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. Southerner For Obama

    What kind of Ad is that suppose to represent. Hillary Hillary, who is fully dressed like you are in that ad at 3:00 in the morning?

    As Bill would say "Give Me a Break"

    April 2, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. Frank in Missouri

    That's so lame ... to run that thing again after the Bosnia flop.

    What's that anyway ? A 3am-call about the economy ? Homes are 'suddenly' in foreclosure in the middle of the night ?

    So we dispatch the army, call in the air force ? LAME AND PATHETIC.

    And by the way, Hillary, try your 'Commander in Chief Ready-On-Day-One' on McCain. It did not fly with Obama and you think you make that stick on ol' McCain ?

    Dream in ... it's 3am.

    April 2, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  3. The truth hurts

    Very impressive – she can duck sniper fire while answering the phone. I am amazed at this woman's talents. You Go Girl!

    April 2, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. Jay

    Obama is a SNOB

    April 2, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. Kim in Houston

    Thank you Sen. Clinton for targeting the right person!

    April 2, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. Ronnie

    This ad is absolutely ridiculous and misleading, just like the previous ad on National Security was. I have never heard of any economy being in crisis to the point that any president needs to be up anticipating a 3am phone call. A good president should not let things deteriorate to that point in this first place. Presently, I doubt even Pres. Bush is up all night concerned about the economy.

    April 2, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. Pam

    Is the girl who is now an Obama supporter still in the ad?

    April 2, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. Lynn D

    Look people. How many of us can remember specific details from 12 years ago? She misspoke. Haven't any of you ever said something that you totally believed was true and then you were proved that it was not how you remembered it? I have. I believe Senator Clinton remembered the Bosnia issue the way that she did because of all of the precautions that she was given at the time of the trip. But no matter what, Senator Clinton does have more experience than Senator Obama. Senator Clinton was not a sit an have tea type of First Lady. She actually participated in some of the day to day goings on in the White House. Just being there is more experience than Senator Obama has. Senator Clinton want to be president to help us. Senator Obama just wants to be the first African American to be president. Senator Obama's lie about Rev. Wrigtht was an outright lie. The more that you guys treat Senator Clinton unfair, the more people will rally behind her. Senator Obama will lose because of his cheap tricks. The issues cannot be discussed because of Senator Obama's crap.

    April 2, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. Uh....what?

    Why is the current economic problem only a crisis at 3 am? Aren't there people losing their homes round the clock?

    People, just vote for Obama and let's get this over with.

    OBAMA '08.

    April 2, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  10. Marie

    What does 3 a.m. have to do with the economy??? Okay, markets are open in other parts of the world, but is this something people worry deeply about happening at 3 o'clock in the morning, when there's nothing we here can really do about it anyway as it pertains to our own financial lives? An economic crisis? Let me know what's going on when I get up at 7:00, thanks.

    April 2, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. TC - South Beach

    Just as long as it's not sniper fire!


    April 2, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. 3 AM

    Exactly what type of "economic crisis" has anyone handled at 3 AM?? The only economic transaction happening at 3AM is the type that got Spitzer kicked out office or former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry scoring some crack. More importantly, where is Bill Clinton at 3 AM?? Most wives are sound asleep with their husbands at that time. Maybe she should try that for a change instead of worry about an "economic crisis"

    April 2, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. Rosa

    Hillary, like most women, has it in her to take charge of a situation without panic. Women plan ahead, we are take charge type by nature and can easily difuse a situation through careful thought and planning. Most men, depend on that the woman would have had a plan so therefore, go along for the long haul and hope it works. Hillary is an intelligent, organized, strong woman, capable of running this country with her eyes closed because, after 35 years, she has the next four years already planned out. She is about solutions and none of that speech crap.

    April 2, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. Hanging Chad


    We live in a free market society. There is a name for
    for what Sen Clinton is proposing, COMMUNISM.
    The redistribution of wealth. Perhaps she should be running for the presidency of CUBA. Hillary?


    April 2, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  15. John Adkisson, Sacramento, California

    This campaign has blown a fuse. Why would she receive the call at 3am? Why would she answer it fully dressed? It made sense for a terror attack, but economic problems are not solved in the middle of the night. Who is running that outfit? Are they so low on cash they can't finance a new ad?

    April 2, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. kab

    This "3 AM call" will take her away...

    3 AM call is a joke now..and she still opted for that???

    April 2, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. Joe

    O8ama has a plan for the economy. Hillary has a speech she gave in PA last week. Hillary is (Bush Light). She said she would not pull out of Iraq in her first term. She is supported by the same sleazy Lobby crooks that Bush is. The Clinton/Bush dynasty has sent our jobs to China for the last twenty years! Please, end it now!

    April 2, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. Thinker

    I've never understood why some people think that Hillary should not, or would not, protect even an Obama supporter if she were to receive a 3:00 a.m. call in the White House. She wants to be the president of all the people, not just some.

    April 2, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. Pennsylvanian vomiting in Pittsburgh!


    April 2, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. Vee

    Hillary supporters : Just pray that the girl who is sleeping in that ad does not turn out to be "McCain supporter"...

    April 2, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. dan

    "Steward of the economy"??????????

    The candidate cannot even balance the books for her campaign. Bills are going unpaid, including health insurance for her loyal staff.

    And she wants us to believe she will do better with the federal budget??

    Oh please.

    April 2, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. pj

    i hope she didn't shoot the ad with more Obama supporters this time. but seriously, stop with the rediculous phone ad.

    April 2, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. Get Real

    Retired Professional White Woman: I am sure the girl sleeping in the first ad never "dreamed" that she would be in a presidential ad someday. It doesn't matter that she is for Obama now that she is grown. Why would she object or even go on air saying she objects to being in a Clinton ad or that she is an Obama supporter? She made her money and gave the rights to whoever to use it. Exactly what profession were you in not to understand that? What's your point?

    April 2, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  24. TC - South Beach

    I am still wondering about those 200,000 jobs she promised to the State of New York if an when they elected her to Senate!

    Years later, loss of 30,000 jobs!

    NET LOSS on promises 230,000 jobs!


    April 2, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  25. T. Vandenberg, Martha's Vineyard


    April 2, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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