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

    The GOP itself is giving her so much attention that they themselves wills get her elected. I'd bet the entire GOP's worth on it.

    June 27, 2014 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. it must be said

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

    And neither one of them worth 2 cents. The country doesn't need these 1990s dinosaurs with their leftist/progressive rubbish. We've had 8 years of it and it has been a nightmare.

    June 27, 2014 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. Martha in CF

    What have the redumblicans done the last 6 years? They have done nothing but obstruct. Where are the jobs THEY promised. Haven't seen them. All of DC needs an enema-plain and simple. We have heard nothing but bickering and complaining. It is really getting old.
    Obama can't get anything done because the redumblicans want only to find a way NOT to get anything done. They don't care about the American people at all....I can't believe anyone who would vote for them-especially woman!!!!!

    June 27, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. tom l

    "Do you know what a "recession" even is, tom?"

    2 quarters of contraction in a row. Yes, we were losing jobs at an alarming rate but it was certainly not the worst the economy has ever been. Look at the 70's. Far worse. The answers that the govt came up with to "fix" the economy did nothing but hurt it and this has been, by far, the weakest recovery ever from a recession. Do you deny that? And our economy still stinks and the govt is still having to do things like "long term unemployment" when that shouldn't have been necessary if the govt had just stayed out and allowed the economy to recover naturally and on its own. I wouldn't get in to economic with me, Mr. Sniffit, as you think that the Bush tax cuts should have been something I complained about with regards to Bush's bad decisions which demonstrates you truly don't know what you're talking about and are just spouting off what dems tell you to say.

    June 27, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. yeahright

    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 .

    Thomas, it's not 1950 anymore.

    June 27, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. tom l

    Just look at the labor force participation rate and get back to me. Since job losses were the most important aspect as to why the economy was so bad then that should be a barometer for its recovery. Or are you just going to ignore that and go off on some tangent again to dodge and deflect that it:
    a. wasn't the worst economy ever since the depression
    b. the moves made by our govt have not worked.

    June 27, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "what does SMH mean? "

    "Shaking my head"

    June 27, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "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."

    Ignorant like believing Clinton took over after Reagan, not Bush 1, and that we didn't suffer huge recessions in 1986 (Reagan) and 1991 (Bush 1)?

    June 27, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    a little sad says:
    June 27, 2014 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm
    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?

    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!

    June 27, 2014 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  10. Lenny Pincus

    At least she's not a Bush, but does this mean she will serve for two terms?

    June 27, 2014 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    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?
    SMH = Shaking My Head

    June 27, 2014 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. Enzo

    We were stupid enough to vote Bush a 2nd term and Obama two terms so anything is possible. I think most Americans have a preference but its not going to change their standard of living. I would have to say though I have noticed Obama has changed the way friends and family tend to run their business and their charitable giving.

    June 27, 2014 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. Patrick

    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.
    Well the markets were heavily invested in home loans. There was packages of thousands of home loans. The housing bubble burst and those loans were worthless, well more like 1/2 or less of what they had. The market and many business are linked. When the market goes way down business cut all expenses that they can.

    Who again signed the laws that allowed or home loan bubble? Clinton. Who warned about it and was shut down? WBush.

    To answer your question, the Great Depression and the stock market crash in the 1920s.

    June 27, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  14. Pander Bear

    Ain't it funny? Time was the GOP claimed that Bill Clinton was the worst President in history. Now they want to make sure that his wife doesn't get any reflected glory from his Presidency. Look, right wing nut jobs, we know you're all right wing nut jobs and don't pay any attention to you. They only people who do are other right wing nut jobs. And in reality there jsut aren't that many of you, but the ones who exist are loud and obnoxious. Tis pity...

    June 27, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. Mike in Texas

    @ Bonnie,

    Great point about the President being a more moderate Democrat. Sure he may have liberal views but he is realist and knows what he can and can't get done. This talk of him being a leftist socialist/marxist/communist is a joke. It isn't that the President is way left, it's that every time Obama moves to the center, the Republicans move the same distance to the right, therefore becoming more and more on the fringe. They want to keep their distance the same from him so they back up every time he takes a step closer to them.

    June 27, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  16. Jim

    I've been saying this since the possibility of her running. Which she will, just keeping it low for now. Just a pickup where Obama leaves off. If you've had hard times the last 6 years then there'll be another 2 with Obamas remaining terms. It won't get better. Then you can look at the possibility of 4 years of her, just a continuing of Obama policies. Hard times ahead people if this happens. YOu haven't even seen the tough times.

    June 27, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. Mike in Texas

    Sorry Patrick, but both parties are to blame here for the economic crash. Even if Clinton had not signed the bill into law, the vote was so overwhelming for it, it would have survived his veto. The problem was taking mortgages and bundling them and selling them as investments. The problem was lenders giving out loans based on stated incomes and steering borrowers into sub prime loans even though they qualified for standard loans. The problem was a lax regulatory policy of the Bush Administration who when warned of things did nothing. Republicans had control of Washington for 6 years and did nada. This was pure greed all around by all of America. Bottom line is this happened on GW's watch. He has to own it the most.

    June 27, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. Mark

    Obama accomplished much considering that he had the unprecedented task of bringing the country out of the GOP's Great Recession, *while at the same time* dealing with a Congress that completely refused to work with the sitting president. With the stock market at all time highs, I can only hope that WHEN Hillary is elected, she does just as well. GREAT JOB OBAMA! Here's to Hillary!

    June 27, 2014 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. michiganandy

    GOP is already on the road of their now all too common road to self-destruction, and the impeachment talk will be their undoing. Other than their supporters, they grossly underestimate the memory of Americans and how we know a huge mistake was made under George Bush. I mean cutting taxes, declaring victory in Iraq before the real fight began, gutting the VA, all actions of a grossly incompetent man who should have faced impeachment, at the minimum, criminal actions for intentionally lying us into war (British Intelligence Downing St memo stating the US had fixed the intelligence to justify war), and for true justice, War Crime charges for his unilateral actions based on fabrications. Obama's big mistake was from the beginning giving Bush and the GOP a free pass at the start of his admin by stating we should not worry about who to blame or how we got here, but rather fix it. As I wrote to my president, those who forget their mistakes are condemned to repeat them. Since the GOP offers nothing new, rather clings to 19th century policies and thinking, that is the greatest danger and threat to America, forgetting how ass backwards the GOP and their policies have become, and how they have failed us time and time and time again. All that said, America's ultimate greatest threat is letting power concentrate in a 2 party system who make trillions over this status quo and will conspire together, and I am sure they are doing exactly that, to make sure neither party gets too weak, or too strong, so that they can sustain this duopoly on power. So in the end, no matter the candidate, voting between a Dem and a Repub is like a vegetarian having to choose between a Big Mac and a Whopper. Instead of fighting to create multiple parties, the fiscally responsible thing to do would be to ban all money-backed political parties and just run as independents as that as what America is ultimately about, being independent.

    June 27, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  20. Demigod Vadik, CA

    From GOP's mouth and into God's ears...

    ...I hope Hillary is a next Obama...

    ...saving the economy, ending wars, equality for all Americans, healthcare for all Americans...

    ...we can only wish Hillary was the next Obama...

    June 27, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. TLORop

    Sounds like they are giving up.

    June 27, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. Tone



    If a republican become president.

    June 27, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. bubba

    Demigod Vadik, CA

    June 27, 2014 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    tom l

    Just look at the labor force participation rate and get back to me. Since job losses were the most important aspect as to why the economy was so bad then that should be a barometer for its recovery. Or are you just going to ignore that and go off on some tangent again to dodge and deflect that it:
    a. wasn't the worst economy ever since the depression
    b. the moves made by our govt have not worked.
    a. It was the worst economic condition since the Great Depression. If not, then tell us what was worse.
    b. What moves has the government made, the ones that didn't work? The GOTP has blocked every effort by Democrats.

    June 27, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  25. wfbaberfrankinsd

    Fifty-two consecutive months of job growth, 30 million people newly covered by health insurance, and no American troops in combat. If Hillary can equal that result we should all be grateful.

    June 27, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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