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. Joan, Ontario

    You are giving McCain more free attack ad space. You are helping him "swift boat" Obama. That's hardly fair, unbiased reporting.

    August 26, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. tina

    What in the world could anyone be thinking who has the slightest inclination to vote for this OUT OF TOUCH person. He is spreading fear that the republicans created with this made up war. We as inteligent people have to get over the buzz words and really think about our economy and the fact that MCSAME said he is thinking of bringing back the DRAFT. PEOPLE WAKE UP........

    August 26, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. Matthew

    McCain '08

    August 26, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. Fernando de Magalllanes

    I like this quote, "Clinton said she did not support Republicans using her past words against Obama."

    For the Hillarys, the Michelle Obamas, the Joe Bidens, the Jack Caffertys out there, if you don't want your quotes being used for political fodder, how about thinking before you speak. Otherwise, don't poke your nose into any sort of political or in Mr. Cafferty's case, geopolitical campaign.

    August 26, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. Tom

    McSame is garbage. Using the scare tactics again. The Same thing Bush did. Imagine that, McSame doing the same thing Bush does........

    The scare tactic wont work this time around.

    August 26, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. Ted van Tol

    It shows that Hillary was out of touch, just like McCain is every day on every issue.

    August 26, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  7. Bulldog

    Will American's let these types of fear tactics fool them for the third presidential election in a row? I sure hope not.

    August 26, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. Bored Already..

    It seems as though McCain and his camp cannot come up with an idea on their own. State your business Johnny boy..worry about what you have to prove/do for the American people. STOP piggy backing on what someone else has already said or done.

    Didn't you learn to march to the beat of your own drum...be original for goodness sacks!

    PATHETIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 26, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  9. KATHLEEN

    Even PARIS HILTON revolted against McCain using her name without
    permission. Give that message to Hillary and Bill!

    August 26, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  10. RGB in MN

    She was right. It was truthful, and will be effective. We do not need a lawyer in teh WH!

    August 26, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  11. Jerral

    i know this will not get posted but i have to try again as they never are

    last night was about cnn getting their rateing up again from the primary. they care not who they hurt and mcsain is a lieing old fart who don;t even know what he is doing.
    every one go to c-span. no commercials and no news media hogs. unenterupted from start to finish

    now we will see if this gets posted=freedom of speach

    August 26, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. This We'll Defend

    Yawn...

    I see it's Promote McCain Smear Ad Day on the ticker

    August 26, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  13. pam Eugene OR

    This is only a very small part of why Hillary could never have been the VP.
    There was too much of Rove tactics in her campaign. The republican are using all her words against Obama.
    This is just getting started.
    If she runs again there are too many questions she could never answer about Bills dealings.

    August 26, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  14. James

    Swami says "McCain answer in all debates will follow this format-

    NOUN-VERB-POW
    NOUN-VERB-POW
    NOUN-VERB-POW
    NOUN-VERB-POW

    LET LOOSE THE HOUNDS!!!
    ALL GLOVES OFF OBAMA/BIDEN!!!
    HIT MCCAIN UNTIL HE FORGETS HE HAS 7 HOUSES, A CLOSET FULL OF $500 DALLOR SHOES, ACCESS TO HIS FAMILIES OWN CORPORATE JET, AND A FAMILY NET WORTH OVER $100 MILLION.

    I WANT TO HEAR HIM SAY UNCLE AND ROMNEY SAY THANK YOU SIR MAY I HAVE ANOTHER.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08,12

    August 26, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. Spencer from VA

    John McLame is so un-original. Is this the best he can come up with? It looks like more poiltics of fear. Americans are not afraid of radicals in black mask and with AK's. We have that here in the U.S. already. Try something else McLame.

    August 26, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. Election Watcher

    The DNC should not have disqualified MI & FL. I'm not faulting either Obama or Clinton on this, but the input of those states may have ended the debate before things turned ugly. Regardless of the electoral outcome, future poli-sci students would do well to study all of the DNC's this year mis-steps to see how NOT to run a primary.

    August 26, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. Obama Supporter from CALI

    This is all MCBUSH know..WAR WAR WAR" The Republicans ALWAYS try to SCARE the amerian people to WIN the office..
    Well, if Hill supports like the way things are going then they need to support MCBUSH..They shouldn't open their mouth about anything. Gas, homes,jobs, health ins...McBUSE voted 95% of the time with BUSH..so go for it and suffer with your mouth shut!!!!

    August 26, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. Mikey

    Obama/Biden will be better on foreign policy than McCain/???. Biden is perhaps the best in congress in terms of in-depth knowledge and strategy in that arena.

    Of course, McCain would like nothing better than to feed us a steady diet of fear mongering right through November. This American will not be scared into making a stupid vote for an extension bullying foreign policy and totally ineffective and short-sighted domestic policy.

    Just this morning on CNN, a high level McCain campaign representative was asked to name one way in which McCain's economic policy will differ from Bush's. She completely evaded the question by going on and on about his (distant) past as a "maverick." That is exactly like a similar situation where one of his top campaign officials was asked basically the same question and he stared at the camera, deer-in-the-headlights and stammered, never providing ANY answer. He looked like McCain trying to explain his position on insurance companies paying for Viagra and not for birth control or answering a simple question about how many homes he and Barbie own.

    John McCain – just say no!

    August 26, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  19. NJ_For_Obama

    McWar, McBush, McSame....It's not going to work this time. We're not as stupid as you, and your republicans think.

    August 26, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  20. Deb

    McSame's ad is another reason why he should not be President. There is no diplomacy, there is only his favorite word...WAR! That is not how I want to spend the next four years. Have we not suffered enough these last eight years? Have we not been humiliated enough around the world? Americans let us vote sensibly and let us retire Senator McBush.

    August 26, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  21. BlueDogDem

    Is the McCain campaign so intellectually and morally bankrupt that they can't even come up with their own material?

    August 26, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  22. Latinos for Obama/Biden

    So when is Panamanian McCain going to tell the American people what HE is going to do for this country (other than keep it the same with Bush policies)?

    August 26, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. Judgement over Experience

    I have a feeling this will all backfire on mccain as it should. He is too stuck on the surge, war and drilling to be an effective president. He is also way too negative and we have no idea where he stands on anything other than Iraq, the surge and drilling. Sorry but we need a man with better judgment mccain because your experience shows us you have learned nothing at all.
    drill,surge,drill,surge,drill,surge

    August 26, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  24. Patrick, Takoma Park MD

    I see that CNN is helping out the McCain campaign again by publicizing its commercials.

    August 26, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  25. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Is McCain's staff so limited that they must take other people's ads? It seems that there is little the McCain campaign can say that isn't talking about McCain as a POW, reusing campaign ads from someone else, or making (often wrong) attacks at Obama. Where is his message other than drill off shore for more oil. That is all I know about his campaign.

    August 26, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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