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. finau fejee man

    obama was not not following the leader but deflecting the vicious attacks of a power hungry black widow who will at any cost is a fighter but is using more energy lashing out venom that doesnt seem to work after it becomes a habit.
    secondly Obama might just well be the favour of the people of the world.The Earth could use a break with the pressure that is developping right now and a third world war looms over oil religion and indifferences, the conscious and morals of humanity could use a break ...... but i guess America wont and doesnt sees it that way.....
    i wont hesitate on bamas in experience that yes he is over clinton.... but sometimes the lesser has more ears than the former and is willing to accept newr ideas and ways to provide for a level playing field.

    February 29, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  2. norma

    Who"s Obamas speech writer.....the Pied Piper.....

    February 29, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  3. carmen

    he wasn't even there to make the vote-THIS GUY IS AN EMPTY SUIT FOLKS!

    cOSMIC CONSERVATIVE- excellent response!

    February 29, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  4. Bruce

    Hillbilly Clinton can't even handle her husband right.
    How could she handle the pressure of the White House.
    But then again maybe she already held the office while Bill played in the back room.

    February 29, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  5. Yolanda Diaz

    Hillary is right, have you forgotten 9/11 I will never will I agreed with her.

    February 29, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  6. st louis

    Way to go Obama's team!!! Intelligent come back. McCain get ready. LMAO

    February 29, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  7. Josh

    Hillary is toast–her ad plagiarized one by McCain! So much for her originaility. Obama in his reply ad sensibly reminds us why Hillary should never be president, because she lacks the necessary judgment to be ready on day 1.

    February 29, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  8. Catherine

    I think the ad is appropriate answer to Hillary's as anyone can answer the phone at 3:00 A. M. but the one you want to take care of the United States is one who can be calm and use wise judgement in tricky situations. Seeing Hillary's many recent changes in her approach to her campaign, I do not know who Hillary is anymore. I do not want a president who is going to complain about being asked the tough questions first. I could not understand that complaint from a candidate that says she is tough and has been vetted but yet she complains about being asked tough questions first. A Frontrunner should be able to answer tough questions put to them no matter if they are the first to be asked or the last. I also do not want a president that will play the victim and blame others for their misfortune and not accept some responsibility for their own doing. I have had that with this Bush administration already. I want a candidate that will run on their own issues cleanly and honestly without a lot of back fighting and fear mongering. I want a better life and feel some hope for a positive future. I am tired of living in fear to sway my vote. You can't get more experienced than Vice President Dick Cheney and look where that got us. If Hillary is the right candidate then let her run on her economic policies and leave the fearmongering to the Republicans.

    February 29, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  9. anne in wisconsin

    Both adds annoy me–both are using fear and it's annoying. But neither add affects my decision. I support Hillary because I think experience should be a factor. She and Barack hold similar policy positions, have voted similarly in the Senate. But she shows a more sophisticated knowledge of the issues, foreign policy and domestic. I do not give him credit for "better judgement"–he was not in the Senate when he made that speech against the Iraq war, he has admitted, gallantly, that he does not know how he would have voted had he actually been in the Senate, and he and Hillary have voted the same on Iraq since his joining in the Senate. She is simply more prepared for the hardest job in the world. He may be the even better President in 2016, but not now.

    February 29, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  10. s.positive

    Nothing she does now will save her on March 4th. THE GAME IS OVER

    February 29, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  11. Independent-Latina-voter, Salt Lake City, UT

    Obama CAN win a national election. Hillary supporters ignore the fact that in a national poll she has between a 47-50% disapproval among likely voters.

    A lot of those voting for Sen. Obama have been voting against her.

    OHIO: wake up! Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton IS NOT change!

    Hillary voted FOR the war that's costing us, $400 million a day! What could we do as a nation with all that money?

    Hillary says she has more experience BUT where was her wisdom and experience when she voted for war in Iraq? While letting Bin Laden and his terrorists continue to roam free?!

    Isn't it time we CHANGE? Have another point of view, some NEW ideas?

    Please vote Obama, Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island & Vermont! We NEED CHANGE!

    February 29, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  12. Marc

    Ah, Barack... what makes you so arrogant to believe you have what it takes to lead... ? Well, you'll sure be able to give one helluva keynote for Senator Clinton, though!

    February 29, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  13. Jonesy

    I see a few people taunting Obama, saying "Be original!". IMHO, he's the more original of the two candidates.....As he gains more popularity, she's changing tact, direction, attack strats, and advisers faster than french fires in front of Bill.

    For eight years she championed failed health care reform....bashing the insurance and health care companies, as well as the republicans for stalling her efforts. Fast forward 8 years....and NOW she has the right plan! NOW, she's the most qualified! NOW she's the Senator with the most financial backing from the health insurance industry (AKA special interests). How Ironic.

    Obama vs. McCain – Dems have a chance

    Hillary vs. McCain – 4 more years!

    February 29, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  14. Delores

    I'm growing weary of the media showing Hillary's ad over and over again for free advertising while talking about it. Why is she afraid to release her financial records? What is she hiding?

    February 29, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  15. Jim

    Keep up the good work Hillary.

    February 29, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  16. Anyone but Obama

    Uhhhhm he wasn't a US Senator at the time so he couldn't have voted. Duh.

    February 29, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  17. Andy

    I would love to see what the people of other nations think about this campaign between the democrats. I'm a Canadian and support both the democratic party and Obama and I have a feeling that this is not only a very Canadian perspective and hope of fruition but one that a majority of people around the world are longing for. Yes, i'll concede that the influence of the United States is far reaching and has consequences ranging from economic to military and I support the war in Afghanistan ...oh wait, that's right i said the war in Afghanistan and not Iraq (though i support the efforts to liberate any and all oppressed people), but the immediate threat was Al Queda and still is. NATO needs help in Afghanistan. Canada is the number one contributer to the war there next to you the U.S. and we need to refocus and end this threat at it's source, quiet the spread of hate from a hijacked religion and get back to economic prosperity for both us, and Mexico and renegotiate NAFTA in a way that reflects the needs, hopes and desires of the common person across the Americas.

    February 29, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  18. character

    they say it not a race thing.. i say it is. have you notice the 2 democrats. so now you know why crabon copy ... obama copy everything hilary says or does..

    February 29, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  19. eva

    Steveo- in 2002 Obama was not the Senator who opposed the war because he was not the US Senator jet!!!

    February 29, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  20. Quincy, Chicago, Illinois

    I personally like both Sen. Clinton and Sen. Obama (in case some of you don't know, that is the proper way to address these candidates. For me though, it comes down to who is the best bet for not only our domestic problems and issues, but also dealing with the world's global problems and by far, the promise for peace, stability and unification is in the Sen. Obama message.

    If we have any chance of reversing the damage done by the Republican strategies of dealing wih "all" Americans and all people of the world, then we need someone who is not polarizing. That can't begin on day one in oval office and not at 3;00 a.m. for a red phone call. That had to begin on day one of the campaign, and on that note, Sen. Clinton is the one missing in action on this very very very important note.

    February 29, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  21. linda

    For those of you who truly believe that Hillary's motives are pure, watch out. Look and you will see behind her facade a very controlling person who only wants to get in the White House (again) and have things her way by any means necessary.

    Obama is the ONLY one that can unite this country and bring back respect for this UNITED states.

    February 29, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  22. Paul

    "Hillary, I thank God for your desire to work in favor of our nation.
    Your willingness and experience will make your administration a successful one for every American. You are a voice for the voiceless and will protect us with strenght and authority from our enemies.
    Thank God you will be there answering the phone and no someone who wants to be trained on the job, that 'd actually be kind of scary.

    God bless you Hillary, Commander and Chief of the United States of America!

    HILLARY 08!"

    Hillary -Our President
    Hillary – Nuestra Presidente

    Estamos contigo!
    We are with you!

    February 29, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  23. John Smith

    Some of the Hillary supporters are so dumb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    How can you be ORIGINAL in a debate or in responding to an attack?

    Think of the "bully" in school. The only way to get back at a bully is to use his/her own words against him/her. Please do your research. But, again, some of Hillary's supporters cannot do good research; how pathetic!

    Hillary is a bully who uses fear. The only way to get back at her is to use her own words against her– that in common sense judgment folks!

    February 29, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  24. John Stevens

    Even Obama does not know how he would have voted on the resolution to give Bush the OK to go into Iraq. Not my analysis – his own – in support of Kerry in the last presidental election.

    Obama re-writing history – as fact.

    February 29, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  25. Joan Conklin

    We have lived in "Bush" fear country long enough!! Are we really wanting more of the same from Clinton....FEAR!! I must applaud Obama for setting the record straight. Americans all over the world know the unbeliebable way BUSH has distorted and distroyed the image and respect of our country. So not only do we live in fear ....we generate fear in others. We need to engage in building with other country leaders to create a new world where fear is put to bed. Obama's response to the Clinton ad was perfect. May all those in Texas and Ohio have the courage and conviction to vote for a future president who will work with all to make a safe world...which in turn makes us live without fear.

    February 29, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
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