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. Jim

    She is just so silly.

    April 2, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The "red" phone has been ringing in John McCain's ears for the past seven years and it might as well be George Bush answering it. I agree with you on this one Hill.

    April 2, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Allan

    With her limited funds, this is the best her campaign can come up with?

    Knowing how badly she "mis-speaks" when "sleep-deprived," I would suggest HiLIARy try Ambien when she finds herself awake at 3 a.m. wondering whatever happened to her inevitability.

    April 2, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. Doug, Florida

    It's time to purge the democratic party of the racists. Let's them run to the Repubican Party when Obama wins

    Obama 08

    April 2, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. Dan (TX)

    That phone ain't gonna be ringing if you don't pay your phone bill!

    Start paying your campaign debts Hillary!

    April 2, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. oswanegan

    WEAK... and to much of the same. Can you say cash-strapped!

    April 2, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. Austin


    That was really "original". Is this the best Hillary Clinton's marketing team can come up with? Maybe they are doing this to spite her for not paying their health insurance coverage last month and for her disappearing tax returns.

    April 2, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  8. Mark

    It also shows a sleep-deprived Clinton, forced to wake up at such an early time, dodging the deadly sniper fire on the way to the phone. When she finally reaches it, she answers and gives the order to launch the missiles at these dangerous foes she "sees". It takes the person on the other end of the line quite a while before he can convince her that he is, in fact, just an insurance salesman.

    Then comes the message:

    Hillary Clinton: Sleep in. Please.

    While I understand the basic point of the ad... would I really want some idiot attempting to come up with an economic counter-plan off the top of their head at 3 in the morning by themselves? What exactly would she plan on doing? Drafting a bill to help the economy in a matter of seconds, running over to the House of Representatives, and waiting 6 hours for them to arrive so they could start debating it?

    April 2, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  9. Wayne

    She is supposed to be a good steward of the economy but she doesnt pay her vendors who support her campaign, she owes 300k in health care premiums for her staff and her campaign was so broke she had to use 5 million of Bills money to keep it afloat.

    If she cant manage money in her campaign how can we expect her to manage the federal budget and spending????

    April 2, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. RFP

    The government should stay out of the housing crisis and let the market regulate itself. Not that Senator McCain is any kind of economic expert.

    April 2, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. Mark Anthony

    LOL, Whatever!!!! STUPID!!!!

    April 2, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  12. Steve_Mu

    What happened to the jobs out in Buffalo, Senator?

    April 2, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  13. Celia Ann

    Maybe its one of her cabinet staff asking why thier insurance card isn't working at the Emergency Room calling.

    There was a Doctor who said they rented an buiding for thier campaign and it took so long for them to pay him, that he decided to mail his $500 donation to Barack Obama.

    April 2, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    What is this? She's already won the nomination...?

    April 2, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. Susan

    Hillary can fix our economy if anyone can.

    Perhaps Obama needs another 20 years experience in all things presidential and then he'll be ready to run for President and Rev. Jeremiah Wright will be a distant memory.

    Hillary is ready on day one and will be a great president.!!!!!!!!!!

    April 2, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. Hoosier Pete

    There isn't a real housing crisis. You have banks loaning money to people who can't afford a house. You have people borrowing money, knowing they can't afford it. So, instead of forcing the banks and the people to take responsibility for their actions, they're going to steal money from people who had nothing to do with the loans and give that money to the banks and to the people who made the stupid decision to borrow the money to begin with.

    April 2, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  17. Arin

    Ring Ring " I'm Rambo, dodging sniper fire, fighting the Vietcong! Whoo-hoo!! Huh?! Oh, I'm sorry, did I misspeak? I'm a little sleep deprived. Why are you calling me at 3 am? The markets close at 5 pm? Call me tomorrow at 9, when the markets reopen. Goodnight" I'm Hillary Clinton and I approve this ad.

    April 2, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. Liz, Pittsburgh PA

    Yes, we need Hillary to go after McCain !!!

    Anytime Obama hits McCain it backfires bc it goes against his claim of politics of the future but people are use to Clinton swinging. She needs to continue to go after McCain and Bush, and that will be extremely helpful for the party.

    April 2, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. Mark Anthony

    LOL, STUPID!!!!!

    April 2, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  20. RPV

    If Hillary has to answer every call at 3:00 am she will not be productive and will not be able to serve long.


    April 2, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  21. Chris from San Antonio

    Recycling ineffective ads. Must be tough campaigning with bankrupt coffers.

    April 2, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  22. Jeff M.

    What kind of economic crisis would suddenly need the president's attention at such an ungodly hour that didn't need any attention before?

    April 2, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  23. use2luvher

    And Why Not Hillary?

    After all... it 'almost' worked in Texas.

    Seriously folks This 3 am thing is getting (McCain) old.

    And why is she fully dressed at 3 am anyway?

    a) Was the movie toooo long?
    b) Was she waiting up for Bill?

    April 2, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  24. Nick, Austin, TX

    Good for her going after McCain. I'm not a big Hillary Clinton fan (I much prefer Obama) but I would like it if both the Democrats spent some time and money running adds against McCain instead of each other.

    I do think it is funny though that everything seems to happen at 3 a.m.

    I just get this funny image of the whole day with the White House staff and congress throwing cards into a hat and then 3 a.m. rolls along and everything gets chaotic.

    Personally 4 a.m. is the time of day that always scared me but, you know, to each his own.

    April 2, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. PA

    Hillary you need to Release your tax Return before you said any thing.
    Obama should be the one ready to answer that 3.am phone ringing.
    Obama should be the one that will creates all the jobs.
    You are a big liar. you have lied many times that you did decived the OH and TX people.
    How Can I trust you that you will create a job when you lies a lot!!!!
    Shame on you Hillary !!!!!!!
    Repect yourself .

    April 2, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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