April 30th, 2008
03:15 PM ET
13 years ago

Mississippi Democrat distances himself from Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/30/art.childers.ap.jpg caption=" Childers is Mississippi Democratic congressional candidate."](CNN) - A Mississippi Democratic congressional candidate in a tight race is publicly distancing himself from Barack Obama in a new television ad after Republicans attempted to link him to the Illinois senator and his controversial former pastor.

"This campaign has been one for the books. My family has heard the lies and attacks linking me to politicians I don't know and have never even met," Travis Childers, a congressional candidate in Mississippi's First District, says in the television spot.

The comments appear to be a reference to Obama, who was the subject of an ad financed by Childers’ Republican opponent, Greg Davis. That ad criticized Childers for being "endorsed by liberal Barack Obama" and for not publicly denouncing the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's controversial comments. Hillary Clinton and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are also briefly mentioned in the ad.

“Senator Obama hasn’t endorsed my candidacy,” Childers told reporters Monday. “I have not been in contact with his campaign nor has he been in contact with mine.”

The National Republican Congressional Committee said Childers' new ad "not only says a lot about himself, but also about the toxicity an Obama candidacy can bring to Democratic campaigns down-ballot."

A special election for the open House seat is set for May 13.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (133 Responses)
  1. candi

    Maybe Bill has gotten to him so what goes around comes around and maybe he will miss out. Sorry for you sir. Stay where you are if you think it is best.

    April 30, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. Bitter Woman in NYC

    Who the heck cares! He'll say say whatever just to get elected. Obama doesn't need you anyway!

    Go Obama!!!!

    April 30, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. Ryan

    Obama is poison... he felt good at first, but now the sickness is setting in.

    April 30, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  4. Chuck, Oregonians for Obama

    Anyone that runs and ducks from a silly add like this has obviously been taking lessons from Clinton's Bosnia sniper gaff. All you have to do is reply that this is a silly add that does not deserve or warrent any reply.

    AS for the RNC using something like this as an issue against a mans character only speaks volumes as to the reason why the RNC is in serious political trouble. No wonder so many people are leaving the RNC, desparation is relevent by using an add such as this. Your not hurting Obama, or any democrat, you are only causing democrats to unite into a stronger, more organized party that will kick your hinney.

    April 30, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. Independent

    Puh-lease. Those ads are riduculous – only children would think that they had any real relevance. Oh wait, CHILDREN is exactly what the American public has shown themselves to be during this race.

    Never mind!

    April 30, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. walknla

    What do you expect from him and who really cares?

    April 30, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  7. Griff

    Lost my way??? I guess I'm just like you.. Still you will have to decide soon. Joh McClain is long gone. Still I think Hillary is the best bet.... USA means more to me, What doe's it mean to you??? I guess another Republican Govenment is in theBooks... The Democrat's are Doomed... The Democrat's are Doomed, and all because they tried to "Steal the Black Vote."..

    April 30, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  8. Billy

    Dude its been like ..what... one day since Obama-Wright fallout.

    Obama bas isn't going anywhere
    independents who may have been weary of Obama because of Wright now can breathe a better than before and its going to go on.

    If Obama was toxic, it would have beeeeen over and its not.

    April 30, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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