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. SID

    Shs clearly does not understand what it means to work the night shift.


    WE ARE NOT FOOLED........



    February 19, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. keith

    As someone who used to work a lot of midnight-8am night shifts and aware of what that does to your body, mind, and relationship to the rest of the world, I find it a bit condescending for her to say she's worked the night shift too. I'm sure she works hard, but don't use that phrase so coyly.

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

    The truth is, she's not lying. As a blue collar upstate New Yorker I can honestly say she is one of the few who's had our backs!

    February 19, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  4. Roz, IL

    Whatever, she's so fake, phony and two- faced. I work 12 hour nights also, and not behind a desk.

    February 19, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. wrong photo..

    Working late should have shown Billary shreding the tax docs she's hiding!!!

    February 19, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  6. Kim, Sacramento, CA

    HRC may have worked some "late nights" but never a traditional night shift and definintely not for the wage that a vast majoirty of traditional night shift workers earn. Give me a break here.

    February 19, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. David Fisher

    Exactly when did she work the night shift? I wish our politicians would stick to factual claims.

    I am tired of all of them and have decided I am giving Barack my vote.

    February 19, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. Kay

    RIDICULOUS! Does Hillary understand what it means to work the night shift? She will do and say anything to get the nomination.

    February 19, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. Lois

    There is a huge difference in working late at my desk and working the night shift. Give me a break! She doesn't have a clue as to working the night shift. Those of us that work the night shift have no sympathy for her.......Get a real job and work the night shift.

    February 19, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. La Raza

    Aw come on Hillary .... the night shift?

    February 19, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  11. toebaby

    Working late at her desk? You've gotta be kidding! I laughed at this! I mean, is that even comparable to working in a factory or restaurant or hospital???? Who are her advisers? There's two kinds of late shifts. I have pulled some long nights myself, but I wouldn't compare the two. Ya know?

    February 19, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. Suzanne

    That is too funny for words. Clinton has never had an economically hard day in her life. She chose to make a ton of money off of law work and big corporations.

    She has stooped to a new level.

    February 19, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  13. Felipe

    I don't think the Clintons have experienced hardships.
    Take Chelsea: Right out of college she landed on a 6 figure job, that is $100,000 a year (or more) while many people, including people with PhD's don't reach that level of compensation during their lifetime

    February 19, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  14. Jason - Visalia, CA

    Now that is comedy. Next it's going to be, "I was poor once too, I remember what it was like to be hurting for money"

    February 19, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  15. Megan

    Hmmm. I don't think that's quite the same thing. Nice try, though. Anyone who knows anything about HRC knows better.

    February 19, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. Liz PA

    In Congress there are showhorses and workhorses. Hillary takes her job seriously and I have no doubt she has worked late into the night since she is a proven workhorse.

    February 19, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  17. David, Dallas Tx

    And like so many Americans, she was an employee of Wal-Mart! Of course, sitting on the Board of Directors isn't exactly the same thing as standing at the cash register until dawn.

    If Hillary is so pro-blue-collar, why is she serving the interests of the Insurance Companies instead of protecting the the poor? Forcing the poorest Americans to buy insurance they can't afford isn't in THEIR interests!

    Get real, Hillary. Even more than the Republicans, you're the Big Money candidate, not the Blue Collar candidate.

    February 19, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. Ratgurl

    Working the night shift will soon be the norm in order for the American people to get health care coverage under Hillary's plan. We'll all be working second (& third) jobs!

    February 19, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  19. Evan

    "oh boy! Hillary is one of us! She's so blue-collar and average. We all know that every factory worker has millions of spare dollars just laying around to donate to ourselves. She really represents us good! Girl power!!"

    February 19, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  20. Charlotte

    Wow... how patronizing can you get.

    February 19, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  21. Vince Los Angeles, CA

    oh yeah...she works the night shift.......in a jacket, pearls and a comfortable desk.......GIVE ME A BREAK!!!

    February 19, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  22. Boomer For Change

    Well, I worked the "night shift" to help put myself through college and to also support my 4 children. We called it the "graveyard shift." Now I work at my desk late at night too. Hmmmm...I am 55 yrs old, and I can't remember anything Hillary did for me...So what is she promising to do for those people working the night shift niow???? I guess this is just an "empathy" ad. I guess she stays up late at night in her office "thinking" about those night shift workers. How nice. Something tells me she is staying up late at night trying to figure out how she can enhance her career... or maybe she is trading cattle futures online or something. Sorry, I don't buy it....and thinking people won't buy it either.

    February 19, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. Media Watch

    At least their ads are getting funny...

    February 19, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  24. Ed

    I know Hillary has been working day and night for this country for 35 years. I have so much respect for her and her husband and I hope she becomes President in November 2008...God bless her!

    February 19, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  25. Kevin

    Is she also underpaid?

    February 19, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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