June 24th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
10 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."

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Gordon Smith • Senate
soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Brad O'Neil

    Dude –

    Don't you want to align yourself with the GOP Presidential nominee, John McCain .... ??

    Obama .... YOU ARE THE MAN

    June 24, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  2. tigerakabj

    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!

    June 24, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  3. Independent-woman-4-Obama

    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...........


    FOLKS, CAN WE AFFORD MORE WAR? This is Bush's legacy.

    June 24, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  4. Hiro

    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.

    June 24, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  5. Steve

    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.

    June 24, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  6. karl

    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

    kinda sad....

    June 24, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  7. Just a Dude, Portland, Oregon

    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.

    June 24, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  8. Enlightened Voter

    How desperate is it when a repug using the democratic presidential nominee in his campaign? Pretty desperate and laughable. Should tell you repugs something.

    June 24, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  9. Joe Reg


    He should change party.

    Republican for Obama

    Obama 08 & 12

    June 24, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  10. NoMcSame

    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

    June 24, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  11. Ron

    More of what the nation needs, agreement on issues and conserns that need to be addressed.

    June 24, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  12. Chuck

    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.

    June 24, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  13. Dinah, NY

    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.

    June 24, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  14. pam Eugene OR

    This says a lot for both sides. We need this in our government. However, I live in Oregon and will vote for the democrat.

    June 24, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  15. Lisa

    Hey, we're all Americans, don't forget that. What a revelation, we can actually work with the GOP.

    Obama 08

    June 24, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  16. WISDOM

    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.

    June 24, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  17. B. Churchill

    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?

    June 24, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  18. Taggert

    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.

    June 24, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  19. Nash

    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.

    June 24, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  20. Bishop

    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....

    June 24, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  21. Al

    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?

    June 24, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  22. wiser

    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!

    McCain 2008
    Hillary 2012

    June 24, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  23. ReaganDem84

    well there goes bipartisanship.

    Mr. Change has now thrown a fellow senator under the bus!



    June 24, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  24. Loretta from California

    Yes, but would he continue to work with Senator Obama? Sorry, but I don't have much faith in the Republicans.


    June 24, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  25. Hate to break it to you

    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.

    June 24, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
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