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. Upon Further Review

    All repubs will hit the street,no blocking the votes next year.HaHA

    June 24, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  2. Raymond Duke

    I am not from orgeon thank God. This poor guy probably needs all the help he can get in that state . Unfortunately for him and some of the decent americans who live in orgeon they are ate up with left wing "latta drinkers" Everytime I hear the gas price is about a dollar higher than ours I start laughing.

    June 24, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  3. MD Democrat

    Yeah! He's gonna help a republican senator alright, in fact he already has and his name is John McCain!


    June 24, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  4. Geri

    How can Obama have a long record on anything??? He hasn't been
    around that long. Most of his time in the Senate has been spent on campaigning.

    June 24, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  5. Jordan

    I don't think he needs to do that. I'm a democrat but I believe Senator Smith has done a fairly good job while in office. He would have gotten re-elected regardless of his campaign strategy, imo.

    my party won't put out a formidable opponent to run against him. they haven't done it since senator ron wyden beat him back in the 90s. senator smith ran two years later and won handily. both senators haven't had any real competition imo.

    June 24, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  6. Frank

    See....Obama isn't about change...he's just another typical Democrat politician. The Democrats and the people who vote for them are all to blame for the current state of madness we are finding ourselves in. Democrat congress....what have you done to help our current crisis? Answer.....NOTHING!

    June 24, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  7. independent

    even republicans know who the best candidate is?this could get really good.

    June 24, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  8. Canadians for Obama

    the world want to work with Obama live alone republican... he is the one we are telling you people he is the one...

    June 24, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  9. Linda

    can jack ask " why republicans are using Obama's name in there campain and what it mean for Mcwar ?"

    June 25, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  10. Ali

    Is nothing wrong for a different party candidate supporting others, is just like proving that if you belief this guy just belief me too we have worked together and achieve, and we can work together

    June 25, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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