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. teresa from Canada

    Why would this surprise anyone – she is a baby? Obama always does well with the young and easy influenced, when you bother to lift the rug and check underneath he falls apart.
    Hillary has had her rug checked so many times there are no surprises left -0bama – journalist refuse to even scratch the surface. Journalists if you can call them that would rather do nonsense fluff pieces like this!

    March 10, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  2. dlr

    It would be great to do a counter-ad.

    Again, it shows Mrs. Clinton or her staffs through management skills. Do your homework first, then make a sound 'Judgement' call before acting upon on.

    "Day One"?

    March 10, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  3. Darryl

    Hillary for SNL standup not for president.

    March 10, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  4. SF

    Reality check #1: That's a flat out lie! The truth is that she didn't vote at all.

    March 10, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  5. Nina

    It is shows once again what Obama campaign stands for: targeting youth and all about "Change" and they don't have any clue what kind of "Change" they want after all... Teen psychology!

    March 10, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  6. vincie

    she is an actress and is looking for a job. what better way to get in the papers and on tv.

    March 10, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |


    March 10, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  8. Racewatcher

    Ha ha!! She supports Obama, but is absolutely clueless that she's appearing in an ad for Hillary? Says a lot for Obama supporters, doesn't it?

    March 10, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  9. CJ

    It's another example of how Barrack Obama has engaged the younger voters (i.e. many future participants in the democratic party) through his campaign. I don't think the 65+ voters are the future of America. (and I truly mean no parents are in that's just exciting to see how many new voters he has involved in the voting process!)

    March 10, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  10. dude

    Don't listen to Greg from Pennsylvania... he's actually Sean Hannity. Nice hatred buddy.

    March 10, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  11. Joan

    Another woman against Hillary!

    March 10, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  12. TJ Earle

    Ha!!!! The joke is on Hillary. Nice article, Obama should find some way to spin this. Did this ad affect Ohio and TX voters on Tuesday? In my opinion Obama is qualified to run this country. Obama 08

    March 10, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  13. PA voter

    greg why waste your vote on someone that thinks Obama isn't fit to answer the phone at 3:00 as President , but good enough to help her answer the phone as Vice President.

    March 10, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  14. TRAVIS

    @ Fair: She can die for her country - she should also have a say on the next president. I've met 18 year olds with more wisdom than some 50 year olds.

    Is this news? Not really - but this is a BLOG.

    March 10, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  15. vincie


    if obama wants to play that game, i'm a hillary voter, all my friends are hillary voters and if she doesn't get it we will vote for nader. we are not the only people that will do that. so there

    March 10, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  16. Monkey Oil Jr

    Funny thing is, Clinton doesn't seem to be aware that it's never 3 AM across America (or the world) at any given time lol.

    March 10, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  17. Matt in Georgia

    If the superdelegates decide to support Senator Clinton over Senator Obama (ahead in Delegates, States, and total Votes) than I believe this would destory the Democratic Party beyond repair.

    Maybe a Obama/Bloomberg ticket as Independents would be the answer for many voters. Bloomberg would deliver New York and New Jersey. Just a thought.

    March 10, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  18. Greg, NY

    To the person above that said "Obama girl" voted for Hillary. She didn't vote for Hillary, she just didn't vote. She was too busy at a party of some sort, which in it's own right is no excuse.

    March 10, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  19. Mamie

    BIG DEAL!!

    March 10, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  20. lbr, jersey city, nj

    what does an almost 18 year old girl know about politics and the problems of the world. They think this is all fun. These young supporters think it is cool to vote for a young charismatic guy like Obama

    March 10, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  21. I like Ron Paul

    I do not understand why CNN try to beat Hillary in different ways!

    What's CNN' purpose?

    March 10, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  22. Bruce Wayne

    There's nothing wrong with Muslims for one thing Greg. And another thing, Obama is Catholic. Nice try though with the demonizing; that's usually a tactic for those who have no real argument.

    March 10, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  23. Nikole

    You have to be 17 1/2 to register to vote, so she is eligible. She was even a precinct captain for Obama. People slamming the youth had better get with the program. WE are inheriting this country and WE will decide who we want leading us.

    March 10, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  24. john

    shame on you Hillary clinton

    Yes we can 08

    March 10, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  25. Florida loves HILL

    CNN I have lost so much respect for your station. I now find myself watching FOX they at least tell the facts about both candidates.

    March 10, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
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