June 20th, 2013
04:22 PM ET
10 years ago

First on CNN: Stop Hillary effort launches

Washington (CNN) - Just as support starts piling up for a second Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, the opposition forces are marshaling their resources to keep up.

Pro-Republican Super PAC America Rising is launching a fundraising effort today as their answer to the growing tide of support for Clinton. The PAC has a brand new site, StopHillary2016.org, a one-stop shop for Clinton haters.

And they're blasting a series of e-mails to randomized groups of donors to solicit money for the cause.

One draws on the lessons learned by Mitt Romney's failed presidential campaign. The PAC's chairman, Matt Rhoades, had managed the Romney campaign in 2012. He writes in the new fundraising note, "President Obama started his reelection campaign on his first day in office. I saw firsthand how big of an advantage that four year head start gave him in 2012."

He goes on, "We can't allow that competitive advantage [to] occur again."

The second begins by saying it's no secret Clinton is preparing another bid and explains the organization "was formed to prevent Americans from ever having to see another Clinton in the White House or suffer through 12 years of Democrat rule."

It continues, "Whether it's Hillary, Joe Biden, or liberal up-and-comers like Elizabeth Warren, we need to stop these Democrats in their tracks now." And it reminds that the "Clinton Machine" is so powerful, Republicans need to start collecting research on the former secretary of state to "define the real Hillary before another Clinton Administration damages our country."

A third e-mail stokes fears of another Clinton in the White House by ticking through a series of Clinton scandals, including her leadership of the State Department during the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi.

In addition to bringing in funds to do research and finance TV ads when the campaign gets closer, part of the exercise is designed to determine which of these messages sticks best by seeing which e-mail solicitation brings in the most money, according to the PAC.

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soundoff (134 Responses)
  1. Lizzie

    I hate Hillary Clinton. I hate her uppity attitude (What difference does it make now? she screeched). Four people died in Benghazi and she was Secretary of State. I know, I know, Obama told her to not help these men and she had to obey him 'cause his Chicago gangsters and Axelrod are going to get her the Presidency - It seems like wherever the Clintons are, people die? She looks just like Miss Piggy now and deserves to look like her!

    June 21, 2013 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  2. Jack

    Go ahead and make a fool of yourselves again!!! It's 3 & 1/2 years before the next election. You need to get down to work and start to compromise with the Democrats. And help this nation get back on their feet!

    June 21, 2013 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  3. saban123

    ......we will be the laughing stock of the world,,to have a president as..UGGLLY.. as Hillary......yuck yipes..

    June 21, 2013 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  4. John/kc

    Run Mitch McConnell for President against Hillary and see the results. Is Benghazi all you have?

    June 21, 2013 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  5. SwingState

    Tim says: June 20, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm Right wingnut PACs always take monetary advantage of their own brain dead conservatives.

    It's so sad.

    June 21, 2013 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  6. shelby

    She made it quite clear she won't be running. But she will be free to campaign.

    June 21, 2013 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  7. Ellen in CA

    I believe the reason the GOP fundraisers are starting this fight so early is partly due to fear. Remember the last primary when their candidates had nothing to offer except to make Obama a one-term president. They also wanted to abolish some of the vital government departments. Romney also told Jim Lehrer during one debate there would be no government funding of PBS if he won! Even the Supreme Court of the United States tried to help the GOP win the election by claiming Citizens United had rights never before stated anywhere! The 2016 election will be determined by who raises the most billions of dollars. Now do we understand why the campaign is starting today?

    June 21, 2013 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  8. Thomas Antel


    somebody is getting wealthy selling fear.

    June 21, 2013 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  9. davecu

    The question could/should be asked, "What did she accomplish as Secretary State?"
    A lot of air miles and not much else.
    A timely brain injury.
    Can she explain Benghazi?

    Too much baggage to be elected.

    June 21, 2013 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  10. Tony in STL

    OMG! Is this the first, second, or third "stop Hillary" launch! Go figure. We already know the plan, ...yaaaaawnnnn! You can't fix stupid, but at least we know where it is! Hillary 2016 ...if she wants it!!!

    June 21, 2013 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  11. annieL

    Elizabeth Warren. Hillary is too much like Obama, a wimpy DINO. Warren is dinoMITE. She is the liberal equivalent of Maggie Thatcher. She won't play nice with the boys. We need a woman in the Oval Office AND we need a fearless, uncompromising liberal to save the middle class and the American Dream.

    June 21, 2013 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  12. Beefburger

    Comrade Hillary will be a great asset to the United Soviet Socialist Amerika as we further drive the nails of the glorious socialist revolution into the coffins of their evil founding fathers.

    June 21, 2013 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  13. Lenny Pincus

    Can you imagine Republicans running a campaign of positive action? Carping seems to be the only thing patriots are capable of anymore.

    June 21, 2013 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  14. Lisa

    wow, and Repubs claim we are scared of Sarah Palin. LOL. This shows they are deathly afraid of Hillary.
    We wouldn't waste a dime starting a PAC against Sarah. Not needed.

    June 21, 2013 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  15. annieL

    So Republicans think they can beat Hillary with a lot of money. Hahaha.

    June 21, 2013 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  16. mountainlady

    The GOP are desperate. They can't win an election on issues so they have to resort to character assassination or buying votes. How sad that we can't learn from two sides to the issue and make an intelligent decision. Instead we have to choose between votes bought by big money and votes from grass roots. The GOP used to be worthy of consideration....no more.

    June 21, 2013 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  17. jeremy

    I doubt this will get those crazies anywhere. My choice for president in 16 is Hillary. BTW, the Clintons did great for our country. Unlike Reagan, Bush sr., and you know who else, whom messed every thing up. Say no to the tea tardds in 16. We need Hillary. Warren would be great too, but Hillary has a better chance at winning, and I think she will if she chooses to take on a run! We don't need any crazy hypocrites running our country(GOP)!

    June 21, 2013 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  18. The Left Wing

    Ah but... The right has also started a much more powerful effort to elect Hillary or any other Democratic candidate. It includes trying to stop abortions, trying to stop an immigration bill, trying to cut food stamps, holding college loan rates hostage and not doing anything about jobs. It's all the things some in the Republican Party said they'd need to do to become nationally competitive again. However, they have elected to come down on the wrong side of all these issues. Congratulations in advance President Hillary Clinton.

    June 21, 2013 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  19. NameScott

    Go Hillary Go can't wait to vote for you.

    June 21, 2013 05:22 am at 5:22 am |
  20. Edward Simpson

    Yeah, we sure don't want to "suffer" under another Clinton administration. Let's see: The country was at peace, our allies trusted us, the economy was booming, the Treasury ran a surplus, and my 401(k) was going through the roof. The GOP did its best to drive him from office and all they succeeded in doing was spending $30mm to find out that Bill got his helmut polished. Then 8 years of Dubya, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Rice, and that sure worked out for us, didn't it? Go ahead GOP, put up Cruz or Rubio, or Paul or any of those other wankers you've got. Fools.

    June 21, 2013 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  21. insanity

    A "Stop X" movement...yet again the Parrty of Hatred has decided being AGAINST something, rather than being FOR something, is the way to get the people to vote for them.


    June 21, 2013 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  22. qa

    i was pro clinton until she jumped on the obama ship...not i don,t have any use for her

    June 21, 2013 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  23. Not James

    Typical for conservatives, start bashing the other side as a way to mask the fact that they have nothing to offer this country anymore. The national Republican party is dead.

    June 21, 2013 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  24. Dave

    Well, the Republican party has already declared Hillary Clinton the 2016 winner. Get used to even more of their hate as this is just the opening act.

    June 21, 2013 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  25. david mann

    The GOP is a "black hole" of electable candidates, so they have to try (desperately) to smear ANY Democrat who might run. Still the "Stupid Party", with no end in sight.

    June 21, 2013 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
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