Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has called Mitt Romney’s efforts to capitalize on comments she made in 2008 against then-candidate Barack Obama “a waste of money.”
"I am out of politics, and I haven't seen any of the ads that you're talking about. But I have to say it's a waste of money,” Clinton said Monday in an interview with CNN. “Everybody knows I ran against President Obama in 2008. That's hardly news. Everybody knows we ran a hard-fought campaign and he won. And I have been honored to serve as his secretary of State."
The Romney campaign released an ad earlier this month titled “No Evidence,” which featured then-presidential hopeful Clinton declaring, “Shame on you, Barack Obama,” on Feb. 23, 2008. Clinton, involved in a tight primary battle with Obama, was referring to mailings his campaign sent out that she claimed distorted her record.
“When the president doesn’t tell the truth, how can we trust him to lead?” the ad asks. “There was no evidence that Mitt Romney shipped jobs overseas. Candidate Obama lied about Hillary Clinton.”
The ad then inserts Clinton’s “Shame on you,” moment. Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, who was behind Clinton during the event in Cincinnati, told the Associated Press: “I think it’s a little retro at this point, the number of years ago. People have seen them working together on the same team.”
It wasn’t the first time a Romney ad has been criticized by someone appearing in it. Bob Schieffer, host of CBS’ “Face the Nation,” distanced himself from an ad that sought to use his words against the president.
"When the president was elected, he talked about hope and change. Whatever happened to hope and change? Now, it seems he is just coming right out of the box with these old-fashioned negative ads,” Schieffer says at the beginning of the Romney ad “Hope and Change.”
The ad ran during Sunday’s broadcast of “Face the Nation,” catching Schieffer unaware. He later showed the ad again, clarifying that he had nothing to do with its contents and that the quote was a question, not a declaration.
“I’m running this not to give circulation to it, but just to state that obviously I have no connection with the Romney campaign. This was done without our permission. It comes as a total surprise to me and that is that. But that’s where we are in politics,” he said.
The Romney ad called “Political Payoffs and Middle-Class Layoffs,” which was released Monday, is in a different sort of hot water. Featuring Obama singing Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” the ad has been removed from YouTube after BMG Rights Management, which owns the rights to the song, filed a request with YouTube to pull the ad.
Romney’s campaign plans to defend their utilization of the song under fair use law.
Watch the campaign's ad featuring Clinton below: