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. cherrystrawberry

    McCain is pathetic. I hope and Pray comes out with an AD about mcCains Age. Its time to take the kid gloves off OBAMA! They are swiftboating you. YOU CANT IGNORE IT!

    August 1, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. Axel

    McCain has completely lost it. This is lunacy.

    August 1, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. arun

    McCain's report card

    Leadership skill ... none.
    Vision ... none
    economic acumen ... none
    ability to generate baseless garbage ... excellent

    President of the United States ? I do not think so.

    August 1, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. DJ, LA, CA

    That's awfully offensive to not just Obama but giving false testimony, as well as slander to Christians.

    Time for some McCain blowback. Make sure you don't spit in the wind McShame.

    August 1, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. Susan, PA

    here comes the GOP machine.

    Beware Dems.

    August 1, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. michael, Gladstone, MO

    So this is what McCain is all about? This campaign looks like it is being run by seventh graders with a YouTube fetish. With decades of public service, one would expect that McCain could find something positive to higlight about himself.

    It makes me wonder if the Bush "loaner" crew for MCain's campaign isn't more concerned with loyalty to the big guy and securing W's "legacy" through McCain's presidential bid. No wonder people are getting sick of the presidential season.

    August 1, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. Peggy, PA

    How TRASHY is this.

    Really incredible.

    August 1, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. Wow

    So now Senator McCain is making fun of Christianity to score political points?

    August 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  9. m.

    Can they talk about what is important for voters. NO, all they do is go lower and lower with attacks, Shame of McCain.

    August 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. tonyleap

    Ok, enough is enough McCain. Time to respond in kind. The gloves must come off!

    August 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. Jeanine G

    OMG! This is too much. When will McCain start telling us HOW he plans on doing ANYTHING rather then tell us why he hates Obama?

    August 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. AMGC

    Huh? Wha? 'Scuse me?

    This is some weird political strategy.
    I think it confuses more than it helps/hinders McCain or Obama.

    Talk about the issues, that's what we want to hear, that's how we make our decision in November.

    August 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    MCSHAME AT IT AGAIN !!!

    ALTHOUGH THE CHOICE IS DIFFICULT,

    WE THINK HE IS THE ONE. ACTUALLY I LIED.

    WE KNOW HE IS THE ONE. & IT ISN'T MUCH OF A CHOICE.

    A GERIATRIC BUSH ISN'T EXACTLY WHAT WE WERE LOOKING FOR.

    August 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  14. LF

    This is beyond silly. It is disgusting. Grumpy McSame is pouting and having a tantrum because he is no match for a guy who has a plan and support. Go take a nap!

    August 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. sue

    this is not a JOKE TO ME.

    PEOPLE ARE SUFFEREING AND MCCAIN IS MAKING JOKES!!

    August 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  16. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Great, this will probably bring in the evangelical vote! Thanks!

    August 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. Me

    McCain is a SICKO.

    August 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  18. TS, Texas

    Proof once again that there may be a limit to good taste, but there's no limit to bad taste.

    August 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  19. Andy in Texas

    These attacks against Obama as the "annointed one" from Republicans whose leader told the world that God wanted him to be president?

    August 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. mlm56

    thats just TACKY!!!

    August 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. Terri in Fl

    That is pathetic that there are actually people in this country who are so stupid that they would fall for something like this.

    I hope each and every one of them who vote for McCain will be ready to send their loved ones off to war when he comes into power, because McCain is just itching to start his very own Iraq!

    August 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  22. Heather

    okay, this is just getting funny.

    I'm glad he's running such a - what was it he said? "Substantive debate on the issues". Yes. Very impressive, Johnny.

    Maybe you'll tell us what YOUR positions are. Of course, maybe if you keep running ads where you dont talk about yourself at all, maybe we'll get lucky and people will forget you exist.

    August 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  23. mark

    You have got to be kidding me.

    August 1, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  24. I am always right!

    Obama is the anti Christ. Most people already know it and Revelations is being played out as we speak.

    August 1, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  25. cherrystrawberry

    THIS JUST MAY BACKFIRE ON MCCAIN. I DONT THINK YOU MAKE A JOKE OUT OF SOMEONE'S RELIGION.

    August 1, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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