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. Average Joe

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Look how excited the people are in the background.

    January 18, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. Nikk Hoang

    It is about time that the independents in Massachusetts have wised up to vote for Brown!

    January 18, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. Kellie

    Brown has no respect for women - opposes contraceptives for rape victims.
    Brown does not want to hold Wall St. accountable - no fee for biggest banks bailed out.
    Brown has no respect for American heroes - voted against aid for 9/11 rescue workers.
    Brown supports the hate-filled Tea Party movement - spoke at their rallies.

    Brown stands for everything that is wrong with the Republican party.

    Vote Coakley.

    January 18, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. Beasley

    "BROWN OPPOSES CONTRACEPTIVES FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE BEEN RAPED!!!"

    Thanks, Dutch, for bringing up one of the lies from a Coakley attack ad. In truth, what Scott Brown voted for was an amendment to allow individuals with religious beliefs to opt out of personally dispensing contraceptives. This amendment had nothing to do with hospitals or other institutions. The bill to allow institutions to deny contraceptive services was OPPOSED by Scott Brown.

    Source: National Public Radio

    January 18, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    Republicans want nothing more than a return to power so they can continue their agenda of trying to make our president and our country fail.

    Only a sucker or a fool would still fall for the GOP's fear-mongering, hateful, divisive, lying tactics.

    Good people of Massachusetts, get out and vote for Coakley tomorrow!

    January 18, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. Eric

    The best the right wing can come up with is a former RUNWAY MODEL to elect to one of the 100 most important offices in the US? People need to take a step back and think about what they are really "angry" about. President Obama has been in office a year, and the economy has already made a marked turn around. We are far from the precipice of destruction Bush left us with on Jan 20, 2009. The stock market is up 70% from the March lows, and jobless claims have been falling for 8 straight months. America needs health care reform. The reason private insurance premiums are so high is that 60% of the population is paying for the 40% that don't have health insurance but still receive free medical care. What the 'right wing' falsely claims is 'loss of freedom', is instead a plan to require everyone to pay into the health care system so the overall cost per person is lower. Reforms like this need to happen, or health care costs will go through the roof. My premiums have gone up 20% a year for the past 8 years. I know I"m not alone. VOTE COAKLEY on Tuesday.

    January 18, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. Tony T

    "the party who gave us this economic mess and the illegal war"

    Ignorant, uneducated loons should not be allowed to post EVER. Before writing completely mindless drivel like above, make sure you actually know what you are talking about. I know its alot to ask for the libs. BOTH WARS were approved overwhelmingly by both houses. Forget the fact that both wars were with 40 other nations. President's don't have the ability to declare war. Now that you have been educated please stop making yourself look pathetically stupid by repeating it. You are welcome!!

    January 18, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. Linda

    This election will make a difference. I believe the system is broken if you can have a single group, either right or left have the total control of "we the people". I say break this hold with your vote. Don't you feel that all of our elected officials should have a say? Maybe this could get our right and left talking and meet in the middle. May we could call them the "rile" Ri for the right meaning respect individuals and le for the left meaning like equals.

    January 18, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. Hendrik

    This difficulty for the Democrats is that they do not stand together and fight. This leads to their demise each time. They know how to govern as long as they work together. Democrats are a bunch of spineless fools. It truly is a shame that we must now again be subject to the Republicans. But we did this to ourselves. No excuses! (Hey, I said this years ago).

    January 18, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. ted

    The Republicans are running a clown who posed nude. Did Coakley pose nude? No

    Vote Coakly

    January 18, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. dan smith

    Go Brown, time to get the idiots out of office.

    January 18, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. hal

    And Obama is going to turn this around-how? I think the Mass. people have finally got their act together. Go Scott Brown!! I hope N.H. will follow the lead in 2010 -2012 elections!

    January 18, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. rosslaw

    If only everyone who rails against "socialist medicine" would simply either drop or refuse to take advantage of "socialist" programs like either Medicare or the Veterans Administration and instead rely upon the tender mercies of an anti-trust law immune private health insurance industry, this country could go a long way toward balancing the budget and improving the nation's DNA.

    January 18, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  14. Silence Dogoode

    Go Brown!

    January 18, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. Beasley

    This election is as much about Obama as it is about Martha Coakley. Scott Brown has succeeded in part because he is trying to tie Martha Coakley to the Obama Administration, to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

    When Obama stumps for Coakley, he drives voters into the Brown camp.

    January 18, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. Tony, FL

    It's funny that all of you commenting and a lot of you reading are still stuck on the "Republican-Democrat" train... How long will it really take everybody to realize that both the Democrat and Republican parties are FULL of bad apples? They are both completely designed to and concerned with keeping as much power conglomerated among themselves as they can, and any "stability" or "promise" they offer/provide is to to further a specific agenda, not to directly help YOU. Do better research beforehand, and vote independently.

    January 18, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. John

    I respect our president, I did not vote for him, But, I respect the choice our country has made. What I do not like, is the fact that our tax payers money is being used for him to travel to Mass. To help a fellow party member to get elected. This is shameful and needs to stop. Think of how much money is being wasted, and yes it is being wasted. We need to pass a law stopping elected officials from traveling on our dime for political gain. If she cannot win on her own merit, Then she has no business running in the first place, and that goes for either party. I want to be reembursed for the cost of his travel to Boston.

    January 18, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  18. Jay

    The Democrats have had a year to pass any legislation they wanted to. They did not need a single Republican vote. Look at what they passed. Nada. Its time we voted in folks who listen to the voters and do the right thing. Martha is going down and going down hard.

    January 18, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  19. andrew

    This is a sad day. Ted Kennedy spent his life fighting for health care and now his vacant seat will be its downfall?

    What a tragedy. Its obvious Mass. didn't care about what Kennedy stood for.

    January 18, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. R.O.B.

    The thing I don't like about the health care bill, if in fact that this is true, is the provision about making it mandatory to buy insurance. I don't like that idea at all. So you're telling me that I have no choice but to buy health insurance and if I don't then I get fined? Then if I don't pay the fine I'm subject to go to jail? Oh no, I'm not for that all. I don't even like the fact that I have to pay for car insurance. In my opinion insurance should be left up to the individual to decide whether or not they see fit to have it. If something happens and you're insured, then you're good, but if something happens and you're not, then that's on you. You reap what you sow. I don't like the idea of the government trying to mandate what I'm supposed to do with the money I earn. The new administration was supposed end this kind of nonsense and make it easier for people to enjoy life with more freedom and liberty. Instead of trying to create mandates, we need to be repealing a lot of these riduculous laws that were made to target a specific group, but is affecting a vast majority of people. Mandating health care isn't going to do anything but make way for law enforcement to put more people in jail, and we definately don't need that. This administration needs to focus on what we elected them for. Things like keeping gas prices down, creating green jobs and renewable energy, repealing marijuana prohibition. These are the things we voted for and until we start to see these things happen, the support for this administration is going to continue to dwindle.

    January 18, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  21. Ethan

    More of the same BUSH-STYLE Republicans... ...or Democrats who want CHANGE?

    Hmmm.. REALLY tough call. Please.

    After the last 8 years anyone who votes for MORE OF THE SAME FROM THE 2000s is really not thinking clearly.

    Besides, Martha Coakley IS change! She would be the first FEMALE SENATOR in the history of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts!

    More CHANGE please, NO MORE BUSHIES!

    Vote for Martha on Tuesday!

    January 18, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  22. Charles W. Skinner

    If Brown wins tomorrow, Pres. Obama's agenda is done in Congress. The Senate can read the writing on the wall. Expect the following:

    Sen. Nelson will pull his Obamacare vote. His poll numbers are dropping so fast after the bribe he got for his state in exchange for his vote that this will likely end his political career.

    Senators Bayh, Lieberman, Landrieu, Lincoln, Pryor, Udall, Harkin, Tester, Hagan, Conrad and Johnson will likely simply look at the way the wind is blowing, and say they can't support something so unpopular as currently written, no matter what Reid promises them. That and they see the states who are getting the short end of the stick preparing their Constitutional challenges to the bill, which are reasonably likely to do serious damage to the bill as currently written, and prevent a lot of the "special bribes" that Reid has already promised.

    Sen. Reid won't push for a reconciliation vote. Even if he COULD make it happen (which he can't), over half of the health care plan and associated new bureaucracy can't be created through a a COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act) vote. A vote of that type can only deal with SPENDING, not the creation of new bureaucracy or agencies. That would still have to happen in a separate vote, which would still require 60 votes to pass a filibuster.

    January 18, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  23. WrongKindofChange

    Dutch the Great, you make no sense. You must be a democrat. What exactly did you mean when you said "BROWN OPPOSES CONTRACEPTIVES FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE BEEN RAPED!!!"

    How exactly does contraceptives work for a woman who has already been raped? It sounds like you are spewing lies of things that don't even make sense in order to scare others into voting for Coakley.

    January 18, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  24. Laura from IL

    Of course Obama is not going to help her...or any other future democratic candidate! He already ruined his reputation with not living up to his promises. This woman (Coakley) only wants to get into the senate because of the healthcare bill. She DOES NOT care about the people or the country, just about herself...along with the other imbeciles in Washington. The democratic party is nearing death, and although I am not from MA, I would vote and support Scott Brown!

    Vote Scott Brown Jan 19th!

    2010 is the year we take back America!

    and btw...I am neither a Democrat or Republican. I am a proud Libertarian!

    January 18, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  25. gary davis harbor oregon

    happy the president is helping Coakley
    down with brown down with brown
    keep Ted Kenedy's legacy alive . brown is against health care reform so why would anyone other than an idiot purist republican vote for taking away your rights as an american ?

    January 18, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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