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. Jonathan, Hartford, CT

    An excellent ad.
    We do not need a rookie at this time.
    No thank you, Obama.

    August 26, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. shahid

    Many people complain that CNN is biased, favoring Republicans. I thought the other way around. The overwhelming majority of comments in here are from liberals and democrats. Many comments from republicans are either blocked out or maybe they're busy working to type up the comments. We need balance here. Both Senate and House are already controlled by Democrats and Liberals right now.

    August 26, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. Gui

    Thanks Hillary!

    August 26, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. David - NYC

    Politics of Fear....typical Republicans. No surprise...McBush is just the same old GOP slime......

    Please be smart people....we need a change.

    Obama/Biden 2008!

    August 26, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  5. William J.

    FEAR FEAR FEAR FEAR! It's all the GOP has. God knows they can't win on issues, facts, or character. That's how out of touch McCain and the GOP are: they think these scaredy-cat tactics will work. If you believe fear is a wholesome American value, by all means, vote for McCain.

    Furthermore, replaying a candidate's TV spot and 'commenting' on it does NOT constitute journalism, CNN. It's extraordinarily lazy. The American voter deserves and demands better.

    August 26, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. Ex-Democrook

    John McCain is doing the best thing to ensure his victory: He's reminding Clinton supporters of why we refused, and still refuse, to support Obama. I love it!

    John McCain 2008!
    Hillary Clinton 2012!

    August 26, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. Rodham Democrat

    John McCain may have more experience than Obama, but I don't think we want someone as old as McCain.... really.... he's old.... let's not hide it

    August 26, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. Debi

    Hillary should be ashame of herself for giving the McCain Camp this ammunition to use against Obama. I'll say it one more time, if the Dems lose this election it will be Hill and Bill's fault and we Obama Supporters will never forget or forgive them for it. If she has any 2012 plans, she'd better think again.

    August 26, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. Dominique

    Now, one of Clinton’s laws of politics is this. If one candidate is trying to scare you and the other one is try get you to think, if one candidate is appealing to your fears and the other one is appealing to your hopes, you better vote for the person who wants you to think and hope.

    President Clinton

    I think President Clinton summed up the proper response to these tactics.

    August 26, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. Dan, Maryland

    I hope Hillary Clinton's supporters don't see this as a "reaching out olive branch" from the McCain campaign and actually see it for what it is – playing you like a fiddle.

    August 26, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  11. mary

    More smears from the McCain camp. Who is McCain kidding? He won't be able to wake up at 3 a.m., much less make an intelligent decision (and not just because he's taking sleep medications, although I'm sure that can't help matters). Vote for the person who gives you hope, not the one who tries to make you afraid.

    August 26, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. Ron

    So now CNN runs John McCain's attack ads for free?

    August 26, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. McCain=McSame, Toledo, Ohio

    Wasn't it nice of Hillary to pay for creating McSames campaign?

    August 26, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. Stephina

    Hillary Clinton was right. Obama lacks the experience and judgment to be President of the United States. She said it plain and clear because that is what she belives to be true.

    Unfortunately, the powers that be in Democractic Party, have proven themselves not only to be stupid but incredibly sexist by not fully supporting Clinton to be the nominee.

    I am so happy Clinton is not a part of Obama's ticket. He needs to go down all by himself!!!!!!

    I can't wait for McCain to win in November!!!!

    August 26, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  15. Chi4Obama

    John Mccain's default answer to questions he can't handle:

    "I don't know. But for 5 years, i was a POW".....

    August 26, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  16. valerie

    This is sad – Sticks and Stone will Break my Bones but Commercial Ads will never hurt me.

    OBAMA 2008

    August 26, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  17. Teresa

    Hillary was right! It is unfortunate the the DNC put their heads in the sand and pretended the issue of experience did not exist. It is here and is going to haunt the DNC and Obama because pride was put before commonsense.

    August 26, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  18. Eyam Sofine

    IT"S Really not fair they scream. And I guess, they are right, Because at this point Obama has given perhaps...a Few Good Speeches. Maybe, they need to amend Hiary's thing to say just that. What do you think people??

    August 26, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  19. Bruce

    CNN is more interesteed in making headlines than reporting the TRUTH. It has become clear they are backing McCain 100%. Everytime you turn CNN or FOX News on all you get is TALKING HEADs that think they are more important that the NEWS. They do not report they distort.

    August 26, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  20. JulesT

    How many people actually buy off on this? Maybe Obama camp should do an ad show your baby boys in full military gear with the statement of "the only time they were safe was when they were in your womb".

    August 26, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. Matt

    Love the ad! my sentiment exactly as a hillary supporter now will vote for mccain.

    August 26, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  22. Leta

    Addison State Bank became Northern Trust in the late 80's a bank that originated in NEW YORK

    August 26, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  23. Not fooled and not scared

    Ah – surprise, using the fear bomb. shame on mccain and his lame campaign. Anyone that isn't angry about the ridiculousness of this ads and the lack of seriousness on the issues, just isn't paying attention. McCain is insulting your intelligence with this kind of hooey – and is remaining silent on the issues. What's important to you – jr. high smear tactics, or an adult approach to the issues? they're playing the public like brain dead morons – referencing his pow stint for everything from a hangnail to his house gaffe. There's not much behind the screen – these tactics try to hide the real mccain, but his ineptitudes are lurking wherever you choose to look.

    August 26, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  24. Helene

    You mean resurrecting ? Recycling ? Fighting Vietnam again ? Reviving the cold war ? McCain = noun + verb + POW. Next ...

    August 26, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  25. NBrown

    Just a random thought for those bloggers "outraged" by this ad campaign using Hillary Clinton's original "3AM" ad.

    Was it fearmongering and poor political taste when she first ran it back in March?

    A friend of mine went to New Orleans for Mardi Gras years ago with another individual that was an extreme alcoholic.

    After an extreme night of drinking he walked into his friend's hotel room only to find the maid cleaning up vomit from the bathroom floor.

    Dismayed, he asked the maid if she ever was disgusted by the behavior of such revelers. The reply was......"oh, honey that is just Nawlins"

    And honey, what McCain is doing with Hillary's ad....."is just politics"

    August 26, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
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