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. Maria Cuevas-Harper

    OBAMA. OBAMA. OBAMA.

    February 29, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. Robb, New York

    I want Barack answering the phone, Hillary. Stop trying to sound like George W. Bush; maybe you'll get more votes.

    HILLARY = REPUBLICAN

    February 29, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  3. HSHSHSHS

    I would like barack to answer the phone. He knows how to deal with any body people can judge by seeing how he handled his campaign.

    February 29, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. SR

    Ring, Ring..

    "Hello, Bill Clinton here, How may I help you?"

    Hillary is too incompetent on foreign affairs as evident in her vote to GO TO WAR!

    OBAMA '08!!!!

    February 29, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  5. Karen Hanks

    I want Obama to pick up the phone.

    February 29, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  6. Charlie

    "FEAR BOMB."

    Hillary's experience has shown that she may answer the phone and then make the wrong decision.

    February 29, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  7. Joann

    Wow is Obama petty! I don't want someone like that in the White House. He just can't let Hillary have what may be her last moment; he always has to "lash" back. He sees she has a good commercial out now and he has to come on the very next day with another on to try to top her – he thinks this is a beauty contest – He's a big baby. Come on Hillary, show us you can make it happen. I will stand by Hillary no matter what.

    February 29, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  8. An Agnostic Democrat

    Someone who doesn't even know which version of herself she is and is borderline personality disorder. Someone who is playing the fear card just like Bush and Cheney. Someone who will save humanity from the mushroom cloud and the big bad terrorists.

    What a joke the woman has become! Actually, more of a joke than she already was.

    She couldn't handle being asked the first question in a debate, critcism on NAFTA or in a health care flyer, how is she going to handle any type of crisis? Shame on you bad guys for threatening our children while they sleep at night and why are you bothering me at this ungodly hour while I sit at my desk working the night shift form my last bad commercial!

    February 29, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. Ed

    Whose fear-mongering now? Who is taking plays from the Karl Rove playbook? When did Karl Rove join Hillary's campaign? If it is security
    you are concerned about, shouldn't you be voting for Republican's in the first place? I mean, when did Hillary Clinton do anything about
    securtiy. The Clinton's are scared to release their tax returns?!! What
    the hell would they do if they had a real crisis situation?

    February 29, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. MN Woman

    I'd much rather have Hillary on the end of the line. Having Obama repling " a duh, um, er, aw,duh – I"ll let Hillary answer that" is not an option!

    February 29, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. Frank of DC

    I will pick Judgement over Experience anytime. Sorry Hillary Clinton

    February 29, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. Tim

    Wow, using fear as a campaign tactic. How refreshing. I think I'd like the man who had the good judgement to oppose this God awful mess of a war to answer that call. Please be the one to pick up, Senator Obama.

    February 29, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  13. Rocky

    Does the Hillary camp realize they need landslide victories in both Ohio and Texas in order to even come close to winning the nomination? And do they know it is impossible at this point? Have they looked at the current polls?

    They may want to borrow some of Huckabee's miracles.

    Hillary has great experience and great plans. Unfortunately, her name is Hillary Clinton and (for some unexplained reason) she polarizes people.

    When she loses Texas (and possibly Ohio), she needs to drop out of the race so Barack Obama can defeat Dubya 2.0 in November.

    February 29, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  14. qr

    this week we saw Hillary being HAPPY, ANGRY, SARCASTIC, ANGRY

    Which Hillary would she answer the call?

    I think I want the person with the cool head.

    February 29, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  15. pete

    How is this ad any different then 2004 (fearing up votes). In the end, this is the last desperate act of a campaign that is down to its final few days of viability.
    The Clinton camp can twist the ad any way they want, but if you are showing children sleeping and its about their safety, then its clearly fear mongering. Otherwise, why not show a school, a factory, a hospital.

    It will all be over soon. That ad represents everything people are tired of seeing.

    February 29, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  16. Bean

    Hillary has been put to the test. That test was the 2002 vote on whether to invade Iraq or not. She failed the test...

    February 29, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  17. Dan , TX

    The democratic party, the party of fearmongering. Thanks Hillary.

    February 29, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  18. Mercedes

    Why would I want her to answer that call? They didn't fix the problem back in 1993 when we were first attack in New York City! NOW!!! Too late for her to answer the call for my kids. Obama is more the welcome to answer for us in my home.

    February 29, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  19. Arun

    I want Hillary to take the call for President Obama ... LOL

    February 29, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  20. KC

    Hillary haters, shame on you!!!!

    Whenever Hillary does something, you degrade it!

    Folks be fair and be smart. Don't make the same mistake 7 years ago.

    Call on the whole world! Vote for Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 29, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. maxine

    How sad that she will do anything to win, to the point of putting doubt about Obama, so when he does win she will have already supplied the Republicans with their ammo....There are several military personnel who are in support of Obama, too.

    Please tell me Ms. Clinton how much experience do you have. If you are going on your 8 years in the White House, then you too were aware of Bin Laden.

    What to see more on the Clintons Google Clinton Convicts and then you can see what we will be getting phone calls about at 3 a.m.

    Release your tax returns and WH papers, Ms. Clinton.

    February 29, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  22. BK

    Hillary gets condemned whether she does or she doesn't simply because the media played favorites to Obama. We supported her for over the past year as our leader and now you abandon her. And they talk about canidates flip flopping. Stand by the one that 1 year ago we know would lead our country out of debt and war instead of someone who hid in the shadows for the past year in order to be the new kid on the block right now. He was out there one year ago, where were you???
    Pat

    February 29, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  23. Shun

    Why does Hillary resort to fear tactics?

    Taking a page from Bush's book?

    February 29, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  24. College Student, TX

    I'll 2nd alot of people above - I'd rather have Barack Obama answering that phone. I got a chance to be apart of one of the "big rallies and the big speeches" last night and it was a great experience. This guy is poised to bring about "Real" change, we just have to give him the opportunity.

    Obama 08!

    February 29, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  25. Ellen

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

    Gee, that's a tough question. We're-gonna-be-fine Hillary? Shame-on-you-Hillary? Crying-Hillary? Meet-me-in-Ohio Hillary? Life-is-so-unfair-because-of-my-gender-Hillary?

    I think overall we'd be safer if Obama answered the phone than someone who is showing all the symptoms of having a multiple personality disorder.

    February 29, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
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