- The Washington Times - Friday, June 27, 2014

The Republican National Committee launched a campaign Friday to convince voters that electing Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2016 would be the same as giving President Obama a third term.

The RNC made the case with a white paper and web video that highlight their “team effort” in the Obama administration, as the GOP tries to saddle Mrs. Clinton with the widespread disapproval of Mr. Obama’s performance on issues ranging from the economy to health care and foreign policy.

Mrs. Clinton hasn’t formally announced her White House run but already holds the title of undisputed frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. She has been laying the groundwork for her campaign with a tour to promote her new memoir “Hard Choices,” often touting the economic record of her husband, former President Bill Clinton, not Mr. Obama’s.

The RNC video “Unity” ties Mrs. Clinton to Mr. Obama’s entire presidency, including reminding voters that Mrs. Clinton also promised that under Obamacare people could keep their current health plans if they wanted, which watchdog groups labeled the “lie of the year.”

The themes in the video and RNC white paper titled “Joined at the Hip” are a harbinger of Republican attacks to come should Mrs. Clinton run and win the nomination.

The video includes a clip of Mr. Obama saying, “You know, Hillary and I — we’re buddies.” The clip is bookended by text on the screen that reads “A Failed Presidency” and then “A Team Effort,” followed by a fast-paced montage of video footage of Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama together.

In another video clip, Mr. Clinton says, “It has been a great collaboration.” That is followed by text that reads: “A failed collaboration.”