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. Pat Putignano, NY

    Sorry Obamabots, but what else did you expect from the Republicans? Its all your fault for giving us this flawed candidate, who is ripe for the picking of all sorts of republican attacks. Hillary would've won, plain and simple...Obama will lose.

    August 26, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. Jules

    It's not like we didn't see it coming. Dems, time to get out those clips of Romney going after MCain.

    August 26, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. Anonymous

    All they need is a girl throwing daisies into a pond.

    Foolish, disgusting fear-mongering.

    August 26, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. karen - Missouri

    This just adds to McCain looking like the madman he is. All he's trying to do is NOT present his policies at all. These are tactics that look like the Vietnam era propaganda more and more. But then, McCain never got out of Vietnam era in his mind.

    As for James Carville, he has gone back on his word to back Democrats. He's Republican and NOT a Democrat. He lied when he said he'd fully back Obama. None of us trusted him then and certainly not now.

    August 26, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. Betty

    Oh Gawd !

    Here comes the same old tiring Republican fear-mongering. Over and over and over and over ............

    No hope with the republicans. No future when McWarmonger pulls one of his demented moments and pushes that "button". Or declares war before he has time to collect all the facts.

    NO MORE !!!!!

    Obama/Biden '08 We need to take our country back !!!!!

    August 26, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. Hillary's Right!

    Hillary's right? Of course she is. Obama's qualifications for the presidency are non-existent. A fetid pool of South Chicago political ambition ladled into an empty suit. His act gets older by the day, and he's going to lose big.

    August 26, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  7. ObamaIsTheOnlyChoice

    better hope theres no 3:00am call if Mccain is elected. He won't be at his best if he has to get up before his own will only piss him off and make him hit the button before he realizes it was a wrong number.

    August 26, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. Dazed and Confused

    Would someone please explain to me why the majority of people agree with Obama's plans on Energy, Healthcare, Economics, Foreign Policy, but another large majority are going to vote for McCain because he has more experience?

    I could have tons of experience and still be bad at my job. In fact a new guy could come in with more up to date knowledge and probably do my job better than me. Ever seen this in your company?

    August 26, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  9. RDS

    This might be a good ad if McCain actually knew who we were fighting against...then again maybe Lieberman will be there to whisper in his ear and correct him!

    August 26, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. FL for OB

    Wow, this is the most overt use of fearmongering to date in this general campaign. Honestly, I'm a bit surprised at how obvious the ties to the Bush/Rove campaign are in this ad.

    John McCain has decided that the American people are not smart enough to see through this garbage and decide on the issues. It's unfortunate, but my fear is that this kind of ad works.

    August 26, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  11. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA


    August 26, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  12. mama4obama

    Slimebag cant even come up with his own material. Thank you Hillary for all the ammunition the Repugs needed.

    Still, I believe the American people will prevail in making the right decision in electing Barack Obama and Joe Biden to lead this country out of hell.

    August 26, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. Javone

    FEAR! FEAR! FEAR! The only thing I am afraid of at this point is Mccain being elected president. Now THAT'S fear!!!

    August 26, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. Will in Richmond, VA

    Best thing she can do is to completely denounce the use of her likeness in these ads, as well as their content.

    Better yet, she can cut an endorsement commercial of her own.

    August 26, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  15. Typical White Person

    What they need to show is Putin and Syria touring a weapons factory in Russia with order forms changing hands...

    August 26, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  16. Lynda

    The fear battle starts!

    They need to recognize that a country ,especially like the USA ,cannot govern by fear, no longer.

    August 26, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. rs

    does anyone really think john mccain can defuse a foreign policy crisis without firing a shot or dropping a bomb?

    August 26, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. wycliffe, NJ

    it is better to lose with loyalty and dignity with the democrats than win as a traitor with the republicans" Hillary supporter for OBAMA.


    August 26, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  19. Stop Censoring Us!!!

    CNN won't show my comments because they are too real and might hurt someones feelings. Or change someones mind. When did the media become this brownosing machine with no backbone?

    August 26, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  20. Jamie from San Francisco

    The McCain team is getting desperate. They have to rush in the McHillary ads before she speaks tonight and slams them.

    August 26, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |

    .... YES... THANKS HC.....

    August 26, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  22. PRinNJ

    I thought these ads were copyrighted. Can't the Clintons get an injunction to stop the use of her intellectual property?

    August 26, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  23. Debby

    Gee I think we get the point already. This is getting old.

    August 26, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  24. Shari, NY

    Recycling seems to be the order of the day. Is this what we can expect for the next four years?

    August 26, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  25. Jim

    Gotta love fear tactics, this is how dictators get in power. Well played republicans...

    August 26, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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