March 10th, 2008
10:30 AM ET
11 years ago

Girl in Clinton ad supports Obama

CNN

Watch Casey Knowles on American Morning Monday.

(CNN) - Casey Knowles has graced the airwaves this month as the unwitting star of a headline-grabbing campaign ad for Hillary Clinton. But the 17-year-old is hoping to grace the small screen this campaign year for another presidential hopefully: Clinton’s Democratic rival, Barack Obama.

Stock footage of an 8-year-old Knowles sleeping – shot when she worked as an extra in TV commercials - was used in Clinton’s “red phone” ad, which asked “Who do you want answering the phone at 3 a.m.?” in the case of a foreign policy crisis.

But the high-school senior – who will be eligible to vote in the general election – is actually a passionate supporter of Barack Obama’s, and has been volunteering for the Illinois senator’s campaign.

“I think it would be wonderful if Barack Obama and I could get together and do a counter-ad,” she told CNN Saturday.

Appearing on CNN's American Morning Monday, Knowles said she was shocked to discover she was in the commercial, and said it made her feel disloyal to Obama.

"It makes me feel a little disloyal and kind of," she said. "It hurts that footage of me would contribute to a candidate that I'm not necessarily supporting. Hopefully Mr. Obama would forgive me. "

Knowles, who lives in Washington State, also said she plans on helping Obama in Oregon ahead of that state's primary in May.

"They want to get me down there and hopefully get me to help support and get campaigning going on down there," she said.

In Wyoming on Friday, Obama told voters at a campaign event that people shouldn’t worry about what he’d do if an emergency 3 a.m. call came into the White House when he was president.

“What do people think I’m going to do? I’m going to answer the phone,” he said.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand 

soundoff (410 Responses)
  1. B. Smart

    . . . . .From the mouth of babes comes truth. This is further proof that the gods must be trying to tell us something and we'd better listen.

    YES WE CAN.

    March 10, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  2. Lola

    She just wants attention and make a some money. No more than an obnoxious teen!

    March 10, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  3. Lola

    She just wants attention and make some money. No more than an obnoxious teen!

    PA

    March 10, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  4. Vic

    Obama reply re 3 a.m. phone call is typical of his growing arrogance.

    March 10, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  5. Canadian

    Ohhh the Irony of it all! haha.

    March 10, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  6. Ken, Austin TX

    This is priceless! Her and Barack should do a counter-ad ASAP and air it everyday in PA.

    March 10, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  7. give me strength...

    Cnn- are you serious..? riviting...really...

    March 10, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  8. Brian

    Hillary is pathetic it is time to drop out and let Obama run as the democratic nominee.

    March 10, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The Clinton campaign bought stock footage for a commercial... Does that mean they are trying to do things cheaply now? Are they still low on money? This is funny that they didn't bother to check who did the commerical and see if they were paying attention to the race. I doubt that would change anything though.

    March 10, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  10. terry

    That's great!

    March 10, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  11. ben

    Please, will someone answer this question for me?
    If the delegate votes from Florida and Michigan do not count acording to the Democrat national commitee, shouldn't the total number of delegate votes necessary to nominate be the amount originally set minus the non
    existing votes of Florida and Michigan?

    March 10, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  12. Alex from IL

    So does this mean the silly season in politics is over?

    March 10, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  13. Mike

    A lot of TV reporters and analysts pretend to be really scared by the red phone, but are so comfortable with the Canadian memo and the monster story. Isn't it strange?

    March 10, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  14. ObamaMama

    Though this probably shouldn't be headline news, the old saying of what goes around comes around remains true. Hillary took her campaign to a negative level and this is the result. Even the sleeping children would rather Obama answer the phone. Irony at it's best.

    March 10, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  15. Cris in Florida

    She should feel that Clinton has her safe. i would not be braging about being in her ad. It just shows you that Hillary has her safe not Obama.

    March 10, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  16. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Hillary Clinton's new ad:

    "It's 3 AM, and your children are asleep. Except one: She's out campaigning for Barack Obama!"

    March 10, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  17. Chris Mannoia

    Unreal isn't it?

    Now we have the Clinton campaign using ads with Obama supporters? How long ago was this filmed?

    Reagan 08'

    March 10, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  18. James

    This girl can't even vote. This ad is old news. Leave it to CNN to make a big deal out of nothing.

    March 10, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  19. Tim

    AHAHAHA... should have done some research before using certain actors/actresses. Lets go Obama!

    March 10, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  20. king from toronto

    well well! i'm not suprise one bit.what's in darkness must come to light.how can people vote clinton,knowing what they stand for."deception"

    March 10, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  21. OBAMA0812

    down with billary! and their fear mongering

    March 10, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  22. SecondSage

    We know who the sleeping girl wants to answer the phone. See you at the convention.

    March 10, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  23. sad

    I don't understand why this is news? Wow...it must be a slow news day. How ridiculous. Can't you spend time on more substantive issues like is Obama really committed to his course in Iraq?

    March 10, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  24. Tom Wittmann

    This constitutes a symbol of how real Hillary's "experience" claim is!!

    YOM

    March 10, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  25. sam

    The new generation is for Obama

    March 10, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
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