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. patti

    I dont't want anyone who says on national TV that the first thing he is going to do on DAY ONE in the Whitehouse Is "SIT BEHIND THE DESK AND SAY THIS IS COOL" answering the phone at 3AM!! If you seen Ellen speaking with Obama yeaterday you know what I am talking about!!! If you didn't see it you need to take a look!!!! VOTE FOR HILLARY!! At leasty she knows the seriousness of what our Country faces and will get right to work!!!! Obama you need to realize that this is not a movie!!! This is REAL LIFE!!!!!
    Go Hillary!!!!!!!

    February 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. Jay

    I.D.- Absolutely Correct :o)

    February 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. remo perini

    aern't we fed up with the bush admionistration using fear as a tactic. thats what got us into an ill-conceived and poorly planned war. mr. obama has what this country needs. clinton had her chance 8 years ago, to actively support al gore as our next president, but was too interested in her own personal ambitions to do antything for that campaign... another bad clinton choice that contributed to the disaster of the last 8 years.

    February 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Denise Creager

    At the beginning of these debates, I really thought obama or clinton, either one would be fine, but that has changed. Obama is all mouth. I think he is more interested in hearing himself talk, Hillary Clinton can and will do much more than his words could ever say. This is a man who gets insulted by someone using his middle name, and people think he would make a good president, well at least the coverage on CNN. I think Hillary gets the short end of the stick with the news coverage from CNN. I want the Clinton years back, when people had jobs, people were not losing their homes! Go Presidant Hillary Clinton, the country needs you!!!!!

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

    “We Have Nothing To Fear But Fear It's Self

    And Those Who Would Exploit Our Fear For Power And For Their Own Personal Selfish Cynical Gain.”

    February 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. Al 4 Obama

    Thanks Clinton camp, you just reminded me its time to donate to Obama!!! We all know you're a fighter; the problem is America is tired of fighting. This country wants to heal itself, step aside and allow that to happen. Please, for the good of the party and the country, STEP ASIDE NOW!!!!!!!!

    February 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. Babu

    Barak as commander-in-chief!! Iran is having a good time.

    February 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. Mexi ohio

    Hillary of course! Obama would probaly want to hold hands
    with the presidents of Iran, Venenzuela and Cuba.
    Get real America experience does matter! This job
    is a REAL job and Obama's resume doesn't cut it.

    February 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. Juanita

    Who else but Hillary Clinton. She is the best candidate. She has the experience, wisdom, intelligence, etc. Thank you Hillary for having the courage to run in this election. You inspire me.

    February 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. JM

    As a female veteran who has lived and served the US Military for most of my adult life, I have been subjected on numerous occasions to the backlash of failed US Foreign Policy. I want someone on the phone who will not give the same response that keeps us vulnerable to attack.

    A lot is said about Hillary having experience, but you would probably be surprised at the large number of military people who feel more comfortable with Obama than Hillary...

    For one, this is a failed strategy...much like the Iraq war, it would appear she has no "what next" plan or she would realize that this ad just serves her up to McCain in the General. She can't beat him on this issue so why leave herself open...If she can't see that far ahead in her campaign, how can I trust her to have any vision on how her actions will impact the country down the road.

    February 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. Get over it

    All of these comments about experience doesnt mean anything. Whoever is president is not going to make any kind of choices without having advisors.So making experience the key issue of who you vote for is ignorant. Now when hillary goes out and cry when she doesnt get what she wants that makes us look even more weak to the rest of the world

    February 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. Atty. K.

    Fear, fear and more fear. Hillary, you're better than that, or maybe you're not.

    As for me. I want to hear President Obama on the other end of that 3 a.m. phone call. My children will be very safe under his leadership. They surely will be more safe than under the "Bushy'" fiasco of a presidency.

    So, Hillary has served on several more committees and been the wife of a President. What advantage does that really give her on issues of foreign policy. People voted for Bush in 2000, a governor from Texas, with no national experience. Barack will do fine. People, don't feed into the fear. Leave that to the Republicans. There will be enough of that from the McCain camp in the fall. Oh wait, they've already started.

    OBAMA 2008!!!

    February 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. Kathy, Andover

    Regarding Hillary's ad, I thought MOST people don't like scare tactics.

    February 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. steve

    How is this smear tactics?? She just wants to show she has experience. What's wrong with that?

    It reminds me of Alarm company commercials.

    February 29, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. David Mulenex, Savannah, Georgia

    With Democrats like "Me, the Queen of Mean" Hillary–will Cate Blanchette do the movie?–who needs Republicans? Let Obama answer the phone, and talk to our adversaries without having to check whether it's ok . If Hillary wins, John McCain wins, and I sure won't sleep with his itchy fingers on the nuclear trigger.

    February 29, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  16. Babu

    Barak will change nothing. He has already flip-flopped on so many things. Every time he is attacked, he changes his position. That is why probably he is the "change candidate". He is the one who changes his postiion all the time.

    February 29, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  17. Ted

    In a time of severe difficulty or danger. Who do I want answering the phone. The answer is easy John McCain. Not a rookie three year senator.

    February 29, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. Karen

    They need to do a commercial that has Obama with a special phone on his desk, not to the military, but to Clinton.

    February 29, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. Mac-FL

    Hey E Popp....Barak Obama's resume is all over the internet and on his web site. You obviously know how to use a computer to ge to CNN' s message boards.....try using it to do a little research.

    February 29, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  20. Dave

    I think I want someone answering the phone that doesn't look unorgainized during her very important campaign. HRC says she has the experience but look at her campaign. That speaks volumes for her ability to lead. I don't know of any major accomplishments that either candidate has that has made a difference in my life, so her rhertoric is that she has the most experience and the only thing that I judge her on NOW is her campagn, and quite frankly she is doing a pathetic job at that. She is the champion for solutions – what did she promise to deliver when she became senator of NY and what did she actually accomplish? Can someone please enlighten me?

    February 29, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  21. tiredofthecrap

    Letha, Sioux Falls, SD -"He as in Chicago and had no voice to stop it. He has voted every time to support Bush and the war he created."

    Vote, no but a voice yes and you have heard that he did oppose. Did you see the last debate? He answered the vote to fund question. However what is more important and funny is ....Hillary says "Barack has voted to fund just like i have" as if to make Barack look bad but then at the end of the debate still say her vote to authorize is the one thing she could change. Double-talk...i think so

    February 29, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. Veronica

    I can't believe Hillary's ampaign stole this from Dick Morris. Dick was just talking about what Hillary can do if she wants to get more people to vote for her. WOW! She is really, really, really trying. They can't come up with anything original. They really have 5 points of attack against Obama.

    I still want Obama to answer the phone!

    February 29, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  23. Iyke

    Go, Hillary. Please go. You had the time to read the intelligence report, think about it, and make your decision but you still made the wrong decision and voted to send US to invade Iraq. What makes you now think I can trust your judgment about a crisis phone call when you won't have time to think? This fear-mongering should end now. Also, if you can't run your small campaign well, what makes you think I can trust you with the White House that is fraught with a much more bigger and complicated problems? Please for the sake of the country you profess to love, go now and let the right candidate, Obama, take over.

    February 29, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  24. Roberta

    I f it is 3:00am I want Michelle Obama to answer the phone and wake up Barak...

    February 29, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  25. concern citizen

    The most important question is judgement. Just because someone has experience does not mean the individual has good judgement. The lack of judgement is what led us to the war despite the years of experience from congress. Second, I am still wondering what type of experience Hillary Clinton has. She is using her 8 years as first lady to detail her experience, but where is it. Please describe in detail your experience instead of just saying you have experience. Release the documents that detail what you did as first lady and let the American people decided if you have the experience to lead the country.

    February 29, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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