March 10, 2008 in Nation/World

Girl in Clinton ad supporting Obama

Associated Press The Spokesman-Review
 

BONNEY LAKE, Wash. – Casey Knowles didn’t much like a recent campaign commercial for Hillary Clinton – even though she’s in it as a sleeping 8-year-old.

After all, she’s now about to turn 18 and is a big supporter of Barack Obama.

“What I don’t like about the ad is its fear-mongering,” Knowles told ABC’s “Good Morning America Weekend Edition” on Sunday. “I think it’s a cheap hit to take. I really prefer Obama’s message of looking forward to a bright future.”

The well-known Clinton ad aired in Texas before last week’s vote and implied a lack of experience on Obama’s part. It showed an exterior of a Colonial-style home and old stock footage of Knowles sleeping in bed. A narrator describes a phone ringing in the White House: “It’s 3 a.m. and your children are safely asleep. Who do you want answering the phone?”

Clinton won the Texas primary by a 51-47 percent margin.

Knowles said she didn’t see the ad until Jon Stewart lampooned it Thursday on “The Daily Show.”

“They were parodying this ad, kind of poking fun at it,” Knowles said. “My brother was like, ‘Is that Casey?’ And we just erupted. Sure enough, it’s me.”

The file footage was originally shot for a railroad company advertisement. The Clinton campaign bought it from Getty Images.

Knowles, a senior at Bonney Lake High School who turns 18 next month, has been campaigning for Obama. She attended his rally at Seattle’s KeyArena on Feb. 8. Her mother, Pam, said Casey cried and trembled after shaking the candidate’s hand.

The next day, she was a Democratic precinct captain for the state’s caucuses. If she plays her cards right, she could go to the national convention.

Not to mention that she could be in another ad. After her identity became known, Obama’s campaign contacted her.

“I mentioned that we should make a counter ad, me and Obama, against Hillary,” she said. “They thought that was really funny. They actually might take me up on it.”

That said, Knowles said she plans to vote for whichever Democrat wins the nomination.


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