March 10th, 2008
10:30 AM ET
14 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. Lu

    What's the big deal?

    March 10, 2008 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  2. The Analyst

    This is not news CNN.

    March 10, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  3. Kelley

    Of course she supports Obama, He is the only person that can change and unite our country and our party.

    March 10, 2008 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  4. Reality check #1

    And the girl who did "Obama Girl" voted for Hillary. Go figure!

    March 10, 2008 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  5. Glenn

    Like the majority she would rather have anyone OTHER than Hillary answer the phone. I'm so tired of this women I could scream. She lies & moans & complains, there is no substance to her.

    March 10, 2008 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  6. CB

    I guess ol' Hillary didn't figure on that coming up in the news. Better screen your ads better next time. Hey, Hillary it's a red phone next time you put together one of those 3 A.M. commercials. Just who were you talking to on that phone in that 3 A.M. commercial, the IRS? Casey Knowles knows the real deal, That's why she backs OBAMA!

    March 10, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  7. Amy, Kazoo

    why is she so shocked? she was a child actress with material in a stock file. Now she's using this to her advantage to get more work. Typical teenage behavior.

    March 10, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  8. Wei

    Who cares what this girl think? that's not the point of the AD anyway.

    March 10, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  9. Ron

    Sure take Hillarys money for the ad and go and get some of Obamas money now next thing you know she will be in an ad for McCain.Her parents taught her well

    March 10, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  10. Fair

    Who cares about what she thinks. I don't. She has so much more to learn about life.
    I have good idea: Why not ask babies (preferably 1-2 years old) about who they support? That's really mature.

    March 10, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  11. Patrick of Albany NY


    March 10, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  12. Dood

    As usual, the media will stop at nothing to slam Clinton.

    Meanwhile, they continue to lay down rose petals for Saint Obama to walk on.

    March 10, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  13. Celia

    It's nice to see her speak up!

    There is discussion among Obama supporters (not his campaign) that if the nomination is taken away from him with this "big state/little state" argument, we will all be voting for Ralph Nader, not John McCain. That way there will be a measurement of the mutiny from the democaratic party.

    March 10, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  14. jill american

    No matter how you look at it Clinton has more experience than Obama ... and not as First Lady. She has more Senate experience and more experience serving on the Armed Services Committee.

    He got to the Senate, dropped his bags and ran for Presidaent.

    March 10, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  15. Kevin

    Priceless free ad space.

    We know you like using people, Hillary, but maybe you should start being more careful with who you use.


    March 10, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  16. Paul TX

    Before all you Clinton bashers go to town, just remember that the girl is an actress who was paid to do a job and is still too young to vote.

    March 10, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  17. Brooke

    She's had her 15 minutes... I heard her on the talk show circuit this morning saying the ad was a low blow, etc. I think it's entirely reasonable to ask who you want answering that call at 3.00 am. She also said that by having the footage of her used in her ad that she felt "disloyal" to Obama. Comments like that worry me. Our only loyalty should be to this great country and not a silver tongued orator.

    March 10, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  18. P Graber

    Remember, she was ASLEEP during the ad–and she still must be asleep if she's supporting Obama.

    March 10, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  19. Jacqueline Samms

    Why is no one reporting on this???

    March 10, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  20. pj

    wow, the clintons went to work making their big game changing ad and used footage from 9 years ago? footage from the clinton administration! not even her video footage is new or changing! pathetic.

    March 10, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  21. Chris

    awww. Another Kid who doesn't know why she is voting for Obama. All she see's is an American Idol. Good Greif!!

    March 10, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  22. Shannon


    You have a huge future ahead of you. Thanks for coming out in support of Obama. You are my new hero.

    Whoo Whoo...goe Casey!! Your mom should be proud.

    Obama 08

    March 10, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  23. Kim4Obama

    All I can do is Laugh...

    March 10, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  24. Vince

    Kind of funny, maybe the Clinton's should have paid for their own ad image instead of using a borrowed one. (Is that like plagerism?).

    I hope Obama's campaign does do an ad with this young lady. It's great to see how many young people do support Obama. Gives me hope that America still does have a bright future.

    March 10, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  25. Lawrence Ogoigbe

    Obama,please accepts this girl's offer to spite Mrs Clintin.This ad with
    her could seal or confirm your nomination.


    March 10, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
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