April 2nd, 2008
05:18 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain camp fires back over new Clinton '3 a.m.' ad

John McCain's campaign struck back shortly after Clinton's team released a new ad that makes the case that Hillary Clinton is better-prepared than the Arizona senator to handle the nation's economy.

(The McCain campaign has increasingly sparred with Barack Obama, criticizing the Democratic presidential hopeful in daily press releases, and on the trail - but the statement issued Wednesday afternoon in response to the Clinton contrast ad does not mention the New York senator by name.)

Full statement:

“John McCain is ready to lead with a pro-growth economic plan to lower taxes, cut government spending, empower America's entrepreneurs and get our economy back on track. Americans can’t afford the Democrats' liberal agenda to raise taxes, nationalize health care, cut off trade and crush the economy under big government.” - McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand 

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John McCain
soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. geez

    Obama is the teen idol. The media loves him. If he winst he nomination , Then all he wins it is only as poster idol of the year.

    Even so he had to cheat to win the nomination. Adults and true Americans do not like cheating.

    Come Nov, he would not win against any Republican.

    Hillary at least has a good agenda and has crossover appeal.

    April 2, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  2. You don't say

    McCain/Hillary 08 – You know what's scary? They could pull it off with the number of people who see no difference in voting for one over the other.

    April 2, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  3. Dave, SC


    Stop insulting McDonald's managers!

    April 2, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  4. No Hillary, No McCain

    Who cares what Hillary said to McCain and vice versa. Hillary is almost defeated by Obama and McCain will be next.

    April 2, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  5. go obama

    First it was Bill, hillary, chelsea and mccain attacking obama, but now mccain is targeting clinton

    what gives?

    April 2, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  6. D Jessup

    Obama backers are so filled with hate, if you can't say anything of substance keep your mouths shut. You are only hurting your candidate. Wake up this is not a High School football game.

    April 2, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  7. Denis, NYC

    Um..why would a president get a 3am phone callabout an economic crisis? Economic crisis can take years to happen not hours. What new sudden economic development would warrant a call of that time in the morning?

    April 2, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  8. Jeff in WI

    ""Um..why would a president get a 3am phone callabout an economic crisis? Economic crisis can take years to happen not hours. What new sudden economic development would warrant a call of that time in the morning?""

    Bill collectors. That campaign doesn't like paying them...

    April 2, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  9. You don't say

    You would think she would have learned from her first 3 am ad. I bet it helped her lose Texas – opps, nobody was to notice that she lost such an important big state.

    April 2, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  10. Sue

    HRC: Hello
    Caller: Hi, Hillary, it's Howard...Howard Ickes. I know it's 3 a.m., Hillary; but, we're out of money! We don't have money for more ads! We overspent! Hillary, can you, you know, maybe, lend the campaign another $5 million? Hillary?...Hillary? How about $3million? Come on, Hillary...please!!!

    April 2, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  11. Michael

    Hillary attacking McCain as if she's the nominee is disrespectful and boring. Yet again another 3 am phone ad when McCain isn't even debating in Penn yet.

    She's so pathetic

    April 2, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  12. ACitizen

    When did a republican president shrink the government?

    Reagan, Bush and Bush II have all grown the size of the government and made the agencies worse during their terms.

    Clinton actually shrunk the size of the federal government and wiped out the deficit during his presidency.

    Republican presidents talk about shrinking the government and end up expanding it, where as the one democrat that we have had since 1980 shrunk the government.

    April 2, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  13. DM Arlington Texas

    1. Hillary Clinton is using the little girl in picture who supports Senator Barack Obama. Secondly, she still needs to pay her bill. last but not least where is those past and current tax returns.

    Hillary we still focus.... not distraction......

    April 2, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  14. Teddy

    This is a clever way for Clinton to get free media coverage. The media will all talk about the famous 3am ads that was run in Texas. The media focus will be on that ads, not this one.

    I do not think this ads will do any big damage to McCain who is too old to be considered in lacking experiences handling crises and most Republican supporters suspect government help. Remember Reagan's famous sentence: Government is not the solution, government is the problem. So this ads is actually indirectly targeted at Obama, but Obama campain cannot say anything on this. The Clinton team is afraid of media backfire if they run that original 3am ads against Obama.

    April 2, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  15. Teddy

    Why did not Clinton run the ads in Ohio, but in Texas? That was because she had confidence to win in Ohio. If the race in Penn state becomes tight again, she could run the original ads again in Penn. If she maintains a comfortable lead, she will not risk running the orignial 3am ads.

    April 2, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  16. Netty

    I'll save you the time: Waiting for moderation!
    If HC is elected & her phone rings at 3am, it will be me asking to see her tax returns – were they mysteriously lost?

    April 2, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  17. John

    Yeah! The democrats just want to ruin this country, take our money, and give it to people who are too lazy to work.

    April 2, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  18. Matt


    @ 58 old white ladies for OBAMA (and everyone else who has and believes the 100 year war thing)

    McCain never said he wanted a 100 year war. The comment that this comes from was taken out of context. Here's what he really said (in response to a question about a statement that Bush made by Bush saying we might be in Iraq for 50 years):

    “Make it 100. We’ve been in Japan for 60 years. We’ve been in South Korea for 50 years or so. That would be fine with me. As long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed, that’s fine with me.”

    I got this from Politico.com

    April 2, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  19. Big Ed in NC

    Why are we consistently misled about cutting taxes? Last time I checked we aren't doing so hot fulfilling our oblications or paying our government bills. Can we at least be honest about the fact that the Iraq war bill is coming due in addition to the Chinese interest payments? Who's paying for that? Social Security and Medicare fiasco? What about the next big mega bank bail out? Who's paying for that? What about your next door neighbor's foreclosure bailout? Who's paying for that? It's almost as bad as listening to someone say they have a "victory" strategy in Iraq when they don't even know who they're fighting! Misleading.

    April 2, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  20. The Wizard

    It's probably bill collectors about unpaid campaign debts calling her at 3 AM. Probably they can't get ahold of her in the daytime at a reasonable hour.

    April 2, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  21. kim portland, oregon

    MATT, we all know that!!!

    the problem is your man Mccain supports the continuation of the iraq invasion, invading iran next, and has said "there will be more wars." how on earth do you have a war without any "Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed...”

    AMERICA DOESNT WANT ANYMORE WARS, AND CANT AFFORD ANYMORE WARS--FINANCIALLY AND MILITARILY!!! he's a war-mongering old fool, and any american who buys that straight talk express and "my friend" crap needs to do some serious reading!!! he's a phony!

    April 2, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  22. hispanic voter

    The little girl in the ad is grown and an OBama supporter. What kind of idiots has Hillary hired. OBAMA all the way!!

    April 2, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
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