(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."
Don't you want to align yourself with the GOP Presidential nominee, John McCain .... ??
Obama .... YOU ARE THE MAN
Yeah, well Gordon Smith know's what's good. Bet your Faux noise won't report this ad. Obama is brilliant and he is what is needed right now. All aboard the Obama train!
Interesting. From the blogs on CNN I read a lot of cynical, mean, ignorant and spiteful comments. But...... the truth is that we need a new vision in DC., before things get worse.
On the CBS evening news I heard that Israel has asked the U.S. to help them attack Iranian nuclear facilities! YOU KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS...........
MORE WAR, TROOPS DYING, MAIMED, MOUNTING NATIONAL DEBT!
FOLKS, CAN WE AFFORD MORE WAR? This is Bush's legacy.
I am from Portland, Oregon. Oregon has recently been turning more blue than purple. I think this is Gordon Smith's tactic on being reelected. It's funny after watching the Mississippi special elections because the candidates down there were playing ads that were explaining how they hold conservative values. Where as Gordon Smith has had to consistently tell Oregon voters that he is a moderate more-so than a conservative. Using Barack Obama's name is once again to attract the moderate voters of Oregon who will most likely vote for Obama.
As an Oregon Independant; I think Sen. Smith is just fine as one of Oregon's two Senators. Why the state would replace a veteran Senator who has established clout in the Senate with a rookie unknown is beyond me. Sen. Smith has worked well with Sen. Wyden (D) and I expect him to continue to do so for the next six years.
immediately putting someone you worked with out in the cold just because hes from a different party?
yeah sounds like a whole new washington to me...obama is foolish to think he can change anything if hes running under the umbrella of either of the two parties, especially when he clearly is still toting the party line when it comes to support
Typical Gordon Smith. For approximately 4 1/2 years, Senator Smith votes very conservatively. Then, as the election approaches, all of a sudden Senator Smith moves to the middle. There is nothing new here, except that this time hopefully Oregonians will see through the charade.
How desperate is it when a repug using the democratic presidential nominee in his campaign? Pretty desperate and laughable. Should tell you repugs something.
He should change party.
Republican for Obama
Obama 08 & 12
Yellow teeth McSame take that. Your own people don't want to touch you. Obama08 is coming with or without the PUMA people.
Hillary still needs you guys to support her with your money. Don't run out on her now. Money,Money,Money Honey. Talk is cheap so put up or shut up and get out of the game. I knew it was republicans acting like Hilary supporters. It was republicans voting for her all the time. Even PUMA PAC has faded quickly.
Obama08 for a better America and world. YES
More of what the nation needs, agreement on issues and conserns that need to be addressed.
Can we all just get along.
Remember this is how we WON'T get anything done. We have to cross party lines over and over to do what's best for the country. Hopefully this will be the new trend.
Sound good to me–Go Obama, you rock.
I'll talk to a Martian, if it will bring the soldiers home.
This is a good thing. We need more Dems and Republicans talking, talking, talking.
This says a lot for both sides. We need this in our government. However, I live in Oregon and will vote for the democrat.
Hey, we're all Americans, don't forget that. What a revelation, we can actually work with the GOP.
I hope Mr. Obama pick Mr. Bloomberg as his running mate. This two will make a great combo. Much better than any other combo. I think.
The last time I checked, John McCain was a US Senator – If he really thinks that gas tax holiday gimmick (I mean idea) is such a winner, exactly what is preventing him from introducing legislation to make it happen? The same thing that prevented HRC from doing the same, I suppose. Their failure to do so is its own kind of bipartisanship, no?
We can talk to our enemies, but we can't talk to each other? That's absurd.
This is a great country and we can work it out.
It took a lot of guts for this Republican to do that. I say welcome him to the fold. We've got a big tent.
Hey aware you're ridiculous!!! You're like a zombie moaning: "McCain...Hillary...." I didn't know that you were a politician. You have access to the records. Perhaps, YOU can tell me what his records really are :-/
Full of hot air....that is very unfortunate :(
BTW: "Oops! Obama does have a long record of questionable relationships, poor judgment, egomania and ruthless lust for power!"
So does McHagee, McDrill, McMavric, and McPOW
Relax, bud. This will be over soon enough....
Smith is also running local ads featuring former Dem congresswomen endorsing him. Seems he's conceded that Oregon will vote Dem again in November and he wants some of that action.
Another odd note about this new ad... the font he used is the same that the University of Oregon uses for their sports teams. Is that a nod to liberal Eugene, home to the school, or an implication that he's given up on the more conservative Oregon State vote?
I guess if you call 3 years in the Senator, while campaigning for the last 2 years –"A long record." What a laugh!
Senator Obama is truly a light weight!
well there goes bipartisanship.
Mr. Change has now thrown a fellow senator under the bus!
Yes, but would he continue to work with Senator Obama? Sorry, but I don't have much faith in the Republicans.
It just goes to show, that we all need to work together across the board. Because we all live in this country and we all want progress and it be beneficial to everyone. Like a company, keep your employees happy, management and higher ups will prosper and everyone will be happy. I personally say their are some things that we all must work together on for both parties and 3rd parties even and that is clean energy and reduce oil dependence. That should be top priority among other things.