April 8th, 2008
11:52 AM ET
6 years ago

Candidates make cameos on 'Idol'

Move over, Idols -- White House hopefuls are looking for a share of the limelight.
Move over, Idols - White House hopefuls are looking for a share of the limelight.

(CNN) - They'll appear on the show–but they won't be singing. At least, not that we know of.

The hit TV series American Idol will broadcast a special edition Wednesday night to serve as a fundraiser for six charities. And the presidential candidates will be all be on hand, even if it is only via video tape.

Democrat Barack Obama's campaign confirmed Tuesday that the White House hopeful sent in a pre-taped video message encouraging viewers to make a donation to "help make this world a more just, more equal, and more hopeful place to live."

According to the script provided by the campaign, Obama also added that his two girls, Sasha and Malia, are "big American Idol fans." He also commended American Idol and said that "when ordinary people come together they can do extraordinary things," a common line from his stump speech.

Fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican John McCain are also expected to appear at some point during the broadcast.

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  1. Andrew

    Another small sample of CNN and the rest of the media loving Obama. The whole article is about him and his family loving the show and how he helping raise moeny for the charity. McCain/Clinton get one mention in the last sentence of the story. Way to be objective.

    April 8, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. Belle - Seattle

    CNN is so pro-Obama it's sickening. Obama must be so proud to show his rock-star status on American Idol. This is exactly what his proverbial lemmings love.

    April 8, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. Ralph Nader

    This sucks! I wasn't even invited.

    April 8, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. D.D.

    She was not a very sensitive person to call anyone else's children "Monkeys". That was not transcending stereotypes at all but declaring it abrasively. Everyone should get with the service WWJD?

    April 8, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. George, Mason NH

    Ummmmmm.........let see........

    "Hilldog", "Billary" shot Check

    "Obamabot" reference......check

    "Divisive attacks".......check

    Ok Senataro McCain...the democrats are effectively hobbling themselves. Your free to walk into the White House and attack Iran at your discretion....

    Only thing sadder then watching a Democrat decry another Democrat nominee and threaten to vote McCain...are the lives such an idiotic move would make should McCain get into office.

    If you want to vote McCain...because you like his politics...great...but to vote for him...so you can vote against your own parties nominee...just sad.

    Want to know why Republicans keep winning the house? Its because the Democrats keep losing the publics interest.

    April 8, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. marian

    OK HERE WE GO AGAIN. I ALSO THINK TO ALL YOU L- CALLED FOLKS WHO THINK YOU ARE SO SUPERIOR, WHEN HE DOES MAKE PRESIDENT, HOW IS THAT GOING TO MAKE YOU FEEL THAT YOU ARE STILL SUPERIOR TO HIM. GOD FORBID"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""'GOD BLESS OBAMA

    April 8, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. Grace (Maryland)

    MY GOODNESS, IF THIS WORLD IS FULL OF SUCH ANGELIC HONEST PEOPLE LIKE MOST OF YOU ON THIS BLOG, WHO NEEDS HEAVEN!!!!!!

    April 8, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. Grace (Maryland)

    OBAMA, OBAMA, OBAMA, THAT'S ALL YOU HEAR ON CNN. IT'S NOT HILLARY DOING THE NEGATIVE CAMPAIGN, IT'S CNN AND THEIR FRIENDS ON TV LAND.

    April 8, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. An Agnostic Democrat

    Figures McSame and Hilldog would have to follow someone's lead. Neither of them is too original – more like relics, I would say, and I'm a 49 year old Dem myself.

    April 8, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. Robert

    Hello all of you OBAMA haters.

    The time has come and short of some catastrophic evil happening, Barack Obama will be the next president of us all living here in the States. Stop being scarred of positive, emotional change. Just feel good about whats going to happen in the next 8 years. Dont you miss that feeling? Articulate, Charming, Estute, Learned, Peaceful, all discribes this man. Dont lie about this to yourselves by APPLYING all of the negative that sometimes SEEMS to attach itself to Barack. Be not fooled, Barack is his own man.

    Rob in Sacto, Ca.

    April 8, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. Nonsense

    Kathy in Ohio –

    The reason HRC and McCain got a one sentence plug is because it appears that they are just trying to keep up with the leader. BO already agreed to appear, taped a message, and provided a script. What more would you have added to this story for the other 2 candidates? Maybe if they are original and make the first move, then they will get the headline.

    April 8, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. Paul from Boston

    Ironic that Clinton's lead is slipping in Penn. Ironic because it has to do with Penn, Mark that is. Here is how his new role is described: In a separate conference call, Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson likened Penn to a newspaper editor who "plays an important role but isn't in charge" of the paper.

    And Hillary thinks/says she handled this better than Obama? She acts like Penn is completely gone...what a farce.

    Hillary makes it hard to like her, face it. She has too much baggage. She may have more expirence, I am sure dodging sniper fire is a resume builder. How about a try at honesty and credibility instead of double talk and false claims?

    April 8, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. Teresa

    Hillary supporters should stop hating. She will also appear on the show asking for people to vote for her. We as democrats should come together not aganist each other.

    April 8, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. Willy

    American Idol has "Jumped The Shark" !

    April 8, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. Sinbad

    Man, you Clinton blowhard whine alot

    April 8, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. Sinbad

    Jan stick in the rear? It is not about you. It is about the country.

    April 8, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  17. Fitz

    Jan,
    I wonder who's payroll you are on Clinton's or McCain's. Your rhetoric seems more towards the spreading of hate and vicious lies. I guess someone else on here is paying attention to you also. Dont' you feel important?

    April 8, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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