July 28th, 2008
04:55 PM ET
6 years ago

Campaign buttons show Obama with Larry Craig

An image of the mistaken button, courtesy of CNN affiliate KPVI.
An image of the mistaken button, courtesy of CNN affiliate KPVI.

(CNN) – Barack Obama likes to stress his willingness to work across party lines, but Republican Sen. Larry Craig probably isn't the Illinois senator's top choice when it comes to showcasing his bipartisan credentials.

But campaign buttons mistakenly featuring those two politicians surfaced over the weekend under the Obama campaign's motto "Change You Can Believe In," according to CNN Idaho affiliate KPVI.

The buttons, created by an Ohio-based company called Tigereye Design, was supposed to feature Obama alongside the Democratic Senate candidate in Idaho, Larry LaRocco. A retired editor for the Lewiston Tribune noticed the mistaken buttons and printed them in Sunday's edition.

LaRocco's campaign says the buttons weren't ordered by them, but rather a commercial firm that sells campaign memorabilia.

Craig, who was arrested last year for allegedly soliciting sex in an airport men's room, is not running for reelection.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Larry Craig
soundoff (318 Responses)
  1. SADDAM H.

    I think the Obama Hussien seal (seal copied from presidential seal) is better.

    July 28, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. Bayou Joe

    Hey that's one way to get the Gay vote.

    July 28, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    What a pair. Both won the state of Idaho. Both use the bathrooms so what do you expect.

    Two girlie men and looking good.

    July 28, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. WHY!!

    An image of the mistaken button

    CNN if this was a mistake why in H_LL are you make this News!!!

    July 28, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. sPoNgEbOb sQuArEpAnTs

    I remember this US senator pleaded guilty to one count of lewd act, because he was soliciting gay sex at an airport restroom.

    Is Obama now gay ? .......Or did he pick this man as his VP?....

    Larry Craig is the Gay KING of the US senate

    LOL.

    Obama stay far away from Craig

    Obama '08

    July 28, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. 100 yrs in Iraq

    ========these republican do whatever it takes to destroy obama==

    July 28, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. OBAMA Supporter all the way

    A bad odor is in the air. Could it be the Republicans fighting dirty. Do they have any shame. This is why they are going to loose. They are proving Obama right. Same old politics.

    We must vote for Obama in record breaking numbers this fall to show them just how sick and tired we are of Bush and McCain.

    July 28, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. Donna in ID

    Now I think that is VERY funny.

    July 28, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. Linda

    Finally a change I can really beleive! Is there somewhere I can get one of these buttons?

    July 28, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. Bill from ALabama

    Now that's the kind of change you can believe in.......one deception after another......one mistake after another......Obama apparently taking on anyone for the VP slot that will say yes! NO one wants to be "that" tied to Obama. Secretly, everyone expects desaster from the freshman Senator.No repeat of Bush,but let's take on a Republican VP..................I don't find that hard to believe about Obama at all. Sounds like Obama's same wishy washy self.....just trying anything to be Pres. of the United States. Wait to you all meet Obama's cabinet....the Rev Wright for Press Secretary ,Father Pfleger for Whitehouse Spiritual advisor, and Bill Ayers will raise the flag everyday over the Capitol. Camp David will be changed to Camp Trinity.

    July 28, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. Dragon Lady

    WOW ! kapow ooow !

    July 28, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. East Coast Bum

    Even thought I support Obama, it is pretty funny. Please to not take with an ounce of salt.

    July 28, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. NoMcSame

    No, he is a McSame lover. They have had many closed door sessions together. If we don't ask thet won't tell. Thats the way republicans roll.

    July 28, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. James in NY

    Next story please...

    July 28, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. billylee8

    Well that does it – Obama's campaign staff can never be president.

    July 28, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. Dr. Sam

    SO, WHAT IS THE NEWS? What does Obama have to do with this?

    July 28, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. KMAN

    I don't think Obama has ever emphasized working across party lines quite to the extent that McCain has claimed he does. Since Larry Craig is a GOP Senator ... I'm sure he will gladly place his tapping toes next to his fellow and equally repugnant GOP colleague! McCain has flipped on everything else ... so, I’m sure he’ll do the same for good ole’ Larry as well! After all ... it's ANYTHING to win for our VERY SENIOR Senator from AZ.

    July 28, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. Lindsay

    I have a hard time believing this was a "mistake". Whose Republican pocket do you think the button designer was in? It certainly goes well with the usual Republican campaign strategy: insist on similarities between one's opponent and something negative (despite any evidence) enough times that the general public starts to believe it.

    July 28, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. colorado

    hee hee hee...i knew obama was a closet conservative!

    July 28, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. David

    Obviously done on purpose by a McCain supporter as McCain is unable to be competitive on his own merrits.

    July 28, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  21. larry buchas

    It won't work, right wingers.

    He's all yours! And you have a restroom reserved for him at the Republican Convention.

    July 28, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  22. Bridgette-PA

    Ok, let's move on now.....geeeez!

    OBAMA / SEBELIUS -08!

    July 28, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  23. Robert

    Definitively – NOT news.

    Your article even points out that they were 3rd party products, the mistake was caught, and they were not released.

    Please CNN – Let's see substance!

    July 28, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  24. tony

    Maybe it was Obama that Craig was playing footsie with

    July 28, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. demwit

    Why was John Edwards in a hotel bathroom at 3:00 AM? Is he gay now too??

    July 28, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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