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. Talk about something else PLEASE!

    I happen to tune into Jay Leno to see John McCain talking about something about being a prisoner of war had to do with why he owns so many homes....I am sick of hearing about how he was a prisoner of war and that is the answer to all his questions.Senator McCain...."Could you have lunch with me." Well, my friend..."When I was a P.O.W. we didn't have lunch...." Senator McCain "When is your next town hall meeting and where?" "Well, my friend, as a former P.O.W. we never had town hall meetings , hell we never had towns or halls to have one." Senator McCain....What is your favorite meal?" Well, my friend..."We never got meals when I was a P.O.W." AAAAAAAARRRRGGGGGGG!!!!

    August 26, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. Nate- Minneapolis

    I'd like to hear one foriegn policy plan McCain devised that has been implemented and has worked. I want to hear from any soldier he commanded and about any war McCain has won. Then I want to hear his plan for the future both domestically and foriegn. McCain has no plan other than to continue the course we are on. Make no mistake, the Republicans are better off now and have no need or desire to change course. They are doing exactly what they want right now.

    August 26, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. Marilyn

    Whatever it takes to keep Obama out of the White House!

    August 26, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. Donj, NJ

    What in the world is Obama doing not fighting back???? Why doesn't he put an ad of McCain singing Bomb Bomb Iran or trying to get Russia out of the G8, and a picture of the A-bomb exploding in Japan. Geez... fight back.

    McCain = WWIII. McCain was a soldier and that's all he knows how to do is fight wars. Who needs that?

    August 26, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  5. No Brain McCain with Faux Brawn and Balls

    Scare, scare, scare ... War, war, war ... POW, POW, POW ... Surge, surge, surge ... No real plans or original ideas of my own, No real plans or original ideas of my own, No real plans or original ideas of my own ... Attack , attack, attack.

    The "Maverick" ... Not so much. Just a simple, small, weak-minded man with no integrity; that's the REAL John McCain.

    August 26, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  6. sickening

    The sick thing about this is that it will resonate with average voters. It amazes me that the American voters appear to be stupid enough to let these smears make their decisions. Become informed, people!!

    Also, for all of those who accuse Barack of being an empty suit – HAVE YOU EVEN BOTHERED TO LISTEN OR LEARN ABOUT THE GREAT THINGS HE'S DONE?!?!?!?!?!?!? If anyone, McCain is the empty suit. He has created no message in his campaign other than "Barack sucks." All he does is attack and smear – where are HIS ideas? What is he going to do for our country? Barack is constantly and consistantly laying out his plans in detail. John McCain and his filthy surrogates do nothing but spread trash. WAKE UP PEOPLE! But I suppose John McCain has a right to – because he was a POW. That is such crap. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth.

    Are Democrats going to learn to fight back for once? How about exposing the truth on McCain? NOT doing it caused John Kerry the election on '04 – DON'T let it happen again. It's time to get down & dirty and play their games or you can watch the White House (and all of our futures) slip away all so one trigger-happy freak can fulfill his "destiny." Sick.

    I hope American's aren't stupid enough to fall for these tactics any longer. The poll numbers cannot be accurate. I don't know many people (especially not the millions of new young energized voters) sitting around their non-existent landline phones waiting to be polled.

    August 26, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  7. pat C.


    August 26, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. SJ

    Got to point out the hypocrisy, Republicans spend 16 years telling everyone in America not to trust a word HRC says, and now they air a commercial saying she right.

    And the Corporate Media, who are in the RNC's back pocket, is all too happy to support the effort.

    August 26, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Well, when Hillary is right, she's right. You Dems can't get your head around the FACT that Obama is unqualified. Biden said it. Hillary said it. Bill Clinton couldn't bring himself to say Obama was qualified just a few weeks ago. Why do some many prominent Democrats not get behind this guy? Answer, they know what America is just waking up to. Obama isn't ready for prime time.

    August 26, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  10. Ledia

    Nothing but fear. Those are the tactics of the past. We are not going to buy that today, oh not today. Today optimism, hope and prospective will prevail. We are not stupid.

    By the way, good luck waking up John at 3AM.

    August 26, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. Frantz from Atlanta

    This is why Obama could not pick her as a running mate. Her crash and burn tactics are coming back to hurt Obama and costing him a fortune/time in order to counter attack.

    August 26, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  12. Jim Schimmer

    McSame is so full of fear.
    The republicans are so filthy. I want to puke.

    August 26, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  13. rnatalli

    Thanks to the Clintons for arming McCain.

    August 26, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  14. clark

    Biden endorsed McCain's foreign policy plan four months ago:

    "In an April speech at Washington’s Georgetown University, Biden spoke highly of McCain’s recently unveiled foreign policy plan.

    “To his credit, John repudiates some of the Bush administration's approach to the world,” Biden said. “He recognizes that the power of our example is as important as the example of our power … that allies we respect, not disdain, can advance our interests. He is especially eloquent about his abhorrence for war — as John is uniquely placed to be.” – Politico Aug 24, 2008

    August 26, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. Reason

    For all of you people who compare a man like McCain to dictators, that's just plain stupid. What exactly has he done that you can base this on. He has done more to bring badly needed comprimise to our government that anyone I know. Do you really think that a 100% democratic government will be any better for America than a 100% Republican government was? Fools. The government historically has never run well when there wasn't some sort of balance. Best case would be one party each controlling either the house or senate and a president from either party. That would bring the government to either slightly left of center or slightly right of center. Either way, a comprimise and better for the MAJORITY americans who are centrists not far left or far right wing nuts jobs. Both are equally dangerous if given total power. With far left democrats in control of both senate and house, there can be no balance or sanity without a counterweight to drag policy back to the mainstrem middle where THE MAJORITY OF US ARE! That means a left leaning Republican like John McCain is the only safe answer. BALANCE. Don't let the pendulum swing all the way back to the other extreme. That's not change we can withstand.

    August 26, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. squid

    It goes to show how bad of a politician Hillary Clinton really is. First rule of politics is anything you say will absolutely be used against you. Obama knows this rule well and that's why he is the nominee. Politics is not about the people for the Clintons, it's about the love and addiction to power and money. Now that the Clintons have lost some of that, they expect the citizens they have hosed over for decades to hedge their dwindled back accounts and egos. Obama was smart enough to 'slow play' his candidacy run and make the real effort to run a clean campaign. The Clintons wouldn't know how to do that if JFK Jr's plane fell out of the sky and landed on their SOHO lawn.

    There is little doubt McCain is going to get CREAMED this November, so I do not worry about sore LOSERS and have no need to listen to politicians whine this election year. It will be humorous to watch all the crybaby Clinton zealots, throwing tantrums that their crooked mouthpiece lost fair and square, 'magically' change their minds and end up voting for Obama. They are hypocrites just like their candidates, and suckers to boot for paying off their bills. Maybe they should spend it on their children and families instead of buying out Hillary's loans and affording them a new lake house. Ignorance really is bliss eh? 🙂


    August 26, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. Zach

    Good thing McCain is up at 3 a.m. . . . but then again, he goes to be by 6 p.m.

    August 26, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  18. TSAH from Virginia

    CNN needs to STOP giving the REPUBS free commercial runs on their ads!!! Mostly every ad CNN shows gives the REPUBS free POINTS. I truly "have not" seen any ad CNN runs for the REPUBS in REAL TIME???? When and where are these ads shown???

    If it weren't for CNN – FOX NEWS and other MSM – NONE of McSAME ads would be known!!! Jeez!! Stop making it so obvious you're for McSAME!!!


    August 26, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  19. joe

    Mccain is fully awaken he does not know where Afghanistan and Irak borders are, He did not know either who is the president of Russia until Stephanopulos told him. At 3 am he won't know either, when he will stumble over the phone, and joe libermen, the democrate will not be around to tell him. May be Cindy Maccain will tell him even she forgot to tell him how many houses they have. Tell me what kind of decision he will make at 3 AM when not knowing either Republic Zchech is not longer attached with Slovakia. The general will have hard time with a president MCCain. Politics is like soccer, You do not put your hand on the ball.

    August 26, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  20. MARY

    I'm tired of hearing about John McCain's Vietnam POW saga. That does not qualify him to be President of the United States. I have the utmost respect for people in the military, but when did that become the qualification for being President of the United States?

    My concern is, what are you going to do for me? How will you make my life better and the lives of my grandchildren. We will always have wars. You just hope that when you vote, you are choosing the person you FEEL will protect you in a time of war, protect your livelihood and make you proud to be an AMERICAN. The one who will give you the opportunity to be the very best you can be in this country; to be able to achieve whatever dreams you have.

    August 26, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  21. pannie


    August 26, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  22. ber6964

    Watch PBS the best political team ever...

    August 26, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  23. BR

    Unfortunately we live in a world where Americans have to be concerned about our security. It seems the Dems have forgotten 911 and from some of the blogs I have read it appears some even support the attack. “The chickens have come home to roost”. Oh well Dems go ahead and stick your head in the sand and pretend that all you have to do is smile and give someone a hug and all is forgiven. Dems got it wrong when the said the war was lost and couldn’t be won in Iraq. They wanted to quit then and don’t seem to have the character to fight when you have to fight. Thank God someone will fight for your freedom even if you don’t want to.

    McCain 08

    August 26, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  24. jason, tx

    I want to know what the full Hilary quote is at the end of the video! What does she say after that? It sounds like her sentence is cut off!

    August 26, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  25. faye, NV

    McCain is gone crazy and feels the great threat of the Dem Party. Yes, Hillary said some mean things. However she was trying to win the bid. McCain or no other should be allowed to us footage from others when bidding for the White House.

    August 26, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
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