August 21st, 2008
03:00 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain camp says Obama's still 'The One'

The McCain camp released “The One: Road to Denver” Web video Friday.
The McCain camp released “The One: Road to Denver” Web video Friday.

(CNN) - The One has returned.

John McCain's campaign released a sequel to its Web video about presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama that used footage of Charlton Heston as Moses parting the Red Sea, images of light streaming from the heavens, and a gospel choir to paint Obama as an arrogant politician who bought into near-messianic hype over his candidacy.

They're all back "by popular demand," according to McCain spokesman Brian Rogers - along with new footage of Obama bodysurfing on his recent Hawaiian vacation - in the latest release.

On a day when coverage of the presumptive Republican nominee has been dominated by his inability to immediately recall how many homes he owns, his campaign is hoping that "The One" can save the news cycle.

Earlier: 'They will call him The One,' says McCain Web ad

In 'The One: Road to Denver,' House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is quoted calling Obama "a leader that God has blessed us with at this time," and a recording of Virginia Governor Tim Kaine - a top Democratic VP prospect - is played in which he expresses relief that Obama's call for a cease-fire in Georgia has been heeded.

"His hand guides the world," says the announcer.

"...In Denver, you will see the light," the announcer says later. "He may be 'The One,' but is he ready to lead? No."


Filed under: John McCain • Political ads
soundoff (351 Responses)
  1. Dave

    Looks like to me that even McCain's camp knows that Obama is "The One" who is going to win. Depicting your opponent as the guy with all the interest, momentum, strength, popularity, and enthusiasm seems a weird tactic, and one that's destined to fail. But I suppose McCain will have plenty of time to sit around lamenting his choice of these ads when he's sitting a home in late November, wondering why he got beaten so badly.

    August 21, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. shelly in TX

    Verdict: Lame

    Very, VERY Lame.

    August 21, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. bij

    McCain is SO sad! I am a Christian and find the add very ambarrasing

    August 21, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. william

    Well i would rather have an old man leading this country then a pop star boy like obama. He is not the one for me. thank you mccain.

    August 21, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. Cecil

    How Many Toes Do You Have McCain

    August 21, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Justin in CA

    We don't need sarcasm. We need a grown-up that is willing to deal with issues of the day. If you listen to McCain you would think we were still fighting in Vietnam. Talk about out of touch

    August 21, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. sue

    Finally! Even Mccain now is ready to admit that Obama is indeed The One.
    Ok Pops, now go to any one of your mansions with Cindy and rest up.

    August 21, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. WeBoDave

    Senator McCain has been making negative ads since at least March when he implied Obama was "unamerican" which is clearly racist. Obama's ads have substantive criticism of McCain's policies, campaign or his actual quotes. How many negative ads have McCain and the RNC produced now, CNN? Is it substantive to portray Obama as elite, celebrity or "the one" which can equally be applied to Senator McCain?

    August 21, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. Spencer

    Once again we see a foul play from out of the Karl Rove down and dirty handbook. Sounds like more politcs of fear from the McCain Camp. Ooooohhhhhhh, I'm so scared!!!

    August 21, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. Leecee/TX

    McCain better be careful how he poke fun in this race, God IS WATCHING and he can't hide in any of his 7 houses....

    OBAMA 08.

    August 21, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. tren

    Now this, my friends, IS A NEGATIVE AD. TRUTH IS NOT THE THEME HERE. IT'S PURE BLASPHEMY.

    August 21, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  12. Blaque

    Attaboy Mccain !!
    LOL
    Yes the 'ONE' needs to go start his church and his cult of Obamaites with him
    This country demands a leader who knows his mind and has the experience to lead .. not a smooth talking snake oil salesman !!!

    Mccain '08
    HRC '12

    August 21, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. J.C.

    If we keep up the nasty comments coming, who, in the right mind, would want to serve in any public office?

    August 21, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  14. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Hye, McCain, just 'cause yer as old as God don't make you His personal pick for Pres!

    I don't recall anywhere in the Bible a reference to the "United States of America".

    August 21, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. henriettap

    McCain should stop with the message about Obama being the one and say he is the one that is the elitist the that doesn't know that there are people losing there homes and jobs the one that has so many homes he can't keep count of them.The one that Phil Gramm said that we were whiners when people said they were hurting.McCain is truly out of touch with the American people.I have seen where it is 7 and then 10 so I hope he can remember which home it is that he is suppose to go to at the end of the campaign.Maybe he will rememeber where the three in morning call comes from without having to rely on his staff to tell him where it was from.

    August 21, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  16. The One

    YES HE IS "THE ONE" READY TO LEAD!

    Now McShame, make a commercial to tell American that you support the draft.

    Why is McShame getting free ad time by this news organization? This election is about real issues that affect real people, not this dumb gossip.

    Vote Obama!

    August 21, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  17. NotFallingInLine.org

    Adam, Los Angeles August 21st, 2008 4:16 pm ET

    Rick Warren should have asked McCain about this. Maybe CNN can get a comment from Warren. I'd like to hear what he has to say.

    Rick Warren is a liar. He stood on stage and lied to the nation as he knew John McCain was not even in the building. He knew John McCain cheated; and Warren was willing (and did) to help McCain look good and lie. So much for being a Christian leader.

    August 21, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  18. Blaque

    Attaboy Mccain !!
    LOL
    Yes the 'ONE' needs to go start his church and take his cult of Obamaites with him
    This country demands a leader who knows his mind and has the experience to lead .. not a smooth talking snake oil salesman !!!

    Mccain '08
    HRC '12

    August 21, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  19. PolitcoMike

    What if he's the one? What if he does fix everything?
    What if other nations start to like us again, because of him?
    What if we become independent from Middle Eastern Oil?
    What if American families stop losing their jobs?

    For such a man of "honor" McCain has very little respect for what the American people need.

    Got anything new, buddy?

    CNN, stop blocking comments, what's up with that?

    August 21, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  20. Motov8n

    Poor Donatello!!!!! Is this the best you've got!!!

    August 21, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  21. mary

    You're darn right! Obama is the one and ready to lead. I'm with you Obama allllllllllll the way. OBAMA 2008

    August 21, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  22. Ian

    I think Obama should do a spoof on the SNL skit "Oops I crapped my pants".

    August 21, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  23. Gary

    This is absolutely brilliant. You can criticize all you want, but it works. That is the definition of brilliant. The problem with Obama supporters is that they are too self-absorbed to take a step back and admit a clever and effective ad when they see one.

    August 21, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  24. Why????

    To think of it, he could be the ONE. Considering when Jesus came to save us all what did the Jew do? Crucify! Crucify! Because we were expecting someone in fancy clothing and not someone who look just like an ordinary person.

    You’ll need to pray and get a clear understanding before it’s too late. Many will be lost because of the lack of knowledge.

    August 21, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  25. Don

    yeah agree with JC. There would not be much talk about them if they were not working.

    August 21, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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