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. McShame

    Oh and all McShame has is bitter ADS!!!!!! Thank you Hillary!!

    August 26, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. Steve

    Blah blah blah. It didn't work for Hillary. It won't work for McCain. are full of it. The situation in Georgia was and is complex. Much more complex than you can possibly imagine. Your analogy is probably the worst one I've seen. McCain was calling for restraint, too. As was Bush. And they all were demanding Russia pull back. This, after the Georgians wiped out a village full of Russians without provocation.

    Get your facts straight or get lost.

    August 26, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. Klaus

    CNN: The Best Place for a Republican to Funnel His Attacks... Free of Charge!

    August 26, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. H-ROD


    August 26, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. greg in florida

    sadly on september 11 2001 ,

    a few thousand people lost their lives due to 19 terrorist.

    7 years later, we are trillions of dollars in debt.

    the mastermind behind the attacks is still walking the earth.

    more americans have now been killed in combat in iraq than were killed on september 11.

    republicans claim that national security, terrorists, rogue nations are what we should be afraid of.. the reason we must build up our military to protect americans...the reason why money is taken from our health care system, our education system, etc.etc.

    so this is how i see things,, republicans ingore the needs of americans, insist on having the most powerful military on the planet to protect us. so over the past few years, this administation has ignored the people that they have gone to war to protect, people are dying because they cant afford health insurance, our dependence on crude oil, both foreign and american, has crippled our economy while a few people get richer and richer..our military has taken such a blow, it would seem unlikely that it could handle any real threat on american soil.. and yet in all this time.. tens of thousands of americans have been murdered on american soil, by americans. why are thier deaths not worthy of trillions of dollars..

    so this is what i dont understand about republicans.. spend trillions of hard earned and much needed american dollars to go on a witch hunt because of 19 men who infiltrated our flawed local national security, while ignoring the needs of tens of millions of americans, all the while crippling our military... all the while americans are killing americans in our own country.. why .. why .. why is fighting arab terrorists more important than fighting american terrorists.

    republicans use fear of the unknown to scare americans, when they should be dealing with american crisises right here in our own back yard... who knows.. maybe that guy who robbed that bank and killed those people could of had a job if only we had a stable economy, and maybe some americans lives, who are just as important as those that died on september 11th could have been saved.

    so ultimately i just dont understand why anyone would want to continue down this obviously flawed path and vote for john mccain.. especially you PUMA people..(whom i dont believe to be true democrats or else they wouldnt even consider voting for mcsame .. not even on their deathbeds... they are polar opposites.. mccain and clinton.. you are aware of that.. and if you are .. then it is time for you to wipe those tears off your face, grow the flip up... and make sure the democratic party takes control of our goverment,, and again makes it a government for all the people of america, not haliburton, not oilmen, but all americans)

    cnn never posts my stuff..

    August 26, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. David - NYC

    FACT – an American citizen has a better chance of being struck by lightning twice than being physically harmed by terrorism.

    FACT – the #1 cause of bankruptcy among Americans is medical costs.

    Which is the bigger threat?

    So all of you republicans are right, American's do have something to fear......the same McBush politics.

    Obama/Biden 2008!

    August 26, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. Mickey

    How original John McBush! Now I see why you graduated 894 out of 899!

    August 26, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. Veteran in Chattanooga

    The Republicans have run this game so long on the American people that they don't even care about being seen right out in the open doing dirt. They know that there are plenty of serfs that will support thier tactics.

    August 26, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. Nando, Florida

    LET THE FEAR BEGIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 08

    August 26, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. Mary

    McCain will tear Obama apart in the debates. Obama goes to church for 20 years and listens to his preacher down america and now all of a sudden he's running for president and has nothing to do with him. anyone voting for Obama has no sense.

    August 26, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. Perry Clifton

    No one should be pleased with that add!!! Yes, we all admire McCain for his military service. However, that Does Not equal to the office of President! Senator McCain will only repeat the Republican line. Further, his belief that the nation of Iraq should remain indefinately under our control is totally out of line!!!!!!!!!! Help them finalize that Mistake and get out of their country!! Eight years of that non-sense has been more that enough! Elect Senator Obama for positive change so that we can again be proud of our policies!!!!!!!

    August 26, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. Steve

    Hey Obama campaign….

    How about obtaining some or all of the scumbag Rove's ads from the Bush campaign from back in 2000 where he totally destroyed McCain in the primaries of that year?? And rerunning them or using them now for Obama in 2008??? Then add the final….McCain = Bush. Now that would be…….priceless.

    Could someone in the know please forward my suggestion to the Obama people.....thanks !!!

    August 26, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. Moderate Democrat

    It is Obamas job to convince the voters he can do better. He has not done that yet

    August 26, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. Larry

    This is the problem with partisan politics and why I will never belong to a political party. When Hillary made those comments about McCain and Obama she meant them. But now she is supposed to act nicey-nicey and pretend she supports Obama, "forthe good of the party".

    What ever happened to "for the good of the country"!

    August 26, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  15. Karwolo

    Come on McCain, give us a reason to vote for you. And if Hillary Clinton is so great go ahead and name her as your VP. That way you are guaranteed to get the votes of her supporters. But you believe they are fools, so you only want the votes of her supporters and are not willing to support the issues Clinton stood for. If you are really serious, make Hillary your VP and I will volunteer for your campaign. I won't vote for you though.

    August 26, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. TrueIndependent

    William Shakespeare once said "the evil that men (women) do, lives after them"
    Lesson here – do no evil, say no evil, see no evil, hear no evil.

    I hope this is a lesson not just for the Clinton's but for all of us – AMERICANS.

    August 26, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. Paul Dobro

    Are you going to vote out of fear or out of hope?

    I vote hope. If I vote fear, I will get fear for the next 4 years.

    August 26, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    (sarcastic clapping...)

    Way to go Hillary. Way to think ahead. Way to trash the dem nominee and praise the eventual foe.

    August 26, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. Democracynow2008

    Get this McCain Campaign Fear and smear ads will not get you elected President.
    Better start dealing with the real issues affecting Americans .
    McCain your a loser and so so is your campaign .
    I am voting for Obama Hope over fear anyday.

    August 26, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. anti-obama

    I dont get what the big deal is, she said it, they used it and now shes like OMG THATS JUST NOT RIGHT, uh no, SHE said it and that is the point

    August 26, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  21. rob from York, PA

    Should McCain become President, his agression towards the rest of the world will get get U.S. cities bombed. Millions will die under his administration. He will devistate our country and the world with his war monger policies.

    Enjoy your time with your children.

    August 26, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |

    Andt there are still "Hillary Supporters that STILL don't understand why she could NOT be VP! Hillary has done so very much to destroy this election for Obama words can not express just how repulsive she has become to the American people.

    She and "her supporters" had better hope she fixes this in some way therewise she is through. McSame did not have a platform to stand on against Obama other than the one Hillary gave him! And the nerve of them even thinking she is owed ANYTHING than a slap in the face, well she ALL that she meant to hurt Obama is and will backfire in her face!


    August 26, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  23. James in NY

    More cheap shots by the McCain campaign to sway the weak minded people. After eight (interesting?) years and a current economy that is horrific I wonder if McCain is ever going to talk about his ideas to fix this mess. He probably won't because he can't.
    If I had a wife worth 100 million I wouldn't care much about the economy either! Instead you will hear more about Paris Hilton/Rev Wright/Rezko/Flag Pin/ anything but an important issue/etc...
    It took 8 years but I learned my lesson,
    Obama/Biden 08/12
    and Hillary Clinton in the cabinet of course!

    August 26, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  24. Col Kilgore

    US Journalism 1776-2001 RiP...pathetic partisan babble now.

    August 26, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  25. Ray

    It's so dishonest because they don't tell you that US aggression has created so much of the "uncertainty" and "radicalism" that we now face. McCain's policies will serve to increase these problems, just as W's policies have. This ad would be funny if it didn't work on some weak-minded, fearful people. Hey, sheep, wake up, you're lined up to be fleeced again.

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