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. Felicia

    I am a Democrat WHO WILL NOT fall in line however, it is clear that this "mix up" was no mistake. I think it's funny!

    I wouldn't be so quick to blame the Republicans for this either.

    Perhaps this is a subliminal message to Obama that the internet rumor about his --uh–let's say– alleged alternative lifestyle may be in full swing after the convention.

    However, if the internet rumors are true, I NOW know why it was so hard for him to give up his "friendship" with Mr. Wright. -- But we are going to keep it on the DOWN LOW!

    July 28, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. Texas Trail Dog!


    July 28, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. show it up

    And he went to the hopsital with a hip problem.....LOL

    July 28, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. Nsikan, MD

    I had a good laugh on this. Huh, Larry has made his way into the Obama camp? An all inclusive campaign for "change we believe in". You like their vote so they had to send one of their top guys to represent their interest. All these will not work this time. I am sure there is a timed bomb underneath this. Very soon it will be worse – when Mr Rove joins the rep campaign. Bring all the smears and we will still vote for change.

    July 28, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. TSAH

    I thought the majority of Republkicans were soooooo religious – The "EVANGELICALS OF THE WORLD" that are sooooo RIGHTEOUS". Well, I think "dirty" campaigning is a SIN because it dwells on LIES – FEAR Mongering and "TWISTING" the truth!!!

    That's the CHANGE we see in OBAMA – Change you can BELIEVE in!!!

    July 28, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. Mary

    I'll bet Obama's former limo driver is jealous. He thought he was the only one! HA! HA!

    July 28, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. Lillie


    July 28, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. annette

    There you go CNN, aren't you just the fantastic at being fair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!NOT you aught to be shamed for this crap you pull each and every time you can get away with it. Can we look forward Borger to look real "sad" and say, well, this is really not a help" but at the same time she needs to wipe the smirk to be believed. Ya, that will happen NOT.
    Sooooo you must (CNN) feel real smug that you again have do such a "good" job.
    How about making a big splash about the serious meeting Mr. Obama is haveing at this very moment!!!!!!!Instead you have this dead looking guy explaining about having removed a mole, like oh my god will you get serious.
    McCain has cancer he is not well (countless reports about this subject0 you can tell he is sick and has bad memory and really bad thinking pattern each and every time the guy opens his mouth.
    Get real CNN.

    July 28, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. bpower

    Freud said "There are NO accidents"

    Obamabots dismiss everything as Republican slime. Even what we know to be true. It is a convenient way to avoid cognitive dissonance.

    July 28, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. proud army and navy mom

    If i was Larry I would fuming.....what did he do to deserve that. I think he has a lawsuit on his hands with that one

    July 28, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. karen-phoenix

    This is why I am no longer a republican. They lie, cheat and look at the mess they have gotten us into. Go Obama!!!

    July 28, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. former Democrat

    This is what happens when your nominee is selected by a few: SOROS FOR ONE. AFTER his manufactured world tour this is the least of worries.

    July 28, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Anyone notice that Obama taps his foot a lot?

    July 28, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. Matthew, Philadelphia, PA


    July 28, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  15. William Ayers

    Perhaps this partially explains Obamas pain in his thighs?

    July 28, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  16. Carolyn

    Obama this....Obama that....Obama did this....blah, blah, blah - now that he's returned from his around the world trip, the US Army could use a few good men - he should join.

    July 28, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    This is the SMEAR & FEAR that the republicans are so GOOD at doing..........throw gays, minorities, hispanics, women, children, immigrants right under the bus..........as long as you're a gun-tooting, bible thumping, racoon eating, hillibilly truck driving, right-wing bigot, they think everything else is beneath their high horses...for the republicans to try to link one of their own, Larry Craig to Obama is downright despicable and an insult to americans, who will come out to the polls and drive the dubya's and mcsames out of the White House.
    the republicans have put america economy in the tank in the tone of $250 BILLION DOLLARS....now this? they think this is funny?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    July 28, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  18. Dave in Houston

    Maybe Larry Craig's stance is so wide, it even crosses the aisle (just like it crosses the partition in the Minneapolis Airport!)

    July 28, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  19. Dana in north Carolina

    That was no mistake, it was a deliberate slam, and will not stick like all the others before this. all of these so called conservatives who like to spout religious and family values for the things they say and do should rememeber, God does not like ugly, and he is always watching. this is not Christian or conservative behavior, get it together.

    July 28, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  20. Doris,Memphis,TN

    This is from the "Campaign of Whiners".

    July 28, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. Kris

    The right wing noise machine at it again. NOT COOL! 😦

    July 28, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  22. Mike

    Yeah Right! Wanna buy a bridge? This was no mistake. just another nasty GOP attack.

    July 28, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  23. Anita from Arizona

    The GOP are slim, the bottom of the barrel. I mean, honestly.... If you want my vote, you better appeal to my intelligence.

    July 28, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  24. DEBBY, NJ

    Republicans trying it again...NOT THIS TIME, NOT THIS TIME

    July 28, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. Ron L

    This is NO mistake. Someone did this thinking it would be just another rumor that the Obama campaign would have to waste time and money to explain.

    July 28, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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