August 1st, 2008
11:23 AM ET
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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. Mike

    Ummmm.... when GW's approval rating was in the 90's I don't recall Gordon Smith talking like this. He needs to dance with the one who brung him. If you were a partisan in '04 the dems don't need and shouldn't want you now!!! Good riddance......

    August 1, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. NotFallingInLine.org

    If you can't beat on him, join him. We support Barack Obama>

    August 1, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. The Real Issue

    This Oregon Senator is not the only Republican to work with Presidential candidate Obama. Take a look at his economic team that he met with earlier in the week....a mixture of Dems and Republicans, some who previous worked for the present and past administrations.....When Obama went overseas, he had Senator Hagel, a longtime moderate Republican with him on the trip.

    Obama is slated to be the next president, winning Dems and Republicans alike!!!!!

    August 1, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. s

    As an independent Oregon voter, I say we need more politicians like
    Gordon Smith-those who put the people's needs above their party.

    August 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. Todd in Texas

    He stole the "Yes We Can" from Bob the Builder.

    "Can we build it? YES WE CAN!"

    This guy steals from kid's cartoons. I never knew till I saw my daughter watching Bob the Builder.

    August 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. Kongtooth

    They worked with Graig a lot too....

    August 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. raheen PA

    VOTE OBAMA08

    August 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. soy

    this is funny...

    August 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. James From Chicago

    All McCain has to do is sit back and relaxe, Obama is going to bury
    himself. McCain is going to win this election, even the blacks are
    getting disgusted with Obama. The blacks should have stayed with their original choice of Hillary. The Clintons always fought for the African Americans, Obama dosen't give a hoot. He wants the last HooRah.

    August 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. Proud American

    Wake up America!
    Obama '08

    August 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Kelby from Houston, TX

    LOL...STOP IT...I AM GOING TO DIE FROM LAUGHTER

    One side of the GOP is attacking Obama and trying bring him down. The other side of the GOP realizes that they can't. They realize that people all over the world know how bad repugs are. WE HAVE GIVEN A NAME TO OUR PAIN. We call it the republican party. Now they are jumping ship.

    REPUG POLICIES ARE WRONG AND JUST FLAT OUT EVIL

    August 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. Casey

    He sounds resonable. I just hope the rest of his record shows the same kind of approach and that he's not just using Obama's celebrity and the public's opinion of Republicans to trick people into voting for him.

    August 1, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. john

    Please Gordon, give us a break...this from the guy who voted with W and the Repuglicans over and over again. It seems he'll do anythign to get re-elected, even jump in bed with Barry...

    August 1, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. Political Savy

    Let all the republicans come out of the closet to support OBAMA.
    It is the only survival technique in this wilderness.

    August 1, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. Nancy

    i understand his position
    i'm getting his thinking...
    he simply wants to win.

    August 1, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. tjpdx

    I'm from OR. Before everyone gets too excited about Smith please know that while making small efforts to be a moderate, Smith still votes with Bush 90+ percent of the time. This is mostly politician-speak because he is facing a very tough re-election and knows Obama will get a huge turnout in OR. ...If McCain wasn't such a weak candidate, Smith would be bud-bud with him and bashing Obama.

    August 1, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. Phoenix

    McCain has a crush on Obama because he keeps mentioning his name over, and over, and over again...

    August 1, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. Steven

    Did eveyone see the guys that Mccain planted at Obama's convention? This is the weakest move Mccain has made in this campaign:) Planting some guys he paid to be disruptive and then he had a team of his cronies ready to flood CNN right after it happened. Kudos to him for trying everything but the truth is Mccain is just not likeable to the American people. He is not a guy any one of us would spend time with , young and old. He looks and act kind of nutty.
    They will try anything. lol

    August 1, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. Donna, VT

    Why can't he talk about John McCain, or better yet George Bush?

    August 1, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. Jude

    Its not about demo's or repub's...its about working together to solve our problems. Anybody who votes simply on party lines is a zombie or robot controlled by the leaders of the party!!! Don't be an idiot and vote your conscious not just along party lines.

    August 1, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. M.S. Indiana

    Welcome on board Senator Smith, we can use people like you, we are so tired of the Bush clones. It is time to get America back to the people.

    August 1, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. Enlightened Voter

    Oh, so all those claims about Obama working across the isles and actually doing things as a senator are true. You mean he was telling the truth, huh repuglicans? So I guess john mccain's statements about Obama are lies huh? Imagine that.........

    August 1, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. Bill from ALabama

    Gordon Smith is simply looking after his State's Interests,and sometimes that means making a pact with the "Devil". That's all!

    August 1, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Wow! Bipartisanship..We're come a long day from the dark days of Tom Delay, huh?

    August 1, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. Candy West Virginia

    Obama has been saying all along we need to work together and how he has reached across the aisles to get things done and turns out he was right. But you repugs will spin this truth into another falsehood in 3...2...1...

    August 1, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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