November 2nd, 2008
03:41 PM ET
14 years ago

RNC enlists Clinton to attack Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The RNC is using Hillary Clinton in a new robocall."]NEW YORK (CNN) – The Republican National Committee is using Hillary Clinton’s past criticism of Barack Obama to plant seeds of doubt in the minds of undecided voters in the final hours of the presidential campaign.

The RNC will begin an automated telephone campaign Sunday targeting millions of voters in key states that supported Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary or have a large concentration of blue collar voters, a Republican official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, tells CNN. The official was not able to specify which states, but added: keep an eye on Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana.

Listen: RNC uses Clinton in new robocall

Full script:

“I am calling for John McCain and the RNC. Listen to what Hillary Clinton had to say about John McCain and Barack Obama:

‘In the White House there is no time for speeches and on-the-job training. Senator McCain will bring a lifetime of experience to the campaign and Senator Obama will bring a speech that he gave in 2002. I think that is a significant difference.’

This call was paid for by the Republican National Committee at 866-558-5591 and authorized by McCain-Palin 2008.”

soundoff (114 Responses)
  1. NO-BAMA


    I AM A P.U.M.A

    and we all know that Hillary, Bill & Chelsea will push that button for McCain when they are behind that curtain...

    Why would they vote Obama after Obama tried to destroy their legacy by virtually calling them racists in the run-up to the South Caroline dem primary.

    That's unforgivable. Yes, it was a hard-fought race, but for Obama to try and destroy EVERYTHING the Clinton's worked for all their lives–to try and destroy that in 2 weeks...

    That's why 28% of Hillary voters are now solid McCain Voters.

    PUMAS 4 McCAIN/PALIN 2008 !!!

    November 2, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. shelia

    Desperate people do desperate things.... Anyways I am so HAPPY for Barack!!!!

    BARACK AND JOE...2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By the way I would love to see Sean Hannity 's and Rush Limbaugh's expression Priceless.

    November 2, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. Ghost

    Your robo calls suck McCain!

    Get out and vote Nov. 4th. Send McCain and Palin back home.

    November 2, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. jorge

    Obama is a big liar He denied the status of her aunt as illegal immigrant the same thing he denied when said he didn't hear his pastor Rev. Wright of his anti Americans sermons but later on admitted. He's a shame, a fake guy who pretend to be pro Americans but actually he's a big American detractor.

    November 2, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. Joe the Engineer

    Yes, we agree, but thats before choosing Sarah Palin. Period.

    November 2, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Michael

    Obama is right: power does not concede defeat easily. This cynical misuse of Senator Clinton is just another indication of that.

    Mark my words: If McCain wins this election, the conventional media win go frantic asking: "Why were all the polls wrong?"

    (1) Duh. (2) Hello?

    Anyone who understands the science of polling knows that – whoever wins – there's no way ALL the polls could be "wrong."

    Ergo, IF McCain wins – which I have no doubt is a distinct possibility – the real question should be: How did Rove and the RNC steal the election this time? They did it in Florida in 2000. They did it in Ohio in 2004. Expect them to try again this year.

    Dog bless (and help) the Uited States of America.

    November 2, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. James

    How do you spell desperation......Maverick......or Mavrick......... 🙂

    November 2, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. Brian

    I wish they would make these robocalls illegal. I live in SC but work in NC so I get these calls at work but they are all about NC races. I even got a post card from NC Senator Dole at a SC address. Government efficiency at its best. I just hang up on the calss, even if it is from the campaign I support.

    November 2, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. Brando

    2010 (Mid-terms): The beginning of the end for the Obama Administration.
    2012: The american people made 2010! Official!

    November 2, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. buck24

    All this talk about money spent on advertising. I think that this time it's about the issues. Most people are not swayed by an ad. If McCain had a billion dollars to spend in advertising I still wouldn't vote for him.

    November 2, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. Tracey

    But what McShame fails to realize is that, Hillary supporters are backing Obama!

    November 2, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. Tehran fr TN

    When the GOP going learn you dont try something again that already failed. You saw what saying these comments got her, no where. Try something new and maybe people might listen.

    I sick people saying Afr Americans only voting for Obama because he Black. More Afr Americans acutally was for Clinton thatn Obama at first. Yes, people voted for or against base on Race. American also forgets people vote for or against base on party and hometown, which to be is just as wrong as race.

    November 2, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. Sam

    This is for all who have not yet voted. Please go and vote and exercise that right that is naturally yours. Don't believe in polls because the polls are like gain or loss on paper; it doesn't realize unless you get out and vote. The consequence of not voting in this close election IS a life and death decision – yes, the life and death of the BETTERMENT of this great society and country. Signed – a naturalized immigrant citizen.

    November 2, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. theogracias

    There can only be one winner. We have known for awhile it is not Hillary and on Tuesday we will know for sure it is not John McCain. Other than that, it's too little too late.

    November 2, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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