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. judy

    Bush, Clinton,Bush,Clinton 30 years,wow impressive and the rest of the world ponders.maybe you all can all get ready for jed bush, then chalsey clinton.

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

    yeah, and do you really believe she's gonna pick up that phone?

    April 2, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. Real Deal

    It's 3 AM. There is a crisis in the Democratic Party. The problem is John McCain and a possible 3rd term for Bush and company. Democrats UNITE!!! Answer the phone and vote Democratic!!!

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

    This premise is so tired and I think everyone is over it.

    Not to mention the fact that the red phone would NEVER ring at 3 am. All the markets/businesses are closed at that time. Plus, if you go to sleep as President and need a phone call in the middle of the night to realize how bad the economy is, maybe you're not as prepared and ready as you think. You should have been taking care of this matter during the day.

    My hunch is that she does not have enough money to advertise in PA more, so by recycling this 3 am concept she is guaranteed free air time by networks commenting on and replaying this ad.

    April 2, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. James

    Obama knows about as much about crisis intervention on the economy as he knows about bowling. But he certainly looks good in a suit. Of course that's all he's going to need to convince all the world leaders that he is the new messiah. Can he sing? Maybe he should be on American Idol.

    April 2, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. Jeff in WI

    I'm not trusting sleep deprived Hillary with any 3 am phone calls.

    April 2, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. mp

    I can't imagine why Clinton keeps harping back to this 3am call theme. It's an awful and a ridiculous ad that just makes her look foolish and gives fodder to late night show hosts. I can't believe this is the best they can come up with. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a Clinton supporter but running crap like this doesn't even give her a shot at pulling ahead.

    April 2, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. Sam Rose

    This has been WAY OVER DONE.......
    Couldn't she get creative and find a new ad?

    People have been polled and think this 3am stuff is really

    April 2, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. jamie

    My god she is tiring!

    April 2, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  10. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    It's 3am, Hillary answers the phone to address an economic problem, she tells you that the Keebler elves already told you that they'd take care of it.

    These things can happen when you are tired and mispeak...

    April 2, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. Cindy


    April 2, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  12. BJ

    these is nonsense with 3am phones.who cares.

    April 2, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  13. LaLa in KCMO

    Right on Cindy! She is taking aim at the right person!

    Looks like she's tired of spinning her wheels in the mud by trying to slam Obama.

    Hillary, are you ready to endorse Obama? He's got 3 Superdelegates in the last week. How many have you gathered? ... oh, none. Well you could make it 4 for Obama in one week!

    Obama 2008 and 2012

    April 2, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. California girl

    You go Girl! My whole family is voting for Hillary!

    April 2, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  15. Cindy

    This Ad will help her win in Pennsylvania!!! Nice job!

    April 2, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. Ellie

    HA! HA! Your ARE Kidding me!!!

    NOT another phone ringing ad.... oh my GOD, say it isn't so.

    The first phone AD backfired on HER and YET she still has NOT learned her lesson. If your first attempt did NOT work, do use it again, try something else. Can the Clinton camp come up with something original?

    This is really making me sick to my stomach, I can't even listen to anything else Sen. Clinton has to say.

    April 2, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  17. Kurt

    Oie Vay!

    April 2, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  18. George from Minneapolis

    Obama's campaign has been run much better than Clinton's. She had to loan her campaign money and reorganized her staff during the campaign. While Obama has bettered her in every category.

    So, my question is:

    If she can't run a campaign better than Obama, how is she going to run the country better than Obama ???

    All rational replies welcomed.

    April 2, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  19. Dinesh

    Nice, now at least your ad's against mccain.

    April 2, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. Joe

    So Hillary answers the 3 am call herself? What the ad fails to mention is that she answers it at 5 am because it took her 2 hours to put on the pantsuit, the gold jewelry, and do her hair and makeup.

    April 2, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  21. dlr

    Really needs to end her campaign and start working for the Democratic party by supporting Sen. Obama! That's being a true sportman. Remember Apollo? He knew when to hang it up and support Rocky. She is definitely no Rocky. She the leading candidate in Pennsylvania.

    April 2, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. Devo-Mar

    The Clintons needs to give up on the psychics. President Clinton will not see a third term in the White House. Senator Clinton should not even be considered as eligible to run under article 22, by her own word she acted as co-President under her husband.
    To bad in 1947 nobody believed a souse would run for the office President.

    April 2, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  23. Hillary

    At least she is not still co-signing for the GOP and attacking Barack/ Finally!!!!

    April 2, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  24. Carolyn

    So you save money if you re-tread your old commercials?

    April 2, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  25. gerard morei

    Great Hillary, I;m glad you concentrate now on your next opponent.
    Real Americans will vote for Hillary Clinton.
    Hillary for President 2008!!!!!

    April 2, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
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