(CNN) - Last month, the Republican Party used Barack Obama in campaign ads against Democratic candidates in conservative districts - but one car dealership in solidly-red Texas decided the Illinois senator would be good for business.
“Even ordinary folks like you can buy a Kia! Yes you can!” says the Obama impersonator in a television commercial for Dallas-Ft. Worth area-based Central Kia, which uses a logo that resembles the Obama campaign’s.
“You get responses,” said John Trevino, business manager for the dealership. “Some people are appalled by it, some people like it.” He told CNN the ad had been on the air for several weeks, and that it was the first political-themed spot he recalled during his year with the company.
Missouri GM, Ford and Chrysler dealer Mark Muller recently grabbed headlines for his Obama-inspired promotion that offered customers a $250 handgun, or $250 in free gas, with the purchase of every new or used car.
Muller said the give-away was inspired by Obama’s now-famous remark at a San Francisco fundraiser that small-town Americans often “cling to guns or religion.” He has said that business has grown fourfold since the promotion launched, and that most customers have overwhelmingly opted for the free gun.