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. oh no she didn't

    I guess her AD sucked.

    February 19, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. LucieLee

    Hillary~~~You kidding....right?

    February 19, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  3. John K

    Look! most white collar professionals do some work at night including lawyers, teachers and teachers. In her 35 years, she has worked night and day for projects that benefitted the American public as well as for corporate interests that ultimately benefitted herself. There are not many Jusus Christ's out there.
    Having said that, I wonder whether presenting a white collar worker's working at night as night shift is productive as a strategy to attract blue-collar workers is well thought out. I suspect it is more likely to invite cynicism about the claims of the candidate.

    February 19, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. tanner

    Love the ad!!! She looked really dignified! I really admire her for fighting to the end! Hope that the voters will realize that voting HILLARY will secure our future, even if she works night shift, she wakes up every morning to fight for the American cause!!! I wish the background music will be " Working 9-5" by Dolly Parton!

    February 19, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. Janice

    Well, she had to do something while she was waitng for Bill to come home...

    February 19, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. army wife

    I am very proud of Senator Clinton,I know she is a very hard worker .I think people are really saying some bad things about Sen. Clinton.It's things they have to live with. People don't have to agree with her so keep the bad mouthing out of your vocabulary.Both candidates are good people,so lets stay civil.
    army wife for 50 years

    February 19, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. Murry

    No one cares that Hillary has worked late. Haven't we all on occasion? Usually it's a sign that you have either not delegated the work well or you are fixing your mistakes.

    February 19, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. moderate dem

    It's an ad for god's sake.

    February 19, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. Kenny

    Oh give me a break!

    OBAMA 08!

    February 19, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  10. Amy in Iowa

    This is what she calls the night shift? As a female, I unloaded 100 pound bags by hand from trucks until dawn. That is the night shift, physical labor, underpaid, leaving your children at home. And still not having enough money to put food on the table.

    Hillary's ad in insulting. For someone who supported NAFTA, Wal-Mart and selling our jobs to China. For someone who is a millionaire, Hillary has put the nail in the coffin for me.

    I would NEVER vote for Hillary Clinton. She just doesn't get it. She does not understand the people. Obama does because he is one of us. Hillary is not.

    February 19, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  11. "a student"

    When many of these night-shifters were goofing off , having a good time or getting pregnant instead of studying at school, she was working hard to be something,, get somewhere. So no need to shed any tears for those working nightshifts...you shoulld have worked harder when you were young and may be you could have been doing what she is doing instead of feeling sorry for yourselves.

    February 19, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  12. There is no 'O' in 'Change'.

    I think the message is a simple one...

    SHE HAS AND WILL WORK DAY AND NIGHT FOR THE POOR FOLKS, WHOM HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO WORK THE NIGHT SHIFT!

    What obama done lately?
    Great ad!

    and remember folks, there is no 'O' in 'Change'.

    February 19, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. AB

    Come on guys, give Mrs. Solutions some credit for creativity!

    February 19, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  14. NY Dem

    How Offensive!!!!!

    Are you kidding me?!?!

    Is THIS what her campaign has come to? Talk about WORDS, Hillary, come on!

    I'm sure she is working the night shift, trying to figure out more CATTY and USELESS attacks for her opponent.

    I do NOT want 8 more years of this!!!!

    February 19, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  15. Mike, Pewaukee, WI

    Whats next for this pundit of truth...a coal fired lamp?

    February 19, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  16. Sleepless in San Antonio

    Of course she is working at night on the so called "Night Shift". I am sure all of our current political contenders work the "Night Shift" after all who can sleep with the guilty conscious they have over the way the have forgot about middle America. Lets send the jobs to Mexico and Canada with NAFTA, lets drop tariffs on imported products. Lets raise taxes and give tax refund checks to people making them think we care about them or their economy. So Hillary how about you keep working those long night shifts and take a pay cut along with all of your other colleagues while still working the same amount of hours then you might get a little sympathy and understanding of what it is like trying to make ends meet.

    Those of you who say Obama or any of these privileged candidates understands what it is like. Please wake up! They don't care about us they just are seeking a pay raise at our expense. Most of their promises along with $3.50 will get you a gallon of gas when all is said and done. Someday maybe we will get an honest person who has common sense to understand and listen to good advisor's and not special interests to become an elected official and really start to bring about change.

    February 19, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  17. L. Parker

    I bet John Edwards would not approve this ad. What are you guys thinking?

    February 19, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. Lilarose in Oregon

    I have never seen a photo of Obama working.

    He has been in the Senate for four years and he has been on the campaign trail alot of that time.

    What gives?

    Hope and change?

    February 19, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. Andrea

    NORCAL-Thank you so much for your true and positive comments about Senator Clinton.

    She has outlined the issues that affect every single American, not just 1 population.

    It takes sweat, tears and dedication to get through law school.

    The lady was not born rich.

    You Hillary haters are getting old with your bad comments about a very fine woman that has worked very hard for many causes that affect folks.
    CNN-I hope you print this..............................

    February 19, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  20. Mike

    Projected winners for president:

    Obama vs. McCain = McCain is the winner

    Clinton vs. McCain = Clinton is the winner

    What does it gain you to ride the hype of Obama when the right person is Hillary?

    February 19, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. Eric

    Hillary has been a fighter for the low income families all her life. Do you people actually think that Obama will be the so called change that everyone wants? Face it! Every politician becomes a little corrupted when elected in office. At least we know what to expect with Hillary.

    Go Hillary!!

    February 19, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  22. David

    We must admit, that is a quite petty. Do anything to win, Hillary. Were will it end?

    February 19, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  23. Tuesday

    LOL, I just love how Hillary does business...politics as usual.

    February 19, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  24. reddishbeard

    that's nice-
    keep the ads comin
    keep on reporting stuff this too CNN
    it makes you both look great- real good

    btw,..
    here is a idea for your next ad
    I ate a chilli dog in Ohio too America
    hardee har har

    February 19, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  25. Leslea Obamacan From Cypress

    This is so like Hillary to act as if she is in touch with real people. Her own daughter is even too good to interact with real people (no media interviews). She wants us to believe that she is the only one with the "solution" to our problems. I say really, what have you done other than send us into war with her stamp of approval, okay bankruptcy law changes that favor big business, vote for NCLB (no child left behind) even though she knew it would fail. Come on !!!! She cant manage her personal life, nor her professional life, nor her campaign...HOW IS SHE GOING TO RUN THIS COUNTRY...By the way I voted for Bill twice...as a Republican, however HILLARY FORGETS SHE IS NOT BILL!!!

    February 19, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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