This campaign season was a long, crazy journey full of surprises, triumphs, new lows and historical moments. And in a year when video, the internet and the like play such an important role in the campaign, any advertisement you create can live on long after it’s pulled from the airwaves. Here are some of the most talked about campaign advertisements of the 2008 election:
The Democratic primary was a long, hotly contested battle between political veteran Hillary Clinton and “new guy,” Barack Obama. Clinton played up that difference in this ad, questioning Obama’s readiness to lead. It sparked scads of jokes and parodies.
Once it got down to just Obama and John McCain, McCain showed his capacity for the ridiculous with an ad comparing Obama with Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. Hilariously, Hilton, with some help from Funny or Die, created her own response to the ad:
Then just last week, Obama spent an estimated $5 million on a 30-minute ad that ran during prime time on CBS, NBC, Fox and Univision:
And the presidential candidates weren’t the only ones making news with their ads. This disgusting attack ad from Elizabeth Dole, Senator of my state, lashed out at opponent Kay Hagan, basically saying she’s “godless.”
And finally, here’s my #1 favorite election ad of this year, and well, all time: