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. Shame on Obama

    Obama will not answer the call at 3 AM he is too busy putting air in everyone's tires trying to solve the energy crisis Like the ad or not, it is true – Obama is not ready to lead this country – NOT EVEN CLOSE. The last thing we need in Washington right now is a junior senator with no experience whose only claim to fame is being able to give sharp sound bytes and speeches... NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME Senator O'blah blah.

    August 26, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. Donna from Colorado Springs

    I,m not surprised that "Swift boat John" has dragged out the attack ads again. He wants you to think that he cares about Hillary. If she had been chosen the veep, the attacks on her would have come immediately. He is just trying to steal her supporters away from backing Obama. It's pathetic and very transparent what he's doing.It's so sad that the McBush campaign can't come up with a single issue that they can solve, so they start dredging up old primary issues Obama and Clinton had with each other. Do you think that McBush and Romney or any of the other republicans didn't have issues with each other? They got as nasty with each other as the dems did. That's just politics. You'd better come up with something better than that John.

    August 26, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. Women for Obama '08

    I am getting so tired of all of these negative ads. Who would I want answering the phone at 3 a.m.? NOT John McCain. We don't need to start another war which is what I fear he will do. Does John McCain have anything to say about his policies or is his campaign going to consist of talking about Paris Hilton and Hillary Clinton?

    August 26, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  4. Rick K

    Our current "bomb 'em" foreign policy agitates the world, then the repubs say we need to protect us from the world they worked so hard to aggravate.

    It's like Bush pulled the pin on a grenade and handed it to McCain.

    They hope we won't remember who pulled the pin, we'll be too focused on grenade going off.

    August 26, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  5. Helene

    From which bed and in which house should we call McCain at 3:00am ?

    August 26, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. Hillary knows better

    Senator Clinton will stop short of denouncing these ads becasue she knows they are true. Look for a luke warm respons by Hillary -- that should tell us all something – Obama is NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME

    August 26, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. An independent

    What did Hillary expect that they would do? That is why it was important to remember that this was a Democratic process. She did not care then and she no doubt knew that this would be used against her opponent. Shame on you Hillary, Shame on you.

    August 26, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. Upon Further Review

    Anyone that thinks Carl Rove is not running this thing for McBush has their head in the sand.His style is all over this thing.Fear,lies and false flags.

    August 26, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. Chesapeake, Va

    All McCain knows is war....what about the economy....McCain needs to re-enlist and go to the front lines and take Bush and Cheny with him. The republicans keep claiming Barack has no substance...Well, all McCain talks about is war war war. And since when does being a POW make you ready to lead. I would think you would be the last one I would follow since you did get caught. I'm a veteran myself and I don't care who gets mad.

    August 26, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. BANGA2008

    From outside the US one is astonished by HILLARY hrated for OBAMA. If OBAMA loses (what the Clintons desire) Hillary clinton would account for at least 45% of his failure

    August 26, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. Joseph in Dallas

    America,we are the Land of The Free and The Home of the B-R-A-V-E!

    Please do not fall for these FEAR tatics by the Republicans!

    We have to be smarter than this! This lives of our sons and daughters depend on it!

    August 26, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. TSAH from Virginia

    When you are running a race against someone else and you are both trying to reach the same finish line – YOU'LL TALK BAD ABOUT THE OPPONENT'S MAMA in order to defeat the opposition – 99.9% of it you know is not true.

    Once you get to the REAL RACE, however – the finish line is DIFFERENT, therefore, when you'll talk about YOUR OPPONENT'S MAMA – AND MEAN IT!!!

    The REPUBS are not getting ANYWHERE with these ads – they claim we are "stuck in the 60's" – they're STUCK in "NASTINESS" and "FEAR-MONGERING" – that's not going to work anymore!!!!

    OBA-DEN 2008-2016 – YES WE CAN!!!

    August 26, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. arc, Lugano CH

    These 3am ads only work for those isolationist ignorant folks who wouldn't leave their one-horse town to look for the horse if it ever ran away.

    Educated voters see right through this crap.

    Try again McCasket.

    August 26, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  14. E Boone

    I am with Eric. The whole campaign is directed to the large majority of voters who are idiots and morons. We are our own worst enemy.

    August 26, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. S. Boatman

    We All Knew The Things Hillary Said Would Come Back On Obama! She Is The Most Polarizing Figure In Politics! Let Her Have Her Chance To Redeem Herself Today And Let Her Leave The Stage!

    August 26, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. jim75098

    Seems to me that McCain's campaign is lost and can only copy others for their ads! That is what I expect of McCain. That's why they will just follow Bush's ideas and failed policies!

    August 26, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  17. Fred

    Should we believe she was lying the first time and she's telling the truth now? Her and Joe have given republicans some of the best advertising opportunities and they should use them all. Let the people decide whether they believed what they were saying then or believe what they are saying now.

    August 26, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  18. Linda

    If people are smart, they realize that you attack your opponent when he's your opponent and once you've lost you become a party player and support your ex-opponent. McCain is playing dirty knowing there's a bit of a rift in the Democratic party. Obama is clearly the wiser choice than McCain, but it's a shame we didn;t realize in time that Senator Clinton is the best of all.

    August 26, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  19. brad

    If America actually swallow these ads again, we deserve whatever we got coming as a country. Absolutely insulting.

    August 26, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  20. Chris

    McCain is using the same tactics that Bush used in the last two elections. I think America is seeing through them this time. LOL McCain, will loose just like HRC did in the Primaries. You guys really think Obama is going to play like the past nominees the Democrats put up in 2k and 04?
    Seriously, Obama is not going to lie down and let McCain attack him.

    August 26, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. eye's of the wise

    Fear monger, war monger

    August 26, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  22. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    "Uncertainty. Dangerous aggression. Rogue individual. Radicalism" – that pretty much sums up John McShame character!

    they are taking you for a ride if any american vote for the republicans or John McShame. this old twig is below scum!!!!!!

    August 26, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  23. Crush Rush

    Rush Limbaugh should be jailed for inciting riots at the convention,even though he retracted his call to arms,he let the cat out of the bag to his mindless minions.

    August 26, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  24. Dan , TX

    It always strikes me that the people who criticize Obama are no where near to being as patriotic, as intelligent, or as hard-working as he is in any objective comparison of their lives. What I hear is the bitterness in their own lives coming out as an attack to tear down others rather than build up people. If this really reflects the American people, America has truly lost its way.

    August 26, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  25. Sylvia

    I pretty much agree with Eric above. After the democratic convention is over so is my interest in the elections. I can't stand the Republican's sick desperation and slimy sleazy advertising. I can't stand hearing about McCain's references to being a POW in every sentence, is that all he can campaign on. And that hawk faced critic on Larry King last night belittling Michelle's excellent speech finished me for all time as far as the Republicans go.

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