February 8th, 2009
06:38 AM ET
12 years ago

New radio ads to target pivotal stimulus senators

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/08/art.getty.obama.speaking.jpg caption="New radio ads will begin airing in three states as early as Sunday to help counter criticism of a handful of Republican senators who have said they will support President Obama's economic recovery plan."](CNN) - New radio ads will begin airing in three states as early as Sunday to help counter criticism of a handful of Republican senators who have said they will support President Obama's economic recovery plan.

The ads - paid for by the liberal interest group Americans United for Change - will "thank" Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snow of Maine and Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania. The ad also highlights Nebraska's Sen. Ben Nelson, a centrist Democrat in the middle of the negotiations over the $827 billion proposal.

All four lawmakers are considered key to getting the proposal approved in the Senate. The vote is expected to come early this week.

The ads ask listeners to call their senators to "thank them for their leadership and tell them to keep fighting for a plan to get our economy moving again."

"We want to acknowledge the work they contributed to getting a deal and encourage them to hold firm," Americans United President Brad Woodhouse told CNN.

The ad buy is likely to include the cities of Portland and Bangor in Maine; Omaha, Nebraska; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Filed under: President Obama • Senate
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Meka

    While Congress questions "SPENDING", President Obama is exactly right . . . STIMILUS=SPENDING

    President Obama is asking ALL AMERICAN'S TO USE COMMON SENSE!

    February 8, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. Seth

    AH!!, using the media again, obama seems to be very technology sauve. He knows alot about how to reach what he wants to get trough the media, or other sources of internet, or media dialogue. This is what really got him elected and all the corporations, and little people like us who dont have a pot to pee in. WOW, how ingenious of this administration.

    February 8, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  3. Louie

    Nothing posted for 3 hours. I can only guess the White House has not yet approved the story line for this one yet ? With public opinion moving away from the Porkulus rapidly CNN is having to filter and jive to get the White House line out.

    February 8, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. Zachary Rinkins

    President Obama is transforming the Office of the U.S. President. When was the last time a "liberal think tank" thanked Republican Senators. He is quietly bringing civility to U.S. politics. He will serve for eight years. Why? Because he is employing Carneige's rule of appreciation. Please believe Barack has the makings of an excellent president. His name will Barack history,

    February 8, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. Mike - Houston

    To all Senators:

    Vote against this spending package and DO YOUR HOMEWORK.

    Come up with something that works, not this Pelosi-Reid-Obama joke of a pork-bill.

    February 8, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. Leigh

    In addition to these ads, I'd like to see President Obama place ONE common citizen in a cabinet position to reflect the thoughts of the common citizens regarding the stimulus and direction of the country. So far it's a who's who of famous names. I want real imput from a person who is in danger of losing their house, laid off, looking at food stamps.

    February 8, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. Mercedes

    The media is used as a weapon in the new administration's bid to run roughshod over American opinion's that have been expressed about this stimulus bill, and the democrats and republicans who vote for it, I see.

    Rather than listen to what we are saying online and to our senators and representatives he chooses to blame it on his opposing party and their refusal to condone fellow republicans participation...and to do it in the form of an infomercial again.

    Two can play that game...or three...or four...so will we have to buy airtime all day long and bombard average citizens like oursleves with propaganda news to be heard and given a real voice in our own country? I guess so. I encourage everyone to send in their money to their party of choice and let the tv ad war games begin...thanks to Obama

    February 8, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. rob

    GOOD! And thank you Senators!

    February 8, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. Ray Fisher, Albuquerque, NM

    Despite any stimulus, I still favor a slow recovery encouraging people to save and then meking business loans from the capital in our nation's banks. We have yeet to see Geithner's plans for the due tomorrow.

    February 8, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. John G

    Dang, I thought the campaign was over...

    February 8, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. Rachel in Nebraska

    That is great! Those of you who live in those areas are lucky to have forward-thinking representatives who care more about you then party politics...... Write them a letter and thank them, I will and I don't even live in those areas.......The party of no is getting very old.

    February 8, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. TCM

    Obama learned that tactic from Hitler....

    Send out the Gestapo! "Convince them that they want this..." It sounds also like mob tactic; sending out "thugs for collections."

    America, you really lowered the standard of this country by electing this fool.

    February 8, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. Karen - Missouri

    It's nice to see SOME GOP senators CARE about citizens more than being a Republican. I watched the debates on C-Span2 and am apalled at the remarks of many Senate Republicans. Their trickle-down methods HAVE NEVER WORKED! I think it's great that Obama administration is praising these GOP senators who are working hard to help America instead of whining like the rest of their party. Now is NOT the time to be concerned about "what a party stands for"...we don't care. This is a UNIQUE period in our economy and it has NO ROOM for political party games.

    February 8, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  14. Louie

    Rachel is able to post at will at any CNN site and she spews hate. CNN needs to be fair about its posting or halt them altogether. Maybe we need a law........

    February 8, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  15. RGR

    I care about America I care about my kids I care about my grand kids, Obama it shown he doesn't care as long people kiss his hand he keeps talking like he still in campaign he is hiring dishonest people, but I guess he has been and empty suit and dishonest all this time and we didn't see him as it was. I voted for him and am so Sorry!

    February 8, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. debnericr

    Hmm – I thought Obama won? Why is he still trying to win by continuing his campaign mode with the media? Fact is, Obama won an office, he did not win the Country. The Country does not belong only to Obama, or the libs. Like it or not, we have a two-party system and voices will be heard loud and clear from both sides. Get over your hate and get over yourselves, grow up and start acting like mature, decent Americans, not schoolyard bullies.

    February 8, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  17. D O

    Mr president to fix something is not easy but I know you're dining your best NOT everybody will understand ? Only God know what is good for hes people

    February 8, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |