March 10th, 2008
10:30 AM ET
15 years ago

Girl in Clinton ad supports Obama


Watch Casey Knowles on American Morning Monday.

(CNN) - Casey Knowles has graced the airwaves this month as the unwitting star of a headline-grabbing campaign ad for Hillary Clinton. But the 17-year-old is hoping to grace the small screen this campaign year for another presidential hopefully: Clinton’s Democratic rival, Barack Obama.

Stock footage of an 8-year-old Knowles sleeping – shot when she worked as an extra in TV commercials - was used in Clinton’s “red phone” ad, which asked “Who do you want answering the phone at 3 a.m.?” in the case of a foreign policy crisis.

But the high-school senior – who will be eligible to vote in the general election – is actually a passionate supporter of Barack Obama’s, and has been volunteering for the Illinois senator’s campaign.

“I think it would be wonderful if Barack Obama and I could get together and do a counter-ad,” she told CNN Saturday.

Appearing on CNN's American Morning Monday, Knowles said she was shocked to discover she was in the commercial, and said it made her feel disloyal to Obama.

"It makes me feel a little disloyal and kind of," she said. "It hurts that footage of me would contribute to a candidate that I'm not necessarily supporting. Hopefully Mr. Obama would forgive me. "

Knowles, who lives in Washington State, also said she plans on helping Obama in Oregon ahead of that state's primary in May.

"They want to get me down there and hopefully get me to help support and get campaigning going on down there," she said.

In Wyoming on Friday, Obama told voters at a campaign event that people shouldn’t worry about what he’d do if an emergency 3 a.m. call came into the White House when he was president.

“What do people think I’m going to do? I’m going to answer the phone,” he said.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand 

soundoff (410 Responses)
  1. Jenny

    Dani: this is a struggle for power between two generations. The older generation will lose this fight. They must lose this fight. All that "experience" has saddled a young generation with war and recession. How are we supposed to "pull ourselves up by our bootstraps" and live out the "American Dream" when we have been stripped of our boots altogether and seen the dream fade into the pockets of the wealthy?

    March 10, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. Wayne

    Most Americans want Obama to answer the phone evidenced by his lead in states won, popular vote and pledged delegates.

    March 10, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  3. Marge Hibbing Mn

    Just goes to show, the youth of today are an ignorant and stupid bunch. Else why would they support obama.

    March 10, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. Raman

    The "Obama Girl" did not vote for Obama
    The "Clinton Girl" does not vote for Clinton

    Is there anything at that sucks worse than this?

    March 10, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. EC

    Hey Clinton supporters, don't start whinning AGAIN...

    I mean come'on. I can't believe you all have the audacity to blame this girl for supporting Obama!! Talk about a cheap shot. The Clinton campe should have done a better job at screening her ads. Bottom line. Don't hate the player HATE the game.

    Get over yourselves. The young lade has every right to support anyone she wants...and as a child she didn't have a voice, NOW she of legal age and she has MADE HER CHOICE. Geeeez.

    If funny how you Clinton supports are such sore losers, YOU want your cake and want to be able to eat it too even if it the cake IS NOT YOUR CAKE!!! How typical.

    You all need to take a chill pill and stop acting like a toddler for God's sake. Last I recall Sen. Clinton doesn't walk on water and she certainly isn't OWED anything from the American people. We've given her and Bill 8+ years in the limelight.

    It's time for them to DO what's best for the Democratic Party, but OH no...that's not the Clinton way they would rather lie, cheat, steal, bribe and sacrifice every body else but themselves. I guess the court case against her (Paul vs. Clinton) isn't HER fault either huh? What?

    March 10, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Beth

    "She just wants attention and make a some money." – Lola

    I agree completely, but no matter how much the truth comes out about Hillary, some people will vote for her anyway.

    Or were you talking about the girl in the ad?

    March 10, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. steve - buffalo

    this can't hurt her acting career can it. free publicity

    March 10, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. Jesse

    Hillary Supporters at her rallies are hired doubles by Getty Images! The cat is now out of the bag!

    March 10, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. Brian (in PA)

    Soooo....Headline: "Actress Tries to Further Career..." She's promoting her career, Obama et al. are promoting their careers. CNN should find stories, not simply present those created by a campaign.

    March 10, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  10. bear07

    name 3 accomplishments of Obama as a senator...... cant. so shut up.

    March 10, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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