March 10th, 2008
10:30 AM ET
12 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. Gil - California

    The blind leading the blind is a verry correct statement Fernandez, luckily Hillary wears contacts so she sees the shadows well enough to keep from leading all her supporters totally into the ditch (but not so well as to keep them from walking through the muck on the side of the road.

    March 10, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  2. Nichelle2571

    She is such a smart young girl. Very impressive.

    March 10, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  3. Chris

    CNN should ask her WHY she is vothing for Obama. Ask her WHAT he has done so far? Also ask her what she plans to be whenshe grows up, because I hope not an actress. We can see right thru this trick to get press time. No Emmy or Oscar in your future.

    March 10, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  4. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    Hillary is nothing but vitriol and entitlement. She thinks that she's 'owed' the job of president. Her rictus grin has gotten so incredibly annoying of late, because it's so blatantly false. I'm getting to the point where I'm beginning to hate seeing her face on TV almost as much as I hate seeing Bush's weasel face. They both make me sick.

    March 10, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  5. Brian

    Awesome!!! This just goes to show you that Hillary's mindless commercials and negative, fearmongering strategies never had any foundation and can easily be trumped by anyone who uses their rational side to think through the issues and decide who would be the greater champion for change America.

    Hillary, your negativity could only give you a temporary bump and you campaign is going straight into the tank again... give it up already. Get out of our lives!

    OBAMA '08!!!

    March 10, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  6. Marty

    How ironic. Obama has the best chance of winning in November.
    I respect Hillary but she's way too divisive AND as we all can see, it's washington as usual with her.

    We need change.

    Obama '08

    March 10, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  7. margie

    And this is news because????????????????.
    Please CNN, get a grip. No story here for either candidate.

    March 10, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  8. Kenny

    Oh please! Hilary supporters please stop crying, of course this is news. If Obama did it you guys would make it a big deal!

    And yes where are the results from the Texas Caucus???

    March 10, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  9. MichieMich

    Reality Check #1: Obama Girl didn't vote at all- as you said go figure.

    This story doesn't matter at all, but it is funny! Lucky little break for Obama campaign to use in order marginalize that obnoxious little ad that of course worked – Hillary is really taking whole pages from Karl Rove's and the Republican's negative campaign playbook.

    I used to say I'd support her if she won the primary, but now I don't know. I'm so, so sick of asinine political trickery.

    March 10, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  10. A in NYC

    this news is lame.

    who cares what she thinks?

    March 10, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  11. True Democrat

    Reality Check #1:

    "Obama Girl" didn't vote at all!!!!!

    March 10, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  12. maca

    Who cares ?

    March 10, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  13. Kirk in NY

    How odd that most replying to this ad are dismissing what this young woman thinks. I realize her age works against her, but how many responding to this blog have taken the time to become personally involved as a caucus organizer, been astute enough to become a delegate and is as involved as she is? I think her opinion matters, not so much because she was in stock footage that has been used by the Clinton campaign, but for the fact that she's an informed citizen.

    Also, I think the irony of Hillary using random footage and still unearthing someone who doesn't support her is not lost on the public.

    March 10, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  14. CaliMale4Hill

    This is NOT news. This girl just like the rest of the youth is supporting Obama because they think this is American Idol. I am sure they wish they could text in their votes. I read an interview from her mother that said when Obama shook her hand she trembled and cried... Again, sounds like some pre-pubescent girl not even old enough to understand politics, she wants to be in the spotlight, and now she is. She also admitted that if Hillary is the nominee, Hillary will get her vote. Sounds to me again, like mom and daughter playing the media to get extra work for their not so talented daughter.

    March 10, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  15. Chris In California

    An actress wanting another 15 minutes of fame. That's what this is. People act like it means something...LOL

    REMEMBER "OBAMA GIRL"??? SHE DIDN'T VOTE FOR BARACK OBAMA. Hmmmm...

    March 10, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  16. Public

    Vow, is CNN short of news coverage. How did this make headlines. She also appeared on the Today Show this morning. Another example of bias against Hillary. NOBODY CARES ABOUT WAHT SHE THINKS! Majority of the voters should of decided whon to vote for already. As for me and my extended family. GO HILLARY!

    March 10, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  17. therealist

    Like the child in the commerical, Casey is ignorant of the dangers we face in this world..

    March 10, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  18. Dani

    It's really a shame how young people are such followers. They don't vote and many of these college students have had the right to vote since they were 18 years old but they don't even vote in state and local elections. They are such hypocrites. This is the iPod and youTube generation. All fluff and no substance who still have to have their parents advocate for them and pay the bills. Get real.

    This country is in very serious trouble and Obama, as a community activist (what a joke) and as a state legislator who was given bills to sponsor because the Senate President in Illinois favored him (most of those bills died) and now he is running for President with no congressional experience (his arrogance that after a year or so on the job) he feels he's smarter and more qualified to run this country. His record in Congress is that he cannot work across the aisle and he doesn't show up to hold hearings on Afghanistan because as he said he's too busy running for President, speaks volumes about him.

    The voices of reason and experience will make sure that this country will be on the right path, come the November elections.

    March 10, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  19. vl

    Oh please! Like I want a 17 year old to decide who's going to be the next President. Get real! Do you know many 17 year olds that have to pay rent or a mortgage? That need to pay for health insurance and food? That worry about college tuition costs? I think not. We are voting for a PRESIDENT, not a 'American Idol' contestant! I want a President who cares for ALL CITIZENS, not just the "wealthy and well educated".

    March 10, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  20. Kay

    Is selling your image to an add agency, then publically speaking out against the people that purchase it as a commodity unethical or what? Wow. Sounds like a law suit to me.

    Interesting how people can be so vicious against a someone that has spent her entire life helping people that needed help. Some have been swept away with great words, gestures and body language while ignoring substance. Im afraid the word "pathetic" and the phrase "here we go again" comes to mind. We are going down the path of the last election and God help us.

    March 10, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  21. JB

    Boy some of you Clinton supporters are so condescending... jeesh. I guess I shouldn't be surprised. This girl's footage is stock footage that she has no control over how it's use and is royalty free(she doesn't get paid). You are discounting the opinion of this young girl because she is "young and easily influenced". Did you think that maybe she's young and well informed? She will be old enough to vote in the GE and if you're old enough to vote your opinion should matter to the candidate. No wonder all the young are flocking to Obama.

    March 10, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  22. Dennis

    For the record "Obama Girl" didn't vote for Clinton, she didn't vote at all, she's not registered.

    March 10, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  23. Jon, Lantana

    So what, the Obama Girl voted for Clinton. You dont see that making headlines do you.

    March 10, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  24. Philip

    Who is Casey Knowles? I don't know who she is but its great that the she is talking a position on who she wants to be elected.

    March 10, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  25. s.b.

    I think the point of the ad is not what the "children want" but who their PARENTS think can keep them safe.

    Children often need the protection go grown ups. I'll go with who they pick, not the 17 year old with the not yet fully developed frontal lobes. Thank-You.

    March 10, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
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