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.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (134 Responses)
  1. Tychi

    The GOP half-truths, personal attacks and character defamation are about to start. They are going to make people think Clinton is a witch and people should run in fear. Of course the GOP will have no ideas or plans to improve things, they will just attack the Dem's ideas.

    June 21, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. Yakobi

    I was pleased to see Bill O'Reilly expose the connection between Hillary and CNN. No wonder CNN was more interested in what she was saying on Twitter than the latest State Dept. scandal on her watch.

    June 21, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. Jim in PA

    This is awesome. When the GOP was gearing up to defeat front-runner Obama in 2008, they rallied behind Hillary as a spoiler. Now Hillary has countless hours of video and audio with Republicans praising her leadership and experience. Of course they were lying through their teeth for very cynical reasons; they hate her. But I can't wait until she starts replaying it all in her commercials.

    June 21, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. ShawnDH

    REPUBLICAN ARE THE GREATEST screamed: "STOP ALL DEMOCRATS. They are the Party of Hate, Racism, Socialism, Anti-Business, Anti- Freedom. The Democratic Party is Anti- American. Vote 100% Republican in 2014 and 2016."

    LOL! Why don't you tell us all about how much you love freedom while you want the government to dictate who can marry whom and force women to give birth against their will? Face it, Republicans are a bunch of bitter, backwards, religious fanatic, oppressive old racists who are losing because they are completely out of touch with real Americans.

    The future is Democratic. We all know this.

    June 21, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. Yakobi

    Jim in PA
    "But I can't wait until she starts replaying it all in her commercials."

    I can't wait until the GOP plays a commercial detailing her lack of action and this administration's obstruction and lies concerning Benghazi ending with her quote to Congress: "What does it matter!?"

    June 21, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. Bill

    My advice to you Hillary – enter the campaign at the last possible minute. Do not accept any PAC money. You have an existing base that is huge. Show up for debates and timely events. Show the country and the world that a person can win without this sick amount of money. The country will love you for it.

    June 21, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. Fish

    The Hillary Haters have been around since she was First Lady. It has to be an illness afflicting those who accomplish nothing toward those who strive to accomplish something. Let's face facts these people hate everything having to do with other's success!!! They need to get a life!!!

    June 21, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. Peach

    I think the Benghazi situation all but sealed Hillary's fate---she made the mistake of trusting Obama and he screwed her over. The presidential race for Hillary--that shipped has sailed.

    June 21, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. vincent

    America will support Hilary. She will be the first female U.S. President especially if the best women the Republicans have is either a Palin or Bachannan.

    June 21, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. ShawnDH

    Peach cried: "I think the Benghazi situation all but sealed Hillary's fate-she made the mistake of trusting Obama and he screwed her over. The presidential race for Hillary–that shipped has sailed."

    Wrong. Nobody outside of the goofy right-wing echo chamber of desperation cares about your phony, cynical attempt at exploiting a national tragedy for political reasons. Why are Republicans so obviously in a panic over Hillary if it's over for her? Swing and a miss. You're not even fooling yourself. We know this.

    June 21, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. MTATL67

    The Republican have not grasped that you can no longer win an elections with 80’s tactics. There is no mention of how the GOP has learned from the mistake of exclusion and blame. This indicate that they are going to use the same failed strategies of the past. This tells me that they have not changed and are still the party of NO.

    June 21, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. SuZieCoyote

    Americans are tired of these constant attacks. They are just so tiresome. Can't the GOP develop good governance ideas of their own, or is this just impossible for the "party of stupid?" Yes, we all know how much you hate Hillary, GOP. You have anything else to offer except this hatred?

    June 21, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. Bob

    Sounds to me like they are really running scared. The right thing to do is get a candidate who is not busy keeping an eye on Russia, lying all the time. always saying no just because they lost, etc. in other words get a "good" candidate who is improving America, not just for the rich, doesn't blame unions for everything, etc etc etc

    June 21, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  14. zandhcats

    Even I haven't decided who will vote for but if those current high profile Republican/Tea Party are the runners,I'll vote for Hilary. I think only Republican dreamers think the so called "Benghazi scandal" will defeat her,the more you spin about it,the more people resist it,understand? And her 20-year old failure in health care proposal would not be a factor at all.

    June 21, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. Joe Clark

    Hilliary Clinton does not have the solutions for the challenges this country is facing in the 21st century. She is to deeply embedded in the political quagmires of the past to offer new insights and genuine resolutions to Americas many economic and political issues. It will take a new, and yes possibly unrecognized politician, who has yet to step forward to take charge of our monstrous federal government and actually push it in the right direction in a world that is changing on a daily basis.

    June 21, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. Kevin

    Please no more Clintons!!! Im a Democrat and I do not want her running! Im tired of the same people in office over and over again..And then America wonders why its in the same situation as it was eight years ago and things havent changed. because you keep on voting the same people in!!! If a Clinton should run, it should be Chelsea and that should be years later. No more Bush's and no more Clinton's!!! Id rather vote for that mayor from San Antonio who is Hispanic over Hillary.

    June 21, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. Steveo

    I lean right and I think this is a royal waste of time and money (of which, they will not get a dime). She will either win or be stopped at the ballot box. That is how it should be!

    June 21, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. Eli Cabelly

    Instead of bashing Clinton, how about the GOP does something unusual for them: get a good candidate to run.

    June 21, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. Anonymous


    I dont know a more diverse field than IT, which I work in. I'm one of just a couple "look the part white guys" you propose are in that field. Most on my team are of asian descent with a few ethiopians and employees from India. Took YEARS to get my security clearance. Please don't speak on a subject you CLEARLY have no clue about.

    June 21, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. Katie

    Please... Hilary president? Well that's just hilarious... Won't happen. I don't think there's enough dope in the water to get a majority to vote her in.

    June 21, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  21. c-lo

    you are absolutely right. we need to have a stronger libertarian bias in the Repub party, because we are isolating out too many fiscal conservatives who are not "holding their nose" at the ballot box, but just not showing up at all. It's odd, though, that the Dems seemed to win on this campaign philosophy ("Hey, look, we're not him.")

    June 21, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. anahadwolves

    Typical GOP mud-slinging. They have nothing to promote of their own, so, they'll try to destroy, demean and diminish a decent Democratic woman who would make a fine President.

    And, the Republican death-spiral into the abyss of total irrelevance continues unabated.

    June 21, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. Ron

    I'm not a Clinton fan. But these guys are setting out to destroy her just like they set out to destroy Obama, and the country be damned in the process. No, don't work on constructive legislation, or on solving the country's problems. Just destroy anyone who gets in the way of your own selfish interests.

    June 21, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  24. Dave

    Looks like the "party of no" is at it again. Do they have any ideas of their own? No. Do they have a candidate we, or even they, can get behind? No. Do they care who wins, as long as it's not a Democrat? No.

    H. Clinton is certainly not my first choice for president, but at least if you ask me who is, I'll tell you. I'll donate to him, as well, rather than against someone else. I'll vote for him, rather than against someone else.

    It'd be nice to see Republicans say "yes" to anything. But i guess it's easier to whine without having to actually create an alternative.

    June 21, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  25. greasemonkey

    Personally I just cant wait to hear Rush and the other AM crazies say "President Clinton" again for eight solid years.........

    June 21, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6