March 3rd, 2008
04:23 PM ET
7 years ago

McCain: I am the best at 3 a.m.

 McCain said Monday he's best equipped to handle a 3 a.m. crisis.
McCain said Monday he's best equipped to handle a 3 a.m. crisis.

(CNN) – Each of the two Democratic presidential contenders said this weekend they were best-suited to handle a foreign policy crisis should the phone ring in the White House at 3 a.m. On Monday, John McCain said they were both wrong.

"I would believe that my knowledge and experience and background clearly indicates that if the phone rang at 3 a.m. in the White House, and I was the one to answer it, I would be the one most qualified to exercise the kind of judgment necessary to address a national security crisis," McCain said at a campaign stop in Phoenix.

"I've been involved in every major national security challenge for the last 20 years that has faced this country," he added. "I look forward to having that debate as to who's most qualified in the event of a national crisis and the phone ringing at 3 a.m. in the White House."

McCain's comments follow dueling campaign ads from Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton that pose the scenario of a foreign crisis in the early morning hours. Clinton's ad, which launched first, argues the New York senator is more experienced to handle such a situation. Hours later, the Obama campaign launched a spot in response that says his initial opposition to the Iraq war proves he has the better judgment to deal with 3 a.m. emergencies.

– CNN's Tasha Diakides contributed to this report


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soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. Manubi

    Clinton had said on a campaign trail in Texas that McCain has an enormous amount of experience, as well as herself, but not Senator Obama. I guess McCain will use this execuse to run Clinton over with her own words!

    Ohio for Obama!

    March 3, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  2. Wisdom

    SIMPLE PREDICTIONS:
    HRC WILL NOT STOP OBAMA'S MOMENTUM NOR WILL SHE WIN THE NOMINATION, PERIOD. FOR SURE, TOMORROW IS HER LAST DAY, PERIOD.
    AND MCCAIN WILL NOT WIN IN NOVEMBER, PERIOD.

    THE END.

    March 3, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  3. Lisa

    Call the police!!!! Obama just stole Hillary Clinton's 3 am Commerical!!!

    March 3, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
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