May 11th, 2010
01:19 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama stars in new Specter ad

Sen. Specter's new ad features the president as he praises the former Republican.
Sen. Specter's new ad features the president as he praises the former Republican.

(CNN) – President Obama has a starring role in Sen. Arlen Specter's new television ad.

The new 30-second spot begins airing Tuesday on broadcast and cable outlets across Pennsylvania, Specter campaign manager Christopher Nicholas told CNN.

The ad's footage is borrowed from a joint Obama-Specter event held after former Republican switched parties last year - in part to increase his re-election prospects.

"He came to fight for the working men and women of Pennsylvania," Obama says of Specter in the spot. "And Arlen Specter cast the deciding vote in favor of the Recovery Act that has helped pull us back from the brink," the president notes in a reference to his administration's economic stimulus package.

"I love you," Obama tells the gathered crowd in the footage, "and I love Arlen Specter."

Specter finds himself in an increasingly contentious Democratic primary fight against Rep. Joe Sestak. A recent survey showed that Specter's once formidable lead is shrinking in advance of next week's primary.


Filed under: 2010 • Arlen Specter • Pennsylvania • President Obama
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. rdepontb

    Sorry, but Specter is old news, old world, bad news. ADM Sestak is the one to watch this time out, and hopefully we'll have him for many, many years.

    Ol' Arlen is waaaayyyy too old school, tough politics instead of post-partisan.

    May 11, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. Pragmatic

    George Washington worried about partisan politics becoming more important than the good of the county. Seems he has good reason.

    Sometimes good men just can't stand where their party is heading – and are unable to change the direction ... so they change political parties: it doesn't make them "traitors" – it makes them Americans! Even St. Ronald of Reagan was a Democrat before he became a republican ... which means – in today's climate – Reagan himself would not be "pure" enough for some conservative/republicans!

    May 11, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. Maria H-Miami

    Talk about desperate,I can't believe Arlen Specter pulled such a stunt.

    May 11, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. Ron in California

    Let's hope Obama helps Spector liked he has helped others...they lose.

    May 11, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. Right Leaning Independent

    An Obama endorsement – the kiss of death for Specter!!

    May 11, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. truth

    Whoever Obama supports will not get elected. Even if Specter survives Democratic primary, he will lose the final.

    May 11, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Love you back Mr. President and God is always blessing you despite those who try to do you harm.

    May 11, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair

    That should be the final nail in Specter's political coffin.

    Time to find a new line of work, Arlen. You'd be perfect for the spokesman for Metamucil, FloMax, ExLax, and All Bran.

    May 11, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    birds of a feather..............

    both are political hacks

    vote them out america

    May 11, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. Bob

    Spector is not only a turncoat but did so not because of ideological differences, but because he knew he could not win in a republican primary.

    He is old, he does not need to be in government any longer. The system has to change so these "relics" who serve forever because of special interests and bringing home the bacon, can be retired to the fossil farm.

    May 11, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    The time to clean up both The House and the Senate is upon us. Don't vote for the party! It is time the people sent a message to Washington DC we reject politics as usual.
    Fire All incumbents!
    Vote Congress out, “you are fired” if they are in. Vote them out this fall no matter what party they belong to, and in the next election and every election going forward until they become the servants of the people once more.
    This November tell Congress "You Are Fired!"

    May 11, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. J. Richter

    Nothing can save Arlen Specter now.

    Meanwhile what is happening with Obama's new government takeover of big oil? (Since reform, more regulations = takeover even when there is no new government agency or public option and everything remains private).

    This admin just wants to takeover every aspect of our lives so we stop having oil spills that destroy our livelihood, turn our mining work environment into tombs, stop being without health care, or have our jobs obliterated by unbriddled financial institutions.

    May 11, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  13. No Incumbents 2010

    Republican Specter should be ashamed for using Obama's imagery without Obama's permission in an ad against American hero Joe Sestak. Spector is the king of bailouts and pork barrel spending.

    May 11, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. thor

    It's strange to see the president that complained that Mr. Spector was one of those evil Republicans, now saying that he's one of those thoughful Democrats.Especially,when none of his political beliefs have changed,just his party's affilation.

    May 11, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. RichP, easton, pa

    At least he won't be able to ride in on Obama's coat tails like Kanjorski did two year ago, hopefully people will wake up to this career politician who has change parties THREE TIMES.

    May 11, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. Tim

    What a loon!

    Both, I mean.

    May 11, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. calcman10

    The man never had nor will he ever have any backbone. I didn't like him as a republican nor do I like him as a democrat. Either way you slice, he's not getting my vote

    May 11, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. Chipster

    I realize that President Obama committed his support to Specter when Specter switched parties (again!) but he isn't a Democrat and his campaign has been dishonest about Rep. Sestak.

    A local radio station researched Specter's claims that Sestak's staff was paid less than minimum wage and many qualified for food stamps (suggesting they were on food stamps. WGAL determined that, using Specter's methods, 40% of Specter's staff are paid less than minimum wage!

    Specter calculated part time staff as full time and none of them are on food stamps! Specter is equally dishonest about Sestak's military record. You don't get to the level of 3 star Admiral by accident. Specter still uses Republican tactics because he is not a Democrat.

    May 11, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  19. Dean

    Specter and Obama deserve each other.

    May 11, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. M.W.

    I am very pleased that Pres. Obama is taking the initiative to support Arlen. W/the recent oil spill and the hard headeness of the CEO's of BP, and other energy oil companies, it is so..........very crucial that State's elect politicians who will hold these companies accountable!!
    The "Drill Baby Drill mentality" does not cut it w/Progressives!

    May 11, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  21. Bob in PA

    Specter's once formidable lead never existed, except in the minds of the elite media. People in Pa are tired of not having a senator with a backbone. Right now with Casey and Specter we've got nobody in D.C. that will stand up for us or what is right.

    May 11, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  22. JasonK

    If Obama says" I Love you" to the progressives can only mean another dagger is going to be in our backs soon. like the no public option and Bush conservative Kagan to the SC

    May 11, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  23. Jim in St. Johns, FL

    Goodness how the mighty will fall. Specter touting Obama touting Specter.

    What the inbred elitists will do to hold on to what they think is "their" power in Washington.

    Wrong, morons, it's the people's power and a lot of the arrogant elitists are about to discover just what that means.

    May 11, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  24. heck No!

    Boooo!!!!! Don't use Our President to weasel your way back in office Specter! you're DONE!!! time for someone new and fresh to take hold of that seat! just retire you old fool!

    May 11, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  25. Dave

    Ouch! That going to hurt you, Arlen!

    May 11, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
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