From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
In a conference call with reporters, the Obama campaign pushed back against Clinton's newest ad. The ad, running in Texas, shows children sleeping and an announcer says, "It's 3 a.m., and your children are safe and asleep. Who do you want answering the phone?"
Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said, "She had her red-phone moment; she had it in 2002," when she and President Bush voted for the war.
The red phone reference is to an ad run by Walter Mondale in the Democratic primary against Gary Hart.
"We don't think the ad's going to be effective at all," Plouffe also said, continuing, "she's already had her red-phone moment… she answered affirmatively" on her vote to authorize the use of force in Iraq. "She did not read the NIE, so she did not do her homework either."
When asked repeatedly about the ad on the call, Plouffe focused on "judgment."
"Sen. Clinton's red-phone moment in her career was in 2002," he said again. "And she supported the Iraq war, supported president Bush. ... Ultimately an ad like this is going to make people focus on judgment."