Video: Hillary ad bashes Obama over debates

I’ll let the ad speak for itself, then give a bit of analysis afterward:

Clearly she agreed to 5 debates before March 4th in the hopes that they could paint Obama in this light. In fact, now that I see this ad, I’m betting it was calculated that Obama wouldn’t agree to all of them. Therefore, the Clinton campaign could accuse him of wanting to dodge the questions.

Notably, CNN’s Political Ticker has tried to paint it as “Clinton goes negative”, here’s there report:

The ad is Clinton’s latest attempt to put Obama on the defensive over his refusal to debate the New York senator more than twice between Super Tuesday and the crucial March 4 primaries in Ohio and Texas. Clinton, who has been widely praised for her debate performances this campaign season, had proposed one debate a week after Super Tuesday.

The Obama campaign later agreed to two debates — one in Ohio at the end of the month, and a CNN/Univision debate in Austin, Texas next week.

The ad is also a sign the Clinton campaign is still aiming for a strong showing in Wisconsin next Tuesday, despite the fact it is devoting much of its resources to the Ohio and Texas primaries a week later.

Responding to the ad, Obama campaign manager David Axelrod said, “We’ve debated 18 times, we’re going to debate two more, but we’ve got other business to do here in terms of meeting voters face to face.”

I sort of have to agree with Axelrod on this point, they’ve debated 18 times and Obama has agreed to two debates. Do we really need 5 Clinton/Obama debates? I can see 2, that’s fine, one in each of the big March 4th states, Texas and Ohio.

Beyond that, what can we possibly learn new about either candidate in 5 debates?

  • The ad has a pretty narrow focus–do the voters really care about this whole debate issue. Plus, it’s ironic that the ad suggests Obama is avoiding Wisconsin voters, when Clinton herself is focusing more on Texas/Ohio than Wisconsin. CNN, however, is certainly overblowing this thing–it’s hardly negative.

  • nzpudding

    I’m not surprised Hillary’s starting to get her ass kicked with crap ads like that. Is that really the best they could come up with?

    “Ooooo, Barack won’t have a debate with me so we can say the exact same thing we’ve said a zillion times before”

  • Yeah, it’s pretty weak. When it comes down to criticizing an opponent for not debating in Wisconsin when you’ve already had 18 debates, I call that pathetic.

  • Jay Em

    Yes it pathetic, but that is her style.

  • betty j.

    Is Wisconsin on another planet.?Haven’t we all seen about 20 debates. This is a sign od desperation by the Clinton campaign. Clinton needs to do an ad apologizing to the people for getting Americans in a war that did not need to be. Spare me the pitty party, PLEASE!

  • Curtis

    I would definitely like to see them debate because I don’t think Obama has much substance. He really doesn’t preform well in debates, I understand that…but I am still curious as to how he feels about a number of issues. I’ve heard his speeches, now let’s get to the issues.

  • Tahler

    I agree with the commercial because I just don’t know anything about this Obama guy. As others have said, I know about his speeches, but in his speeches, he doesn’t seem to say much about what he will do as President. This troubles me. I don’t think we need another disapointing President.

    Hillary has shown me that she has the strength and experience to lead our country, and I just don’t see that in Obama. He seems more about promises and Hillary seems more about solutions. That’s why I’m picking her for President.

  • nzpudding

    Hillary’s had plenty of opportunities to challenge Barack’s substance in all the other debates and chosen not to. She’s also had plenty of opportunity to call him out on specifics at some of her meetings but chose to cry instead.

    If the ad is a sign of what Hillary is about, then it’s showing that she’s weak and has nothing else better to say. People need to know what Hillary can do not what Barack can’t, because I honestly don’t think she is ready to lead from day one.

  • Freydoh

    She wants more debates because she’s running out of money and she feels like she has more knowledge than him on the issues. I’m still torn really and I agree with previous commentators. I know where Hillary stands on issues way more than Obama. I’d like to see as many debates as possible to see who really knows their stuff. I’m done with “promises” of change, I want to hear substance. So far Obama isn’t leading in that category. I’d like to hear him out.

  • Jamie

    I agree. They had many debates, but it was not suffice enough to touch upon substantial issues in detail. I dont care what the behind intention of hillary if any… That’s politics. and there is nothing wrong for cadidates to lead campaign as they want…. unless they are doinng something illegal or morally wrong. so even if she wanted to lead campaign for her advantage, i wont disappointed. and I just wanna watch them debating on the issues in deep…. Politics is like diplomacy. One has to be ‘seen’ as confident. But at the same time, one has to show how confident s/he is. In this sense, debate is good way to show their knowledge, passion, experience. One might say president cannot be genious on all issues. But im hoping that we could figure out who has been more well prepared to deal with tremendous issues as president.
    Plus, I think both are good candidates in a way that they are inspiring Americans. That is one of great abilities as a leader. Also I dont know much about Barack, but Hillary has been working for many issues with health degree of professioalism. Without Obama, she would hv led primary easily. So instead of saying bad thing about her, I would rather wanna know more about Obama. Obama was not one list of ‘likely’ candidates before he declared running for presidency while Hillary has been on the list even going back to John Kerry vs Bush 2004. Knowing that Obama was not considered as presidency candidate but hv done very well matching with Hillary, l need more time to know about him.
    Now that both seem to be good candidates and I know what Hillrary has been doing more, unless he shows more about him, I will vote for her.

  • nzpudding

    What they should do is get ALL the candidates from both sides around the table at the same time and see who comes out on top.