Never let it be said that Hillary Clinton’s folks didn’t learn a lesson or two from Karl Rove and the Republicans…
HOUSTON (AP) – A stark new Hillary Rodham Clinton ad portrays her as the leader voters want on the phone when crisis occurs in the middle of the night, “while your children are safely asleep.” Barack Obama retorted that his Democratic rival already had her “red phone moment” and it helped draw the U.S. into a misbegotten war.
The ad, with its visuals of sleeping children, prompted an immediate denunciation Friday from Obama, who said it’s meant to scare people. The Obama campaign rolled out testimonials from national security supporters that the Illinois senator has the temperament and judgment for perilous times.
Clinton adviser Howard Wolfson contended the ad “speaks to what people really know in their hearts” about his candidate’s experience and, by inference, her opponent’s lack of it. “This is a legitimate matter for a presidential campaign,” he said. “We would be derelict if we didn’t raise it.”
The commercial stirred waters heading into the final weekend of the campaign for Ohio and Texas presidential primaries Tuesday that could make or break Clinton’s campaign.[..]
Obama responded that he called it right on the war, “the most important foreign policy decision of our generation, and that’s the kind of judgment I’ll show when I answer that phone in the White House as president of the United States.”
“We’ve had a red phone moment,” he added. “It was the decision to invade Iraq. And Senator Clinton gave the wrong answer.”
P.S. The “telephone in the White House” depicted in the ad rang six times before anyone picked it up. If there ever is an emergency that requires calling the President at 3 a.m., I hope someone is paying better attention.
UPDATE: Obama response ad…
Wow. That was quick.
UPDATE #2: Some are comparing the Clinton ad to Lyndon Johnson’s “Daisy” ad in 1964. Johnson’s ad aired on the networks (there were only three back then) once before it was pulled by the campaign, but it was viewed by many due to the publicity it generated…
I think a nuclear bomb exploding is just a bit more powerful an image than a telephone ringing at three o’clock in the morning.
Update #3: Video of Senator Obama’s response to the Clinton ad here.