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. Chris, Orlando

    Silly girl... Obama's for kids.

    CNN should have asked her WHY she supports Obama. I bet you a red phone she can't answer the question.

    "...Uhhh, because my sorority endorsed him..."

    March 10, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  2. Shavon

    Who cares who she supports!!! She is not even old enough to vote yet!!! She is just an out of work child actress looking for another 15 mins of fame...THIS IS NOT NEWS JUST WASTED AIR TIME!!!

    March 10, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  3. Cosmic Comedy Queen - Hillary is the Change!

    Oh Yes, let us have a 17 year old actress make our political decisions. Excuse me I have to find the nearest bathroom, I think I going to be sick...

    March 10, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  4. Gladys Corvaia

    I would like to know how a young girl not yet of voting age, can be a Precinct Captain and Delegate without voting.You have a picture of this girl and she is on CNN Tv, Perhaps this is happing in other caucases?

    Interested in politics

    March 10, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  5. Andrew

    Sure, this isn't breaking news. But it's really funny and definitely worth the attention it's getting based on how absurd the ad was in the first place.

    March 10, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  6. Nelson

    What a "monster" – ous, mistake by Hillary!

    March 10, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  7. Ed

    All this girl wants is more business and more media attention. Get her off of this website – its supposed to be NEWS!! Who cares what she thinks. She made money off of the Clinton campaign making this ad – you don't see her complaining about now do you?

    March 10, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  8. Chris, Orlando

    Who the hell cares about this????

    March 10, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  9. ILoveAmerica

    Hillary Clinton always seems to be nine years out of date. This is just one more example.

    March 10, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  10. Doc Jerome

    Greg, Pennsylvania,

    I guess it's fair to say that you are basking in your ignorance. You are afraid of muslims, Obama, change and apparently 17 year old blonds.

    March 10, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  11. Jenny

    You go girl! The voice of youth will not be silenced anymore...this girl is smart!

    March 10, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  12. DJJ

    Greg, Pennsylvania, choose honesty over ignorance. Before you say that Obama is muslim raised, do your homework.

    March 10, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  13. tiffany j, cinci

    I agree with you, Jacqueline.

    Where the heck are the results from Texas?!? Why isn't it in the news? Why isn't the lack of a result in the news? Where the heck is the actual news?!?

    Even if it's just a 3 sentence blurb, someone should post a notice about Texas's caucus results. Why are they taking so long? Who the heck won Texas overall??????

    C'mon CNN, you can do better!!!

    March 10, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  14. Katy Hill Prescott Az.

    Clinton can't run a campaign how can she run a country?

    March 10, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  15. Tim, Powder Spring, GA

    You go girl!!! The Clinton supporters are the only ones still asleep now!!!

    March 10, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  16. ACFX

    Counter ad:
    It's 3PM and you need to vote on the Iraq war.
    Imagine what she might do if she's half asleep!

    March 10, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  17. amk

    That's what is called as "poetic justice".

    You Go "Girl".


    March 10, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  18. Tim

    We want the Texas Caucus results!!!! Why is this not in the news???

    March 10, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  19. Anonymous

    Where is the results from the Texas Caucus and what are they trying to do cheat?

    GO Obama! 2008

    March 10, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  20. Jeff

    The last comment from Greg in Pennsylvania just deplays his ignorance of the facts; his racism and bigtory and intorlerance

    March 10, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  21. Anonymous

    I HATE Obama bashers. The only 'muslim raised idiot', 'sleeper' etc are all you ignorants supporting such a decisive. polarizing figure as HRC.

    Obama '08!!!

    March 10, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  22. Chris


    Why do you continue with idle threats... it is obvious to me that you are not a democrat... if you were you would vote for whoever the democratic nominee is... neither Obama nor Clinton will win this race... if you look at each candidate neither one is very different from the other... the super delegates are going to back the person that they think will win in November... in a race this close it is going to come down to the electoral college... Clinton has a huge advantage in that count...

    In sports terms you are a "fair weather fan"!!!

    March 10, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  23. Fernandez

    Blind leading the blind

    March 10, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  24. Jenny

    CNN! Please do not delete my comments!

    I do not understand some media like CNN would like to use all the ways they can think about to beat Hillary!

    What's CNN's purpose? You guys think you can super power to push our people to elect Obama?

    NO WAY

    Hillary 2008

    March 10, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  25. GREG

    Watching the ad, the presumption is that Hillary might know the people in it, or perhaps in some capacity, be involved in choosing them. How cold a glimpse into the workings of Hillary's campaign, that Casey Knowles was just a nameless "off the shelf" piece of stock footage, a soul-less business purchase, to slime an opponent by preying on people's fears. In regard to drumming up support via fear, apparently Hillary and George Bush have something in common.

    March 10, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
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