August 4th, 2008
02:20 PM ET
15 years ago

Hollywood actress featured in pro-Obama Web ad

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Actress Gwyneth Paltrow appears in a new Web ad encouraging Democrats living overseas to obtain absentee ballots and vote for Sen. Barack Obama."]
(CNN) - Even in the wake of Sen. John McCain’s recent efforts to liken Sen. Barack Obama to celebrity starlets Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, the group Democrats Abroad is not shying away from using some Hollywood star power to get its pro-Obama message out

The Democratic group launched a new Web ad Monday that features Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who lives in London. The nearly two-minute spot is directed at U.S. citizens living overseas and suggests that they request absentee ballots in order to participate in November’s presidential election no matter where they are in the world.

“What happens at home affects us all,” people featured in the ad say.

“Every single vote will count,” adds Paltrow.

“Vote Democrat, Vote Obama, Vote from Abroad,” flashes on the screen near the end of the ad.

The ad comes on the heels of controversy last week over a McCain campaign ad entitled, “Celeb” which called Sen. Obama “the biggest celebrity in the world” and included images of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. In keeping with McCain’s celebrity theme, the Republican National Committee also launched a celebrity quiz entitled “Who said it? Celebrity Edition” on its Web site last Friday. The quiz features unattributed quotes and then asks visitors to the site to pick the “celebrity” who made the statement with Obama always being one of the available choices.

The Obama campaign responded to the McCain “Celeb” ad with an ad of its own called “Low Road” and Paris Hilton’s mother, who has donated to the McCain campaign, has called the “Celeb” ad a “waste of money.”

soundoff (269 Responses)
  1. scott

    How did every Repub suddenly become a RACIST. Have the Obama people been so broken down lately because they have found there CHOSEN ONE is not the messiah they have hoped for? Using the term racist with no basis is a sign of a weak mind unable to bring anything of substance to the table of thought. As a white male making over 250K per year I bet i employee more African Americans at well paying jobs than most of you libs even know or have friendships with.

    August 4, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  2. Charlotte

    Writing in Hilary is a vote for John McCain....a very stupid thing to do.

    August 4, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. scott

    Please fill in Obama's resume below-This should be real easy for you Obama supporters but the trick is you can't use the name Bush or McCain.

    Please list 5 accomplishments that qualify him to be President.
    Does your head hurt yet or still stuck on number one? Giving a good speech and the abilitiy to read a teleprompter don't count.

    August 4, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  4. Ken

    This just shows how dumb she is!

    August 4, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. Griff

    Borack Obama going grey?? CNN, most of my comments are Destroyed, before my very Eye's.. I mentioned 3 day's ago, Obama's Photo's were being touched-up, There it stayed.. It's getting Rough at CNN..

    August 4, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  6. Lynn

    I wonder if she gets personal phone calls from the Senator. like Scarlett. Michelle you have better watch your man. You know he flirts with the women press corp that travels with him as seen on the news.

    August 4, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  7. PUMA 4 HILL

    Gwyneth... don't do this. I use to think you were okay....
    Now I know you are nuts. Shut your pie-hole.

    McCain '08 for Clinton '12

    August 4, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  8. PUMA 4 HILL

    Why do the pathetic Obama cult followers tell us PUMA members that we need to give to Hillary?

    I am giving to McCain now to insure Obama loses. This is no longer about Hillary for '08... it's about Hillary '12. Stupid... bots

    August 4, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  9. Rebuplican for Obama!

    NO MORE BUSH !!!!

    McCain's Policies and voting record are 95% the same!!

    NO MORE BUSH !!!!

    McCain's Policies and voting record are 95% the same!!

    NO MORE BUSH !!!!

    McCain's Policies and voting record are 95% the same!!

    NO MORE BUSH !!!!

    McCain's Policies and voting record are 95% the same!!

    NO MORE BUSH !!!!

    McCain's Policies and voting record are 95% the same!!

    August 4, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  10. grandma

    I know McCain is old and confused in one add he call you empty celebrity and in another add he compare you to best leader in Jewish religion. I know and all your party knows you are #1 leader in all the ways

    August 4, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  11. aww look at the cute fluffy sheep

    you all are sheep

    obama 08/12

    August 4, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  12. Dem in FL

    Ugh........i USED to love Gwyneth. Key words being "used to". I can't believe she bought the B.S.

    August 4, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  13. Sue

    Once a Democrat ALWAYS a Democrat.

    August 4, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  14. Robert Wooller, West Yorkshire England

    This is great, keep up the great work, Paltrow. You can never have enough voters, especially since thousands died for the right to vote.

    August 4, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  15. v

    Yeah, because no one is more in touch with America than a celebrity that chooses not to live here.

    I usually boycott movies by actors or actresses that get too political....this might be a little difficult for Paltrow, though, as her name rarely appears at the top of movie credits.

    August 4, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  16. Lori, CA

    Thanks Gwenyth,

    I've always liked your style.


    August 4, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  17. Benji from Tokyo, Japan

    I'm one of those U.S. citizens living overseas, in Tokyo Japan. I supported Hillary Clinton but won't be supporting the dems this fall. I wanted Hillary but I'm very much turned off by how the democratic party treated the Clinton campaign. So I am one of those HIllary supporters for McCain and will be voting againest Obama. I thought John McCain's ad with Paris Hilton and Britney Spears was right to the point and brilliant! Go John McCain! McCain 08!

    August 4, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |


    August 4, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  19. Agnes

    Hope, I have hope just not the audacity to blindly hope. We need more than words; we need someone who knows how to do the work. What work has Sen. Obama done? Sen. Clinton has 30 plus years of real civil rights leadership, actual gains that has allowed the disadvantaged to have a voice and that has allowed for this very discussion of Sen. Obama’s candidacy. What has Sen. Obama done for America? Local community outreach and state senatorial voting record of present are not enough to say he is experienced. And as the chairman of the Subcommittee on European Affairs with jurisdiction over NATO’s operations, he didn’t call a meeting in two years, two years! Is this how we can expect him to execute his office? It is the Executive branch not the legislative branch I’m concerned with- as the President is the top executor of the country.

    Change, what change and by whom? I want change, truly I do, but how will that change come and by which path? Since Sen. Obama was instilled as the DNC’s puppet over the people’s choice, can anyone tell me what the change will be? (Say what you must but Tammany Hall is live and well in Chicago and in the DNC; it’s been lurking, waiting to raise it’s ugly head since FDR.) Is this an example of the type of administration we could expect from Sen. Obama? Strong arm tactics. What a glorious way to capture the nomination. It's not about the journey but about the end results.... RIGHT? Will this be our legacy to the future?

    How exactly will Sen. Obama approach the issues facing our great nation? Let’s face the fact that his experience – community outreach and a state senatorial voting record of "Present," does not qualify him for the office of the President of the United States of America – one in which the new President will face the effects of global warming, war, commodities shortages- everything from fresh water and oil to wheat, economic "downturn" and health issues ranging from rogue viruses to tainted food/products. Many of these issues span an international spectrum. Where exactly does Sen. Obama exhibit the experience to effectively deal with these issues? (Who do you want performing your open heart surgery, the professor or the surgeon?) It takes more than being able to talk about how something is supposed to act, (anyone who has just come out of college to start a new job can attest to that;) it takes the experience of actually doing the work. We need change and we need proven leadership – on day one. In my opinion the only person who has the qualifications to effectively handle all the issues facing our nation is Hillary Clinton. This is the reason so many of her campaign advisors are now working with Obama, because he knows Hillary was the true candidate of change. In my opinion the only person who has the qualifications to effectively handle all the issues facing our nation is Hillary Clinton. Barack as Chief Executive?… never. This 30 year democrat will write in Hillary for president and not Obama, no matter who his running mate. I found him lacking and still do.

    August 4, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
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