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. pinaki

    its over buddy – its red october – and yes we will spread the wealth – not for a few – wealth for everybody

    November 2, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. nedem

    Wow. I seriously thought that the McCain campaign and the RNC had already hit rock bottom in both morals and material. I guess they're digging deeper?? My prediction: no matter how hard McCain "campaigns" (if that's even what you can call it anymore), and how deep he digs, there is no gold mine of voters just waiting. He's out of time. Darn right!

    November 2, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. Anthony

    To add: What the McCain campaign is basically saying now is that we have to elect them by default, not because of what they'll do, or their great campaign.

    A victory for McCain is a victory for ignorance, hate, bad campaigns, robocalls, fear tactics, we can't let this happen again.

    And follow Hillary's lead. And Bill's. The past is the past. They want Obama to win and badly.

    November 2, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Marie

    That was during the primaries and she never said McCain would be a better president.McCain and Palin are still busy attacking Obama instead of staying with the issues that are important to the american people which is the economy.This woman is a joke she gets a phone call from a comedian and didn't even know it was a prank call and today a European newspaper says that McCain's campaign paid 10,000 to Oxford professor Peter Millican to try to show that Obama's biography had been written by William Ayers. I think this is despicable what kind of country would Palin and McCain be running if they are elected with all the hate and some americans patriotic and some are not god help us all

    November 2, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. chucky1169469

    This is the reason why you republicans will lose....because you focus on everything but whats important. the election is in two days......2 days, and you guys are still trying to talk about things that really don't have anything to do with Obama. I understand you hate him, but trying to find everything you hate about Obama, you should be focusing on everything you like about McCain. but maybe your hate for Obama is stronger that anything...if anything you like about McCain. If Obama wins and i hope he does, regardless what you say...America spoke....and they voted for everything they love about Obama and cared less for anything they didn't like in McCain.

    November 2, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. LMC in Seattle

    I thought the Bush campaign had been the dirtiest in 2004, but the RNC McCain's campaign now have that dubious honor. I doubt I can ever forgive the dirty tactics of this campaign, not that I imagine they care!

    November 2, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. S Callahan New York State

    Regergitated..over and over....yet the mess was wiped up a thousands times over....
    Bad move for the RNC...

    November 2, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. R/P

    I guess the Democrats are everything the Repugs want to be.

    November 2, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. Sara

    OBAMA'S MESSAGE IS CONSISTENT, CONSTRUCTIVE AND VISIONARY. THAT MAKES A LEADER.

    MCCAIN'S MESSAGE IS ALL OVER THE PLACE, AND HIS TACTICS GIMMICKY AND NEAR-SIGHTED. THAT MAKES A POLITICIAN.

    OBAMA WILL MAKE A GREAT LEADER. BUT NOT UNLESS EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US ACTUALLY VOTES!!!

    OUR COUNTRY'S FUTURE DEPENDS ON OUR VOTES.

    November 2, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. anthony

    I Still Wonder How That Crazy Woman Palin Got Voted In As Gov Just Think About What Kind Of Whack Jobs Are Voting For Her

    November 2, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Simmy

    A landslide victory for Sen Obama will shut the mouths of these fools, and render them powerless and irrelevant for the next eight years!

    They deserve it – they've worked hard for it! DEMS FOREVER!

    P.S. There will be a significant amount of Republicans and Independents who will vote as protest to the trashy campaign of McPalin!

    November 2, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. Claudette Siar

    HOPE: To cherish a desire with anticipation, to desire with expectation of obtainment, to expect with confidence. From the first time I heard Obama speak in 2003, I hoped for him to campaign for president. I hoped for that one chance to feel proud of my country again. I hoped to feel safe in America, not just from foreign attack but from attack on our liberty by a conservative right wing government. I hoped for a change, a clean slate in the overall operation of my government by those who may have started out with good intentions, but became part of the status quo.

    John McCain at the beginning of this campaign was to be a war hero, however is was out of touch with the 21st century and the global issues. By the end of the campaign he was and is a hate-monger who would do anything to win. Palin was the most irresponsible decision in history.

    It was very hard for me to not support Hillary, a highly qualified woman, who has served America well.

    However, for me I saw a light in his eyes, the truth in his words and his no fear of the old Washington establishment. This man grew up with one foot in each world and is a tough as they come. Yet he never let the negative words change his message of hope. He is America's son, we should be very proud, our gift to the world. I have asked the universe to walk us all home, to the Whitehouse.

    So stand in line as long as it takes and mark your ballot carefully so it will not be rejected and Vote OBAMA.

    The 21st century needs a 21st century president OBAMA08.

    November 2, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. Connie from Indiana

    No one is going to hold this against Hillary , but John McSenile may want to consider Hillary since he will be going back to the senate with her and she could take over Harry Reids place. To the best political team were is Gov.Palin's medical records?She brags about being transparent.WERE IS HER MEDICAL RECORDS ?VOTE EARLY / VOTE OBAMA / BIDEN
    Connie from "BLUE" Indiana

    November 2, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. MATT WILL, WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.

    I'm back. This is why Clinton did not win and she is not his VP. To McShame and Company (GOP), this is how you'll won elections in the past, but not this time! Not this time, America........ OBAMA 08'

    November 2, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. Old white guy for OBAMA

    To Gerry,

    YES, the republicans think we are stupid.

    Vote Obama, and send these scumbags packin'

    November 2, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. Dr. Mimi De La Cruz

    THAT WILL WORK?

    AFTER ALL BUSH & MCBUSH HAVE WORKED HARD FOR

    THE WORKING MEN & WOMAN OF THIS NATION ???????

    THE TWO OF THEM HAVE DONE EVERYTHING IN THEIR

    POWER TO DIG OUR HOLE AS DEEP & WIDE AS THEY CAN.

    November 2, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. Henry in Brisol, TN

    once again i love to read the comments of the ignorant. you people dont seem to notice your precious Obama's campaign is doing the exact same thing. and i wont vote for either of them. I wish there was a Paul/Palin ticket....

    November 2, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    They can't get any true Democratic leaders to endorse McCain so they have to resort to this tactic. That's in comparison to the Republican leadership that have supported Obama like Colin Powell. McCain has to distort the truth (because Clinton DOES NOT support McCain) in order to attempt to win. Unfortunately some people will get that call and say "Wow, if Hillary supports him, so will I."

    Hopefully most people have listened well enough to know otherwise.

    November 2, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  19. S. Boatman

    This Didnt Help Her Campaign And It Wont Help The Mccain Campaign Either! Mccain Has Based His Campaign On The Negative When Americans Need Positive! That Will Surely Cost Him The Election! People Wanted To Hear Why Your Plans For The Country Are Better, Not What You Think Is Wrong With Your Opponents Plans! Now Your Message Wont Get Across! I Will Be Voting For Obama Because He Stayed On Message And I Know Where He Stands On The Issues! The Fear Tactics Dont Work On Me!

    November 2, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. Buckeye

    truth hurts.

    November 2, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. jim

    Next robo call:

    Hello, this the RNC.

    Please google this:

    obama foreign contributions

    November 2, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. Judy from PA

    I find it humorous to read the comments of the Obama supporters on this blog. You write about how mean and awful McCain is, using smear tactics. But then you call names and are down right rude and mean yourself.
    I don't understand why Obama supporters are so bitter. You want your candidate to unite people, but you are downright nasty. You say it is a historic election because of race, but if a Republican says it, you call him a racist.
    Look in the mirror, people.

    November 2, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  23. Mariah - Miami

    And that is the same reason she didn't win.
    To the post named Bob,
    Keep in your denial, blame the news, blame whoever you want.
    Even republicans are echoing with who has good sense that this Republican campaign is the dirtiest and despicable they ever seen.

    November 2, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. Jennifer, NY

    "Dummies for President" – vote GOP.

    November 2, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  25. bonna

    if sarah didn't get all the hillary supporters, this call want make any difference either...

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