March 10th, 2008
10:30 AM ET
12 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. Trev

    Snore... That is why they call it stock footage. Anyone who thinks the media is not slanted toward Obama needs to look at this story. It ranks right up there with the time in the early 80s (before most Obama supporters were born) when Don Johnson was in a Pepsi commercial and was later spotted drinking coke. Who cares? I guess the answer to that is CNN and other Obama supporters care.

    Hillary 08

    March 10, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  2. Indigo

    Thank God for young people like Casey. She was too young to have made the decision about the first ad, but she is interested in putting together an add to let the world know where she really stands. CNN might want to consider hiring this young lady to work with Jack Cafferty to replace Wolfe. This might help to bring some fairness and integrity to the program. One truth that might then come out is that Obama has not won most of his support from african americans, but rather from states were there is a very small african american population like Connecticut, Nebraska, Delaware, Idaho, Vermont, Iowa, just to name a few.

    March 10, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. Michele

    The ultimate irony here is that even EIGHT YEAR OLD CHILDREN were gainfully employed during the Clinton administration. This kid owes whatever paycheck she earned from this gig to the Clintons' skilled stewardship of the economy.

    March 10, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. henry hardcawber

    This is news you can xerox, hillary.

    March 10, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. susan smith

    I think the young lady is the best add for Obama – she is a Obama voter – how ironic – as a sleeping young girl she was unaware if what was going on – now that she is a young lady and can vote – she is voting for Obama. Add could be – If you are truly aware – you will vote OBAMA!!!!!

    Hillary's campain tactics are so "good ole boys" predictable – I would sooner vote for McCain if she would win the nomination.

    March 10, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. Tim

    I’m sorry CNN. You may want to look at who is deciding the subjects for your political ticker. You use to be a trusted source in news, but all you have proven is that Jerry Springer has come to CNN.

    March 10, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  7. SharonS

    Absolutely priceless!

    March 10, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  8. Becky

    Anything for a little attention!!!!!!!! She's an actress she wants attention. The hate these folks have for the Clintons only hurts them and makes them seem small!!!
    Hillary "You go Girl!!"

    March 10, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. Howard Hewlett Des Moines IA

    The "Obama Girl" didn't vote for Clinton, she didn't vote at all. Way to do your research Reality Check #1!

    March 10, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  10. Michigan Born & Educated

    I am college educated and not some model in an ad and if it is important to CNN, I have been campaigning for Hillary Clinton and will be making another $$$ donation to the Clinton campaign this week. GO CLINTON '08 !(PA, FL, MI)!!!

    March 10, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. Paul Lennon

    No offense but why are we listening to these young people on something so important.

    You wouldn't allow your children to make important decisions in your house, why would you let them pick your president?

    Somebody needs to be the grown up here.

    Everybody says if the kids don't get their candidate, they won't vote, well what does that tell you about their maturity.

    March 10, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  12. Ronald, American living abroad

    The phone Clinton used was made in China by ununionized labor.

    March 10, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  13. Mrs. Olive

    Oi Hillary, please stop fighting. You are dividing not only America, but al so the democrats party.
    How long do you think America is gonna tolerate it?
    Sorry Hil. Not this time!

    Obama's admirer!

    March 10, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  14. Aurora Il

    if you read all the comments you see everyone is tried of all the complaining and whinning, would someone please give this lady a bottle so she can shut up,when she wins you dont hear her, but the miniute obama wins , there goes the whinning , i wonder who would run the office her or bill ??? i wonder who he would have in the oval office this time>>>>>>

    March 10, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  15. The race the never ends

    Well, I suppose if Hillary is faced with a tough decision, as with a tough upcoming primary, she could always shed some tears. It seems to be working for her, and I'm sure crying at the situation that the red phone ringing presents will provide the solutions this country needs.

    March 10, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. frank2k79

    I keep on reading this stuff that those who vote for Obama don´t know what they are doing... can i remind you all that he leads almost everywhere when it comes to the Americans with aleast a college degree? So you mean all those intelligent heads are stupid? Hillary should better do just a little research before using ads...... The main problem i see here is: Hillary thought the nomination was hers ... she should start facing the reality now or she might kreep out with long lasting effects on her political carreer. There is just no way she can beat Obama on pledged delegates and i don´t see how the superdelegates will hand the nomination to somebody trailing by more than 100 pledged delegates. Wake up America!!!!!!!!!

    March 10, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  17. Carol, WI

    Eric March 10th, 2008 9:19 am ET

    "Barack Obama should just quit. If he has not been able to deliver a knock out punch to Hillary by now how the heck could he possibly beat McCain?"

    Where was Hillary's knock out punch? How come your candidate only needs to stay in the race to win and the opponent needs the knock out punch? I thought Obama's sweep of the Potomac Primaries was pretty significant. If Hillary is so well respected in Washington with her 35 years of experience, why did she not carry the areas that make up Washington?

    March 10, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  18. America the Beautiful

    America WAKE UP!

    This a prime example of the kids voting for Obama.
    17 years old is too young to comment about any candidate.

    Her mother ought to sit down with her and discuss the economy and Universal health care.

    March 10, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  19. Vera

    I am so sick of Billary and her man like tactics that I put the sound down when he /she is speaking. I use to like the Clintons ,but NO more ,it is ok for her to throw the lies but god help Obama if he says some little thing against her.
    Obama "08 /12

    March 10, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  20. Andrea

    This is what politics has been about for years. It will never change. I am unclear which mirrors Mr Obama is looking in. Who cares about the "little gir" in the add. She was probably paid to say that. Let's get on with electing Senator Clinton.

    March 10, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  21. Michael

    I have to agree, this seems like such a non-issue. I mean why should we care who she supports?

    March 10, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  22. Anonymous

    Man, some of you really need to sit back, look in a mirror and take a reality check. Some of the comments on here make me cringe that these people are actually going to help decide our next president. Maybe we deserve what we get.

    March 10, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  23. 4Real

    I am glad someone can step up and tell the American people that Hillary is a fraud. Yes a fraud and we will be in big trouble if she steal this election.

    March 10, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  24. Liz

    Casey and Barack have much in common. They'll do anything to be center stage.

    March 10, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  25. End Game1

    Who cares, that her right. I wonder if she voted yet.
    However PA will not stand in support Obama without WHAT and HOW. Oneway converstations do not fly in PA, just like they did not fly in OHIO, NY, and NJ. Only actions and experience carry the day in PA.
    PA will show OHIO, NY, and NJ are absolutely correct in the democrates view of who they will elect as President.

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