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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soundoff (207 Responses)
  1. D.

    Mr. Obama, what do you call this ad? You said Clinton's Ad is scare ad. What's yours? Once again, your ad basically steals the premise of the Clinton ad. You are a hypocrite.

    Texas, please vote for Hillary!

    February 29, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  2. Lee

    I understand that Mrs. Clinton has been around for a while, but I don't understand why she says she would be able to handle a crisis better than her opponents.

    I went to her website, but I can't find anything that says she has prevented or reacted in a positive way to a specific crisis. The commercial would be better if she said exactly what she has done to prove she can answer the call. However; I am sure the commercial served its purpose and scared people into voting for her, just like Bush scared her into voting for the war.

    Now that's experience you can trust.

    February 29, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  3. Chris in Va.

    The telephone ad was done in a previous campaign. It's Hillary that is plagiarizing.

    February 29, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  4. Carolyn in CA

    Obama does not have the experience to run our country. He will get us in trouble with his lack of experience on foreign policy. Not to mention that he evidently does not love our flag. My father and many uncles, fought for that flag in World War II and two of them did not come home. I fly that flag every day. Hillary will do alright and not only that,she has our ex President behind her. I don't know about the rest of you, but my life was great when he was President. But it has been rough since Bush took over.

    February 29, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  5. s.b.

    Making a speech when not in a position to make a vote is not foreign policy experience. This line is getting tired.

    Obama hardly even shows up in the senate and has NEVER convened the committee that deals with Afghanistan.

    If he's so concerned about al Qaeda in Afghanistan, why not convene the committee?

    He's too busy running for President to show up or convene committees or vote.

    Yeah Hillary answer that phone please.

    February 29, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  6. anita

    me too, Hillary me 2
    wake up America
    this is a childish response

    Just like Michele Obama stating not to raise your children to be "hedge fund managers or corporate lawyers"
    Care to know who she is slurring?
    Hillary by way of Chelsea Clinton. Oh, that doesn't count as a slur on character because they are Clintons.
    See the Obamamaniacs SPIN this remark off as out of context

    February 29, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  7. joseph nwodo

    It is a shame that the only meaningful campaign Hilary has since her loosing streak started is persistent attack on Obama. she can't believe what is happening to her... throwing away a contest she was almost certain to win. This is what happens when you go around underestimating your challenges/ problems. Obama on the other hand is an inspiration to his generation. Pls give him the chance!

    February 29, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  8. Lucas, Nashville TN

    LOL! Be original?

    How about the "ah crap, people in Iowa like the concept of CHANGE... we better steal it" choice that the Clinton camp obviously made?

    Hillary is a rip-off artist of politics who only knows how to either ride someone else's coattails to success or play dirty to win. She's got an entitlement complex that won't quit, and people are tired of her same-old-same-old message and tactics.

    February 29, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  9. mjc

    Another COPY CAT move on Obama... he can't think of anything more original or moving?

    Hillary's ad does not mention WAR or TERROR.... it could be ANYTHING! economic crisis, natural disaster, etc. of course he has to bring it back to war... touting his "anti war record"

    truth is people.. he wasn't even a senator then, we dont really know how he would have voted. im convinced had he been in there longer he would have voted for it too, his record since gives you an idea of that, they both voted to keep funding it...


    wake up.

    February 29, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  10. Jerry

    Pennsylvania for Obama!

    February 29, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  11. DeVone

    Senator Obama is on point, this man is ready he seems to
    know what he is talking about i like that I am tired of the other
    people who cant get it right so they will try anything .
    Senator Obama stay calm, honest and be blessed

    February 29, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  12. Art H

    I think several of Barack's big supporters, including John Kerry, voted for the Iraq war. Every time Barack states that a person who supported the war, lacked judgement, it is a direct hit on his buddies – Kerry and company.

    So extrapolating from it, if Kerry lacks judgement, does it mean that his choice for the democratic nominee (Barack), was also a result of bad judgement ?

    February 29, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  13. Dylan from CA

    hey Hillary... YOU GOT SERVED! hahaha.

    that's right, i want Obama answering that call.

    February 29, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  14. maryb

    Oh, come on! Clinton's campaign won't talk about plagarism, I don't expect. But Obama's used identical graphics and everything in his response. If I did that in my line of work, I'd be fired in a minute. Can't he or his campaign have a single original idea?
    I'm really disappointed. I started out supporting him, but he turned me totally off, and now I feel like my instincts were right about that.

    February 29, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  15. Tony

    If IRAQ really had WMD, I don't see any problems to start the war. Saddam Hussein would give the WMD to Al Qaeda, who would kill more US citizens.

    That's the reason John Kerry voted for the war as Hillary did. Obama supported Kerry in 2004. He didn't say Kerry failed the test and had bad judgment that time.

    I really doubt that given the CIA's report stating IRAQ did have WMD (though it is not true, we didn't know that before invading IRAQ), Obama's anti-war judgment is right.

    February 29, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  16. Kurt

    The ad makes an excellent point. Hillary has A LOT more foreign policy and diplomatic experience and, most importantly, KNOWLEDGE.
    Obama knows about that Canada has a president. NOT!

    February 29, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  17. CR

    I Mr. Obama is so against Hillary's initial vote for the Iraq war, how come he has voted thereafter in the same way Hillary did regarding THE SAME IRAQ WAR?????????

    I am sure that if he were able to vote then he would have voted for the invasion of Iraq, based on his voting record!

    February 29, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  18. Sherylanne

    It's bad enough when during a debate he take from Hillary, now he's doing it in ads.

    His entire campaign is nothing of his, copying speeches, agreeing with opponents and now ads.


    February 29, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |

    Very, very good response by Barack Obama !!!

    February 29, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  20. Ana

    I don't understand he complains about her ad, and then he comes out with one very similar to it. God. What ever happened to being original. And I am tired of this man talking about Iraq, he didn't vote, he wasn't in the senate yet. How about he talks about what he plans to do about Iraq or the economy, or what is his "non Iraq stance not vote because he wasn't in the Senate yet" all he is running on.

    February 29, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  21. Maria La Texana

    Obama likes to play follow the leader a lot.....

    He needs to find something more original. These are just of the few things he says:

    I agree with Hillary.

    Hillary voted for the war.

    Hello NOBAMA do your own stuff.

    All the rest of you. You have such a great follower- leader.

    My leader is Hillary Clinton!!!!!!!!

    February 29, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  22. JohnS

    The only way to get back at a BULLY, is to use the bully's own words against him/her. If you don't, the bully will use your own words!!

    Hillary continues to go NEGATIVE!! For someone who started out as a front-running and could not run an effective campaign, this is joke!

    Hillary is a bully, and as Obama has made the right judgment, again, it is the right thing to use the bully's own words! Do your research.

    February 29, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  23. Jason, Cincinnati

    Hillary wouldn't be able to pick up the phone, because she'd be too busy scolding Bill for coming home too late!

    February 29, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  24. Art H

    Steveo, Obama was not a member of the US senate, when the democratic senators opposed the 2002 authority to use force in Iraq. He simply gave a speech as a state legislator, opposing the war.

    It is easy to give a speech, when your bacon is not held to the fire. Barack did not show the same determination (that he claims in his speeches), when he introduced the nuclear legislation in the US senate against Exelon, where he kept on diluting the original bill (that he authored) when the republicans opposed him, until the final version of the bill he authored, died un-noticed and unmourned, especially since it had become completely toothless once the republicans were done with Obama.

    Big change agent indeed ! Bottomline, talk is cheap but to deliver on something is a whole different ballgame.

    February 29, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  25. rita

    When will you americans learn from your mistakes,democracy brings craziness in some peoples mind and in their speeches.i would like you people to vote for who will make the world safer.Republican o Democrat. Not clinton and obama but the substance and the character of the individual.don't be fooled,the vote you cast today will determine your america tommorrow.

    February 29, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
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