October 27th, 2009
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First on the Ticker: Hollywood to help Obama choose TV ad

Hollywood to help Obama choose TV ad.
Hollywood to help Obama choose TV ad.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Supporters of health care reform have entered almost 1,000 videos - from shocking images of people in peril to cartoon shorts - in a Democratic Party contest in which a panel of celebrity judges, party officials and grassroots activists will pick a submission that will be turned into a new television ad.

The list has now been whittled down to 20 ads. A handful of President Obama's Hollywood allies including Will.I.Am, Rosario Dawson and Seth MacFarlane are some of the judges helping to choose the 30-second TV spot that will be paid for by Organizing for America, Obama's political arm at the Democratic National Committee.

Several of the ads promote the inclusion of a public option in the final health care reform bill, while other entries feature children speaking directly to the camera about the issue. The most graphic video, which promotes the public option, shows a highway car crash, a woman drowning and another sitting on a window ledge surrounded by fire.

Organizing for America will send an e-mail out this afternoon naming the 20 videos still in the competition.

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  1. dan smith

    Maybe instead of all the hollywood idiots out there that want the tax payers to foot the bill for all these social programs could start putting their money where their mouth is and start donating their own money to charities. Just a thought.

    October 27, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. RobLA

    Hollywood is the last place that one should turn to for opinions. They have no foot in reality and much of their wealth comes on the backs of pornography, violence, hate, and a core value centered on the adoration of themselves and on the acquisition of stuff as what's important in life.

    Too bad the President didn't wash his hands of them instead of embracing them. The fact that Hollywood itself is involved is enough to doubt the wisdom of this healthcare reform effort.

    October 27, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. Henry

    Enough with the Hollywood nonsense! How about paying attention to our kids dying in Afghanistan you MORONS!

    October 27, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. Billy in VA

    "The most graphic video, which promotes the public option, shows a highway car crash, a woman drowning and another sitting on a window ledge surrounded by fire."

    Ummm... that is very scary and everything but which is more appropriate to say, "he was killed because he had no insurance" or "he was killed in a car crash"? It's confusing. Like the crazy guy who said thousands die due to lack of insurance. Umm, did heart disease or cancer have anything to do with their death?

    October 27, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. independent voice

    Hugowood is for HUGO CHAVEZ

    Hollywood is for OBAMA

    By the way, the Chinese are calling OBAMA "obaMAO".
    It tells something ...

    Wake up and act swiftly, you guys! We don't know who will be the next victim if we lost FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

    October 27, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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