July 16th, 2012
05:35 PM ET
10 years ago

Hillary Clinton: Romney ads featuring her a 'waste of money'

(CNN) – She's been featured in two negative television ads from Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday the spots would have little effect on voters who already know the story of the 2008 Democratic primaries.

Speaking in Jerusalem at the tail end of a two week diplomatic trip, Clinton said in an interview with CNN Foreign Affairs Reporter Elise Labott the spots were a "waste of money."

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"I am out of politics, and I haven't seen any of the ads that you're talking about," Clinton said. "But I have to say it's a waste of money. Everybody knows I ran against President Obama in 2008, that's hardly news. Everybody knows we ran a hard fought campaign and he won. And I have been honored to serve as his secretary of state."

Romney, engaged in a heated battle with Obama for the White House, has released two spots featuring Clinton from her 2008 Democratic primary battle with the then-Illinois senator. The first ad, released at the end of June, uses video of Clinton campaigning against candidate Obama in Cincinnati ahead of the 2008 Ohio primary.

Clinton accused Obama of "blatantly false" attacks against her in campaign mailers, which Romney used to highlight a fact check by the Washington Post calling one of Obama's current ads "misleading, unfair and untrue."

A second Romney spot, released last week, responds to one of Obama's latest slams that claims Romney's former private equity firm, Bain Capital, in part specialized in advising companies on 'outsourcing.'

The new ad recycles a quote from then-Sen. Hillary Clinton in 2008, when Clinton fired off on Obama over her opponent's latest round of blows.

"Shame on you, Barack Obama," Clinton says in the clip.

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Filed under: 2012 • Hillary Clinton • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (216 Responses)
  1. edbonfla

    Let's see - President Obama gets very upset and claims that foreign policy debate/concerns end at the shore line - like when he was in Mexico and the Repubs fired a broadside. It would seem, then, that U.S. politics should also end at the shore line and not have an Obama hack speaking (campaigning) in a foreign country. Goose and gander, no?

    July 16, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  2. Atul Chaudhary

    Its 3AM, whom are you going to call?

    It would be Romney , not Pres Obama who generally doesn't have any clue for most of the administrative issues.

    July 16, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  3. Larry L

    Maybe Mitt should spend his money on tax accountants who can hide his shady deals a little better. He's obviously hiding something unethical, dishonest, or lies uncovering yet another flip-flop. Where are the tax returns?

    July 16, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  4. A Kickin` Donkey

    Well I guess this clears the way for voters to be reminded this fall that Newt Gingrich was the 1st to call Mitt Romney a liar . . . and only a couple of months ago, I might add.

    I`ll trade that for Romney running a 4 to 5 year old comment from Hiliary which was made in the heat of battle.

    July 16, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  5. The Film Professor

    R*Money;s entire campaign is now whine and cheese

    July 16, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  6. Georgia Girl

    Romney can get out of 1952 and come back to 2012. He is so corny and behind the times. He is a waste of money!!!

    July 16, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  7. sbssue1

    If Clinton said it, then it is true. Why was it ok for her to say it and not Romney? Who cares how much or how Romney made his success, when the fact is we are going backwards fast with our current leadership or lack thereof? Folks get smart and quit standing in line for handouts.

    July 16, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  8. sbssue1

    Hillary is stepping down; I wonder why? She doesn't like the direction we are headed either, I bet!

    July 16, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  9. lib

    I got sick of Romney and the repubs during the debates when none of them had sense enough to drop out soon enough and now we have to continue seeing Romney and his fake comments again. Since Sarah Palin was selected to run with McCain, the republican party stooped to a real low and have stayed there ever since, Romney has even made Bush not look so bad.

    July 16, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  10. Slightly Left of Center

    And Robmey will whine like a little girl if the Dems use the words that Ron Paul, Santorum, Pawlenty, Perry, Cain, Bachmann, Gingrinch, and Huntsman used against him.

    July 16, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    He's also using Bob Scheiffer, who dislikes it very very much. Romney should write a book called "How to Make Enemies and P!zz People Off". ha ha ha ha ha ha haha

    July 16, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  12. nolimits3333

    Mitt, you're so Bain!

    July 16, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  13. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    Obama should run an ad using Ann Coulter saying in effect..."we nominate Mitt Romney and we'll LOSE" see how he likes that. The Romney campaign thus far has to be the WORSE run I have seen in my life.

    July 16, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  14. Mike

    This would be funny if it weren't the highest office in our country. Practically hilarious. Hillary – has done a great job. I'm all for Obama 2012. I think Romney is a good person if he wasn't just a puppet for the GOP right. Then again, Obama panders as well to his base. Really kind of silly that we have to look at who they were to see what they will be. Based on that, Romney would be an outsourcing leftist believing in a single payer system. Odd...very odd.

    July 16, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  15. fred37ify

    Barrack still won't prove he's a US citizen and you worried about how much Romney pays in taxes ??? REALLY ?

    July 16, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  16. Mittsadimmwit

    wow I bet it is going to be really hard for the Obama campaign to find ads by Gingrich, Perry, Santorum saying the exact same things about Mitt... oh wait, yeah... they are only 2 months old. I think Newt calling him the most dishonest candidate he had ever seen... or Santorum calling him the worst candidate... Good move Mitt and company, you just opened a jar of stink.

    July 16, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  17. mickey1313

    Obama should use Jon Stwearts ad about romney and bain capitol, it was hilarious, and 100% true.

    July 16, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  18. Scott

    She's damn right. God, I've never like Hillary as much as I've liked her as Secretary of State. She finally has achieved some gravitas. No makeup, no frills - you go, girl.

    July 16, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  19. pkbkr

    Doesn't the Mittster know that Hillary works closely with our President now? A bit of a stretch to use these old lines.....but maybe that's all they have. Obama/Biden 2012 Forward (not backward like in this ad)

    July 16, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  20. Domenic

    Hey America, it's very simple you can choose a president who is for the people (poor & middle class) or a wanna be president for the filthy rich who is known to export jobs anywhere in the world but America.

    America in 2012 please re-elect President Barack Obama!

    July 16, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  21. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Show us your papers, Mitt!

    July 16, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  22. TAK

    The 1% can afford to waste money as it means little to them. These people want to dominate the 99%, so they fund candidates for office who will do their bidding,

    July 16, 2012 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  23. Larry L

    Where are Romney's tax returns? Is he afraid of jail time?

    July 16, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  24. LaPlut

    Obama can take a crap on the hood of my car and I wouldn't care because he would take responsibility for it.
    The last administration took a crap on Obama's hood and didn't take responsibility for it.

    July 16, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  25. keeth

    Romney wants to run on the fact that he's (ostensibly) a businessman, but he doesn't want anyone to question his experience and decisions as a businessman.

    July 16, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
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