May 12th, 2008
01:03 PM ET
15 years ago ad tries to show Obama can win the GOP vote


Watch the latest ad: 'Obamacan.'.

(CNN)— unveiled the winner of its pro-Barack Obama ad contest Monday, emphasizing the Illinois senator’s message that he can garner support across party lines.

The winning ad, titled “Obamacan,” features a lifelong Republican making the case for Obama’s appeal over presumptive GOP nominee, John McCain.

“I’ve been a Republican since before I could actually vote–and I’m voting for Barack Obama,” says former U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant John Wieler, citing Obama’s ability to represent Republicans and Democrats.

In total, more than 5.5 million votes were cast online. Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Oliver Stone, and John Legend were among the celebrity panel helping average citizens to choose one winning ad out of more than 1,100 submissions.

The ad is set to air on national cable and network television in the fall battleground states of Ohio, Wisconsin, and Colorado, going hand in hand with the Obama campaign’s recent shift towards a general election focus. formally endorsed Obama's candidacy in February, and says it will spend $200,000 to air “Obamacan,” even though the Illinois senator has not yet been chosen as the Democratic nominee.

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  1. JFH

    WAKE up John Smith READ our constitution and you will find that the people aren't voted in on popular vote they are elected by the ELECTORAL college and wake up and smell the coffee. Obama does not win states that he can carry in the GENERAL election (ohio!!). The states that he wins in the primarys are states that will fall republican in the GE. Google George Mcgovern and see the striking similarties.
    Hiliary 08

    May 12, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  2. illinois for Hillary


    How is she going to fund an independent run? Do the Clinton supporters plan on backing her because as it stands right now, Clinton supporters talk big but why don't you have enough faith in her to support her campaign? I'm just curious about that.

    You do realize that Hillary has a lot of money in her campaign trust that can only be used in the GE right? Also as a side note. Have you ever wondered where Obamas money is coming from? How much have you given? How many people do you know that have contributed? I can tell you where a LARGE portion of Obamas money has come from. The CITY OF CHICAGO. Contracters with government contracts. Democratic party operatives from CHICAGO. Small businesses in CHICAGO. In other words the CHICAGO MACHINE (look it up). Chicago has a vast history of ghost payrolls, political hirings, nepatism and contracts in exchange for campaign financing. If you want to vote for Obama that's fine. It's your right as an american but do your homework. I am actually divided on this. As an American I want Hillary to win as an Illinoisan I want Obama to win. It would be nice for all 50 states to pay for this corrupt political machine as opposed to only Illinois. I HOPE Hillary wins if Obama wins he is out of Illinois and that's the CHANGE.

    May 12, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  3. Malia

    Move on . org

    Remember that, the democrats are divided in half, you endorsed one half.

    As for the other side that you did not endorsed, it doesn't matter what kind of ad or how many you have outhere, Hillary supporters like me am not going to vote for Obama,so are many of my friends and family.

    The division has been enhanced by people like you, the biased media, the so called superdelegates, the daily attack from the Obama backers or supporters.

    May 12, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  4. Jane MN

    To Freida NYC:

    I just wonder what makes you so confident that you can actually represent all "US Women." You sound just like HRC. Sad.

    May 12, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  5. Time To Evolve

    Get real people! WISE UP! People seriously considering shifting from dems to McCain because of these blogs are either under the age of 15 or republicans stirring the pot that is brewing trouble. If you think that there are only dems writing in these blogs you've just dropped a lot of IQ points. You are being played.

    For the very FEW Clinton/Obama supporters who are really are spewing nonsense and division this is merely the dynamics of the vanquished and the victors. The victors do their victory dance in the faces of the vanquished, and the vanquished criticize everything and anything but their candidate (with such nonsense as conspiracy, Fl and MI not be seated is a fix, Obama stole the elections (by having more people vote for him), etc. etc.). This is what happens in tribal sports not when choosing the future of your country.

    Grow up!

    May 12, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
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