June 10th, 2008
11:10 AM ET
15 years ago

Obama the focus in ads far from the trail

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(CNN) - Last month, the Republican Party used Barack Obama in campaign ads against Democratic candidates in conservative districts - but one car dealership in solidly-red Texas decided the Illinois senator would be good for business.

“Even ordinary folks like you can buy a Kia! Yes you can!” says the Obama impersonator in a television commercial for Dallas-Ft. Worth area-based Central Kia, which uses a logo that resembles the Obama campaign’s.

“You get responses,” said John Trevino, business manager for the dealership. “Some people are appalled by it, some people like it.” He told CNN the ad had been on the air for several weeks, and that it was the first political-themed spot he recalled during his year with the company.

Missouri GM, Ford and Chrysler dealer Mark Muller recently grabbed headlines for his Obama-inspired promotion that offered customers a $250 handgun, or $250 in free gas, with the purchase of every new or used car.

Muller said the give-away was inspired by Obama’s now-famous remark at a San Francisco fundraiser that small-town Americans often “cling to guns or religion.” He has said that business has grown fourfold since the promotion launched, and that most customers have overwhelmingly opted for the free gun.

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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Anita from Arizona

    Gee, maybe the cars are selling well because of the FREE GAS!!! Am I talking to myself. I'd be ashamed of I was a Republican right now. So dirty, low down, filthy, spinning, politics. I hate this crap.

    June 10, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. Beltway Insider

    People love Obama – he has character, personality, and intelligence. These qualities far outweigh others when it comes to how people decide who they are voting for.

    Obama will be the next president. Period.

    Smart people knew he would be the democratic nominee in February. Smart people now know he will be elected presdient in November.

    Whine, complain, cry, and tantrum as much as you want. It's going to happen.

    OBAMA '08

    June 10, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. Anita from Arizona


    You can always move to another country. Your comment is very unpatriotic and I question your citizenship.

    June 10, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. Lauren

    Seriously? Wow, that's pretty lame. Not all that surprising coming from Bush's home state. What surprises me is that people are opting for the free gun instead of the free gas.

    And by the way, John McCain saying he will veto every single beer is hilarious. Think about this: If we spend the tax rebates at Wal-Mart, we benefit China. If we spend it on gasoline, we benefit the Middle East. The purchase of foreign exports can't save the American economy. However, we can benefit the American economy by buying domestic beer. So if McCain were to really veto every beer, he would be driving a small part of his own economic plan into the ground. Not to mention his wife's inheritance. Ha!

    June 10, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. Susan

    Fod, how low can you get! Must be another repubnantcan trolling for more omey to stuff in his pockets – just like McBush!

    June 10, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. ANGIE

    once again the republicans wasting money on stupid ads those people sure do know how to waste money no wonder our country is in such financial debt we had a republican for 7 years

    June 10, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. Obama '08 '12

    I live in Dallas and I hate that commercial. I should probably get a better sense of humor about it, but just find myself changing the channel or muting it.

    Obama '08, '12.

    June 10, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |



    June 10, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. Mike Kaplan

    The comments from "gary", above, are a perfect example of why we need to elect Obama. Read that post- savor the complete stupidity, the inability to even form a complete sentence.....not to mention the overt racism (while he complains that Obama is somehow racist). Pathetic. And then there's "Matt" (who thinks that this is somehow a reason to vote against Obama, because somebody's tasteless promotion is working? does that even make sense?). And then there's "Franky", whose post doesn't even remotely make sense. Seriously, I have no idea what the apparently illiterate Franky is trying to say. I can't even tell whether he's pro- or anti-Obama.

    Moderators, do your job- you shouldn't censor for political viewpoint, but there's just no point in wasting internet space on people who can't even speak the English language, at all. I seriously have NO IDEA what some of these (mostly anti-Obama) idiots are trying to say.

    June 10, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. Deep in the HEART of TX

    Phil PHILLY....................And this is why Texas is a joke to the other 49 states........DONT MESS WITH TEXAS !!!!!!

    June 10, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. What if?

    I second that Farrell, Houston, Tx June 10th, 2008 2:59 pm ET



    June 10, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. Cynthia

    Don't like the commercial at all. If the people are smart they will take the gas because of the high gas prices. The gun thing, for a lot of people, especially those living in the inner city is troubling. They will have been the victim or heard of people being killed, beat up with a gun or robbed with one.

    June 10, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. Shelly in IL

    Free promo's for Senator O...lol

    June 10, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. GO OBAMA

    GO OBAMA! Anyone who questions his “vetting” for President of the United States is “tangentially inconsequential.” Furthermore, everyone understands that voting “present” 130 times in the IL Senate is “trivial” compared to his having to sit in that church for 20 years just to advance his political career. He was not born to a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas to end up earning the “infinitesimally” tiny salary of $14K a year as a community organizer. Nor did he attend Harvard so that he could steel a measly couple of thousand votes during his run for the IL Senate. NO! His vision has always been higher than that.

    June 10, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |


    June 10, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  16. Kevin in Maryland for Obama

    Only blue collar rednecks care about stuff like this............handguns and cars.........what else can they cling too...........they're broke, no jobs and no education. It's funny, after Obama said that people in small towna cling to guns and faith and a week later a man in Penn. robbed a bank a shot and killed a police officer..........Hmmmmmmm....could that have some truth to it........

    June 10, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  17. John

    This is so innocent. It's a harmless gag.

    June 10, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. Brandon Hillary Democrat for Mc Cain

    Obama step up to the plate –Townhalls show us what your made of I certaintly didnt buy it in the primaries and I Will not in the general.
    I want a president not an american idol.

    Mc Cain/Palin 2008

    June 10, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    I wonder if the sponsers realize that they are planting a subliminal message into the heads of customers.

    "Obama gives you what you want."

    I wonder if that is the real message they intended to send. It will only make Obama the topic of more conversation, be it good or bad. But, the fact remains that "Obama" was used to gain what they wanted. The result is going to stick in people's heads.

    Obama supporters should be pleased, not upset. A short term loss, will turn into a long term gain.

    June 10, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. Jerry

    You stupid cool aid drinkers. Read the article before you post and prove just how dumb you are. It was not the Texas car dealer that offered a free gun with a new car. You are just like your stupid candidate. He can’t get anything right either. 57 states What an idiot.

    June 10, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  21. TD-Texas

    I am from the DFW metroplex and the commercial is funny. Plain and simple it was meant to be funny! lighten up SHEESH!!!

    June 10, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  22. LB

    They don't give them the actualy gun. The people have to still apply for the handgun, have the standard search and waiting period done before they can get the gun. I don't really like the idea, but I guess it is kind of like free adversising for Obama. Yes We Can! Keep the Obama name in front of the people and since Obama doesn't have any say so about the ad he can't be blamed about it running.

    June 10, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  23. In Chicago

    Who cares...voting for Obama is the same as voting for McCain. Don't vote for the Demopublicans or the Republicrats any longer. They are strangling America. Why are you people so entralled with either candidate, they do nothing, they are puppets. Vote an independent party. Break the two party systems. This is the year!

    June 10, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |

    Phil philly................ And this is why Texas is a joke to the other 49 states........NO the joke is on YOU ......MOVE ON BRO

    June 10, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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