February 29th, 2008
09:45 AM ET
6 years ago

Clinton raises the stakes in new ad

 Clinton launched a tough new ad Friday.
Clinton launched a tough new ad Friday.

(CNN) - The Democratic White House hopefuls took to the airwaves Friday to battle over national security credentials, with Hillary Clinton’s campaign releasing a tough new ad that pegged her as the presidential candidate best-prepared to take on foreign crises, and Barack Obama’s team responding with the re-release of a spot that painted him as the White House hopeful with the best judgment to be commander-in-chief.

“It’s 3 a.m. and your children are safe and asleep. But there’s a phone in the White House, and it’s ringing. Something’s happened in the world,” says the announcer in the 30-second Clinton spot, which is set begin running in Texas Friday. A phone rings insistently over images of sleeping children.

“Your vote will decide who answers the call. Whether it’s someone who already knows the world’s leaders, knows the military. Someone tested and ready to lead in a dangerous world.

“It’s 3 a.m. and your children are safe and asleep. Who do you want answering the phone?”

The Clinton campaign said the new ad - titled “Children” - is meant to make voters ponder “who they want in the White House during a crisis.”

Within roughly an hour of the ad’s debut, the Obama campaign announced that it was re-releasing “Gulf,” a 30-second spot that first ran prior to the Iowa caucuses. The ad features retired Air Force Gen. Merrill McPeak, a former combat pilot who was the service’s highest-ranking uniformed officer during the first Gulf War.

“As a combat pilot and Air Force chief during Desert Storm, lives depended on the judgments I made,” McPeak says in the spot. “And judgment is what we need from our next commander in chief. Barack Obama opposed this war in Iraq from the start, showing insight and courage others did not.”

McPeak backed John Kerry in the 2004 presidential race.

– CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

soundoff (408 Responses)
  1. psychguy

    I just had a shudder with visions of Hillary sitting up in bed with one of those mud masks on, curlers in her hair and wearing a flowery housecoat to answer the White House phone. Couldn't we just have Momma be president?

    Obama, '08, Oh yeah!

    February 29, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. Deana

    You go Hillary!!! I may still get to vote democrat woo-hoo, I sure do NOT foresee that happening if Obama gets the nod!

    February 29, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. Kimmi

    I am so disaqppointed in you people!!!
    If you want National Security, honestly want it, than there is NO WAY you will be voting for Obama, or clinton.
    Clinton will do what her husband did, cut the military and raise taxes. But how is clinton going to make our country secure.
    Obama doesn't want to be in Iraq, but he says he would go into Pakastan

    February 29, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  4. Garry

    I want Hilary to answer the phone so she can hand it to Obama for him to address the crisis.

    Go Obama 08

    February 29, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  5. guilloh

    go! HILLARY....IS THE PERSON I WANT IN CHARGE..WE TOOK A CHANCE ON BUSH AND THAT WAS A MISTAKE..OH! i see men are afaird of a strong woman for president...stand up for hillary like the blacks stand for obama....

    February 29, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. Iris Carter

    Why has no one said over & over again like Obama has done about him voting against the war in Iraq when he was not able to cast a vote because he was not in the senate at the time of the vote. Yes he was against the war like millions of us were, but again he was unable to cast a vote.

    February 29, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. Jack

    Three words: POLITICS OF FEAR

    This is the kind of Rovian and Kristolian fear-mongering that will set us back for decades. This is why the Republicans will win in November. In a way it sort of reminds me of the Daisy ad by Lyndon B. Johnson's campaign.

    I am a supporter of Hillary Clinton, but she has to get rid of whoever in her campaign that keeps putting this crap out.

    February 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. hg

    This is fear mongering and it's very GOP, which is a terrible move for her (the latest in a series of terribly amateur mistakes made by her campaign). It's also desperate.

    I would want Obama, who would make swift and sound judgements, to pick up the phone. She can't even make it through a debate without looking hysterical. It seems she is always one contingency away from a panic attack–why is that appealing to people? She can barely direct her upper level campaign staff–a person who has PLENTY of experience in campaigning –both for herself and her husband (since the early 80s for the Arkansas exec. office). Her campaign is making miserable mistakes despite all of that EXPERIENCE campaigning–so what makes her years in the Senate and years as first lady enough evidence for you people to think that she has the judgement and experience to run the country better than this failing, miserable campiagn. She has too much ego to be president. Bushette.

    Vote Obama, Texas and Ohio.

    February 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. NYC

    Obama of course, Hillary will be too busy keeping Bill out of trouble.

    Obama 08'/12'

    February 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. Dino

    Of course I want Hillary to answer it. I'd love to hear her yell into the phone "WHY DO I GET THE FIRST QUESTIONS ALL THE TIME IT'S NOT FAIR!!!" and then start crying and saying the media hates her.

    Yup, she's soooo presidential.

    February 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. Gabby

    Fear mongering yet again. Didn't the one in the white house now get voted in for the second time using those tactics? And as to you question Hillary I know I don't have the phone number to the white house as I'm sure most don't. But for the sake of argument let's pretend shall we......

    Middle of the night the phone rings.. Hillary answers. Voice on the phone Hillary wake up I did it again!!! Hillary...What Bill? Bill..I missed and got stuff on another dress. Hillary.. Oh silly Billy not to worry we have been through this before and we will again. Now come home and help me make up some crisis so that we can sweep this under the carpet.

    This is not the voice I want answering the phone of the white house.

    Obama 08

    moderator I know you're not going to post this ;)

    February 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. andrew jones

    GEORGE BUSH IS CALLING AT 3AM IN THE MORNING ASKING FOR A VOTE IN THE IRAQ WAR!

    HILLARY ANSWERED THE CALL AND SAID "YES"

    OBAMA ANSWERED THE CALL AND SAID "NO"

    PLEASE HILLARY, YOU'VE ALREADY SCARED MY CHILDREN WITH YOUR "YES" VOTE IN IRAQ!

    WE WANT SOMEONE WHO WILL SAY "NO" TO IRAQ WAR AND KEEP MY CHILDREN SAFE!

    VOTE OBAMA – YES, WE CAN!!!

    February 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. Rob

    Too many people are saying Obama is too young to be president. If elected, he'll be a year older than Bill Clinton was when he was elected president!

    February 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. VinnTX

    I dont want a fear mongering person, who acts schizophernic and bipolar, to answer that call...

    I want some one even headed and sujective, who has a vision and can lead the nation....

    Did I answer that question?

    February 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. Felly

    I want Barack Obama to answer that call. Hillary could not manage her primary campaign, not to talk of answering a fear mongering phone call @ 3:00A.M. Instead of taking the call, she would reach out for Bill first as her co-president.

    February 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. SK

    “It’s 3 a.m. and your children are safe and asleep. Who do you want answering the phone?”

    Any one want Barack Hussein Obama to answer that phone????????????????????????????????????????????????

    February 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. Ray - NJ

    Of Course Hillary!!!!! Obama would let the voicemail get it then call you and ask you waht you would do!! Thats what he always does. Copy you on everything!

    Vote Smart..VOTE HILLARY!!!

    February 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. Ken

    Hillary cannot run her campaign properly or with any vision of possibly of maybe it wont be over after super tuesday. Make no mistake, her inability to run a campaign is what we will get as a President. Not to mention she doesnt even have her tax reports in order. Yeah looks like she is ready on day one! Same old back room politics. That is why she is losing, not because of the media or that she is a woman or anything else she wants to whine about.

    February 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  19. ed

    Will Hillary read the full intelligence report or just the Cliff Notes prior to answering the phone?

    February 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    I wonder how many American children will have nightmares after hearing that ad...and how many parents are trying to comfort their children.

    What a ridiculous ad to run. It speaks to the desperation of the Clinton campaign and their belief that people will be scared enough to change their vote for Obama.

    For me, NO WAY!!!

    February 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. Lyn

    I trust Hillary to answer the call. She will make sure we are safe. She has kept New York safe and will keep us safe as Comander and chief.

    February 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. Duane SC

    Wow Hillary, or should i say "Chicken Little". The Lets promote fear tactic is a republican move. I guess you do cross party lines

    Obama 08
    Ohh Yeah

    February 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. Tom Swift, NH

    `
    Word on the street sez... " Wow.. she will be up at night just to take that Phone call…??? "

    No... she's up at waiting for Bill to sneak in the back door...

    `
    McCain '08 – A Change We Can Live With

    February 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  24. vl

    A B O

    Anyone But Obama

    Just had my bumper sticker made today!

    February 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  25. Betty

    Do we really want someone who is "too busy" to answer that phone? After all, Obama has admitted that he was too busy running a campaign to attend to business in Washington – like Afghanistan.

    February 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
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