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

Clinton raises the stakes in new ad

 Clinton launched a tough new ad Friday.

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. Mr. Kleinshmidt

    Clinton's campaign gets uglier and uglier as it goes down. All sane people want Barack answering the phone. You never know which of Hillary's multiple personalities will pick up anyway. After Tuesday it's time to fine tune your speach to concede...and don't forget to congratulate Mr. Obaba for the fine job he has done and will continue as President of these U.S.

    February 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. Joss

    How sad that she is resorting to fear tactics to attempt to gain votes.

    February 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. Oh!

    Obama lover's don't hate Hillary for being smart and ready to run this country..

    Get a grip! Go Hillary 08

    February 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. newz4i

    Office of the Press Secretary, October 7, 2002:

    From Bush"s Don"t Wait for Mushroom Cloud Speech:

    "Knowing these realities, America must not ignore the threat gathering against us. Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof - the smoking gun - that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud."

    Follow up by Senator Clinton: (H.J.Res. 114 ) A joint resolution to authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against Iraq. Vote Date: October 11, 2002, 12:50 AM. Clinton (D-NY), "Yea."

    NO ONE who voted for the war with Iraq (poor judgment) should be rewarded with the presidency of the United States ! ! !

    February 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. Trev

    Blah Blah fearmonger blah. Hillary has been trying for months to engage in a sophisticated foreign policy debate. People shut her down with ambigious thoughts of hope and change. So, she becomes more direct about it.

    I want Hillary answering the phone and so will many other people. When your claim to foreign policy fame is a vote that you never had a chance to make, you might not be ready to take that call. I like Obama, but the odds that I am ever going to have a conversation with him are low. The being the case, I will vote for the fighter over the friend.

    February 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. Dennis in IA

    It certainly won't be Hillary – she would have some over sleepover guests answer for her from Lincoln's Bedroom. I certainly do not want Hillary her recent Jekyll and Hyde comments you do not know "Witch" one you will get. I know that Barack will certainly answer the phone with a nice tone tone to his voice.

    February 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. Susan

    This is beautiful, way to go Hillary. Very tasteful and hit the nail right on the head. Go Hillary

    February 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. marge

    Where is her experience in times of crisis????? You people keep talking about her experience...When did she ever have to make a decision regarding America's safety??? Other than Iraq!!!!!

    *******HILLARY SUPPORTERS*********
    Please share with us her expereince as it pertains to National Security!!!!

    Being married to a President does not count!!!!

    February 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  9. Jude

    Why would I want HRC to answer the phone when she can't even answer the questions directly?

    February 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  10. Mike


    6 out of 10 say pick up the phone!!! SHE SILL PICK UP THE PHONE!!



    FALL HARD FOR THE SAME (Clinton)!!!

    February 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. sharon

    This ad reminds me of the scare tactics of the Bush Administration. And so do a lot of the responses to this article. Do you think the President gets up in the night and answers the phone and goes off on some tangent and makes decision on his own. People wake up...... Hillary would make the decision on her own because she is Commander in Chief, and she is the boss.....where Obama and McCain would take immediate action to get the advisors there and make a decision as a group. Do you really think the president makes all these decisions by himself?????

    Hillary having access to the "Red Telephone" scares me We have seen how irrational she is. We don't need some woman having her mood swings running the white house. And somehow I don't think Hillary's sleep would be interrupted, we would have to wait until morning when she has her sleep in, she can't be interruped.

    February 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  12. B (in Texas)

    Hillary all the way. I want someone who knows the name of the new Russian president... not someone who doesn't know any world leaders.

    Hillary Clinton in Texas '08!

    February 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  13. wiley

    yeah, i have seen in westchester county how much poverty you prevented. poor people stacked on top of each other,without a glimmer of hope of ever owning or buying a home in the state of new york.

    February 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |



    February 29, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. Eli

    First all let me say I just want a DEMOCRAT in the WHITE HOUSE in the fall. The only one that I see doing that is Hillary Clinton. She has been in the publics eye long enough that the other side has smeared and tried to do as much as possible, they cant try anything that hasnt been tried before at this point. Obama has quite a few skeletons in his closets that the Republicans are just waiting to jump on if he gets the nomination. They are just hinting at them now but not bringing them out fully because they know that they will wait and use them later. IT SHOULD AND WILL BE HILLARY CLINTON 08

    February 29, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. Gillis

    Obama need to counter Clinton's new ad with the following:

    The question is not who answers that phone. The question is who makes the correct split-second decision that would affect that child's future.

    February 29, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  17. Susan

    It would have to be Clinton that I would want on that line not Obamma that has no ideal what he is doing. GO HILLIARY

    February 29, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  18. Mike

    Obama wont have Hillary to parrot in a whitehouse emergency, what will he do?

    February 29, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. Linda

    Hillary will keep us safe. Typical Obama does not have ideas of his own that he has to be respond versus comming up with original ideas. Where is the CHANGE when you are always responsive.

    February 29, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. Trent Dillard

    It's good to know we still have a chance to have a President that will scare us into voting for her. We deserve what we get. Way to go my fellow Americans! Whatever happened to "There's nothing to fear but fear itself."

    February 29, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. Brenda

    I want it to be President Clinton who answers. I know Obama thinks he can talk us out of anything, but 3:00 AM is an action time, not a smiley, feel good time. It would be a good learning lesson for all of you to see how it would be to have a president of Obama's caliber, but I would be in the mess with you. I want someone with something to offer besides speeches and empty words.

    February 29, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. Darus Love

    Umm...Great Ad, but I don't want Hillary, Obama or McCain answering that call. I'd prefer Oliver North and Newt Gingrich. Thank you very much.

    February 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. Independent

    Among McCain, Hillary, and Obama, the choice of whom I want to answer that call is really between two people: McCain and Obama - Hillary is a beaten down and mediocre version of McCain when it comes to experience and is not worthy to unlace Obama's shoes when it comes to judgement. So among the three of them, she is not even worthy to be on the list (she cannot even run her campaign without drama).

    The choice is clearer between McCain and Obama: Real Experience vs Sound Judgment.

    I would choose Sound Judgment.

    February 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  24. barbara

    Why can't Hillary Clinton simply comply with requirements to reveal Federal Income tax information????????? Why will she not release years of data held by the Clinton library during the Clinton administration.?.
    Same old tricks. As the author of Woman in Charge stated. "Hillary simply has a hard time with the TRUTH."

    February 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  25. donnajp

    Why don't you Obamaites let this race play to the end or are you afraid your movement star will start to fizzle out. Our Hillary is going to be the president.

    February 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
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