October 3rd, 2010
05:20 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama goes local

(CNN) – During a football game Sunday between the New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers, Democrat Cedric Richmond aired his first television commercial of the general election, narrated by President Barack Obama.

"Cedric's always been there, making a difference for the community," President Obama says in the ad. "New Orleans needs Cedric Richmond in Congress and so do I."

Richmond, a Louisiana state representative, is challenging Republican Rep. Joseph Cao to represent Louisiana's 2nd district, which encompasses most of the city of New Orleans. Over 90 percent of the district's voters are registered Democrats.


The non-partisan Cook Political Report currently ranks the race as a "toss up." Another top non-partisan handicapper, the Rothenberg Political Report, rates the contest as "favored Democrat."

Rep. Cao, a freshman, made headlines as the only Republican to vote for the House version of the health care reform legislation after House Speaker Pelosi included anti-abortion language. He won the seat in 2008 after Democratic Rep. Bill Jefferson was indicted on bribery charges.


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  1. King

    New orleans needs reps thats going to fight for the poor and middle class. They cannot fight for people whos going to fight for the rich to keep on sending our jobs over seas.

    October 3, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. the real ib

    We need for more republicans to win that will help stop the spend; spend programs and gov. take over of everything. That's what this country needs; stop Obama's gov. take over agenda. Remember in Nov.

    October 3, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. stufthis

    Republicans may have a little more difficulty this November than I had originally thought. Our carpetbagging republican representative from Lee County, FL, who lives with Mary Bono on California, (Connie Mack,) is actually going to campaign this year. His democratic opponent is a decorated Viet Nam Veteran, and based on Mack's votes against the VA, against the GI Bill, against soldiers benefits, against the defense budget, against seniors, against social security, against medicare, against job creation, against unemployment benefits, tells us he does not deserve to be reelected because he does not represent us.

    October 3, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  4. diridi

    GOP thugs poured lot of money in Pakistan, now a terrorist source....now they are talking...I vote for Obama...and Democrats...only Democrats...o.k....GOP thugs messed this nation like a hell, and crazy....

    October 3, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  5. stufthis

    I forgot to mention that FL Rep. Mack also voted against health reform. I hope he will enjoy all his free time starting in January 2011.

    October 3, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  6. stufthis

    The republican party is broken, and there is no way in hell they, if elected, can fix what they did to our government in the Bush/Cheney years. They have no ideas other than return to the past, and refuse to help 95% of Americans. What happened to the party of Lincoln, T. Roosevelt, Eisenhower, to make it become the party of Sharron Angle, Rubio, Christine O' Donnell, LePage, Paladino, Rand Paul, Miller, Palin, and Brewer?

    October 3, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. Catie

    President Obama seems like a really nice guy. Neat daddy and loving husband. I just do not like him at all for President. I feel like he has a completely different view of the majority of Americans and he is not listening. I feel like he looks down on the average person and is going to 'save' us from ourselves. Very sad, he could have been exceptional. I do believe he has a strong socialist mindset, and that does not have to be a bad thing. However, this is America, we are different and we are not socialists. We need to perserve our constitution not distort it and minipulate it.
    I pray for Obama every day, but, I also pray for our Country

    October 3, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  8. bailoutsos

    When is the Artichoke Party going to form? I want to be part of that.

    October 3, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  9. JohnNC

    Obama will do him more harm than good.

    October 3, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  10. Dragonfire

    Kiss of death for anyone having Obozo speak for them!!!

    October 3, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  11. normajean

    For two years now, our duly elected president has tried to take over the impossible task of bringing our country back to a working society, to get people jobs, help them keep their homes, have medical care where needed, keep the big banks from owning us all, try to deal with two wars, and then of coarse there was the big oil tragedy to deal with.This being more than any president has had to face at one time.in recent history and haveing to deal with "the party of NO" and all their complai
    nts. MOST OF US WOULD WOULD SAY" YOU CAN TAKE THIS JOB AND SHOVE IT"Thankfully he hasn't said that.!!!!

    October 3, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  12. normajean

    May I add one thought. If you were in Vegas at the poker table getting ready to play and you were holding four aces. Ypu'd think you were in good shape....but what if the other players threw down their cards and said I'm not playing" and walked away.What good are your aces? This to the people that continue to say "Well, you Dems have the majority in Congress" Etc.What good is a majority if the other side won't pay the game.????

    October 3, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |