June 24th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Will Obama's name help a Republican senator?

Smith is hoping to benefit from Obama in a new ad.
Smith is hoping to benefit from Obama in a new ad.

(CNN) - Barack Obama's name is likely to help several Democratic candidates down ballot, but what about a Republican?

Oregon Sen. Gordon Smith, one of the most vulnerable Senate Republicans, is stressing his history of working with the presumptive Democratic nominee in a new campaign ad hitting airwaves Tuesday.

"Who said Gordon Smith helped lead the fight for better gas mileage and a cleaner environment? Barack Obama," the ad's narrator states. "He joined with Gordon and broke through a 20 year deadlock to pass new laws which increased gas mileage for automobiles."

The Obama campaign immediately made clear the Illinois senator is supporting Smith's Democratic opponent.

“Barack Obama has a long record of bipartisan accomplishment and we appreciate that it is respected by his Democratic and Republican colleagues in the Senate," Obama spokesman Bill Burton said. "But in this race, Oregonians should know that Barack Obama supports Jeff Merkley for Senate. Merkley will help Obama bring about the fundamental change we need in Washington."


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  1. Lisa

    Gee, I really am surprised at how fair your reporting is for each candidate.

    From your own web page:
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    June 24, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  2. Josh

    Heck, his name will help anybody. I'll vote Republican if they can work together with Barack.

    June 24, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  3. Phil, FL

    Even republicans want to jump aboart the Obama Train. he he he he

    June 24, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  4. unions are not stupid

    I guess that kinda kills John Mc Cains Faux image that he is the bipartisan candidate when he voted with GW Bush 95% of the time. Now we see who the real bi partisan candidate is the one who has republicans trying to use his name for support because they have worked together in the past. All Mc Cain has is extremely conservative democrats or ex democrats AKA republicans all along.

    When Mc Cain worked across the isle we got campaign finance reform with more loopholes than Swiss cheese, loop holes he is now useing to take in $70,000 individual donations

    When Sen Obama worked with his republican cousin they raised fuel efficiency standards for cars! Hum change we can believe in isn't it nice!

    Go Obama 08 Yes We Can

    June 24, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  5. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Obama is what our country need. Someone who looks at the best and the brightest to lead us into the future. Go Obama.

    June 24, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  6. Christian, Tampa FL

    Wow... This is kind of cute in a bipartisan sort of way, but it also shows how much in trouble John McCain might be. If GOP candidates start using Obama as a positive instead of a negative, that doesn't say much for McCain's prospects...

    June 24, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  7. Gene

    I find it pretty funny that this guy is trying to endorse himself with Barack's name :).

    June 24, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  8. Travis

    NO....keep the slippery suckers away from the Democrats

    June 24, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  9. saga for Obama

    when even Repubs are clinging to the coat tails...you know he is the right candidate..
    he is about America nomatter what party you are with.
    go OOOOOObamA

    June 24, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  10. Franky

    Well, will you look at that. You see, who said no one can get along??? Even if you may not support that person, LOL!!

    June 24, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  11. INDEPENDENT for OBAMA

    The Obama campaign immediately made clear the Illinois senator is supporting Smith's Democratic opponent.
    “Barack Obama has a long record of bipartisan accomplishment and we appreciate that it is respected by his Democratic and Republican colleagues in the Senate," Obama spokesman Bill Burton said.........
    OBAMA IS the MAN

    June 24, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  12. Frank Lee

    Adios, Gordon.

    You made your bed with republicans. You could've switched long ago, but you chose instead to hang out with Bush. Now the chickens have come home to roost.

    June 24, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  13. Sam

    After all this talk of how a candidate named "Barack Obama" could possibly not do well, and now his name is helping Republicans. I love how things play out, quite ironic.

    June 24, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  14. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Now that's some serious coattails!

    June 24, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  15. skunkrat The Marine

    What will the Republicans try next? First they try to vilify Sen. Obama and now that are saying he is my best friend.

    June 24, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  16. Nancy

    how remarkable!!!
    Even the "unthikable" are happening...
    wow!

    June 24, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  17. aware

    Ridiculous – just more obfuscation!

    Obama doesn't have a long record of anything let alone bipartisan accomplishment! :(

    Hillary Clinton and John McCain do! :)

    Oops! Obama does have a long record of questionable relationships, poor judgment, egomania and ruthless lust for power!

    June 24, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  18. Tell the truth

    That right we welcome everybody including Rep.

    June 24, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  19. Oregon Joe

    Gordon Smith is a good man and a good representative for Oregon. This will only help him defeat the embarresing opponent the Democrats have put up against him.

    Go Gordon Smith!
    Republican for Obama '08!

    June 24, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  20. Christian Vreeland, Traverse City Mi

    This is kind of funny really. GOP candidate using the name of the democratic nominee to further himself.... show me a Democrat trying to use McCain as an advantage to his campaign and I'll call it a draw.

    For now, it's avantage Obama

    Barack Obama 08

    June 24, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  21. The Blind Lady of Justice

    Not exactly an honest move in my opinion ... my how the GOP has fallen.

    June 24, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  22. Mike

    So what is Senator Smith's voting record in the Senate?
    Tax cuts for the rich?
    Cutting back on consumer protection?
    Far right judicial nominations?
    100 years in Iraq?

    Two senators can be best buddies without being politically similar.

    June 24, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  23. baljeet

    Obama will never win . He is a fraud. Can anybody name me anything he has done for this country. Mccain has proven himself to be a true american hero. Mccain all the way because Obama cannot win the general election. God bless america.

    June 24, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  24. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    I think this is a good thing.]

    Go get um Barack

    June 24, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  25. CNN loves Hillary

    Hey Clilnton News Network:

    Maybe you can run the story of the D.N.C. Sueing McCain Over Campaign Loan.

    Then, you can run the ethics behind McCain's flip flop.

    Then you can factcheck it.

    Then you can leave it on your political homepage for a week.

    June 24, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
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