May 12th, 2008
01:03 PM ET
7 years ago

Moveon.org ad tries to show Obama can win the GOP vote

CNN

Watch the latest Moveon.org ad: 'Obamacan.'.

(CNN)— MoveOn.org unveiled the winner of its pro-Barack Obama ad contest Monday, emphasizing the Illinois senator’s message that he can garner support across party lines.

The winning ad, titled “Obamacan,” features a lifelong Republican making the case for Obama’s appeal over presumptive GOP nominee, John McCain.

“I’ve been a Republican since before I could actually vote–and I’m voting for Barack Obama,” says former U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant John Wieler, citing Obama’s ability to represent Republicans and Democrats.

In total, more than 5.5 million votes were cast online. Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Oliver Stone, and John Legend were among the celebrity panel helping average citizens to choose one winning ad out of more than 1,100 submissions.

The ad is set to air on national cable and network television in the fall battleground states of Ohio, Wisconsin, and Colorado, going hand in hand with the Obama campaign’s recent shift towards a general election focus.

MoveOn.org formally endorsed Obama's candidacy in February, and says it will spend $200,000 to air “Obamacan,” even though the Illinois senator has not yet been chosen as the Democratic nominee.


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soundoff (155 Responses)
  1. HTA, Chicago, IL

    Time to move on past Hillary and bring the fight to McCain.

    Obama '08

    May 12, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. Venice, CA

    Wow, I can't wait to see it.

    Obama 08

    May 12, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. For the love of this independent

    Can Obama win the General? Yes Yes Yes

    May 12, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. Alan Boyer

    Never in the history of this country have people from all walks of life support an African American as much as Barach Obama. We are experiencing something very special.

    May 12, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. rice, bryan

    it's not about conservative, or liberal. it is the united states of america. we need to vote for what is best for the U.S. don't be freightened into throwing your vote away this time, use your heads.

    May 12, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. shelly in IL

    YES! Senator O can because he is the man! lol

    May 12, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. face it

    Anyone in politics knows this much:

    Obama was running just for visibility and to let voters come to know him. He would then have been the VP choice for Hillary.

    But Obama tried to fast track himself and got greedy and went for the gold ring.

    He did not care if this hopelessly fractured the democratic party and did not care if that mean't a loss in Nov.

    So blame selfish Obama.

    May 12, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. What?

    Obama wasn't even able to win the democrats over.

    These loony tunes lose us every ellection.

    May 12, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. Obama All The Way

    Will it really be helpful? We shall see.

    May 12, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. sure

    I'll buy that.

    From right to far left.

    Perfectly reasonable.

    May 12, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. midge from ohio

    Moveon.org can take their ad and put it where the sun don't shine....

    May 12, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. tired of him

    The democrats are already tired of Obama.

    I doubt he will enthuse any republican.

    May 12, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. RickytheGriff

    CNN.... why don't you just come out and voice your support of Hillary Clinton? Do you really believe your viewers are that blind and/or stupid to believe your not acting as a propaganda machine for her?

    May 12, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  14. skyjuice

    YEAHH BABY..LETS GET THIS PARTY STARTED.

    Thanks Matt, Ben, John, Oliver and SSG John Wieler.

    Obama 08'/12'

    May 12, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  15. John Smith

    For those who are still screening for Hillary,

    Have you already forgotten:

    1. The Clinton impeachment?
    2. The Clinton scandals that cost the democrats years to regain their footings, thanks to Bush?
    3. The dirty "baggage that Hillary brings with her?
    4. How over 50% of people in this nation really "hate" Hillary as a person? This is personal for some people.
    5. How much the Republicans want to get back at the Clintons.

    Let us face it, had it not been to the negative high ratings of Bush, and the large crowd brought in by Obama, the democrats would have had no chance against the Republicans because of the Clinton years.

    Just look back: Iowa placed Hillary in the Third place!!!! Wake up people.

    May 12, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  16. Hills in

    We have the freedom to write in the best candidate.

    People will exercise that option.

    All of American knows who the best candidate is.

    May 12, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  17. Obama All The Way

    To face it:

    What planet are you living on? You can't possibly be that ignorant.

    May 12, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  18. SDB

    It is a shame that moveon.org won't give $200k to something a little more worthy than Obama. Especially since he will probably lose to McCain.

    May 12, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  19. Susan MO

    McLame no way. Hillary Go home to NY

    Obama all the way

    May 12, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. enough

    The democrats are losing it...

    They have truly lost their bearings....hahaha.

    May 12, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. shelly in IL

    Someone always have to become negative on these blogs, OMG I can't stand it. If he is the front runner it is because the people made him teh front runner. Gosh this bickering back and forth is ridiculous... @ fac it

    May 12, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  22. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Barack Obama's challenge will be to find Republicans who are sick of Bush.

    In other words, he'll need a list of everybody who voted for Bush. I hope his printer has plenty of ink! :)

    May 12, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  23. shannonL

    LOL...MoveOn...a bunch of radical liberals preaching to the chior. Moderate Americans know people like MoveOn, Huffington, and Coulter need to be ignored.

    Left and right wing radicals are bad for America. MoveOn is bad for America.

    May 12, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  24. POWELL 1 MD, POWELL 2 MD, E.POWELL MD

    WE CAN SHIFT ONLY IF HRC STOPS HER MINDSET. THE REPUBILICANS HAVE ENOUGH SOUL-LESS MATERIAL FROM HER ALREADY. WE ADMIRE MR. OBAMA MINDSET OF NOT GETTING DOWN TO HER LEVEL. LIKE WE SAY - "WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND'>. FOR HRC, THE STONES THAT SHE IS CONTINUES TO THROW WILL CONTINUE TO HIT HER IN HER BACK.

    May 12, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  25. bearings

    Who is losing their marbles now... I mean, bearings?

    The democrats are the voice crying in the wilderness- can't decide what their message is.

    All they know is they want to win.

    May 12, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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