June 19th, 2007
04:10 PM ET
11 years ago

Clinton family takes on Sopranos in announcing campaign song

Watch the Clintons parody the Sopranos' final scene.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - It's not everyday the Clintons would want to be compared to the Sopranos.

But in a gimmick intended to drum up buzz for her campaign's new theme song, Democratic White House hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton, and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, star in a new video that parodies the HBO mob show's famously (or infamously) ambiguous final episode. (Watch video: CNN Internet Correspondent Abbi Tatton reports on the new Web video)

In the Web video, Bill and Hillary Clinton are seated in a busy diner as Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” plays in the background. The couple flips through the diner jukebox, looking over the nominees for the campaign song. The actor Vincent Curatola, who played Johnny "Sack" Sacramoni in the HBO series, makes a cameo appearance, walking by the table and suspiciously eyeing Hillary. Like Meadow Soprano in the final episode, Chelsea Clinton – not seen – is supposedly outside the diner parallel parking.

As Hillary decides on a song, Bill muses: “My money’s on Smashmouth.”

The video also pokes fun at Bill Clinton’s long-publicized struggle with weight. Hillary orders a basket of carrot sticks for the table, to which Bill responds, “No onion rings?”

The anticipation builds to when Hillary is about to announce the song contest winner, then the video abruptly cuts to black.

The video then instructs viewers to go to another page on the New York Democrat's Web site to learn what song was chosen – Celine Dion's “You and I”

The campaign says over 200,000 people voted in the contest since it launched in mid-May, and 25,000 wrote in their own suggestions.

Clinton will likely be the first and only candidate to share a theme song with Air Canada, which once used the upbeat tune in a television ad campaign.

The announcement is accompanied by a big red “Contribute” button on Hillary’s web site, urging supporters to donate “before the upcoming FEC deadline.”

- CNN Associate Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (93 Responses)
  1. Dan, Waterbury, CT

    It's nice to know that all of the world's problems have been solved, so Hilary has enough free time to make some silly video clips about her campaign theme song for YouTube!

    June 19, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. John, Minneapolis, MN

    To Jim of Chicago, JT of Atlanta, Dave of Philadelphia, Brian of Indiana, and Anonymous of...uhh...Anonymous:

    200,000 AMERICANS voted for the song, not Hillary. Take a chill pill folks. If you don’t like Hillary then just say so instead of ragging on her about a song contest. It’s just plain childish.

    June 19, 2007 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. Maurice F, Washington, DC

    It really kills me to see all this Hillary bashing but then again I am happy. It tells me that these Republicans are scared right now. It's a song for God sake. A campaign song and not some legislature to interfere with my civil liberties or sent brave young americans to fight a wrong war. I wish some of these Republicans used the same vile language with the President Bush before he dragged us into this mess. I think the Clintons captured a whole new demographic with this parody. It tells me they identify with you and I and popular culture. Kudos!!!! Deal with it Republicans...she will be President. It's good to have something to smile to considering this will be a long and nasty campaign. We didn't have a war on Bill Clinton's reign and an attack on our civil liberties like we have right now

    June 19, 2007 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. Elizabeth in Baltimore Maryland

    This is a dumb song, but I love the Clintons and what they do for our world. Can't wait to get rid of Bush and Cheney. Bill in Falls Church said it best.

    1/20/09 can't get here fast enough...

    June 19, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    She should have stuck with Journey. The sweet voice of Steve Perry would rocket any candidate to the highest office.

    June 19, 2007 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. jim conley, chatsworth Ca

    Brilliant. The only time Hillary feels presidential is when Bill is with her. This was a great idea, hip, funny, shows a lighter side, and features her biggest advantage-Bill. How many more agonizing days before Dumbva's show cuts to black??

    June 19, 2007 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. Katherine Phelps, Atlanta, GA

    If anything, this wanton display of non chalance and lack of respect with regard to the importance of holding the office of President, proves that Mrs. Clinton is not the right woman for the job! Poor Bill, poor Hillary, poor us- USA.

    June 19, 2007 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. Ed Jones, Houston, Texas

    Simply marvellous

    June 19, 2007 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  9. DJ, Los Angeles

    I did like the "no onion rings" joke making fun of Bill's eating habits.

    But seriously...should people really decide what candidate to choose based on meaningless commercial?

    Or what song is chosen?

    I would hope not.

    June 19, 2007 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  10. bkelley

    Can't they just go away. Fade into obscurity.

    June 19, 2007 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |


    June 19, 2007 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. GTS in CA

    Is there anyone at CNN.com who can spell every day? Depending on the usage every day may be one word or two. CNN.com has never gotten the two-word usage right. Since it's your job to write, could you please learn how?

    June 19, 2007 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  13. Joan, New York, NY


    June 19, 2007 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  14. Linda Vickers, Cookeville, Tennessee

    I think this is great. I sure hope she wins the Presidential race. We need someone in there that knows what they are doing. It's for sure we haven't had that in a long time!!!!!

    June 19, 2007 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  15. Joan, New York, NY


    June 19, 2007 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  16. Cdawg Lexington, KY

    clever campaining...terrible acting...

    June 19, 2007 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  17. Joe C

    It figures. The Clintons once again can't come up with any original material, and have to live off the labors of others.

    Joe C.
    Midlothian, VA

    June 19, 2007 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  18. Matt

    The Clintons hold no comparison to the Sopranos. I'd vote for Carmella as our next president over Hillary Clinton any day of the week.

    June 19, 2007 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  19. June, Clearwater,Fl

    If this video doesn't bring a smile to your face then you have a heart of stone. BTW Mike Buble and Rick James both sang "You & I".
    Betcha an American wrote it..anyone know the songwriter?

    June 19, 2007 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  20. Donny, CantonOH

    I think the those who are complaining at nauseum about Hillary Clinton would serve this country a lot better by focusing their anger and attention on the problems THEY created by electing THEIR current president, who is now responsible for the deaths of more American lives than Osama Bin Laden. Hillary Clinton is a strong, intelligent woman, which is the only reason she is so demonized. It is going to take someone with the wisdom and insight of Hillary Clinton to clean up the mess YOU created by electing a warmonger who has only served to create an enormous deficit by reckless spending and an illegal war. I wish her luck. I wish this country luck on getting back on track to fiscal responsibility and international respect. I fear though she will need more than luck, or a "catchy theme song" to win the presidency. Chauvanism is alive and well in the USA.

    June 19, 2007 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  21. Bruce, Franklin, TN

    Most people have already made up their mind about Hillary one way or the other. She's been front and center in the public eye for almost 20 years.

    I personally wouldn't vote for her, but I think that, like the video Bill did just prior to leaving office, this video shows some humor and connects with many everyday people. Hillary suffers from a likeability deficit and this helps to temper that to a degree, but it won't change the minds of most people one way or the other. More power to her, but I think in the end she is unelectable.

    June 19, 2007 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  22. Isaac, Fairbanks Alaska

    First of all the song is really horrible, and if they were going to use a song by some Canadian, they could have chose a lot better. Like "New Orleans is Sinking" by the Tragically Hip.

    June 19, 2007 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  23. t Banks Stillwater, Okla

    Just goes to show the Clintons still live in the fantasy world. They try to get all their recognition from tv stunts. Bill Clinton made a mockery of America when he was in office, Hillary showed she didn't care about morality all they do is suck up our money even now as we have to pay for their million dollar home. Get them out of politics!!!!!!!!

    June 19, 2007 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  24. Blue Diamond

    It's Prophetic!

    The Clinton Campaign is going to "Fade to Black" after the first Primaries and it will anger some while delighting others just like the Sopranos, but above all, it will shock everyone.


    Obama 2008 ! In the interest of pstisan disclosure.

    June 19, 2007 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  25. Paul, Arlington, MA

    Fresh and fun. It's great to see the lighter side of such a bright, capable candidate for President.

    June 19, 2007 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
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