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. Al-NY,NY


    Tough when your words are used against you, huh Hilary? BTW, your Democrat tendencies are showing, telling people what to do with their own money!

    hey Rocket Scientist.....she is not disputing what she said (like Romney does regularly) but says those words will not have any effect on the race.....get it??

    July 17, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  2. Puddin

    Love Hillary and thought she would've been a great president. However, Pres. Obama has done good considering what he's had to work with (congressional Republicans). Hillary is a fantastic Secty. of State, but she needs some time off to rest and to do something with that hair!

    July 17, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  3. vote the Tea Party Out in 2012

    you know that if the DNC wanted to do it they could post an ad showing negative comments made by no Romney supporters from John McCain to even Donald Trump that were said in the past. Needless to say the ones mentioned from the primaries this year. The Romney campaign is so inept that they had to pull a negative Obama ad they had running using him singing the Al Green tune "Let's Stay Together" because of copyright laws and they could have been sued. He really picked a bunch of winners to run his campaign didn't he?

    July 17, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  4. charles logan andress

    Hillary Clinton would not have gave President Obama the time of day if she had won the nomination. She knew she did not have a chance of winning and she chose the easy way out. She should also remember that her husband, former President Bill Clinton signed the NAFTA agreement that started the outsourcing of American jobs.

    July 17, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  5. FLIndependent

    I was waiting for our Secretary of State to comment on these ads using her from the '08 campaign. Frankly, I think it's disgusting that Romney would use the CURRENT SOS in an ad implying our CURRENT PRESIDENT is lying. I really am doubtful that we will EVER see civility and statesmanship again. The level of disrespect that has been shown to President Obama is beyond reprehension and, if you notice, he is not referred to as President in these ads but by his name only. At any rate, I am happy to see that our President is fighting fire with fire this time around as Karl Rove, the Koch Brothers and the other Romney SuperPacs have been attacking him for many months now.

    July 17, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. ghostriter

    Now when the ads pop of of Newt, Bachmann and the others in the republican primaries slamming Romney. I'll bet dollars to donuts republicans will cry foul. Emphasis on cry.

    Especially when the ad on Santorum comes out. They should run that one a week before the election.

    July 17, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Hillary! What are you saying? Let them throw good money away. Attacking you and John Kerry's wife have to be one of the weakest response lines of all time. Let Romney deflect attention and project problems to his heart's content. Thanks to the Bush administration, the American voter is paying better attention to what is being said and who is saying it.

    July 17, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. FLIndependent

    @ MELO-D – "Willard's supporters don't want to pay taxes but they could care less about throwing away millions for him to make dumb ads??? "
    Yes, isn't it ludicrous how all of these rich people can throw money at a candidate with ease but scream and holler when they are asked to give a little more money to help our country? PATHETIC!!

    July 17, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. thehatedone

    Romney better sweeten up, she is going to be the next president after Obama.

    July 17, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Mitt Romney believes that he's qualified to be president because he is fully capable of fixing the economy due to his financial background and experience as a businessman and entrepreneur. Perhaps someone should remind Mitt Romney that GBW's inner circle including the entire republican party were made up of successful business savvy millionaires and billionaires who nevertheless were unable to save our economy and prevent it from collapsing. Mitt Romney, it takes alot more than a business background to fix our economy.

    July 17, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Blah blah wheel .... wrote:

    Mitt Romney believes that he's qualified to be president because he is fully capable of fixing the economy due to his financial background and experience as a businessman and entrepreneur. Perhaps someone should remind Mitt Romney that GBW's inner circle including the entire republican party were made up of successful business savvy millionaires and billionaires who nevertheless were unable to save our economy and prevent it from collapsing.
    They may not be as unsavvy as the economic collapse would lead one to believe. All of the money went somewhere. With all of the debt out there, there is whole lot more money that has to go somewhere. Someone got paid, big time. Especially when you consider the $700 billion we paid for TARP, how quickly it was rushed through, and how little accountability was behind it. Most of that money was "loaned" with no time frame to even pay it back.

    July 17, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. Captain Obvious

    Mittens is getting desperate.

    July 17, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  13. Rob

    Mittens is getting desperate. He can't use Hillary's words against Obama the way that Obama can use EVERY OTHER GOP candidate's words against Mitt during the GOP primaries. Hell, he can whip out the "Jesus" vote just by playing soundbites of Jesus' favorite candidates, the empty headed Rick Perry/Santorum.

    July 17, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  14. Mike from KC

    This is what the Romney campaign is resorting to? Wow, they must be really desperate to be reaching into the bottom of the barrel with 3 1/2 months left til the election.

    July 17, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. TomGI

    Mitt, I'll vote for you. My price is $250,000 cash or cashier's check. Let me know.

    July 17, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  16. Keeping it Real

    Obama and Hillary certainly know what they are talking about when they speak of wasting money, they do seem to be experts in this subject.

    July 17, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Mittens is getting desperate
    Actually this will be his 20th roundtrip to the land of desperation...I think. I've lost count.
    Defense! (clap, clap!), Defense! (clap, clap!).
    Obama's got him spinning like a top!

    July 17, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  18. Ann

    Hillary Hillary.. your 'Shame on you, Barack Obama' was priceless and you were so right. Romney didn't waste any money by reminding it to the American people.

    July 17, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  19. Randy

    Charles Logan andress: Your forgetting it was George Bush senior who started the whole fiasco....If not for him...we wouldn't have NAFTA......how soon we forget huh? So now I'm waiting for the ya buts to come out...

    July 17, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  20. Coach

    Why does anyone care. The people that run the goverment stopped working for the American peoplesbest intrest a long time ago.

    July 17, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  21. Mary

    Looks like a desperate move on Romney's part. Next, who will be attacking to divert attention from tax problems?

    July 17, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. ObamaJoe

    =========Everybody knows we ran a hard fought campaign and he won. And I have been honored to serve as his secretary of state.=================

    Wow,,,,,,that's real American,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    Fight for the goodness of America,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    Not for themselves,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    July 17, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  23. ObamaJoe

    $250,000 cash or cashier's check. ????????????

    Come on ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Mitt can buy 250 votes with that money,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    why should he wast money on your vote ?

    July 17, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. Moderate Sean

    "Gypsyalso" – President Obama had laid out plans for the future and what he wants to get passed by Congress to help out with jobs and the Middle Class. Romney has yet to detail his thoughts. Instead of being tired of the back and forth bull, try listening to some of the President's speeches where he has pointed out his ideas and plans.

    July 17, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. Rogue351

    This whole presidential election is a waste of money. Money that could be spend to help people that are starving in one of the richest worlds on the face of the earth. It is obscene how much these guys spend on television advertisements. They make promises neither of them will ever keep. But despite all of this huge amount of money TV and Cable TV still is horrible and the cost of cable continues to go up. So where is all of this money going ? It is obvious it is not going into development of new and better shows, education, etc. It is going into the pockets of people whom already have way too much money they are doing nothing with. So this thought of the rich funding more and better jobs if a laugh. The rich are buying new cars that are not made in American, hiring un-documented workers to clean and care for their house and sending their kids to private schools that are finically out of reach for most Americans. So how exactly do the rich benefit the United States. In most cases they don’t even bank in the USA. But yet you tune in to watch the most ridiculous fake shows. And for what ? So you can be subjected to commercial after commercial of lies and half truths ? Why can’t the media provide quality entertainment at an affordable price, give each candidate a specific amount of time to make their point and be done with it. This way the politicians can actually work on the things they have been elected to do as opposed to spending half of their time in office trying to get re-elected.

    July 17, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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