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. Tony in Mocksville, NC

    Hillary's adds were on target then and still are. But remember, the current President was not necessarily the best man around to handle 9/11. Afterall, as we were under attack, he was frozen with indecision during an educaltional promo event for his "No child left behind" program. McCain or Al Gore would have been the better men to handle that situation as well but the Republicans chose the other guy for his evangelical roots rather than foreign affairs capability the year before. LIkewise, when it came time to address the terorist threat militarily, Bush chose to do a quick fix for Afganistan so he could get down to the business of invading Iraq. Now look where we are. The Taliban is regaining control, Al Quada is still around, Osama is still at large, and terrorists attack at will in Iraq...going on seven years now.

    August 26, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. Rena

    BR –

    We have not forgotten we remember very well. But we are not fighting a war to protect our freedom we are fighting a war for Bush and his friends to get rich off of oil. If you think this war is just then let me see you go over there and put your life on the line or better yet your sons or daughters if you have any. All you Repubs going for McCain but McCain has nothing to lose. Our soldiers are dying for an injust war and our families are suffering at the hands of men like McCain and Bush.

    I don't care what you say, Democrate or Republican, I want someone who can understanding the millions of people who are suffering with high gas prices and mortagages that are going through the roof; let alone the millions of jobs that are lost and families are struggling to make ends meet. Healthcare is ridiculous and is the biggest joke. You have young people who are vital and capable of working but rather cheat the system or spread their legs and make babies to keep from working to get welfare, while our senior citizens and disabled workers can't get anything due to them working for a living all their life to find out they can't get anything in return because our Federal government says their SS pay is to high; how SICK!!! But yet this is the system we pay into for this very purpose; but who gets it the low lifes and crooks.

    Preach this foolishness to someone who wants to hear like yourself.

    August 26, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. christian

    Obama here is your new campaign slogan:

    "EIGHT IS ENOUGH"!!!!!!!!

    If George Bush ran for a third term would you vote for him? Hell No!

    But he is running again, he is only older and has a different face? He is John McCain!

    August 26, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  4. Latinos for Obama/Biden

    What comes to mind when seeing Panamanian McCain?


    People this fraud, McCain, is dangerous, very dangerous for America!

    August 26, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. Mark

    I love reading the comments here. They really make me laugh.

    August 26, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  6. Kshama

    Well, the truth hurts doesn't it. Some people just can't over the fact that past the "idealistic" talk, there is a serious lack of experience and accomplishment regarding Senator Obama. This is not to discredit his service as a community organizer, but I'd like to see what other viewers thoughts are about what they think the qualification ought to be for the Presidency. On a more realistic note, there are many people who are jobless and one of the things told to them in a job interview is that they don't have enough experience for the position they seek. If in the "real" world this is what Americans face, why shouldn't the same hold true for the "highest" office in this land!!!!!!!! Take a look at the heavyweights in the Democratic party during their own primaries(Dodd, Biden, Clinton, Richardson). Every single one, including Joe Biden said that the Presidency cannot lend itself to on the job training and he wouldn't meet with hostile nations without any preconditions-his answer to this was an unequivocal no. This is a good man with over 30 years experience in foreign policy. He's right!!!!

    August 26, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  7. Worst...Ticket...Ever....

    Pretty sure Obama would have to leave that phone with Joe Biden. Great. Another Veep that has to wipe the nose of the president due to them being clueless on matters of national security. Yippee.

    August 26, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. Sherri

    The politics of fear are alive and well in the Grand Old Party. If anything should unite the Democratic party it will be the negativity of the McCain campaign. These dirty tactics will backfire.


    August 26, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. Jason, Los Angeles

    MCain is desperate. Even the troops are supporting Obama 6:1. I wonder how that makes Johnny feel.

    August 26, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  10. josie

    I am sick and tired of McCain's answer to everything being " I was a POW". I for one will not vote for someone who cannot remember how many houses he has or what type of car he drives. Those were simple questions that he could not answer . And he's running for PRESIDENT ! How can we hand over our country to someone who can't remember where he is. Oh, thats right, he's only having a senior moment. He's 72 after all.

    August 26, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  11. Nene, Nigeria.

    I wonder what the Americans require from Obama. They seem never to see anything good in what he does. They said he is not good in foreign relations; he took a tour and dazzled the world with his brilliant performance. They say he lacks experience and good judgement;he picked a man with vast experience in f/affairs,and Justice affairs. as VP to complement his Presidency bid. Yet the majority of American voters do not see any good in that. I am not an American but Iam keenly interested in what is going on about this election because I Neunderstand that a good governance in America will affect the rest of the world in various ways. So my prayer to God is to let the best candidate win. It is left to you Americans to be wise in your actions so that you do not bring desaster on yourselves and the world. Do not be blinded by malicious ads by those who just want to win election.

    August 26, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  12. Pam

    When McComb-over picks Romney for his VP, the Democrats better have an ad ready to air showing Romney blasting McCain over and over again.

    August 26, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  13. Robert in Seattle

    It's 3 am, there is another oil war to start...Who do you want answering the phone?

    August 26, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  14. Mary - PA

    Well approve it or not, they have used her to attack Obama and we all knew they would. She continued to spew her venom and give the Republicans everything they could ask for to use against Obama long past when there was no way for her to win. If McCain wins in Novemeber I will hold her personally responsible for the destruction 4 more years will do to our country.

    August 26, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  15. McCain will be snoring at 3am.

    McCain will be snoring and getting his beauty rest at 3am....LOL

    August 26, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  16. shaz

    Everytime Mccain gets a question that would put him the hot seat, he replies....I was a POW ....Just watch the Jay Leno show.

    OBAMA/BIDEN08 – Change for our Kids sake, wake up young Republicans don't be had.

    August 26, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  17. Earl

    Unfortunately this ad is was well done. Call it fear tactics if you want, but McCain is showing Obama's weakness. Obama needs show McCain's weaknesses now.

    August 26, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  18. Tired of W, OH

    Can you imagine what would have happen decades ago if the republicans were the nasty, ruthless party that they are today?

    "Yeah, and that Martin Luther King, Jr. guy is all speech and no substance. All he does is talk, talk, talk. He's such a celebrity..."

    Remember this. A funny thing happens when you have a smart, charismatic leader that truly believes in something. People start to listen. People are inspired to act. Only then does change happen.

    Who has McCain ever inspired? Anyone?

    August 26, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  19. Anonymous

    Obama supporters whine about Rep. fear tactics. Well guess what? The world IS a dangerous place. We aren't going to keep the country safe by holding hands and singing kumbaya. Obama's waffling response to Russia's invasion of Georgia shows he's NOT READY. Russian tanks roll into Georgia and Obama calls both sides to show restraint. That's like telling the sailors on the USS Arizona to 'show restraint' as Japanese bombs rained down.

    August 26, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  20. Robert in Seattle

    It's 3 am, can you remember how many houses you own?

    August 26, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  21. McCaint

    BR-No one has forgotten 9-11, and your statement that "some" Dems supported the attack is offensive and ignorant. In fact, a case could be made that it was the the Republicans that used the attack to pursue their agenda of going into Iraq (who by the way, had nothing to do with 9-11) and subverting our constitutional rights in the name of security. If we continue to allow our freedoms to be taken away in the name of fear and security, then the terrorists have accomplished their goals. Get a clue

    August 26, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  22. Oma

    How much does experience really count? Does it always trump common sense and new ideals? Believe me, I am very old, and therefore have lot's of "experience", but........

    August 26, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  23. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    There's the signal that fear will be the number one issue from the Republican perspective. Get ready for "elevated" terror alerts in September and October. They have ridden this horse before with success, but that horse is old and tired now and I don't expect it will take them as far this time.

    August 26, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  24. Lauren

    "Why of course people don't want war. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a fascist dictatorship, democracy, pr a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do it tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
    –Hermann Goering, to Gustav Gilbert while imprisoned in Nuremberg

    August 26, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  25. Susan

    And McCains nickname in the POW camp was SONGBIRD! How patriotic of him!

    August 26, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
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