Clinton Attacks, Obama Responds, We've Seen This Before

2008 Clinton attack ad


“Listen to Barack Obama last week talking about Republicans.

Obama: “The Republicans were the party of ideas for a pretty long chunk of time there over the last 10, 15 years.”

Announcer: “Really? Aren’t those the ideas that got us into the economic mess we’re in today? Ideas like special tax breaks for Wall Street. Running up a $9 trillion debt. Refusing to raise the minimum wage or deal with the housing crisis. Are those the ideas Barack Obama’s talking about?”
Obama: “The Republicans were the party of ideas.”

Announcer: Hillary Clinton thinks this election is about replacing disastrous Republican ideas with new ones, like jumpstarting the economy. Putting an immediate freeze on foreclosures and mortgages. Cutting taxes for the middle class. and creating millions of new jobs. With the economy in crisis, we need a president with the ideas, the solutions that get America working for all of us. Hillary Clinton. Solutions for America.

2008 Obama response


It’s what’s wrong with politics today. Hillary Clinton will say anything to get elected. Now she’s making false attacks on Barack Obama. The Washington Post says Clinton isn’t telling the truth. Obama “did not say that he liked the ideas of Republicans.”

In fact, Obama’s led the fight to raise the minimum wage, close corporate tax loopholes and cut taxes for the middle class. But it was Hillary Clinton, in an interview with Tom Brokaw, who quote “paid tribute” to Ronald Reagan’s economic and foreign policy. She championed NAFTA – even though it has cost South Carolina thousands of jobs. And worst of all, it was Hillary Clinton who voted for George Bush’s war in Iraq. Hillary Cinton. She’ll say anything, and change nothing. It’s time to turn the page.

1992 Clinton attack ad


Paul Tsongas or Bill Clinton? Time magazine says, ‘Much of what Tsongas … proposes smacks of trickle-down economics.’ He even says he’ll be the best friend Wall Street ever had. Another capital gains tax cut for the rich, and a 50-cent hike in the gas tax over 10 years for the rest of us. But that’s what went wrong in the ’80s. Bill Clinton wants change. No more tax breaks for companies moving our jobs overseas, but new incentives to create jobs at home. More education and job training, and making the rich pay their fair share. Bill Clinton. He’ll put the people first.

1992 Tsongas response


Some people will say anything to be elected president. Now Bill Clinton is distorting Paul Tsongas’ record on Social Security, trying to scare people. But Bill Clinton knows for 10 years in the Congress, Paul Tsongas fought to protect Social Security, to extend Medicare coverage and to end age discrimination. Isn’t it time we sent a message that we’ve had enough negative campaigning? Vote for Paul Tsongas. Someone we can believe in. Clinton Attacks, Obama Responds, We've Seen This Before