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Sweet: New Clinton "Red Phone" ad raises questions about Obama and national security. UPDATE Obama fires back in Houston. Video.


HOUSTON, TEXAS--A stark new ad by the Clinton campaign--"It’s 3am and your children are safe and asleep" and something is happening--:Who do you want answering the phone?" is triggering a strong response by Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and his team.

At a veterans event here, a very serious looking Sen. Barack Obama just responded. He said the ad plays on "peoples’ fears."

"I don't think these ads will work this time because the question is not about picking up the phone, but the question is what kind of judgment will you exercise when you pick up that phone.

"In fact, we have had a red phone moment. It was the decision to invade Iraq. Sen. Clinton gave the wrong answer. George Bush gave the wrong answer. John McCain gave the wrong answer.

But I stood up and said that a war in Iraq would cost us thousands of lives and billions of dollars...
....that’s the kind of judgment I intend to show when I answer that phone in the White House as President of the United States of America," Obama said.

That phrase that Obama used--that Clinton had her "red phone moment" was the same language Obama campaign manager David Plouffe used earlier in a Friday morning conference call. "We don’t think the ad is going to be effective at all, because Sen. Clinton has already had her red phone moment," Plouffe said.

from the Clinton campaign....

New National Security Ad Asks Voters
Who They Want In The White House During A Crisis

“It’s 3AM and your children are safe and asleep.
Who do you want answering the phone?”

AUSTIN, TX – The Hillary Clinton campaign unveiled a new national security ad that asks voters who they want answering the phone at the White House during a crisis. The 30-second spot called “Children” will begin airing in Texas starting this Friday. The ad points to Hillary Clinton’s strength and experience to be president at this time and the clear positive choice she represents.

“One of the most important duties of the President is ensuring the safety of the American people,” said retired General Wesley Clark. “Inevitably, another national security crisis will occur. And when it does, voters shouldn’t have to wonder whether their President will be ready. As President, Hillary will be ready to act swiftly and decisively.”

“The stakes for our nation have never been higher,” said Retired General John Watkins. “As someone who has met with world leaders and is a leader on national security in the US Senate, I am confident that Hillary Clinton is ready to serve as our nation’s Commander in Chief on day one. She would come to the job more prepared than most of our recent Presidents and certainly with better judgment.”

“America faces a number of daunting challenges. I am confident that Hillary Clinton will meet these challenges and that she has the experience and judgment necessary to be Commander-in-Chief today,” said former Secretary of the Navy John Dalton. “As President, I am also confident that she will re-establish our moral authority and our leadership throughout the world.”

The ad begins airing on the same day that Clinton is scheduled to hold a campaign rally with veterans and flag officers in Waco.

Click here to view the ad:

The script for “Children” follows:

It’s 3am and your children are safe and asleep

But there’s a phone in the White House and it’s ringing

Something’s happening in the world

Your vote will decide who answers that call.

Whether it’s someone who already knows the world’s leaders, knows the military - someone tested and ready to lead in a dangerous world

It’s 3am and your children are safe and asleep

Who do you want answering the phone?



Me, I want Hillary Clinton.

Fearmongering. This is exactly what I'd expect of George W. Bush.

Enough already, Senator Clinton.

How much lower can Hilary Rodham Clinton drag this campaign down, the desperate lady needs "Scare Mongering" would Children be any safer with her in charge, I'm not convinced, HRC is the Politics of the Past and this again proves it - we want CHANGE!

yeah talk about low....she even plagiarized it from Walter Mondale

Are you serious? Obama has made or sent out at least 3 deceptive ads here in Texas, that I know of. And he now has his own version of the 3am commercial. Which appears to be exactly the same footage as In Senator Clinton's ad. Plagerisim? WHAT? what? Quit woman hating, and move forward!

I like the ad, but Rush said today:

"It's 3 am, do you know where your husband is?


My idea for a good campaign commercial would be the red phone being silent because our president had the foresight and judgment to prevent a string of 'unplanned emergencies' to occur in the first place. Securing nuclear materials, focusing on al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, stopping torture, restoring habeas Corpus, working on alternative energy....

I want a proactive president, not a reactive one. imo that's the difference between Obama and the rest of the candidates.

And we know he can do this because he's voted to end the war?

Obama was quite tongue-tied in the video questioning him concerning his involvement in the Rezko scandal. if this is how he acts caught off guard when he alleges to be innocent how on earth will he keep his composure when dealing with major international military events? Loose it completely. At least Hillary has more experience being hit from the other side and has proven she can hold up under the pressures especially since she has the years of experience needed.

Obama is afraid and its starting to show. The next few weeks should do him in

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