By Justin Sink - 07/17/12 11:33 AM EDT
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday that a set of ads from the Romney campaign featuring her criticism of President Obama during the 2008 primaries was "a waste of money" and would do little to change voters' minds.
"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 told 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 has been arguing in recent commercials that the president's campaign team is deliberately deceiving voters about Romney's tenure at Bain Capital, maintaining that the Republican hopeful had left his firm before it invested in controversial companies that offshored American jobs.
Last week, the Romney campaign argued the Obama team was "unraveling" in launching the attack ads.
“The Obama campaign has issued these reckless and wild accusations that Mitt Romney is a criminal and a felon. That just simply doesn’t pass the laugh test," the Romney campaign's communications director, Gail Gitcho, told Fox News. "And frankly it just shows us signs of a desperate and unraveling campaign for them to continue along these lines when there have been independent fact-checkers from all over the country who are saying they are running a dishonest attack.”
But the Obama campaign has steadfastly defended its criticism and maintained that Romney needed to provide fuller disclosure of his financial dealings.
“Either Mitt Romney, through his own words and his own signature, was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the SEC, which is a felony, or he was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the American people to avoid responsibility for some of the consequences of his investments,” said Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter on Thursday. “And if that's the case, if he was lying to the American people, that's a real character and trust issue that the American people need to take seriously.”