August 26th, 2008
01:43 PM ET

Clinton stars in new McCain Ad

Watch Sen. John McCain's new 3 a.m. ad.
Watch Sen. John McCain's new 3 a.m. ad.

Alexander Mooney
CNN Ticker Producer

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."

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.


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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Jeremy, Renton, WA

    It is true that there are certain obstacles facing Barack Obama that are entirely out of his control. His lack of experience in national politics is one of those obstacles. But what makes Obama appealing to me and so many others is that despite these obstacles, he has continually found a way - whether it be through innovative critical thinking, determined collaboration with qualified counterparts, or his deep well of empathy - to overcome the obstacles he cannot control by excelling in those he can.

    He didn't need to have white skin to be among the final two contenders for the white house, in a nation still picking the scabs of a torn society.

    He didn't need to have wealthy friends or a bank vault with a revolving door to finance a record-breaking campaign.

    He didn't need to have a common American lineage to embrace common American values.

    And most importantly, and perhaps most tellingly, he didn't need to have a good father to know how to be a good father.

    Barack Obama may not have been a cog in the Washington gridlock for long, but he knows what he's doing, he's done it well thus far, and I trust him to do it well should he earn the presidency. Political experience may be necessary to dodge political attack machines and court the elite, but it isn't necessary to sign a bill that will give our nation's children health care, or recognize and reward the merits, ideas, and achievements of outstanding colleagues, or invite our brave guardians home with prudence and dignity. That just requires common sense - and the audacity to see it through.

    August 27, 2008 at 6:06 am |
  2. Frank DC

    Republicans have so many negative ads. Its all dirty tactics, sow when are they going to release the ad blaming barrack for slavery

    August 27, 2008 at 2:43 am |
  3. Aaron

    They are republicans, they can go much lower than this. Infact republicans can start a war that wasn't mean't to happen in the first place, kill the children of parents in a war and tell you that there's nothing wrong with it. And you're suprised by an ad like this. Maybe i'll be shaken up by and ad that say's Barrack Obama is a terrorist secretly working with Al-Queda and trying to take over the US because of his name. Oh wait they already tried something similar. Maybe they say he is responsible for the assasination of Kennedy

    August 27, 2008 at 1:50 am |
  4. Thulani

    I am a Canadian, and therefore my vote does not count on who gets elected to the White House. However; I feel it should come to light that while presidential candidates can use each other's past speeches to pin each other down, the recent McCain ads featuring Hillary are ambiguous. A friend of my actually thought Hillary is now endorsing McCain over Obama.

    I would edge the Democrats, the Obama team, and particularly Hillary Clinton herself to look into character assassination and trying to deceive the American Public about Hillary's loyalties. She was crystal clear tonight on her speech that no matter what, America would be better of with a Democratic President in the White House. If l was Hillary's advisor, l would Sue McCain, his team and the Republican party for so much money as to be able to pay for all her debt and even sponsor the rest of the Democratic financial needs for November 4th Election for misrepresenting her on those ads.

    August 27, 2008 at 12:33 am |
  5. Mark

    Shame on Obama!! Seems to us that the Obama's campain has trashed the Clinton's name everyway they could. To bad Obama did not think that Mrs. Clinton in the future would be the hotest thing going for him. Thats why Obama has no morals and is not a leader. Our family has been loyal democrats but this time were voting for Mr. McCain!!!

    August 27, 2008 at 12:05 am |
  6. Barbara

    Interesting that CNN decided to have a protracted interview of a Hilary supporter from the floor go on and on repeating herself to the point we almost changed the channel only to be followed by the new McCain ad. Did McCain pay extra for the "interview" positioned in such a way???

    August 26, 2008 at 11:44 pm |
  7. carrieinSterling, Va

    I love the ad because there is nothing truer than a person's own words.McCain2008!Hillary 2012!

    August 26, 2008 at 11:21 pm |
  8. Jose

    The ads made by Sen. Clinton in favor of Sen. McCain and against Sen. Obama is as clear as a crystal and apparently the product of a meticulous study by Sen. Clinton before she released and approved the ads.

    August 26, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  9. jeff

    How can they just use her commercial like that without permission? Looks like Clinton could force their hand on that if she were so inclined and not hoping to be running again in 2012...

    August 26, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  10. Annie Kate

    The ads are only going to get worse from now until the election and the GOP will use anything and everything it can to make the Democrats look bad. If you think the GOP using Hillary's words are bad, Joe Biden made a few statements about Obama of his own when he was in the primaries – I bet the GOP will use those too. Won't that be awkward?

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    August 26, 2008 at 9:58 pm |
  11. Carol, PA

    I recall her making that statement and I was a little disappointed in both candidates during the primary. Such is politics. I had a very difficult time chosing between the two but in the end, I gave my vote to Hillary. Now that the primary is over, I have no problem at all voting for Obama. As far as McCain using that clip, all I can say is it is very tacky. It is a jab not even worth taking because it doesn't help his cause at all or hurt Obama's. I wish they would stop running these types of adds–they must mistake the public for a bunch of fools. It is a complete waste of money and a total turnoff as far as I'm concerned. I'd like to see positive, issue adds only or a way to screen them from my TV.

    August 26, 2008 at 9:44 pm |
  12. Peartree from NC

    The Clintons are crooks! Bill Clinton was the one who created that dam gas tax when he was president thats why gas is so high. its effecting us now and he got rid of NAFTA. That kept american jobs in america. Research it people, these are real facts. Clintons will never get my vote for anything. they are wolfs in sheep clothing. And for african american men laws got real tuff on us when he was in office. more african american men were incarcerated when he was in office. Look that up its fact to. All im saying is that politicians are tricksters. research them and look at bills they support and pass in this country. then u vote. RESEARCH your candicate folks. NO MORE CLINTONS! Obama/Biden 08'

    August 26, 2008 at 9:32 pm |
  13. kim-chicago

    John McCain's campaign is totally using Hillary Clinton. She is anything but a fool...She knows what's at stake in this election...everything she has worked for her entire life. I just wish her supporters understood that. How a woman could vote for John McCain is beyond me. But even more perplexing is after the past eight years...how could anyone vote for a republican?

    August 26, 2008 at 9:30 pm |
  14. Amy, Chicago

    All you are is a compilation of you do and say.... Truth be know- It is what it is!

    August 26, 2008 at 8:19 pm |
  15. Charlie P

    Maybe no one had much to say negative about McCain in this past primary, but look at all the issues that Bush brought up about McCain when they ran against each other! Its out there in the archives for the pickin.

    August 26, 2008 at 8:05 pm |
  16. lampe

    You do know, that The McCain Campaign is running an Ad, with Biden saying the samething? Why is it that all of you Obama Supporters are not calling for his head on a platter, like you are The Clintons? He made a pretty racist remark in the begining, is it okay for one person to make remarks,but not the other one?

    August 26, 2008 at 8:03 pm |
  17. HL

    Not only do these ads harm Obama, but they harm Hillary as well. They could spell the end of her political career. But that's the Republican way. Divide and conquer the foolish, then loot the treasury after they ascend into office. That's why the Republicans are so wealthy and the rest of us are whiners. A vote for McCain is a vote for the Republican way, and we're all feeling the effects of that now.

    August 26, 2008 at 6:40 pm |
  18. Susan

    Maybe she approved the message !!!!!!!


    August 26, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  19. Pat

    What would you expect from a party who views Karl Rove as someone whose opinions are respected! But then, what about the Nominee? The man who said he would never stoop to such tactics? I guess when you know it's going to be a tough journey to the White House anything goes and values, morals, integrity are not so important anymore. But then, I for one never thought McSame was a man of character and integrity. Those people don't bestow their loyalty upon the likes of George Bush!

    August 26, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  20. Sue, Billerica, MA

    You make compelling points but judging from experience, experience does not guarantee good judgment. And remember our founding fathers also had slaves, so did their experience show good judgment or moral fortitude, let alone civility, let alone civilizedness, for barbs in campaigns don't compare to the horrors of slavery that they allowed and participated in and profited from... so I don't think we should use them as the moral high water.

    August 26, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  21. Vegas

    I am rolling on the floor... this is too funny...

    There are mutiple posts here calling this add typical dirty republican politics....

    And it's a replay of a democrat.... ROFLMAO...

    The Obama cult is simply lost...

    August 26, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  22. Ray

    She won't deliver tonight..Hillary, I mean..The Dems are counting on a slam dunk..It won't happen, she will NEVER fall on her sword.. 2012 is still in her line of vision. Nothing more... I am afraid our Country will suffer 4 more years of same ole, same ole, same ole....Most of the ads use now are from late in her campaign.. You don't think this was carefully planned????

    August 26, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  23. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Elections have been dirty since John Adams and Thomas Jefferson fought it out. The rhetoric of today is mild compared to then. However, using Hillary's primary comments about Obama's lack of experience doesn't come close to dirty. For one thing it's true. Biden made similar comments, and Bill Clinton couldn't even bear to say Obama was qualified just a few weeks ago. He prefered to say no one is truely qualified. The only reason Obama is running on 'judgement' is because he can't run on experience. By the way, Biden, Kerry, Edwards and Clinton all voted for the war. In fact 29 Democratic Senators did. Are they all lacking judgement? Judgement without the experience to back it up is just guessing.

    August 26, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  24. Robert

    Those Mcains cheap and lack of vison are nothing compare to the one Madona is showing in her concerts. You all gotta look at it.
    Good for Madona.
    Mcain.....big loser....money has made into politics. "Mr. Celebrity scare face"

    August 26, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  25. lyn-NY

    Well; Hillary needs to star in something, it may as well be in McCains ad's because the man has nothing of importance to say.

    At the end of the day "Hillary Lost"

    She will not promote Obama in any way other than the way she's being doing. She has done nothing to stop the bitterness she has cause. Obama has never done Hillary wrong.

    She is fake and I am glad that I have changed my vote.

    We all never realized how vindictive one human being can be when they knew that they would lose a race.

    August 26, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  26. Cynthia

    I knew back in the primaries when Senator Clinton was saying all those things that the Republicans would try and use them against Senator Obama. Senator Clinton knew fully well that a lot of the things that she was saying were not true but said them anyway and see what it got her – out in the primaries. If history repeats itself – the same will happen to Senator McCain in the General.

    August 26, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  27. markel

    Its just more of the norm. from the republicans. There out right dirty tactics in what would otherwise be a classy election. Its the only why they know how to fight. While Obama is taking the high road you know turning the other cheek like that good old book told us too.

    August 26, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  28. PD - Seattle

    If the shoe fits...wear it! Clinton was right with her 3:00 am ad. If the opposition uses it, so be it. It's up to Obama to counter (however, he doesn't have the experience!) And why should it be Hillary's duty to convince her 18 million supporters to back Obama? Isn't that Obama's job....to prove he is the rightfull leader of the party? Evidently not. And since when did disagreeing with a candidate mean that you are automatically labled a racist & bigot? The racists and bigotts are the 93% of the blacks that supported Obama for no other reason other than the color of his skin.....now that's racist!

    August 26, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  29. markel

    Its just more of the norm. from the republicans. There out right dirty tactics in what would otherwise be a classy election. Its the only why the Know how to fight. While Obama is taking the high road you know turning the other cheek like that good old book told us too.

    August 26, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  30. Sue, Billerica, MA

    And I just want to add that experience that has one making the same mistakes that have gotten us in such a mess is not what we need, what we need is new ideas and plans to get out of the messes we are in, and THAT is what Senator Obama brings to the White House! Hillary was wrong when she made that ad and McCain is wrong for still propagating negative campaigning. IMO. Sorry I just can't stand the way this election is going and the way it seems all dirt slinging and when our soldiers are still coming home in body bags, people are still losing their jobs and homes, some people can't afford gas and food with rising prices, people don't have health care, children are learning vindictiveness and negativity not only from movies and video games and such but from our presidential politics, people in New Orleans and surrounding areas are still without homes, youth in inner cities are dying of violence and drugs, people are still bringing their children up with racism and bigotry, schools are spending more time disciplining and having children put on psychotropic drugs than teaching them knowledge, wisdom and how to cope with the hardships of life WITHOUT drugs... sorry I am in a ranting mood today given the state of the world and our country and having to see all these foolish politicians and their ridiculous ads and claims and pettiness... I have hope that Obama is better but I fear he will have to stoop to this level and that saddens me.

    August 26, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  31. Sue, Billerica, MA

    Maybe it was too many comments like that that Hillary made that took her out of consideration as VP for can you imagine how much more damaging that ad would be today if she were the running mate, and perhaps they had that cued up just for that reason... didn't these politicians learn to play nice... its sickening that they are using such dirty campaign ads. We need them to hear that given all that is wrong right now and can go even wronger and needs to be righted, we don't care about this petty bickering, WE WANT TO HEAR WHERE YOU REALLY STAND ON THE ISSUES... so spend your money on ads telling us why you are the choice for when you tell us why the other guy is not the choice, it shows your weakness is you have nothing to offer but more of the same crap the world has been spinning in.. and we want something more from our leaders!!!!! We need to let them know we have had it and we aren't listening to this kind of BS anymore! But how do we get through to these buerocrats ??

    August 26, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  32. Dennis

    Wonder if they'll play Ted Kennedy telling Obama NOT to choose HRC.

    August 26, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  33. Sandy, Arkansas

    Forget the ads. Barack Obama is his own worst enemy. He and he alone could easily have brought 90 percent of the party together by chosing Hillary as his running mate. It was the right thing to do for many reasons. When she had so many votes it would have been a validation to her voters for him to say, "I hear you and I give your voice some value." I know I would sleep better with Hillary as V.P. A real leader knows how to stop fights, not throw gas on a fire to make it bigger. This one decision makes me question his judgment and his ability to defuse volatile situations. It is not as if Hillary wasn't just as qualified as Biden...it was just that she was Hillary Clinton.

    August 26, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  34. Sue, Billerica, MA

    p.s. And how can we ever make peace with our enemies if our own parties are being so vindictively petty and obnoxious to each other, and even with parties like that comment by Hillary. These supposed LEADERS should do like psychologists instruct parents, that your children, or in their case, the people they lead and the world, learn to behave from the way you behave not the things you claim in speeches to be. So they claim to be godly and good and patriotic but they act viscous and selfish and vindictive and anything goes, the ends justify the means, that the country doesn't matter, just them winning matters... sickening sickening sickening... and we are the greatest nation EVER on earth and we can't rise above this, then what hope is there for world peace and realy humanity EVER!

    August 26, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  35. Sue, Billerica, MA

    When did Hillary say that? Even if months ago, what ashame that she complimented McCain while slamming Obama, for she is bright and astute and must have known it would be used against him if he beat her... I am glad Obama beat her for that makes me think so poorly of her that she only cared about WINNING and not the future of this country which she knows is not in good hands with McCain or any republican from what I can tell.

    Yes McCain has more experience, but he is a war monger. Do you want our next president to be a guy who JOKES about a song changing its lyrics to he wants to (bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran)? His experience didn't give him the wisdom not to take war so jokingly while our men and women are sacrificing their lives because of lie that got us in this current war in Iraq. I want a man like Obama who has an open mind to solve the problems of the world and who doesn't have the experience that his knee jerk response is to bomb as I think McCain sounds like his is.

    I am sure McCain has some post traumatic stress from being tortured as a POW so I will cut him some slack that revenge and destroying even potential enemies would be his gut reaction, but god bless him for his service and what he went through, but I do NOT Want a president who wants to bomb bomb bomb Iran and MAKES A JOKE OF IT! Sometimes experience breeds jadedness, the same old mistakes, and a new fresh hopeful leader is what we need, for as Jesus said even the impossible is possible if we forgive and love our enemies and find ways to make peace with them... I think we have a better chance of finding a SANE way to survive the coming decades with Obama than with a McCain type in the white house! IMO

    August 26, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  36. Victoria - AR

    McCain's camp is great at deflecting the light away from them!

    Too bad they have no real idea as to how to lead us out of a war, which McCain insists on fighting until we "win", or how to improve the economy so that working folks don't have to lose their homes that they have worked their entire lives for.

    Yeah, I guess if everyone is busy looking at Obama, Hillary, and the PUMAS, no one will have time to call him on his deficiencies.

    August 26, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  37. Jeanette

    I think both parties have lost their basic principles. I also disagree with anyone in a party to show such disrespect as the Clinton's did to Obama during the primaries. It will come back now and bite them where it hurts. I am so sick of politics right now, I don't want any of them to win. I am not happy with any selections at all, but am totally tired of the Democrats after such a long primary.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  38. Kate from Virginia

    I can't figure out why some news contributors harp on the Obama campaign for not going negative enough against McCain. Yes, it's obviously working the polls right now to McCain's advantage. But-why not harp instead on the McCain campaign for going negative after pledging not to AND give them an extra poke for doing so during the other party's convention breaking the long standing gentlepersons' agreement? That's the headline here-and a minor one at that compared to the events in Russia, flooding in Florida, rebuilding in NO, and on and on. My respect for Senator McCain is quickly waning after watching how he is campaigning–stopping at nothing to win. Reminds me of the dirty way Bush II lied and lied and lied his way to winning elections-a lot of good that did the country. Why is there no five person panel sitting around discussing that for hours on end and calling for congressional investigations?

    I wish the press would stop making mountains out of molehills while ignoring the volcano next to them. Frankly, I think that the more the pundits tell the folks out there in TV land that the Obama campaign is "screwing up", or that the Clintons and Obamas are "at war", the more a large portion of the country (and world) today will believe it. Have you ever thought that maybe in all your wisdom as party leaders turned commentators, in all your trying to get the smartest, most insightful comment tossed out there, that your public comments are leading the campaign/convention/reawakening of thinking voters down the drain? It reminds me of the press coverage in the lead up to the Iraq War and most educated observers and participants aknowledge the harm that did to the country, not to mention the world.

    We have enough real issues and problems to address here in our own country and around the world. If you want to be political operatives then go to work for a campaign. Otherwise, please do us all a favor and go back to being the nonbiased educators and reporters that on which CNN made its name and start covering the news instead of creating it.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  39. Marwillg

    Why is every body putting presure on the Clinton's.
    Should it not be Obama has to convince the 18 million
    that voted for Hillary.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  40. Vickie in Mason, OH

    I think it is a disgrace how the Republican party has behaved during this election process. I am a registered republican and totally disagree with the negative and untruthful ads McCain has approved. This country has too many issues to address. If a canidate can't come forward with their views on the issues in an adult and professional manner, they do not deserve the office they are running for, and beleive they are NOT putting this country first.
    We need to wake up to what is happening to this great country of ours. Ads like this tells me my party is not interested in doing the right thing in this process and also tells me McCain holds only his own self interests first. What a shame – this party has lost it's basic principles.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  41. JC- Los Angeles

    Barack Obama's inability to put the Clintons behind him, to unify his party and to make the Democratic convention strictly about him and his ability to lead this nation, will prove his ultimate downfall.

    Real leaders are able to bring people together in a timely and effective manner and empower the collective whole to reach greater heights than individuals.

    In many instances, Barack Obama is maginalized by his headstrong and opinionated wife; now he may take a back seat to Michelle, Ted Kennedy, Joe Biden and the Clintons.

    Unless he comes across as the brightest and most powerful light in the Democratic convention, it might be lights out.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  42. GF, Los Angeles

    I always thought it was stupid for political candidates to attack someone within their own party. I would think they'd be smart enough to just tout their own accomplishments and plans instead of giving the opposition ammo in the event they, as in this case with Hillary, lost.

    August 26, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  43. Cindy

    Hillary should have known that if she lost that the Reps would use her words and ad against the Dems and Obama. Of course she thought that she could win. It is no ones fault but hers.

    McCain is just using Hillary's heart felt words to make a point. I bet Hillary still feels the same way but is putting on a brave face to keep her spot in the Dem order! While inside she's hoping Obama loses so she can run again in 2012! Or better yet she's hoping he'll win, the Dems will see what a bad job he has done and she'll easily get the nod next time.

    Either way...what goes around comes around. If Hillary didn't want this used against her and Obama she shouldn't have said it to begin with. No one twisted her arm!


    August 26, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  44. KJ

    I love the ad's that the Rep. are using right now. The former delegate for Hillary is now supporting McCain is brilliant.

    Even if Obama comes out with some supporter leaving McCain for him- it will always be second best. Just like his cracks about McCain being elite with his 8 homes.....please....... all that does is remind me of Obama's actions.

    I had a lot more respect for Obama when he seemed like he was above playing dirty. When Obama took on the attitude of being more under control- not petty.

    Obama is a rock star, and when he acts like one his popularity goes through the roof. Why not use what works for him, use the celeb.'s and all that which sparkles.

    Obama has some great messages, it is just getting to those messages that are important. My problem with him is his stance on abortion.

    August 26, 2008 at 1:55 pm |