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. JP SW

    Thank God someone at least hears that there are people who do jobs and work when everyone else is asleep. I did for 15 years. Doctors, nurses, support people in hospitals, firemen, police officers, sanitary workers, cooks, street sweeper and many more do.

    I would say every US Senator has worked many a night serving this country.

    February 19, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Wayne, Greenville TX

    But she's still losing to Barack Obama......

    I used to be for John Edwards, but now I think that Barack Obama is the best candidate to lead our nation. From either party.

    February 19, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. Trading Wine for Beer

    She WILL work hard for us!!

    Clinton '08!!

    February 19, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. nurse4obama

    Give me a break. Working late at your desk is nothing like working the night shift. It is insulting to anyone who has ever worked the night shift. Hillary says she understands single parents. I was a single parent working the night shift at a hospital hoping and praying that my children were safe with the person I entrusted my children while I worked. I would have had a much greater peace of mind staying up late in my home office while my children slept. Lets get real Hillary.

    February 19, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. An Obamacan

    Propaganda at it's best and ugliest.

    February 19, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. Alan

    An insult it sure is when those with Wellesley and Harvard education pretend to know what blue collar life is like. I am sure those hard working 12 hour shift people will sympathize.
    This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen in my entire life.

    February 19, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. HRC

    "overworked, underpaid, and sometimes overlooked..." just like the Wal-mart employees I refused to stand up for when I was on the infamous union-busting board.

    But vote for me now and things will be different. My past actions don't matter and my opponent's words don't matter, all that matters is my gender and what I tell you to do now.

    By the way, working at your desk when you are making $100,000+ with annual bonuses in the tens of thousands of dollars IS working the night shift.

    February 19, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Right now millions of people without a job are looking for that overworked, underpaid and overlooked "Night Shift" job. Hillary says "she understands" but does she really, really understand.

    February 19, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. Jimbo

    Don't be fooled. Look at the facts, look at their history.

    Hillary Clinton brouoght the #1 outsourcer of US jobs to India into NY. They employ 10 people in NY, and they outsource $4 billion annually in US jobs.

    Bill Clinton expanded H-1 and L-1, bringing thousands upon thousands of foreigners here for the sole purpose of taking good paying jobs away from Americans.

    Bill Clinton also signed in NAFTA, which has been disastrous for American Workers.

    The Clintons never got it, and still don't.

    February 19, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  10. CE, Wisconsin, USA

    Oh, Please!

    February 19, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. ILoveAmerica

    Working late at night is not the same as working the night shift. If she ever HAD worked the night shift, she would understand this very well.

    (It appears that Howard Wolfson has never worked the night shift, either.)

    February 19, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. Lightning

    This is an insult to blue collar workers everywhere.

    Comparing Hillary sitting in her lush office as a corporate lawyer for Wal-Mart to the back-breaking work so many men and women do every night is outrageous.

    February 19, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. Mark C. Eades

    Right: Hillary is overworked, underpaid, and overlooked, just like any of us working the night shift for subsistence wages. If she really is just like the rest of us, then why can't we see her tax returns?

    February 19, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. Gerry Smith

    Working late at night hardly compares to working a true "night shift". This is really insulting to those of us who have actually worked a regular night shift to earn a paycheck. How out of touch from real working people these "white collar" lawyer / politicians like Hillary are !

    February 19, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. Dennis

    I can see the message she is trying to convey, but given the criteria: that she has worked late at night at her desk, I think many of us have worked the night shift that aren't blue collar. I suspect all the current candidates have. That seems to be the nature of politics and government work in Washington. Somehow singling herself out as the one candidate that has worked long hours in her job doesn't seem appropriate.

    February 19, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. Allen

    She's also worked to vote for the Iraq war, and now she's working really hard to pretend she didn't.

    She is politics as usual. If she is the Dem nominee there will be no difference between her and her best friend John McCain in the general election.

    A vote for Hillary is a vote for four more years of Bush/McCain Republicans.

    February 19, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  17. Steve Gilbert

    You've got to be kidding me. "I've got millions of dollars in the bank, but hey, I know what it's like." Working late at night behind a desk and working a night shift at a steel mill on a meager salary to make ends meet are not the same.

    Do people really buy this garbage?

    February 19, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. Oregon4Obama

    Holy god Hillary....everyone has worked the night shift......Just becuase your night shift is in an office doesnt mean you can instantly relate to warehouse night shift workers, or anyone......you are really begging to be liked are'nt ya......its cute

    February 19, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. Phyllis

    Working at a desk at night no where approximates a true night shift. I have done both working my way through college and working professionally. It is a slap in the face to equate the two. Even the rationale behind them is different. Workers work the night shift because they have to do so to survive. Working overtime at night is a choice where decide how long, where and under what conditions. Please give me a break Hillary. When was the last time you got your hands dirty in machinery or human spoilage? When was the last time you really worked a night shift?

    February 19, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. John

    I think I need to put my boots on for this one. I dont think someone that can loan her compaign $5 million can truly empathize with someone that works the night shift to make ends meet. I dont know, but that is just me. When was she ever that strapped for cash? The woman will do and say anything to get elected. Watch out America!

    February 19, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. alex

    wow this candidate stops at nothing to get what she wants..."She worked the night shift, too."????? Come on, the only night shift she has ever worked was when she did taping of this ridiculous ad.

    February 19, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. W.A.


    Just so America knows, since I doubt most supporters do their homework, the Clinton's are worth over 50 MILLION dollars. Bill and Hillary made most of that money while Bill was in office. AND they refuse to release tax returns–something that Obama HAS done.

    She has worked the nightshift... I love it.

    Obama '08!!

    February 19, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  23. E. in Dallas, TX

    Yeah, tell this to use when you can easily donate 5 million to your campaign like it's nothing.
    Or when you are the second highest "paid" member of congress receiving money from medical insurance and drug companies.


    February 19, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  24. Texas



    February 19, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  25. seyi

    Amazing... Her new campaign manager must be making it happen for Hillary... Its too late though.Obama is key... He will win.

    February 19, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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