May 29th, 2009
11:22 AM ET
5 years ago

Dodd releases first 2010 ad

Sen. Dodd's new ad focuses on his role in getting recent credit card reform legislation passed.
Sen. Dodd's new ad focuses on his role in getting recent credit card reform legislation passed.

(CNN) - Nearly 18 months before voters head to the polls, Sen. Chris Dodd is out with his first campaign ad.

The 30-second television spot, entitled "Years," relies heavily on the image and voice of President Barack Obama.

The ad opens with an image of Obama from last week when he signed credit card reform legislation. Roughly half of the ad also features a recording of the president discussing the recently enacted bill and Dodd's role in getting the legislation passed.

"I want to give a special shout-out to Chris Dodd who has been a relentless fighter to get this done," the president says in the ad as an image of Obama, Dodd, and several other Members of Congress appears on screen.

The ad then details aspects of the bill designed to protect consumers in their use of credit cards.

The ad begins airing Friday on broadcast and cable outlets across much of Connecticut, according to Dodd's campaign manager Jay Howser. The spot will run for one week.

The ad comes a day after the Connecticut Democrat's office issued a lengthy memo detailing the senator's recent work on behalf of constituents.

Earlier this week, a Quinnipiac University poll also suggested Dodd's standing with Connecticut voters is improving.

The poll indicates that Dodd trails Republican challenger Rob Simmons, a former congressman, by 6 points. That's down from a 16 point deficit in a Quinnipiac poll released in early April.

The survey also suggests that Dodd's approval rating has jumped 5 points, to 38 percent, from his all time low of 33 percent in the April poll. Fifty-three percent of Connecticut voters disapprove of the job Dodd's doing as a senator, down five points from early April.

The poll also indicates that half of Connecticut voters don't think Dodd should run for re-election, with 39 percent saying he should make a bid for another term.


Filed under: 2010 • Chris Dodd • Connecticut
soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Mick

    We Nutmeggers rid ourselves of one worthless longtime incumbent, Chris Shays, during the last election cycle and will rid ourselves of the worthless Chris Dodd during the next one.

    Good riddance to bad legislative baggage.

    May 29, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. Steve (the real one)

    It's a farewell address, right?

    May 29, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Sorry, Dodd. Your candidacy for re-election is going to go over about as well as a turd in a punch bowl.

    You should be thrown out of office – like your old man was. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

    May 29, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. SD,Michigan

    Let's see..who does the GOP hate most..oh....the triumvirate...Dodd..Reid and Pelosi. I'll vote FOR all 3 of them.

    May 29, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. Scott Stodden

    I think Chris Dodd should run for re-election, he has I believe learned his lesson about the AIG crises. Chris Dodd has always as Senator fought for whats right for the American people. I dont know if he'll win but then again maybe no one important will run against him like Senator Harry Reid.

    Scott Stodden (Freeport, IL)

    May 29, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. Anonymous

    I hope George w Bush's book doesn't sell. I wouldn't buy it.
    He just wants to make extra money for him and laura in their retirement years. He is a despicable person. I hate him. Laura must be in a daydream. she doesn't realize the abuse and nastiness "W"
    inflicted on the American people in his two terms as president.

    May 29, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. J.P.

    "I want to give a special shout-out to Chris Dodd who has been a relentless fighter to get this done."

    Yeah, the subprime housing market, the greater housing collapse, the implosion of consumer credit which lead to the overall collapse of the economy, the successful thwarting of investigations into Fannie and Freddie schenanigans... yeah, Chris Dodd was also a "relentless fighter" to get those done, too.

    Dodd, I'm being as civil as possible when I say, "Start packing now so you won't be surprised later."

    Restore investor confidence in markets... DON"T RE-ELECT ANYONE!
    Incumbent Dump – 2010

    535 empty chairs would be an improvement over the current Congress. Empty chairs do less damage.

    May 29, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. Susan

    he should speak about the mess he created.
    Despite being a democrat, I want leaders like Pelosi and Dodd to retire. They are an embarrassment to this party.

    May 29, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. southerncousin

    Will anyone talk about how flawed the credit card bill is? How it once again penalizes those who pay their bill on time and follow the rules while bailing out those with no sense of personal responsibility. Kinda like Obama and Dodd did with GM, Chrysler, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Living in a country controlled by liberals is so difficult if you are honest and hard working.

    May 29, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. Teleprompter of the U.S.A.

    "Hey, vote for me! I was instrumental in the collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, so I deserve your support!"

    May 29, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. Brian

    Gross, using SnObama in an add.... It will come back to haunt Dodd. 18 months is pleanty of time for SnObama to become hated.

    May 29, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. The General

    Please, give me a break. This clown needs to go. He's the architect of the Freedie/Fanny crash; both him and Obama received massive kickbacks off the back of taxpayers. When are you liberals going to wise up? Ditch this loser !

    May 29, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. The General

    @ southerncousin –

    You're exactly right. If you abide by the rules of your credit card, pay your bills on time, aren't a welfare leach....and generally a responsible person (a conservative, in other words)....then you're punished.

    The act will force CC companies to return to annual fees for all card holders, raise rates across the board; they won't need fine print to do that Obama, and generally make it difficult for the honest worker who pays his bills to achieve, or want to achieve a responsible credit relation ship. The absconders of their debt, usually liberals, will continue to default on their debts because that's their upbringing; i.e., it's someone's fault they got into debt....

    May 29, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. Steve (the real one)

    SD,Michigan May 29th, 2009 11:31 am ET
    Let's see..who does the GOP hate most..oh….the triumvirate…Dodd..Reid and Pelosi. I'll vote FOR all 3 of them
    ----------------–
    Sure you will! You live in Michigan, yet you'll vote in CA, NV, and CT? Who do you think you are ...an ACORN exec?

    May 29, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  15. Teleprompter of the U.S.A.

    "I hope George w Bush's book doesn't sell. I wouldn't buy it.
    He just wants to make extra money for him and laura in their retirement years. He is a despicable person. I hate him. Laura must be in a daydream. she doesn't realize the abuse and nastiness "W"
    inflicted on the American people in his two terms as president."

    You must not have wanted people to buy Obama's book, either, then.

    May 29, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  16. Proud Member..Party of No

    @Anonymous May 29th, 2009 11:35 am ET

    "I hope George w Bush's book doesn't sell. I wouldn't buy it.
    He just wants to make extra money for him and laura in their retirement years. He is a despicable person. I hate him."
    ______________________________________________

    Typical dumbocrat......his next post will be "all you republicans are just haters......Obama is the messiah sent to cure all evils and all you republicans can do is spew your hate."

    May 29, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  17. Jefe

    Brian, why do you think Obama would be hated? Reasons I can think a Neoconservative Republican would hate Obama:

    1) averting complete and total financial meltdown resulting in tens of millions of American deaths through starvation, disease, and rioting

    2) Massive stock market rebound after it lost 50% of its value in the Bush years

    3) Regaining of trust in the world

    4) Taking successful action against Somali pirates at extremely low expense

    5) Taking steps to restore the Constitution

    I'm sure there are other reasons a non-conservative Republican (aka Neocon) would hate Obama, such as his unwillingness to violate Freedom of Speech and other Constitutional Rights...

    May 29, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  18. franco

    Senator Dodd, your time is up; you are not an honest man. We need to clean up Congress and you need to go NOW!

    May 29, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  19. J.P.

    Hey, I just checked the market... GM is now a penny stock.

    Congratulations UAW! You got your wish. You sure showed those "greedy execs," huh!

    Like all parasites, eventually they leech their host dry and the host dies. 100% of nothing is still nothing, and you continued leeching until nothing is all that's left.

    UAW, you broke it, you own it. Congrats. Now let's see how well your union supports your economically-illiterate a$$es in the bread lines.

    Up next: Obama will mandate production of a new "people's car" (heil!) named the "O'bant," named after Obama's favorite Eastern European sports model, the Trabant. Oh, happy days are here again! Maybe we can get the Yugo back again, too!

    May 29, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. Steve (the real one)

    Scott Stodden May 29th, 2009 11:32 am ET
    I think Chris Dodd should run for re-election, he has I believe learned his lesson about the AIG crises. Chris Dodd has always as Senator fought for whats right for the American people. I dont know if he'll win but then again maybe no one important will run against him like Senator Harry Reid.
    ----------------
    Let me get this right. Dodd screwed the tax payers several times over and his reward is another 6 years? He learned his lesson? The average person whould have been fireed a long time ago if he cost his company what Dodd has cost the American Tax payer! Your thought pattern is utterly ridiculous! Please tell me you are joking!

    May 29, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. Jefe

    The General, I hate to break it to you, but Progressives are actually better payers of their credit cards. It doesn't take much searching to see that so-called "Blue States" have MUCH higher average credit scores than red states. It is also well-known that what you call "liberals" are actually the wealthier portion of the nation overall.

    So-called "Conservatives" are more likely to have less education, lower-paying jobs, higher debt-to-income levels, and are more likely to be late or non-payers.

    Don't believe the hype, research the facts.

    May 29, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  22. elliott

    Another of Obama's idiots

    May 29, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  23. dave

    Ha!!! Here's to your political death, Mr. Dodd. May you be served with subpoenas in your near future. You can't polish a turd, sir.

    May 29, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  24. Kevin in Ohio

    Senator Dodd is a major cause of our present economic downturn. The people of Connecticut will not forget that.

    May 29, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. SD,Michigan

    Amazing how the GnOp-ers in Mi blame the Dems...when all of them Republicans were crying and shouting against "bailing the auto-industry". They all wanted to see it bankrupt.
    Gary Peters (D-MI) is the best I've ever seen in my life! Period.

    May 29, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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