July 24th, 2013
04:00 PM ET
9 years ago

Conservative video warns of another Clinton presidency

Updated at 4:53 p.m. ET on 7/24

Washington (CNN) – It's far from a sure thing that Hillary Clinton will run for the White House in 2016, but that isn't stopping some conservatives from ramping up efforts to try and derail any possible presidential campaign by the former secretary of state.

Wednesday one of two pro-Republican groups that recently formed to attack Clinton and hopefully influence the big political decision she will eventually make, released a web video that imagines a second Clinton presidency, in hopes of stoking fears among Republicans nationwide.

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The video, by the Stop Hillary PAC, envisions Clinton taking the oath of office on inauguration day in January 2017, with quick cuts to on-screen references of past controversies from her husband Bill Clinton's presidency, such as "Whitewater" and "Travelgate."

The video also spells out "Benghazi," in reference to the attack last September in Libya that left the U.S. ambassador to the north African nation and three other Americans dead. The incident came during Clinton's tenure as secretary of state and she's come under attack from some Republicans for her role in State Department actions leading up to the attack and the response following the incident.

The 49-second video closes with Clinton finishing her oath by saying "so help me God," followed by the on-screen words "So Help Us. StopHillaryPAC.org."

The political action committee, which was created in May, is not putting any money behind the video to run it as a paid spot either online or on television. Their hope appears to be to generate buzz and increase fundraising off the video.

Stop Hillary PAC is headed by Ted Harvey, a conservative Colorado state senator who was a vocal opponent of the recent gun control laws passed in the state. Garrett Marquis, a media strategist and alumnus of John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign; Alex Shively, a former aide to Georgia Rep. Tom Price; Jacob Leis, a Colorado-based political strategist; and Dan Backer, a Washington attorney and lobbyist, are also onboard with the effort.

"There is no doubt Hillary Clinton is running for president and America can't afford to wait until 2014 or 2016 to stop her and the liberal machine," Harvey said in a statement. "We will go wherever she goes and do whatever it takes to stop her and take a stand for America's future."

The PAC hopes to eventually go up with paid online and TV spots, although those ads may be different than the video they are premiering, according to an official with the group.

Stop Hillary PAC started in May and for the last month has been "communicating with Americans across the country who are concerned for their rights and the threat of another Hillary and Bill Clinton White House," according to Marquis. He says the group's initial goal is to generate a million signatures to its online petition to "stop Hillary."

Marquis says the PAC has received some "significant fundraising" over the past month, much of it low dollar amounts. But he adds that the group has also received some high-dollar, five- or six-figure commitments from donors as well.

Future efforts by the group could include demonstrating at Clinton appearances across the country, donations to candidates, or social media efforts. If Clinton eventually launches a second presidential campaign, the PAC plans to be active in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina with TV and radio ads.

Besides Stop Hillary PAC, there's also StopHillary2016, a separate effort launched last month by America Rising, the recently formed opposition research group headed by Matt Rhoades, the campaign manager for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential effort, and by a pair of former Republican National Committee officials.

Republican strategist John Feehery says such anti-Hillary efforts could be successful.

"If you keep enough pressure on, if you keep raising questions about Benghazi, keep putting pressure on the relationship between her and her husband, keep picking at her, then you might exhaust her and get her not to run," says Feehery, who was a top adviser to former House Speaker Dennis Hastert.

But Hillary Rosen, a member of Clinton's inner circle, says such efforts will backfire. "I think she's determined to make a difference the best way she can, and to the extent that all these attack Hillary movements are burgeoning, if anything that's going to energize her more."

"This woman, if she decides to run, is the most battle-tested candidate for president we will have ever seen. And so I don't think these attacks are going to mean much," added Rosen, a Democratic strategist and CNN contributor.

While the two conservative groups hope to derail Clinton, a group called Ready for Hillary is trying to encourage the former first lady, senator from New York and 2008 presidential candidate to launch another White House bid.

Wednesday the group announced it had reached a half million supporters on its Facebook page.

"When Ready for Hillary began earlier this year, we had an idea, a P.O. Box and a few thousand supporters," said executive director and founder Adam Parkhomenko, in a statement. "Now, more than half a million Americans have joined our national grassroots movement to encourage Hillary to run for President in 2016."

The 2016 primary and caucus calendar doesn't kick off for another two years and five months, but for those hoping to make an impact on the next race for the White House, the clock's already ticking.

- CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby and CNN Correspondent Erin McPike contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    What a brilliant way to makeover the Republican brand, fear mongering.

    July 24, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    Its actually funny to see the GOP scrambling to attack unannounced candidates 3 years in advance. Perhaps this has something to do with the complete absence of any new ideas, and the all-too-obvious presence, of candidates like Rick Perry ( oops)? I would run negative out of the gate, too, if I had him registering in any polls.

    July 24, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    Gee, let's see ... Clinton in the White House, left a budget surplus ... I don't see the problem.

    July 24, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. California Gary

    No need to "stoke the fears" of Republicans......they are a very fearful lot already. Virtually all of their policies center on their fear of one thing or another.

    July 24, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    I remember the Clinton years as being the greatest economic expansion since WWII. I guess if you are a conservative, economic prosperity for the little people is pretty scary.

    July 24, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. talldarkfree

    You would think the "right" would be trying to find an "electable figure" to fill the GOP spot, instead of trying to derail Hillary Clinton's "non-decision". Will they ever learn? Poor ole' Repub idiots!

    July 24, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. M.A.P.

    OOooh, sooo scaaary, Republicans! Haha! What a joke!
    Some dramatic music, a creepy narrator and some one word references to conspiricy theories is all you've got? (clap......clap......clap).
    I can picture it now. And the only people you'll be speaking to are the already biased right wingers who STILL can't accept that Obama is President after all these years. The Dems have moved to the center – not the left as some commentators (let's face it, most republican ministers can be called "commentators") claim. Hilary isn't perfect, sure! But she's not the scandal ridden nightmare the repubicans are trying to paint – she's a well travelled, well informed, experienced, connected and mature statesman with increadible intelligence. She deserves the Presidency more than anyone else on the scene right now, so if you think you know someone more equipped – SHOW US!

    July 24, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. Data Driven

    (a literal sigh)

    I'm already exhausted with the 2016 campaign.

    It's July 24, 2013 today.

    The cure for political junkiedom: incessant pro/anti-Hillary Clinton coverage.

    July 24, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. pkMyt1

    Why are the GOP so terrified of her? Oh yea, she is a woman with power.

    July 24, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. Al-NY,NY

    just like in the other story about Hillary vs TBA...."Benghazi, Whitewater.." Instead of Vince Foster, this one has Travelgate. If the GOP is stupid enough to think any of these will prevent her from winning, they are dumber than dirt

    July 24, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Another Clinton Presidency is supposed to scare voters?
    I bought my house under Clinton.
    The economy was pretty damn good. Huge budget surplus if I recall correctly.
    The only people that should be scared of another "Clinton Presidency" are those that would want the country to fail and the middle-class to die off.....

    July 24, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    I really don't know why the GOP bafoons party of stupid would think they have done anything to deserve being elected to the White House sence they have done nothing except name post offices and obstruct every jobs bill with abortion riders and the party of stupid thinks nobody is going to remember in 2014 midterms, even their brain dead supporters won't vote for these losers!!!!!!!

    July 24, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. nintex

    Where do I send my check to the STOP THE GOP PAC?

    July 24, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. Lee

    I don't know about Hillary but attacking me like this would be a pretty good way to make sure that I DO run, just to rub their faces in it when I trounce them.

    July 24, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  15. Lct1119

    Oh pul--eeeze.

    July 24, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. Durundal

    Yep, the party of god fearing, family loving, "Moral" individuals:

    "If you keep enough pressure on, if you keep raising questions about Benghazi, keep putting pressure on the relationship between her and her husband, keep picking at her, then you might exhaust her and get her not to run,"

    Stay classy GOP

    July 24, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. scarf

    Actually, I thought things were pretty good under Bill Clinton. If he had kept his pants zipped, attacking his presidency would be analogous to attacking that of FDR. The fact that Whitewater and Travelgate (both of which proved to be nothing of substance) are the big negatives the GOP can bring against Hillary, then it shows just how head and shoulders above their own potential candidates she is. If Hillary can do as well as Bill, then I'm looking forward to it.

    July 24, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. Tom

    I love it! The Republicans have used apocalyptic fear mongering to stir up their base so often, now they're basically trembling at shadows. There's absolutely nothing new in this video. It's just a rehash of old Republican attack points against the Clintons - and most of those are more spin than fact. The video might appeal to loyal conservatives who would never vote for Hillary Clinton anyway, but I doubt it will sway anyone else. It is really pretty comical. It makes it look like Hillary has already won the 2016 Presidential election three years before the actual election.

    July 24, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. bravo

    This video says nothing. It assumes people will know about the specifics of these various topics. It must provide some bullet point fact for each subject. I would not donate based on its current form.

    July 24, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. Bucko76

    When Barack gives Hillary the keys to the Social Media empire of voters he's accumulated over the past 8 years "GAME OVER!' If Barack received 95% of the black vote and 73% of the Hispanic vote in 2012 what do you think she'll get in 1000 days?

    July 24, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  21. Bill

    The poor, hapless GOP is already running scared. And they should be. With potential candidates lke Ted Cruz, The Aqua Buddha, Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, etc. ,they know it will be a long time before another Republican president occupies the White House. Maybe Michelle (pray away the gay) Bachman will throw her hat back in the ring to round out the field.

    July 24, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  22. Bob

    The stink of right wing fear of a woman permeates them.

    July 24, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  23. just sayin

    I remember the Clinton years as being the greatest economic expansion since WWII

    yeah, i'm sure bill clinton was responsible for the dot com bubble and the technology explosion. or was that al gore that invented the internet? but one thing is certain, bill clinton left office and handed george bush a recession on day one. or did you forget that?

    July 24, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  24. Mr. Moderate

    Another Clinton Presidency????? Balanced budgets, unprecedented peace and prosperity? Yeah, who would want that.

    July 24, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I don't understand how the Republican Party has succumbed to this level of what I can only assume is fear-induced ridiculousness.
    It is 2013. THREE full years before the election, AND she hasn't techniclly even said she would run yet.
    But of course we know that not only will she run but she will also win primarily because Republicans have become a joke...a bad joke on America.

    July 24, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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