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. Shane

    Greg, Pennsylvania March 10th, 2008 8:23 am ET

    Stupid girl! Why waste your first vote on a muslim raised idiot!

    This what you call a racist bastard. He is christian you ignorant fool.

    March 10, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  2. Dusacre

    Greg, Pennsylvania March 10th, 2008 8:23 am ET ,
    You are the stupid and the ignorant one! What will take for your little ignorant, racist, fear and hate spreading mind to understand that Obama is not and was never a Muslim. If you hate Muslim so much stop using their oil. Maybe you will learn a lesson.

    No wonder Hillary win the states that have big concentration of mindless hate-lies-ignorant people like you.

    March 10, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  3. Minnesota Man

    Reality Check #1:

    Obama Girl was too drunk to remember to vote. She didn't vote for Clinton (not that it really changes how pathetic she is, but it's a matter of clarification)

    March 10, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |

    29 states to 13...... instead of blogging you billary supporter should be praying

    March 10, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  5. Anthony Cyril

    Grey, Pennsylvania...your're the most idiotic person the world has ever seen!!!! grow up, fool.....

    March 10, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  6. d

    she's only 17, she can't even vote

    March 10, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  7. Tenneille

    Smart Girl!

    March 10, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  8. Wesley

    Why is no one reporting on this???

    March 10, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  9. M. S. Indiana

    Just remember, many to young to vote will see all this Clinton stuff, and then in 4 years there will be a lot more Obama people out there...

    Go obama

    March 10, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  10. Carlos Ventura

    I imagine Casey waking up at 3:00am in the commercial telling her mother and father, I don't want Hilary Clinton picking up the phone I don't feel safe with her, I want Barack Obama to pick it up. I wondered how dissapointed was Senator Clinton when she saw her little girl on Television almost saying, AM CASEY KNOWLES and I DISSAPROVE THIS MESSAGE. Thats how prepared she is to become commander in chief, she don't even know whats going on in her own backyard.

    March 10, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  11. M Warren, Tulsa, OK

    This story isn't news. I'm ashamed CNN is reporting something as asinine as this under the guise of politics.

    March 10, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  12. B in Texas

    This is so pathetic! Who cares who she supports? She is a paid actress!! She needs to go back to eating her cheerios and drinking her Kool-Aid and daydreaming of Barack...

    March 10, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  13. Stephanie in Kentucky

    You can't play football by following the rules of a soccer game! Plain and simple no matter how good of a soccer player you might be, it won't do you any good in football. Obama does not have to change his message or his beliefs to play her game... the game of Politics. People like this girl are following suit. It is impossible to win this nomination sitting idly by in the shadows. Barack and those who support him have to take a stand and show the world they mean business.

    March 10, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  14. Will

    If Hillary gets the nomination, I vote for McCain. It's that simple.

    March 10, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  15. Eric

    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?

    As for this "will of the people" arguement...isn't Hillary ahead in popular vote (if you count Florida and Michigan) now and what if she is when all the primaries and caucuses are done? Then what will you say?

    March 10, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  16. 4 shame

    How shocking it is to see the Clinton People disrespecting this young girl. Hillary got you dolts all worried about the safety of the children, and you hate on this child because Hillary Rotten Clinton is not her choice. Nice, this is what I expect from you. Have fun hating on kids…………….Shame on you.

    March 10, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  17. Annette

    CNN, I have been watching your news shows and anchors, and I have to commend you on being the only News Network that reports on the race for the white house without trying to sway voters and interject your (Personal) thoughts on these 3 candidates.

    Thank you.

    Voter in America

    March 10, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  18. Harrison

    Obama and his children...what a joke!!!

    March 10, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  19. CHERYL



    March 10, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  20. Femi

    Why can’t people be fair and truthful? Greg from Pennsylvania I think you cross the line with your comment. Let us all be objective, wise and make a constructive criticism that will help us all. She's free to do what she think is right for her, who are we to question her decision or even write Derogatory statements . Food for thought. Thanks!

    March 10, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  21. Nigel

    It's really messed up how bitter and rude a few of these Hillary supporters are. Really, really messed up. Yet, they are the first to swoon over 28 year old Chelsea. "what a fine you lady" and so forth. And now they take pleasure in brow beating a 17 year old girl? Such behavior is hateful, shameful, and disgusting.

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

    Hillary says she has more experience, but now she needs Obama to join with her on a dream ticket. She said she is more electable, but she needs to cheat the system by seating Florida and Michigan's delegates which should not count, in order to catch up with Obama. She says she's loyal, but used Obama's supporter's image in her ad. What's next Hillary, What's next? I'll tell you what's next. You need to pay this young lady some royalty.

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

    I supose you men out there let your women run you house at home too. Men are superior they always will be. Look at the facts.

    March 10, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  24. John Z.

    I'm not surprised that a 17 year old is supporting Obama, but once this young lady gains some maturity I think she will realize that there is more to becoming president that just being young and sounding good.

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

    Obama has 90% voted from Black people. if he is this good than we all have to vote for him.

    so don't you guy think this is a racist from African people.

    where all the white people? can you guy do the samething?


    March 10, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
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