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. SweePee

    "NEW" GOP: Clinton is next Obama"

    & Obama was the next Clinton.
    & Gore was the next Clinton
    & Kerry was the next Clinton.
    & Clinton was the next Carter
    & Carter was the Next Johnson

    ad nauseum to the GOP.

    June 27, 2014 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. Peter Gerdeman

    Wow, you conservatives need to rethink what you're saying! How much did the House Republicans do their job in the last six years? THE WORSE legislative record in the history of the nation! Following the WORSE president (GW) of all time. And, you all have the unmitigated gall to suggest this is Obama's fault!? Just like the last two presidential elections the Republicans have lost, and nearly $4B in campaigning, the 'pubs will continue to lose in non-gerrymanding elections. The voters are not ignorant, and know what you the elected officials have and have not done. Of course, they don't ever want another idiot in the WH who starts wars on lies either.

    June 27, 2014 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. truindep

    She is almost 70 years old, she and her husband had their time, move on –

    June 27, 2014 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. Fred

    I'd vote for Bill again but Hillary doesn't have it. I'd say there is no way she will be President but I never thought we would have that empty suit in there now. Sometimes it just best to see the worst and in the end this will help our country.

    June 27, 2014 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. joe

    duh, they're both bad for America

    June 27, 2014 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. Dr. Brown

    This is your gop trying to define Clinton on their terms, so listen up sheeple. What ever happened to benghazi, no, how about an obamacare one? You guys are oh so screwed this November.

    June 27, 2014 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  7. AJ

    Republicans, if you really have something to offer, tell us what it is. Constantly complaining and trying to drag others down (still) isn't impressing anyone. I just can't see why the younger generation would be interested in joining your party, when you come across like a bunch of angry grandparents.

    June 27, 2014 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  8. kenlevens

    Why does the media think Hillary is the only female in the Democratic Party? Read Elizabeth Warren's "A Fighting Chance" and let's get America's middle class back again. Read the book, if you like it–buy three more copies and share it with friends or donate it to your local library or senior center.

    June 27, 2014 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. Anonymous

    Yes, HILLLARY for 2016. Just accept it – period.

    June 27, 2014 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. mosheghomert

    We can only pray that Hillary is like Obama! Lili Ledbetter, ACA, forestalling depression, ending 2 wars, killing Bin Laden, higher minimum wages in many states, dream act,higher taxes on the 1%, higher dividend and capital gains taxes, eventuality of legal gay marriage, ended DADT,expanding Medicad, 9.5 million jobs created, stock market up by 150%, new EPA regulations, significant green energy investments, first lady helping to lessen child obesity, closing seniors drug doughnut hole, lowering defense spending, drone attacking terrorists and on and on....

    June 27, 2014 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. Jeffrey Connors

    You Americans are hilarious I am from Canada and your government have no affect on me in a day to day basis. I follow your politics especialy the last couple of years because your hilarious espeically the science denying racist ass hole republicans lol( not all republicans are racists but all racists are republicans). Obama care is working for you guys giving the cheapest health care in your country for years, now you guys can;t get kicked off your haelth plans for no reason, more people have health care now in your country than ever have before. Obama got you out of the biggest hole your country was ever in since the great depression, if he didn';t have that shitty starting point you're country would be in probabaly the best shape since Clinton. Lets not forget ended two wars, by no means should the republicans stop being the laughing stock of your world though we all need a good laugh from time to time.

    June 27, 2014 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. Ron

    What a silly position to take, GOP. We chose Obama over Clinton because they have very different positions on many topics as well as how they prioritized key issues. In a shifting climate, Ms. Clinton's position now seems more favorable but to compare her to the next Obama just shows how disconnected the GOP really is. Next thing they will be telling us is that George W is just an extension of George H...uh oh

    June 27, 2014 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. Art

    A civil war in America!

    June 27, 2014 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Well at least it won't come out about her banging any fat, ugly interns.....


    June 27, 2014 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  15. Dan

    The do nothing Hillary who got nothing of substance done as Secretary of State but hey she did get alot of travel miles in, I wonder if they are reimbursable?

    June 27, 2014 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  16. Frank S

    The problem with this strategy is, nobody buys it. Any logical person, if Bill were so popular, would assume that Hilary would not only have access to the original person that initiated these popular policies, etc. but would share a similar mindset with her husband over the dude that denied her the first Presidential nomination. This strategy gets nowhere. The main obstacle is finding a GOP candidate that can clear the extremist-dominated primaries and then pivot to the center with any credibility, as Romney failed to do.

    June 27, 2014 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  17. 1776usa2016

    Ha ha ha ha ha

    Repubs are so desperate.

    Who ya gonna put in your Clown Car this time, GOP?


    June 27, 2014 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  18. kurt

    So if she's Obama 2.0, does that mean we'll have to spend another 4-8 years blaming George Bush for every dumb decision she makes?

    June 27, 2014 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  19. JDATL

    Bill Clinton was impeached for Lying. His Wife was fired for lying on her first job, and she's still lying about that Benghazi video. Bill created the housing mess by forcing banks to loan to less than credit worthy people with his changes to the Community Reinvestment Act. He also added to it by repealing Glass Steagle. How can democrats be so dumb? The facts are there. Research.

    June 27, 2014 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  20. Sniffit

    "Barack Obama's third term."

    Yes please. Please do everything you can to get that message out, especially to the minority community. Thanks for the help. Please proceed....

    June 27, 2014 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  21. Silence DoGood

    Ms.Clinton needs to be herself and not be put in the demon box the conservatives have carefully constructed for her.
    The GOP will posture and slogan.
    The Tea Party will threaten violence and God's wrath.
    I think she is stronger than these.

    June 27, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  22. Tone

    Mr. Conservative

    Aside from being arrogant and condescending, Hillary has embraced socialistic ideas in the past – and Bubba did his best to socialize this country during his tenure.

    A vote for Hillary is a vote to further turn the US into a third-world country.

    A vote for any,i mean any Republican is a vote to turn America back to the stone age.

    June 27, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  23. Brian

    The Republican strategy of putting up inferior candidates and relying on bashing the Democrat running hasn't worked this decade. It is a tired, old strategy that the voting public has finally seen through. There are no Willie Hortons or Swift Boats this time around, either. Sorry, if you want a chance at the White House, you need to put up a viable candidate. As I don't see that happening, I am preparing for Hillary's third term. She did well in the first two, so I think she will do well again.

    June 27, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  24. ricardo1968

    I can't stand to see the GOP complain about a president's lack of accomplishment when they have worked against him in every possible way. Gerrymandering will be the downfall of the country. How can congress' approval rating be less than 10 percent for eight years! Where is our representation?

    June 27, 2014 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. NealR2000

    Once again we see all the "unproductive" and "do nothing" comments about Congress. You clearly have no idea whatsoever about the role of Congress, or, more likely, you are just repeating the MSMs talking points. Congress isn't some kind of factory, where productivity somehow results in improved lives. We already have legistlation and it seems that if Congress isn't keen on changing legistlation to suit the left, it's somehow seen as doing nothing. Bipartisan divisions in Government typically work when that division is not miles apart. Clinton and GWB managed to get consensus with an opposing Congress. The reason we don't see that now is perhaps we elected the most left-leaning Senator, and that his idea for a changed America isn't that of the current Congress.

    June 27, 2014 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
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