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. John, North Carolina

    I hope that in four years, the Democrats have learned that you don't go dissing your fellow candidates while campaigning for office – the Republicans will use your words to their advantage later. It's too bad that Clinton was the first to go negative – now it's coming back to haunt the Democrats.

    August 26, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. the heart of the matter

    once again–this is ALL MCCAIN CAN BRING TO THE PARTY????!!!!!
    yesterday -again–Iraq indicated they want us out–why is the bush/mcsame train dragging their feet?
    why is it that more Amercian troops have donated to Obama's campaign then MCCain if he's "the one"?
    on leno last night the non-answer again-–POW-ok-thats fine & now its overpalyed–there is not trick to: i own 7–then he tries to justify in that some are investemnt properties–well u still OWN THEM RIGHT???
    Mccain in my book is a sellout-(bush voting/big oil contributions/lies/half truths(still lies) against minimum wage increases/womens right to choose-sorry–being a POW while beyond the call of duty–is NOT an automatic in to the White House!!!

    August 26, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. Once a Repub

    DEAR JOHN, uhuuuuuhuuu I AM SO SCARED!
    of your age
    of your skin cancer
    of your wives
    of your arrogance
    of your dirty tactics
    of your brain damage
    of your shallowness
    of your love for war, hatred and negatives

    PLAY it RIGHT OLD MAN! you are too old to scare me....

    August 26, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. JB, Boston

    I thought McCain had no money comparatively to Obama, and yet, way more commercials.

    Where is Obama's money going?

    August 26, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. YES SIR



    August 26, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. Indian from Houston

    I have seen this type of political garbage happen in my country. I guess, when it comes to politics and sleazy politicians, age and location doesnt matter.
    McCain seems to be the next rightful succesor to Bush, he has learnt quite a few things from the current president – keep the common person in fear all the time.

    August 26, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Oh Boy!!!???

    Bush = Flunky flyboy with big wig parents and grandparents.
    McCain= Flunky flyboy with big wig parents and grandparents.

    Bush is what we all know of him to be = not good at all

    McCain lost to this guy. We want him now?


    For the past 8 years we have all been POW's.

    Prisoners of "W"!!!!!!

    August 26, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. HH

    I for one am sick of the premise that Obama's speech was nothing more than that. Has anyone actually read it in its entirety? It shows more substance and judgement about not just Iraq, but also an incredible and uncanny foresight about our economy and housing and our need to address terrorism than McCain has ever demonstrated in his run for office. Yes, he has a speech. And that is one of the reasons I'm voting for Obama. Read it and then complain about "just a speech."

    August 26, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. Richard, FL

    It would be far better to have a very intelligent man with good judgment answer the phone than someone who can't remember the difference between Shias and Sunnis, said they historically get along, thinks we are at below pre-Surge levels, can't even remember how many houses he owns, has a bad temper, and thinks "bomb, bomb, bomb Iran" is funny.

    August 26, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. Darryl

    Will someone tell Mr. Potato Head his fear mongering WON"T work!! And on another note "Thanks Hillary".....

    August 26, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Gary Chandler in Canada

    America can NOT even hear the phone ring, let alone answer it!
    At 3 PM, PM not AM, Russia declared they recognise the Independence of Ossetia.
    The only American I have seen who has enough brains to understand the complications of stance by Russia is Bill Maher.
    USA is letting Russia gain the moral high ground.
    Most of the World, and this is TRUE, wants America to improve their own education system, lower their crime rate, and raise your standards on multi cultural issues AND get out of world affairs.

    August 26, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  12. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    anyone who falls for this crap is pathetic.

    Who is running the McCain campaign? Slobodan Milosevic? I thought the Butcher of The Balkans was dead.

    August 26, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. the heart of the matter


    August 26, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. Charles, Fl

    Well when all else fails, just scare people into voting for you.

    August 26, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  15. Steven,VA

    Is this all they have? I feel confident that Obama will handle these situations just fine. What I am worried about is if people in this country don't wise, how I will be able to afford the American Dream. Wake-up people! Unite, Unite, Unite!

    August 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  16. Sexy Jesus

    The Republicans have done a better job of terrifying the electorate, than Al-Qaeda could ever do.............

    August 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. Nik

    Scare the hell out 'em, John. It worked for Bush.

    August 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. Obama/Biden Change you Can Believe IN..

    A POW experience 41 YEARS ago........IN the 20th century DOES NOT qualify you to be Commander -in -Chief in the 21st centruy..

    John you do more the fill the American dream..


    Yes YOU DID...!!

    August 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. Bill

    Who do you want answering that 3 AM phone call? A crotchety old man who is 1/2 hour late for his opponents and has a mid 20th century worldview? Or a 47 year old man who is serene in triumph or crisis and has a 21st century vision?

    August 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. Chris

    It is not "FEAR", consider it as LEARNED LESSONS.
    Open up your minds!!!
    This is no longer about Republicans or Democrats.
    This is about who's telling things that makes sense.

    August 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. Louis

    The debacle of the last 8 years of Bush happened because people voted out of fear–if you vote that way again, McBush will be the result.
    Wake up America!

    August 26, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. marcelo

    The CNN of today is a disgrace to the well respected and informative CNN of the last decade. They have sold the American public out for spin and profits. They are all too willing to perrot all the talking points from both campaigns but won't do the work to tell us the truth.

    As far as I'm concerned, CNN and the other "news" networks are just as responsible for us getting into the Iraq war as Bush and the republican party are. Instead of reporting facts, they past along false evidence to the public that was used to justify the Iraq War.

    August 26, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. Unshrub

    As much time as McCain takes off from work and the amount of sleep he needs every day there can only be a situation between 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. But I am sure he will leave standing orders to shoot and wait until he wakes up or gets back from the weekend. The secret service won't even know where he is at because Cindy may take him to one of their homes he forgot about. Can one imagine how much it will cost the secret service to make each one of his 11 homes safe for a president. That alone will break our budget.

    August 26, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. Andrew

    McCain has experience at getting shot down.

    August 26, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. A-Man

    Obama's ads are about how he wants to make America better. McCain's ads are just attack and fear ads. Same way Bush and if he wins McCain look to run the country. Only a stupid person would vote for McCain, primarily because he is just like Bush, but also the gov't will not function under a Republican as the house and senate will be dominated by democrates. Hence if you wish for the best for the country he need to vote Democrate in this election. BIG PROBLEM IS THAT MUCH LIKE CHAVEZ WINNING BY USING THE IGNORANT PEOPLE THAT DOMINATE VENEZUELA, THE MAJORITY IN THE US ARE JUST AS IGNORANT.

    August 26, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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