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. Daryl from Seattle

    Wow, they're literally running out of material over in the McCain camp.

    I'm still concerned by two things though. One, this 'so-called' surge in the polls for McCain and Two, the oil prices starting to go up again. The surge in the polls leads me to believe that we're being softened up to accept when McCain wins dishonestly, just like Bush's victories. Another sign is that the oil companies are no longer afraid to use their speculators to drum up prices again. I think the presidential seat has already been bought and paid for folks.

    August 21, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. E.C.Coleman


    August 21, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. jack


    McCain seems the least ready to lead with this type of trash. His attempts at blasting Obama will not go un-noticed, come election time.. This guy is completely out of his old, simplistic mind. To use religion as a ploy is disrespectful... McCain SUCKS!!!!

    Go OBAMA!!!

    August 21, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  4. Sarah, Northern Colorado

    When someone has no platform, they spend their campaign dollars on belittling their opponent, rather than stating their platform. This is what I see McCain doing. He is like a tenacious bulldog who refuses to remove his teeth from the back of the mailman's pants.

    If change were so important to McCain, he'd change his anti-Obama message, rather than pushing the same point home over and over and over and over again.

    August 21, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. Disgusted republican

    This ad is sacreligious.

    August 21, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. Mark Wagner

    Good job McCain campaign. A web clip? Seems like a waste of time, since most people who will see it will be Obama supporters.

    August 21, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. Lacy

    "Is he ready to lead?" Absolutely.

    August 21, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. mb--texas

    McCain is right on target Obama is the one that will help the American
    people through some tough times ahead.Energy program will help
    all Americans.Health care issue he will come through with Congress
    to provide health care for all Americans.Let us all get behind Obama
    and make him the one to bring us all together and bring America back
    to front and center in the world.

    August 21, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. Ki-Jana Carter


    August 21, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. Peter of Oregon

    My friends... John McCain is not the one. Let me give you some straight talk... He is a leader that God has not blessed us with. He's been brought to us by his own self-ambition. His hand will not guide the world or this country. And I don't know where the Republican convention is, but wherever it is it doesn't matter. The light has been shined directly on what will happen during the Denver DNC convention.

    But... Is McCain ready to lead? No...

    August 21, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. J.C.

    The more McCain camp mocks about The One, the less I want to vote for him.

    The more Obama talks about McCain's housing number, the less I will vote for him.

    August 21, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. Joe Reg

    McCain's campaign is being run by the administration of Bush. He got a blip lately but they are doomed this November. The people are not going to be fooled this time.

    As far as V.P goes, I have read the augur or tea leaves and it's Tim Kaine of Virginia.

    Obama/Tim 08/12.

    August 21, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. Paris

    The empty shell will save us all!!!!!!!!!!

    I just got a really cool clip from “youtube” about Leadership that was very true.

    Obama not a leader.
    Obama is only a junior senator.

    Just pay attention to his choices: Ayers, Wright, Rezko.
    Some savior he turned out to be !!!

    August 21, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. EMJ

    To: Mike, Syracuse, NY –

    Man you are pathetic using Aids in your comment. Get a life moron.

    August 21, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  15. JC

    These ads are awesome....and apparently working. No wonder the obamabots on these CNN blogs think they are lame....

    August 21, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  16. kendall

    McCain that is blashpamy,

    Moses is major biblical figure to us

    Christian and comparing a politician to that important of figure is low, really low,
    and if you feel that it's okay that speaks volumes of your character, tell us how you really feel about the bible and womens right?

    August 21, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. undecided in ohio

    putting out stupid ads like this is not the type of behavior i want in my next president

    August 21, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. Squeezer

    If McCain could get past his fascination with "ONE" maybe he could count how many houses he owns. (Hint for ya John: It's more than ONE.

    August 21, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  19. ES NYC

    Funny how the Phallic picture is back, last frame of the ad.

    Subliminal messages from Mc Cain's neo-cons, what else could you expect?

    August 21, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. greenhx

    Does anyone have a problem with John MCsame mocking the Christian faith? More proof that Mcsame is not a man of faith.

    August 21, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  21. JJ

    Well I'd rather have Obama as "The One" instead of McCain. Take that to the bank!

    August 21, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  22. PolitcoMike

    What if he's the one? What if he does fix everything?
    What if other nations start to like us again, because of him?
    What if we become independent from Middle Eastern Oil?
    What if American families stop losing their jobs?

    For such a man of "honor" McCain has very little respect for what the American people need.

    Got anything new, buddy?

    CNN, stop blocking comments, what's up with that?

    August 21, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  23. 82nd Airborne Division

    McCain the poor P.O.W who apparently couldn't keep his mouth shut
    while in captivity .Here's the real deal fellow Americans
    I have been doing Uncle Sams bidding's for 25 plus years now,I
    would never surrender too the enemy come home Run for a Political
    office and then use my time as a P.O.W for political gains ! Too all
    you McCain supporters your Boy is softer then puppy pooh!
    A real tough guy, ask him how come he couldn't make Admiral.
    America you really want too know how McCain accumulated his fortune.
    He sold the distribution rights too his North Vietnamese propaganda
    films he made while in captivity!

    August 21, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  24. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Pretty weak stuff for someone that wants to lead the nation.

    August 21, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  25. Phil

    This is the one time I will condone a campaign where you point the faults out of the other candidate simply for the fact the media has not been fair when it comes to Obama. He has been shown as the next coming and nothing less by the media, so McCain has to do these type of ads so people will get the "real" perspective on Obama instead of the spin the sheep believe now.

    August 21, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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