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Girl in Clinton Ad Prefers Obama on the Phone

By Krissah Williams
Sen. Hillary Clinton's much talked about campaign ad -- featuring a ringing phone and images of vulnerable, sleeping children -- has been credited with helping her win Texas and Ohio and is now coming under new scrutiny, thanks to the protestations of one unwitting star of the commercial.

The ad starts by zooming in on a sleeping little blond girl in blue pajamas as the narrator intones "It's 3 a.m. and your children are soundly asleep....Who do you want answering the phone?" Cut to Clinton, picking up the phone, working diligently to solve America's problems.

Turns out the little blond girl in the commercial is now nearly 18 years old and has made it clear that she'd prefer to have Clinton's rival, Sen. Barack Obama, pick up the line.

Casey Knowles of Seattle told a local television station this weekend that she was shocked to turn on the television recently and see herself tacitly supporting Clinton. The video footage of Knowles was filmed 8 years ago when she was working as a television extra, and purchased by the Clinton campaign for the ad.

Knowles, who has been campaigning for Obama for months and served as a precinct captain for his Washington state campaign in February, has no control over how her image is used.

"I think it would be wonderful if me and Barack Obama could get together and make a nice counter-ad," Knowles told the interviewer.

By Web Politics Editor  |  March 10, 2008; 3:42 PM ET
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