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

Obama the focus in ads far from the trail

Image from a new ad featuring an Obama look-alike.

Image from a new ad featuring an Obama look-alike.

(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. ALLBAMALLTHETIME

    This ia a STUPID ad!

    June 10, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. Pat

    OH GREAT. AND 95% OF THOSE PEOPLE WILL PROBABLY USE THAT GUN FOR CRIMES.

    WAY TO GO!

    June 10, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. Kenneth M

    Such Hillbillies! Wont vote for one, but will use one to peddel there wares. More toes then teeth!

    June 10, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. phil, philly

    He has said that business has grown fourfold since the promotion launched, and that most customers have overwhelmingly opted for the free gun.

    _________________

    And this is why Texas is a joke to the other 49 states.

    June 10, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. bridgette

    I think that that is cute and creative and as a former car salesperson I hope it gets them a lot of sales.

    June 10, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. Women for Obama

    Only in Texas

    June 10, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. Viva Obama/Clinton 08

    A Vote for Barrack Obama is a vote for Hillary Clinton because they support the same cause.
    A vote for John McCain is a vote for a George Bush third terms more wars, bad economy and more country will not want to deal with our country. If you were really a true Hillary supporter that want a better America for this generation and the future generation you must vote Democratic this November. Please do yourself a good favor and vote for the Democratic nominee this coming November.
    No hard feeling because Hillary has none against Barrack. We must put the Republican out of the white house.
    As you can see, we are in a big recession and that will get worse with a John McCain.
    I want to tell John McCain that gas tax holiday is not a solution for our energy problem and is not going to be a solution. This gas tax holiday shows that John McCain do not understand the economy. Keating 5 john McCain took money from the Keating five for political favor.John McCain is a liar.

    June 10, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. atypical

    I guess Obama was right on the money, which would explain why so many got angry about his comment on guns and religion.

    Holding out for a more enlightened society. . . someday.

    June 10, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. Joe

    I'd rather buy a car from Barack Obama any day over George Bush - or John McCain for that matter.

    June 10, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. gary

    OBAMA IS LOOKING MORE AND MORE LIKE THE BIGGEST JOKE OF THE CENTURY. YES WE CAN WHAT? HATE,RACIST AND DIVISION. YES HE DID THAT. EVERYONE WILL HAVE TO GET A GUN IF O.B. GETS ELECTED OR NOT ELECTED. SO MANY THREATS FROM HIS RACE. TERROIST WILL BE IN OUR BACKYARD IF HE TRY'S PULLING OUT OF IRAQ. HE JUST HAS NO JUDGEMENT, JUST A GREAT EMPTY SPEECH. WE LOST OUR REAL CHANGES FOR THIS COUNTRY ,WHEN THE DNC,SUPER DELIGATES,ETC. KICKED HRC TO THE CURB. AMERICA GETS WHAT THEY DESERVE.

    June 10, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. Proud American

    Imitation is the highest form of flattery. Everyone knows a good thing when they see it. Lets Go Dems!!!!!

    June 10, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. David Goldman for OBAMA

    THERE ARE PLENTY OF SCUM BAGS TO GO AROUND.

    June 10, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. HiFi

    Wow...you'd think they could find at least ONE biracial actor in the Metroplex area. It is pretty funny, though.

    June 10, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. Franky

    LOL!!!!! I say go for it!!! I mean, just make sure you don't have any complains just like they had from ABC.........you'll be surprise how crazy people are, LOL!!!

    June 10, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. Fitzgerald

    To all the supposed Hillary supporter who say they're going to vote for McCain. Please explain to me what McCain has in common with Hillary other than the fact thay they are both white.

    June 10, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. Cathy in Illinois

    Oh, that's a brilliant move by the Missouri dealer, Mark Muller. What a nimrod. Yeah, give away handguns. Fool!!! First of all, how does he do it? Is he a gun dealer too? Does he do a background check on the buyers or just look the other way? What a total idiot.

    June 10, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  17. Matt

    The sad part is, it is working.

    Apparently, if you come out and act like Obama, the sheep will follow, whether you are selling cars, or votes.

    Obama needs to go back to selling cars.

    He has no business in the Presidential race.

    June 10, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. milly

    This is just politics as usual for the famous party of dirty tricks and Watergate. The Dems should get down on their level and make one of McSame.

    June 10, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  19. William, from Cali

    Get Real! What Obama said... "is being played out, right before your eyes....but you want to make jokes......................"Bitter" people cling to what makes them comfortable.................

    June 10, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    REPUBLICANS: BUSH PRONOUNCES INTERNET, SAYING INTERNETS AND HE JUST DESTROYS THE WORD NUCLEAR. JOHN MCCAIN IS GOING TO VETO EVERY SINGLE BEER. BUSH AND MCCAIN TOGETHER AIN'T NOTHING BUT A COMEDY SHOW.

    June 10, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  21. John Smith

    This will help McCain, just in case he gets a "heart attack" in the process. There will be plenty of people to help him to the ER room in time. Think of all the Obama folks who will be there, and are very sympathetic!

    So, for health reasons, Obama should probably accept only 1-2 of these to help McCain out! Otherwise, I see no use for such a process.

    Given that these guys generall get "older very fast" when they are in office, who would want to get MCain to the Oval Office and risk the prospect of an aging president!

    June 10, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  22. C Gray

    I live in the Dallas area and this stupid commercial plays non-stop. I guess McCain is too boring to sell cars.

    June 10, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. oil rules

    Nobama could sell sand to the arabs right now. But, the illusion can only last so long......

    Obama/Carter 08

    June 10, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  24. BIFF, BIFFINGTON...

    Gary,

    Instead of repeating ad nauseum the same tired general/non-factual tripe....

    why don't you just admit you would never have voted for Obama under any circumstances (without knowing a single fact about him) and leave it at that...

    (or at the minimum... ask Rush for a raise...)

    June 10, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  25. Will in Richmond, VA

    Laugh Out Loud funny!!!

    I love Texas.

    oh.... is this news? It's certainly entertaining... but is it news? Just wondering.

    June 10, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
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