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. Warren

    Hillary lied about ducking like Bush lied about Iraq. So you see how She would lie if she got in. Don't want her to lie me into something that's wrong for the U.S. How about you?

    April 2, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  2. Dave C - NJ

    Hey Nobillary, pork is at an all time high NOW.

    And Hillary's and Obama's health plan will cost less than Iraq does.

    April 2, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  3. Wendy

    Hillary is better than anyone at dealing with the economy. Love her or hate her, it's the truth.

    It's about time the two REAL contenders for the White House start dealing with each other.

    April 2, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  4. Mike

    Oh, man, I don't think I can handle the liberalism of nationalizing health care. Who would do such a thing? It's absolutely horrible! Who would want EVERY American to be covered by some sort of health care plan? McCain sure doesn't.

    April 2, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  5. Carrie PA

    Hillary is wasting her money on these ads. What economic experience does she really have? Everyone knows that it's the people around the President that make up these economic plans. With this, the president needs the judgement to pick the best experience people behind him/her. I trust Barack Obama to do this.

    April 2, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  6. Chris from San Antonio

    "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"

    Apparently even the staff of the McCain campaign is suffering from Alzheimers to forget the past 7 years under a Republican White House and Congress.

    April 2, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  7. Dave C - NJ

    Hey nobillary, we spend more bailing out GOP buddies in BIG BUSINESS than we ever did or will anyone else. The lenders created the mess by giving out the loans.

    And did I mention Iraq costs more than the health care plans?

    Pick up a newspaper once in awhile, fool.

    April 2, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  8. JFK

    Give me Hillary any day over these guys. By the way, Voter for Truth, your comments are very ignorant. Many people support Hillary and not just women. The more people like you bash her, the more support she will get! Just cause you do not like her does not mean you have to vote for her. After 95,000 postings, WE GET IT!!

    And it wont change my mind one bit. If anything, it reinforces my belief in the naiveness of some people. This is a job interview, not a popularity contest. Act like a retired professional and not a high school girl!

    April 2, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  9. BG - Texas

    I'm waiting for Snoop Dog to join 50 Cents in endorsing BHO before I change my vote from McCain to Obama.

    April 2, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  10. JFK

    Sean, your dellusional if you think you get the complete truth from any president or politician. Wake up! This is a job interview and she is the best candidate.

    April 2, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  11. Tim

    I can't wait for six months of press releases like that, cramming in every possible cliche Republican boogeyman catchphrase. It will be an astounding contrast to the Obama campaign.

    April 2, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  12. kim portland, oregon

    hilary needs to drop this stupid 3 a.m. thing! it's not even how it would happen if there WAS a presidential emergency in the middle of the night, so it doesnt even matter or apply to the reality of that situation.

    of the three, there's no question obama would be most capable of dealing with a middle-of-the-night phone emergency.

    they wouldnt even be able to wake up grampa.

    and hilary's already shown us how SHE handles a serious emergency when she flew into bosnia under gunfire and casually strolled along, smiling, with her young child at her side! not exactly the best way to handle such a serious situation, Hils!!!!

    obama/edwards. America's DREAM ticket!!!!

    April 2, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  13. HAM

    I don't know why McCain is even responding... he doesn't need too. Hillary and Obama are murdering each other. By the time their done with each other McCain can just relax until November and then go celebrate...

    This is rediculous... Somebody get the nomination already!

    April 2, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  14. JFK

    Nando, I sure you could do a better job right? Thats what I thought!

    April 2, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  15. Jackie, VT

    I like Al, but I hope he won't take a position unless he really wants it. I also hope he will not be VP again. He's been there, done that.

    Obama 08

    April 2, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  16. david goldman




    April 2, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  17. kim portland, oregon

    sean--EXCELLENT, and funny, comment!!!!

    my brain cant even compute that logic. the only thing i can think of is that the fools who will vote mccain if it's not hilary are the republican limbaugh lugnuts who voted for her in their primaries!

    April 2, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |

    I love Obama!!!! We pray for a win in Pa!!!!! Those people are too
    smart to let Hillary's lies fool them. I just know it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 2, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  19. Blayze Kohime

    Whenever the words "liberal agenda" appear in a statement, it automatically looses credit. Its like they treat the whole thing like some kind of goofy conspiracy theory.

    April 2, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  20. osuji okey

    To all you so called republican hispanics,wake up from your racial bias cos you are about to be made politically irrelevant because your votes for MCcain wont stop the democrats in november.
    Go Obama 08.

    April 2, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  21. x4faith - Mobile, AL

    Latina's not voting for Barack if he's the nominee??? Who are you or they kidding. They'll only hurt themselves. Then who'd be laughing!!!! Get serious Dems and lets take back the whitehouse regardless of who the nominee is. Threating to vote Republican wont solve ANY dems problem. THINK!!!

    April 2, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  22. LOL,LOL

    LOL, Hillary is a piece of work. She should concentrate on winning the primaries–oh I guess she knows that's a lost cause.

    God bless her, and I'm so glad she's going home with Bill.

    Bye, bye Hill, on your way out, leave your taxes.

    Obama 08

    April 2, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  23. Susan MO

    McCain is being critical. Starting to sound like Obama ( who we were for first ), but not anymore.

    Voting for Hillary Clinton!

    April 2, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  24. glhf

    ...I got news for these 2. It's going to be Obama since the party doesn't want to lose in the general election. You can't expect a candidate to win with a 37% approval rating...Sorry Hillary.

    April 2, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  25. mimi de la cruz FOR OBAMA



    April 2, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
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