August 8th, 2008
08:30 PM ET
6 years ago

TIME: An Antichrist Obama in McCain Ad?

Some are asking: was there a subliminal message in the McCain Web ad?
Some are asking: was there a subliminal message in the McCain Web ad?

WASHINGTON - It's not easy to make the infamous Willie Horton ad from the 1988 presidential campaign seem benign. But suggesting that Barack Obama is the Antichrist might just do it.

That's just what some outraged Christian supporters of the Democratic nominee are claiming John McCain's campaign did in an ad called "The One" that was recently released online. The Republican nominee's advisers brush off the charges, arguing that the spot was meant to be a "creative" and "humorous" way of poking fun at Obama's popularity by painting him as a self-appointed messiah. But even this innocuous interpretation of the ad — which includes images of Charlton Heston as Moses and culled clips that make Obama sound truly egomaniacal — taps into a conversation that has been gaining urgency on Christian radio and political blogs and in widely circulated e-mail messages that accuse Obama of being the Antichrist.

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soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. MD for Obama

    TO JASON:

    Your reply doesn't make sense. This ad was put out by immature and desperate Republicans.

    August 8, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. dave

    Sick. Absolutely sick. Typical of our fallen american politcal system. You think John McCain will also "approve of this message" like he has so many other stupid ones?

    August 8, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    A desperate action by a desperate wrinkly grey-hair dude......If you going to dish it out...........be available to accept the response.

    August 8, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. Down with Obama

    fafa....neither is Obama!!!

    August 8, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. thierry canada

    so what is true and serious about making camp ,everything they said is a joke so do they expect us to trust them about our contry while they can t even be true to themself and all they do is to joke about everything (life of american people).go OBAMA

    August 8, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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