by Mark Silva and updated with Today
Imagine the surprise of Casey Knowles, soon to be 18 and a supporter of Sen. Barack Obama, seeing herself as a child of eight opening a campaign TV ad for Sen. Hillary Clinton.
"What I don't like about the ad is its fear-mongering," Knowles said of the so-called "3 a.m. phone-call'' ad that the Clinton campaign aired in Texas. She said so on 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."
Knowles, "a fervent Obama supporter," also appeared on NBC's Today show this morning. "When I was younger, my parents got us involved in doing little acting jobs,'' she said of "this fear-mongering message... We never knew where it would end up.''
The Clinton campaign ad-opening image of Knowles asleep in bed -- with a narrator explaining, "It's 3 am and your children are safely asleep'' and an emergency call is coming into the White House -- came from file footage originally shot for a railroad company's advertising. The Clinton camp's ad-makers purchased the scene from Getty Images.
"I really admire Sen. Clinton,'' Knowles told Matt Lauer on Today, "but I don't think this ad was the most classy move on her part. I think it was kind of a low-brow sort of move.''
Knowles hadn't seen the Clinton ad until Comedy Central's Jon Stewart lampooned it Thursday on The Daily Show. Her brother spotted her, and the family replayed the commercial on their digital recorder to be sure.
""They were parodying this ad, kind of poking fun at it," Knowles told ABC. "My brother was like, 'Is that Casey?' And we just erupted. Sure enough, it's me."
Knowles, a senior at Bonney Lake High School in Washington who turns 18 next month, has been campaigning for Obama. She attended a rally for the senator at Seattle's KeyArena on Feb. 8. She served as a Democratic precinct captain for the state's caucuses.
The Obama camp already has been in touch with her.
"I mentioned that we should make a counter ad, me and Obama, against Hillary," she said on Good Morning America. "They thought that was really funny. They actually might take me up on it."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.