April 2nd, 2008
03:15 PM ET
7 years ago

New Clinton red phone ad airing in Pennsylvania

A New Clinton ad is similar to “Children,” a spot that aired last month.
A New Clinton ad is similar to “Children,” a spot that aired last month.

Hillary Clinton's campaign has gone live in Pennsylvania with a new ad that features sleeping children, and a 3 a.m. crisis call - but this time, the spot takes aim at John McCain. The 30-second spot - "Ringing" - highlights Clinton's "readiness to be steward of the economy on Day One."

On a conference call with reporters, spokesman Howard Wolfson said that Clinton had not faced any economic crises before, but that she possessed "a rich and deep understanding of complex problems" that gave her the tools to deal with them.

(Full script after the jump)

Hillary For President
“Ringing"
TV :30

Announcer: It’s 3 am, and your children are safe and asleep.

But there’s a phone ringing in the White House and this time the crisis is economic.
Home foreclosures mounting, markets teetering.

John McCain just said the government shouldn’t take any real action on the housing crisis, he’d let the phone keep ringing.

Hillary Clinton has a plan to protect our homes, create jobs.

It’s 3 am, time for a president who’s ready.

Hillary Clinton: I’m Hillary Clinton and I approve this message.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Pennsylvania
soundoff (277 Responses)
  1. matt

    When does this end, when will the Clintons just go away.

    For the 25% that will vote for McCain over Obama, GO AHEAD, WE DONT NEED YOU OR WANT YOU. Bunch of loser cry babies. You all wanted a female president, well find a better candidate. Just wait eight years and have Michelle Obama run, I would vote for her.

    Hillary supporters live in fantasy land!

    Obama/Napolitano 08

    April 2, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. Towhappy

    How truly desperate.

    Everyone knows McCain will steamroll this woman with this 3am ad crap! Thats better suited for his campaign as all dems and republicans agree. Nice ploy to try to remind voters of the old ad with only the narrative changed, to bad the whole world already knows this ad.

    My message to OBAMA, ......END THE CLINTONS!

    April 2, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. Carol

    When is Hillary's staff going to realize that she has become a joke?

    They just keep making it worse.

    April 2, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. Joe Black

    Yea, the last phone call mesage worked so well for Hillary, you might as well do another one!

    Are there still people dumb enough to fall for this Reagan-era type of campaigning?

    How does being treated like an idiot by the candidate make you feel?

    Because Hillary is telling you that you are dumb enough to fall for this nonsense.

    Sheesh.

    April 2, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. Hoosier Pete

    There isn't a real housing crisis. You have banks loaning money to people who can't afford a house. You have people borrowing money, knowing they can't afford it. So, instead of having the banks and the people to take responsibility for their actions, they're going to steal money from people who had nothing to do with the loans and give that money to the banks and to the people who made the stupid decision to borrow the money to begin with.

    April 2, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. ATL

    I hate you HILLARY. YOU ARE VERY WICKED PERSON. YOU ARE VERY HATEFUL

    April 2, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Now that's stretching it a bit. What is she trying to fear-monger with the economy now??

    April 2, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    Wow! you did good Sen. Clinton, This time you attacked a real opponent. Keep it up, maybe your negative rating will go down. Just maybe!

    April 2, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. stopit

    People in pennsilvania are not as stupid as people in ohio. I am sick of this evil women .

    April 2, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. Juste

    What happen if you are sleep deprive at 3:00 AM ? the answer maybe catastrophic. Please give us a break with this rethoric.

    April 2, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. Alice

    good ad

    April 2, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. Keziah

    HILLARY IS SO WACK!!!!! Who reuses an ad, the exact same ad, and just changes the target of attack? If I were the narrator of this commercial, I'd pause and be like "wait...WHAT? are you SERIOUS!" Hillary, get a life and get a red cell phone for that matter. This way, you can answer the 3 a.m. calls from OUTSIDE the white house where you WON'T be living next year. Most likely, it'll be the police saying "it's 3 a.m. do you know where you husband is?" or perhaps "sorry mrs. clinton, but after a thorough search around the premises, we are convinced there have been no sniper attacks on your home. go to bed, and give us another call if you see anything else."

    April 2, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. HEIDI

    tell me SHE didn't...please somebody wait me up from this nightmare.

    bye...bye...hillary and bill and chelsea. please take that $5m and rest in retirement.

    April 2, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. Lisa Ray

    Shame on Clintons. Lets end the power hungry family run political business and bring some change to America. Vote for Mc Cain or Obama.

    April 2, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. It's the Economy Stupid!!

    We do need somebody able to handle the economy, and all you kids voting for Obama better wake up and think about that, it's your future that's at stake.

    April 2, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. Alonzo Demetrius

    Did I understand this correctly? Did Wolfson say that Hillary had heard about problems and that gave her the readiness to deal with them?

    April 2, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. sharrell, dc

    give up the 3 am call Hill, it's over the hill...

    April 2, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    I'm Hillary Clinton and I approve fear mongering.

    April 2, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. Denis, NYC

    Um..why would the phone be ringing at 3am in the morning if it was an economic crisis? Wouldn't they see one coming when the markets closed the day before? Seems like a silly ad.

    April 2, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. The Austrian

    "readiness to be steward of the economy on Day One."

    And that is why the economy will deteriorate even further into a nightmare with you at the helm, Senator Clinton. Yes, McCain is somewhat wrong in declaring inaction to be the course to save the economy (the real answer is to take action insofar as it gets the Fed and the government's hands out of the economy).

    You will only exacerbate the issue by getting your ill-equipped hands in the middle of this. Shame on you for making voters think that your intervention will actually help them.

    April 2, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. HEIDI

    tell me SHE didn't…please somebody wake me up from this nightmare.

    bye…bye…hillary and bill and chelsea. please take that $5m and rest in retirement.

    April 2, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. Hillary 08

    Works for me ...Hillary 08

    April 2, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  23. D. Truth

    That red phone is ringing now; and there is an economic crisis within her own campaign. Funny thing is that she hasn't answered that phone yet! Wake up PA!!

    April 2, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. jim, mpls

    I hope the people of Penn will be smarter than the folks in Ohio regarding these silly telephone ads. It's the idea of spreading fear. A very Republican value. Maybe she learned that tactic while she was a member of the Young Republicans in school. In any case, I don't want to imagine Hillary at 3am. Seriously. Let's choose a leader who has the ability to UNITE, not fight (like "Rocky" Clinton). Come on America, smarten up. Vote Obama. Let's stop wasting our time with Hillary, who is mathematically eliminated from the possibility of catching Obama's lead. Let's move on and get to the battle of November against some ancient 72 year old warlord who wants to wage war until he's 172 years old.

    April 2, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. D.D.

    Does the call request her appearance in an active war zone again?
    She can decide and send her husband and her daughter this time.

    April 2, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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