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. maria

    Is nice she 'works' at her desk all dressed up... coat, jewelry, low light... when i work at night i get comfy for the long night ahead lolol....

    Give us a break!!! are we that dumb?!?!?


    February 19, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. bogie813

    Yes, she does work hard. I want that a heck of a lot more than I want speeches, especially when they are not even the words of the one doing all the talking.

    February 19, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Hmm....

    Hey Hillary!

    Working at your little desk in your multi-million dollar home in the evenings after someone else fixes your dinner and cleans up after you is not QUITE the same thing as slogging out at ten o'clock at night to put in an 8, 10, 12-hour shift.

    She really needs to get over herself.

    February 19, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Who works the night shift in a buisness suit and pearls?? I thought she was trying to relate to us not mock us!!

    February 19, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. Sara

    How offensive to blue collar workers for her to compare herself with us!

    February 19, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. pj

    wow, i hope no one buys into this! a lady who lent her campaign 5 million and is worth a reported 35million (we would know more if she release her tax returns) can not possibly claim to empathise with voters who works double shifts just to put food on the table.

    if they buy this line, then good for them – they deserve what they get.

    February 19, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. landon

    It's a political ad people. Just like any other ad.

    February 19, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. Shiela Marks

    Hillary is a big phony.

    February 19, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. Jyh1920


    February 19, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. David B

    Hillary has worked many night shifts waiting for Bill to come home and trying to get a handle on what the definition of IS really is!!!!!!!
    The time for cooperation has finally found a candidate.
    Obama '08

    February 19, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. ben

    I don't see why people hate Hillary so much. I don't!
    I am for Obama, but I will continue to say I can't hate anyone on either side. They are all good Americans.

    February 19, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. landon

    What political ad is believable? I'll wait!

    February 19, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. Ted

    You have to wonder at times how the Clinton campaign makes its decisions, and what it would mean if, Heaven forbid, she ever got real power. Everything from her campaign is either viciously negative, amateurish, dumb, or all of the above.

    February 19, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. buckeye

    The Clinton campaign wants you to think that Senator Obama is dumb, lazy and nothing but a charming pretty face.

    Then why has Senator Obama been endorsed by over 100 newspapers, including the seven largest papers in Texas alone?

    People with advanced degrees are more likely to support Obama (they do know something about being at their desks late at night, by the way).

    February 19, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  15. Margi

    What is the American family agenda you are putting forth? I am tired of working the night shift and the day shift just to buy food and keep a roof over our heads. Oh, by the way I can't loan $100 to myself.

    February 19, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. Marcella Ortiz

    Work is work ! I am sure Hillary has worked plenty to get where she is. Thirty-Five years of professional work experience to lead our countrty speaks volumes! Let the WOMAN lead. HILLARY is the BEST choice. Hillary for PRESIDENT !!!

    February 19, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  17. Damir Cokljat

    I fully support Hillary Clinton for President even before day one !! She's the only one who's got experinace and talent, and the only one who can beat McCain. She does understand situation about healthcare, I am the one effected with it. MY VOTE TO HILLARY !!!!

    February 19, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  18. Ben, Nashville, TN

    Yeah, that doesn't count...

    February 19, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. victor

    good ad. Politics at its finest. The Clinton's are good!

    Obama 08'

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

    When ppl are working the night shift. They do not dress up like Hillary did in this picture.

    What job is that? Some fancy party in Manathan or in Washimgton?

    February 19, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  21. Michael

    This is a great ad. Very positive and supportive to the working people of this country.

    Great job!

    February 19, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  22. Sarah L, Fayetteville, AR

    This ad is somewhat preposterous. Since leaving lawschool, Senator Clinton has had nothing but high-paying jobs. Obama is the one who left Harvard to work for the underpriveleged.

    February 19, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  23. Mike

    To really understand what working people have to endure, has Hillary ever been laid off from a job that is all she has to feed the kids and pay the rent? Many people WANT to work in America. It's just that the JOBS that have gone overseas thanks to the Clintons and NAFTA.

    February 19, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  24. NORCAL

    She has worked day and night people. She has fought long and hard for so many issues civil rights, migrant workers rights, medical benefits, childrens issues,etc. Read about her then you will be able to make your comments. I was not completely sold until I read an UNAUTHORIZED BOOK ABOUT HILLARY, now she is an INSPIRATION to me and hopefully to so many who had no idea what she has really done in her lifetime, even pre-Bill C. Wakeup America!

    Hillary 08'

    CNN please dont erase this comment like my others!

    February 19, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. Tuesday

    LOL, now this is priceless....

    February 19, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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