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. DJ in TX

    Why do I not belive this was a "mistake"?

    Can't wait for the Republican spin on this one?

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

    haha, Larry Craig wishes!

    Likely just another republican trick, to use their own disaster(s) to confuse and inflame the "low-information" type voter.

    By repeating this non-story/nonsense, CNN furthers it.

    Lets keep to the actual news with actual historical background and fact checking where appopriate please! Thank you.

    July 28, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. Tim E

    Obama must have had a wider stance than we were led to believe.

    July 28, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. demwit

    Change you can believe in.

    i.e... toe tap, tap, tap, slide.

    July 28, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. Independent Voter

    This is fun. Obama is such a jerk. These two who don't ever quite tell the truth deserve each other. I'm sure they'll get along great! (Maybe they already do.) We all know Mr. Obama would do JUST ABOUT ANYTHING to get elected...

    And as for Hillary – she does, indeed, have a day job – and so does Barack if he weren't so full of himself. Braggart-in-Residence.

    I can't imagine why any Hillary supporter should cross the street to cast a vote for this man. No one I know will do such a thing. A man of no character and no accomplishment whatsoever – you can't be serious! And Barry doesn't express any interest in Clinton other than her money. So what else is new? The Clintons owe Barack and his gang absolutely nothing. I hope they only give lip service to this charleton and are way too busy to appear with him or for him.

    Even Democrats figure out when they've screwed sooner or later. I don't know that I can say that about the DNC, though.

    I don't trust this guy for one minute to do anything that is not self serving. McCain is right about Obama.

    July 28, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. Psbro

    If you believe Larry Sinclair, it might be that far fetched after all.

    You American can really pick em. No wonder your Presidents always end up being jokes once they leave your shores.

    July 28, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. ProudToBeDemocrat

    Advice to my democrat friends today Gullup tracking shows obama ahead by 8 pts and Democracy corp. shows +5 pts. but Rasmussen and Foxnews shows +3 and +1 pts respectively what does this tell you conservatives are trying make Mccain better that he looks they are trying to decive the American People it is not going to work this time.

    July 28, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. demwit

    And speaking of hiding in the bathroom...

    Where are those Obama\Edwards buttons? They're sure to make a big splash now too!

    July 28, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  9. MMN-Milwaukee WI

    Can you say furriners (foreigners)?
    If yes, then you’re xenophobic.

    Have you ever heard of Muhammad Ali?
    If yes, you’re a Muslim.

    Have you ever gone to a public library or happen to know where one is?
    If yes, you’re a socialist.

    Do you think anything besides military can bring about peace in Iraq?
    If yes, you’re liberal and you’re willing to cut and run.

    July 28, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. elmerg

    I don't think Larocco has quite as wide a stance as Sen. Craig.

    July 28, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. GG NYC

    C'mon, CNN – please print real news.

    July 28, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. SANTE

    No offence, but am I correct that OBAMA is very much supported and loved by homosextuals? / Not because I do not respect them as humanbeings/

    July 28, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. patricia Mo

    Obama likes change because he is constantly changing who knows maybe he will pick this guy for VP...Actually the pic of them together is rather cute.

    July 28, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  14. Henry n New York

    The repulican slim machine in full mode

    July 28, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. Chut Pata

    Smells like a neo-con conspiracy to me. They are obviously trying to play down the fact that one of their senator is a notorious homosexual pedophile convict who got elected on the ticket of a party that is a self proclaimed champion of conservative family/religious values.

    July 28, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. ShirleyY - Seattle


    July 28, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. Texas trail puppy!

    Even members of McSame's Party want to come aboard the Obama Express next stop The Whitehouse '09!!

    July 28, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  18. Mike in Houston

    Nice try Ohio Republicains, they "accidently" printed those buttons. Wow, and you wonder why people like me, left that waste of a state. You got to be kidding me! Have it repubs, pull all the tricks you got out, it makes no difference. Obama will be the 44th President of the United States of America and it will be better to have the first female Vice President of the United States who's husband happen to be a former president. Yep, that will really make you sick. Hopefully then all you racist and bigots will leave the country and we can have a true democracy. You McKlanians are pathetic.

    July 28, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Larry Craig is a Republican that supports John McCain so if this is a joke it backfired on Republicans. Let's see if the McCain camp will denounce Craig as a Republican.

    July 28, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. S. Boatman

    Please Report On The Cancer Mccain Had Removed From His Right Cheek! Do Some Reporting On Mccain And His Health! America Deserves A President Who Is Both Mentally And Physically Fit!

    July 28, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. Ed

    It's such a mistake to include that morally bankrupt, lying, cheating disgrace on this button. Larry Craig deserves better on his campaign button!

    July 28, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  22. Independent-woman-4-Obama


    July 28, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  23. S. Boatman

    Why Dont You Show The Bush Mccain Button!

    July 28, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  24. How Pathetic is This!

    Ummm......Senator Obama's poll numbers go up and all of a sudden a "mistaken" button appears showing him and a republican, Larry Craig of all people.

    Come on McSurge or RNC, nice try, but another pathetic attempt to try to stick something negative to Senator Obama's excellent campaign. Senator Obama is a happily married man, with a wonderful wife and two beautiful children – just check People Magazine, Newsweek, Fortune, Essence, I can go on and on. The attempt to continue to smear Senator Obama is TRULY PATHETIC AND DESPERATE.

    5,4,3,2,1............here comes all of the usual suspects, Texas Trail Dog, Griff, Mike of Syracuse, PUMA, Lisa and the other Obama haters, to try to put some type of "underlying" motive as to why and how this button somehow relates to Senator Obama or some other falsehood, rather than seeing it for what it is, another attempt at a SMEAR toward our soon to be Commander-in-Chief, Senator Obama. FIGHT THE SMEAR; log onto Senator Obama's website and see the real truths about Senator Obama, not these dishonorable smear tactics!

    July 28, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. Lorna, NY

    I am suppose to believe this was a mistake? Right

    July 28, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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