August 21st, 2008
12:10 PM ET
8 years ago

ONE Campaign releases star-studded ad

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Matt Damon stars in the ONE Campaign's latest ad 'Voices'."]
(CNN)—The ONE campaign released a star-studded pre-convention ad Thursday, featuring Michelle Obama and Cindy McCain, the wives of both presumptive presidential nominees.

The 30-second spot, ‘'Voices,’ stars actor Matt Damon, who has traveled with the ONE campaign to Africa two times. As the ad progresses, Damon remains on camera, but his voice is replaced by those of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Michelle Obama, Cindy McCain, as well as average Americans.

"“Thanks to everyday Americans who chose to make a difference millions of lives have been saved in the world’s poorest countries,” Damon says. “But there’s still more to do,” Cindy McCain adds. “Please join the millions of Americans from every party,” Damon continues. “Who are coming together as ONE,” says Michelle Obama.

The nearly $2 million ad campaign emphasizes the need for the United States to be educated and involved in helping some of the world's most deprived countries.

Michelle Obama and Cindy McCain have been active supporters of the campaign's mission. In July, Mrs. McCain joined the ONE Campaign on a trip to Rwanda, visiting health clinics, and an orphanage.

The ad will hit the airwaves Sunday, August 24 on cable and entertainment channels.

Full script after the jump


MATT DAMON: Thanks to everyday Americans who chose to make a difference…

MATT DAMON (Matt Damon as Voice #1):

...millions of lives have been saved in the world’s poorest countries…

MATT DAMON (Voice #2):

41 million more children have been able to go school.

MATT DAMON (Voice #3):

3 million more people living with AIDS...

MATT DAMON (Voice #4):

...have access to lifesaving medication.

MATT DAMON (Voice #5):

3 million fewer children die each year from preventable diseases...

MATT DAMON (Cindy McCain as Voice #6):

But there’s still more to do.

MATT DAMON (Voice #7):

In this election year,

MATT DAMON (Voice #8):

...please join the millions of Americans from every party…

MATT DAMON (Mayor Bloomberg as Voice #9):

…Democrats, Republicans, Independents….

MATT DAMON: (Michelle Obama as Voice #10)

….who are coming together as ONE…

MATT DAMON: (Matt Damon as Voice #11)

We welcome your voice. Thank you.

Filed under: Cindy McCain • Michelle Obama
soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. SIMP

    Joe Kiloz

    are you some type of idiot? Can you type or write a complete sentence? What a weird person you are. What I would suggest is you take a look at some of the comments and try to type one yourself it's not that hard. instead of all of the capital letters and weird symbols, you should be able to come up with something, but then again you are an mcsane fan and any body who follows this loser is not very bright. LOL

    Obama, Obama all the way

    August 21, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    **U.S. tax dollars heading for the African continent:

    $220 million–Women's justice
    $4.1 billion- aids, malaria, public health
    $519 million-economic development
    $376.3 million–direct humanitarian aid

    **This is just general revenue earmarked from tax dollars and does not include phlianthropic efforts through the many religious and humanitarian organizations millions of Americans already donate their time and money to.

    August 21, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. sherry for Obama





    August 21, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Jason

    "Damon remains on camera, but his voice is replaced by those of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Michelle Obama, Cindy McCain, as well as average Americans"

    How awesome that we 'averages' got included in this ad. I'm headed right now to give more money away to see that it is well served in some far-off location.

    August 21, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. B J

    The whole cheating on your wife thing should not be a big deal to democrats.....Bill Clinton was president.

    August 21, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. Carol

    Hey Chuck, you forgot to add that Congress was controlled by the Republicans for the first six and half years. Oh wait, you want to ignore that and live in denial.

    McCain = Part of the problem for the past two decades.
    McCain = A continuation of the Bush economic policies
    McCain = Another war president
    McCain = A man who doesn't respect women, let alone his own wife.

    August 21, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. Haven't made up my mind yet!?!?

    Thanks...New now please!

    August 21, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. Praetorian, Fort Myers


    So why isn't this $2 million dollar ad playing in Europe?
    What about Saudi Arabia (practically on Africa's doorstep) total government foreign humanitarian aid (documented) less than $100,000 USD.....
    I'm not opposed to the ad-I am opposed to the notion that we aren't already giving–against our will from our government–despite what we may be donating individually. And I still maintain, dear Sifa–other western nations, industrialized nations–aren't exactly running over there with a checkbook.

    August 21, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. Virgo20012

    Hi Steve,

    Don't underestimate the cost of the war, which still rages on.

    August 21, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  10. Dewey

    Let Oprah, Jolie and Pitts money continue worrying about Africa and let American dollars stay in America. Those people don't even know they are "suffering" until we tell them they don't have it as good as us. They make do as they always have for hundreds of years.

    August 21, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  11. hillybilly

    how many kids would 2 mill. feed ?

    August 21, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. Andrew Lee, Nashville, TN

    GiroGeezer, Calif.

    I disagree.....if the ONE Campaign spends 2 million on an ad campaign to bring attention to Africa, and people see this add and act on it by writing letters to their officials, (which is a huge thing with the ONE campaign), joining the peace core, donating food etc etc. Awareness and action is the end goal of this campaign, not just money.

    Besides, if you just handed the two million dollars over to Africans....what's to keep the corrupt dictators from just taking it anyway...right?

    Help me out here me 🙂

    August 21, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. CM

    LOL Chuck.....

    The Deomcratic controlled Congress has been here since 2006 and the Repbublicans have fillibustered a record number of bills to prevent anything useful from happening. Add to that the vetoes from your President.

    Anything else you need 'clarification' on?

    August 21, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. Peggy - TX

    I really like Cindy. I feel sorry for her through. McCain is a dominating person and she was so young compared to him when they married. McCain lied to her about his age and marital status when he met her and then used her for her money.

    August 21, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Montana is Obama Country

    I LOVE Matt Damon... aka..Jason Bourne.

    I love the ad... aka... very true..

    I LOVE Barack Obama..... aka .... 44th President of the United States..


    August 21, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. John in Ohio

    "Chuck": You do realize that Cindy McCain was in this ad also, don't you?

    August 21, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. S. Boatman

    Mccain Is Not A Hero! . . . Enough Said!

    August 21, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. Griff

    I'm with you little Man, and they are all in Africa...

    August 21, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  19. Spencer

    How about Momma Walbucks dish out some of those millions since her and her Alzheimer's having husband can afford 10 homes and can't keep count of how many they have.

    August 21, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. Delay man

    Oh this is great. Remember the UN and food for oil corruption? Nobody believes UN anymore. UN needs a reform.

    August 21, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  21. Mike, FL

    I thought Cindy doesn't like to shake poor people's hand?

    August 21, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. Peter (CA)

    Gee, I would have hoped that an ad like this with both Michelle and Cindy might not bring out the worst in people and might curb the hysteria.

    Thanks, Mike-TX, for proving me wrong.

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