August 26th, 2008
11:36 AM ET
11 years ago

McCain camp revives 3 a.m. ad

CNN

Watch McCain's new 3 a.m. ad.

(CNN) –The 3 a.m. ad is back.

John McCain's campaign is reviving the most famous political commercial of the Democratic primary cycle, launching a new 30-second spot Tuesday that uses footage from Hillary Clinton's original ad and declares "Hillary's right."

Watch: McCain camp revives 3 a.m. ad

The ad, set to run in key battleground states and specifically in Denver this week, also goes a step further than the New York senator's original ad, explicitly detailing the national security threats America faces.

"Uncertainty. Dangerous aggression. Rogue nations. Radicalism," the ad's narrator states as images of tanks and launching missiles flash on screen.

The ad also includes Clinton's attack on Barack Obama in March 2008 in which she declared "I know Senator McCain has a lifetime of experience that he will bring to the White House. And, Senator Obama has a speech he gave in 2002."

The commercial is the fourth Republican ad in the last week to invoke Hillary Clinton's past criticisms of her party's presumptive presidential nominee, and comes the same night the New York senator is set to make a public urge for unity at the Democratic convention.

Speaking to New York Delegates in Denver Monday, Clinton said she did not support Republicans using her past words against Obama.

"I am Hillary Clinton and I do not approve that message," Clinton said Monday when asked about a McCain ad in which a Clinton backer says she will vote for the Arizona Republican.

Clinton's original 3 a.m. ad ran in Texas in the week ahead of that states critical primary is credited in part for her strong performance there. (She won the Texas primary, but lost its caucus.)

soundoff (451 Responses)
  1. California Gold

    "Uncertainty. Dangerous aggression. Rogue nations. Radicalism," the ad's narrator states as images of tanks and launching missiles flash on screen."

    But that IS the precise definition of McCain!

    What a doofus.

    August 26, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. Ted

    Democrats talk about peace and hope and a ray of sunshine on your face...

    Republicans talk about all the evil in the world that must be stopped to secure our future...

    What do you want? A ray of sunshine or security?

    August 26, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. logic_for_mccain

    If people are turned on by hope change hope change chants then maybe a sober reminder of 3AM possibilities is needed. Sometimes reality hurts.

    August 26, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. Typical Fear AD

    Ok, so here we go again.. Pretty much the same scare tactics that scared voters into electing Bush into another term seems to be the same strategy of John McCain. As once said.. A dumb man irresponsibly gets himself into a conflict. A smart man plans his way out of it, but a wise man avoids it by thinking.

    I hope that we all think in the coming months about who might be the best "thinker" when faced with these situations..

    August 26, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. Law

    McCain please which of your numerous houses should we call by 3 a.m?

    August 26, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. D Va.

    Unfortunately this ad only emphasizes the fact that the Republicans and McCain have to resort to re-runs......swift-boating, and fear tactics...does this not prove we are in for four more years of Bush re-runs. P.O.W! Yes we know, this is also repeated again and again and what does that have to do with how many houses he owns..(LENO). Just how much safer are we now after the surge? We are still there, but wait, now the Bush administration is talking "timetable" for withdrawal. They do copy a lot--wasn't the timetable introduced by a Democrat? Senator McCain, have you not forgotten Bush's remarks during your 2004 campaign? Had the campaign run much longer in 2004, Bush may have had his Rovie's digging deeper for dirt, just as you are now.

    August 26, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Tony

    Bush, McCain are one in the same and people had better wake the hell up!

    Bush used National Security as an excuse to keep everything among a tiny group of people to exclude those with expertise and dissenteres. A lot happened after 9/11 and one thing people don't understand or realize is that we became a torture copuntry.

    Nothing will change under McCain, and for those Democrats who can't deal with the reality that Hillary lost, who say they will vote for McCain or not at all had better wake up and grow up, or SHUT UP for the next four years.

    August 26, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. Arrrgggghhh

    Hey CNN – Can you please let Obama have his moment without injecting McCain into it? The fact that you take every opportunity to "put Obama in his place" and pretend it's Clinton or the McCain camp doing it makes me ill! Who cares about this stupid commercial! If you had any objectivity at all you would not propel Clinton and McCain into Obama's spotlight every chance you get. Clinton already had her moment and McCain will have his next week.

    August 26, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. Hillary supporter for McCain

    This is great.... our own olympics. I guess Obama must be thinking twice for not treating Hillary with respect. It is time for us to start the process for HILLARY in 2012.....

    August 26, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. Brian, NJ

    Fear versus Hope, what do you want to vote for?

    And for all of the PUMA's, if he loses, there will be no Hillary in 2012 or ever since we will never vote for her, nor will of the 16-17 year olds who support Obama and will be eligible to vote in 2012 and exact revenge.

    August 26, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. kelly WI

    Words don't sway me a bit.
    Look for substance and character.
    Obama has none.
    McCain 08

    August 26, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. McCain supporter all the way

    If you really think that Obama/Biden has any chance to win this you have all gone mad.

    August 26, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. Dan

    McFear!! Fear mongering is how facists and dictators rise to power.

    August 26, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. Obama-Junkie, IL

    Thank you, Hillary! {MAJOR SARCASM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!}

    August 26, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. Paul, Atlanta

    We should expect no better from McSame. He has nothing and all he can do is atttack, attack, attack. I'll tell you given McCain's lackluster career as a Navy aviator, I'm not so sure I want him taking a 3am call.

    August 26, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  16. Law

    McCain please which of your numerous houses should we call by 3 a.m?Thanks.

    August 26, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  17. Fazio

    Some things will remain the same...
    The Republicans continue their politics of fear.
    I really hope America sees through this deceptive smokescreen, reads the newspaper and sees the Republican fear tactics for what they really are – desperation.

    August 26, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  18. 18,000,000 plus the disenfranchised

    cowards! McCain and Hillary are right!

    August 26, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  19. donna

    What does McSame have to offer? Only OLD ideas, fear, attacks on Obama, war stories. Of course we respect his service and pow years, BUT enough already!!! He lives in the PAST!!! We must be forward thinking in this election....Vote Barack!!!

    August 26, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. Michelle, PA

    Mccain is adding to his repertoire.

    Noun. Verb. POW. Crocodile tears for Hillary.

    August 26, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. the real U.S.A.

    I mean is this all the Republican party is made of; mud-slinging politics to phase out the true issues with this country. What's so sad is it just may work. That says alot for the state of our coutry. Of all places Ohio is leaning McCain, one of the highest unemployment rate states and they still have not learned.

    August 26, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. timhowe

    With the GOP's love-in for HRC, I'm looking forward to McCain's Friday morning announcement that she's his veep choice.

    I hope he takes Romney so we can start rerunning all those choice quotes from Mitt about what a bad choice McCain would be.

    Do they really think the American people are that stupid? If so, here's a great ad: "John McCain. He thinks you're an idiot. Vote for him anyway. He was a POW you know!"

    August 26, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  23. Tony

    Let Hillary, Bill, and Hillary's supporters disrespect and not get behind Obama, then in 2012 when the reverse happens we will know who to blame.

    Grow Up!

    August 26, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  24. Terry, NJ

    What my argument has been all along. Obama's lack of experience and fluffy magical promise change talk against realities of what's going on in the world. I would have voted for Hillary in a heartbeat. I would have voted for Hillary is she VP. Since neither is the case I will now vote for McCain. I don't trust Obama in protecting our country with his naive mentality about so many thing. The guy won't even admit the surge in Iraq worked! Hell, I didn't think it would work either, but in REALITY it did. Obama doesn't want to admit this so instead he keeps talking about getting out of Iraq and not giving credit where credit is due. NOBAMA!

    August 26, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  25. Julie

    This is freakin' awesome! Who doesn't love politics? The Democrats give us so much fuel for entertainment. Too bad that's the only fuel they're giving us.

    August 26, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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