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. Obama all the way...

    Typical fear mongering. Are we sure she isn't a Republican???

    I want Barack answering the phone. You never know which of Hillary's multiple personalities will pick up anyway.....

    February 29, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. Whitney

    Oh Senator Clinton.... fear mongering has worked so well this primary. I really think this commercial will push you over the top.

    February 29, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  3. Jeff

    Hillary's decades of experience in the U.S. Senate, and her years as a 4-star General clearly give her the Experience edge over Obama.

    What's that? She actually has LESS experience than Obama and all of these things I've been reading about her having more experience are lies? Wow, what a surprise!

    February 29, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. Bob

    Hillary Clinton has no military experience and no executive experience. She has one term as a U.S. Senator. Unless she obtained experience by osmosis from her husband (whose military moves were a joke) I don't believe I'd want her answering the phones in the White House over Obama. Maybe she wants to be the White House switchboard operator.

    February 29, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. g

    and who ... what will you do

    February 29, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. Illinois

    The advertising wars have begun!! Obama hasn't got a clue about foreign policy and this, in part, is what will sink his ability to be president. Hillary knows what she's doing when it comes to foreign policy and she is, and will, protect our country.

    Hillary '08

    February 29, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  7. Patick

    Clinton Camp still getting it wrong. If they are pushing the agenda that the next President of the United States have the most experience, "Whether it’s someone who already knows the world’s leaders, knows the military", then they are serving it up to John McCain. Sen Clinton actually looked good in the last debate (aside from the whining about being asked questions first, which the next president would have to answer). She had substance in her answers, the answers were complete and she seems in command of the knowledge. She should stick to that. If she keeps beating the drum of old – vs – new, Experience – vs – inexperience, she will loose and loose bad!

    February 29, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. Urbandale

    Hillary, I don't want the phone call to disturb my kids sleep. That is so slick.
    Children already are busy making through this life. They should not be involved in politics.
    I hope Obama won't use my kids as a pray to get in the White House as Hillary just did.

    February 29, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. TC

    OBAMA!!!!!!!! VOTE FOR CHANGE!!!!!!!!

    February 29, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  10. pam,s.c.

    since 2004 americans have been forced to vote for politicians out of fear. hillary clinton has hit an all time low with this ad. this is fear-mongering and insults my intelligence. if this is the way she sees herself winning the dem. nomination then americans will be forced in november to vote for mccain. because mccain has the better judgement and will display that judgement at 3am while the children are sleeping.

    February 29, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  11. MNDem


    February 29, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  12. Liz, Atlanta

    Who? Well, it would be the candidate that has shown the greatest amount of respect during this race. Respect for voters. Respect for tbe other candidates. Respect for the process and the rules of our country. The candidate that has shown management skills, peoiple skills, organizational skills. The candidate that has shown consistently good judgement – even when others disagreed.

    That would be Barack Obama.

    February 29, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  13. ll FLORIDA


    February 29, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. gene

    Yesterday, I tried to post my feelings along the same lines. There was a post about a "kid" playing in a sand box. It never made it through moderation. I will try again. With two wars, a looming recession, Pakistan in chaos, turmoil in the mid east, gas approaching $ 4,00 a gallon, Iran wanting to go nuclear and the guy in North Korea not doing what he agreed to, I can only say God Help us-God help us! If we put this kid in charge. He makes a good speech, but I don't think a good speech will take care of all these issues. I "hope" the Obama supporters "change" their mind before they vote.

    February 29, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  15. HB

    I believe that Obama has proven that he has no understanding of national security and what it will take to maintain the level of security that we currently enjoy. Thanks to Mr. Bush and our wonderful troops, we, as Americans, can sleep well at night.

    February 29, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  16. John

    If Hillary answers, she will likely whine, "Why do I always get the first question?!"

    Barack Obama has my full confidence.

    February 29, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  17. K

    Way to little, Way to late. Here's a novel idea: How about an ad that portrays a whining or crying hillary before the joint chiefs of staff when they don't agree with her proposals. War for all intent and purpose is a man thing that requires skill sets and attributes women just do not have not to mention good and sound "Judgement" which hillary clinton clearly does not have being she was for this war from the begining and now says she made a mistake. Picture that...a women that admits to making a mistake, it's beyond hypocrasy.

    February 29, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  18. Becky in WI

    Mom in PA – GOOD FOR YOU!!!



    GO OBAMA!!!!!!!
    YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 29, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  19. Brandon

    Sounds like the old politics of fear at work. I don't believe this will work on Democratic voters who are sick of this game. I believe that Barack Obama can win the general election by inspiring new voters to care about the future of this country again, not by scaring people into voting for him.

    That being said, I would like to thank both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for being brave enough to do something that has never been done in our history. It is about time we have a group of candidates that actually looks like America. Whoever wins, both of these candidates deserve our respect and appreciation. Thank you Sens Clinton and Obama!

    February 29, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  20. JB

    Barack would have to put them on hold and then get advice from someone else. I just cannot support him. He is an amateur.

    February 29, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  21. LeAnn

    I don't want Hilary answering the phone, and then chaning her mind about her decision years later after so many lives have been taken!

    OBAMA 08'!!

    February 29, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  22. HomoSapien

    Hmmmm...when positivity does not work, try scaring the heck out of everyone with ads like these! Does anyone recall the "nuclear attack" Johnson ads with the countdown??

    Hillary – you are getting DESPERATE! Weren't you supposed to be coronated by now? And it has come down to THIS?


    February 29, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  23. debbi

    there is only one person who should be answering that phone and it is Hillary!
    Go HIllary!!

    February 29, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  24. Sharon

    It should be it is 3:00 AM Hillary..do you know where Bill is?

    February 29, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  25. Matt


    OBAMA 08

    February 29, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
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