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. slickingdom in N.J.

    The script should read:

    I am calling for John MCShame the RNC. Listen to this message
    because we are a bunch of desperate rogues and we will stoop
    to the lowest levels to get you to believe anything. No McShame to
    my game !!!

    McCain will do and say anything to win this election. Who wants a
    President like that ? NOT ME

    Obama/Biden '08/'12

    November 2, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Liz

    No time for on the job training? Too bad McCain's VP pick will need more on the job training than anyone...she doesn't even know what the vice president does, nor does she read reputable newspapers. God forbid she ever becomes president. RNC, you are a bunch of hypocrites and we won't fall for it!

    November 2, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. Peter of Oregon

    Not surprising... McCain has run a dirty, low road express campaign, and America knows it.

    November 2, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. A white guy who proudly cast his vote for Obama

    Memo to all who admire Hillary Clinton:

    Hillary and Bill Clinton are voting for Barack Obama. You should too. Do not be taken in by the desperate dirty tricks, lies and misrepresentations of the McSame campaign.

    November 2, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. Kimberly in Azizona

    Look this is clearly another smear tactic, undecided voters dont want any more phone calls from a desperate scum bag like mclame. I am in AZ, and can not WAIT to see it blue on election day

    November 2, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. John

    Stop reporting about HRC and start reporting about that Sarah Palin Prank Call!

    She openly praised a socialist country when she THOUGHT that she was talking to the President of France, but yet she criticizes Barack for being "socialist"?

    You guys should YouTube it. It's hilarious.

    November 2, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. james in s.c.

    this is old news, besides most americans already knows that the clintons are backing obama 100%. and CNN theres word out that sarah palin just open the door about going to war with iran, that right there shows palin/mccain are no different then bush/cheney's doctrine!!! more of the same and more wars...WO WAY!!!! GET OUT AND VOTE!!!

    OBAMA-BIDEN 08 & 12

    November 2, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    HERE WE GO AGAIN, MCCAIN/KARL ROVE ARE TRYING TO PLAY US ALL STUPID WHEN WE KNOW HILLARY AND BILL CLINTON ARE CAMPAIGNING FOR OBAMA. THEY HAVE BECOME SO DESPERATE UNTIL THEY ARE REACHING BACK TO THE PAST PRIMARY CAMPAIGNING WHICH MEANS NOTHING NOW. MCCAIN, KARL ROVE, BUSH, CHENEY ARE ALL CONNECTED IN THIS CAMPAIGN. ALL MCCAIN'S CAMPAIGN STAFF ARE FORMER BUSH CAMPAIGN STAFFERS AND THAT'S WHY WE ARE SEEING THE NEGATIVE CAMPAIGNING. MCCAIN CREATED HIS OWN DEFEAT BY HIRING KARL ROVE AND THE REST OF THE WAR CRIMINALS.

    November 2, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. When is Obama's Aunt Leaving the U.S.?

    She's an illegal immigrant and living at taxpayer expense in Public Housing.

    Where's the OUTRAGE???????????

    November 2, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. Betty, Virginia

    That's okay.... Obama uses McCain against himself... Doesn't know about economy, the economy is fundamenal sound, sides with Bush 90% of the time, more than most of the fellow republicans.

    OBAMA 08
    VIRGINIA HAS GONE BLUE!!!!!!!!!!

    Senator Clinton, I personally thank you for all the support you have given to our candidate since the primary.

    November 2, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. Sinan H

    Here is a summary of the presidential race using a Star Wars analogy.

    First we had John Edwards running for president even though he knew he had an affair. Knowing that if the news leaked out later on, it would endanger his party's chances of winning the election.

    Yeah John Edwards running for president or what I would like to call: "The Phantom Menace"

    Then we had the Republican primaries where a bunch of Republicans actually trying to convince you that they're different from each other and that neither one of them would be a continuation of Bushes 8 years.

    Yeah the Republican primaries or what I would like to call: "Attack of the Clones"

    Then we had Hillary staying in the Democratic Primary race even though she knew it would be nearly impossible to win.

    Yeah Hillary staying in the race or what I would like to call: "Revenge of the Sith"

    Then we had Barack Obama winning his party's nomination. And then giving his acceptance speech. Or what I would like to call: "A New Hope".

    The next day we had the Republicans announce their party's VP pick. Or what I would like to call: "Women Strike Back"

    Finally we have Barack Obama winning the Presidency of the United States. Or What I would like to call: "Return of the Jedi"

    November 2, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  12. Sam

    For those who are stil "undecided"; here's my experience from 2000 election; I tossed a coin and voted; the person I voted took us to two wars that are still on-going; the person I voted against, won the Nobel Peace Prize. Moral of the story: Ask yourselves the questions: 1. Do you want a change from the current situation. 2. If so, do you want a young and energetic person full of new ideas OR do you want a wounded soldier with old ideologies and ideas. 3. Do you believe, the current health care system, that is backed by "leave-it-to-free-market" philosophy working for you? or do you believe, in a different potential to be better, where there is some government involvement? 4. Do you believe the "Experience" that McCain supposedly brings, is the right kind? 5. Do you believe, that under the pretense of "keeping us safe" that we should go to war with just about every nation in the world OR should we develop a better diplomatic relationship?

    Since the time is running out please sit down and think about it, and go and vote, because this country deserves your thoughtful action.

    November 2, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. Larry-Detroit, Mi

    those repubs will do and say anything, I just got word that the repubs won in a attempt to decline a request by dems to extend early voting on Ohio. My ?: just why would I vote for a party who's against giving the people in this historic race all options to let there voices be heard.

    November 2, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. Dixie AZ

    I don't approve of robo calls, but at least this is step up from Joe the plumber. If Mcain is going to use these calls, why not use a positive message?

    November 2, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. jason, tx

    GOP IS GOING DOWN! I HOPE THE GOP JUST DIES ON THE VINE.

    November 2, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. Jo-Ann

    DESPERATE!!!

    November 2, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. charzie, NY

    Talk about the low of lows ..... McCain just keeps on coming up with more and more negative things to throw into this end of the season... he has not solutions, no vision for problems-so the only things left him to do is continue his HIGHLY NEGATIVE, disgusting campaign. Andy wife Cindy has the nerve to put a microphone to her mouth and claim "Obama has run the dirtiest campaign in history". She's one of her husbands robots, so what can anyone expect. Her brain is not the one I would want in the white house as First Lady!

    November 2, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. JFK

    Give it a rest RNC. You lost most Americans awhile ago!

    November 2, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. Felicia

    It's not going to work. Barack will win. Everyone just needs to get out and VOTE!!!

    November 2, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  20. GERRY

    ABSOLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE !!!!! POLITICIANS KNOW BETTER THAN THIS – DO THEY THINK WE THE PUBLIC ARE STUPID??
    THAT MUST BE IT OR THEY WOULDN'T DO THIS AS A TRUE AMERICAN. PLEASE EVERYONE, LOOK THE OTHER WAY, IT'S NOT WORTH IT – I'LL BE SOOOOOOOOOOOOO GLAD TUESDAY EVENING WHEN OBAMA WINS. GO OBAMA/BIDEN

    November 2, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. independent voting

    she did say it. Vote McCain in 2008 and Hillary in 2012. YES WE CAN GET HILLARY ELECTED IN 2012.

    November 2, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. Rich

    Shows how desperate they are. Rather than talking or "robo'ing" about what Obama can't do they should be talking about what Mc Cain can do..except that would be admiting we would get the same as the last 8 years!
    To counter act this garbage VOTE and proudly say "yes we can"!

    November 2, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. Independent

    I want to ask RNC, did those messages really help Hilary? How would it help John Mccain. Ppl like Obama cause he is smart and intelligent. He is not fully dependent on advisors, He understands Economy way better than Mcain, # one issue.

    November 2, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. tired of this crap

    It's great to see that McCain campaign has at the very least been consistent.
    I don't really care if Hillary said those things *Ask her what she thinks Nov 4th..*
    I got a flyer in my mailbox with Hillary and Mccain side by side talking about the 18 million cracks in the ceiling.

    It turns my stomach to think of the progress that has been made for minority rights to benefit that completely incompetent Palin.

    so... Whatever

    Bring on the Vote People.

    November 2, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. Gerry in Va. for Obama.

    I guess these McCain/Palin folks just aren't gonna get it until we throw their butts out on Tuesday. I know the McCain campaign understands that what ever is said in a primary race is ment to degrade the opponant and it doesn't mean it's necessarly true or that the speaker even believes it... BUT at this point in time, OLD Mc will use anything and everything and then some made up stuff (lies) to convince us voters to vote for him.

    GUESS WHAT MC..... IT AIN'T WORKING.. NOT NOW AND NOT ON TUESDAY....

    VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN......................VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE

    November 2, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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