February 29th, 2008
09:45 AM ET
15 years ago

Clinton raises the stakes in new ad

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/02/29/art.clintonad.cnn.jpg caption=" Clinton launched a tough new ad Friday."](CNN) - The Democratic White House hopefuls took to the airwaves Friday to battle over national security credentials, with Hillary Clinton’s campaign releasing a tough new ad that pegged her as the presidential candidate best-prepared to take on foreign crises, and Barack Obama’s team responding with the re-release of a spot that painted him as the White House hopeful with the best judgment to be commander-in-chief.

“It’s 3 a.m. and your children are safe and asleep. But there’s a phone in the White House, and it’s ringing. Something’s happened in the world,” says the announcer in the 30-second Clinton spot, which is set begin running in Texas Friday. A phone rings insistently over images of sleeping children.

“Your vote will decide who answers the call. Whether it’s someone who already knows the world’s leaders, knows the military. Someone tested and ready to lead in a dangerous world.

“It’s 3 a.m. and your children are safe and asleep. Who do you want answering the phone?”

The Clinton campaign said the new ad - titled “Children” - is meant to make voters ponder “who they want in the White House during a crisis.”

Within roughly an hour of the ad’s debut, the Obama campaign announced that it was re-releasing “Gulf,” a 30-second spot that first ran prior to the Iowa caucuses. The ad features retired Air Force Gen. Merrill McPeak, a former combat pilot who was the service’s highest-ranking uniformed officer during the first Gulf War.

“As a combat pilot and Air Force chief during Desert Storm, lives depended on the judgments I made,” McPeak says in the spot. “And judgment is what we need from our next commander in chief. Barack Obama opposed this war in Iraq from the start, showing insight and courage others did not.”

McPeak backed John Kerry in the 2004 presidential race.

- CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

soundoff (408 Responses)
  1. Mike, Texas

    Clinton sent my fellow veterans to die in a foreign war that should never have been authorized. She is a hot-head! I DO NOT want her picking up the red line. Obama 08!

    February 29, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. Athan from MD.

    The woman's instinct is far superior.
    It is time to for the USA to elect one and Hillary is the best qualified person out of all running for presidency.
    Wake up America!
    One mistake is too many. Do not fall in a trap like re-electing Bush in 2004.

    February 29, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. Illona

    Barack, for sure. Hillary will say whatever if politically expedient and do anything to secure her and her husband's legacy, no matter what the costs.

    i am worried about any president who cares more about herself than the country.

    Using the fear tactic is all too predictable. I was genuinely undecided early (leaning Obama because I don't like dynastic democracy and opposed the war in iraq) and thought both would make reasonably good candidates. Now, I will never ever cast a vote for Hillary Clinton - not this year, not when she runs again, not when she runs for re-election in NY.

    February 29, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. marge

    When the phone rings at 3am....The caller will ask...Hello Hillary,may we speak to Bill?

    Don't get it twisted...It's not Hillary's record she's running on ...It's Bill Clinton's Presidency....Well except for NAFTA!!!!!

    How does her so called experience prepare her for a crisis???
    Her supporters fail to answer this question!!!!!

    February 29, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. zoo

    ... probably not the person who has a total meltdown every time she doesn't get her way.

    February 29, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. Jason Arledge

    How is she tested? She cried on national TV when she lost in Iowa. She is not ready to lead this nation at all. Her entire family line needs to fade into the background of American history, and quick.

    February 29, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. Brian NC

    If you don't say you want McCain answering that phone, you're an idiot

    February 29, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. Tafoya A. Hubbard

    @Fay Neither Clintons were in the Military either thank you very much.

    Also to whoever said Barack blunder a question regarding Al Qeda he did NOT. Terror cells are EVERYWHERE in this country are we going to send our troops all over the world to find them?? When somebody is ready to attack us again they will regardless of who is sitting at 1600 PA Ave. 9-11 happened under Bush yet he gets props for keeping "us safe" there is no such thing to me.

    February 29, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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