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. W.H. Thomas

    McHuh is going crazy!! This is the fourth negative ad he launched today. Whats next?

    August 21, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  2. Ken in Dallas

    Here we have McCain's idea of a clean, relevant campaign.


    Isn't that special?

    August 21, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. Joseph, Los Angeles California

    I think it's a very silly and childish ad coming from so-called adults. He's treating us like George Bush does; like children.

    I'm voting Obama!

    August 21, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. Texas Straight Talker

    Does McCain ever intend to discuss the issues or tell us how he plans to lead as POTUS? Better yet, is he EVER going to explain why we should believe he is such a man of honor who uses straight talk when he cheated on his first wife and even filed for a marriage license while still legally married to his first wife? He used the excuse "that was over 30 years ago" as if that makes it ok. I am so sick and tired of him getting a free ride in the press while Senator Obama is under a microscope constantly!. When will he be held accountable for his mistakes, lies and gaffs? CNN when will you cover both candidates FAIRLY?????

    August 21, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  5. Biffington, Biff

    Again I ask...

    What 'else' are the Republicans gonna RUN on...?

    Their RECORD??????


    Its easier to insinuate he is the antichrist and get it over with....

    August 21, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. Jeronimo!

    McWaynes adolescent antics got him shot down over Vietnam.

    If elected this 72 year old adolescent will make us all POW's (Prisoners Of another 4 years of George "W").

    August 21, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  7. Ejm

    When will McCain start discussing the issues instead of producing this negativity? I think the ad is absurd. I am undecided, but this type of ad has me leaning towards Obama.

    August 21, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    The McCain campaign is utterly pathetic. Catering to the idiot population with lies and distortions is beneath his record of military and public service.

    August 21, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  9. Paul Dobro

    Does McShame really think this whole campaign is a joke? The distruction of America under Bush and we should just laugh off any solution?

    Hey Straight Talk Express, if this keeps up, you'll have to go hire folks from Comedy Central to be on your staff.

    August 21, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. Old white woman in Alabama

    How childish, you think a man of McCain's age could come up with something of substance.

    August 21, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  11. Tyler in Raleigh

    Lets get a clip of McCain jetskiing in Gerogia.....

    Grandpa McCain needs to stop his fascination with the messiah. The conservatives still don't trust him and he is starting to freak me out.

    August 21, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  12. La Raza

    Now this is plain silly. Is McInsane 71 or 7?

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

    Senator McCain makes some of the dumbest commericals and I can't see why people would believe him. Senator McCain is making a huge mistake in his mocking Christianity. He will eventually see making commericals about the "One" will in the end be his downfall.

    August 21, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  14. Dameun Strange

    Yep. He is The One. The One I will vote for.

    GO OBAMA 08!!!

    No more politics of fear, Mr. Quick Draw McCain

    August 21, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  15. EDW

    This is where the negative began. Obama would seem weak if he just sat and took it.

    McCain is just fine with reinstating the draft. If you have kids you should be greatly concerned.

    August 21, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  16. Angela

    I too vote for Obama as "The One".

    Never McCain!!!

    Obama is way smarter than McCain. Mcain was 5th from the bottom out of 895.

    August 21, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  17. Dosteovsky

    OMG did I just hear McCain's campaign say being a POW affected his memory? They said he can't recall the number of houses he has because he was a POW? We don't want damaged, wrinkled brains in the white house.

    Obama IS the ONE! It's about time America reclaimed her position. (and not the bent over one McCain's proposing ....)

    August 21, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  18. Colin -- Southern California

    Look, if he's The One, we'd be fools to vote for McCain.

    Frankly, I want The One running our Matrix, not Republican Agents who want to use us all as batteries for their diabolical purposes.

    I'm voting for The One!!!

    OBAMA 2008

    August 21, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  19. gm

    It should be a disgrace to any politician for their campaign (supporters) to use any reference to Christianity or any other religion to attck another person's camapign for office. If this is the only way McCain and his campaign staff can win votes they better take a hard look at themselves. All persons of any religion should turn their back on this kind of smut. Enough is enough>

    August 21, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  20. hillybilly

    i'll vote for the 'messiah' over the devil incarnate ,any day.any other christians care to join me?

    August 21, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  21. angie - dallas -28

    same crap different day... that's how the repugs like to play nothing new
    but making personal comments about the blue no real material
    this already shows what kind of a president McBush will be.

    same old ads, SAME OLD POLITICS!!!


    August 21, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  22. Laura, IN

    Well, that's one thing McCain has said right. He is still the ONE, the one person who can turn the tables from the WORST PRESIDENCY IN MODERN HISTORY.

    Obama 08

    August 21, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  23. Xavier, Saint Louis, Missouri

    Totally Tasteless!

    greenhx, Yes I have to agree with you. McStooge ads are mocking the Christian faith. However, come November the joke will be on him.


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

    Can Obama spell jealous? He sounds like it and I hope he can spell it. If someone has worked very hard and aquired several houses, so what? You can do it also. Good for him. Obama is a jerk.

    August 21, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  25. randy

    So even McBush sees Obama as the only one who can change things.

    Perhaps the rest of the his cronies will see it too.

    August 21, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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