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. rob from York, PA

    Let's talk about what Clinton has said about McCain.

    August 26, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. larry from minnesota

    Just like her husband, Hillary does not consider the consequences of what she does. It was a very ugly fight she waged against Barack and now it has come back to haunt every democrat

    August 26, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  3. Never Barak Obama (PUMA)

    Fear Factor – Cmon people but America safety first and those that lost their lives on 9-11. The threat is real like it or not we need to protect our selves from another 9-11.

    Registered Democrat and a true American.

    August 26, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. Ken

    If a call comes at 3 AM if shoot-from-the-hip McCain is in the White House we have problems. This guy wanted to invade Iraq just after 9/11, way before the WMD lies were developed by Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld. How fast would he be to send in young men & women before using judgement and diplomacy to avoid conflict. Fast enough that we would need to reinstate the draft.

    August 26, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. Desmond Sequeira

    The McCain crowd are way beyond pathetic, and SCARED!
    At 3 am in the morning, McCain will most likely not even be able to figure out which house he is snoring asleep in and whether or not there's a phone somewhere.

    If the USA chooses these kind of people to non-govern for a third time in a row, it will cut an even more sorry figure than it already does.

    August 26, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. CNN loves McCain

    McCain revived the ad...

    WHO will revive the cryptkeeper? He is too old!!

    August 26, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. Jon, Pittsburgh, PA

    Just wait until the National Terror Level is raised in October. The last time it was raised was in the months leading up to last presidential election.

    August 26, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. Kyle in San Diego, CA

    I'm glad others have noticed that when McCain comes out with an ad, CNN provides the actual video. But for Obama, it's just a still-shot. I swear, CNN, get it together! I've been a loyal CNN supporter, but I'm beginning to sense a lack of objectivity and fairness. I have no problem going elsewhere for my news...

    August 26, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Smart in Ohio

    Is it me, or does CNN replay McCain's campaign ads over and over again as "news"? I guess the more outrageous and controversial the campaign ad, the more likely CNN will replay it – thus resulting in free airtime for McCain. CNN is becoming more of a McCain mouthpiece than Fox "News".

    August 26, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. Be Afraid

    How is it that McCain is running on the notion that he's going to bring a different administration in than what we've had the last 8 years, and before he's even in office he's preaching the same "be afraid – be very afraid" scare tactic/control message?

    Nobody sees that? Or is everyone just looking for an excuse to rally behind imperialism?

    August 26, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  11. J.D.

    Obama - or more likely, a 527 group - should run a 3 p.m. add about John which John McCain is shown snoozing under a blanket on a rocking chair on the White House veranda taking his afternoon nap.

    August 26, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  12. Tristan, Salt Lake City, Utah

    It was a Democratic primary fight. If you can't stand the heat... You can blame Clinton but I would hope Obama knows how to fight this. This is nothing compared to what the President will face with China or Russia. You want Clinton Democrats to stop whining. Perhaps you should do the same about how unfair or damaging these ads were/are. Get over your high and mighty elitist selves.

    August 26, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. Will my comment ever be posted?!?!?!!!

    How come CNN always streams EVERY Mccain ad. And we only get to read Obama's.


    And btw, just like my ALL other posts, I am confident this one will not be posted too. LOSERS!!!

    August 26, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  14. Dem

    Lets face it. Hillary was right. He is inexperienced.
    And if Hillary had won the nomination... McCain would be using Obama's words and commercials to his gain.

    She has denounced the commercials. There's nothing any politician can do about it. This isn't the first time this has happened.
    And it won't be the last. Wait until the RNC has their convention.
    BHO will be doing the same thing. Putting out negative ads during it.

    August 26, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. Craig

    I need to use this space (no other space has been provided) to register my deep disappointment with CNN's coverage last night. I'm not sure how a network can criticize the Democrats for not staging effective television or not providing a message in its speeches when it did not even show the speeches themselves and instead talked right through them. This coverage is even more confounding given CNN's recent patting itself on the back for showing extended clips of speeches so that voters could make up their own minds on the candidates. Put aside how insulting it is to suggest we voters need to be told by the media that we can decide for ourselves, the convention coverage then went right ahead and framed the night as a wasted opportunity for Democrats without actually giving us the chance to decide for ourselves. Someone will have to explain to me how this is an example of the "best political team on television."

    August 26, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. Not this time

    Ask any question to McCain and the response is:


    August 26, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. If I had a hammer

    I can't wait till January 20th. Big party happenin'. Fireworks, several kinds of Texas beer and two pigs slow cookin' in honor of bush/cheney. After that I'll worry about that 3am jive. Maybe.

    August 26, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  18. Tainopower

    This is the beginning gof the political game. They all use dirty tactics who ever throws the most dirt will win. This is going to be fun.

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

    I think Hillary and her pack of PUMA's are closet Republicans.

    August 26, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  20. Gladys

    I can't believe this republicans, they think putting fear in the American public will elect McCain to the white house. This is sure a dirty game and republians claim to care for the people? I feel very sorry for this country, a country blessed by God but dirty old and selfishness politicans are bringing this conuntry down. This is so sad........... The country is not the same and these fools are so happy in destroying it. But I have a message for you self destructing evil does. Man is man but God is God..... You keep destroying the other person because God has the final say. Also bear in mind that what you do today will affect all of us including all your children. The evil that men do live after them. God bless Obama because the more McSame and republicans attack him. The more God keep blessing him and lifting him up. People go back to the bible and see how God used orginal people with no experience in a might way. Bush and his company had experience, where is the country today? People be careful for what you ask for? Bush and McCain claim to be christians but they are worst than ever non believers.

    These guys are the anti-christ be used by the devil. People look around and see all the signs just like the book of Revelations stated. The devil promote fear and that's what the republicans are doing to the America people. How sad.....

    August 26, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  21. Gerry

    McCain fear mongering will not work this time. We are aware of his tricks and prepared to counter them. Good try, John, but the lawn needs mowing on one of your eight houses.

    August 26, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. Aduobi

    Hillary ran negative ads and lost the nomination or could not win it. This John McCain would want to have a go at anything that has failed including George Bush's policies.

    August 26, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  23. JB

    Sending text messages and going on vacation in Hawaii won't keep us safe here at home. We can thank John McCain for his quick response to the Georgia-Russia Crisis.

    August 26, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. Sam

    If either of the Clintons have any modcum of decency, they'd be very, very ashamed of themselves right now!

    Imagine, you are a stalwart leading member of the Democratic Party but you are the featured star in the last four ads by the Republicans.

    But then, the Clintons have no shame! None!

    August 26, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  25. Jenny Corvette

    Since Republicans usually hate everything about Hillary Clinton, these ads are just spin, trying to butter up those still faithful to Hillary.
    But Republicans are wasting their time trying to woo Hilary's supporters. A Democrat who'd vote for McCain over Obama simply on the Hillary issue is not a true Democrat at all. Democrats are not one issue people like some Republicans are. Any Dem with half a brain (which is half more than most Republicans) realizes that McCain is a 180 from Hillary.

    I'm a Hillary supporter and now I'm both a Hillary supporter and an Obama supporter. These Republican ads aren't fooling me. It'd be like if the Dems dug up Bush's old ads against McCain in the 2000 primaries. Do you think Republicans would fall for that?

    August 26, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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