February 19th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton ad: 'She's worked the night shift, too.'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/19/art.hillaryad.cnn.jpg caption="Clinton’s Ohio ad is aimed at blue-collar voters."] (CNN) – Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is reaching out to blue-collar voters with a new ad that says she can empathize with the travails of the night shift.

“You pour coffee, fix hair, you work the night shift at the local hospital,” says the announcer in the 30-second spot, ‘Night Shift,’ over footage of workers on the job.

“You're often overworked, underpaid, and sometimes overlooked. But not by everyone. One candidate has put forth an American family agenda to make things easier for everyone who works so hard. ….”

The ad ends with a photo of Clinton working at her desk at night. “She understands. She's worked the night shift, too.”

Clinton’s campaign has noted a strong showing in Ohio’s March 4 primary is critical to her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

So has Clinton worked the night shift? Spokesman Howard Wolfson said Tuesday that "the reference is to her working late at night at her desk."

–CNN’s Rebecca Sinderbrand and Jessica Yellin

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Ohio
soundoff (219 Responses)
  1. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Bill worked the night shift too, but under a different desk.

    February 19, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. Texas4Obama

    Hillary working at her desk after the sun has gone down is NOTHING like real people that go out to work and HAVE TO work at night. Give me a break!

    Obama '08 – the candidate for ALL Americans

    February 19, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. godlesspriest

    So when, for example, a corporate lawyer pulls an all-nighter to get the documents for a merger finalized, that's working the night shift? Wow, i'll get instant street cred when I graduate.

    February 19, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  4. brenda-k

    I'll skip the one-liners about her husband working the night shift too...I'll just say that I don't know any waitresses or hairdresses who could loan anyone five million dollars.

    February 19, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. Zappy D

    Oh come on! Political advertising at it's worst. The ad is not believable.

    February 19, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. Frank in Missouri

    That's a joke ... Then I am Bob the Builder because I have a hammer at home. Say whatever it takes, pretend whatever you need ...

    February 19, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. Jules

    I am 100% an Obama supporter but this is a really great ad and the kind both campaigns ought to be putting out there. If only she did more of these instead of the other negative kinds, then Obama would not be forced to fire back and we could watch all the ads without flinching.

    February 19, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. Kentucky

    I use to work the night shift at an Auto plant. You Hillary still have a job. When you and your husband put the stamp of approval on the NAFTA deal, I lost mine.

    February 19, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. John

    Oh come on!

    February 19, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. Ricky Marlin, New Orleans, LA

    They might want to re-word that.

    February 19, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. JR

    Hillary should be getting credit for being exactly who she is – a hard-working mother who has courageously balanced a demanding professional career, life in the public eye and her family. None of Obama's sexist remarks (about Hillary "feeling down" and her "claws" coming out) will negate what Hillary has achieved or the fact that she is a strong, capable woman and candidate.

    February 19, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. No More Old Guard

    What a joke. Working the night shift = working late? Give me a break.

    February 19, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. Larry Dickman - IA

    Give me a break. What's next? She works on the weekend to? She represents the State of New York, of course she is going to work nights.

    February 19, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. /teresa, leav, ks

    Hillary is a hard worker. I am proud of the way she represents women. Go HIllary

    February 19, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. In Shock

    I honestly do not think working the night shift as an attorney or even as a summer clerk while in law school can begin to compare with some poor woman working the night shift up on her feet all night just to make ends meet.

    February 19, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. James

    Keep up the good work Hillary, you have my full support!!!

    February 19, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  17. Patty Don't

    pander, pander, pander

    February 19, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  18. DJW

    Mrs. Clinton I am sure your night shift is not the same as a Blue Collar night shift. This will blow up in your face!!!

    February 19, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  19. Peter Canada 4 Obama!

    Hillary will work harder for the lobbyiest when if she become the president of the United State of America.
    All those money she has taken from Lobbyiest and special interest group how will she pay for them ? You have to pay them in some ways Hillary.

    Working hard to ship our job oversea is not working hard for America.

    Declare you tax info Hillary if you have nothing to hide why can't you disclose your taxes.

    Obama and the rest of the candidate have declare their .

    February 19, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  20. Nattie Karma

    It is an insult for Senetor Clinton to joke about night shifts when she never worked one. She is not over worked and under paid, we are!! She should stop using us for her political mirage.

    February 19, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  21. david

    How can anyone NOT vote for this woman?

    February 19, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  22. Lynne

    I am sure Senator Clinton has 'worked the night shift'. I am not attempting to be flippant; however, if I were attempting to appeal to the blue collar workers, I believe I would lose the pearls and the expensive suit. I am a professional, and when I work the 'night shift', I wear jeans or sweats...

    February 19, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  23. Lucas, Nashville TN


    That's all. Got nothing more. This is such transparent crap that all I can do is laugh.

    Obama has worked the REAL night shift – as a community organizer, not an entitled politician.

    February 19, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  24. Pia,NJ

    What a laugh! Working the nightshift indeed! Hillary has had someone work for her, her whole life.

    February 19, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  25. Leo

    Wow, when I worked the night shift I did not get to wear pearls and have on a suit. I wore a uniform with no jewelry, where did she work the night shift?

    February 19, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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