Hillary's 3am Ads Ring Again; McCain Answers

Now pre-dawn spots raise alarm over the economy
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2008 2:25 PM CDT
An ad from the McCain campaign in response to the Clinton ad charged that a Democratic president would try to tax their way out of the housing crisis.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
camera-icon View 2 more images

(Newser) – The very-late-night caller is back and this time he's raising concerns about the economy. Hillary Clinton has recycled her now-famous TV ad featuring a phone ringing at 3am to
hit John McCain—and McCain was quick to strike back with one of his own, USA Today reports. The ads question which party is best prepared to deal with a looming economic crisis.

The Clinton ad pictures sleeping children and a ringing phone with a voice-over charging that McCain would "let the phone keep ringing" if he were faced with the housing market crisis. The rapid response from the McCain camp uses copycat footage and says Clinton or Barack Obama would try to tax their way out of the crisis. No word yet from Obama on how he would deal with the mystery caller.