First on CNN: National Republicans say Hillary Clinton is next Obama, not husband
June 27th, 2014
07:29 AM ET
6 years ago

First on CNN: National Republicans say Hillary Clinton is next Obama, not husband

Washington (CNN) – Barack Obama's third term.

That is what the Republican National Committee wants Americans to think when they consider the prospect of Hillary Clinton running for president in 2016, and that’s the main point in a Web ad to be released Friday by the group.

While promoting her new book "Hard Choices," Clinton has spent a great deal of time defending the economic record of her husband, former President Bill Clinton. That trend, coupled with Obama's poor poll numbers, has caused some pundits to speculate that if Clinton runs in 2016, she will likely run on the Clinton economic vision and message, not Obama’s.

The Republican committee, which has devoted a great deal of time and manpower to targeting Clinton's likely candidacy, hopes to make sure Hillary Clinton is more closely associated with Obama, not her more popular husband.

After showing videos casting the Obama presidency as a "team effort" with Clinton, the former secretary of state, the Web ad flashes a simple message: "Hillary, Obama's Third Term."

The ad, which is going to be used on a number of GOP websites and on social media in the coming weeks, includes video from Obama and Clinton's first joint interview in January 2013 and the first event the former rivals did after their contentious 2008 nomination fight.

"It has been a great collaboration over the last four years," Obama told CBS' “60 Minutes” after Clinton left the State Department. "I think there's a sense of understanding that sometimes doesn't even take words," Clinton said about their partnership.

"These are the issues that have always united Sen. Clinton and myself," Obama said in 2008. "I believe at this moment, they are the causes that can unite us as Americans."

Correct the Record, an outside Democratic rapid respond group with close ties to Clinton, rejected the idea that the former secretary of state would be running for anyone's third term.

"When Secretary Clinton joined the administration, the former rival teams became a team without rival," said Adrienne Watson, the group's deputy communications director. "If Hillary Clinton does choose to run for president, she will carry her own policies and ideas, which we will look forward to hearing straight from her.”

Based on polling, Republicans think tying Clinton to Obama is a prudent strategy.

The President's job approval numbers are stuck in the low 40's in the most recent national polling.

Bill Clinton, however, remains markedly more popular. According to a CNN/ORC International poll released earlier this month, 66% of Americans had a favorable view of the former president. And a 2012 Gallup Poll found that 88% of Americans saw Clinton's presidency as somewhere between outstanding to average.

While Clinton speaks highly of both Bill Clinton and Obama at events, the former first lady has made a noticeable point of defending her husband's economic record in the last two months.

In front of a Washington audience in May she said that her husband’s years in the White House showed that "a rising tide really did raise all boats." In early June she told an audience in Chicago that trickle-down economics, the conservative idea that money and tax breaks to top earners trickle down to everyone else, "does not work."

"Bill Clinton proved that 1000%," she added.

When asked about Obama's economic record, Clinton is less outspoken. While she generally backs the economic decisions he made, especially those early in his presidency, she usually pivots to bashing Congress shortly thereafter.

"Getting that balance right is what I know President Obama has tried to do," Clinton told PBS earlier this week, "and at every turn he’s been stopped."

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soundoff (292 Responses)
  1. mark

    I'm looking forward to 8 more years with a Democratic President and then 8 more with President Elizabeth Warren...

    June 27, 2014 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. kinjirurm

    Well, the GOP has done nothing but be anti-Obama for the past 6 years, why change strategy just because he's leaving office? This is the political equivalent of the comedian who is still telling Monica Lewinsky jokes every night.

    June 27, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. Tychi

    Scare, fear, and misinformation are GOP tactics. They have no ideas on how to lead, they just hate everyone else's.

    June 27, 2014 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. Vlad Puteen

    Yes, I too hope for Hillary in the White House. An empty pants suit just like Obama. I need a few more countries for my portfolio. Thanks for that reset Hillary. You were brilliant. Reset me right where I wanted to be, taking over countries.

    June 27, 2014 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. Fair is Fair

    Of course I know what it means and when I'm using it I'm talking to the haters and non-journalists. Try again Unfair.

    A little sad.... Smh means shaking my head.

    Unfair.... FIFY!
    In other words, you haven't a clue.

    June 27, 2014 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. He's A Chronic Liar

    Hillary? You mean the old bat who'll be 72 on Election Day, the same one who has already had a stroke?


    June 27, 2014 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. Bort

    Saying she is next Obama? Is that admission they will lose next two presidential elections?

    June 27, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. FLIndy

    We'll take it...another 8 years for the "Obama" presidency! Carry on Hillary.

    June 27, 2014 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  9. John

    This is a great strategy; it's something I thought about the other day as well. Nothing is going to fundamentally change between Clinton and Obama.

    June 27, 2014 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. Lolo

    Poor Poor GOP/TP Nuts. They just don't get it. Everyone can talk until you are blue in the face. For them it is not about the country, it is about how could a black man become the leader of their white America?

    June 27, 2014 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  11. jimatmad

    When Obama took over, we were bleeding 700,000-800,000 jobs a month. Bush left Obama with a 2009 deficit of $1.4 Trillion. The banks were in such a mess people didn't know if they'd get their money out at the ATM. We had TWO unpaid-for off-the-books wars, including one that was by every definition a war of choice.

    We have created private sector jobs every month for 44 straight months, the deficit is about a third what it was, and we are almost completely out of both of Bush's wars.

    Mrs Clinton will not be able to achieve as much as Mr Obama because, unlike his predecessor, he isn't leaving behind a country that is in a complete shambles. Nobody could.

    June 27, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. Greg Dallas, TX

    Are Republicans admitting Hillary will be the next President of these great United States of America???

    June 27, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. GOP FAIL

    Hillary for President 2016 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 27, 2014 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. Gabbo

    LIberal sheep will follow anyone with handouts. Period.

    June 27, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. Jay

    She will continue Obama's disasteous healthcare policies.

    June 27, 2014 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. Clay

    America ! PLEASE DO NOT elect that woman to the highest office in the land. PLEASE. She herself is untested, unqualified and an outright liar. As for her lying cheating husband, enough said. As the Commander in Chief, he lied, lied and continued to lie until finally admitting the truth. Every Democratic Senator who voted along party lines should be ashamed of themselves for not impeaching him. Any Veteran who considers this person as trustworthy is fooling themselves. Any American should be outraged with the thought of this woman as our leader ! Just say NO to HILLARY

    June 27, 2014 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. Yakobi

    "she will likely run on the Clinton economic vision and message"
    What's that, universal health care, crippling taxes, and a weak foreign policy that emboldened terrorist attacks?

    June 27, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. Yakobi

    "66% of Americans had a favorable view of the former president"
    Until they're reminded of the innumerable scandals and the fact he did nothing for the economy except benefit from the huge Internet boon of the late 90's.
    The second president to be impeached; that's your legacy, Bill.

    June 27, 2014 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. Church of Suicidal

    So they're conceding she will be President for the next 2 terms?

    June 27, 2014 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. Jerry Okmaura

    Why can't they actually try to solve the problem, since they obviously think it is a problem?

    June 27, 2014 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  21. The Fact of the Matter

    Hillary is the next Obama? Posh! She's three times smarter and ten times more dangerous.

    June 27, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. James Abbot

    That's a good thing!

    June 27, 2014 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. JJR

    Yes. Hillary is Obama 2.0. Epic fail again.

    June 27, 2014 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  24. barky

    Thats a scary thought.Run for cover.

    June 27, 2014 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. sweeper11

    To Clay, better to elect Sarah Palin to the second highest office. Sarah was the idea that undid the Republican party. otherwise John might have won.

    June 27, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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