Apparently the Pope and Nelson Mandela were excluded from consideration:
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On a conference call with reporters just now, McCain campaign manager dug in and defended the new McCain ad deriding Obama as "the biggest celebrity in the world" and comparing him to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton.
"What we decided to do was find the top three international celebrities in the world," Davis said. "And from our estimations, Britney and Paris came in second and third. From our perspective, we have in this ad the three biggest celebrities in the world."
Even the National Review
notes that the Pope is a bigger draw:
Kathryn Jean Lopez
I read that Obama had 200,000 people at his rally today. The pope has him beat — my friends at The National Catholic Register tell me "nearly 300,000" went to see B16 last weekend in Australia.
John McCain is a trophy husband. A lot of guys would want to have a beer with him, especially since his wife would keep it flowing gratis. While McCain has short arms, his wife has the deep pockets. This Bud's for all of us so long as McCain is McAble to keep the beer flowing freely.
Obama might counter McCain's celebrity ad by signing up Tim Conway to do his shuffling old man schtick, using the podium as a walker.