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August 5th, 2008
08:32 PM ET

Paris Hilton for President?

Barclay Palmer
AC360 Senior Producer

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Now Paris Hilton leaps into the presidential contest, releasing her own "campaign ad" with a tart reply to John McCain.

Last week, McCain mocked Barack Obama in an ad calling him the “biggest celebrity in the world,” mixing images of Obama with pictures of Hilton and Britney Spears, and asking, "But is he ready to lead?"

Well, in her own ad, Paris Hilton fires back at McCain, with a voiceover that says, "He's the oldest celebrity in the world. Like... super old. Old enough to remember when dancing was a sin, and beer was served in a bucket. But... is he ready to lead?"

Then Paris appears, smiling warmly from a poolside loungechair and wearing a leopard-print bathing suit, and says saucily, “I want America to know that I’m like, totally ready to lead.”

"That wrinkly, white-haired guy used me in his campaign ad, which I guess means I'm running for president. So thanks for the endorsement white-haired dude."

Then in a single sentence, she offers her own energy policy, calling it "a hybrid" of McCain's and Obama's energy policies: “Energy crisis solved!”

The video is classic Warhol-like Paris. Check it out.

Hilton has often been called a celebrity just for being a celebrity. But, as her website happily points out, she has been a model, recorded an album, published a tongue-in-cheek autobiography, starred in a hit movie and TV show, and launched several business ventures. Oh, and she went to jail ever so briefly last year.

In response to her ad, McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds says, "Paris Hilton might not be as big a celebrity as Barack Obama, but she obviously has a better energy plan."

No response to that little jibe from Camp Obama - not yet, anyway.

The raw politics is getting rawer, ain't it?


Filed under: Barclay Palmer • John McCain • Paris Hilton • Raw Politics
soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. Presley

    Oh please, I am loathed by the senseless media parading of all these frosted flake pop tarts. They do nothing but waste energy.
    Sub-standard intelligence, delivery and antics keep the life lines to the Paris Hiltons wide open. They are nothing but sorry, distorted reflections of aimless priorities.
    By all means let's join hands and sing Kumbaya camp songs about how we all know them so they must be doing something right, yea, no.
    They do what every sorry little media whore does, when it's all happy-happy, great for them and only them but awww and booooo when the world gets too hard and mean, i.e., DUI's, drug possessions, etc...
    Enter a David Letterman and all of sudden OMG, like he's soooooo meeeean. Gag me with a Cheeto.
    I am not better off at knowing who these useless people are, sadly, I do however. Embracing any image negative or otherwise and using them in a campaign ad only reflects the desperation these alleged celebs have accrued.
    btw, Paris is gross and orange.
    Politics and celebrity, if you aren't one you'll never be the other. McCandyassCain needs to recognize. SNL anyone? It's the same thing and same vain he is using against Obama.
    I guess we don't digest anything if it isn't wrapped in bacon flavored hypocrisy.

    BOOOOOOOOO, thumbs down to all of it.

    August 7, 2008 at 9:49 am |
  2. Brian E. Fillioe

    Sad thing is Paris has an idea on energy that needs to be seriously looked at. If the "old dude" and "that other guy who talks about change" would stop playing politics along with the rest of congress things might improve for the rrest of us.

    Brian
    Brandon VT

    August 7, 2008 at 8:21 am |
  3. Gail E Duncan

    LoL!!!!!!!! At least this may get the younger generation into politics more and thinking about the environment. 10 points for that!

    August 7, 2008 at 5:30 am |
  4. Sydney P, Johannesburg

    Loved it! Never been a real Paris fan but had the opportunity to work with her at a children’s home not too long ago – pity it was not as newsworthy as her jail time.
    Sure it’s a publicity stunt but you have to admit it hits the spot and the timing was perfect! Well done, Paris!

    August 7, 2008 at 4:34 am |
  5. Alex

    McCain dropped this campaign to its low level by comparing Obama to Paris and Britney. She hit him back real hard. Good for her. What was the old man thinking when he insulted her. Did he expect her to sit back and insulted? The ad is an insult to her personality and she has all the right to hit him back. I think the guy is so frustrated so what he truly needs is a Vigra surge to overcome his frustration.

    August 7, 2008 at 4:02 am |
  6. amadeus max

    Because McCain put both Paris Hilton and Britney Spears in his political ad, and made a negative representation of both of them nationally, couldn't they sue John McCain? I mean it could become the most sensation slander and libel suit of all time (He's talked about how he stands behind the ad in speeches).

    I mean Paris isn't hurting right now, but Britney could use the media coverage and potential lawsuit or out of court settlement funds to help her life right now.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:31 am |
  7. GT

    I think paris did the right thing, i don't think they can use somebody's name to do that kind of campain with out hir permision any way she respond it smartly. paris's energy plan is looks better than Mc Cain's million dollar campain. so I am voting paris.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:06 am |
  8. Arturo Rolland

    I wonder why nobody has questioned why Obama is now being portrayed as a celebrity. The fact is, he is seen as a celebrity because he has caused such an immediate effect on the political scene that he's reached this status. Don't be misleaded, however, Obama doesn't earn his living selling perfumes or bags, rather, inspiring change and bringing back the rule of reason to a very corrupt political system controlled by a small group of wealthy individuals seeking to maintain power through the politics of fear.

    August 7, 2008 at 1:20 am |
  9. Maurice Stewart

    Who is advising the McCain campaign and his advertising strategies?
    What idiots! Since when is being "charismatic" and popular a negative? What marketing idiot would try to turn a positive into a negative against a charismatic, popular political opponent 25 years younger? Why Paris or Britney? An ex-con and an individual with a series of bizarre behaviour. Is this showing respect to his political opponent? Kudos to Paris with her response!
    Obama should counter-attack him with the same ad showing that unlike Senator McCain's philosophy, young people should not let their youth and relative inexperience stand between them and their dreams especially when job-hunting. Drive up the young people vote and Let him pay for this by alienating himself further from the "young people vote."
    McCain is clearly playing the "Age" card from the bottom of the deck up while his campaign resist any reference to his age. He CANNOT have it both ways. By the way, isn't experience a factor of being older? what's up with the experience argument anyway? Twenty five years? Wouldn't it be sad if Barack had more experience?
    With subtle race-baiting coming out of the McCain camp, anyone notice how he and Cindy constantly display their blonde daughter Megan but hides their adopted non-white daughter from Bangladesh?
    Is this a coincidence or a deliberate action? Disgusting!

    August 6, 2008 at 11:55 pm |
  10. Look2theWest

    Tonight, Glenn Beck said Paris's energy plan "makes more sense than those other to guys". This is only the latest example of how Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly strive so hard to be balanced, by bashing both candidates that their criticism is unfair.

    By saying McCain is just as bad as Obama lets Obama off the hook for lying about drilling and destroying our economy with his energy plan. The only way to hold Obama responsible is to say, loud and clear, his plan is much worse than McCain. To say both candidates plan makes sense gives Obama a pass.

    August 6, 2008 at 11:54 pm |
  11. adrienne

    So McCain retooled his 'celebrity' ad with out Paris in it.

    there is only one problem...

    All I can hear is the Paris ad in my head now. He is the OLDEST celebrity in the WORLD. A Sexual image makes things burn into the brain. now I can't get it out. wrinkly old white haired guy. I wonder if she knew her own power. It's burned into the brain. That ad of McCain's has been ruined.

    Yeah, she knew her power. Why do you think she chose to be half naked? She new the power of it. McCain is now the OLDEST celebrity in the WORLD. I'm John McCain.. (wrinkly old white haired guy that uses young women.)
    She knifed him. Deeper than he knows. I can't get it out of my head everytime I hear McCain's celebrity ad.
    It will be burned deep into millions and millions of minds.

    John McCain- the OLDEST celebrity in the WORLD... that wrinkly old white haired guy that uses young women. John McCain, the guy you can trust to exploit and use your daughter for his own gain.

    August 6, 2008 at 11:18 pm |
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