August 1st, 2008
09:05 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain ad on Obama: 'They will call him The One'

A new McCain Web ad pegs Obama as ‘The One.’

A new McCain Web ad pegs Obama as ‘The One.’

(CNN) - After a week of bare-knuckle political brawling on the trail, it seemed Friday John McCain’s campaign had found religion.

In a Web ad e-mailed to supporters, the McCain team painted Barack Obama as a recipient of near-messianic hype – and a candidate all-too-willing to believe it.

“It shall be known that in 2008 the world will be blessed. They will call him ‘The One,’” says the announcer in the minute-long video, over images of light shining from the heavens and a gospel music-like soundtrack, interspersed with clips drawn from Obama speeches.

“And he has anointed himself. Ready to carry the burden of The One,” continues the announcer. “He can do no wrong. Can you see the light?”

By the end of the ad, Obama seems to have received a promotion from mere Messiah to possible divinity: Charlton Heston’s Moses is shown parting the Red Sea, proclaiming “Behold His mighty hand!” as Obama’s presidential seal rises from the waters.

“Barack Obama may be the one. But is he ready to lead?” concludes the announcer.

On a flight to Panama City Florida, McCain senior adviser Nicolle Wallace told reporters that the video had been designed as a bookend to what the campaign believed had been a very successful week.

In a CNN poll of polls Friday, the Arizona senator cut Obama’s Monday lead by half, to three points.

Wallace added that the ad – which she described as respectful of all faiths - was intended to rally the presumptive Republican nominee’s supporters, and that there was an "important role for humor in all campaigns. I think all of us would slit our wrists if it wasn't for that."

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  1. Mary Pauls

    McCain is using "scare tactics", playing on lies that have been circulating negatively thruout Obama's campaign. I thought John McCain would be more honorable than that, but I see he is just as bad
    as the people spreading the falsehoods.

    I am so disappointed in the whole "system" of campaigning in the US
    – find the worse possible suggestion of a lie referring to your rival, and
    enlarge on it, to make yourself look more of "a man" (ugh)
    I'm sure God is totally disappointed in this particular add of John McCains – using biblical references (which is the word of God) – for his own desires to discredit Obama – I hope it backfires on McCain – he deserves it! "What goes around, comes around".

    August 1, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. Tony

    Ok, this is getting a little stupid. I was with McCain all the way until all this childish campaign ads all week long. With all the problems this country is facing now, if all McCain is going to be talking about is stupid childish things, I am completly turned off and will vote democrate this time around.

    August 1, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. Wendy

    Jelousy will get you nowhere.

    August 1, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. selected not elected

    The Cult for Obama- all those who jumped on a bandwagon, who declared him, not a man, but a movement, those who continue to say he is god's gift to the world, all those who hate in his name....

    YOU are the ones who will lose this election not only for OBAMA...but for the democratic party.

    You never should have trashed, dices, insulted, denigrated and hated on fellow democrats and on Hillary.

    Now the myth of Obama will come tumbling down. And having threatened the DNC into installing Obama as the party nominee, you have ensured a democratic loss in a year when failure was Impossible.

    Forcing people to vote your way will ALWAYS backfire in the end.

    Obama created intra-party and intra-nation hatred. He inflamed the hatred to advance himself. Now that he has started the fire, he can not control it. The self-proclaimed uniter is the MOST polarizing person of them all. He inspires vile, filthy, vulgar hateful supporters who glorify him and worship him.

    The rest of the nation will vote AGAINST Obama just to fight that insanity of cult worship and blind loyalty to a demogogue.

    August 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. Laura

    So does that mean Jesus and Moses weren't fit to lead? That seems to be what this ad is suggesting.

    August 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. Ernie in LA

    Can he walk on water?

    August 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. LLMTruth

    The One??? Someone has to be "The One" the question is which one? No one far as I can tell is not claiming to be the Christ, so why is McCain's campaign trying to paint Obama in this light. Doesn't he want to be "The One"? Who is directing his campaign anyway? Have they thought this through? It doesn't appear so.

    If McCain gets elected then I quess he is "The One" and if Obama gets elected then I guess he's "The One". That ad is stupid and applicable to both of them unless McCain plans on dropping out. Both candidates would be better served addressing the issues that effect the american public. Not wasting time on nonsense like this ad and others like the Spears and Hilton ads. They do nothing to express what the candidate wants to do for the people when elected.

    August 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. Theresa

    this is getting really unbelievable – I can't imagine anyone actually wanting John McCain to be our president after this campaign which insults the American people and the issues our country faces.

    August 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. Kimberly from Houston, TX

    OMG this is insulting...

    All that is going on in America, the economy, soaring gas and food prices, home foreclosures, increasing education cost, etc. and this is what the McCain camp wants to talk about.

    America deserves better!

    Not this time...GOP

    August 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. Judy, NY

    What the hell? McCain has really gone off the deep end. We have got to hurry and vote for Barack before this looney-tune implodes. It's one thing for trolls to call Barack the Messiah; it's another thing for a national presidential candidate.

    So yesterday a celebrity, today the Messiah–lol. More dirty slimy tricks that just won't work.

    I'm not worried because it says the GOP is desperate.

    Obama 08

    August 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. LHS

    Aren't those words from the add from "The Matrix"?......

    August 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. ExPat for Obama

    I'd just like to know when McCain plans on talking about HIMSELF and HIS POLICY POSITIONS in his ads. All of the smoke & mirrors advertising is making the American Presidential race look like a circus - especially abroad. I would, for once in the past 8 years, like my co-workers to not think that we as Americans have completely lost our minds.

    These childish and ridiculous attacks coming out the McCain campaign are doing no favours to the image of America up here in Canada. And - the Bush administration has definitely provided us with enough humourous moments - we don't need another comedian leading our country.

    I will hang my head low if McCain wins the election and I have to deal with my Canadian co-workers asking me "Seriously. In a country of 300 Million people - this is the best you guys can come up with."

    Let's get back to the issues – let's vote with our minds and not our feelings. Sheesh. We have real issues that need real solutions.

    Former Republican for OBAMA!

    August 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. Roy , Cambridge MA

    So if he's the messiah, at least we know he's not muslim anymore.

    I used to respect John McCain, but he's really shown himself to be a complete idiot lately. Why not argue the issues ?

    August 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. Ken Pittsburgh

    And it came to past that John on the first day sent us John McCain
    and told him wait my son untill the year 2008 and bring light to the people . And the people will say that it is good.

    August 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. Susan, TX

    Oh my god! This is unbelievable....Obama is right is this all they can come with? So, stupid.

    August 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. val

    If Inside Edition broadcasted correctly (on 5/18/08 @ 5/19/08), Obama is lying saying that he never be a Muslim. During schooling Indonesia he was registered in his school as Islam (you have to complete record in school also in your ID include religion). Most of his speeches was so alequently delivered so that very rarely people not tempted to agree with him. That is the problem. At least after he left Indonesia, he was a Muslim. I doubt that he is embracing Christianity at all. Please check whether he was converted if yes then he must be babtized also. I believe he never be baptized. His Muslim blood is hiding in the name of United Trinity church.

    August 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. Robert

    I completely agree with McCain...McCain is ready to lead us and not Obama!

    August 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. Siman

    The McShame campaign team is the worst ever.... they should be ashame!

    August 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. Ernest in MD

    If Obama is the One, McCain is the AnteChrist.
    This McCain man is crazy. Ver crazy. I wonder what kind of people support him.

    August 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  20. B in Baltimore

    Keanu Reeves wins in the end. Look it up, John.

    August 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. LHS

    Aren't those words from the ad from "The Matrix"?……

    August 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. Jeff

    The sad thing is, going negative works. Too bad John McCain has lost all credibility with people like me who used to like his stance to stay out of the gutter. I will never vote for McCain now. He has learned from Carl Rove to attack you rivals strengths not their weaknesses. Compared to Bush, John Kerry was practically a war hero, so where did he get attacked, his war record. And John Kerry lost. Now McCain is attacking Obama's strengths. Even though I will now never vote for flip-flop McCain I am afraid that he will now win in November.

    August 1, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  23. Glenford Hynson

    YES, he is Ready to Lead!

    August 1, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. Roll Tide Roll

    This man is sick and disturbed!!! What is wrong with the United States of America where he is polling with 44%?!?!?!?

    August 1, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  25. Jodi

    This a new low, McCain. You should be ashamed. And embarrased.

    August 1, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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