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."

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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Steve, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    This is funny as hell. Republicans like Gordon Smith are desperate and are willing to use Senator Obama to help their own reelections especillay those in Blue States.. How say you all Republcain's out there? Why does Gordon Smith want Bush or even McCain to campaign for him??

    June 24, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  2. Obama-Junkie, IL

    Thats hiliarious...a Republican candidate trying to ride the coat-tails of change in Oregon.

    June 24, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  3. David B, Ashland, OR

    Oh, Gordie, we have lived with you being our Senator for WAY too long as it is. We are tired of you shifting in the political breezes. You will need to get your resume in order as come next January, you will be out of a job...FINALLY!

    June 24, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  4. Will smith

    The GOP brand is so damage to the extend that one of them will use Obama name in his campaign. Why don't you use McCain name?

    June 24, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  5. A unknow black man from Canada help blogged 4 Obama since primary.

    Yes we can use his name now in a possitive way from both party.

    One person have to win, Obama name which affiliate with 3 senate and house rep helped them win their election.

    I am proud that everyone is agreeing to affiliate with Obama cuz he is a good man. God be the glory.

    God Bless America and one day I will be recognised with status.


    June 24, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  6. jaylo

    At the state and local level, these contributions are difficult to trace. At the federal level, contributions are reported and traceable. There is a lengthy lag time. Recent figures may take weeks to be reported and analyzed; however, February records can be examined. Obama had donated to delegates more than $700,000; Clinton more than $236,000. Studies have found that a presidential candidate who gives the most money to superdelegates receives their endorsement 82 percent of the time.

    The Weekly Standard commented “... if 82 percent of the superdelegates are endorsing the candidate who donated more to them, that’s indicative of something other than a belief in the ‘audacity of hope.’ It sounds like old-fashioned bribery.”

    June 24, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  7. Brian

    As a Democrat, I wouldn't mind Obama endorsing a Republican. Republicans are Americans too, and if one of them is qualified to keep his Senate seat, then that should be part of the "change" we need. Helping the right people, not the right party. Though, I know nothing about these two candidates, so I'll trust Obama's judgment.

    June 24, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  8. Ron


    I think the Senator should switch parties if he does not aggree with their platform.

    Obama 08

    June 24, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  9. richard


    Who would have thought that a "skinny guy with a funny name" would draw republicans to use him in their ads... to get elected!?

    obama is the man

    June 24, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  10. KU for Obama

    If you can't beat them join them philosophy? At least he is smart enough to read which way the wind is blowing. More than can be said for the older women pretending to be for Clinton who say they are voting for McBush. If they really supported Clinton, they would support Obama, her only chance to continue to build on what she stands for.
    We are the future of America and we want Obama!

    June 24, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  11. carrie obama

    i love obama
    but why is the party so divided based on parties and all?
    we should work together,
    its abt the american pple,
    not abt demoocrats,republicans,libertarians,conservatives,liberals,black,white,male ,female.,hispanic,black,white,asian,gay,straight,christians,muslim,jews or what ever
    its about the people who are the americans

    June 24, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  12. John in Iowa

    What a LOSER!

    June 24, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  13. Herman in LA

    Rise Barack Rise

    June 24, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  14. RYAN

    LOL, Republicans 're in real deep trouble. Majority of them will loss re-election this year and next year............

    June 24, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  15. Gerry M

    I live in Oregon and I can say Gordon Smith is smart to get under the Obama wing. Senator Obama has a good chance at a 60/40 percent win this fall over Senator McCain. The voters in this state want to see some change and they are not afraid of giving Senator Obama a shot at making some changes. Senator Smith is moving in the direction of becoming a Demican. That’s a cross between a Democrat and a Republican. Senator Smith may be calculating correctly that the GOP is doomed this year!

    June 24, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  16. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    holy poop!, even republicans are trying to ride Obamas coat tails.

    June 24, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  17. Irishspacemonk

    Being from Oregon, I'm just curious where Gordon Smith's money is coming from. He's been running ads in prime 5:30-6:30 slots for months now, with not a single ad from Merkley. Not that I really feel Merkley needs to advertise, but it's really disconcerting.

    June 24, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  18. Brian

    To Aware:

    "Word of the day" toilet paper?

    June 24, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  19. MD for Obama

    To Aware:

    You are an example of people who choose to ignore the truth about Obama because you are too busy hating! I bet these same people did the most screaming about Jeremiah Wright! "Ruthless lust for power?" Please.

    June 24, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  20. Becky

    Things look better for Obama every day. McCain reminds me of the annoying kid that keeps saying "Look at me, look at me, look at me" while doing something crazy for attention.

    I can't wait until a debate. Is there any doubt how the comparison will be standing next to each other and Obama speaking intelligently and thoughtfully and McCain spinning out and forgetting his last answer?

    June 24, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  21. James Carville

    Oh well, when he is all about bipartisanship, why can't he support Gordon? After all, he worked with him as a partner!


    June 24, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  22. James Carville

    and c'mon , the ad quotes obama's statement about gordon. that means obama supports gordon's views. How on earth can anyone interpret it as gordon supports obama???????? that is so stupid man. some people are blinded badly.

    June 24, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  23. mike

    I hope Obama picks Hillary as a VP. It will be an unbeateable ticket. I am an Obama supporter but I think Hillary ran a great campaing and she is a fighter and I am glad what she is doing now keeping her promises.

    June 24, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  24. Rob

    If he can vote for impeachment and other key issues instead of filibustering. then so be it.

    June 24, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  25. adam

    cnn can you guys stop it, you don't have any good news to post here? can you be more oveues, why don't you expose mcsame, that is so sad you guys are so iger to talk bad adout Obama.PLEASE STOP IT.

    GO OBAMA08-12

    June 24, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
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