January 18th, 2010
12:33 PM ET
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Obama appears in new ad for Coakley

President Obama appears in a new ad for Martha Coakley released Monday.
President Obama appears in a new ad for Martha Coakley released Monday.

(CNN) - President Barack Obama appears in a new campaign commercial for fellow Democrat Martha Coakley, the party's candidate in Tuesday's special election for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's seat.

The ad began running on television in Massachusetts Monday, one day after the president was the main attraction at a rally for Coakley Sunday in Boston.

The commercial uses portions of Obama's speech from the Sunday Coakley campaign event.
"Martha knows the struggles Massachusetts working families face because she's lived those struggles. She's fought for the people of Massachusetts every single day," says the president in the ad. "As attorney general she took on Wall Street and recovered millions for Massachusetts taxpayers. She went after big insurance companies, took on predatory lenders. That's what Martha Coakley's all about. Every vote matters. Every voice matters. We need you on Tuesday."

Coakley, the Massachusetts attorney general general, is deadlocked with Republican state senator Scott Brown, according to recent polls in Massachusetts.

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  1. Tarheel

    His visit should be enough to put Brown over the top for the win. These last minute visits smells strongly of desperation.

    January 18, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. mldulaney@yahoo.com

    In a state hosting Harvard, Yale, MIT etc., Obama continues to bet on voter ignorance.

    Even the people of Mass. see the devastation resulting from the democratic party.

    GO BROWN!

    January 18, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. judi

    i am afraid that this is not about Democrats and Republicans. Americans have lost faith in their politicians. I think we are going to see a mass exodus of incumbents. If not on their own then with a ballot. It is not the party it is the bickering and BS that is going on in Washington. I am ashamed of my Senators and Representatives. Stop this fighting and do what is best for the people of your states.

    January 18, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. Terry from West Texas

    All of you guys who cannot define Socialism or Marxism should stop using those terms – or go buy a dictionary.

    I remember when Democrats were threatening to block a few of Bush's judicial appointments, Republicans in the Senate threatened to overturn the 60% rule for stopping filibusters. That threat made the entire Senate fold up like a house of cards. All of Bush's right-wing whacko appointments went right through.

    It is ridiculous to imagine it, but the Democrats could now show some spine and get rid of the filibuster rules. After all, Republicans were demanding an "up-or-down" vote. Democrats should follow through with the nuclear option so some progress can be made.

    America is in a desperate situation. Democrats do not have enough courage to cross the street, much less try and improve the nation. Conservatives are determined to destroy democracy and bankrupt the nation. Who do we vote for?

    January 18, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. Matt

    I'm not an O'bama hater, but I think the current batch of Democratic Senators and Reps have completely bungled their job. We need a return to balance in the House and Senate, so maybe a Brown victory would be a good thing. In a rush to pass healthcare reform, I'm scared the Democrats are running off with a bill that isn't effective and not what they (or we) originally intended.

    January 18, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. William

    The push ffrom POTUS did not help Creigh Deeds in Virginia, our new Republican govenor was sworn in Friday. Scott Brown all the way!

    January 18, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. texan

    Attn : all disgruntled Republicans and Democrats . Get a life. If it takes 8 years to wreck , remember it would take 24 years to fix. Accept that.. If you want change in 8 months go get a magician.

    January 18, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. WilliamG

    Ha ha, too funny. And I'm a Democrat.

    January 18, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. Denise P Quinton

    Obama's promises to all the liberals who believed in him remain just blank promises. The DNC is in for a real shocker, they will learn the difficult way how to listen to constituents.
    A lifelong Democrat who wants all the Senate and House Democrats out of office for good.....

    January 18, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. Realist

    When is he going to give up on blaming wall street for everything? No matter what the topic he thinks if he says they hate or take on wall street we will back them, get him a better teleprompter with more words please.

    January 18, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. They call me "tater salad"

    I'm done with Democrats AND Republicans..........One party gives the American people turd burgers and the other serves up their turd burger with fries and a drink! This country never needed a third party more than it does now, that's the kinda "change" I want to see! Do away with all incumbents, set term limits, keep religion and state SEPERATE like it's written in the Constitution, ban lobbying of any kind, and make it so only private citizens can make campaign contributions and outlaw corporate and special interest groups run by former government officials whose sole purpose is to sway government into serving the interests of their corporate clients!......THAT CHANGE!!!!!

    January 18, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. Bridge in Cali

    To Kevin in Ohio....you said, "African Americans need to discard the entitlement and victim mentalities to move further ahead" Wow! Let's not forget there are many caucasian people that use those same "entitlements". I always read your stupid comments and chalk them up to you being envy of our black president. Don't hate the player, hate the game.

    January 18, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  13. usualone

    Why are you naysayers so ugly with your comments? The worst thing a Democrat can say cannot compare to how low you go. I bet most of you are pipsqueaks in your own lives. Thus you have to attack others with your biased comments which show no dignity. I wouldn't like to be your mother or father. You certainly are not productive. ,,and show you probably have no good ideas in your insulting brains. For those of you who are Republicans who speak such trash, your party shows how self-centered you are. I wonder what it would be like if you could discuss things logically and without insulting those who think differently than you do.

    January 18, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. Monster Zero

    What the Obama voting liberal doesn't understand is that the lawyers file suits, the government knee jerk responds and promulgates legislation without forethought (like Stimuless) and then the rest of the private citizenship pays the price. Just look at what government has done to private property rights in the so called name of greater benefit. Government is the problem!

    January 18, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. MIzCleo

    I'm voting for SCOTT BROWN tomorrow! The voters of Massachusetts have been awakened and engergized. We are going to the polls tomorrow en masse to show our state and our country that we are not going to take it anymore. Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike are all going to the polls to vote for Scott Brown. It's time!

    January 18, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. Frank P

    Obozo is only there because he needs her vote to pass that garbage piece of bill they call "healthcare reform"!! It is scratch my back and I'll scratch your back mentality!!! Obozo, we have seen through your empty promisses and your empty rhetoric and even those of us who supported you have wised up (at least some of us have!!). Democrats have shown us their true face and we know their radical views and their socialist communistic ideologies, and we have now seen their attempt to change the foundations of our country! It is time for a new party to come and sweep the house and the senate, and of course the White House, from all scum bags!

    January 18, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. Ted

    Oh, I hope he wins...and even if he doesn't, it still sends a message to Big O that the people don't like what he is doing to our country. In fact, it already deals a hard blow to him.

    January 18, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  18. Aric G.

    When extremists are shored up with very public comments such as those made by Ed Schultz (MSNBC), which suggest “cheating” to win an election is perfectly acceptable provided your own agenda is met, the American people will take notice. Not only is the credibility of MSNBC annihilated, but the entire party with whom this character aligns himself becomes suspect. Is this a sustainable mindset in which democracy and liberty can flourish? In any event, the American people are sick to death of the lies and sleight-of-hand that this administration has rammed down our throats, typically behind closed doors. Watch for a response in-kind from the people of this great nation.

    January 18, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. terry,va

    People have caught on to you Obummie. It's a shame they didn't a year ago, but with this election and the November election you won't be able to do too much more damage to this country economically. I just hope you don't get the 3am phone call or we are in BIG trouble.

    January 18, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. MassExpatriot

    You know, I find it interesting how 2 sides throw garbage back and forth at each other. Dems and Reps alike are all the same. They are out for their careers first. They really don't care about their consituents. If thjey did, there would be no Tea Part movement.

    The worst thing to have is a veto-proof, fillibuster proof congress. If it was an even split, Obama would have to make good on his campaign promise to negotiate and reach concensus. For all you Republicans out there, if you had a 60-40 majority in the Senate with a Republican president, don't think for one minute things would be any better. It would be just as sleazy as it is now. The Founding Fathers never meant public service to be a liflong career. Yet, that is how it has evolved. Robert Byrd, for heaven's sake, is 4th in line for the Prseidency and he can barely walk or feed himself.

    January 18, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. Mr. T

    Someone seriously wrote "Dems = Progress. Republicans = Destruction and Decay." Dems=the party against ending slavery, yea lots of progress there. Dems=having klan members as siting senators, yep more progress. Dems=more welfare programs to keep people in line and dependent on the govt, yea that's the progress we as Americans truely need.

    January 18, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. Denna

    If the people of Massachusetts put Brown in office, we can kiss any progress this country may have made out of the darkness goodbye. The Republicans only care about being power, not about how ordinary people live. The past year of joy and light have been wonderful, but it seems that now darkness will engulf the land again. Rush wins, O'Reilly wins, the Tea-Baggers win, but REAL Americans will lose. God help us.

    January 18, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. Poughkeepsie Pirate

    Democrats just don’t get it. Americans want to keep their private health care policies. The reasons are simple: they like high premiums that double every few years. They like getting their coverage denied for “pre-existing conditions” or whatever else the insurance companies can think of. They enjoy fighting their insurance companies to see if they can get their denials reversed. They like high medical bills and the bankruptcies and homelessness they engender. Last but not least: they love knowing their hard-earned premium dollars are going to support the mulitimillion-dollar C.E.O. bonus high-life. Get it now?

    January 18, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  24. Abe

    Brown is running to derail the health care program. Shame on the Republican party for becoming a party of division and not reconciliation. Shame on the establishment and its I do not see or hear the desperation of 40 million Americans who have no health coverage. What happened to all of us are Americans and should be given the same rights as our elected officials. The Republican party members need a taste of the despair of our needy Americans who are suffering every day because they are sick and can not get any help. What happened that we do not follow the Eilis Island statue promise for immigrants. I will take the desperate, needy and hungry and accepted them with open hands. I think the Republicans should be reminded of the saying and think humanly. God Bless the many good hearted people in our country that have a vision of civility and care for there fellow human being.

    January 18, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  25. Alan

    Oh Gee, now he wants to get involved! Where was he when the Democrats helped the Republicans destroy true health reform or while the Democrats were busy buying up votes. I voted for Obama and the whole democratic reform crap. I want my vote back.

    January 18, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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