August 26th, 2008
11:36 AM ET
14 years ago

McCain camp revives 3 a.m. ad


Watch McCain's new 3 a.m. ad.

(CNN) –The 3 a.m. ad is back.

John McCain's campaign is reviving the most famous political commercial of the Democratic primary cycle, launching a new 30-second spot Tuesday that uses footage from Hillary Clinton's original ad and declares "Hillary's right."

Watch: McCain camp revives 3 a.m. ad

The ad, set to run in key battleground states and specifically in Denver this week, also goes a step further than the New York senator's original ad, explicitly detailing the national security threats America faces.

"Uncertainty. Dangerous aggression. Rogue nations. Radicalism," the ad's narrator states as images of tanks and launching missiles flash on screen.

The ad also includes Clinton's attack on Barack Obama in March 2008 in which she declared "I know Senator McCain has a lifetime of experience that he will bring to the White House. And, Senator Obama has a speech he gave in 2002."

The commercial is the fourth Republican ad in the last week to invoke Hillary Clinton's past criticisms of her party's presumptive presidential nominee, and comes the same night the New York senator is set to make a public urge for unity at the Democratic convention.

Speaking to New York Delegates in Denver Monday, Clinton said she did not support Republicans using her past words against Obama.

"I am Hillary Clinton and I do not approve that message," Clinton said Monday when asked about a McCain ad in which a Clinton backer says she will vote for the Arizona Republican.

Clinton's original 3 a.m. ad ran in Texas in the week ahead of that states critical primary is credited in part for her strong performance there. (She won the Texas primary, but lost its caucus.)

soundoff (451 Responses)
  1. Pepou

    At 3:00 AM the old fool McSame is sleeping in one of his 7 houses ...

    August 26, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. yada yada yada

    desperate times call for desperate measures ...

    August 26, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. Michael

    Great ad!! The thought of Obama answering the phone scares me!

    August 26, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. tai

    Jesus christ the mccain camp is run by a buncha 5 yr olds, oooooooo tanks and missiles im soo scared please help me mccain with your expericen. Pathetic,The dems should be on the attack.

    August 26, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. Hayden

    Too bad, Obama can't make this kinds of ads because nobody would not believe him.

    Go John McCain!

    August 26, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. APS in Hawaii

    I agree with the ad and how it is being used because it is true, I do not trust Obama to answer the 3 AM phone call. Hiilary is right and so was Biden when he said Obama was not qualified to lead.

    August 26, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. JohnBoy

    Borg vs Obama will change everything.

    Obama will never be President.

    We demand that only Americans are President.

    Why are the drivebye media not reporting this?

    Borg is a Democrat and a American.

    McCain 08

    August 26, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. No Choice

    Obama or MacCain.

    Aamerica has no choice.

    This country is going to go straight to the hell.

    Good luck, America.

    August 26, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. Ian

    How weird that they are airing these ads at the same time as the Democratic convention. Give me a break.

    August 26, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. R.I.F.

    I told you.

    If anyone read my previous comment on the vets attacking Obama ad I said that evry ad that attacks Obama is raced to the top of the ticker by CNN. Look how quick this one raced up.

    August 26, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. Jim

    Suuuuurge!!! That's the answer to everything over at the GOP. Gas price's too high, suuuuurge! Health care unaffordable, suuuuuuuurge! How do we stop our dependence on oil, drill drill drill! Tax cuts for my wife, excuse me for the rich!

    August 26, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. Greg, NY

    F E A R!

    August 26, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. Dameun Strange

    Again, the Republicans don't have any ideas of their own. So, really...let them keep stealing ads. It just proves that they don't ever have anything new to ad to the progress of America...haven't for about 40 years or so.

    August 26, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. Texas Straight Talker

    Ok CNN – How many time will you continue to print this story???? Where is the so called fair reporting of this presidential campaign. You guys are a joke. Seriously.

    August 26, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. jim

    And the Dems didn't even see this coming

    August 26, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. Open Your 3rd Eye




    August 26, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. RH

    Republican fear-mongering? They stick with this because it works. The American electorate goes for it every time.

    August 26, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. The Bush Twins : George and John

    They're going to play the "fear" card again. The only thing I fear right now is that Americans won't wake up to this game and put a stop to the Repubs.


    August 26, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |




    August 26, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. John in Ohio

    Everything the Republican Party stands for, right here:
    "Fear. Be afraid. Vote for Republicans. Republicans will protect you. Republican know what is right for you. Be afraid of Democrats. Republicans will protect you from Democrats. Be afraid of terrorists. Republicans will protect you from terrorists. Your rights don't matter. Your safety is the only thing that matters. The safety of your children is the only thing that matters. Don't worry about your rights. Be afraid for your safety. Republicans will protect your safety from Democrats and terrorists. Democrats are terrorists. "

    Boy, you can really tell from the recent ads that the Republicans *really really* wanted Hillary to be the VP nominee, and had a whole bunch of ads all prepped and ready to go in case Hillary had been the running mate. They are sooo disappointed.

    Somebody should tell them that these ads didn't work for Hillary, and they won't work for McCain.

    August 26, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  21. bernj

    Hillary should have thought about the stupidity of what she said when she said it.

    I would rather have an intelligent, wise Barack answering the phone at 3am then a senile, warmongering hothead like McCain.

    August 26, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  22. Anonymous

    The Clinton campign: the gift that keeps on giving.

    August 26, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. Luis

    America knows you can put makeup on a pig, but a pig it remains…………..does nothing to change the fact Obama is unqualified, has questionable judgment, no foreign policy experience, consorts with a cast of shady characters (Wright, Ayers, Rezko, Farrakhan, his Communist mentor Frank and on and on)……………

    The majority of America will send him back to Chicago soon, bet on it. The continual insults to their intelligence by the media and the arrogant Barack will back fire in November.

    The responses to this blog by the Left helps me to understand how weak minded people get sucked into cults and become mindless followers, never bothering to truly look into the "Leaders" they worship. It is both sad and comical……………………….

    Vote McCain or join the insane……….

    August 26, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. Jim

    This guy can't stand on his own merrits. All these attacks and using other people's words, this is pathetic. Mccain has nothing to offer, all they do is make fun of other's.

    August 26, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  25. USMC 68-71

    That's right Republicans. Say and do ANYTHING but talk about your lame policies that are "Bush/Cheney Revisited."

    Let's all demand that they stick to facts instead of this reprehensible continuation of attack ads.

    (Oh, yeah, I forgot. They don't want you to know the facts.)

    August 26, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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