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

ONE Campaign releases star-studded ad

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(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

ONE “VOICES” Script

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. steve

    2 million for the ad?
    why didn't they just give that money to the people who need it?

    August 21, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. Nova

    Go bless America, the greatest country in the world..

    August 21, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. Ultra Militant Hillary Supporter

    Charity begins at home punk..

    August 21, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Good for the wives. It's good for them to be cordial for the greater good. No way to knock either for this truely inspiring merge to help others.

    On a side note: Let's help all of the suffering American's first! (and not pointed at either party, but if it's OUR money then it should be US first, all others second)

    August 21, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. Andrew Lee, Nashville, TN

    Steve,

    Because that 2 million dollars worth of ad campaign will be viewed by at least 10 to 15 million people, and if half of those people that we're exposed actually decided to do something for the greater good.....well then it served it's purpose.

    August 21, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. Latina for Obama...NJ

    Nice

    August 21, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. Chuck

    Bush did nothing without the approval of the Congress!!!

    Oh Yeah... the congress is controlled by Democrats!!!

    Guess this ad is just one more instance of Barry "American Idol" Obama calling on his young, Hollywood, liberal, do nothings, for help.

    Pathetic.

    McCain = Straight Answers
    McCain = Strong America
    McCain = Experience

    Obama = Carter...(Socialist, liberal, weak) Will lead us into the worst recession since the 1970s.... when Carter was President.

    August 21, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. David Peter

    Too many problems and issues here at home that need to be addressed first.

    August 21, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  9. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    I suppose the billions of taxpayor dollars in foreign and humanitarian aid flowing to the African continent isn't enough.

    These kind of appeals gag me. This is a big planet–we can't tote the tab for everyone.

    August 21, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. Sacto Joe

    The Presidential campaign could have been – and should have been – as civil as this ad. That it's degenerated to the level it has must be laid squarely at the feet of the McCain campaign.

    At least the Obama campaign's attack ads speak the truth. The McCain campaign attack adds, on the other hand, are full of half truths and even downright lies!

    August 21, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  11. Helene

    Hey Chuck !

    McCain = lies
    McCain = ???? houses
    McCain = cheater
    McCain = no experience
    McCain = Manchurian candidate
    McCain = confusion

    Worse than pathetic. Just frightening

    August 21, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. Pepou

    What about the billions of $$$ wasted in Iraq ? That does not anger you ?

    August 21, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  13. Independent in New Mexico

    I agree with "Andrew Lee".. I also feel that this is the type of thing that could be considered a "public Service announcement" and aired free.

    August 21, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. Phil in KC

    Something both sides agree on? Gee, there must be something wrong here.

    August 21, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. Michael

    Awsome!!!!!

    Using ONE as an example, if both parties would put solving our problems first and their parties power standing second, think what could be done.

    August 21, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    This thread shows just the kind of warm-hearted philanthropy that makes us so beloved around the world.

    August 21, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  17. R.Pearce

    Could CNN have a poll to decide how many Americans want to suspend foreign aid until we fix our housing,social security and health care problems? please.

    August 21, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. Republican for Obama

    How pathetic we sound as Americans, "take care of us first, me first, we are suffering!" The percentage of people in this country that are truly suffering is minute compared to other third world countries.

    Do you realize how self absorbed this sounds to people that actually know what suffering is? People who are lucky to get a bowl of rice every couple days, people who are chopped up by thugs with machetes, people who entire generations go illiterate and therefore have little to no hope to help themselves. We Americans, yes me included, are spoiled. Our standard of living is so high compared to other countries on this planet we have no idea what it means to go without, for most.

    Reading these posts make me ashamed for America.

    August 21, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. Jasmyne

    Chuck...what the hell are you talking about????? This is a non-partisan ad to help 3rd world countries. Idiot.

    August 21, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  20. A.

    Hey CNN moderators, what happen to my comment/opinion in
    "Campaigns reach final agreement on presidential debates "?
    I do not think that I have written anything offensive.

    August 21, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. jimmy

    BARAK OBAMA WILL ANNOUNCE HIS VP RUNNING MATE EITHER TODAY OR TOMORROW AND IT WILL BE THE "BREAKING NEWS" DURING THE MAJOR NETWORKS NEWS BROADCASTS AT THE
    6:00 PM OR 6:30 PM TIME SLOTS . THE TIME SLOTS WILL CAPTURE THE MOST NUMBER OF PEOPLE WATCHING THE NEWS AT THAT TIME AND STILL ON THE LATE NEWS BROADCASTS AND OTHER PROGRAMS..
    IT WILL ALSO BE AN EXTENSIVE MEDIA COVERAGE OF OBAMA HIMSELF AND HIS VP CHOICE..
    SO PEOPLE WATCH THE EVENING NEWS TODAY AND TOMORROW.
    SATURDAY IS NOT LIKELY BECAUSE PEOPLE GO TO THE BEACH
    OR SHOPPING OR MOVIES OR WATCH THE OLYMPICS.

    August 21, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  22. Michael

    Wow! Matt Damon. What a proven formidable thinker. Who next? Brad Pitt?

    August 21, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  23. Time for Change

    Chuck, you sir (and I use that term loosely) are a moron.

    Take a look at Cindy McCain in the commercial before you spew your hatred please.

    And to be more accurate your comparison should go:

    McCain = Bush (out of touch, pro-war, oil related, criminal)
    Obama = Lincoln (A man to over come our current national divide, with the exception of idiots like you)

    August 21, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. Joe Kiloz

    H A R R Y,,,,,,,,,,,,,R E I D,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, L I S T E N,,,,,,,,,,,,

    August 21, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. California Gold

    I recognize the need abroad, but my focus is my community. We have elderly who can't afford medicine if they pay their electric bill, we have children who go to school hungry, we have homeless families who lost their jobs when their employer moved off shore and tried to hold on when underemployed but lost it all when the economy was driven straight into the ditch, and a Presidential candidate who can't remember exactly how many houses and condominiums he owns.

    August 21, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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