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. Steve, New York, New York

    I cannot say that I'm a huge Affleck or Damon fan.

    But Clinton supporters – wake up!! Do you really think that independents and Republicans are going to cross the line to vote for Hillary (against McCain)??? Wow – now I know why Hillary polls so well among people without college educations.

    March 13, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  2. Chris in Va.

    To Cheryl: The same thing that happened after Ohio, Obama will still lead in delegates and the popular vote. Your point?

    To Mona: Senator Obama ate breakfast this morning AFTER Hillary Clinton had already eaten!!! Your point? P.S. The word is thought, you should try it sometimes.

    March 13, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  3. Robert

    Affleck and Damon? What do they know about politics? My suggestion..... please just stay with your acting....But they probably want a position in the white house!!!

    1. Clinton – President
    2. Edwards – Vice President

    100000. Obama – Motivational Speaker

    March 13, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  4. Daniel

    I'd like to know why supporters of Hillary are so incredibly immature. I haven't seen an intelligent comment from them in weeks.

    This has nothing to do with Hollywood.. it's about's endorsement and ad contest. Pay attention people.

    March 13, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  5. Sosilly

    LOL.....don't hate on Obama..... and please do spell check before you post your comment

    March 13, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  6. Katazchena Brvzirona


    March 13, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. Alice Rea

    That's the problem with Obama's supporters
    This is NOT American Idol

    March 13, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  8. erica

    I'm so ashamed I used to be a member for

    Talk about divisive. Shoudn't they support BOTH Democratic candidates? If Hillary wins the nomination, will they reject and denounce her? No. So their fauning over Obama is just simply disgusting.

    March 13, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  9. Darnell

    For all of you Obama haters, it is so obvious that you all continue to want to live in that very small world of yours. It resonates in your comments, the world has changed and is changing and for the most part people are afraid of change. Why is it that Obama has to be "xeroxing" or "celebrities don't matter"? When Geraldine, said she was attacked by Obama's campaign all of you Obama haters agreed, and stuck to her venom laced rhetoric. Obama didn't attack her, and he never said that she was racist, his campaign mgr. David Axelrod did and, last I checked he was white. When the haters said he was unqualified no one said it was racist. When the haters said he wasn't ready to answer the phone; no one said it was racist. Geraldine interjected race.......... Billary and no one else thought that this half White half Black man with the unusual name would be here where he is today. This is what brought the "kitchen sink". And you haters loved it because you didn't expect it either.
    Had Ben and Damon done this for Billary then you haters would have praised them, hypocrisy is just as bad as anything else, that was thrown in with "Billary's kitchen

    March 13, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  10. kelly WI

    Taxes under Clinton Bush

    single making 30K 8,400 4,500
    50K 14,000 12,500
    75K 25,250 18,750

    Married 60K 16,800 9,000
    75K 21,000 18,750
    125K 38,750 31,250

    Both dems say they will repeal the Bush cuts and a good portion of the people in the above categories can't wait for it to happen.
    "you scam somebody out of money and they don't even know what happened". The sting.

    March 13, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  11. latinos for obama

    wow dude that is goin to be cool i want to see the winning video

    March 13, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  12. vfin

    big deal what a surprise the ultra liberal movement endorses obama . The center and left of center wing of the party endorses clinton . should do just that moveon into the sunset with kennedy and kerri and know obama three losers

    March 13, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  13. Sigfried Trent

    Before the demigogs start in on this...

    Obahma and Hillary do not control everyone who supports them or speaks on behalf of their candidacy. marches to its own drum so pointing at one candidate or another and saying AHA!!! SEE!!!! Means nothing in this and many other cases.

    Democrats posting here attacking Hillary or Obama and calling them desperate or liars etc... are only shooting the party they represent in the foot. BOTH of them are excelent candidates, smart, charismatic, dedicated, and commited to public service. Try not to forget that when you go into cheerleader/pitbull mode.

    I support Obama for a number of reasons and I have issues with some of Hillary's policies. But the kinds of mindless attacks I see in these comment sections saddens me. I don't want to be seen in the same camp as anyone who simply spouts attack slogans and doesn't look to the real human issues involved.

    You don't have to hate in order to oppose and you don't need to scream to be heard.

    March 13, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  14. adam

    What is going to Happen when Hillary wins Pennsylvania you ask?

    Hillary supporters will claim it means the campaign has turned a corner again, and then, once again, Obama will go on to win the next several states.

    March 13, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  15. PEACE

    And this matters how? Yeah, right, like I'm gonna listen to what an ACTOR tells. How would I know they weren't paid to "act"? Get real, come up with something important to tell us. Like, what are you going to do to improve our economy, improve education, reduce costs for advanced degrees, clean our air, reduce oil prices, get us out of Iraq, stimulate "green" resources, ELIMINATE NUCLEAR POWER; just to name a few. Well, what are you going to do?????????

    March 13, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  16. TT

    I wonder if Ben and Matt heard Pastor Jeremiah Wright Controversial Remarks? before they back Obama they should look into this. Fox News reported this last night. It seems like no NEWS channel has the balls to report on this,Since Obama Campaign is going to scream race. also I am sure CNN is not going to post this.

    March 13, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  17. sdaw

    Do I understand this right: are we supposed to be impressed with these guys?

    I agree with Long-term Memory. I am not sufficiently impressed with Hollywood to take their advice on who to vote for. Still not sure which is the best of the two, and I won't find out this way.

    March 13, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  18. Julie Singh Oregon

    Please read the article before responding.

    It was not about the support of Damen & Affleck, but about a project created by–an organization with 3.2 million members which backs Senator Obama. MoveOn is asking its members to create a 30-second video. Senator Obama is not even involved in this. So comments such as "Obama sure is bringing out the braintrust," or "Obama [is] zeroxing" just show that the readers did not read the article, or are unwilling (incapable?) or reading with comprehension.

    March 13, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  19. roxtar

    jayson observed: "the rich have the ability and the mobility to go elsewhere..."

    good riddance. if they don't want to be americans, they can leave today.

    March 13, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  20. Nomnom

    Nothing will happen when Clinton wins Pennsylvania.

    She is so far behind in delegates she has no mathematical hope of winning.

    The only reason she is in the race at this point is to help John McCain, since he is way too old to go for two terms. Electing McCain gives Hillary another shot in 2012 but if Obama wins there won't be an opening until 2016 and by that time she'll be too old herself.

    March 13, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  21. Patricia, LA

    DL –
    Where does it say that Obama "brought in Damon and Affleck"? Perhaps they are supporters of him who actually believe he will make a great president and decided to do this on their own. They are adults, you know.

    March 13, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  22. onecandidate

    If Hollywood cared about America, they wouldn't be adopting foriegn children, or building foriegn schools, or standing around with thier clout for 8 yrs while this country has been suffering.

    They are puppets, these over-paid actors are doing just that- acting.

    There is only one candidate who will end the war before 2013, there is only one candidate who understands the economy, there is only one candidate who will lower taxes, there is only one candidtate who will restore our prestige in the world.

    And the MSM didn't pick him...

    Ron Paul is telling the truth- you have to just listen.

    March 13, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  23. Shrek

    Well, I don't think that it is going to help. People have already made up their mind. Unfortunately, Hillary is behind in the delegate count. Even if she wins Pennsylvania, she will stil be to far behind. Barak seems to be ahead in all of the other up coming contests. even if she is 10 points ahead of him in Penn. She will only gain 18 delegates. The pledged delegate count will be 1474 to 1330. This is a 145 delegate deficit. He then gains it back in Indian and North Carolina on May 6th. I understand her will to survive and fight. I think for the democratic party, it will not be a good thing for her to continue. I just don' t want to be stuck with John McCain who I feel needs to retire. Maybe that's what the republicans want. and that is to move him to the top and when he loses, he will no longer be in politics.

    March 13, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  24. Rebecca - CA

    My understanding is that the intent of this project is to send a message to the people of the United States created by the people of the United States, not the campaign advisors....seems like a novel concept.. It would be a nice change to see a positive message.

    March 13, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  25. Oregon Voter

    Jack's video was funny. I don't think Ben and Matt combined have near the charisma of one Jack Nicholson.

    March 13, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
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