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. Really?

    ha ahaah – Republicans will do anything............ McCain and Larry craig look better together try that........

    July 28, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    On second thought, isn't this the second incident with promotional materials and Senator Obama?
    DJ in Tx., I see you thinking. Maybe it wasn't a "mistake."

    July 28, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. Matt: honestly

    Freida

    You have been misinformed. I am not voting for McCain due to his stance on the war in Iraq, Iran, foreign policy in general, on abortion, the economy, and giving the basic freedoms that American's should have. If you are a true democrat, or Hillary supporter you would do the same. It is about the issues, not personal grudges or age.

    July 28, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Jenny, Rio Vista, CA

    This country is going down the tubes and we have people saying they will vote for McCain because Hillary lost the nomination, we have McCain calling his opponent a traitor and the usual "does not support the troops" crap. We have McWar joking about bombing Iran and killing Iranians with cigarettes. We have McSenile telling the media that he knows where Bin Laden is but doesn't want to spill the beans.. what does that mean... is he risking the chance of another attack against becoming the hero.......??? We have people calling Barack scary because the world seems to like him. We have McFart telling us that he knows nothing about the economy but people who are in financial difficulty claiming they trust him. His advisors are someone who caused the Enron debacle and the woman who got fired by HP because she nearly put them out of business. Wow!! some people in America are really really stupid.

    July 28, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. McCain Lies!

    Missed you Biffington, Biff – and your right. They have no limits to how low they will go. Yet they love to tout themselves as christian. Wonder what God they worship.

    July 28, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. mike

    Why do I not belive this was a "mistake"?

    Can't wait for the Obama spin on this one!!

    July 28, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. Latinos for Obama

    Republicans offer the same for America: Dirty /disgraceful politics to distract from the mess this present administration/McCain have created.

    July 28, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. jean HUISSEIN (WHAT HAPPEN TO THE GREAT COUNTRY WE USED TO BE?)

    MC ALZHEIMER AND HIS TEAM OF GANGSTERS ARE GOING CRAZY.

    July 28, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. Dom Pfefferkorn

    Why should the Republican party comment on this? Neither they or the Democratic party had anything to do with this, a third party vendor made these, and even if the vendor did it on purpose, there is nothing criminal about this.

    July 28, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. Ange

    Good one!

    July 28, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. unity

    Get a grip – This should not be a ticker item!

    July 28, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. Kurt F

    Even as an ardent Obama supporter, I have to admit this is pretty funny. Was it a legitimate mistake? I seriously doubt it. However, Craig is another GOP (read: Gay Old Party) member that they would probably rather kept under the rug...or in the closet if you will.

    July 28, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. Obama- Next Stop.. White House

    These replubs are RELENTLESS . They dont sleep at night fixating on Mr Obama and how they can bring him down. This is DESTINY..... you can not & will not alter destiny.......

    July 28, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. Shannon in California

    why is this news?

    July 28, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. Independent Fred

    I think that button is bloody Hialrious!!

    July 28, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. Evista

    Why blame Karl Rove ? He is working with Donna Brazile, is she in on this too??
    Maybe Obama ordered them because he was missing the other Larry, Larry Sinclair.

    Of course this won't appear!

    July 28, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. Jeremy, Littleton, CO

    Not a good choice for a running mate, haha. But can you imagine the polls if he actually chose a decent Republican candidate as a running mate?

    July 28, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. Justin from West Haven, CT

    McCain/Foley '08 Shuring the Florida molestor vote.

    July 28, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. MMN-Milwaukee WI

    if you spit into the wind, it will blow back on your face.

    July 28, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  20. sarah

    wow you obama bots just have to blame the republicans for everything dont you. wait maybe it was bill and hillary clinton who ordered them! you should definately blame them too. and when your candidate gets mashed in nov. you can blame everyone but the lameoid obama, as usual.

    July 28, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  21. Courtesy of CNN affiliate KPVI.

    But campaign buttons mistakenly featuring those two politicians surfaced over the weekend under the Obama campaign's motto "Change You Can .........Shame on you CNN !!!!

    July 28, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  22. Sharon

    CNN - what does this have to do with the issues? This is called the "Political Ticker," right? How about providing the public more relevant info on what's going on in all areas of our government - Congress, Justice Department, etc., - in this forum and allow comments on their activities. How about it?

    July 28, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. Gordon, Houston, TX

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

    That commercial firm that ordered the buttons is the one who sets up and sends in the artwork when making the order. I wonder just which "commercial firm" that might be. CNN, find out more.

    July 28, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  24. gastoys

    From soldier4Obama
    "IT IS TIME TO TEAR DOWN THE WALLS OF FEAR, LIES, POVERTY, HATE, RACISM, SEXISM, TEAR DOWN THE WALL, OBAMA 2008"

    What are your thoughts on Obama attending a racist anti American Church for twenty years and letting his children attend the hate church too? What does this say about his character? What are your thoughts on Obama displaying the endorsement from the Black Panthers on his campaign website? Could you imagine if McCain had an endorsement from the KKK? What about Obama's comment on "Typical White Person" or "Clinging to guns and religion". Could you imagine if McCain said “Typical Black Person” and “clinging to BBQ Ribs and Watermelon”? What about the time when Obama lied on national TV that he never was in the congregation when there were controversial remarks being said, then a couple of weeks later on national TV said he was there? Liar! What about him consistently changing his views from left to center to win votes? Obama pushes FEAR every day to the American people with the economy, fuel, and Iraq yet he has no real plan just talk.

    I used to have respect for Obama in the beginning and thought he was about Change and Hope, but now I think Rev. Wright was right about one thing when he said, “Obama is a typical politician who will sliver to the left or right to get what he wants”.

    Obama is a racist, anti American, a liar, a typical politician, a hater, someone who pushes fear on the American people and should resign immediately.

    Independent thinker who supports the Constitution of the United States of America from all enemy’s foreign or domestic (Obama)!

    July 28, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  25. Biffington, Biff

    Republics..... can't win unless they cheat....

    July 28, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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