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. Harvey Dupiton

    If anyone thinks that Obama needs to go negative, this story is the kind of unforeseeable poetic justice that comes along with running a positive movement. I am afraid that Obama's message of hope and change will not connect as well should he buy into the conventional thinking. No one has yet been able to give a plausible explanation of the Obama phenomenon. The Stand for Change movement is sweeping across America like never seen before–in red states and in blue states equally. Factor out Mr. Obama or his positive movement from the political equation, and all that is left is a prospective presidential election with very low turnouts on either side.

    Harvey Dupiton

    March 10, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. American Patriot

    Clinton is a Member of the BUILDERBERG GROUP

    GOOGLE THE BUILDERBERG GROUP , you will be in shock

    It is a FELONY and is against the Law called the LOGAN ACT

    Bill Clinton was fined $300,000.00 for attending the secret meeting and the bill was paid with tax payor money.

    Keep voting for Clinton you fools, you are gonna be so taxed if she wins.

    Clinton is a member of the CFR, GOOGLE THE CFR

    You people are followers not leaders, your sheepeople
    Like cult worshipers who do what your told.


    March 10, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. Ron

    CNN has proved to be idiots for Obama and love bush

    March 10, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. Jan

    this sounds a little like senator obamas "yuppie and wealthy college kids "idea to make a little splash to take a bit of the press from Clinton! Nice tactic for all of those "college bloggers" to say nasty things about Hilary again. If I was their mother, I would wash some of their mouths out with soap!

    March 10, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. Kimberly Beasley

    What was the biggest motivator when we were young? Someone telling us that we didn't matter? The more Hillary discounts younger voters, the more they will come out for Obama, and more importantly, the more the superdelegates aren't going to risk alienating millions of voters for the next twenty years. All the middle aged members of politics today were part of the Reagan movement, not for the experience of Walter Mondale. Hillary is only 8 years older than Barack and he's held elected office for four years longer than she has anyway. It's not called the Mondale Revolution for a reason. We were all young at one point, too, remember? Don't tell the youth they "can't," they will.

    March 10, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  6. len

    Boy oh boy, imagine the following: Casey Knowles watching the 3 a.m. ad of Clinton and saying that she is that sleeping girl but that she is an ardent fan of Obama. Sweet justice I would be inclined to say.

    March 10, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  7. Progress

    We have discovered one of the many young, progressive, witty, positively thinking young girls in America. She is very impressive. To say that she wants attention is bool. She is simply expression her dismay over the non-progressive Hillary's camp.

    March 10, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  8. Changing times

    You guys obviously really don't do your homework. This young lady will be 18 in April and therefore will be able to vote in the General for Obama. Clearly he will be the nominee unless Hillary manages to steal it with her underhanded techniques.

    She is very active in his campaign as a precinct captain. She helps register others to vote and has been chosen to be a delegate at the state level convention. She is a very active political advocate for Obama.

    The young people is America of the future whether you like it or not. Some of you have forgotten what it's like to be young and full of hope, but Obama has not; he's tapping into the intelligence, forward thinking and hope of the young.

    I'm not young in age, but I'm definitely still young at heart and I believe this country can do better and become respected again.

    March 10, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  9. wwf

    Man, some of you need to sit back, look in a mirror and take a reality check. After reading some of the comments on this board, I don't think too many of you should be sayng anything against young voters. Look at what has been voted into office by the older generations. Maybe we deserve what we get. After all, it is the adults that are supposed to know what they are talking about and doing, least ways on this board.

    March 10, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  10. Roderick

    I think its funny that Hillary's prize ad featured an Obama supporter. That means she can't even find actors that support her.

    March 10, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  11. Charlie

    Wait. To the people who are saying "I can't believe this is news", or "I can't believe CNN is reporting this."
    You know they ARE reporting OTHER news, don't you? This isn't the ONLY thing on It's actually only a tiny blurb among MANY other news listed on the site. It just sounds like you're a little upset over the news itself, which is fine. Just be straight forward about it, ok?

    March 10, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  12. laura

    Big Deal. This is not news. Talk about the issues that are affecting America. GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 10, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. Nominee

    To Obama and all of his supporters. Go ahead and bash Hllary all you want. And Obama you stated that you do not need Hillary as VP (which I cannot imagine she would want anyway) if you were the nominee. Well, all of you will be needing Hillary supporters if Obama gets to be nominee and guess what – we will not want him.

    March 10, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. Newsworthy

    I think not. Media just love to spark controversy. By the way, her mother in that commercial is Samantha Power.

    March 10, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  15. dee

    Clinton supporters on here saying what's the big deal would not be saying that if it was the other way around.
    The media has been trasghing Obama for over a week now because she cried boo hoo,and they obviously see this as a negative story for her.Now they are saying,what's the big deal.
    If it's not a big deal,then why are you on this site stating anything.
    As an independant,I find that it's mostly clinton supporters that spew out hatred.This does not help your candidate who wants those independant votes.
    Also,Obama has set more laws and policies in the senate than clinton,so give up the "no experience" argument.
    And,if he's so...inexperienced why is clinton now saying oh he'd be on her ticket(uh,she's still behind him).
    You can't have it both ways.
    Clinton,her camp,and suppoters have been so...negative and down right nasty,that I would not vote for her-EVER!
    Clinton needs Obama supporters more than Obama needs hers.
    She will not get them.

    March 10, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  16. A. Macaulay

    What has always bothered me about this 3AM ad is that Senator Clinton seems to answer the phone and make a crisis decision. So far so good.

    But I tend to get worried about snap 3 AM decisions, especially one from someone who in the clear light of day so easily voted for the war in Iraq thinking, "as she put it that President Bush wouldn't really use the authority we gave him–and actually go to war."

    Personally, I like folks thinking about things just a little more carefully before sending us into another Iraq, Vietnam, what ever. A few advisors might be nice–you know like generals, etc. No?

    March 10, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  17. Geans

    Who cares what the stock photography faces have to say? That's like saying "Girl on Rice Krispies box eats Trix." Come on.

    March 10, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  18. Rob

    To all those people complaining that this article isn't newsworthy.. well, that's why it's on the Political Ticker! From the types of articles on the Ticker, they seem more anectodal than major ground-breaking stories. They are just tidbits of info to keep everyone that is looking for new gossip satisfied. The real stories don't end up on the Ticker, they end up as separate stories.

    March 10, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |

    obama should be president right on gurl , cliton sucks she voted on the war and obama awnsers the questions sespifecliy and cliton dose not

    March 10, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  20. Greg

    Greg from PA (NOT to be confused with this poster who is from CA): PLEASE continue with your ignorant racist rants against Obama. Blog here frequently, and share your opinions with as many people as will listen. Pathetic, desperate Clinton supporters such as you are some of the best PR Obama could hope for. Every time you open your mouth and spew your venom, another person is converted to Barack Obama! Thank you so much!

    March 10, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  21. P. Cook

    Children often can tell which adults are fake and which are real. But I want someone to explain the final results from Texas. The caucas votes added together increased Barack's lead, not Hillary's.

    March 10, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  22. Martin in PA

    Now THERE'S some poetic justice for you!! She was probably sleeping soundly in her bed because she knew that her eventual Presidential candidate was Barack Obama!!

    March 10, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  23. notamused

    Can your network be any more blatantly bias toward Obama. It’s news that a girl who made money sleeping for a stock photo commercial doesn’t support the message of the commercial. Give me a break.

    You might remember the demographics of your audience. Trust me they are not the young people who support Obama.

    March 10, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  24. Independent Voter, TN

    Being a part of the Baby Boom generation, tI find the current political environment is somewhat reminiscent of the late 60's with youthful idealism on the upswing. While I think this is a good thing and helpful to have the entire electorate starting to become involved, I think it bears mentioning that as adults we have the benefit of perspective and we learn to temper our idealism with wisdom and practicality.

    I am very thankful of the 40 or so years of reflection I have had to make me understand the difference between what I felt was important at the time versus what is truly important and responsible.

    I feel that McCain is the only candidate of either party who is able to straddle party lines and who truly has the ability to bring us together as a nation. Many are buying into the Obama campaign rhetoric, but it must be seen through the lens of his meager accomplishments to this point plus his extremely partisan and liberal voting record (when he has found the courage to actually vote).

    March 10, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  25. John McKeever

    Another example of meaningless news to divert our attention off the substantive issues of our day. If it tickles our ears it becomes a news story.

    March 10, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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