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

RNC enlists Clinton to attack Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/11/02/art.clinton.ap.jpg 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. besty ross

    The funny thing about the robo calls.... once you pick up the phone & hear who is calling 99.9% HANG UP and never hear the garbage being propagandized.

    November 2, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. read: www.huffingtonpost.com

    dont believe the RNC CNN karl rove, limbaugh hennety and all

    GO AND VOTE

    GO AND VOTE

    WE CAN YES WE CAN

    dont believe the RNC CNN karl rove, limbaugh hennety and all

    GO AND VOTE

    GO AND VOTE

    WE CAN YES WE CAN

    dont believe the RNC CNN karl rove, limbaugh hennety and all

    GO AND VOTE

    GO AND VOTE

    WE CAN YES WE CAN

    November 2, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. jane in Columbus,ks

    Typical negativity from the king and queen of it.Anything on the issues?Nope didn't think so. attack attack attack and you will continue your slither into the public nonconsciousness Good luck on that senate race in 2010.Napolitano will beat the britches right off your sorry red butt

    November 2, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. liz

    too late.

    November 2, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. Obama/Biden 08

    Wow, way to take Hillary Clinton's comments completely out of context.

    This is simply pathetic.

    November 2, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. Jeremy

    GREAT..............Hillary used similar arguement and LOST to Obama. Mcain will lose miserably. RECYLING HILLARY ATTACK PLAN JUST LIKE HE'S RECYCLING BUSH/CHENEY BLUE PRINT!

    What a turn-coat?

    I prefer Bush/Cheney than Mcain/Palin..........atleast they know their dumb mistakes!

    OBAMA/BIDEN08.

    November 2, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. read: www.huffingtonpost.com

    I hope she does somethign about it............

    but we know CNN will keep helping mcbush

    and mcpalin

    shame on you cnn

    get off our backs, we know how to read, speak and we know WE HAVE TO VOTE

    AND WE WILL

    YOU AND THE RNC WILL NOT STEAL OUR ELECTION THIS TIME NOT THIS TIME

    November 2, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. Chris from St. Louis

    Nope .... the ad is not going to work. It is going to turn more voters away from McCain ...

    November 2, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. Cari

    Hillary is for Obama/Biden. Not McGrumpy.

    November 2, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  10. s

    Pathetic! Instead of talking about what they, McCain & Palin, will do to help our country, they spend time and energy attacking their opponents. Back to the Repub future of "nattering nabobs of negativism."

    November 2, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. Hillary is the Big Loser in the Campaign

    The stupid broad had a 20 point lead on Obama and lost it by hiring idiots to run her campaign. Had she kept her lead over Obama, she would have easily beaten McCain and been president.

    She gets the jerk of the year award and her supporters are just as stupid for giving her money and watching it go down the drain.

    November 2, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. barbara campbell

    This is why many Democrats turned away from Hillary during the primaries. She was in it for herself and didn't care whether her words sabotaged the Democrats' chances in the general election if she didn't become the nominee.

    November 2, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. Dave in Albuquerque

    This is a tacit admission that Senator Clinton has more street cred at this point than any Republican leader they could quote. Thus a tacit admission that intellectually, the McCain campaign is on empty.

    November 2, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. SD Demo

    Senator Clinton was thinking only of herself (for 2008, 2012, and beyond) when she decided to demean Senator Obama in the nominating process. I appreciate her help for Obama in the general election, but should she ever seek the presidency again, I will not vote for her, based on her inappropriate anti-Obama messages in the primaries/caucuses.

    November 2, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. observer

    This is idiotic – simply idiotic

    November 2, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. BKoi

    This statement probably would have been one of the reasons Barack did not give Hillary the Vice Presidential nod. Thank you Barack for running the most respectful, and polite campaigns in history! You said you were going to bring a change in the way races were run, FIRST PROMISE KEPT !! YOU WILL BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES ! I'm giddy with excitement!!! YAY , YAY, YAY !!!!!!

    November 2, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. Voted for change in Texas

    Pity, pity, pity...

    November 2, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  18. Tab Cocovillea

    Makes me wonder if Hillary gets paid for the use of her voice...

    November 2, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. Bob

    CNN....are you going to pay for the damages from rioting if McCain wins?......Your polling and reporting is just that irresponsible.
    Montana a toss up?...Arizona in play?

    You are lying, and what's worse is you KNOW you are lying.
    This race is neck and neck. Obama could barely win, but if McCain wins it you are going to cause shock and unrest among those you are deceiving.....as a lawyer I would have a strong case against you.

    Enjoy reading this moderators, I'm guessing the general public will never see it.

    November 2, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  20. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    as I predicted.....

    GOP has no shame at all....

    November 2, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. John for Obama

    When you sow bad seeds the Bible says you reap what you sow....IN THIS CAUSE THAT WILL BE A LOSS ACROSS THE BOARD!!!

    OBAMA 08/12!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 2, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  22. k

    Lame

    obama/biden

    November 2, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. Anon

    Voters won't stoop so low.

    November 2, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  24. samantha

    yeah, and mitt romney said a lot of nasty things about mccain during primary season. that's just what washington insiders do when an election is trying to be won. get over it!!!

    November 2, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  25. IndependentfromTexas.

    Typical lousy Republican thuggery and venom. McCain's reputation is now in gutter. The master of gutter politics. I hope he loses and loses badly. Not even a street dog will like to smell McCain for his gutter politics. where are the issues? why are you different McCain from Bush? how will you improve the economy? What's your foreign politcy/ Shame on you McCain that you think we voters are idiots like the right-wing religious extremists. You lost my vote, my wifes and 99% of my friends' vote.

    November 2, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
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