May 12th, 2008
01:03 PM ET
14 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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soundoff (155 Responses)
  1. Bayou joe

    It is about Obama's political views and orientation. He represents the worst of the Democratic Party. The most liberal Senator. Worse than Kennedy if that is possible and the Conservative Democrats or Main stream demos if you prefer will not vote for him. They haven't so far and what makes you think they will in November.
    Nixon's silent majority is still alive and kicking and we will not have anything to do with this extreme Radical's campaign and his supporters.

    May 12, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. Susan MO

    Face it:

    It's time you face it. you team lose.

    Obama will be President

    May 12, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. witness

    Take a long hard look...

    We are witnessing the death of the democratic party.

    Hello Independent voters... here I come.

    May 12, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. Anna, SW Missouri

    I am an Obamacan and proud of it!!!

    May 12, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. Bukky

    Sooo Mr./Ms. Face it... Obama is deystroying the Party? Not Hillary who has lost in every single way and keeps touting that SHE can win...

    Ummm in denial much?

    May 12, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. Caras


    May 12, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. Mike

    Matt Damon & Ben Affleck, what idiots!!!

    This guy will NEVER win the General Election!

    Please, the Republicans are going to throw everything scandalous at him; they will probably find an affair somewhere down the line...

    Impeachment proceedings within a year if elected!!!!

    May 12, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. Democrats Rule

    Dear "face it". Blame Senator Obama for what? For having a date with destiny? For winning the most votes? For having large segments of the country believe again? For getting our kids excited about politics again? Really, how dare he seize the moment!!! The date that President Obama is sworn in will be one of the greatest moments of my generation and I am a 60+ white female.

    May 12, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    "Anyone in politics knows this much:

    Obama was running just for visibility and to let voters come to know him. He would then have been the VP choice for Hillary."

    -And how exactly do you "KNOW" this?

    May 12, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. mitchell from arkansaw

    moveon knows who has won.their help is greatly appreciated.

    May 12, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  11. Venus

    Way to go!

    Let's finish the primaries for Obama and Hillary on June 3, 2008!

    Let's give Hillary and Bill Clinton the respect they deserved for all the wonderful things they have done for our country and the world!

    Thank you Bill and Hillary Clinton!

    Go Obama...his troops is marching on!

    May 12, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. Caroline

    Face it–

    No, Ms. Inevitibility screwed up through complacency, and voters–oh horrors–LIKE Obama and find him more trustworthy. And Ms. Clinton cannot believe that she was not handed "her" throne.

    Yeah Obama '08 !!

    May 12, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. jane in CA

    In doubt about Obama's experiences, stick with Bush and Cheney's experiences and vote for McCain's experiences to continue what we are now. Want to change washington's culture and policies for the better, vote for Obama. It's simple.

    May 12, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  14. Marc

    If thinks Obama can really win against GOP members then they truly have no shot.

    They were getting some traction of Independents who were former Democrats but not a shot against actual Independents who are heartened Republicans minus their Religious Affiliation.

    He's DOA.

    May 12, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. Shirley, Portland OR

    How's Obama going to get the Republican vote? When Hillary announces she's running as an Independent, he's not even getting half of the Democratic vote. The Obamanians energized Hillary to run as an Independent because of their constant belittling of her. And now they will see that what goes around, comes around. Obama will be lucky to win the Presidency of Hamas.

    May 12, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. Venus

    Go Obama!

    Thank you America!

    May 12, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. Eric

    "face it,"
    I believe you have the candidates mixed up.

    May 12, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. CW in DC

    I am dismayed and can only shake my head at the comments I'm reading from both sides of the camp. It's plain to see that it isn't the candidates that are dividing the Democratic party, it's the supporters. The end to the primaries will bring great sadness because it's not enough we look at Iran, Israel, China, Myanmar, Darfur, and other countries and see the kind of infighting and separation that tears those countries apart. How are we any different than them if we are to call ourselves a nation that wants to lead. We're pouring humanitarian support and money into countries but have tornadoes, storms, and other disasters ripping through our own country. To state the obvious AMERICAN people are dying folks?!?! Not black, not white, not Hispanic, not Mexican – AMERICANS. Not just here but abroad in a senseless war that many of you are willing to cast your vote for someone who wants to continue it and do it out of spite and revenge. I talked to an uncle over the weekend who is a Vietnam war vet and the comparisons he placed between Iraq and Vietnam made my mouth go dry. I will fight tooth and nail, if in 14 years my son is being called up to fight a war we have no business being in. Clinton supporters – do you feel that way about your child/children?

    It's no wonder we're the laughing stock and epitome of hypocrisy in the eyes of other countries. LOOK AT US ON THESE BLOGS!! I remain hopeful, even as there are those who think that hope means nothing. I am hopeful that we call can come together and take this country back and make it 'BY THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPLE'. The first line of the constitution for those that didn't know.

    May 12, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. Freida NYC

    Obama will never win period. We the Hillary's supporter will not allow it... Especially women, because an attack on Hillary is an attack on US WOMEN. BO needs our vote in general, and he will not have it.

    May 12, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. Mike from Westchester

    The people will take the White House back in November from those who have put us into a no-gain, no-win war, run our economy into the ground; accumulated record deficits, and created record oil prices. No reasonable energy policy, no reasonable environmental policy, inane foreign policy. Tax breaks for the rich, who continue to grab a bigger share of the economic pie, while ordinary Americans see declining real wages and skyrocketing prices for energy, food, and many necessary consumer goods.

    McCain wants to make tax breaks to the rich permanent and stay the course in Iraq. This can only lead to more deficits and cuts in services to veterans, ordinary families, and those in need. You will not be safer, only poorer and the benefits will go to the wealthy and corporations in selected industries – Exxon, Haliburton, and the like.

    If you're in the top 1/2 percent of wealth or income, or if you are a big time corporate executive, you should vote for McCain. Otherwise, a vote for McCain will be a vote against yourself, your children, and your grandchildren, who will already be paying for Bush's stupidity for many decades.

    Let's hope, as the Who sang, "We don't get fooled again."

    May 12, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. Alessandra

    Selfish, indeed. This describes the Clintons perfectly. No people in America have been more selfish and egocentric as this duo. The real beauty in this election is that the Clintons have been torpedoed by their own liberal party and PACs.

    There is hope in this greatest nation on God's green earth!

    May 12, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. Bob

    You forgot all of your fellow Democrats that won't be voting for Obama if he gets the nod. Spin that one, will ya!

    May 12, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. Stacy Clarks

    YES HE CAN!!!

    I love the fact that democratic independent orgs are airing POSITIVE stuff while the republicans do what they do best, lie, smear and go negative

    guess what, the American people are TIRED OF IT!!!

    YES WE CAN!!!

    DEMOCRATS IN 08!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. A. Burke NYC

    What kind of IGNORANT people are talking about vote McCain or stay home. what kind of crazyness is this.

    -Mccain is 72, will surely stock the supreme court with more neo-conservative types.

    -He will bleed our defecit


    Unfortunately, after 8 years of polarizing government we must unite.

    REMEMBER PEOPLE: if mCCain wins, he will not be able to do much because he would be president in a democratic run senate and congress. Think People. Think!!!

    May 12, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. Retired white female

    I will always be a Hillary supporter.

    I will never be an Obama supporter.

    He cannot count on me to help him win.

    It is as simple as that.

    May 12, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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