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.

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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. Jason

    Yeah...listem to the GOP because their last president did such a bangup job......GOP can take their lies where the sun dunn shine

    June 27, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  2. Sniffit

    "Obamacare and all their false talking point is not working "



    June 27, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. TomVIO

    You know... I see some people here writing things about Obama's administration which are totally UNTRUE!!! Stop with the FOX news propaganda and state some facts... Obama has done everything possible to turn this country around and get it back on it's feet. However, most of his ideas were never passed through the congress. So, the current slow economic growth is mostly the fault of the Republican TEA party congress that has taken the entire country hostage.

    If Clinton will be even a little bit like Obama, then it is all the more reason to VOTE FOR HER!!!

    Hilary Clinton 2016!!!

    June 27, 2014 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  4. Clear and Present Thinker

    Glad to know that the GOP expects her to serve two terms as POTUS. That is great news for the country.

    June 27, 2014 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  5. Tone

    just asking

    yes, hillary clinton is obama 2.0 and that would pretty much spell the demise of this country. 8 years of obama and his record unemployment, scandals, incompetence, feckless and weak foreign policy, immigration disaster at our borders. and all of this hillary clinton would continue and expand. i can tell you one thing, all our enemies and all the illegals are rooting for hillary. they have thoroughly enjoyed having obama in the white house.

    Right wingers have amnesia it was the Republican party led by bush who took a prosperous country from the Dems (Bubba) and almost turn it into a third world country. Thanks to my Emperor Barack Hussein Obama's leadership this country was brought back from the brink of destruction, and he did it without the help of republicans. Right now anyone would be a better President than any republican, even Jay Z, and Beyonce.

    June 27, 2014 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  6. ljw

    Nobodoy's going to fall for that. My advice: abandon that is so transparently stupid you will lose voters rather than gaining them.

    June 27, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. Sleepytime

    I hope so!

    June 27, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. Bill Davis

    The GOP has nothing positive to run on. They've done absolutely nothing to advance America and their defense is blame the other guy or gal...

    June 27, 2014 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. DaveinIL

    Bring her on! Lately, she's sounded like the female equivalent of Joe "Foot in Mouth" Biden. LOL

    June 27, 2014 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. ak_steve

    Of course she is more like Obama. She is a minority. And republicans hate minorities.

    June 27, 2014 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. rs

    What Republicans simply seem to not get is this: Hillary Clinton (if she is the nominee) is a far, far better candidate, and potential President than anything from the GOP/TEA Party. It doesn't matter if she is completely herself, more like her husband's Presidency, or more like Mr. Obama's. The other thing the GOP doesn't get is that for all their lies about how far Left they Bill Clinton or Obama are- they both are, in fact centrists- and that is why, if they could run again, they'd still beat any of the GOP's Clown Car Radicals.

    June 27, 2014 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. gregg

    "PS the W is better than a clinton and most certain;y an Obama every day of the week... Just another aside- Clinton is Obama light the only type of candidate the dims can muster! Talk about the hutspah to run for president with her history of nothing! Hot air– we don't need another one"

    And yet the GOP is do afraid of her they are already starting to lambast her....... And in the absence of any viable GOP candidate and ideas the election is hers if she wants it.....

    June 27, 2014 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  13. rs


    All Republican are the next W.
    Hear, hear!

    June 27, 2014 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  14. Doug

    I love the smell of GOP fear in the morning. Smells like victory.

    June 27, 2014 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. rs


    Can Hillary even run when it is so obvious she is brain damaged?
    That's Carl Rove you're thinking of.

    June 27, 2014 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. RCM

    What does the GOP have but a bunch of clowns fighting to get in the GOP clown car with no driver.

    June 27, 2014 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. Thomas

    Hillary will be much better at House hold chores , such as keeping the White House Spic and Span , not to mention she lived there before, and knows what days the garbage cans go out on Pennsylvania Ave .

    My biggest concern , is how Bill will adapt with his new role as a sweet and not so over shadowing husband who will say nice things and smile a lot , serve tea to visiting dignitaries . plan the Christmas events , and be the all around picture of good husbandry .

    June 27, 2014 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. Hector Slagg

    For all of you wishing for an extension of the Obama Administration take a flying leap off the Empire State Building. The American People are going to send the Obama Administration to the Trash Heap of History, just hope you don't go with it. Neither Obama, Bill, or Hillary know which end is up. Realize that Hillary wants to get even with all of her detractors of which will not do you or the country any good. The Liberals are trying their best to re-invent the old Soviet Union. Of which was a Smashing Success. Wise up.

    June 27, 2014 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. treytools

    Nah, I think Hillary will be the next Hillary. She has her own ideas and is more man than either of her predecessors. I think she will more likely be an american Angela Merkel (current Chacellor of Germany). And you don't mess with Merkel. Besides, I think many Reps will come to like her ... just my guess.

    June 27, 2014 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. T

    That's actually fair....
    Dems said that McCain was the new Bush.

    June 27, 2014 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  21. S.B. Stein

    I want to hear something positive from the GOP how they propose to fix the problems that Democrats see. If they don't see these problems, let me know something that they see as something that they are going to improve. Going back to where there was no minimum wage or allowing people to be denied health care insurance solely because they were sick before isn't my idea of helping people.

    If the conservatives don't want government to do this, then form a non-profit to do all these social welfare functions across the country better than the federal, state and local governments are doing now. Where is that action?

    June 27, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. chaing

    The truth is in their (gop) action......pouring money and resources into slandering, plotting and attempting to disparage Hillary. Not on facts but innuendos and outright false statements. Same ol crap as before yet do nothing to help the country or propose any viable options for issues facing the American people. It's all a sham!! Voters educate yourselves, the gop are there for their own wealth and power at any expense. Usually ours!! A vote for any gop candidate is wasted if you want results.

    June 27, 2014 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. heyjoe1

    We as a Country cannot afford more destruction by these people. They are spending us into a black hole that the future generations will never get us out of. This is criminal.

    June 27, 2014 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  24. Clouds9

    Hillary Clinton will run and she will win big!! Looking forward to seeing Bill back at the house!!!!

    June 27, 2014 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  25. John

    The only difference between the success of Clinton's policy and the sluggishness of Obama's is the Republican parties scorched earth policy of governing. Until that cancer is removed, the battle for our success will continue to be needlessly hindered.

    June 27, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
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