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."