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.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (155 Responses)
  1. georgia

    I'd say Hillary was counting on a "fast-track " based on marriage {on paper & in the business of politics only as per his behavior} to slick Willy.Her desparate scrabble for the nom makes me wonder what deals they've made with foreign countries ( similar to NAFTA) to be consumated with them back in the White House. Something to think about with there history of deceit & self serving dealing.
    It's definitely time out for selective scrutiny & self serving elected officials. Inclusive problem resolution & rebuilding USA domestically & internationally is in !!!! From the supporters in office ,Obama will choose a great team to get it done. YES We can !!!!

    May 12, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. proud army and navy mom

    Hillary supporters get over yourself. stop being bitter and show some support for your fellow democrat.
    if you have no loyalty, go and change your voter registration card to republican. just shut the heck up with your whining.

    May 12, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. Robert in Toronto,ON

    I agree with Alan – a very special moment in American history.

    May 12, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. Dora

    I will vote for Hillary. I am a Dem. and have always voted that way. But not this year. There are several reasons but most of all the posts there are nasty nasty by Obama people. And he said he would run a different kind of race. I sure do not see any changes. Because he is not honesty or fore coming and then says just stupid things about Hillary. He is just a politician no different.. Hillary 08 or Republican

    May 12, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |


    May 12, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. Cindy

    From what I can see by these posts, Hillary has accomplished what she's set out to accomplish and that is to drive a wedge amongst the democratic voters of this country by constantly speaking in deaming terms about Obama!

    How this kind of tactic can be allowed in this country is shameful!– I lost complete respect for Hillary– If she had campaigned on merits rather than obliterating her component this would have been an honorable race but that isn't how she has conducted herself and for that she's responsible- How can anyone expect Obama to ask her to become his VP after the way she has conducted this race!

    May 12, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. Chuck

    Obama and moveon are so sad. Getting a 'former' USAF guy who was only a SSgt. Please. The guy is obviously a loser. Well good for them. When they show that in CO we already know BHO is on the fast track to losing the GE to Repubs. If only BHO would open the playbook – all of America would see him as the phony he is.

    May 12, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. fred

    If Obama can't win a majority of Dems how in the world does he expect to win over Republicans. In a nutshell its not going to hapen. I just don't see Republicans switching parties to vote for the US Senator with the most liberial voting record in the Senate.

    May 12, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  9. Marshall

    People should treat each other like they want to be treated. I am guilty, Hiilary is guilty, Barak is guilty, everyone reading this is guilty.

    You only have yourself to blame if you vote for McCain and things stay the same or get worse. At what time do you you change jobs because it costs more to get to work then you make? That is what we have to look forward if we keep the status quo.

    May 12, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. stag

    If BHO wins, the change will be something that you live to regret. Be careful..BHO is not to be trusted.

    May 12, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. Debbie,NJ

    Face it if this remark makes you feel better about Hillary's losing then wallo in it. Facts are facts. Obama has most delegates, most states won, and popular votes. Numbers don't lie and polls don't win elections. And Bayou joe we all know what happened to Nixon don't we. Hillary run independent. She will lose to Bloomberg are you crazy. Do you think she will be the only one on the ticket? Then the Clintons will not only lose, they will go down in history as the one who split the Dem party and was impeached. What a waste after 11 million dollar spent to go down because of hate. But hate usually turns on itself doesn't it.

    May 12, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  12. Terrence (Winston Salem,NC)

    face it – So what you're saying is that we should ignore the fact that most of the voters (popular vote – even with FL&MI) have voted for Obama because this DOESN'T reflect who they want for president?? (scratching my head) I've never heard that twist before.

    Sounds like that Clinton math has expanded to a new height.

    May 12, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. PA Obama Supporter

    To Face it: Is this something you came up with on your own?

    Hillary is where she is... because she totally blew it. Her managing skills are obviously terrible....look at all her campaign financial woes. She got caught lying and continued to do so (GAS TAX)... because she thinks the average American is too stupid to realize it. She continues to alienate many people... and just doesnt care.

    Stop blaming Barack for Hillary's disatraous campaign. She's selfish and will stop at nothing to get what she feels she deserves.

    May 12, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. Oh Please

    What a joke! He'll never win the General with out the support of Hillary's supporters! AND, it's not a racist thing either, it's the fact we have common sense, he has divided this party and I highly doubt it will ever be repaired....You obama people stand by him without even really knowing what this man stands for....He spews the word change all over the place but can you really even say what the "change" is going to be? You disregard his wife's and Wright comments, and yet you stand by him??? I've even seen people on these blogs compare him to Christ! That's twisted! So, get informed about him before you vote!

    May 12, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. B / NY

    Can anyone PLEASE just tell us five things that Senator Obama has done for either his state or our country?

    Two things?

    Thought so... Big mistake people...

    And has done a great job of separating the party.

    May 12, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    While Hillary an her supporters have evry right to carry on with their campaign, count me amongst the groing number of people ready to see the nomination process. the more that I read the different comments, the more convinced I become that the party will need as much time as possible to heal and bring us all under one tent. The vitrol is increasing more and more each day it seems.

    May 12, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  17. spencer

    Down with Obama.................

    May 12, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. anon

    I have a questions for all those supporters of Clinton who keep suggesting she run as an independent. No disrespect at all but a legitimate question:

    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.

    May 12, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. Veterans For Obama

    Obama has a strong, nay, very strong chance of winning in November. Why? Because 85%-90% of Hillary supporters are smart enough to vote for the Democratic nominee regardless. They realize the stakes are much too high to give the Republicans a 3rd term. We need to reverse our CO2 emmisions prior to the filsafe year of 2012....that is far more important than the war, the economy, healthcare, and pride in having your horse come in 2nd!

    Now with Mr. Barr running, hopefully some of the neo cons will be siphoned off Mccain's tally and give Obama even a larger edge.

    Obama '08, '12

    May 12, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  20. Independent

    He can win easily. It is time ofr a change,and the people of this country know it. Obama will easily beat him. Juste a side note, I am sooo tired of CNN being the Clinton new network, especially Wolf Blitzer and Campbell Brown.

    May 12, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  21. RB

    He's got my vote!! I cannot vote to John McCain, who thinks it's perfectly fine to spend $2B a week in Iraq, but won't spend $2B a YEAR on education benefits for the young men and women who risks their lives and health to fight that war!! Hell, if we got out of Iraq, we could fund education benefits for 52 YEARS, John!!!!!! Maybe, we could just take a one week vacation from Iraq OR ask the Iraqis to fund the $2B cost from their oil reserves monies??? John McCain: What a Disapointment!

    "Take care of the men and women who take care of you." Leadership 101.

    Republican for OBAMA 08!

    May 12, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  22. Jasmyne

    SDB May 12th, 2008 4:14 pm ET

    It is a shame that won't give $200k to something a little more worthy than Obama. Especially since he will probably lose to McCain

    If thats the case than it's really a shame that HRC won't give $11million to something a little more worthy than her sinking campaign...but hey, she only loaned herself the money. She'll get it back. I wonder if all of those "hard working americans" will see any of the millions they gave to her back? If she wants to make a donation, thats fine. But don't talk about how you're for the hard working blue collar americans and the only person who will see anything back from her shortcomings is herself. American's do not be fooled. This woman does not care about you! All she cares about is whose vote is up for grabs at the time. before anybody knew who Barack Obama was and african americans were debating whether he was black enough HRC was all over the urban radio stations campaigning for the black vote. When it came time for california then she was all about the hispanics. Now that we are getting into the old industrial states she's now all about blue collar whites...wake up. She is using American people as puppets and many are falling for it.

    May 12, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  23. Kevin

    Great an add for the clueless Obama followers paid for by the extremist left wing George Soros...

    May 12, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  24. 60 year old white female, Mo

    Hillary we are ignoring you... Go away quietly without damaging our Democrat Party... We are for the UNITED STATES not for The DIVIDED STATES of AMERICA

    May 12, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  25. Zeak

    We will have 4 more years of GOP Bush like politics in the Whitehouse it seems now that McSame is polled ahead of both of these Demo clowns, more jobs outsourced, more illegals brought in for big business, more of YOUR Sons and Daughters to fight in Iraq and Iran, more high gas prices and heating oil and food. Most of you will continue to suffer !! So if you want all that, than be my guest and vote for good OLD Greed of Principle (GOP)ers.

    It's like a Chicken voting for Colonel Sanders !!

    May 12, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7