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Clinton, Obama Aides Tangle Over '3 A.M.' Ad

By Zachary A. Goldfarb
The Clinton and Obama presidential campaigns sparred today over which candidate has the experience to handle a national security crisis after exchanging a series of controversial television advertisements on the topic.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton released an advertisement last week that told of a hypothetical 3 a.m. telephone call to the White House and warning, "Something's happening in the world. Your vote will decide who answers that call."

The Clinton campaign and its surrogates were pressed last week to identify a moment when she has faced such a national security crisis, and the question was posed again on several Sunday morning talk shows.

"[Y]ou don't get tested at 3 a.m. with a phone call like that unless you're the president," Howard Wolfson, a senior Clinton aide, acknowledged on ABC's "This Week." "You look at a person's totality of experience, the kind of judgments they've made, who has supported them, what kind of support that they've had."

Sen. Barack Obama's campaign responded to the ad by suggesting that Clinton had already faced such a moment and made the wrong decision, a point that Obama aide David Axelrod reiterated Sunday.

"On the most important question that Senator Clinton has had to deal with in foreign policy -- the red phone moment for her, the vote on the war in Iraq -- she gave the wrong answer," Axelrod said on ABC. "Senator Obama gave the right answer [and] said he thought it was a disaster to go into Iraq."

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Posted at 2:33 PM ET on Mar 2, 2008  | Category:  Sunday Talkies
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Hillary's ad is very effective. It calls into question the very heart of this campaign. Obama is not qualified to be President of the U.S. Hillary needs to remain in this race through the convention where she will be nominated. By then, the obamarama spectacle will have fade, it's already showing signs of looking tired and silly.

I TRUST HILLARY implicitly with our national security. Hillary's qualifications and experience are unmatched.

Obama's negatives are rising as we find out more about him, the more we find out the less we like him. I simply DO NOT TRUST OBAMA.

Hillary is a true American Girl, born and raised in Chicago to a nice family. Her lifetime of public service is admirable.

I am troubled by the relationships of Obama to Rezko in Chicago whose criminal trial begins today, Obama's relationship with his "pastor" whom Obama calls his "mentor" is troubling, as his pastor Wright is an avowed anti-semitic (anti-Jew), anti-white, pro black supremist, pro-Louis Farakaan supporter, YIKES! This really calls into question the character and judgment of Barack Obama.

I am also troubled by the relationship of Obama and Bill Ayers, who along with his wife Bernadine Dorhn would likely be serving lifetime prison sentences had the FBI not bungled their federal criminal cases for their participation in bombing and terrorist activities of the Weather Underground and the bombings in New York and the Pentagon. Ayers has contributed to Obama's campaign,and they used to "hang out" together in Hyde Park in Chicago. These people still have no remorse,saying they wish "they had done more". YIKES!

Obama has been lying to Ohio voters, telling them he's against NAFTA, (I received a mailing detailing his lies)all the while allowing his senior advisors to assure Canadians he does not really mean it, he's actually for NAFTA and is just pandering to Ohio voters. After Obama denied it and tried to blame Clinton, the Canadian TV Station stuck by their original story and produced the Obama source. Oopps. Obama is a fraud.

By the time this convention rolls around in late August, Obama will be exposed as an empty suit.

Obama is too risky for the Dems to nominate. A vote for Obama now is a vote for McCain in November.


Posted by: TAH1 | March 3, 2008 11:39 AM

Deucebollards & Stevie-

I was taught not to argue with fools, it makes it hard to the observers to tell the difference! ;~)

Posted by: rat-the | March 3, 2008 2:10 AM

At one important juncture in our country's history, FDR told us that we have nothing to fear but fear itself.

With all of Clinton's fear mongering, i wonder if we should add her name to the list of things to be afraid of.

please reject the fear mongering. please reject the whisper campaigns. please put party and country first. please vote for Obama.

Posted by: maq1 | March 2, 2008 11:36 PM

Clinton v. Obama.
The battle continues.
Check out this video. funny.

Posted by: ictv31 | March 2, 2008 10:05 PM

Maureen Dowd's article,"A WAKE-UP CALL FOR HILLARY"is right on!Shame on you,Hillary,for exploiting,terrifing young children in their sleep-using them to convey message of lies,harm,destroy character and integrity of Barack Obama.How would these children feel if same tactics were used against their Fathers and Obama's daughters?Parents unite against Mommie Dearest!

Posted by: Katite | March 2, 2008 6:09 PM

Hey rat_the, apologies to Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", but

You and your neocon friends have always depended on the ignorance of strangers.

A warning: they are smartening up, and they are on to you.

Posted by: steveboyington | March 2, 2008 5:58 PM

rat-the, in the words of a dearly departed conservative debater, "I will not insult you by suggesting that you believe what you just said." Nothing is more laughable than the notion that we blew up all the evidence during "shock and awe." Nothing except what think you know about WMDs. It is the perverse fabrication of non-truths and passing them to the media as established conclusions as easily as one passes gas that emasculates our political processes today. Your allegations are so ludicruous as to make me believe your real purpose is to cloud the issues and deny us the opportunity to make rational choices. "The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink." - George Orwell

Posted by: deucebollards | March 2, 2008 5:21 PM

On SNL, they made Obama look and behave like a chimp who is slow to respond and finds it tough to give a menaingful response. Maybe that is how he really is and the Obama maniacs have a pathetic life looking for a PET

Posted by: vs_sv | March 2, 2008 4:18 PM

All the vitriol and negativity of Hillary Clinton comes back at her with a vengeance. The European newspapers lashed out at her in a way that left me open mouthed. A friend claimed reading it left her monitor in smoking ruins. You find a round-up here:

Posted by: old_europe | March 2, 2008 4:09 PM

Democrats are so thirsty right now, they are willing to drink the Obama sand.
Think people! HE'S NOT THE ANSWER!
She is bottomline more qualified, those are just the facts.

Posted by: blevins20061 | March 2, 2008 3:23 PM

What Senator Obasama fails to ever consider, is that his decision NOT to support the Overthrow of Saddam HUSSEIN, was the BAD Choice!

Of course, being a World Labor Party Loving "Green", would imply that he would have preferred the Line chosen by France, Germany and Russia. All three, beneficiaries of Saddam's illegal Shipments of Oil in violation of the Oil for Food Program of the incompetent UN. :-(

Barack Hussein, also did not mind Saddam Hussein spending so generously to the World Labor Party Anti-American Movements and Protests. Nor, did he probably object to Saddam's Blood Money to the Families of Suicide Bombers, or the supplying of said Vests.

Barack Hussein, and all his supporters, are also the kinds of people who also refuse to acknowledge that we ATTACKED and DESTROYED every single Site, we even suspected of harboring WMDs during Shock and Awe, taking them out, before they could be deployed!

LOVE the way the Media NEVER points that out either!

NOT! :-(

But, Obasama's da Guy! ;~)

Posted by: rat-the | March 2, 2008 3:11 PM

Fact of the matter is she can muddy the waters all she wants...and better hope no one in the media takes a long look at who has contributed to her race BUT the real issue is she will not have the majority of votes cast by the American public come convention time....will she and Bill the perv strong arm the supers to cast their vote for her? There by making a mockery of the American publics ability to elect a President? The only way she can win, short of all futher primaries voting for her by over 65% is for her to steal the go for a candidate like that and if it works? You deserve everyting that will come with her...such as someone sleeping in the white house that was accused of rape the last time he was there and under empeachment....and he has shown his ability to be an influence on her..or she would not have stayed after he strayed over 20 times.....people need to calm down and look at the facts and stop letting this be about women vs men

Posted by: Bulldoglover100 | March 2, 2008 3:10 PM

Senator Obama is right, she had a chance to make a judgement call. Hindsight is 20/20 though... and he was nowhere near that phone when he was Illinois Senator. But John Kerry was, Hillary Clinton was, other prominent Democratic UNITED STATES Senators were. We in reality have NO IDEA how Se. Obama would have voted were he in the US Senate and given the facts on hand and pressure to act on the internatinoal stage.

Posted by: jack9 | March 2, 2008 3:08 PM

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