(CNN) – As Democrat Frank Caprio made exceedingly clear Monday, President Obama has not made an endorsement in the contentious Rhode Island governor's race.
But you wouldn't know that based on independent candidate Lincoln Chafee's new ad.
The new spot all but declares Obama is a strident supporter of Chafee, featuring footage of the then-presidential candidate at a 2008 political rally in full-throated praise of the former Republican for voting against the war in Iraq.
Chafee, then a senator, was the lone GOP vote against the 2003 Iraq war authorization. He also endorsed President Obama's White House bid in 2008.
"Real change isn't voting for George Bush's war in Iraq. I knew what it was, Lincoln Chafee knew what it was. We were voting for war," Obama is seen telling a roaring crowd in footage that appears as if it could have just as easily been shot yesterday and not two years ago.
The ad comes a day after President Obama made a campaign swing through Rhode Island and notably refrained from endorsing the Democratic gubernatorial candidate there, Frank Caprio. In response, Caprio made national headlines when he told a radio station that the president can "take his endorsement and really shove it."
But Obama has not endorsed Chafee either, and while Caprio was invited to attend events with the president Monday (an offer he refused), Chafee was not.
Still, White House spokesman Bill Burton said Obama’s decision not to endorse the Democratic candidate was made "out of respect for his friend Lincoln Chafee."