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. Aces full of Kings

    Hillary supporters, I just want to know, why would you vote for McCain? Let's hear it! Give a detailed honest explanation of why you would vote for such a candidate. If you would betray your own convictions as a Hillary supporter, then you should not vote at all on election day, just stay home. Visit McCain's website at least and tell us how many issues he supports that you agree with. Think.

    May 12, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. Face It again!

    anon- we don't have to, we have the rich powerful people in our corner...this way i can fill up whenever i need and eat out whenever i want. My money stays in my pocket while my canidate gets's that taste?

    May 12, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Joseph Adewole

    When your time comes, the Lord will make your bosses, friends and foes to serve you; now its time for BO.
    When JESUS say YES, who can say NO?

    May 12, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. Debby

    Moveon.garbage and the Huffinton Rag can't pick a winner to save their lives. Look what happened in 2004. The October surprise ruined Kerry and Edwards with that Swiftboat add. All it takes is once and Obama will be the 3rd loser of this failing party.

    May 12, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |

    What's so strange is the fact that 75% percent (other 25% is in denial) of the country is fed up with the high gas prices, high prices on food, housing and education issues and the Iraq war caused by the current GOP Administration and then they decide that if it's not Hillary (some DEMS) it will be McBush they will vote for. I call that insanity. DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AND EXPECTING DIFFERENT RESULTS. And as for Michigan and Florida...should have obeyed the rules and if the rules don't apply then you consider yourselves better than everyone else plus your delegates won't even help Hillary catch O'bama.....DO THE MATH.

    O'bama 2008 2012

    May 12, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  6. Neutral

    Obama 09!!!!

    President for ALL terrorists!! BIGGEST SUPPORTERS:

    1. Hamas
    2. Farrakhan
    3. Wright
    4. Black Panther
    5. Ayers
    6. Rezko
    7. Muslim extremists living in USA contributing to his campaign

    May 12, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. THIS IS FUNNY............


    GOOD-BYE HILLARY! (tear-drop)


    May 12, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. Jon

    He might be able to win a FEW GOP votes, but he won't win many Dems - he won't win half of former Edwards, Kucinich, and Clinton supporters. Obama is sunk.

    May 12, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  9. Del

    Maybe Obama can win the republicains because McCain will never get my vote or any other Conservative I've talked to. His personallity traits are too much like the clintons. can't be trusted.

    May 12, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. B / NY

    No... He can't win...
    There is way to much baggage here... Rev. Wright, his wife's anti American comments and the fact that he has done nothing for his state or our country... separated it's supporters in the beginning which was super lame and they will pay the price... The Clinton supporters will mostly NOT vote for Obama... The party is separated and the damage is done.

    May 12, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. william

    To FACE IT, you need to face it.

    May 12, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. Dr. J

    Well, truth be told, Obama wasn't supposed to even make it this far. He had many obstacles against him. This is what happens when you underestimate people. Obama wasn't even thought of until he started beating Clinton. LOL. It is funny how people try to make it out that all of the failing of Clilnton is due to him. I think the longer Clinton stays in the race, the more unflattering she becomes to the American people. I know many racist people are upset because Obama is winning. I hope this makes you take a look at your twisted way of thinking about people of other cultures and race. I can not understand how people allowed Bush 8 terms and now talk about experience. LOL. The bar is always raised higher for who may not look or have the same color as others. I hope we can get over this way of thinking in my lifetime. Racism is really whacked.

    May 12, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  13. Realistic

    Attention Democratic Party: You have shot yourself in the foot once again. There has never been a weaker candidate than Mr. Obama. He will not win the general election. I have to have more experience for my job than he brings to the table for the President's position.

    The Democratic Party and those in leadership for that party have lost touch. I hear them express fear about losing the AA and young vote with no mention of the long-time Democrats. This attitude will seriously damage the strength of the Democratic Party. They are absolutely incapable of presenting a candidate that can win.

    Be prepared for the biggest Democratic loss to date in November.

    May 12, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  14. Ben - Portland

    Too bad that:
    1) there are idiots like "Neutral" out there

    and that

    2) the Clinton's are stinking this up now. Hillary needs to bow out and let Obama get ready for the real fight. The longer she stays in, the more she goes into debt (which he'll probably pay off) and the more he has to focus on primaries that we shouldn't even hear about (and I'll vote in one of them.) If she really thinks he'll have a problem in the fall, she should do the right thing and help him get elected. She can run again in 2012 or 2016... whenever Jeb gets ready to run.

    May 12, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. indy dem

    Brian from Fort whatever:

    Obama will clean up BECAUSE republicans are fed up with bush. Hillary would've cleaned up too.

    Bush is against abortion and homosexuality and government regulation of business. That's all you idiots care about. So that's all we got – for 8 years. Morally, intelectually BANKRUPT leadership.

    Obama will clean up because dems independents and republicans ALL want change.

    May 12, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  16. Debra

    how totally ridiculous- Move on has completely lost my respect – first for endorsing and secondly for carrying on such an unscientific piece of garbage.......Move on has accomplished nothing-done nothing except take people's money....what a sham!

    May 12, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. Vivienne

    He has to win, I can't stand the idea of looking at John McCain for 4 to 8 years.

    May 12, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. Michael


    I have to ask, what basis in fact do you have for your macabre speculations?

    May 12, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. HSNP

    How about Obama-NOT? That sounds more inspiring.

    May 12, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. David

    If this guy Ken is still lurking on this board, I wish to respond to your psost from the McCain appealing to environmentalists board. sir, you are an idiot to the highest degree if you believe what you write. the environmental movement is bunk. it is humanism at its worst. so go along with it and worship at the altar of Gore and see where it will lead you. geez.

    May 12, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  21. GloriafromPA

    Is it true that many Hillary supporters feel that a great second choice is a man who believes a woman should lose her right to choose, and supports the Iraq war? This can't be true. That would make those supporter completely unprincipled. If it is true, they are not democrats, and were only voting for Hillary as "republicans for any woman running". Confusing stuff for sure.

    May 12, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  22. David Haife

    We are a group of concerned American, republicans and yes it is time to confess our sins. We did what we did for America by creating a divide between Clinton supporters and those of Obamas. We were responsible for blogging as supporters of each candidate and throwing dirty words out here. However, we respected each candidate and did not do that on their private website.
    The Obama movement was growing and we felt it could not be stopped so we had to divide the dems because it is important that you guys don’t win come November, so that explains why on blogs like this it has been very rude but not your candidates websites.
    No offense meant but now that the damage has been done to both candidates beyond repair we are moving on to Operation SWEEP. CHAOS started with the blogs and ended in the polls, and SWEEP will be more telling even Karl Rove would be jealous. We know Bush was a mistake but that does not mean we have to put up with a democrat in office because we’ve had very good republicans. We have presented a moderate in John McCain and he will work with the democrat’s best. Let the games begin.
    And we are having so much FUN, nice thing about the internet! Think about it FOLKS and give us one more chance to WIN this war and right the wrongs of BUSH.

    May 12, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  23. indy dem

    Bayou Joe:

    Obama's "polictal views his orientation" are radical? What is radical about his agenda? He thinks that republicans have good ideas. He's about consensus building. He's about trying a different approach to forsign policy after 7 years of screw-up after screw-up.

    The really scary thing would be to ellect the the guy who doesn't think any thing's wrong (McCain).

    May 12, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  24. Connie from Ohio

    Way to go future President Obama. I do think you should send someone from your Campaign to West Virginia and Ketucky to let them know that you still care for their vote.

    May 12, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  25. Tjaye

    Dang CNN, can you be more biased? I like how you say TRIES to show Obama can beat GOP. LOL

    He has more votes than McCain and some of Hillary's less hysterical and emotional supporters will be voting for Obama, so I am sure he will win in November. We get that you are an HRC supporter, but your verbiage is telling on you today.

    Obama O-8!!

    May 12, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
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