August 1st, 2008
11:23 AM ET
10 years ago

In new TV spot, GOP senator stresses his work with Obama

A new ad from Gordon Smith’s campaign stresses his work with Barack Obama.

A new ad from Gordon Smith’s campaign stresses his work with Barack Obama.

(CNN) - Republican campaigns have launched a slew of ads this year looking to tie Democratic congressional candidates to Barack Obama. Now the Illinois senator’s name is making another appearance in a new GOP spot this week - the second ad from Oregon Senator Gordon Smith that stresses his own working relationship with the presumptive Democratic nominee, and with Massachusetts Senator John Kerry.

"Times are tough. Rising prices on gas, food, health care. Families need help. That's why I choose to reach across the aisle,” says Smith in the new spot. “With John Kerry to protect homeowners from foreclosure, with Barack Obama for better gas mileage. And when President Bush tried to cut Medicaid, the Oregon health plan, I said no. What matters is helping people, not who gets the credit.”

Last month, Smith plugged his work with the Illinois Democrat to push for stricter mileage standards for automobiles.

Smith may be highlighting his ties to Obama - but he can’t boast a nod from his Senate colleague, who supports Democratic opponent Jeff Merkley.

soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. aware


    Senator McCain 08 and Hillary Clinton 2012! 🙂

    August 1, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. Mickie in PA

    All of you PUMA's better get ready to be on the unemployment line if either Hillary or McShame were to get into office as both of them are for the NAFTAs up the wazoo!

    August 1, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Dave

    I love how McCain and the RNC are attacking everything Obama does and says....yet GOP candidates are using their experiences working with Obama as a positive point in their campaigns.
    So which is it? Is he full of hot air and an empty suit? Or is he a great senator that crosses party lines to get things accomplished?

    The GOP has some serious issues to address.

    August 1, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. Truely a Democrat

    You know the GOP brand is really bad when the only selling point you have is to share your support with the democratic party. Oh well, good for us. LET"S GO DEMS!!!

    August 1, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. Ken

    Who's moderating on this thread, George Bush?

    August 1, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. john williams san diego, ca.

    we're talking about Oregon here, the stepchild of San Fransicko. Hemp being their major contribution to mankind. Keep your tires and lungs inflated and all will be well with the world.

    August 1, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. Enlightened voter

    When did Obama EVER reach across the aisle? He has voted more left than Ted Kennedy. What a farce!

    August 1, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. james messina

    To jim Kansas city

    I know you really don’t think Obama could be a Manchurian Candidate. If he is, who would be the one making him? Isn’t anyone realistic? Does everyone listen to their heart rather than their standpoint and party? Jim, if you look close at Obama’s’ speeches he rarely even uses any written speeches, they may be in front of him but he speaks most of the time without looking down. This means one thing. He speaks from the heart.

    August 1, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    If anyone has a record of reaching across the isle it is McCain. Obama claims to have a record of reaching across the Isle. he dose but only on democratic Issues, the only problem is that it is the repubs that were really reaching across the isle. If a dem talks to a repub about a dem issue like the environment for example then it is the Repub that crossed, not the person pushing his/her own agenda .

    August 1, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. johnny

    this is the problem with politics. people just saw whatever to get elected.

    this is no different then the Democrat from Oaklahoma who said he can't endorse Obama.

    either way were screwed because all politicians are cowards

    why do candidates have to be leabeled as republican or liberal or democratic or conservative. why can they all be labeled as Americans so they will make the right choices, and won't be scared to upset there supporters

    August 1, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  11. William

    Thanks Gordon. Finally a Republican who thinks for himself. And has a brain.

    August 1, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  12. M.S. Indiana

    Oh PUMA, come with your trash talk......

    Hey at least the republican can vote Ron Paul and sleep safely at night

    August 1, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
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