August 21st, 2008
03:00 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain camp says Obama's still 'The One'

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caption="The McCain camp released “The One: Road to Denver” Web video Friday."] (CNN) - The One has returned.

John McCain's campaign released a sequel to its Web video about presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama that used footage of Charlton Heston as Moses parting the Red Sea, images of light streaming from the heavens, and a gospel choir to paint Obama as an arrogant politician who bought into near-messianic hype over his candidacy.

They're all back "by popular demand," according to McCain spokesman Brian Rogers - along with new footage of Obama bodysurfing on his recent Hawaiian vacation - in the latest release.

On a day when coverage of the presumptive Republican nominee has been dominated by his inability to immediately recall how many homes he owns, his campaign is hoping that "The One" can save the news cycle.

Earlier: 'They will call him The One,' says McCain Web ad

In 'The One: Road to Denver,' House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is quoted calling Obama "a leader that God has blessed us with at this time," and a recording of Virginia Governor Tim Kaine - a top Democratic VP prospect - is played in which he expresses relief that Obama's call for a cease-fire in Georgia has been heeded.

"His hand guides the world," says the announcer.

"...In Denver, you will see the light," the announcer says later. "He may be 'The One,' but is he ready to lead? No."

Filed under: John McCain • Political ads
soundoff (351 Responses)
  1. Val, Atlanta, Ga

    This should tell the Evangelica Community how much he respects religion he will not leave it alone, but let me give you a hint McCain. GODS WILL, WILL BE DONE, now you can believe that.

    Obama 08

    August 21, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. Wisconsin


    What does it say about McShame supporters who back this garbage. McShame has run nothing but a slime ball campaign and never talks about the issues.

    So what does that say about McShame's supporters???

    August 21, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  3. Shari, NY

    Even the McCain camp thinks Obama is "The One". LOL

    August 21, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. Bill

    Oh, he's "the one" all right. One man, 47,000,000 positions.

    August 21, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. Barbara - NC

    Mcarmonger wants to reinstate the draft. Male and Female, single and married.

    August 21, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. MsAnnetteHussein, AR

    Oh Yeah.....JohnnyBoy has lost his mind.
    It is so sad to see this old man acting like young fool.
    This ad is stupid and shows that McCrazy does not love, respect or fear God. He makes a mokery of religion for politial gain. I would not want to be in his $800 shoes!!

    OBAMA '08!!!

    August 21, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. Ron

    Isn't that special. Most Americans are trying to save the One home, while McCain the peoples party has 8 homes. No meat, or energy shortage in McCain camp. Now if he could just talk about the Keating issue?

    August 21, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. steve

    nobama – the democrats' new pariah. oops i mean messiah.

    way to coronate the paris hilton of politics. he's famous and nobody knows why. probably because if you don't jump on his bandwagon you're called a racist. the dems are going to throw away the third guaranteed presidency in a row with another junk candidate hand picked by the DNC. maybe they should stop crowning which nominee is going into the general election.

    nobama belongs on SNL and maybe a cameo in a B-grade movie. not leading the free world with zero experience and zero substance.

    August 21, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. OWL

    Some one better tell McCain that the antichrist is Jewish. At least that's what all the bigots I know tell me.

    August 21, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. kathy in pA

    I wish Mr. McCain would stop insulting those of us who are evangelicals but not haters and fear mongers. He makes fun of our faith in every one of these ads. Does he really expect my vote?
    We have had messianic Presidents before: Kennedy, Reagan... and they were our BEST presidents. Why would we not vote to a return to the high road of morality in America? McCain will tear us apart for personal gain.

    K in PA

    August 21, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. Barbara - NC

    OOPS typo

    McWarmonger wants to reinstate the draft. Male and Female, single and married

    August 21, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  12. Obama 08/12

    A must read
    Go to "Military .Com " read the story by Philip Butler first hand information .Very interesting
    Did you know grampa has not only lost his marbles its called childish he is regressing back to a baby and not far off is already wrinkled and depends on Depends is getting close now folks
    so get youselves prepared he will soon be crossing that line .
    I thought I was "The One " so how can there be 2 of us ? McWar you are confused again but thats just an everday experience for you isnt it McWar ?

    August 21, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. Chris

    I agree that this seems a bit blasphemous. An odd tactic when you are aiming for Christian conservatives. I also think it is a bad idea for him to show Obama bodysurfing (virile). McCain would probably get more of a result from attacking the "above my pay grade" comment.

    August 21, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |

    MCCAIN IS INSANE IN THE BRAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT A LOSER!!!!!!!!! YOU CAN BET HE AINT THE "ONE"!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 21, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. Wonders shall never end

    Guess what?

    MCsame Add have been working that is why the polls are tightening. Unfortunately many American electorates are not able to distinguish between facts and fiction.

    Tighten your belt for another Bush Third Term. Sadly but true!

    August 21, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. D Shane

    How can you be 72 years old and still a childish juvenile?

    Remember the 'Chelsea is ugly' joke?

    He's not presidential, he is a sophomoric moron.

    If it wasn't for his 'rich daddy' and his 'rich wife' he would be a total failure!

    Why do republicans keep sending us these silver spooned boys?

    August 21, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  17. Denise

    I do not fine anything wrong with this. I'd like to see McCain body surfing. The Obama campaign can tae this ad and turn it into a positive. I can see how this can be done.

    August 21, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. McCain's friend

    You guys are so mean! Kind of sad that my friend, Senator McCain, can't remember that he only has 4 houses. Is that a short term or long term memory misfire? He's probably got a medical problem, but all you can do is poke fun at him. Not very nice of you!

    Either way, don't anyone ask him how many toes he has! Could be publicly humiliating for his staff to get down on their knees to count them for him....

    August 21, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  19. Cathy in MD

    Desperation at its worst. And if it makes you feel any better, Senator Reid, I can't stand John McCain, either.

    August 21, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  20. J Edward

    Whatever happened to JMC's vow to run a "respectful campaign" vs. Obama or Clinton? You can Google it yourself: mccain pledges respectful campaign. The story ran in April this year.

    No respect for JMC now, none whatsoever. Obama is hitting JMC on the issues and his Bush-like policies–those are all fair game. JMC and co. are fabricating stories.

    Not that they actually care what you and I say or think, but SHAME upon them.

    August 21, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  21. Funny stuff

    Ugh-oh!!!!! Just in, folks! Looks like BO might be in a little bit of trouble..

    Attorney Phil Berg of Philadephia, PA alleges that Obama is not a us citizen nor his he “natural born” and within the next 30 minutes will be filing a complaint and motion for a temporary restraining order prohibiting Obama from running for Office of the President and enjoining the DNC from naming Obama as a nominee for Democratic Presidential election.

    IN PHILADELPHIA: US District Court, Eastern District of PA, 2nd floor Clerk’s Office on 601 Market Street in Philadelphia, PA

    August 21, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  22. Barbara - NC

    National Enquirer has investigative journalists – CNN has air-heads reading tea leaves. They admit it !!!!!!

    August 21, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  23. Johnboy

    Sounds like the Obamabots are getting nervous and desperate. I love it! That's right. You heard it correctly. McCain is now leading in the polls.

    August 21, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  24. PUMA


    August 21, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  25. No more McBush!

    Typical gutter politics from the right – no surprise here. Comparing Obama to Moses – God's chosen one... We'll at least this will kill the muslim smear and bring more Christians and Jews to Obama's side!

    OBAMA 08 & 12!!!

    August 21, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
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