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. Bison (Anchorage)

    Cheryl, what is going to happen when Clinton wins Pennsylvania? Probably the same thing that happened when she won Ohio.....nothing. Do you reaize that she is further behind in pledged delegates now than she was before Ohio? Clinton's focus needs to be on convincing superdelegates that she is what is best for the party, and more capable of beating McCain. I am not saying that she is, but that is what she needs to convince the superdelgates. Everyone should realize at this point that Clinton will end up trailing in pledged delegates. That doesn't mean it is over, but Clinton supporters should maybe at least acknowledge the reality of the situation.

    March 13, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  2. Kim

    In a previous post. CHERYL asks, WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN HILLARY WINS PENNSYLVANIA? Well Cheryl, when the monster wins PA she will be about one hundred delegates behind Obama. All Hillary is doing is destroying the Democrat Party to fulfill her dreams of power.

    March 13, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  3. karen

    Well, I am glad some hollywood people are supporting Obama especially since they are white, this proves Obama can transcend ethnic and racial background for support. And I am tired of seeing Jack Nicholson and Rob Reiner and the silliest people of SNL backing the racist supporting HiLLARY !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 13, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  4. karen

    You people on this page, she will not win PA. PA people are nice.

    March 13, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  5. cash

    Good Lord, all of Hillary's paid staff is already out!!!

    March 13, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  6. Jay

    Obama would do best to keep MoveOn's support for him low profile in order to keep Independents, especially the ones that supported the Iraq effort, in his camp.

    March 13, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  7. Kevin in DC

    I'm an Obama supporter, but honestly...

    who the heck cares about Hollywood idiots? What a lame story.

    March 13, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  8. Miguel G

    "How do you like THEM apples!?"

    March 13, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  9. Pat M

    I guess when you have nothing to offer in substantial goods except Mantras of Change, catchy phrases, quotes from Historic Leaders, you load up on Star Power, Big Names and Marketing Ploys.

    Is Oprah in the Ad too?

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

    The Panel of Judges in the real world won't be so easy to fool.

    March 13, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  10. C.

    Oh wow big deal. This thing w/ Obama is sounding more & more like American Idol eveyday. Sorry you have no talent, you dont get my vote. NEXT!!!!!!!!!

    Hillary Clinton for President.

    March 13, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  11. augustcandi

    Mona, how is "Obama xeroxing" when this is the idea of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck?

    McHillary supporters are always successful at making something good, appear bad.

    Shame on you all!

    March 13, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  12. Jack Nicholsen

    Enough of the big speeches, enough of the the rhetorics! Meet us in PA! and yeah bring Ben & Matt with you!!! You might need some help!!!!

    March 13, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  13. Sunny

    It's sad when celebrities try to influence the public on who they should vote for. I guess the wealthy controls the people. Let's vote make presidential nomination into the OSCARS!!!!

    March 13, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  14. Paris

    Why don't they use some of pastor Wrights thoughts for the ad, that should make for some good material!!!!

    CNN thank you for reporting about Ben and Matt, it was soooooooooooo important.
    But CNN somehow forgot to report about the racist remarks from Pastor Wrights, Obama’s spiritual mentor.

    Some judgment obama has!!

    March 13, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  15. Katy

    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 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  16. Erik

    All the capital letters and exclamation marks in the world won't change how Senator Obama leads in the delegate count and total number of primary state elections won.

    March 13, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  17. Bukky, Baltimore

    The heading of this thing makes it seem like Obama has something to do with this.

    March 13, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  18. Gordon Las Vegas

    Obama doesn't need the support of, he's too far to the left already, too bad he doesn't know the win is in the center.

    March 13, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  19. Mary

    First of all, this is an article about, not Obama making a request. Secondly, if Hillary wins PA, she still loses to Obama, ultimately. Most states won, most elected delegates, most popular votes.
    Women should think twice about Clinton as their candidate because she is a woman. Her only qualifications are that she was married to a former President. If she had not been, not only would she not be a Presidential candidate, she would not be a Senator from New York.
    I want a woman to be President someday, but not this one. I want one who has earned their way to the top, on their own. Also know that if she is the nominee, the Repubicans will definitely bring out the Peter Paul debacle. It will bury her. The press is just waiting and hoping for that one.

    March 13, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  20. ok

    when CNN is going to bring the radical pastor issue in obama-menia. Always last ah

    March 13, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  21. Rob, Arvada, CO

    Add more wood to the pile. Hollywood political endorsement is mostly just fluff, the endorsements that matter are high-ranking officials that lead the districts they represent. OBAMA '08!

    March 13, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  22. Niky

    holy... both my favorite actors are also backing Obama...

    March 13, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  23. jfs Memhis, Tn

    YES WE CAN!!!!! Another example of OBAMA bringing people together to do things!!! That 's an example of getting things done...involving groups that work together and accomplish excellence. This Hillary supporters is called CHANGE not old political machinary like gerry and the gang.. Stop holding part of it.....we are waiting for Pennsylvania to get on board !!!!

    March 13, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  24. doug

    Pennsylvania is only the last big state in Hillary eyes, reality is North Carolina and Indiana offer far mor delegates but she ca'nt win them so they allready do'nt matter. The big states Hillary does count are the states that historically always vote democrat anyways. Obama may even be able to shift a red state or two. Electoral college votes are what really matter, nothing else so if today was election day Obama would be the next president. Any more idiots out there disagree? Look at the facts.

    March 13, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  25. Hobs

    There goes any ounce of respect I once had for them.

    March 13, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
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