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. Neil

    And i thought John McCain was all against low blows, seems he cant help getting them in.

    August 26, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. Tim in NC

    Fear mongering at its worst!!

    August 26, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. Andy in Charlotte, NC

    "Uncertainty. Dangerous aggression. Rogue nations. Radicalism" Scare tactics anyone?

    August 26, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. Kiah

    What does John McCain stand for? What is his vision for America? What is your platform Mr. McCain? Where do you see us in 4 years after your first term and how are you going to go about renewing America's promise? Basically Mr. Senator, outside of demonizing Obama and mud slinging and fear mongering...what do you stand for?

    August 26, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. Chuck

    Desperate times call for unscrupulous actions.

    August 26, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. NC Man

    It is what it is!!

    August 26, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. Sacto Joe

    CNN, you wiped all the comments from last night. HOW CONVENIENT! You are SO a creature of the right wing media!

    August 26, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  8. ThinkSmart

    I hope Obama continues to aly low while all the negative ads about him runs. This way people overall will get tired of them adn demand him to hit back. If he hits back to early it could go against what he stands for but if he allows Americans to get sick of it then that opens a window. I cant wait till the debates cause theres no way McCain can win a debate on the issues. He cant run a ad without mentioning Obama. Its like Obama is getting free press from him.

    August 26, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. Angela, Cleveland, OH

    Can't they send their own message, have they nothing to say that is original?

    August 26, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. Joe Reg

    This is lame. No new ideas. No more repubs this year.

    Lame, lame, lame and doomed are the repubs and McCain.

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    August 26, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. Rob - WA

    LMAO!! And If McCain was rudely awakened at 3AM it would take him an hour to remember where he was.... LAME. McCain you are LAME!

    August 26, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. Kerri

    Good job, Hillary. So glad you resorted to the low road during the primaries. It's not coming back to bite the party or anything...

    August 26, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  13. richard j

    hillary gave a public speech, its public domain

    August 26, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. R

    doesn't that make him look weak to use other people's ad? I'm a supporter of Hillary, but sorry McCain that will NOT make me vote for you.

    August 26, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  15. Mike

    When they try and call John McCain at 3am, they won't even know which of his houses he's in!

    August 26, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. Pops

    I'm actually insulted at the blatant attempt to scare me into supporting McCain. It is getting ridiculous.

    August 26, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  17. v.a.

    fear fear FEAR!

    August 26, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. Kat

    Exactly why she couldn't be seriously considered for VP.

    August 26, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. Joseph, Los Angeles

    Sorry McCain and Rove. It's not working this time. You have hit a brick sealing. Obama and Biden will win this year!

    August 26, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  20. Joe in StL

    "I'm John McCain and I approve this message."

    "BOO!"

    August 26, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  21. JD in Moraga, CA

    Good luck waking John McCain up at 3am.

    August 26, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. Mike - Texas

    Hillary can denounce these ads all she wants.

    But she DID say it, just like Biden said what he said about Obama.

    August 26, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. Ian

    Don't you recall Barack reusing parts of her 3AM commercial to make his own? I believe that is because the images they use are actually owned by another company and rights can be purchased for a price. I think it is a wonderful tactic. Hillary can say she doesn't approve the message all she wants, but with her face on the screen and her words in the ad, even the most foolhardy voter will put greater stock in McCain's ad than her reprisal.

    August 26, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. Eric

    I'm pretty much done with this election, i just don't care anymore. It's all bull.

    August 26, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  25. Dick/NH

    McFossil is too old to think of anything ORIGINAL.....JOHN, PLEASE stop with the POW stuff...it's getting very stale!!!

    August 26, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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