August 1st, 2008
11:23 AM ET
6 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. Josh Maloney, Oakland, CA

    I admire Senator Gordon Smith. He reminds me of our Governor Schwarzenegger who challenges politicians to work toward non-partisan solutions. I think we as a country could go along way if people would drop their respective ideology. We all share similar goals for our country and the world. We need to take a step back and see the other point of view.

    August 1, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. tough

    You may have worked with him, but I thought the race issue was over, but I see Obama is introducing it again in his comments, shame shame, keep it up and you will lose more votes....

    August 1, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. P.U.M.A- true democrat for fair campains

    Democrats who remain in denial about the sexism that damaged Hillary Clinton- losing in Nov may be the only way to drive home the point that sexism is no better than racism.

    Stop with the threats about NOT voting for HRC in 2012 just to get even. I doubt that HRC will run in 2012- so it is an empty threat as well as counterproductive.

    Threatening democrats to force them to vote for Obama will only lose Obama MORE and MORE support. No TRUE democrat will vote for Obama JUST because you threaten us.

    Remember when you retaliate in 2012- if HRC should run- you will just gain yourselves a longer reign of republican rule. You are not spiting anyone but your own selves.

    The DNC capitulated to your threats and installed the weakest democratic candidate as nominee- LOOK where that got us, the party and the country.

    Say hello to McCain- all of you who believe you can force and coerce your candidate into the presidency.

    August 1, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. james messina

    "You can't teach and old dog new tricks"- but you sure can teach a puppy plenty
    This man Obama may not have the so called experience in war as McCain has but experience is not always better. It is wisdom that is needed, knowledge without wisdom is futile. So far what I hear and see when Obama speaks is coherent and makes sense. He has vision and is sensitive on the most important issues. He will not concede to sycophancy projects that have shallow patches in order popularize with the uniformed mainstream. Everything he says agrees with the scientific and intellectual community.

    August 1, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. This Is My Country

    I wish America would wake up. The problem we have is we never know when we have a good thing. Barack Obama's candidacy is a good thing. I don't know if he'll win, but his candidacy is good for all Americans.

    The world is so engrossed and so enthusiastic for us, why can't we be enthusiastic as well. Yes we have problems, but those problems can be resolved. Just enjoy the moment of an African American candidate running for the highest office of our land. It's a great day, whether we realize it or not.

    I don't know about you, but I'm loving it.

    August 1, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  6. so you really dont know mccain, do you!!!!

    why is it not reported in the News about all of the big Washington LOBBYIST running john mccain's campaign...Wayne Berman-Chevron, Eric Burgeson-BP, Frank Donatelli-EXXON (12 billion dollar profits this quorter), Rebbecca Anderson-Sunoco, CHARLIE BLACK-Occidental Petro.(still on pay roll), Nancy Pfotenhauer-Kock Ind.(see her often on CNN), Randy Scheunemann-Amco to name a few. why don't we see reports about how Mccain took $100,000.00from Lowell Paxson, McCain would write 2 letters to the FCC recommending they allow Paxson's purchase a Pittsburgh TV station. why has it not been reported that Mccain was against off shore drilling UNTIL McCain got MILLIONS from Big OIL? if i were a Repub...i would say STAY AWAY TOO.

    August 1, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. Dems are stuck in the fix they rigged

    I for one, will look forward to the Obama supporters boycotting HRC in 2012.

    We should be so lucky as to have Hill run again.

    And HOW many years of Republican rule will it take to have you haters for Obama learn the lesson: DO NOT strong-arm and cheat your way into winning. Forcing your candidate on people will only facilitate HIS failure.

    Oh... and sexism is JUST as ugly as racism... so stop with your denials and blind devotion to Obama.

    August 1, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. jim, kansas city

    you see I would vote for obama. But to be honest I think he might be Manchurian Candidate. I saw him when he talked to somebody in his audience when they were complaining that he did not address certain issues. Obama replied I have talked about them before. When something comes up, he always does not address it the same day, he tells people, tomorrow I will make a speech about it.
    I really think he is Manchurian Candidate, he has to go have speech written by probably somebody else and read it well from telepromter, if God forbid somebody asks a question outside that speech, well guess what he wont answer it, but you better believe a speech on that issue will be followed couple of days after that.
    That being said, I can not vote for Manchurian Candidate aka Obama

    August 1, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. TonyInKentucky

    We don't need Republicans anymore. They should be run to the fringes. The only issues they have that are any business of the government is financial and the Democratic party has PLENTY of corporate globalist (including such "socialists"as Hillary Clinton and to a slightly lesser extent Barack Obama).

    Let the DLC and DNC factions split and become two parties, we'll have an extremely marginalized Republican party, and that situation should give room for the current 3rd parties to get a chance to get financing and earn support to come to the table.

    Instead of insanely making the GOP the default party, it makes much, much more sense to get them out of the process. Despite the lip service, even a casual look at history since Eisenhower tells you the Republicans divide, disrespect the laws, and strangely enough...BANKRUPT the nation when they have the wheel. Even the high exalted Reagan, they spend our money and export jobs. THAT'S WHAT THEY DO!!!

    They deregulate corporate robbers but seek to usurp the Constitution and Bill of Rights, providing special oversight of the individual. They have no problem regulating the lives of citizens but leave corporate raiders without the least accountability, much less transparency.

    Democratic corporate globalist at least understand that government has lost it's way when it completely forgets that it does have to work for the people. Not utterly and completely like the GOP.

    Let's get back to semblance of living under the Constitution and Bill of Rights and apparently and quite sadly that seems to mean without the party of Lincoln having much of a part to play.

    August 1, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. glenn

    I agree with all the above, working together is the key.
    Electing a President in November is on everyones mind, yet we fail to look beyond the small pictures of our minds.
    If we could think positive about everyone being a winner instead of judging which candidate will win, than we will have less smearing and all winners.

    This is very hard to accept, because of skin color and seeds of hatred
    blocking our mind of seeing a better picture.

    I think about my ego or others people and sometimes i think we enjoy life better when there are losers.

    August 1, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. Paula

    Is he just agreeing with Obama's suggestion on the Gas price problem? Or is he endorsing Obama? If that's the case he should give all the funds back to the Republican party. since his party,
    can' t get anything done. They got us in this mess to begin with. They all hold responsibility for every mistake made from both sides of the isles. As far as the list of gas conservation, old list. Back in the 70s'

    August 1, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. Richard

    The GOP is getting desperate. They know they will lose big time in november, and they should. Thay have neglected the American people and allowed George Bush to do whatever he wants. Time for them to sit out a few elections.

    August 1, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. Sebastian

    Undecided, indepedent voters ....

    I believe that looking forward and having a plan, BEFORE a problem surfaces is a pretty good indicator of a true leader.

    I have long felt that it is the responsibility of the President to insure that the gas mileage of our cars & trucks makes steady, deliberate progress.

    I believe this serves the best interest of our soldiers ... less need for oil ... less need for them to be put in harms way.

    I believe this serves the best interests of our economy .... less demand for oil ... less vulnerability to outside pertubations.

    I believe this serves the best interests of our enviroment .... less carbon emmissions .... less global warming.

    I am very please to hear that Barack Obama has exhibited this foresight by supporting for higher Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. This is not necessarily popular in the auto industry or the oil industry but it is in the best interests of the country.

    This ad by Gordon indicates that Obama did this on principle, well before he was running for President.

    Kudos ... Senator Obama ...

    August 1, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  14. wbw

    This is off subject but I had to say it.
    All you Idiots that want off shore drilling wake the hell up.
    The oil company's are not going to just keep this oil here. It will go to the highest bidder. CHINA , INDIA ,WHO EVER BIDS HIGHEST.
    Get Educated.

    August 1, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. Sheople yes, people no so much.

    I love how the Cult of Obama worshippers are still threatening the HRC supporters.

    Vote for Obama or ELSE...

    Or else what? Give all of you leftists republican presidents for decades to come?

    STOP the strong-arm tactics, the threats, the hate and the sexism... it will ONLY lose elections for you.

    When will you learn that forcing people to vote your way is a sure road to failure?

    When will you start to understand the democratic process and stop subverting it with threats?

    When will you start playing fair and winning fair?

    August 1, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  16. SUZANNE

    12 BILLION DOLLAR PROFIT FOR EXXON.....AND YOU THINK WE NEED MORE OF THIS SHOVED DOWN OUR THROAT...

    BUSH AND ALL OF HIS CABINET SHOULD BE IN PRISON!!!!!

    IF WE PUT ANOTHER REPUBLICAN IN OFFICE...YOU CAN STICK A FORK US...CAUSE WE ARE DONE!!!!!

    VOTE THE REPUBLICANS OUT OF OFFICE...THEY'VE RUINED THIS COUNTRY...WAKE UP PEOPLE WE HAVE GOT TO GET OBAMA IN THE WHITE HOUSE TO SAVE US ALL....DO THE RIGHT THING AND PUT BARACK OBAMA IN THE WHITE HOUSE...IF WE DON'T...IF ITS STOLEN FROM US AGAIN...WE ARE ALL DOOMED!!!!!!!

    August 1, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  17. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Will the PUMA stupids and "Will Write in Hillary" bitter women give it up??!?!?!??

    UGGGGG!!!!
    SO CHILDISH.

    "Selected not Elected"

    –did you not watch the Primaries or are you a closet Republican?
    HILLARY LOST.
    SHE CONCEDED TO OBAMA.
    GET OVER IT OR GO GET THERAPY.

    OBAMA 2008
    YES WE CAN!!!!

    August 1, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  18. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Good to know that Senator Smith is honest about what Senator Obama has done in terms of working across the aisle. I thought I heard Senator McCain (voted with Bush 95% of the time over last 2 years) say that Obama never works across the aisle.

    August 1, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  19. hatred will kill the democratic party

    Obama supporters:

    Your threats to retaliate by NOT voting for Clinton in 2012 are too pathetic to be funny.

    Is Hill running in 2012?

    Will forcing Oba ma down our throats work to win the election this year?

    Even in a NO LOSE year for democrats it looks like the installed nominee may just be able to pull a LOSS off.

    When will you learn that fixed elections fail in a democracy where the majority are wanting fairness and a level playing field.

    You hateful supporters inspired by Obama are the ones responsible for him losing the support of millions of democrats, independents and cross over republicans.

    HATE IS BAD- accept that. SEXISM IS UGLY- accept that. THREATS TO FORCE YOUR CANDIDATE will backfire- accept that.

    August 1, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  20. Texans for Obama

    Most of the people who are trying to define racism on this blog doesn't have a clue what it really means. If you are not of another race other than "white"and haven't experienced pure raw down and ugly racism stop hollering about it. Hillary did not experience anything compare to most African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians.

    This country called America is one of the worst . Europeans are more liberal. That is why they can't understand why America would rather vote for a tired old white man that is "dumb as they come" instead of an intelligent black man. Racism is very alive. If you don't want to vote for Obama, vote for "tired McCain, but don't just vote against a black man! Obama is going to win by a landslide anyway !

    August 1, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  21. Cubanos de Florida

    Obama will work with all parties. we need to think of new ways to get this country back on track. wel all need to stand united in the logn run.

    Obama the man with better judgement and vision , 08!

    August 1, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  22. Democracy itself over loyalty to democratic party

    All you pro-Obama folks that think hating fellow democrats will spell victory in general elections....

    WATCH AND LEARN.

    Reverse racism and sexism and strong-arm tactics and threats to fellow voters will BACKFIRE.

    You all gambled that THIS year- with the country in such a bad way that ANY democrat will win- you could get away with the strategy of hate and racial divisiveness and threats.

    You are wrong. Many of us love democracy more than we care about winning JUST one elections. We want a democratic future for ever more. We won't sit idle while you subvert the process to install your puppet.

    August 1, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  23. Proud PUMA PAC

    Listen up Obamabots!!!!!!!!

    EVEN this year- you will not get away with hating and threatening your way into installing the least qualified democrat as the party nominee.

    The DNC capitulated to your threats for political correctness and proved themselves to be biased sexists in the process.

    Americans will NOT capitulate so easily.

    Watch us rally to DEFEAT Obama. No longer any good candidate to vote for with Hillary swiftboated by her own party. So now it is all about knocking the puppet installed nominee out.

    August 1, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  24. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    SMART MAN !!!!

    REPUBLICANS, DEMOCRATS & INDEPENDENTS,

    NEED TO REMEMBER THAT WE ALL ARE AMERICANS.

    AND WE ALL OWN & PAY FOR OUR GOVERNMENT.

    WE MUST CALL THOSE THAT ATTEMPT TO DIVIDE US,

    NO MATTER THEIR PARTY, SLEAZY, SCUM BAGS.

    August 1, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  25. Philip

    It's good to have a president who command the respect of even America's enemies.

    August 1, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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