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)

    I am a Democrat maybe not for long, they don't get it or they have forgotten, 9/11. America, is looking for a leader with strength and wisdom what they have put up is peace, love and cum bi ya. Save the world and they can not even save themselves with the Liberal ticket they are thinking will win. In a year when a Dem. be a SLAM DUNK, they will again run for a FEEL GOOD ABOUT MY SELF IMAGE.

    When they lose whom or what will they blame, RACISUM, AMERICA, HILLARY, but not THEMSELVES. What a bunch of PUDS !!!!!!

    2012 Clinton the full package 😉

    August 26, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. Dan, IL

    Hillary knows a vote for McCain is a vote for herself in 2012. This country needs someone who knows how to lead, not give, uh, and, er, uh, speeches.

    I'm personally glad Clinton isn't the nominee because that would make the race very close if not impossible for McCain to win. However, with Obama running there's no need to worry.

    August 26, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. Jan From Boca Raton, Fl

    Jack Cafferty should have stayed on vacation until the election is over,
    people are getting sick of his bias for Obama, and bashing of the Clinton's. Believe me I'm sure the Clintons would like nothing better
    than to miss this whole Denver thing. Why should they support Obama
    after what he and his campaign has said about them. After all now that
    Fl and Mich county Clinton should be the nominee, not Obama.


    August 26, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. Carl

    Obama will be trounced in November! Hillary Clinton was right, it's just that you Obama supporters CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!

    August 26, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  5. Caryn, Washington DC

    This is for all of you out there who wanted Hillary on the ticket. Maybe now you'll realize that she blew it for herself.

    August 26, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. Noah

    So I watched the convention on MSNBC and that will now be my first choice for news from now on. MSNBC was the only channel to show the entire convention without a bunch of journalists spewing nonsense of their mouths between and in the middle of speeches

    August 26, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. David Smith

    What will we as a nation choose? One that attacks his opponents position while saying in essence "vote for me because I am not him", or one that has the visiion and strength of character to advance his agenda, an agenda that is very hard to argue with?

    45 years ago Thursday the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., had a dream where his "four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character"

    Whose character will we choose? Fear, or hope?

    August 26, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. cityboy

    Now if McFossil can just figure out how to work that danged call-forwarding.

    August 26, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. Jeff

    Here comes the fearmongering. John McCain, you should be ashamed of yourself.

    August 26, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. NoMcSame

    Can McSame find his teeth at 0300? How long does it take for him to gain his bearings? The man is too old for the job.

    August 26, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. no fear

    We can choose to be a part of the problem or take it upon ourselves to be a stabilzing, intelligent force and be a part of new solutions.

    McCain and the likes are like fish trapped in a tide pool. They need help getting out, and the only way I can see to help is to not cultivate like-minded energy and allow myself to be manipulated by distorted definitions of patriotism and new-found fears.

    We are a fear-oriented society. All it does is narrow our scope for potential for change and diminshes our intellectual and spiritual abilities.

    I"m not willing to settle for less from myself.

    August 26, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. Jim Boston

    I think that this is a good move by McCain. Although I am not a fan of scare tactics, how better to prove that your candidate is not worthy of the presidency than putting forth the words of its own party members. It is unfortuante that Hillary ran the type of campaign she did because now it seems difficult that everyone is going to magically "unite". Biden is a great guy, don't get me wrong, but that is all he is. Growing up in the Philadelphia area I am very familiar with Mr. Biden. He seems to be a parrot character, regurgitating whtever he thinks the people want to hear regardless of his own point of view. As a man, Biden is great, as a politician he seems to flip flip more than Kerry....

    August 26, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  13. DW from Ohio

    Two things:

    1) Just because McCain is now using this ad, does not make it untrue

    2) Hillary probably sold the ad to McCain to pay back some of her campaign debts.

    Regardless of who you vote for, Hillary gave a littany of information to the GOP to use against Obama. Republicans, please, thank Hillary for all her support.

    August 26, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. Joe

    I like how liberals accuse conservatives of using fear tactics and trying to scare people then say the whole planet will melt if you don't vote for a democrat.

    August 26, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. Nancy, CA

    At 3 a.m., John McCain doesn't even know what house he's in, let alone how to respond to a crisis!

    August 26, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. Ben in Athens

    Here we go again; more scaring people to the polls. Hopefully people won't fall for this same crap again. Unfortunately, the average voter hasn't proven himself/herself capable of that though.

    August 26, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  17. JinNJ is still undecided

    When will the political process change from name calling to an actual discussion about real topics?

    August 26, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  18. Faye

    What a bunch of whiners! Get over Hillary Democrats and vote for your worst nightmare yet to come Obama 08 and by 2012 Hillary will run again and win!

    August 26, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  19. Connie

    The vets against Obama has closed , but I would like to say one thing. Maybe those people should have taken that 1.1 million and supported are troops, which John McSenile votes against time after, time. OBAMA/BIDEN 08
    Connie from Indiana

    August 26, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  20. Bob

    Hmm.. Biden voted for the patriot act and to authorize the war in iraq.. this makes obama lose all credibility.. we are screwed another 4 years

    August 26, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  21. Bdiddy from Chicago

    Hello if Obama beat Hillary after she used these ads why wouldn't he beat John McCain a much weaker candidate than Hillary.

    Yes Hillary got 18 million but remember today she's speaking at the DNC, Barack will be ACCEPTING the nomination on Thursday.

    Maybe John McCain should cry too...hey it did win at least one State.

    August 26, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. phil, philly

    Hey CNN – in case you haven't noticed, the Democratic National Convention is going on. I know, I know, that isn't what McCain wants you to talk about, but at least try to be journalists for once. Please. Pretty please? Come on, be professional. You can do it.

    August 26, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  23. 4 NO ONE

    The media will choose the next president. The people would just watch. They want a close race to benefit thier cause. First it's Obama this and that and now it's Mc Cain this and that. Blow out election don't make money but trying to fix the outcome with favorable and unflavorable coverage to make a race close does. When the people are smart enough not to respond and the outcome are totally the opposite of what the media hope to accomplished, they blame on polling error. Come on, please!!!!!!!!!! CNN, NBC, Fox 4 President 08.

    August 26, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  24. Rosa Birmingham, AL

    What makes people think McCain would be better at a 3am call. He has hot temper and would likely over react to any sitiuation. On top of that he has no understanding of foreign policy details. He doesn't know hte difference between Shiite and Sunni or that Iraq is run by Shiites and that Al Queda is a Sunni organization. These details are important for any response. He doesn't evn know what countries exist in Europe. I'm suprised he knew where Georgia was when Russia attacked, Oh and what happened there, we did nothing. McCain will almost certainly start WWIII. Make sure all your sons and daughters are ready for the draft.

    August 26, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  25. ShneiderDaMan

    This ad raised a legitimate question. How would a president Obama react in a time of crisis? We saw how slowly he started to criticized Russia over Georgia. He initially wanted an aggressive diplomacy when the Russian tanks already rolling all over the country. I do not have confidence in Obama.

    August 26, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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