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. Sylvia, MA

    Apparently Barack's coattails are longer than we thought. That's a good thing because he wants to be the president of all Americans, not just Democrats.

    Good choice Senator.

    Obama 08

    August 1, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. Mike in Houston

    And why is this news. So what this guy has worked with Obama. And?

    August 1, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. FactCheck

    The only way anything will get in Congress is if there is bipartisan votes on major issues. Look at how Mitch McConnell and 38 of his Republican cronies did in blocking troop funding until their oil company lobbyists get what they want (BTW, nice job on NOT reporting this CNN.... do you even have journalists there anymore?).

    August 1, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. Fred C Dobbs

    Gordon Smith will be kicking himself when Barack Obama loses in a big fashion come this November.

    The worst of both worlds – a Republican and a ?

    August 1, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. JM

    Who cares ? I care about energy, health care, and foreign policy . This is the news? The best you can do CNN?

    August 1, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. Lynn

    Obama has promised everything to everybody and his Black constituents are beginning to understand that they will be the next ones "under the bus." Obama has a crush on himself . . . he is the ONE he has been waiting for. Hopefully Americans are tired of sound-bites and photo ops because that is all he has to offer.

    August 1, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. Fed up with the lies

    Being an Independant from Oregon; I will vote for Gordon Smith. He has represented Oregon well. He has seniority that a new Senator wouldn't have, and the bottom line is Merkel is too smarmy. He is a mud slinger that has done nothing but promote higher taxes for Oregon, and we don't need his kind. Since I'm not a Repub. or a Dem. I'm not too worried about getting another Repub. out of office. I just care what he does for us here; and he's done a good job. He also works well with our other Senator, Sen. Wyden (D).

    August 1, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. SHAWN

    This is what is making McCain grumpy, this and his own party telling members and the current president to stay away from the convention.

    August 1, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. karen-phoenix

    Go Obama!!! Landslide in November! Obama is for all America!
    Peace is Patriotic!

    August 1, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Bulldog

    Why the hell does everyone think the Republicans are pushing hard for offshore drilling all of a sudden? Because the Bush term is almost over! They are getting desperate. Don't fall for their scams.

    I watched the Senate debate on oil yesterday and the Democrats introduced at least 3 bills to try to help lower gas prices and the Republicans said no each time because their bill did not include offshore drilling.

    So this is it. If the Republicans cannot have offshore drilling they will block each and every energy bill that will help bring down gas prices or help to create alternative energy sources. This is there strategy.

    Don't fall for it. They are scam artists. How many times to they have to prove before people quit falling for these Rebublican lies. All they really care about is Big Oil and Big Corporations.

    Isn't it funny that John McCain received $1 million dollars from Texas oilmen right after he changed his position on offshore drilling. Hmmmm. If that's not obvious I don't know what is.

    August 1, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. ANGIE


    August 1, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. Denise Groves

    If you cannot beat 'em, join 'em!

    August 1, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. Dem for McCain

    The media ignored McCain when he was talking about the issues and his history. I don't blame him at all for the negative ad which finally got the media's attention. I want him to do whatever he can to win to keep Obama out of the White House. And I hope the media realizes how much the public loves John McCain. We want to hear about his positives too.

    August 1, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. Independent Fred

    Nothing is EVER going to get done if Republicans & Democrats and us Independents don't work together.

    I was really looking forward to a Presidential debate of substance from two real gentelmen. However this is NOT the John McCain I admired from 2000 and Senator Obama is in danger of loosing his soul.

    Stick to the issues gentelmen because we want solutions.. America can't afford 16 more years of bickering like the last two Presidents presided over.

    August 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. Jeff Long

    Someone is against Obama!! He must be a racist!!

    August 1, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  16. LET IT GO

    He knows what McCain is about..

    August 1, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  17. Debby

    Yeah and he will probably pull the lever for McCain. LOL

    August 1, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  18. Walter

    The single most interesting feature of this Presidential campaign is how down-ballot Republicans will behave.

    People like Gordon Smith are confronted with a stark choice. Stick with the racist lies that the angry old men running his party will spew for the next four months. Or break ranks.

    Smith has made his choice. Let's see if there are anymore like him who still have a conscience.

    August 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  19. mitchell hussein martin

    If you vote against Obama then you are a racist!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  20. v.a.

    hahahaha it's over for mcsenile. he can't even garner support from his own party. i love it!

    August 1, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  21. joe

    Iam disappointed with republican PARTY they always preaching about patriotic to your country but they almost destroy america because of greed and power. OBAMA 08. WE WANT OUR COUNTRY BACK SO OUR CHILDREN CAN HAVE FUTURE .

    August 1, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  22. Voter

    rats leaving the ship.

    August 1, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  23. Cynthia

    It looks like the Senator sees the handwriting on the wall. He knows that the Republicans are in deep trouble.

    August 1, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  24. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    He wouldn't be asking to be considered for the VP slot would he?

    August 1, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  25. selected not elected

    Everyone shouted about the ugliness of "racism" throughout the primary.

    But no amount of sexism shown Hillary was EVER ugly enough to be mentioned.

    The media bias was apalling.

    Crude sexual comments- okay.
    Any non-positive comment about Obama- must be racist and immediately criticized.

    August 1, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
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