heated presidential campaign gets under way. In the same interview with ABC News, Clinton defended McCain's call to possibly push back the first debate, saying it was a pledge made in "good faith." He also later said the Arizona senator had taken the lead in his party when it comes to climate change.

soundoff (223 Responses)
  1. Still love ya Bill

    Bill Clinton is understandably jealous and bitter that Barack Obama will be in the Oval Office and not Hillary.

    But McCain's twisting Bill Clinton's words in a commercial might just cause Bill to finally show enthusiasm for Obama's campaign for change.

    By the way, Bill Clinton didn't really get involved that much in the 2004 election- he just did a handful of appearances for Kerry and never really spoke out forcefully against Bush. So don't read too much into his lack of involvement this year.

    September 30, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. Diebold Bandit

    And Bill Clinton touts himself as an expert politician. In what universe?

    What more can Bill do to try and sink Obama's chances? He forgets, Obama did nothing to him – or Hillary, other than run for office, which is Obama's right as a citizen.

    It was the 18 million+ votes Obama received that Bill should be angry with, not Obama.

    September 30, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Baze

    this is stupid

    September 30, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |

    John McCain..............You had better hold off on mailing that "Change of Address" form. Sarah Palin..........You can stop googleing "Home for Un-Wed Teens" in Washington DC.

    September 30, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. Voice of Reason = Obama/Biden

    Bill is proving to be as helpful to Obama as we was to Hillary. Does he even want the Democrats to win?

    September 30, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. We love Sarah

    Thanks Bill. I hope you are happy now?!

    September 30, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. Joe Regis

    Bill, stay home. You have made your mark.

    September 30, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. Dems are stuck in the fix they rigged

    The DNC just doesn't get it.

    Playing dirty is not liked by most Americans.

    September 30, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. Debby

    When did Bill Clinton say this? I listened to his interviews and I didn't hear him say his party was at fault even though its true. Barney Frank ran Fanny into the ground.

    September 30, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA



    September 30, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. laughing all the way to a democratic victory

    The republicans are so two faced it is not funny. Obama has not laid blame on anyone at this time. He has kept his campaign respectable and honest. The republicans are so dirty and underhanded in their advertising that I truly do not want these sleazy people running the government of "my" country. McCain has sure become the leader of dirty politics. If this man wins the presidency, America will truly become the laughing stock of the rest of the world. It will be the start of the demise of this nation, and the precursor to our own civil war.

    September 30, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. Enough is Enough

    Please, someone needs to put a muzzle on this guy and his overblown ego!!! He is still pouting because they lost and they are not being courted as the next couple in the White House! It is so obvious he is angry and envious. He is not able to be a true team player in support of Obama because he is a spoiled immature ego-maniac loser!!! How appropriate that "Bill Clinton is the star of the new McCain ad" they are both old politics, overblown, out of touch and need to be out of politics for good!

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08!!!

    September 30, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. Joyce memphis, tn are so desperate!!! You are notorious for telling the half truth (if you are truthful at all). Quite trying to blame others for the outcomes of your (and your party's) policies supporting deregulation.

    On the a Democrat, I am against bailing out these coporate millionaires. If Bush is soo adament about spending 700 billion dollars of the taxpayers money, then he should use it to bailout the victims of predectory lending. NO, I'm not talking about those who got greedy and drew equity on their homes. I'm talking about the ones who were lied to and were given partial information. The money needs to be used for programs to help people regain their 401k and other savings that were lost in the collapse, as well as the small businesses who may have to lay off people due to the credit crunch. This may sound a little bit TOO liberal but this is OUR money. And our money should be used to help us, not these CEO's. The trickle-down effect has NEVER happened before, so what makes you think that it will happen now.

    September 30, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. PT

    Clinton likes Palin...have you all forgotten he's a skirt chaser? He want's McCain in so he can buddy up to Palin in Washington which he couldn't do if she's back in A L A S K A !

    September 30, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    why is everyone in a frenzy about Pres. Clinton's commnets. he is being incredible gracious in helping drive the message that something needs to be done. Sen. McCain is instead trying to use it for political leverage since his campaign is sinking fast. All of you that want Pres. Clinto to kiss the feet of Sen. Obama need to stop it. he has endorsed him, he has spoken highly of him, but I don't remember Paul Tsongas singing Bill Clinto's praises when he ran against Bush I, I don't remember Jimmy Carter going out of his way to help Bill Clinton out either. so chill. Sen. obama has some momentum; these ads are a ploit byt the McCain Campiang to be relevant. let them die off into the sunset of Alaska they came from and appreciate we have a former president that is willing to stand up and talk to the American people about the root of these very real problems.

    September 30, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  16. Phantom of the Oprah

    I love Bill- he is the best.

    Hillary is EVEN smarter and will be our next GREAT president.

    Obama will always be the week installee. The people will not buy the candidate that was forced down their throats.

    Obama divided his own party and created an intra-party war against Hillary Clinton. Smart move.

    September 30, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. Rocky

    Bill Clinton is first and foremost thinking about himself and of course next to that about Hillary. His entire effort in the past two weeks has been to position himself as above the 'fray' of this or other election, say just enough that will prevent him from being roasted by his own party. I just think these kinds of peopel are truly dangerous because they back it up with charm and truth- acting.

    The less we have to deal with these kinds of folks the better off we will be. Any Jew will see his fakeness when he campaigns for Barack Obama later on this week.

    September 30, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. Pat

    Please Bill, go home. If you want to campaign for Hillary to run for president in 2012, please wait until 2011. Reality check, she lost the 2008 nomination. Let it go.

    September 30, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. Becky

    I see McCain hasn't learned that he won't win this election by being sleazy. Ah, he'll learn his lesson on November 4th... McCain would not be a president I'd want my kids to look up to. Disgrace.

    September 30, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. Dianne

    Clinton? Does he really know what he's talking about?

    Remember the finger? And, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman".

    Is he really believable about anything?

    I say NOT.

    September 30, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  21. Wow

    I never thought it is possible, but based on how McCain/Palin campaign is handling the economic disaster, it is clear that they will govern even worse than Bush/Cheney!!!

    Republicans in the Congress know very well – they will loose even more seats to Democrats in November election than in 2006!! But before they leave, they will slam the door as loud as they can... They had more than a week to negotiate the bailout deal – they failed! Did you hear any new ideas from them? – no!! Their economic policies put us all into this mess and now they are not helping to get us all out!!

    September 30, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. John Doe

    Bill Clinton has done it he needs to step down and go to Hawaii or, that's still too close...he needs to go to Ghana to become the 1st black president there....whoops that position is already taken. Well...he just needs to go~~!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 30, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |

    What ever make you feel good McCain...............More distractions from Thursday Night's VP debate? Will you be there to hold Sarah's hand?
    Will you be in there to LIP SYNC the answers to her?

    This is GOING TO BE A JOKE>>>>>>

    September 30, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. Brian

    Nice to know McCain is still lying after a few weeks of laying low. Finally the public is getting it, after Palin'stan-gate, cheesesteak-gate, Couric-gate and the rest of the running scandals from the McCain camp, lying is still his solution for getting out of messes.

    September 30, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. Leah,Texas

    I think McCain has made a huge mistake by using Bill Clinton's comments to use against Obama.... I think will we see Bill coming out Wednesday in Florida bashing McCain! The fight has only just begun!

    September 30, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
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