Obama Riffs on Clinton Scare Ad

Candidates trade Texas ads playing on experience ahead of vital vote
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2008 7:28 AM CST

(Newser) – Barack Obama threw Hillary Clinton's "red phone" ad right back at her yesterday—with a twist, the Chicago Tribune reports. Clinton's ad showed sleeping children, with a voice intoning that it's 3am, and a phone is ringing the White House. “Who do you want answering the phone?” Barack's rejoinder, with almost identical imagery: “When that call gets answered, shouldn’t the president be the one—the only one—who had the judgment and courage to oppose the Iraq war from the start?” 

Both candidates referred to the ads on the stump yesterday, Clinton reiterating that she had the experience to handle the 3am emergency call, and Obama saying, “We have had a red phone moment. It was the decision to invade Iraq. And Senator Clinton gave the wrong answer." Asked whether Clinton should withdraw if she loses the Texas and Ohio votes, an Obama staffer quipped: "I would encourage you to, on March 5, call Sen. Clinton at 3am and put that question.”