February 29th, 2008
05:20 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama camp responds to Clinton ad with one of their own

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/02/29/art.obamaadres.cnn.jpg caption=" Obama's campaign has issued its own 3 a.m. ad. "](CNN) - In a direct response to a Hillary Clinton television ad, Barack Obama's campaign Friday released its own 30 second spot raising the prospect of an early morning foreign policy crisis.

"It’s 3 a.m. and your children are safe and asleep," the ad's narrator states in an obvious take off of the Clinton ad released earlier in the day. "But there’s a phone ringing in the White House. Something’s happening in the world. (Related: Clinton raises the stakes in new ad)

"When that call gets answered, shouldn’t the president be the one – the only one – who had judgment and courage to oppose the Iraq war from the start… Who understood the real threat to America was al-Qaeda, in Afghanistan, not Iraq," the narrator continues. "Who led the effort to secure loose nuclear weapons around the globe… In a dangerous world, it’s judgment that matters."

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

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  1. Jerry Hersch

    Clinton's judgement has already been shown to be flawed in the way she has run her campaign..she ignored the small states as she would..most small nations of the world ...She only counted on 11 large US states.....how many of the worlds nations will be ignored until we would stand all alone.
    Treaties with someone who ignores the rules about Michigan and Florida or the way delegates are selected in Texas..she would change the rules after the fact and all is signed–who would make a treaty with her as head of our nation ?

    February 29, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. BG - Texas

    Who can make a BIG difference dealing with NATO and Al Queda in Afghanistan but is too busy running for President that he doesn't take time to take care of our National Interest by even doing the simplest of things and that is to hold subcommittee meetings that he chairs.

    Shame on you – BHO

    Sorry, forgot that you can't use the middle H letter anymore!

    February 29, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. Ann

    Thanks Obama for helping me make up my mind, now I KNOW I'm going to vote for Hillary!

    You not only arrogant, you are quite stupid to think this counter ad would make anybody want to vote for you. Shame on you Barack Obama.

    Ann in Texas.

    February 29, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. Austin, Texas

    Obama cannot win the General Election.

    The polls do not show the Clinton supporters defecting to McCain based on his experience vs Obama's experience. Majority of Clinton supporters support her for the experience factor. If she isn't the nominee, are they going to vote for Obama? McCain will get the Clinton supporters who think that experience, and understanding the presidents roll is more important that pep rallies and talks of change and hope.

    February 29, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  5. Eric

    The Clinton camp should ask Obama if he thinks that Hillary "failed" the test in 2002 and this somehow means she is not prepared to be President if that also means that each one of the Senators who voted for the bill (including Kerry and Edwards or any of his high level endorsers who voted for the war) also are not prepared to be President.

    February 29, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. Rob


    He could have gotten real nasty with this considering her behavior this past week and lack of poise in the debates. But this is like hitting a line drive at the pitcher.

    February 29, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. NoBamma

    Ok... a little tired of hearing he opposed the war when he did not even vote on it. He has voted to finance the war. He needs to get over himself a little bit. Has he done one thing on the Nato committee? No but he has had a year.. that is 365 days. actually he has had longer than that.. but.

    I actually liked him up until I watched the last few debates....uhm.. I agree with Hillary on that. America is going to be in serious trouble if he is elected...

    February 29, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  8. Patrick

    This ad and the speed with which it was delivered shows that Obama has superior judgment simply because he was intelligent enough to hire great and talented people to run his campaign. Hillary's campaign on the other hand is full of corruption and nepotism rivaling George W.'s cabinet. Do we really want another President that's going to hand out jobs in the White House as treats for their loyalty?

    March 4th, Clinton campaign's coup de grace.

    February 29, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. judith seifer

    Absolutely sick of your Wolf and his obvious dislike for Barack Obama. His behaviour as a news spokesman of late is very unprofessional, disappointing and grating. I was a daily follower of this program as a Democrat Abroad in Toronto, I would sooner watch cspan or the BBC where coverage is more even and less politicized. And, your other blow hard Jack should retire. As A native New Yorker, I supported Ms. Clinton twice as well as her spouse now her newest desperation tactics are making me sick.

    February 29, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. Darth Vadik, CA

    I love Obama,
    awsome response, awsome
    go get that wretched Hillary Rove Clinton

    February 29, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. Sadie Lowman

    Obama can't beat McCain. That's why the Republicans are voting for Obama. They know McCain can't beat Hillary. America needs Hillary to go to work for America.

    February 29, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. NickSP

    Again, this is all Oblahma's got? The one time he made a judgement call, and he wasn't even privy to Senate documents at the time (and said in an interview in 2004 that if he had been, he does not know how he would have voted)! It is old and tired – get a new line! Oh wait, he HAS no words of his own – "I agree with Hillary", "Yes, Sen. Clinton is right", "Yeah, what she said".

    Foreign Policy and National Security doesn't come with a teleprompter. Obama is an empty suit.

    February 29, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. Val

    His ad is pathetically lacking in force or effectiveness at best. Very childship and unpresidential of him.

    February 29, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. praetorian, Fort Myers, Florida

    counsilman cornwell of cleveland is a coward. be a man and stick to your decision. wavering back and forth is weak. and he is in a leadership position? no wonder cleveland is suffering. cornwell = less than a man.

    February 29, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. Let's play "Follow the Leader"

    CNN please post this comment and not erase it 🙂

    During the entire campaign, Senator Obama has been playing follow the leader with Senator Clinton:

    1. Clinton leaves her name on the ballot in Michigan and Obama then LEARNS to leave his name on the ballot in Florida

    2. Clinton gives a response during the debate and Obama parrots what Clinton has said – again, again,. and again.

    3. Clinton leads off with an ad representing judgment and Obama now puts one out.....

    WAKE UP AMERICA. Because someone can play follow the leader well does not make them the leader. Clinton is the leader here and under numerous circumstances clearly...and if one is not the leader – the view is always the same.

    Question – who will he turn to to lead if he gets the nomination?

    February 29, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. kelly haas, moorpark, california

    Obama is our next president.

    February 29, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  17. Mr. B.

    If the Clintons want to play the game, we can play too !

    America Is Ready
    Obama 08

    February 29, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. Allison Marie

    I think Obama has great bias media coverage!

    Vote Clinton, Obama is not prepared to handle this.

    Everyone should be paying attention, we hear it on the news, the Dems will unite behind there nominee, I don't think so, I think we are already too divided.

    Clinton or nothing for me.

    Can't support NO experience for President! Obama

    Can't vote for 100 more years of war. McCain

    The only sure thing out there is CLINTON, Go Hillary.

    February 29, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  19. godlesspriest

    Obama may be new to the scene, but what is most promising about him is his campaign's quick response to any attack. John Kerry had a lot more time in the Senate, but apparently hadn't learned that fundamental necessity.

    February 29, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  20. Cynthia

    Looks like another case where Hillary has the actually idea and Obama copies her. Reminds me of the debates.

    February 29, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  21. Patrick Peavy Plano,TX

    But wait, isn't he using fear? Didnt' he say a few hours ago how wrong this was? Once again I am confused by the Obama double standard. At least he is making it an easy decision between himself and John McCain if Hillary doesn't capture the nomination.

    February 29, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  22. Cindy

    Well, you know what? She started it. He's just responding to it... pretty cleverly, too.

    February 29, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  23. Roosevelt

    For all the Clinton Klan out there...just vote for who you believe in and quit putting down Obama for his strong message of hope and his, soon to be displayed, ability to draw on the greatness of a 'more' unified America!

    February 29, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  24. A. C. Fundy

    Judgment definitely trumps experience. Abraham Lincoln was one of our greatest Presidents. Before he was elected to the White House, he had served six years in the Illinois legislature and two years in the U,S, House of Representatives. This is less political experience than Obama has. Lincoln was defeated in his race for the U.S. Senate, but his lack of experience was no drawback in the White House.

    February 29, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  25. Mark V.

    Annamica, so Al-Qaida has a base in Iraq? You must know something nobody in the Administration knows. If they did, they would bomb the base out of existence. A "presence in Iraq" is not the same as a "base in Iraq." Al-Qaida is present is many countries of the world. Are we going to bomb all those countries?

    February 29, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
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