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. Andrew

    I don't want someone in the White House who will be more interested in what is good for her political career than in actually solving a crisis. No thanks.

    February 29, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  2. david

    It's fine to oppose a war, BUT WE ARE ALREADY IN A WAR.

    The Obama argument about his past opinions is old. We all know that the votes were based on info given to them at the time. We need someone who can answer about the future!

    Obama blundered on a question about AQ in Iraq. He's clueless.


    February 29, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. mehrad dallas, tx

    CNN, please.

    i would want BARACK OBAMA to pick up that phone, hillary!!!
    yeeeeeehawww from texas!

    February 29, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  4. Lila

    In the ad by Ms. Clinton ... who do you want to answer that telephone call ... as a mom, and American citizen ... BARACK OBAMA resoundingly! Judgment is the key to handling crises ... not so-called "experience."

    February 29, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  5. Sisi


    GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 29, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  6. mina


    February 29, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  7. Deadly Jibbly

    I guess, let the fear mongering begin. Didn't we want a break from 4 years of this. Oh well.

    February 29, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  8. Dave C - N.J.

    The ad asks a great question!

    My answer: I want Obama to answer the phone.

    Darth Cheney knows world leaders and the military too...it doesn't mean we want him as president.

    As far as "tested" well, neither Hillary or Obama is. But neither was any recent president.

    February 29, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. margaret

    Sometimes I wonder,does Hillary know that she is 60 years old and almost a grandma? That she is running against a Young man of 46?

    What makes her think she can convince any sane person that a 60 year old woman will be better able to answer the phone at 3.am than a 46 year old man?

    Yes its not about gender and age but sincerely can you ignore these?

    Infact she shocks us with the kind of things she says.

    Everybody (race, gender,age etc notwithstanding) knows that the strength and virility of a 60 year old woman cannot in anyway be compared with the strength and virility of a 46 year old man.

    Everybody but Hillary...and maybe Bill.

    February 29, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  10. Deadly Jibbly

    Sorry I meant 8 years.

    February 29, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  11. Kevin

    I know who I DON'T want in the White House: someone who flips out like a raving lunatic because she's asked the first question during a debate.

    February 29, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  12. andrew jones

    Billary, this campaign is not about experience or how you've visited and being friends with every country in the world, but about JUDGEMENT and making the right decision for america.

    HILLARY when the phone rang at 3am to Vote for the War in Iraq, you and George Bush and John McCain voted YES.

    Obama made the right Judgement and said NO to Iraq War!

    So this time, I cannot be fooled twice. And to answer your question: Who do you want answering the phone at 3am?”


    GO OBAMA!!!

    February 29, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  13. Midge from Ohio

    I have come to the conclusion that this has become a very unfair election. McCain won by default and now Republicans are voting for Obama just so Hillary doesn't win. It breaks my heart. Hillary should be the next President.

    February 29, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  14. Independent for Obama


    This is just more SHAMEFUL FEAR MONGERING by the Clinton Campaign.

    Clinton is not ready to lead on day one BECAUSE SHE WAS WRONG ON DAY ONE!

    Clinton is SHIFTY, DISHONEST, AND DIVISIVE. There is NO WAY she is ready to lead this country.

    Hillary Clinton, please KEEP YOUR WORD and release your tax returns. What are you hiding?


    February 29, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  15. Brian

    This is disgusting fear mongering at its finest. Thanks Camp Clinton, for pushing our democratic values out and inviting ugly right-wing Rovian tactics into the debate.

    The next time you decide to "shame" one of the candidates in this race, Hillary, why don't you turn your big, fat hammy finger on yourself?

    February 29, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  16. Christiaan, Norman, OK

    More fear-mongering...what is wrong with these people?

    February 29, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  17. DJ in TX

    I'm growing tired of this experience thing with Hillary. It doesn't work. Bill Clinton had no Federal experience either and is considered a great President. While I agree to some extent that experience may help, it doesn't help if you don't have sound judgements. Each candidate can throw issues at each other. They always find something or someone to dispel those issues. It is up to the voters to make up their minds. I only ask that all commenters stop with the negative talk (conservitave or liberal). Let the candidates do their jobs and you do yours by voting, whoever that may be.

    February 29, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  18. Sue

    WHy can't you JUST have an article about Hillary. Why do you always have to add something about Obama and try to take away from something Hillary has done? Please stop and have fair press!! No Hillary , no vote in this household!

    February 29, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  19. Lynn from MA

    I was going to vote for Hillary before the primary started, but after I saw Barack Obama's speeches and debates and read his books, I knew that Obama would make a far better president than Hillary –

    Hillary, given her huge advantage (name recognition, money, and access to the best consulting people in the field), could not hire the right people, delieve the right message that make people vote for her – when face defate, she did not show inner strength and character that would be a must for a president –

    So, if Hillary loses, it wasn't anything wrong, it is the right thing – she should lose because she has showed herself to be NOT competent at all to be the president – in a word, she just not qualified for the job.

    February 29, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  20. Brian M. From Fort Mill, S.C.

    It's 3AM, and my children are asleep, and the phone at the White House rings – Who do I want answering the phone? Maybe it's Bill, sneaking home from a booty call, calling because he can't find his keys!

    No thanks, I'll let Obama answer it. At least I know where he's been all night.

    February 29, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  21. Brian

    Ring. Ring.

    "Barack Obama, president of the United States of America, here."

    Oh, thank God.

    February 29, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  22. houston for Obama

    When did it become American to be scared all the time?

    February 29, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  23. CClaudia

    Obama will have no idea what to do when that phone rings. He is clueless.

    Hillary all the way.

    February 29, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  24. John Stevens

    The real point of the ad is not fear – but that we are electing a President – not a feel good Guy.

    February 29, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  25. JT

    You just play into Obama every time Hillary.

    Fear mongering at its finest.

    We want Obama to answer the phone.

    February 29, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
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