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. NoWorry

    Clinton will attend funeral for Dallas police officer.

    That’s one of many reasons why I think that Hillary is the best among these candidates, fighting for the real issues and caring about ordinary people as well.

    Hillary is caring and thoughtful. She even cares about and understands those friends who switched their support from her to Obama. She respects her opponents. This is a great character and moral that we Americans desperately need, especially from our president.

    February 29, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. Frank of DC

    Haha....Hillary using Bush's fear mongering tactics. Don't fall for Hillary's fear ads people....she is the same old tired Bush-Clinton clan.


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

    If Barak Obama is just a "blank screen," Hillary is nothing more than a "hot flash."

    How dare she portray a man with a lifetime of achievements that even most Americans don't have under their belt at his age, and who has fought descrimination his whole life to achieve what he has done as "just a blank screen." She really is getting desperate now, isn't she? Or is that just the hormonal, post-menopusal mood swing talking? Do we really want THAT in the White House with its finger on the "button" while are children are home, safe, and sleeping?

    February 29, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  4. Fay Wendrow

    I said it before and I'll say it again. Obama is just an empty shell.
    No experience over the years, was never in the military, who is he
    to lead this country....just words, words,and more empty words.

    Hillary has had the experience and I will take her over Mr. Obama

    Is he going to go to school if elected (he reminds me of Pres. Bush)
    who had to take instructions in the beginning.

    What a mistake it would be for him to be the President of the U.S.

    February 29, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. Sorry Iowan

    The clear answer is Obama - steady and wise. Gosh WHICH Hillary would answer? Crabby Hillary? Sweet Hillary? Misty Hillary? Theatrical Hillary? Talk about a roll of the dice!
    (CNN, this is my 8th attempt in the last week to add a comment, and you haven't posted even one. Why?)

    February 29, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. Phyllis/ PA

    If this situation would happened ,Obama would probably call his campaign manager to find out what he should do. Now ,if this happened during a debate he could then simply listen to Hillary.

    This is not a joke. The junior senator, Obama, simply does not have the experience. In fact, one of the major TV station ran a video of Obama when he first became a senator. He was asked if he was considering a run for president. Obama himself said : I am not ready to run for president as I need more experience.

    This video should be shown again and frequent.

    February 29, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  7. RS from Califas

    Yes, Hillary...spend millions on a TV ad on a message that has proven ineffective over the last 10 election, if not the primary as a whole. Uh,change trumps experience in this election.

    What's your new campaign theme? "Hire me." That's also brilliant. Remind people how much it sucks looking for a job. Link that hopeless feeling to your candidacy. That will really inspire a vote a confidence.

    "Hillary Clinton 2008: Pity Me, Save the World"

    Obama – bring it home, homie.

    February 29, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. HomoSapien

    Well...I would not want Hillary to take the call because she would go ballistic and scream "Why do I always get the first call??!! It's so unfair!!"

    February 29, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. Ellen

    Excellent Ad.

    February 29, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. Adiam48

    Have you seen how Hillary has been in the last debate and in the last few tV commercials before the debate . She is almost cracking under pressure. Of course I want Obama to answer the phone!!!

    February 29, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. Michelle in Philly

    Hillary of course!!!

    February 29, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. J. in PA

    Shameless. Ruthless. Republican/Rovian? Hillary.

    February 29, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  13. Jim

    I want Obama to answer the phone.

    February 29, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. B. Smart

    Is there anything Hillary won't try to insult voter's intelligence? Now its
    our children. My 5 year old saw this ad and it scared her to death. She
    said "mommy, please don't let the Hillary get me".

    Obama 08.

    February 29, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  15. Frank of DC

    In other words Hillary is telling us. IF YOU DON'T VOTE FOR ME YOUR CHILDREN WILL ALL DIE,DIE,DIE!!

    Pack it up Hillary, you're done.

    February 29, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. ivan calderon

    Barack Obama will answer the call. With intelligence and common sense. That make me feel safe. The bad judgement of Hillary contributed to send our troops to the wrong country.

    February 29, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. Holly Witherspoon, OHIO

    Two words: President Obama

    February 29, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. COUCOU


    February 29, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  19. Ed from PA

    Please explain to me why this tactic is any different from the GOP telling us that if we vote for Democrats, we're more likely to be attacked!!!!!!!

    My god, she is using Karl Rove's playbook!

    February 29, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  20. HA

    My answer is the Democrat nimination in November. But for now, I would answer Obama if I was certain he has enough experience. This is a taugh job and we cannot give it to someone whom looks likable or talks good. We have to give it to someone who has shown is able to handle it. I will go for Clinton for so many reason regardless whether she is a good talker or not, or even whther I like her or not. This is not about Clinton or Obama; this is about our Country, and also about the world.

    February 29, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  21. Bogart, Miami, FL

    Obama? Vote for change? Somebody to hope for? Excuse me, you don't have the track record and the credibility to pick up that phone. You opposed the Iraq war! It is just like ignoring the 9/11 just happened because of some conspiracy theory. The Iraq/Afghanistan war was the resolve of that fateful day, Mr. Obama, lest the United States of America forget.

    Mrs. Clinton? Absolutely, no doubt, YES! Ohio, Texas, Vermont and Rhode island the country needs your votes to get this remarkable woman to get into office. The stakes for this is the US economy which the Clintons have good track record in dealing with.

    February 29, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  22. reality check

    that 'gulf' ad says he opposed the war from the start? Well, it's one thing to oppose and it's another to have actually had to vote on it which he did not. Obama is a hypocrite. He voted to fund the war when he finally did come on the scene just a few short years ago. His whole campaign has been based on what he didn't do in the past. Personally, I don't see how that qualifies him for anything much less Commander-in-Chief. He needs to go back to not voting in congress, (voting 'present' 130 times), and go back to being the typical politician that he has pretended not to be.
    Anybody but Obama 08.......

    February 29, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  23. kb from Iowa

    After seeing the last debate, I would definately want Obama to get that call. She gets flustered and testy under pressure.

    February 29, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  24. JB Hull, IA

    wow. And Hillary thinks Obama is acting like Karl Rove?

    February 29, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  25. BG - Texas

    Re: Gen McPeak,
    Can you imagine if BO were President before Desert Storm and he opposed the war 'from the start'? Iraq would be all over Kuwait and the hugh Oil reserves and our gas would have been over $10.00 14 years ago. Hind sight is great – however HRC had just seen 9/11 close up and personal in her very own state, plus Bush having a 80% approval rating, plus Gen. Colin Powell (who by the way far out ranked Gen. McPeak during desert storm, was Secretary of State who convinced congress and the UN that Iraq had WMD). How would you have voted – and remember the vote was overwhelming.

    I for one would feel much safer with HRC at 3 AM (not to mention Bill nearby) then with BO stuttering and wondering what Hillary would do!

    February 29, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
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