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: Pennsylvania • Arlen Specter • President Obama • 2010
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Zuloo

    Two horrible clowns in the TV ad? I think it is good for a terrible comedian in Chicago. SHAME SHAME for the USA!

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

    Good...Obamas endorsement ought to be the nail in the coffin for this loser.

    May 11, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. Steve (the real one)

    As a democrat-turned republican-turned democrat, this dude is out for himself! He has already proven that! Please PA, make Specter a spectator! You know, on the outside (of the Senate), looking in? Please?

    May 11, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. John D

    You go Obozo, give them all the kiss of death!

    May 11, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Sen Specter is another of those life long Pols who have to go. He made a terrible decision to switch parties. He should have retired with dignaty before this dog and pony show in his primary against a real Dem. Even if he wins the primary, he will be toast in the general come this Nov.

    May 11, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. Obozo's Record Deficit + Higher Taxes

    Idiot #1 supporting Idiot #2.

    May 11, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. Steve in North Carolina

    Well that ought to about do it. Specter is done!

    May 11, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. Moderate

    Mr. President, I love you but I would vote Sestak over Spector any day.

    I remember how much George Bush loved him and that's reason enough!

    May 11, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. malabar

    Mass., n.j., vrgnia, hahaha now PA. nice

    May 11, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. Marc

    Good, every candidate O'Bama publicly supports ends up losing. And why would they spotlight a failed economic policy that has put us so deeply into debt? Morons...

    May 11, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. ehwilson429

    what do you expect?
    Axelrod ordered his trainee to support their fellow Jew.

    May 11, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. Fed Up

    Buh-bye Arlen. It seems that everyone the President has campaigned for has gone down in flames. You made the wrong choice.

    May 11, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. Uncle Sam

    Isn't an EX-GOPer a Dumbacrat?

    May 11, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. GDMS

    Thank you Barrack Obama, Specter is sure to lose now. Vote 100% Republican this November, throw out the Democrat Bums.

    May 11, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. seebofubar

    That ought to put the final hole in Spectre's boat.

    May 11, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  16. Obama the liar

    Nice picture of two big LOSERS.

    May 11, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  17. Tyrone

    Arlen Specter is what's wrong with this nation and our government. He's the personification of why we need term limits.

    May 11, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  18. Eric in Denver

    Barack shows up and dems lose in VA, PA, and MA. Barack please continue to show up in commercials or in person for the dems. It is amazing how quickly this guy's approval rating has fallen. Even the most democratic people that I associate with are horrified by this socialist.

    May 11, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  19. charles r breitbach

    t thought alot of people should go
    to prison;
    for iraq war-2
    but nothing happens
    their all the same (for sell)
    it's disgusting

    May 11, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  20. jeff jackson, alabama

    Good luck trusting him Mr. President.
    His own supporters sure can't.

    May 11, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. Mike

    So far nobama has been the kiss of death for demorats seeking election. I would stay away from nobama if I was wanting to get reelected.

    May 11, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  22. mj

    No hope for Specter. Obama supports him only because of his party change. What does that tell you? Both are losers.

    May 11, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  23. Colorado

    He changed parties to help his re-election bid. it had nothing to do with his core beliefs or the people of PA. Just him keeping his job or trying to.

    May 11, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. Jeff of Peoria

    Arlen hasn't been paying attention to Obama's history of getting people "NOT ELECTED", or "UNELECTED", whatever the proper term is.

    Gov in Virginia
    Gov in NJ
    Senator in MASS

    Then there is:
    Olympics to Brazil
    No Energy agreement in Copenhagen

    He can give it away:
    Nuke deal w/ Russia
    Trillion w/ 400 Mill going to college buddies and their retirement plans

    That's about all I have time for right now.

    May 11, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. rdepontb

    Wrong, tone-deaf, blind move, Mr. President.

    Mr. Specter, please hang it up before you humiliate yourself and others around you. You served your country well, but it is high time to step down. I think you realize that.

    May 11, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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