February 19th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton ad: 'She's worked the night shift, too.'

Clinton’s Ohio ad is aimed at blue-collar voters.
Clinton’s Ohio ad is aimed at blue-collar voters.

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is reaching out to blue-collar voters with a new ad that says she can empathize with the travails of the night shift.

“You pour coffee, fix hair, you work the night shift at the local hospital,” says the announcer in the 30-second spot, ‘Night Shift,’ over footage of workers on the job.

“You're often overworked, underpaid, and sometimes overlooked. But not by everyone. One candidate has put forth an American family agenda to make things easier for everyone who works so hard. ….”

The ad ends with a photo of Clinton working at her desk at night. “She understands. She's worked the night shift, too.”

Clinton’s campaign has noted a strong showing in Ohio’s March 4 primary is critical to her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

So has Clinton worked the night shift? Spokesman Howard Wolfson said Tuesday that "the reference is to her working late at night at her desk."

–CNN’s Rebecca Sinderbrand and Jessica Yellin


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Ohio
soundoff (219 Responses)
  1. DJ

    I just don't understand..at least make the scenarion look realistic. If she was really working she would have taken that jacket off and really dug in..Quit creating false images of what you do. And We are so tired of hearing about your 35 years of whatever....

    February 19, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. lc

    WORKING THE NIGHT SHIFT IN ORDER TO PUT FOOD ON THE

    TABLE AND TO PAY THE RENT BECAUSE ONE CANNOT AFFORD

    TO BUY A HOUSE IS NOT THE SAME AS STUDyING AT ONE'S DESK

    UNTIL YOU DESIRE TO GO TO BED. HILLARY HAD A CHOICE, A

    LOT OF AMERICAN SHIFT WORKERS DO NOT.

    Do not insult our intelligence or act as though you have lived our plight.

    Why does she feel as though she has to be something other than herself in order to get votes????

    I support Obama, but I am losing respect for the way she is running her campaign. I used to think that although her "35" yrs experience line was a farce, that her and Obama were pretty equal when it came down to everything else except personality and character.

    Now I really wonder how she can run this country if she cannot run an effective campaign. Can she not lose with pride and dignity? I think she should be able to lose and still demonstrate that she would make a god president. However, I do not even think she has demonstrated that she would make a good president one day or any day.

    For example:
    Why was Hillary talking about drnking a BEER in Madison, WI with what looks like a 4yr old little girl directly behind her and hundreds of under age voters in the audience????

    HOW IRRESPONSIBLE!!!

    I guess her attempt to be "cool" and yet the candidate with solutions has backfired!!!!

    ****************************************************************************

    And what is Hillary afraid that Chelsea will disclose if she is interviewed??????????? I am just curious.

    February 19, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. Obamacan

    I notice that Clinton is trying to make herself look like a low income citizen when she say Bush cut tax for the well connected, top tier income people. Isn't this her?? Haven't Bill ans she prospered from NAFTA, which Bill signed into law and Hillary championed. They have in companies overseas that benefit from NAFTA.

    February 19, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. Tivis Powers

    Can she really relate to someone working a night shift? Ad is clearly leaving out the fact that the Clintons are worth about $35 mil. and thats a lowball estimate. Hillary won't release her tax returns so we really don't know...do we????

    February 19, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. Dave

    Let ask Hillary and outsource – She gets Tata consultant in Buffallo, promise to increase jobs, but in the end – Tata only hired 10 peoples since open the office, and defer all the works to India.

    Maybe she is working real hard to find another outsource company to take your jobs away

    Why hasn't the AFL-CIO recomends her ? is there something else she is hiding ?

    February 19, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. brendan

    What an exciting and informative news story.

    February 19, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. Ellis Wyatt

    Wow, how offensive.

    Sorry Hillary, but I work the real night shift. 10:00 PM until 6:00 AM... 40 hours a week... then I work a day job too... as well as working on a Bachelor's degree.

    Sitting at your desk is not working the night shift.

    I'm voting for Barack Obama.

    February 19, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  8. Get Real

    First of all who cares! These ads are so tired and inauthentic! We are not that unitelligent/uneducated to know when someone is trying to schmooze us..well unless you are voting for Hillary which does make up a good percentage of her base!

    February 19, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. L in Virginia

    Come on, Hillary – why stop there? How bout an ad with you driving a tractor trailer and texting Musharraf while saving the world at the same time . Or maybe an ad with you booking your flight to China online to negotiate on trade while working the Micky-dees drive thru. Give me a break!

    February 19, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. Irishspacemonk

    This is so fake. Clinton doesn't no the slightest what it feels like to work the night shift. It's not about the hours, it's about the hopelessness of working in a situation where you can't escape. Clinton is too well off to understand what this feels like.

    February 19, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. pam,s.c.

    she works nights just trying to figure out how to steal this nomination from the voters. i am a nurse do not compare yourself to my noble profession . nurses are not racist. you are no florence nightingale.

    February 19, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. Tom Wittmann

    Very touching !!

    But possibly the flip-flop of her campaign and the mistakes she makes are due to lack of sleep !!

    TOM

    February 19, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. Harsh Reality

    If Hillary is a blue-collar worker, then I'm the Pope.

    February 19, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  14. Shey

    I see a slight difference in working 'the night shift' while you're comfortable knowing that there's millions in the bank....OR working the 'night shift' because it's what it's going to take to pay that outrageous utility bill and that you're close to bankrupt if you don't.

    She isn't 'one of us'. None of them are. And we can't expect them to be. They've worked hard for what they have, so this isn't an 'hate the rich' statement. But........they aren't us. She wants to appear to be 'one of us' so she can get our votes and hold the most powerful position in the country. Using us is more like it.
    Politicians have never solved anything. We have to look to ourselves for our solutions.

    February 19, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. Marylynette Ferguson

    As a nursing executive responsible for staffing hospitals I am offended by Hillary's ad. There's no way she knows what its like to work nights. There's a big diffference in being at home (working) and being responsible for the lives of many patients. Hillary, dear, you don't know what stress is until you have a patient crash at the same time that your 8 other patients also need help.

    Maybe if Hillary had better leadership skills like Barack – she wouldn't have to work so hard.

    February 19, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. kathleen, illinois

    It is OK to work the night shift. Big Deal. Are we supposed to
    fall in wonderment of Hillary for working the night shift? Is she
    thinking up more attacks for Obama? and Michell? It was a dirty
    trick to attack Obama the night before the Election. I am tired of the dirty old political attacks on Obama. Anyone that does not see this,
    is a fool. I want honest government this time. Everything the Obama
    camp says, gets taken out of context or blown out of proportion.
    Bill says, the people forget the legacy of his presidency by not
    voting for Hillary. Does the Clinton's think they are "ENTITLED"
    for another White House "GIG". Are the Clinton's super surprised
    at the popularity of Obama? They thought and "knew" they were
    going to win. PS. OBAMA and Deval Patrick are friends that share
    ideas. Obama stated to the Boston Globe back in April. Hillary saved
    it til now.

    February 19, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. Steve, Chelsea, MI

    So has Clinton worked the night shift? Spokesman Howard Wolfson said Tuesday that "the reference is to her working late at night at her desk."

    Well, I have worked the night shift, as in 11PM to 7AM, and I support Barack Obama.

    February 19, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  18. Joseph

    Hillary Clinton has NEVER worked the night shift!

    I'm totally offended by this ad. How can she claim with her priveleged upbringing that she can identify with people that work hard for a living?

    I've worked the nightshift. I've worked two jobs to make ends meet.

    This woman has no idea what that is like.

    I will never support anything this woman ever does based on this ad.

    February 19, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. sam

    What an insulting ad for ordinary workers who work the night shift! When was the last time Hillary Clinton worked the kind of night shift jobs 99% of hard working Americans are involved in? Please, this is a new low in trying to understand the plight of working families who have to make ends meet every other week. Clinton has just lost thousands, if not millions of votes for this ad comparing her plush jobs over the years to ordinary workers who have no choice but to do the night shifts!!!

    February 19, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. Grif

    360 for Hillary. 24/7 is what she stands for...

    Go Girl, every minute counts... Just like every little Mite in the USA, also counts.

    February 19, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  21. daniela

    I do believe she really cares.
    she is a strong woman who does not run in front of adversity.

    February 19, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. Chris from Ohio

    I'd like to know what "night shift" job allows you to cough up $5 million big ones without blinking an eye. I'd stay up late to work that job.

    February 19, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. Jason

    I would think that every candidate has worked the night shift if this is in regards to having to work late into the night pouring over strategies and polls.
    But she's probably never had to actually punch a timeclock and "work the night shift" at any company, which I think is what this ad is referring too. Probably none of the candidates have had to do that.

    February 19, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  24. Adam, Los Angeles

    ya right...because she's certainly underpaid and overlooked!

    Who does she think she's kidding? There's a big difference between working 2 jobs at $6.25/hr and making the untold amounts of money (literally untold; she won't release her income statement–probably millions of dollars) Senator Clinton does.

    Give me a break!

    February 19, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  25. bill pike

    clintons are wealthy, making more money than 90% of the people, AND WORKING THE NIGHT SHIFT???? OK????

    February 19, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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