February 29th, 2008
09:45 AM ET
13 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. Z in Cali

    Playing the fear card, is she trying to remind us just how much a Clinton administration would be more of the same?

    February 29, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  2. Juanita Gutierrez.

    In response to Mike's comment, experience at what ? Keep it real. That's no more convincing than that fear-mongoring "3am" campaign. The American people have been gravely underestimated. We are not that simple. We know who is efficient in communicating with global leaders and his name is OBAMA.

    February 29, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. Will

    why Obama supporters always use the same words and lines in comments? Because they are organized to do so.
    Fear mongering... please come up with some refreshing lines.

    February 29, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. Bob, Kentucky

    Voting to go to war with a country that had nothing to do with attacking us created a brand new home for terrorists in Iraq and made us far less safe. And Hillary, you made that decision when your were wide awake – not at 3:00 a.m. in the morning.

    Playing upon our fears to get elected reeks of George Bush, Dick Cheney, and Karl Rove; shame on you, Hillary.

    You followed George W. Bush into Iraq and into the politics of fear. Haven't you also followed him in duplicity, denial, and deceit?

    February 29, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. Juan from Texas

    When Hillary wins the nomination and becomes a good president, I expect all the haters to come on here and admit they were wrong.

    Same for the Barack haters.

    February 29, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. char

    I know who I DO NOT want answering the phone. NOT a republican or Obama. There is just one logical, intelligent answer, and if you look deep in your heart, past the polls, and past the fact that you don;t want a women in charge, you will know that Hillary is the ONLY one expereinced enough to handle the situation. ALso, many women run there own HOUSE , and do quite well, Hillary should run the White HOUSE.

    February 29, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. Citizen

    Hillary psychotic episodes over the last couple of weeks have shown that she is not mentally strong enough to be President (i.e. crying; shouting hysterically, etc). I do not want her or McCain representing this Country anywhere, because they both have shown themselves to be unstable and incapable of controlling their mouths or their actions during this campaign season.

    So if we really did have a crisis situation I would like to see the guy who is rational and reasonble making the determination. And that would be President Barack Obama.

    February 29, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. josh

    Thank you Hillary.
    I support Hillary all the way. I still believe that the media does not want her to win. For a while it was getting better but I just saw a spot with McCain and Obama campaigning and what no Hillary. Nothing.
    So for me I see a much stronger woman,, human being in Hillary. She has had to fight the media and is still at the very least in a dead heat. Wtih the media on Baracks side, well of corse that will sway voters. Thankss CNN and other new media for electing our president and showing how biased you really are

    February 29, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  9. W

    Barack H. Obama will freeze like George W. Bush on 9/11

    HILLARY will take a deep breath and do the right thing.

    February 29, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. Midge from Ohio

    Margaret, I was a grandmother at 45 years old. What the hell does "amost a grandmother" have to do with it? Check out the Philly Inquirer and read "Elephant in the room". To think that Obama actually voted for infanticide while he was a state senator makes me sick. Hey, maybe we can start electing 20 year olds to be President, they are alot more virile after all.

    February 29, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  11. Debbi

    Hillary..it is as SIMPLE as that. Those who are making personal and gender based attacks on Senator Clinton should be ashamed of themselves. They are more prejudiced than anything else, and as with most prejudiced people, lack critical thinking skills.

    February 29, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  12. jody

    What I fear the most is Hillary!!!

    February 29, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. Harry, NY NY

    I can imagine Hillary answering it and complaining they always call her first.

    February 29, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. BCNU purple state, usa

    That part at the end of the ad where she's sitting at a desk burning the midnight oil...take a guess, maybe she's dong her taxes?

    February 29, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. Rina, Jackson,MS

    Hillary the one!
    Mr. Obama...?
    Yes you can; but not immendiately (The Economist, P11.)

    February 29, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  16. EBC

    Hillary is so FAKE... tried to force Obama on petty words like denouce vs. reject. Denouce was the proper word Hillary, use a dictionary next time.

    However why doesn't she denouce the Latino lady who bashed blacks against latinos on Hillary's behalf? You didn't see Ms. Denounce voice her rejection then did you? How convenient... let's call a spade a spade shall we. If it walks like a duck... guess what?

    Yeah..okay keep talking out the side of your neck Sen. Clinton.

    February 29, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. SP

    I just really hope that Hillary supporters still vote Democrat after she loses. You should have more loyality to your party and not just ONE person in your party that you may admire. I support Obama, but if Hillary wins I will vote for her in the general election. WE DO NOT NEED ANOTHER BUSH TYPE PRESIDENT !!! Plus, deep inside, come on Hillary fans, you know you like Obama....

    February 29, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  18. gl

    Who's acting like Karl Rove now. So I guess if she stays a Senator, she won't be helping with solutions and recommendations any more. If I can't get back to the White House, i'm going to take my ball and go home.

    20 years of the same 2 families running this country is not a Democracy.

    February 29, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  19. Scott Cadwell

    Disgusting. I had really hoped the Dems wouldn't stoop to Republican tactics and deal in the politics of fear. Shame on you, Hillary Clinton.

    February 29, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  20. Andy, New York, New York

    Hahahahahahahahahahahaha! HAH!

    Gimme a break!

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

    Not someone who didn't take time to read documents that raised questions about the WMD claims but rushed and voted for a war that is now so unpopular it has brought the President's popularity to a 30 percent low and a US Congress' popularlity to an even lower 22 percent.

    We need someone with the ability to make sound judgment, not rushed judgment!

    Hillary, you are disqualified from answering the WhiteHouse phone at 3 in the morning, especially if you wake up and find Bill is not in bed.

    February 29, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. Jen

    Hillary should answer that phone.

    Obama will say what is my problem about that – he will smoke and go back to sleep.

    February 29, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. John Karsten

    I find funny most you here think that we have to anwser the phone a 3 am. I would let that thing right until morning!! Short of nuclear war mind you, then I would get up. lol.

    February 29, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. Charles

    So why didn't someone on the Clinton Team answer the darn phone during the commercial? It would make you think someone in the hypothetical Clinton administration was asleep at the wheel. Hillary, you are looking silly for using our kids to spread fear. Did you pay money for your ill advised campaign commercial? The Obama Team will jump all over your stupid commercial with, President Obama immediately answering the phone and getting the job done. Clinton Team you have used poor judgment in your stupid commercial and will use it I'm sure as Commander-in-Chief and president. Be very, very quiet Hillary Clinton is hunting for idiots to elect her for a position requiring good judgment. GO Obama 08!

    February 29, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  24. Wayne Hunsaker

    Would someone please ask the candidates this question? Why did you vote to spend billions of tax payers dollars to pay for and support illegal aliens? All the presidental candidates voted foe the bill. Would love to send it to you if I had your email address. Wayne Hunsaker Totals about $338 billion a year.

    February 29, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |

    She is awakened by the phone ringing at 3:00 AM. She has that what the.. It's 3:00 AM, turns over and where's Bill? She gets up and muffled sounds are coming from the bathroom. The phone is still ringing. She follows the noise to the bathroom. She opens the bathroom door only to find a female intern taking dick-tation from Bill. She screams "Shame on you Bill" and finally reaches for the phone.

    Now answer the question, Who do you want answering the phone?

    February 29, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
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