April 2nd, 2008
05:18 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain camp fires back over new Clinton '3 a.m.' ad

John McCain's campaign struck back shortly after Clinton's team released a new ad that makes the case that Hillary Clinton is better-prepared than the Arizona senator to handle the nation's economy.

(The McCain campaign has increasingly sparred with Barack Obama, criticizing the Democratic presidential hopeful in daily press releases, and on the trail - but the statement issued Wednesday afternoon in response to the Clinton contrast ad does not mention the New York senator by name.)

Full statement:

“John McCain is ready to lead with a pro-growth economic plan to lower taxes, cut government spending, empower America's entrepreneurs and get our economy back on track. Americans can’t afford the Democrats' liberal agenda to raise taxes, nationalize health care, cut off trade and crush the economy under big government.” - McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand 

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John McCain
soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. Margi

    McCain has nothing to worry about if Hillary runs the country the way she has run her campaign. My 8 yr old knows that if Mommy and Daddy don't pay the phone bill, the phone is not going to ring!

    April 2, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. Ifeanyi Azubike Houston Texas

    I agree with Hillary. The McCain economic plan is no plan at all. It must have been crafted for Mars or Jupiter but certainly not for America.

    April 2, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. Belle

    McCain...you cream puff...is it hard to throw mud at Clinton...especially when YOU worked with her several times over the years....

    Don't worry...if Obama gets the nomination...Democrats for McCain will join forces! Obama won't stab you in the back again like he did over the Ethics Bill...the ONE and ONLY ONE WEEK time he crossed the aisle.

    April 2, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |

    McCan't is a lib dressed in repubs clothes.

    April 2, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. DMitri NYC

    Government has been expanded more by Republicans in the last 7 years than it has in, um, ever. Republicans = Big government. Hypocrisy at it's finest.

    April 2, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  6. Mike

    Was McCain awake during the commercial? He slept during Bush's address.

    April 2, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. Grif

    White!!! Is Right.. You can't afford, to get lost in the Dark.
    In a Power Shortage... Turn on the Light!!

    April 2, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  8. Tjaye

    I'm for Obama all the way, but even I agree with the ad.

    Obama '08!!

    April 2, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. Anyone but Obamination

    I'd rather see anyone but Obama answer anything, he can't take a stand on anything, not even the Olympics. The ahem..humm ,I a, I a. humm, ahh...............

    April 2, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  10. mp

    McCain, we've heard it all before – from your buddy Bush and his entourage. How on earth are you going to cut taxes in this economy? Just how out of touch are you? The next president of this country is going to spend at least his first term trying to repair the godawful mess that will be left behind by this present regime. You need to get a shot of reality if you want to be taken seriously.

    April 2, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. Rose - Baltimore, MD


    I can always count on you to be negative. Atleast this time you stayed 50% on the the topic. Try some positive comments sometime, it will do good to your heart.

    April 2, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  12. Doug, Florida

    HRC: I GOT IT!

    April 2, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  13. Liz, Pittsburgh PA

    GO HILLARY !!!

    Both Hillary and Obama need to use all of their media attention to attack McCain. Her still being in the race helps bc Obama's attacks will backfire since he said he will be practicing the "politics of the future". Hillary will be able to hit him harder!!!

    April 2, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. Bob

    Hillary is desparate. Her ad is totally silly. I'm not sure why she would run an ad againsts McCain while Obama is eating her lunch.

    April 2, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. Observer, Jacksonville, FL

    McCain rightly did not have to mention Hillary in his response because he knows that would be a waste of time. She will not be the Democratic nominee. If it had been an Obama ad, you bet he would have gone an extra mile in his response (which would have included Obama's name).

    April 2, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. democracy

    Senator McCain, all you have to point out is :

    HIllary's campaign finances
    Hillary support of NAFTA
    Hillary's tax returns not release
    Hillary lending money to her campaign
    Hillary not paying for her campaign worker's health care premiums
    HIllary's management of her own finances and marriage

    this is very very simple..............besides when the phone rings, it will be Monica , or any other intern, or other woman looking for BIll..........

    April 2, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  17. sophia nyc

    What does Hillary have to do with McCain? She'll never be the nominee.

    Senator Clinton: release your tax returns.

    April 2, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  18. Nobillary Andobama



    Liberals are living in a dream world if they think a Federally adminstered National Health Care system will actually work...not to mention how it will be financed.

    How are liberals going to pay for the bailouts of all the irresponsible people who got into mortgages they had no business getting into???
    Since when is it the government's responsibility to compensate bad decisions???

    Liberals would love to turn the clock back to the '90s, when spending on social programs and pork barrel projects were at an all time high...and spending on foreign intelligence activities and national defense was alarmingly low.....the result of which set the conditions for the rise of al Qaeda and an unchecked Saddam Hussein.

    America...please do us all a favor this November...Keep the socialists out of power!

    April 2, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  19. D.Kimbro OHIO

    You are so funny!!!! Hillary will lead this country to ruin...Atleast with John Mccain he will admit his areas of weakness, and not just make up stories. It is funny to read these post and see just how misled some people are. Stop talking about accomplishments she may have witnessed in the white house and talk about, the flawed policies in Bosnia, and the banking system. These are both Clinton legacies.

    April 2, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  20. Tejano

    Obama or Clinton will be trounced by McCain. Hispanics will vote Republican in numbers the Democrats never imagined. He has my entire family in the Southwest already in the fold. He also has my church, my veterans group and by November we will have everyone that has been screwed by the Democrats over the past 40 years in the McCain column. Don't believe this check out the comments made by Adelfa Callejo before the Texas primary.

    No Bama in 08.

    April 2, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  21. Leah DiMarco, TX

    Mr. McCain don't worry about Hillary's ads, because it will be Senator Obama that you will be running against up until he wins in November!

    Obama '08/'12

    April 2, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  22. David, Silver Spring, MD

    That's funny. Johnny McCain thinks lowering taxes is good for economic growth. Where has he been the last seven years?

    Maybe we could really get the economy going if we just gave businesses money. Oh wait–oil subsidies, no bid contracts–I guess we're trying that one, too.

    April 2, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  23. Anita

    "Cut Government Spending"

    At least he is consitent with that motto. That was his prerequisite to the Bush tax cuts. Cut spending, (GOVERNMENT WASTE), before cutting the taxes. That puts integrity into the equation and a measure by which to judge sucess.

    Among other things, Bush and his legislative dwarf lemmings gave us an escalating national debt increasing to universal heights thru this war and unfunded mandates. Weak Dollar, still wonder why?
    Our government spends money without a concsience or any evaluation of the intended effect. It has borrowed and continues to borrow money on the open world market like a gambling addict.

    April 2, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  24. Joe

    Hillary got it PARTIALLY correct about McCain not answering the phone, but she got the reason wrong. It wasn't because of philosophical differences over the economy. He just slept through it.
    One of the perks of old age.

    April 2, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  25. Nando, Florida



    April 2, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
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