August 1st, 2008
09:05 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain ad on Obama: 'They will call him The One'

A new McCain Web ad pegs Obama as ‘The One.’
A new McCain Web ad pegs Obama as ‘The One.’

(CNN) – After a week of bare-knuckle political brawling on the trail, it seemed Friday John McCain’s campaign had found religion.

In a Web ad e-mailed to supporters, the McCain team painted Barack Obama as a recipient of near-messianic hype – and a candidate all-too-willing to believe it.

“It shall be known that in 2008 the world will be blessed. They will call him ‘The One,’” says the announcer in the minute-long video, over images of light shining from the heavens and a gospel music-like soundtrack, interspersed with clips drawn from Obama speeches.

“And he has anointed himself. Ready to carry the burden of The One,” continues the announcer. “He can do no wrong. Can you see the light?”

By the end of the ad, Obama seems to have received a promotion from mere Messiah to possible divinity: Charlton Heston’s Moses is shown parting the Red Sea, proclaiming “Behold His mighty hand!” as Obama’s presidential seal rises from the waters.

“Barack Obama may be the one. But is he ready to lead?” concludes the announcer.

On a flight to Panama City Florida, McCain senior adviser Nicolle Wallace told reporters that the video had been designed as a bookend to what the campaign believed had been a very successful week.

In a CNN poll of polls Friday, the Arizona senator cut Obama’s Monday lead by half, to three points.

Wallace added that the ad – which she described as respectful of all faiths - was intended to rally the presumptive Republican nominee’s supporters, and that there was an "important role for humor in all campaigns. I think all of us would slit our wrists if it wasn't for that."


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soundoff (350 Responses)
  1. Really?

    Now this election has become a whole bunch of crap

    August 1, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Jeffrey in MI

    This is so disgusting. John McCain is an idiot.

    August 1, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Very Objective Independent American

    This is just ridiculous. What the hell is wrong with McCain? His campaign is destroying him, and frankly, giving the election to Obama on a silver platter...
    How can the more experienced candidate be the more childish one?

    August 1, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. Tennisguypitt

    He's more qualified than you, McBush.

    August 1, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. Latinos for Obama

    Pathetic. And these people call themselves Christian. Whatever happen to "blasphemy?"

    August 1, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    Now McCain is making fun of religion. How pathetic!!

    August 1, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. proud Democrat

    Mccain is such a LOSER ! Why does he think we are so stupid? He is insulting our intelligence with these dumb ads. What about the economy Mccain? Oh yeah forgot you care more about Britney and Paris ( you do have a "thing" for blondes don't you?

    August 1, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    I'm speechless.

    August 1, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. Know the facts

    It's nice to see McCain disregard the needs of American families to create more amusing ads! You're killing me McCain!! Keep up the great work!

    McCain '08!

    August 1, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. Could you go lower??

    McCain could go even lower! Bravo! Running a respectable campaign indeed - what a blobbering Idi*t! He is so jealous but what does he really offer - I mean seriously, where is an ad about the issues?

    August 1, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. Really?

    You're kidding. This is a dignified campaign? I know it must be very frustrating that Obama does give a great speech; is actually inspirational; and consistently draws large crowds . . . but this is how you respond? By belittling these positives that ANY AMERICAN LEADER should be proud to have? You're kidding.

    August 1, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. Uncle Sam

    PU McCain. Ask for your money back, you just got taken. LOL!!!!

    August 1, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  13. Sane John

    Out of curiosity, is McCain capable of running an ad that doesn't make Obama out to be a great and popular guy?

    Is Obama paying McCain for these?

    August 1, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  14. LYNETTE IN CA

    This is so stupid, I couldn't even read the whole thing! Somebody's clearly got a wild hair in the wrong place!!!

    OBAMA '08

    August 1, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. Tom

    I am not the most ardent Obama supporter by any means...but this McCain ad, coupled with the Paris Hilton ad, is really ridiculous and insulting to my intelligence.....I can't imagine ever voting for McCain now.

    August 1, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  16. frankie

    Why doesn't McCain talk about the issues in his ads? What does he stand for other than these negative attack ads?

    August 1, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  17. Jesus

    Blaspheming republicans!

    August 1, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  18. T. MCKinnley. Newport

    That was a great scene in the movie. Charleton Heston was one of the
    greatest actors who ever lived. This just may help Senator Obama.

    Obama 08.

    August 1, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  19. Monroe

    Its getting even worse. McCain, you are pathetic.

    August 1, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  20. Heather Seattle, Wa

    I find this wildly offensive.

    August 1, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  21. William

    This ad is SICKENING. As a Christian, whether this is a movie or not, I am offended beyond belief. McCain is online right now defending this commercial and saying Obama's only plan for energy is for people to "inflate their tires." Give me a break!! Now, McCain says his campaign is not negative-with an ad like this?? LIAR!! The only reason McCain wants town hall meetings is because he is low on money and they are cheap. McCain could not compete with Obama in a crowd.

    August 1, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. RC

    McCain is pathetic. Like a spoiled child not getting attention he is throwing a tantrum and mocking his opponent. Too bad he isn't mature enough to campaign with ideas instead of name calling

    August 1, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. Bob from Kentucky

    If the Obama campaign mocked religiion in this fashion, then would the McCain campaign find it so funny?

    August 1, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    McCain is getting disgusting. I think he has a serious 'man-crush' on Obama. To paraphrase Biden's dig on Giuliani, all McCain can must is a noun a verb and Barack Obama.

    August 1, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. Candice - TN

    Sounds like McCain is jealous of Obama's popularity, his genious clarity on the issues, and the fact that he is going to win.

    Being salty is never cute McCain. Green is definitely not your color.

    Obama 08

    August 1, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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