Electing Hillary Clinton in 2016 would effectively give President Obama a “third term,” a new Web video from the Republican National Committee warns voters.
The video, titled "Unity," opens with a clip from 2008 when Obama and Clinton held a joint rally in the town of Unity, N.H., to mark the end of their heated Democratic primary contest. In the footage, then-Sen. Obama (Ill.) speaks of “the issues that have always united” the two candidates.
The video also stakes a shot at Clinton's tenure as secretary of State, highlighting her testimony on the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, and criticizes both on the ObamaCare rollout.
"You know, Hillary and I, we're buddies," Obama says in another clip from an interview with ABC News last month.
The ad ends with the text, "Hillary, Obama's third term," followed by "Stop Hillary."
An RNC release titled “Joined at the Hip” also highlights the ties between Clinton and Obama.
Clinton is the current 2016 Democratic front-runner if she decides to run for president in 2016. Earlier this month she released a memoir and began a nationwide book tour.
Obama has declined to throw his backing behind Clinton or Vice President Biden, who also is weighing a bid for the White House.
The president has tried to play down talk that a Clinton victory would be a third term or ensure that his policies are continued.
In April, Obama said in an interview with CBS News that he didn't want to "jam" up the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee by saying a possible successor would be a continuation of his administration.
"We all are part of this relay race whether we're vice presidents, presidents, the truth is we build off of what folks have done previously and some cases that includes Republican presidents,” Obama said.
Asked at a town hall in Minnesota on Thursday if he'd consider running for a third term, Obama noted the 22nd Amendment prohibits a third term but joked it didn't matter because "Michelle bars" another run.