April 2nd, 2008
03:15 PM ET
12 years ago

New Clinton red phone ad airing in Pennsylvania

A New Clinton ad is similar to “Children,” a spot that aired last month.

A New Clinton ad is similar to “Children,” a spot that aired last month.

Hillary Clinton's campaign has gone live in Pennsylvania with a new ad that features sleeping children, and a 3 a.m. crisis call - but this time, the spot takes aim at John McCain. The 30-second spot - "Ringing" - highlights Clinton's "readiness to be steward of the economy on Day One."

On a conference call with reporters, spokesman Howard Wolfson said that Clinton had not faced any economic crises before, but that she possessed "a rich and deep understanding of complex problems" that gave her the tools to deal with them.

(Full script after the jump)

Hillary For President
TV :30

Announcer: It’s 3 am, and your children are safe and asleep.

But there’s a phone ringing in the White House and this time the crisis is economic.
Home foreclosures mounting, markets teetering.

John McCain just said the government shouldn’t take any real action on the housing crisis, he’d let the phone keep ringing.

Hillary Clinton has a plan to protect our homes, create jobs.

It’s 3 am, time for a president who’s ready.

Hillary Clinton: I’m Hillary Clinton and I approve this message.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Pennsylvania
soundoff (277 Responses)
  1. Party Like A What

    Why do Hillary Clinton Supporters thinks that Obama Supporters are rude, simple minded, aggresive, loud, I could go all day the thing is we don't have Monday night football anymore so we have to root for our team and when Obama wins the nomination it will feel like we have just won the Super Bowl and Obama didn't say Gore for VP he said he wanted him on his team well I have to go now it seems like someone is throwing bombs outside of my house I have to run to my base and hide.......

    April 2, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  2. Paul

    Hillary 08

    President of the United States of America

    April 2, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  3. William

    Go Hillary! In fact, anybody but Obama.

    April 2, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  4. Allison R.

    Why does it always take her so long to answer the phone in these commercials? It rings and rings and rings...

    April 2, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  5. KTX

    Does it matter what Hillary does? Nothing she or McCain can do is as bad as someone who believes in Black Liberation Theology or has spent the past 20 years to become deeply embedded in one race over another. He goes to a church where they all embrace Reverand Wright, this theology, and black supremecy. Is this the kind of change this country wants? Yes, the ad stinks but so does BO! America needs to wake up, and do their homework or we will have our first ever racist president, and if you are anything other than black, you will not be his concern.

    April 2, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  6. bigben

    enjoy the nomination. clinton suppoters will not vote for obama. you dam weak losers

    April 2, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  7. sachin

    Well it seems like she is making sure Mccain does not get a free run while she and obama duel it out in Pennsylvania (among otther obvious reasons)

    April 2, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  8. T. Hatfield, Gaitlinberg, PA

    . . . .How can you answer the phone at 3am when all of your utilities
    are shut off due to NAFTA?

    April 2, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  9. Former Obama supporter

    I love this ad. It is to the point and true. Unlike Obama's ad which says that he doesn't take money from oil companies but he does. Obama isn't telling the true. Why the media isn't making this a big deal, I don't know. If it was Hillary who said it, then they would tear her apart. I wish there was a poll which asked Americans, "Who do you think the media favors, Hillary or Obama?" The poll would clearly show Obama ahead. The media is always protecting Obama and I'm so sick of it.

    April 2, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  10. PhilT

    People give the "girl" (per Bill Clinton) a break. She's in debt up to her eyebrows, can't pay for her employees medical benefits, and is behind on payments to small businesses (the very people she pledges to help with her economic plan) that provide services to her campaign.

    Besides, she is doing the right thing by recycling. This add is probably the best the campaign could do given its limited resources.


    April 2, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  11. Independent for Obama

    This ad is as ridiculous as her previous ad. Don't fall for it people- she can't even pay her won campaign bills.

    April 2, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  12. M. Smith, Harrisburg

    . . . .Creativity running a bit thin, huh Howard Wolfson?

    April 2, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  13. R

    She does NOT have any understanding of the problems. The very root of the whole problem in our economy is fractional reserve lending and a very loose monetary policy that is helped by the fact that the government props up 3 trillion of our 14 trillion dollar economy. "Providing jobs" can only be done by contracting private firms to do government work, which almost always leads to waste and corruption. Either that or just tell every unemployed person to go join the military.

    A recession is like breaking a bone. It hurts at first, but soon the bone becomes stronger once it is healed. The housing thing NEEDS to run its course. Once that happens, credit becomes cheap and people LEARN TO SPEND WITHIN THEIR MEANS.

    April 2, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  14. eddie

    It's a great add and it shows how the clintons in the 90's ran 8 years of a great economy. Obama has done nothing in the senate and mccain is with the bush policies.
    Vote hillary in for the 90's balanced budget economy!

    April 2, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  15. Ex-Hillary supporter

    She won't have time to answer phone calls, what with catching up on sleep and preparing her tax returns etc. etc.
    Once this contest is over, I reckon Hillary should take a sabbatical in Afghanistan and/or Iraq and experience the reality of war, instead of entertaining the world with her sniper dodging fantasies.

    April 2, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  16. OGB, Arizona

    I think Hillary will be too "sleep-deprived" at 3 am that she will definitely "mispeak" on any economic policies. She will be better as the Secretary of Defense since she is skilled at withstanding "Sniper Fire"

    April 2, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  17. jeffrey

    Ma folks use to tell me that how a person handles little things makes one judge if SHE can handle bigger ones...Hillary Clinton failed totally with handling her campaign...how much more the economy of this great nation...

    United We Stand Divided We Fall

    April 2, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  18. Jane Sloan, DC

    If Hillary were to do a good job on the economy, there wouldn't BE a need for any calls at 3 AM!

    The last time I checked "home foreclosures" don't happen overnight - they're a result of FAILED economic policies. Maybe she's giving us a sign of what's to come...

    April 2, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  19. CHERYL




    GO HILLARY GO!!!!!!!

    April 2, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  20. Carlos

    How can Hillary's White House experience possibly qualify her to become the next president of the United States? Would Chelsea qualify as well then? Perhaps some of the White House's older staff, who have been there for 10, maybe 20 years?

    And why do some women continue to see Hillary's campaign through a sexist pespective? Even if she's deemed admirable or strong by many, wouldn't her political views and credibility have to count somewhat? So by the same criteria should all these same women vote on Condi Rice if she declared to be a candidate herself?

    April 2, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  21. CHERYL


    AND SO TRUE!!!!!


    April 2, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  22. Kirk From Michigan

    Hillary Michigan Loves You !!!!!

    I don't Care If the Answering Machine Picks up The Message !!!!!
    I Want Hillary Clinton In The White House To Solve The Problems America Faces Today ,And The Issues That Sure To Happen In The Future , Yes She Can , She's The Only One Who Can !!!!!!!

    April 2, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  23. Mike

    Who gets a call at 3AM about a HOME FORECLOSURE?


    "Ready to rehash tired old ideas from Day One."

    April 2, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  24. CHERYL


    I LOVE IT!

    SHE GETS MY VOTE!!!!!!!


    April 2, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  25. ellianna

    There is just NO FOOL like an OLD FOOL!! Give it up, Hillary!!
    Your goose is cooked!! Your 3:00 alarm clock has stopped forever!!
    The very best you can do for your country right now is to concede this election to Barack Obama!! You would have a much better political future if you did so!! If you and Bill continue to be STUBBORN and wreck the Democratic party, you will in fact have ruined your respective reputations. How sad that is considering that at one time Bill Clinton, the former President, was admired and revered by millions of people in America and around the world!! And you were elected as a New York senator. Your senate seat is waiting for you!! How thankful you can be!! We taxpayers have paid your salary for more than a year, while you were out hitting the election trail from east to west and north to south here in America!! MANY AMERICANS HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS!! And yet, you have been paid while you were away from your job!! Take a reality check right now Hillary Clinton - Get back to Capital Hill!! Your senate seat chair is calling you!!

    April 2, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
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