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. DfromNY

    You must be kidding me! What does this rich woman know about the real struggles most people fight through. I have seen her house in Chappaqua, New York. Believe me she is not cleaning the toilet bowls in that house.

    February 19, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. Amy, Kazoo

    blue collared workers are not the only ones who do shift work or work hard. My husband is a doctor who has to do shift work, works after normal hours, works tirelessly. blue collared workers should not be offended by this.

    February 19, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. JohnS

    I work the late-night shift daily, as an educator. However, I do not wear a 3-piece, just plain jeans or sweater with "holes" in it!

    But wait, and take a hard look, as Hillary would say– is she really working like you and me?

    February 19, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. C Hall in Seattle

    I will give her credit for having a positive ad at least. But I agree that working late into the night isn't the same as a night shift. In my job I've had to work a week or so at a time overnight and I wouldn't dare claim that I understand what it's like to do that for a living.

    I think this is sort of like saying that she worked for Wal-Mart, too... or once bought shoes at Payless for a Halloween party.

    I'm not going to bash her for having money, but be up front and honest about it and recognize that there are other ways to connect with American citizens.

    Of course, I live in a smallish caucus state which went for Obama so what I think doesn't matter anyway. 🙂

    February 19, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |

    Work makes you sweat, makes your back ache, puts calluses on your hands. Work is when an object is moved by force over a distance.

    It doesn't matter if it's nights or days. Sitting on your backside posing for a potographer doesn't qualify.

    Don't worry Hillary, you are not the onlt candidate posing.

    February 19, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. Chris, Columbia SC

    Does anyone leaving comments here know how many hours Hillary put in after say 8PM while working for the children’s defense fund? Probably NOT! There are probably many other examples where she DID work the night shift for the good of those other than herself, like veterans and National Guard troops. The comment area of CNN’s Political Ticker has become nothing more than a “Bash Hillary Forum.” It is ok for people to state their opinions, but don’t bash someone unless you have your evidence to back-up what you are saying.

    February 19, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. Bayou Joe

    Working on the night shift. That is a good line from a country song.
    Or, how about "Shift Work" by George Strait. I too worked the night shift for many years and look where it got me. I lost my GM job to a Mexican worker because it was cheaper to build the xmission in Mexico than in Detroit. I think it was Clinton that signed the NAFTA
    deal. As Ross Perot would say. "That giant sucking sound you hear is your job going to Mexico." or something like that.

    Hillary and Obama tell me how you are going to bring our jobs back.
    Also how are you going to send the Illegals back.

    February 19, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. BJ

    Really people! After reading all the stupid comments I couldn't resist the need to comment further. None of you know what you are talking about. When Hillary meets the public she presents herself in a professional manner. Do you expect her to go home and change iinto grubbies and pack a small suitcase when she remains at work?! Everyone single one of you know what that ad is all about. You merely wanted the opportunity to be picky, picky, picky. Just as Obama, she got her education to get where she is now. This could go on forever, grow up people. Get back to the real issues and take a long hard look at Obama's campaign as well.

    February 19, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. Kshama

    In regards to Hillary Clinton's night shift ad:

    Get a life everyone. The point HIllary is trying to make is that the reason she is considered a policy wonk, is that she works hard to understand the issues. The next Democratic debate should be interesting! It seems most of the comments above are from Obama supporters. Just becasue Hillary doesn't talk about her background growing up doesn't mean she doesn't know how to work hard. Better yet, have any of you wondered how Obama with only about 2 years in the US Senate qualifies himself to be President of the United States? I think he'll be staying up many nights himself since he doesn't much include any specifics in his speeeches. He'll learn about foreign policy, and domestic issue by making speeches to Congress.

    February 19, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  10. Monk

    I have had several jobs working the night shift. Currently, as a well paid professional, I often work late and will occasionally pull allnighters.

    The fact that Hillary will compare long hours as a lawyer, First Lady, or Senator to working a night shift just shows how out of touch she is!

    Obama/Edward '08!

    February 19, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. Maksym

    This article is a joke, she has never been poor in her life, how can she claim to know how that feels?

    What a joke.

    February 19, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. m.k.

    Worked the night shift? Whom does she think she is kidding? The Clintons are as corrupt as you can get!

    Obama' 08!

    February 19, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. JC, Seattle

    I'm sure that Hilary WILL work hard for us ...but do we really want someone arranging secretive deals at night and then claiming that she knows what it's like working graveyard or swing shift? Sorry, I just don't believe that giving donors or opposing candidates a working over necessarily equates to understanding those of us who have to work. Working hard to come up with an original campaign slogan just doesn't seem the same as freezing your behind off in the middle of winter while slaving the night away at a non-union job just so you can pay the rent.

    Go Hilary Go! Pander pander pander!

    February 19, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. Rich in Seattle

    Uh, yeah. I fully believe that the wife of an ex-president really had a hard life and understands what it is to work the night shift. GIVE ME A BREAK!!!

    February 19, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  15. politicaltiger

    Notice what CNN has at the bottom of their menu – Hot Topics » Election Center 2008 • The Political Ticker • Hillary Clinton • John McCain • more topics »Weather Forecast International Edition

    Nowhere is Obama mentioned. It is subtle, but it is quite apparent.
    clinton news Network.

    They wont post this here, because they fear being exposed.

    February 19, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  16. M Hill

    Oh brother, I don't know too many plain old night shift folks who can afford to come to work dressed in the suit she has on in the ad. Hillary wouldn't know a timeclock from a gas gauge, neither of which she has to care about.
    On the other hand, I doubt Boma has had an original thought since his good old ghetto days at Harvard. No wonder he uses other people's quotes so freely.
    Give me a break!
    Too bad Barbara Jordan has left this world. She was and always will be my pick for true presidential material!

    February 19, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. Rosado

    The woman works hard. MOre than must men! Hillary 08!

    February 19, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. Michael

    Howard Wolfson at his best– Hillary working the night shift? Only words, right Howard? How else could she loan her campaign $5M if she wasn't working the night shift!

    February 19, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  19. Mir

    You might get a higher salary in law, but all of those firms require their lawyers to pull all nighters to get out briefs, contracts, research. It's not a "choice" when your job is at stake and you're working for a 24/7 culture. This ad does ring true.

    February 19, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  20. TXnurse4obama

    Good job Hillary thanks for the help! You have just insulted blue collar workers in this nation. From all persons that have struggled to make a few extra dollars on the night shift to make ends meet. It is time for same old people same old politics to get out of Washington. Republicans as well as Democrats are ready for change. This country is ready to move forward not backwards.

    February 19, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  21. Bukky, Baltimore

    I think this shows the disconnect between Hillary and the "blue collars" she is looking to get. Working long hours as a corporate attorney at 300-600 per our aint (delibrate choice to use that word) the same as working the night shift at a gas station or plant.

    If she doesn't know that, there is a problem.

    There is also the matter of choice. Hillary chooses to OVERachieve by working late. Blue collar worker working the night shift becuase they choose to EAT.

    February 19, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  22. cheryl

    I do work at a hospital and I know that our employees do not work 16 hour days and weekends on behalf of other people. And all most of my colleagues do is complain about everything.

    When are you ALL going to give her a break.

    I have also been a community activist and that just means a lot of meetings with policiticians and other stakeholders. Activists are just politicians in training. Where is Obama's PLAN, people? He just talks but where are the details? I think we are in really big trouble since once again, most people think emotionally rather than strategically.

    February 19, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  23. Rabin

    How late??? For a school student 9:00pm is late during the weekdays. Was her condition that bad she had to work late nights???
    She hasn't learned the lesson that when you attack others you forget that you are attacking youself.

    February 19, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  24. Chris

    Alot of sour grapes here. I have worked the night shift both in a factory and at my desk. Both were taxing. How can anyone say that their work is any worse than someone else's job. Give me a break! Lots of narrow mindedness. And as far as the amount of money the Clintons have...doesn't anyone remember that the Clintons never had millions until after Bill's presidency. He, like so many others, gets major bucks for his speeches, books, etc. Name me one politician who actually came from second shift factory work with a zero balance in their checkbook and a mortgage in default. This is another one of those bash the Clintons rants while we all have to cut the Obamas slack for their actions. Let's vote on issues people!

    February 19, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  25. Darryl from Arlington TX

    Hillary's world no one understands her but Bill Clinton. She cares less for Union Workers just ask Wal Mart workers. She likely came up with the 36 hour work week at Wal Mart so they don't have to pay there works Medical Benifits. She is one smart lady.... She wants to give you false hope than pull it away from you.... Whata Hillary......

    February 19, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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