February 29th, 2008
05:20 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama camp responds to Clinton ad with one of their own

 Obama's campaign has issued its own 3 a.m.  ad.
Obama's campaign has issued its own 3 a.m. ad.

(CNN) - In a direct response to a Hillary Clinton television ad, Barack Obama's campaign Friday released its own 30 second spot raising the prospect of an early morning foreign policy crisis.

"It’s 3 a.m. and your children are safe and asleep," the ad's narrator states in an obvious take off of the Clinton ad released earlier in the day. "But there’s a phone ringing in the White House. Something’s happening in the world. (Related: Clinton raises the stakes in new ad)

"When that call gets answered, shouldn’t the president be the one – the only one – who had judgment and courage to oppose the Iraq war from the start… Who understood the real threat to America was al-Qaeda, in Afghanistan, not Iraq," the narrator continues. "Who led the effort to secure loose nuclear weapons around the globe… In a dangerous world, it’s judgment that matters."

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


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  1. Pat Stein

    If Hillary becomes president, has anyone addressed what the correctness of her attire would be in the middle east? Would she be expected to cover her face and head as the muslim women do?

    February 29, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. Gym Jones and Nose-job Bob

    If Hillary wants more airtime, she needs to empty her pockets because America doesn't conduct business based on whining. Commerce 101. Message to Hillary: Don't cry about it... be about it.

    February 29, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    that call is never going to come, its rediculous, and both candidates are using scare tactics. the real threat to America is a terrorist, but the possibility of a senile 74 year old white man potentially running the country!! its a new era of human history, one that involves space and deep sea exploration, a global world, united by the people not the nations, a world where infinite amounts of information can become available to hundreds of millions of people, and a world that is tragically near its "human holding capacity" Our former notions of what made a good or bad president are obsolete, and its time that as a people we begin to develop a plan for the future, and this election is merely a starting block. so ask yourself, not what sort of world to 'I' want to live in, but rather, what sacrifices do i need to make today, so that my children, and my children's children can live in a life that isn't plagued by the problems of today's world

    February 29, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  4. MIwatch

    In fact, Obama didn't make any judgment on the war when the Congress was voting on the issue. How can he claim that he has better judgment?

    February 29, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  5. Nathan

    Here's a thought.

    Maybe if the President was a person who had agreed to TALK to America's enemies without insisting on preconditions, that call wouldn't be coming in.

    It amazes me how many of us are proud that we are bad neighbors; how many of us think we can get Cuba to change using tactics that would NEVER get us to change.

    We must thing all the other people in the world are strange, completely different from us. All those "other people" need to be threatened in order to get them to agree with us.

    February 29, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. Wayne - Texas

    First, for those of you Hillary supporters still caught up on the subcommittee issue, you might want to go back and read the last sentence of that article.

    Second, where is the substance behind the claim that Obama will not be effective in exercising judgement? He has been right on the issues that matter from day one, Hillary has been wrong. Why? Because he stands up for what is right rather than what the special interest highest bidder wants. No, he does not play the Washington cut throat game like Clinton, but that is why Americans are rallying behind him. He is change we can believe in.

    The kitchen sink is not working. Obama's answer was perfect, because at the end of the day, he will be right on day one and not have to go back and correct his mistakes. Hillary supporters need to realize that it is over and, like their candidate, need to get onboard the Obama Express because it is on its way to the White House.

    February 29, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  7. steveo

    There were 21 Democratic Senators who opposed the 2002 authority to use force in Iraq resolution. Obama was one of them, not the only one.

    February 29, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  8. catherine

    Good grief...bless Obama's heart. He can't even come up with his own ad without copying Clinton. Who cares if he voted for or against the war...what a joke. That is ALL he has. What about what is he going to do about the war now. That is all the past. Obama...quick living in the past and look to the future.
    It's 3:00 in the morning and your children are asleep. The phone rings in the White House because of something happenning in the World. Hillary picks up the phoneand ensures our saftey. Obama picks it up and has to go and ask Opra what to do!!!!

    February 29, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  9. Gym Jones

    C'mon hillary, give 'em the kool-aid...

    February 29, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  10. rob

    Barack is just trying to show that he can go toe to toe. Clintons have lied directly to americans all their public life. She makes lots of promises when on the campaign trail and will forget all soon she gets in office.

    February 29, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  11. WestCoastMessenger

    It's 3 AM. The phone rings in the WhiteHouse. An automated tape recorder answers...it's the voice of Barack Obama. He answers, "Present".

    February 29, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  12. Ha Ha

    Obama answering the phone: "Hello...hello?.....HELLO?!!.....oops I just hung up on that very important phone call....I must have "pushed the wrong button" to answer."

    February 29, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  13. Cryston, St. Louis

    A president must make quick responses when attacked. If Kerry and Gore had done this when the Republican machine was hitting them, we would probably not have George W. in the White House. And for those who say it is a double standard. This is clearly a "response" ad and not a "fear" ad. Everyone is entitled to respond in word or in action to accusations made against them. That's the kind of President I will be voting for.

    February 29, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  14. Jason in Fairbanks, AK

    Brilliant response by the Obama team to neutralize Hillary's ad. This is the kind of smart rapid-response he'll use to beat the Republicans.

    I'm getting really sick of reading comments here about how Hillary has specific policy ideas and Obama's an empty suit. That comes, very ironically, from people who haven't actually looked into their policy records, but have drunk the kool-aid of Hillary's ads and speeches in which she won't shut up about how "experienced" she is.

    Listen more closely when Hillary talks of her experience - she's very short on specifics. Her message is not comprised of specifics. Instead, her message is, "I'm very specific! I'm very experienced!"

    Meanwhile, if you dig through their legislative records, you find that Obama's got more big accomplishments to his name than Hillary does, and he did it in fewer years. But Hillary's people aren't interested in actual substance–they're interested in who keeps talking about how substantive they are. There's a difference.

    February 29, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  15. Chanda -Cincinnati

    All of you Texas people better look out. Clinton is already set to challenge the voting practices in your state. I am sure this will only happen if she loses, because you know Texas is SUPPOSED to go to Hillary. Just like Florida was SUPPOSED to go to Bush...UMMM. I wonder who Hillary will get to steal Texas for her if Obama wins? The Governor is not her brother....

    As for that Ad she is running, the citizens of Texas should take lead from a quote by President Clinton:

    "If one candidate’s trying to scare you and the other one’s trying to get you to think, if one candidate’s appealing to your fears and the other one’s appealing to your hopes, you better vote for the person who wants you to think and hope.”

    -Bill Clinton, 2004

    You have GOT to love the irony in that!!!!! Ohio 4 Obama!!!!

    February 29, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  16. Bullfale

    "Go barack...
    It's your birthday...
    You gonna soud like ...it's your birthday..."

    February 29, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  17. comedy

    Cindy,
    what is clever on copycating and undermining himself by doing a video which he denounced few hours ago? Nothing is clever on this, nothing.

    February 29, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  18. John

    Once again, just like the debates, in fact this entire campaign, Obama takes his purely reactionary cues from Clinton. That's leadership?

    February 29, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  19. MN Woman

    Ah, only the new messiah had the presence of mind to oppose the war, especially when he wasn't even in Congress and not under the same pressure. I knew it was wrong from the start. Maybe I can be the Messiahette!!

    February 29, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  20. Emily Coletta from NY

    GO OBAMA!!

    February 29, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  21. Avis C, Richton Park,IL

    Hillary Clinton's ad is in a way fair game and correct. However, Barack Obama's ad is also. If the red phone in the President's office did ring I'd rather have someone who could respond with the quickness using good judgement. It seems Barack has the better judgement. His position on the Iraq war was correct all along, he said he would go after terrorist leaders without Mushariff's permission if they were proven to be in Pakistan (which Bush and Hillary said was naieve) and Bush did just that over a week ago. He has the fore sight and fore tought to respond to his critics very quickly and I think this shows great leadership. I think he would be better to answer that phone!

    February 29, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  22. Gbenga

    The Obama campaign is sharp! See how quickly they responded to the Hillary ad. They didn't even wait 24 hours. The responded with their own countering ad in a matter of hours. When you can act fast and decisively like that – now, that's change and judgment we can believe in!

    February 29, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  23. George from Minneapolis

    That about hits the nail on the head. Experience means nothing, in fact it is a negative thing if your judgement is faulty.

    Hillary should just be quiet about experience. Obama will continue to hit her over the head with her Iraq vote.

    February 29, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  24. Chris

    What about Obama's supporters threatening Hillary's superdelegates? Where's the story on that?

    February 29, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  25. Cesar

    Mr. Obama,

    Your respond ad to Senator Clinton’s ad is a perfect example of where you stand. Be original!

    Go Hillary – We love you in Texas.

    February 29, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
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