In 1984, Walter Mondale launched his infamous attack ad against Gary Hart. Known as the "red phone" ad, it featured an emergency call to the White House at 3:00 a.m. during an unnamed crisis.
Today, Senator Clinton rolled out her version of the "red phone" ad in Texas. Relying on the politics of fear, the narrator in the Clinton ad says: "Your vote will decide who answers that call, whether it's someone who already knows the world's leaders, knows the military — someone tested and ready to lead in a dangerous world."
Senator Obama immediately denounced the commercial. "We've seen these ads before," he said in Houston. "They're the kind that play on people's fears to scare up votes."
"It won't work this time," he said of the ringing phone. "Because the question is not about picking up the phone. The question is: What kind of judgment will you make when you answer?
"We've had a red phone moment. It was the decision to invade Iraq. And Sen. Clinton gave the wrong answer. George Bush gave the wrong answer. John McCain gave the wrong answer."
Watch the Clinton and Obama commercials: