First on CNN: National Republicans say Hillary Clinton is next Obama, not husband
June 27th, 2014
07:29 AM ET
7 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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  1. Ron

    The Republicans are so different than they once were. I consider myself an independent, I used to vote Republicans and Democrats, hoping for a balanced government. But the Republicans have lost their freaking minds. The very thought of Romney and Ryan scared the heck out of me. After he lost, the lunatic fringe tea partiers, plainly wanted to lynch their own candidate! The house Republicans now get paid, but refuse to pass ANY legislation. I'm sure to get "bleeped" for this by the thought police censors, but I believe they cannot stand the thought of a black man in the white house. There I said it! They've spent all of their time trying to make sure we finish the death spiral that imbecile George Bush sent that freaking planet, not just the US, into. Obama has made many mistakes, too. I agree with them on that. What President hasn't? Most of them are human. (George just went over the top with it.) Clinton? I don't have a problem with her. I don't much like her. But I'm not voting a popularity contest. The Republican candidates that are being considered, thus far, are so far out, they are on their way back! Sarah Palin? Ted Cruz? Jeb Bush? Condolezza Rice? Mike Hucka bee? Rand Paul? Cristie? If that's the best they can do! ALL so out of touch with average people. So in the pocket of the rich? So determined to make the middle class extinct, a wasteland. If that is what we have to expect, Go Hillary, GO!!!

    June 27, 2014 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. Longtimer

    tom l

    When do you think dems will stop perpetuating the lie that Obama was handed the worst economy since the Great Depression? Are they aware that the recession ended in June of 2009 or are they just too blinded by their partisanship to acknowledge the truth? At some point these dems and repubs will realize that both parties have done us no justice and have really screwed things up big time by pitting us against each other.
    Another revisionist loon. Name any other time in American History when the Markets lost 50% of their value and 800,000 Americans lost their jobs every month- because that is what was happening in late 2008 and early 2009.

    June 27, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. Jonah

    Oh, please. Obama has been the third-term of GW Bush. Prolonged, futile wars? Check. Disastrous economic policies? Check. Unfunded healthcare mandates that are a boon to private insurance companies? Check.

    The only thing he hasn't done is looked into the eyes of future dictator Putin and seen his soulmate.

    June 27, 2014 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. kurt

    With a presidential salary of $400K per year, anyone that is intelligent enough to actually run the country will be too busy making millions in the real world. We'll surely get another Bushbama type...laughed at by anyone with a brain but with a catchy campaign slogan that gets out the vote from those who rely on "TMZ" for their news. Sorry people, but Ronald Regan and Bill Clinton are NOT walking through that door. Get ready for another lighweight whose resume lists "politician" as their only"accomplishment"...

    June 27, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  5. Enzo

    Don't bang on Hillary – they are poor. Remember they had nothing and now have a lot off of mostly their name from speaking gigs. I guess that is a more noble way to earn it than starting a business and employing people to make money. The bright side is Bill does not like to pay a lot in taxes so capital gains could remain the same or go down.

    June 27, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. CryBabies

    Those who can....DO. Those who can't turn out to be lawyers, professors or.......24/7ers on this site. Hmmmmmmmmm.

    June 27, 2014 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. Sniffit

    "When do you think dems will stop perpetuating the lie that Obama was handed the worst economy since the Great Depression? Are they aware that the recession ended in June of 2009 or are they just too blinded by their partisanship to acknowledge the truth? At some point these dems and repubs will realize that both parties have done us no justice and have really screwed things up big time by pitting us against each other."

    Do you know what a "recession" even is, tom? Your comment certainly indicates that you really kinda don't. Just because the recession itself ended doesn't mean everything goes back to peachy-keen or that the damage done by the recession will not be long-term, particularly when it was caused by and cause more deep, long-term systemic and institutionalized problems that the GOP/Teatrolls fight tooth and nail to keep in place, status quo ante recession. "Oh, the recession was over in June 2009 so the economy Obama was handed wasn't so bad." Tell that to the 750,000 people losing their jobs every month before and during the beginning of his first term.

    June 27, 2014 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. tjp44

    so come up with a decent candidate for the first time in 3 elections then!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Otherwise, check the polls as she will win by a landslide......don't like it either, but facts are facts.

    June 27, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. littletingod2013

    So the Republicans are conceding the 2016 election to Hillary? After all, Obama won big both times he ran.

    June 27, 2014 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. littletingod2013

    So this means that the GOP is conceding the 2016 election to Hillary? After all, Obama won big both times he ran and won.

    June 27, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. Sniffit

    "At some point these dems and repubs will realize that both parties have done us no justice and have really screwed things up big time by pitting us against each other."

    Translation: "Please believe this intellectually lazy false equivalence argument so that the GOP/Teatrolls can claim another adherent to their anti-gov't gov't-can-do-nothing-right ideology."

    June 27, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. it must be said

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA – Take Back the House
    The Obama/Progressive agenda is the path majority of Americans want the country moving in. If republicans are calling a HRC presidency an Obama 3rd term, I think that's a strategy that will backfire against them. There is no viable alternative to the progressive movement.

    As Obama's poll numbers sink into the 30s and Democrats ar ein very real danger of losing the Senate, it is clear your statement is the definition of brain damage. But keep trying to sell it, just like we can keep our doctors and the borders are secure and the economy is doing fine, the weather is the problem.

    June 27, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. Lizzie

    Elect Hillary Clinton and we get TWO presidents for the price of one.

    June 27, 2014 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  14. E. Reyes

    Special interest groups and money... it has nothing to do with the well being of the people or our country, much like everything in the US Government it is all deals made between criminals.

    June 27, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. smith1

    republicans don't seem to have any plan to help the American people. They will not govern at all. They would rather spend their time holding hearings or bashing the president or Hillary. What laws have they passed to help the people? Any ideas to improve the health care law? How about minimum wage? Lets try woman' rights, marriage equality. Immigration???? How about something to improve the infurstrucure and create jobs? Climate change???? Voter rights??? Vote all these clowns put. Let's move forward

    June 27, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. Matt

    Bill Clinton came to office at the tail end of Reagan's supply-side growth, the longest peacetime period of growth in our nation's history. For her to claim her husband's presidency disproved supply-side is ignorant of economic history, whether intentional or otherwise.

    June 27, 2014 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. Liberal Garbage

    The same failures.

    June 27, 2014 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  18. mark

    Meaning the GOP will continue to refuse to do their jobs, and will continue to try to make our country fail? The republicans in congress should all be tried for treason.

    June 27, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  19. Dave

    Impeach Clinton. And her husband too.

    June 27, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. a little sad

    Fair is Fair

    Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

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

    Do you have any idea what FIFY stands for? Because the way you use it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever...

    June 27, 2014 11:31 am at 11:31 am |

    Off topic, but I know what FIFY means, but what does SMH mean? Is there a dictionary somewhere?

    June 27, 2014 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  21. Government Waste Rules

    Clinton makes Dick Cheney look like Ghandi.

    June 27, 2014 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  22. Garry Owen

    Well, that is better than another Cheney.

    June 27, 2014 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  23. just asking

    Hahahaha...boy are they scared she's going to drive the bus right over them in 2016

    i believe this was said about hillary in 2008. how did that work out for her? it didn't. she was beat by a lying snake oil salesman.

    the more people see and hear from hillary clinton, the lower she goes in the polls. it happened in 2008 and it is already happening now. democrats think that she will win just because she is a woman. well, after the failure of the last 8 years because of the last democrat novelty foisted upon the country (obama), the american people are a lot smarter and will not vote for somebody just because of her gender as that skin color vote didn't work out at all.

    June 27, 2014 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  24. cp125

    Golly, I hope so...
    Who'd want the GOP in power? Just look how they're handling everything, from the House to explaining away why they're losers?

    June 27, 2014 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  25. Mathew

    The last 6 years could have been better, but clearly both economy and foreign policy have improved over the last administration's tenure (recovery from recession, job growth, stock market at historic high, US involvement in Iraq and Afghan wars nearly done, and no new UNFUNDED wars have been launched.)

    I'm not certain Clinton would be a great president, but she's head and shoulders above any Republican candidate on the horizon.

    June 27, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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