July 28th, 2008
04:55 PM ET
13 years ago

Campaign buttons show Obama with Larry Craig

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/28/art.button1.cnn.jpg caption="An image of the mistaken button, courtesy of CNN affiliate KPVI. "](CNN) - Barack Obama likes to stress his willingness to work across party lines, but Republican Sen. Larry Craig probably isn't the Illinois senator's top choice when it comes to showcasing his bipartisan credentials.

But campaign buttons mistakenly featuring those two politicians surfaced over the weekend under the Obama campaign's motto "Change You Can Believe In," according to CNN Idaho affiliate KPVI.

The buttons, created by an Ohio-based company called Tigereye Design, was supposed to feature Obama alongside the Democratic Senate candidate in Idaho, Larry LaRocco. A retired editor for the Lewiston Tribune noticed the mistaken buttons and printed them in Sunday's edition.

LaRocco's campaign says the buttons weren't ordered by them, but rather a commercial firm that sells campaign memorabilia.

Craig, who was arrested last year for allegedly soliciting sex in an airport men's room, is not running for reelection.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Larry Craig
soundoff (318 Responses)
  1. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    America's brain washing continues sponsored by Fox News, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and America's Right Wing Public Radio.

    The majority of American people do not know how to investigate and learn for there own insight. Everything that the media outlets listed above presents to America it must be gospel. If Fox News said Obama was Japanese 55% of the American people would believe it.

    Further, if you ask them how do they know that? They would say I read on the internet or I heard it on Fox News. Those people are so closed minded they refuse to listen to another view point. Fox News wants to demonize Obama as someone evil and out of touch with America and someone who is un-patriotic. So of course; a lot of Americans just follow along with the crowd and say, OK, Dah, Ok.

    Thank God some Americans will at least give this man a fair chance to make his case for the presidency of the United States of America.
    Obama 08/12

    July 28, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. bij

    what a convenient mistake

    July 28, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. McCain Lies!

    A true repubulican trick. They will resort to anything to continue and try and undermine the good that Barack is. Fortunately, GOD, a higher force, the universe, whatever you want to call it has the last word in all things so it truly does not matter.

    July 28, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. David

    Pretty dirty. I would sue.

    July 28, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. will

    A third party company makes a mistake on something not ordered by the campaign or affiliated with the campaign in any way and yet you can cue the 'this proves obama cannot lead' bashing comments in three... two... one...

    July 28, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. Independent in Iowa


    This is histerical!

    July 28, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. anon

    OMG!! Is there no length people won't go to just to bring this man down. I am so disgusted!!

    July 28, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. Biffington, Biff

    Just another stinking dirty trick.

    Isn't it funny how all of the 'bad' accidental things just 'happen' to be against Obama....

    Republicans have no decency.

    July 28, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. godlesspriest

    These will be a collector's item. DO WANT

    July 28, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. fella from Chicago

    Strange bedfellows, indeed. Michelle, you need to keep better tabs on Barack's whereabouts at night.

    July 28, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. Annoy the Media, say NO to Obama

    Does Michelle know?

    July 28, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    This is why good editing and quality control is so important. Ohio-based company, huh...

    July 28, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  13. Joe Regis

    It is the republicans spies that did it.

    The people are not going to be fooled this year. No more repubs this time around. Not after the last 8 years.

    Obama 08/12.

    July 28, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. William Huggins

    Hmmm, Is the guys who makes the buttons Republican. Nothing is beneath these people to take down Obama anyway they can.

    July 28, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  15. Mike, TX

    Obama can't even manage his campaign. The joke continues....

    July 28, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. Jul

    who cares?!

    July 28, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. Freida, NYC

    He better put Hillary's photo next to him in that buttom, else he will not win in Nov. I know the Obamanuts will start their nasty, derogatory and mean-spirited comments; simply because we, Hillary supporters will not support their candidate unless she is on the ticket.

    July 28, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. Gretchen

    Just how niave does the McCain and the republican party think we are? This was no mistake – just more of the low level campaigning thats become a trademark of McCain, Bush and their pals in the republican party.

    Just reinforces my earlier decision during the primaries to leave the republican party after 42 years and embrace the democrats!

    July 28, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. soldier4OBAMA

    This is beyond funny. Larry Craig a pediphile republican, who play with men in public restrooms. The issue with republicans is that they klive in a moral world, where they get sucked in by their own lies.

    CHANGE is realizing that we have choices, that we can listen to the lies or we can seek, truth and find reasoning. We as citizens of America and citizens of the world have now opened our "thrid eye" we have been blinded for too long by the "kniowledge" that the others have been feeding us. The CHANGE we seek is to replace the prism of knoledge with the TRUTH, the LIGHT is there for us all to grasp. OBAMA and Clinton knows that we will not be able to do it alone, it is time to end politics in Washington as usual, OBAMA-RICHARDSON, OBAMA-CLINTON, OBAMA-HAGEL, OBABA-CHANGE-TRUTH-HOPE-LOVE!


    July 28, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  20. Jon, Washington DC

    Which guy is on the down low?

    July 28, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. Former Republican

    Trying to affiliate Obama with a sex soliciting republican...Next!
    Keep em coming republicans, its not going to work.
    OBAMA 08

    July 28, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. Casey | Missouri

    I bet if you dig deep enough, you'll find a republican at the other end who thought this would be a way to slander the Obama campaign. I don't buy that this is any kind of mistake.

    It fits totally into the tactics used by Rove republicans. Slimy, underhanded and contemptuous of the American public.

    Criminals, all of them.

    July 28, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. Sue

    Don't they have quality testers before final printing.

    This is not the picture or LaRocco.

    July 28, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. Tired of W, OH

    LOL! OK, I'm an Obama supporter, but that's pretty funny.

    July 28, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  25. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    I'm a supporter of Senator Obama
    Too bad he was pictured with the known sex offender on a political button. And at the same time, worse things have happened.

    July 28, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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