Just hours after Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign launched 30-second spot featuring sleeping children while the White House phone rings at 3 a.m. with news of a pending internation crisis, Sen. Barack Obama's side put up its own 30-second response ad featuring sleeping children, a ringing phone and a looming crisis.
Clinton's ad asks the viewers who they would want answering that call, assuming the response would be her, of course, because she already has White House experience from her eight years as first lady. Here's her script:
"It's 3 a.m. and your children are safe asleep. But there's a phone in the White House and it's ringing. Something's happening in the world." (Sound of a phone ringing.) "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 3 a.m. and your children are safely asleep. Who do you want answering the phone? Hillary Rodham Clinton: I'm Hillary Clinton and I approve this message."
Predictably, Team Obama takes a differing view. Here's his script:
" It’s 3 a.m. and your children are safe and asleep. But there’s a phone ringing in the White House. Something’s happening in the world. When that call gets answered, shouldn’t the president be the one – the only one – who had judgment and courage to oppose the Iraq war from the start… Who understood the REAL threat to America was al-Qaeda, in Afghanistan, not Iraq. Who led the effort to secure loose nuclear weapons around the globe… In a dangerous world, it’s judgment that matters. I’m Barack Obama and I approved this message."
To view the ad: http://tx.barackobama.com/tx_ringing