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. Mark, VA

    Why is this news? What issue does this talk to? The Economy, foreign policy, anything? Come on now! As Obama has said we are getting into the "silly season" of politics.

    March 10, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  2. Joan

    "And the girl who did "Obama Girl" voted for Hillary. Go figure!"

    Wow, HRC supporters are factually challenged.

    Correction: The so-called Obama Girl - actually a paid model as part of some marketing stunt, and by the way totally unaffiliated with the campaign - didn't vote at all. She had a cold on election day.

    March 10, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  3. Texas for Hillary

    hope, change, future, turn to next page, -blah blah blan for two month already.

    Everytime I see Obama on TV, I am sick and I can't stop laughting.

    There are no hope, no change, no future, even no next page,

    What is wrong with American's head?

    Are you sure you are such a hopeless?

    March 10, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  4. To: LBR

    So, 18 year olds can fight in Iraq for you, and pay Social Security taxes for you, but if they express their political opinions, you don't think they know anything about politics or the world. What sort of twisted thinking is that?

    March 10, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  5. Nyte

    To P Graber:

    If you really think she was sleep, then obviously you've never heard of model acting.

    March 10, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. Pon Mao

    Hillary Clinton just knows NO shame !

    Anyone but Clinton !

    March 10, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. Shelby08


    I briefly heard that Obama supporters locked Clinton supporters out of the caucuses and that they also ignored Clinton supporters and marked Obama when people clearle stated Clinton. I'm sure there
    are rumors of wrong doing from both sides.

    March 10, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  8. Mir

    Sorry, Obama fans, but a lot of us who couldn't vote in the senate were ALSO against the war. Can Obama offer anything else? His friends in the senate never mention his bipartisan efforts, only his energy. Well that's great. Now again, riding on his Oprah based celebrity status and not the details of either his plans or records, will he get elected. Our country is a fast food nation in more ways than one.

    March 10, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  9. Shelly Canada

    Richard I agree with you. I have had enough of her as well. I don't think alot of people have really read the story. The Ad was purchase by the Clinton's and used for the 3 am phone.

    Everyone is saying that know one should care about what this girl thinks, some of you forget that she is the furture.

    And if you don't care about what the young people think then you have that mentality that their voice should be silent.

    March 10, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  10. Michael L

    This is not NEWS in any way shape or form! It was actually listed in the CNN top stories this morning!!! What lengths will CNN go to place a positve Obama story?

    March 10, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  11. AJ

    She "unknowingly" paticipated in the ad? I hardly think so. I'm sure her bank account would show differently. And on top of it, who cares who this child supports. The college and 30 and under crowd are more interested in being part of a "movement" than they are in the good of the nation. Few of them have to earn money for a living, few of them have to worry about health care. They just suck off mom and dad and buy into the cult. If these young people represent our best and brightest, God help us!!.

    March 10, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  12. You have got to be kidding

    Who really cares???

    March 10, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. Mir

    MOnkey Oil, the funny thing is, you obviously didn't listen to the ad: "It's 3am and your children are asleep." there is something happening in the world, not it's 3am in the world. It's ok, you're probably not alone in intentionally or otherwise not listening to what her campaign messages are saying because you're deaf from dislike and blinded by your savior's aura.

    March 10, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  14. Annette

    Voters use your head and heart to vote. Not your remote.
    It's the news anchors and pundits job, to report on the campaign, but it's your job to put the right man (or woman) in the white house.
    Go to rally's, look up candidates info on their web pages.

    I'm an Obama fan, but whom ever gets the job behind the infamous desk, at least their supporters will have had a once in a lifetime chance to participate in an history making election.

    Voter in America

    March 10, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  15. An Agnostic Democrat

    To all the Clinton cocktail drinkers:

    So does this mean that all of the young voters that voted for Hillary don't count either?


    March 10, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  16. alex,CA

    Did anyone ever worked under a nagging boss before? well that is what she promises to be and Idon't think obama stand her even if she became his running mate.
    A perfect running mate for the prof will be John Kerry. He is rugged in all areas and can match Mcain boot for boot.

    The phone will definately ring at 3a.m. and some one will definately anwer it. But Obama will definately make the right judgement

    March 10, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  17. Paul

    Reality Check #1,

    Guess again, Obama girl didn't vote for anyone. She was unable to get to a polling station before it closed.

    Just goes to show how another Clinton supporter does NOT know what's going on. Oh, and yes, it was covered all over the place. Do a search so you can prove yourself wrong.

    March 10, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  18. Confused in Houston

    I don't know why this is making CNN news? Is there nothing more important to report? The Clinton campaign used stock footage and most Americans understand the person in the ad was a child and in no position to endores either candidate. I don't think a counter-ad is necessary and someone can let her know that her 15 minutes was up days ago.

    March 10, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  19. Audrey

    I don't really care. I just think she is trying to get attention so she gets more work...

    March 10, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  20. Mike

    Everybody has an opinion. I have a number of friends that campaigned for Obama and now support Hillary after discovering things about Obama.

    March 10, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  21. Terri Patanus

    Poor little thing does not even know why she is voting.

    March 10, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  22. Mike

    I think it is obvious this girl is using the fame of the commercial to further an acting career. It is clear in reading what she is asking Obama to do. This is an old story.

    March 10, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  23. Frank N Mwiine

    The whole world is watching and reading your comments, be polite enough. There is a ray of hope in Obama change messege......

    March 10, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  24. Hillary For President!!!!!! Ohio

    This Girl must like the dark side, and no clue what she said!

    Hillary 08

    March 10, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  25. Bandy, College Park, MD

    I dont think it matters too much, but it is so ironic and a nice slap in the face for the clinton campaign for running negative ads. There is poetic justice in the world!

    March 10, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
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