March 13th, 2008
05:40 PM ET
14 years ago

Damon, Affleck team up for Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Damon and Affleck are part of a new contest for Obama."]

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are teaming up for a new project, but this one probably won't lead to an Oscar.

The two actors are part of a new effort from to create a television ad in support of Barack Obama's bid for the White House. The liberal group, which endorsed the Illinois senator last month, is asking its 3.2 million members to create a 30 second campaign commercial that "shows what inspires them about the senator's candidacy."

Damon and Affleck, along with film director Oliver Stone and singer John Legend, are among the panel of judges.

"After eight years of President Bush campaigning on fear and war, people are feeling hopeful again. They're eager to talk about what inspires them about our country - and Senator Obama leading it,” Eli Pariser, Executive Director of MoveOn said. “Since creative and grassroots energy has helped power Barack Obama’s campaign from the start, this contest is a great way to deliver that message of hope to voters in Pennsylvania and across the nation.”

In a statement, Affleck said the competition is "a chance for everyone, from aspiring filmmakers to armchair pundits, to raise their voices to put Obama over the top."

MoveOn says it will announce the winner before the crucial Pennsylvania primary which takes place early in April. It says the winning ad will air on national television but has not yet decided when. The winner will also win a gift certificate for $20,000 in video equipment.

The group held a similar competition in 2004, asking members then to create a "Bush in 30 Seconds" campaign ad. The organization received 1,500 entries in that contest.

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soundoff (213 Responses)
  1. Independent

    Cheryl -–So what IF Hillary wins Pennsylvania -THere's 50 states, they all matter despite what Hillary says.

    It's funny how Hillary keeps saying not to disenfranchise Florida and Michigan while claiming most of the other states don't matter. She's hard to trust.

    March 13, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  2. Charlotte

    Once again a copy cat. Jack Nickolson did it for Hillary first, now the Obama camp is copying. What, can't come up with their own ideas?

    March 13, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  3. LInda

    I can't stand actors in the Political Arena. I actually like these two actors, but knowing they are doing this makes me really turned off!
    I don't care who they are stumping for....

    Actors who think they "speak for the country" make me sick!

    March 13, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  4. Pat

    All I can say is that who cares about Hollywood? Everyone in Hollywood is extreme liberal, only because they're all stupid and they don't even know what the other side of the spectrum is. They really see the two-party system as the dark side and the good side. You could have Hitler as the democrat nominee and Hollywood would back him over anyone republican. They have never helped before, and never will beacuse people are fed up with them. The Oscars had their lowest ratings in history this year...

    John McCain can finish the job in Iraq and get us out of there! He can get us off foreign oil, and he can bring true BIPARTISANSHIP to Washington.

    McCain/ Romney 08

    March 13, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  5. KA

    It's unbelievable how Democrats are doing the impossible and setting themselves up to fail in the general election.

    Doesn't anyone think that between the:
    1) "" endorsement,
    2) the most liberal (or nearly the most liberal) voting record in the Senate
    3) The Kennedy endorsement, or
    4) The Hollywood and Oprah endorsement

    that somewhere in there is the kiss of death?? This liberal agenda will kill the Dems asJohn McCain is too moderate and pulls too many independents. Americans are looking for an effective moderate that can work with liberals and conservatives.

    I can almost hear the advertisements the Republicans will be playing on the airwaves in the Fall!!

    March 13, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  6. Seam, Philly

    Hillary supporters are always hating when Obama gets rock star attention.

    Obama is the man.

    March 13, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  7. lol

    I was thinking about voting for obama, because oprah told me to. Now with ben and Matt in his camp it's a no brainer! (eyes rolling) Why can't hollywood just do their job and entertain. Middle america can choose a candidate without the celebrity advice.

    March 13, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  8. Alicia T

    Go OBAMA. Hillary has yet to catch up with you, and even though she's trying, the energy that was once there is slowing leaving. America's decisions will show whether the country has opened its eyes to facts and reality of whats happening. There choice will tell what future they have come November 4, 2008.

    March 13, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  9. dennis

    ferraro was right. too bad for all of you that dont like to hear the truth.grt over it. if anyone is racist its obama and the idiots that support him. he keeps refering as being afro american. your mother is white. so that makes you half afro american. you cant figure that out and you want to be president of the u.s..go figure.and most f his financial support is coming from that racist oprah. his campaign wouldnt even have half of the money if she wasnt involved wjth it. and the college kids that support him are fo;;owers . they see one college vote for him and they think we have to vote like that college just did. obama and the ones that support him are living in this fantasy land .he says he wants change but can not explain what he means by that, and none of his supporters can name one thing he has done as senator.what is this country coming to. first the muronsireelected bush and now some want a motavational speaker as president of the u.s.i am a democrat but if obama gets the nomination i will be voting for mccain. lets go pennsylvania. everyone there vote for hillary . the intelligient choice for president

    March 13, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  10. Sue, Michigan

    Who cares? I support Hillary, but even if they supported her, I would say the same. It is meaningless, and if you vote for someone based on their Hollywood affiliations, you deserve what you get.

    March 13, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  11. G. Dee

    Thanks Mat and Ben for thoughtfullness concerning the Obama campaign. I am a strong supporter of Senator Obama. I'll be watching for the ad. American needs to see something about our next President.

    March 13, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  12. OHboy

    Here we go again.
    It is not about winning the nomination stupid.
    It is about winning the election.
    Right now, Obama is pretty much preaching to the choir.
    The general election will be another thing entirely.

    But... Imagine where Hillary would be today if she tried the media darling approach.

    She is basically at 50%- with the media bashing her and no celebrity fest to boost her star appeal

    March 13, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  13. Melissa, Indiana

    Obama talks about change. I just dont see how he is going to back his ideas up. I dont cast my vote for the best speaker. I want experience in the white house! Obama runs on a single speech! Obama disagreed with the war in iraq at the start but then he started to agree with everyone else. That is not change I can believe in!! Hillary you have my vote. I truely believe you! America are you ready for real change WE CAN BELIEVE IN!!!! Melissa

    March 13, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
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