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

Campaign buttons show Obama with Larry Craig

An image of the mistaken button, courtesy of CNN affiliate KPVI.

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. Republican who loves OBAMA

    Wow! The lengths they will go to to try and brainwash the American people. Not this year, not this time! This is the year that the American people take back the government. Vote smart!

    OBAMA '08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 28, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  2. Rich

    The sad part of this story is all of you who think this is some right wing plot. Geeez give me a break. Things get printed wrong all the time. Oh wait, look its the black helicopters coming to get you . . . .. .

    July 28, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  3. Carolyn

    Neoconb dirty tricks! again.

    July 28, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  4. Too scared to give you my real name



    Slander and attack any who oppose the neo-fascist nazi regime ...FOX

    SLY FOX!

    July 28, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  5. Mark Lodes

    Is this really a news story? Or is it proof that money can get your insulting innuendo's across through the mainstream media for you? Why would anyone print these buttons? Why would anyone accidentally misprint them? Why would anyone jump at the chance to expose such misprinted buttons to the media? If John McCain were on a misprinted button next to Larry Craig, would that make the news?

    July 28, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  6. How fitting

    So? Didn't Obama get busted in a limo with a guy prostitute? I seem to remember a story about that.

    He and Craig should get along.

    July 28, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  7. Scott from Michigan

    Sounds like it might be one designer at that company who wanted to attack Obama. It is not unheard of. To all the Obama haters out there, you don't have to vote for McCain. Bob Barr 08.

    July 28, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. MJ

    It's satire people. Can't you even take a joke? Goodness we're Americans; its part and partial of political life.

    July 28, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. E

    It is sad that we are having in this country now poletical radicals

    July 28, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  10. Brennan - Seattle, WA

    This is not newsworthy. This belongs in a tabloid not on CNN.

    July 28, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  11. Chuck

    What a BS story!!!
    It is obvious that CNN and the other networks are falling into
    the hands of the right wing press!!
    Why don't they show the pictures of McCain hugging Craig and Craig hugging Bush??????
    These were ordered by the racist FOX news network!!!

    July 28, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  12. The Lady

    I hope Tigereye designs goes out of business, this is bad business. I guess the Republican NursingHome Committee did not take pointers from the Clintons that the voters are not interested in this kind of garbage.

    July 28, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  13. Max Cohen

    A few predictions for reality impaired people:

    1) Obama will likely be elected president.

    2) He will be subject to the same limitations as any other holder of the office (see article one and two of the U.S. Constitution).

    3) George W. Bush will simply go back to Crawford at the end of his term. He will not be charged with any crimes, just as he has not been impeached.

    4) No matter who is elected president there will be enemies of the United States, who could care less which party is in office, who will seek to hurt us.

    5) Day to day life in the United States will be more or less the same in 2012 as it is now.

    July 28, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  14. Kathleen Kenney

    Carl Rove's initials are no doubt on the reverse side of the buttons.
    Hillary's image belongs on the buttons!

    July 28, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  15. Phil, FL

    Is this another trick by CNN to keep ratings up?

    I think McMole would be a better match for Craig. Same party, etc.

    Ha Ha Ha

    July 28, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  16. Dean P Valencia Ca

    This looks about right.

    July 28, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  17. Tejano

    What's the matter Obamabots, did the dirty scoundrels in Ohio, hit a HOT button here. Mistakes do happen. The worst mistake will be electing Obama as President.

    July 28, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  18. JOHN


    July 28, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
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