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. Michael

    By the way Hillary, Rockey is a fictional character in case you forgot. And the guy who played Rockey supports McCain. What a lame attempt of connecting with the PA voters. Not to mention the people of Philadelphia do not want to be reminded that their greatest sports hero was a fictional character. What will she think of next?

    April 2, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. Debbie

    If Hillary is sleep deprived at 3am, we're all in trouble.

    Hillary said her Bosnia sniper fire slip ups were because she was "sleep deprived". Hillary told the sniper fire story from December into March. Based on her own "sleep deprived" explanation, she has problems with her memory when she's tired.

    Hillary's 4 months of memory issues is enough for me to make an informed decision.

    April 2, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. Ivy10

    Where is the democratic leadership that's calling for an end to the campaign for the democratic nomination. ... MAYBE, if they would step to the plate with their "superdelegate" vote prior to June, this would be over.

    April 2, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  4. Dave

    I would think the only calls Hillary would get at 3:00 AM would be from her creditors...

    April 2, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  5. Bob

    You Obama people scare me. It is what drove me to the Clinton side. It isn't ok for Clinton to lie, but it is ok for Obama to lie. There are examples out there the press refuse to jump on. Like I said, I was undecided until I saw all the venom coming from Obama supporters. You all are ridiculous!!!!

    April 2, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  6. Bob

    By the way, did she check with Obama before running this ad? He's the one that will face John McCain in November.

    April 2, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. Obama Richardson

    She even wears pantsuits to bed–3:00 a.m.?

    April 2, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  8. Goody - OR.

    Obama will have the hired help answer that call because he'll be resting from the stressful job of being president!

    Obama is rated as the MOST LIBERAL of all three candidates. GOOD GRIEF, OPEN YOUR EYES FOLKS!

    Retired professional black woman for Hillary from day 1. Will never falter!

    April 2, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. Mel

    Give the Ringing Phone a break, one's credibility is more important. And
    that is not based on what another person said.

    April 2, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  10. ds

    Neither Clinton, Obama, or McCain will have direct control over the economy. Nor did Bill. The economy works in cycles that aren't tied closely to the president. Bill got lucky and was in when the economy turned around, so he (and, by proxy, Hillary) gets to look like a genius. It's just as undeserved as blaming the president when the economy is bad.

    April 2, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  11. Mary

    Probably wont get posted never does, but what Banker, Mortgage Company, Oil Executives are up phoning anyone at 3am.
    Maybe the individual that works for the Clinton campaign that was on the Board of Directors of one of the largest Prime Lenders in the US and is now in bankrupcy, asking HIllary for a job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Please at least make the ads make sense, the only other person that I can think would be calling would be Bill with a cash crisis because his credit card isnt working

    April 2, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |

    Oh, Hillary. Please. Even McCain don't like you. You are just
    not a likable woman. Ads will not help you now. Hillary, have
    an ad on Bosnia Sniper Fire. Yea, that'll do it!!!!!!!!!!
    Oh, maybe and ad with Stallone? Or maybe an ad with you
    bowling for Dollars for your campaign!!!!!!!!!! There are bills
    outstanding from you vendors and Insurance Premium of
    over $2,000.00 to be Paid in Full Immediatly for insurance
    for your Campaign Staff.

    Obama ONLY 2008

    April 2, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. MLAMELLA, Alexandria, VA

    Its not Hillary with the ad who needs to give it a rest, its everyone reacting like a spanked child that needs to give it a rest. Come off it, people. They both used the same ad. Chill out and pay attention to what's important.

    April 2, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. Jeff in WI

    If she wants to throw her much smaller cache of money away on stupid ads, far be it for an Obama supporter like me to stand in her way...

    April 2, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  15. fred

    Go Hillary!!

    April 2, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. T. Hatfield, Gaitlinberg, PA

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

    April 2, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  17. Naija for Obama

    Old habit never die, desperate people do desparate things, sorry Hillary. OBAMA 08

    April 2, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  18. Steve

    To the person who made the comment about the stock footage girl being a Obama Supporter. She's 17yrs old and she is a deligate . that's the age Obama. I guess we should trust her JUDGEMENT in making this dicession. for Pres. along with 50 cent. Who appointed her anyway I guess we know but what we don't know is how many 17yr old Obama supporters are Deligates That's really Scarry

    April 2, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  19. Nando, Florida



    April 2, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  20. Mark

    Lord have mercy on her.

    Looks like she is a Night Owl. Is she going to be awake every night waiting one crisis after another to come & strike the country?

    Why do all these crises occur exactly at 3:00 am ?

    Is she campaigning for national presidency or for a high school student presidency.

    Geez !!! more fodder for late nightl jokes.

    April 2, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  21. White folks please coming from a white man

    Are their any snipers in the video?

    Go Obama

    April 2, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  22. Mike in Houston

    I've got a better ad:

    Camera fades to the clock next to the bed in the White House. It's 3am.

    Suddenly the phone rings.

    President Hillary jumps out of bed wearing a helmet and bullet proof vest.

    Secret service agents jump on the 3rd grader and wrestle away the sniper rifle.

    Hillary. Ready on Day 1.

    April 2, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  23. bigben

    Obama is to dumb to answer a phone

    April 2, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  24. Nikki

    Do you all really think Obama is going to be the answer to all our problems! LMAO. He has no plan for any of his big promises until a week after being asked (or until he sees Hillary's plan)! Don't get mad when Mr. We Are the World, takes away Affirmative Action and all the rest of minority support. In less than 2 years after he is elected you are gonna wish you voted for Hillary.

    It's a man's world!!!!!!!!

    April 2, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  25. Belle

    By the way...

    Senator Hillary Clinton showed UP at Ground Zero ONE DAY after 9/11.

    That was FASTER than the President of the United States.

    In my book, that is a GOOD gage of her responsiveness to crisis.

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