January 14th, 2010
01:57 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama makes plea for Coakley in Massachusetts

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(CNN) - President Barack Obama's making a personal pitch for fellow Democrat Martha Coakley in next Tuesday's Senate election in Massachusetts.

The president is putting out e-mail and Web video in support of Coakley, the Massachusetts attorney general, who's running in the special election to serve the final three years of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's term. The e-mail and video will be sent out Thursday to the Massachusetts distribution list of Organizing for America, the president's political arm at the Democratic National Committee.

"I am supporting Martha Coakley. As your attorney general, she's taken on Wall Street schemes, insurance company abuses, and big polluters," Obama says in the e-mail. "She'll be your voice, and my ally. And she needs your help."

At stake is the Democrats supermajority in the Senate. If Republican state Sen. Scott Brown wins, the Democrats lose their 60 seat filibuster-proof coalition in the chamber, threatening their chances of passing the health care reform bill Obama hopes to sign into law.

A non-partisan poll released this past weekend by The Boston Globe indicated that Coakley held a 15-point advantage over Brown, but other surveys, including several partisan polls, have suggested the race is much closer.

Brown is hoping to become the first Massachusetts Republican to win a U.S. Senate seat since 1972. Independent Joseph Kennedy, a third party candidate who is not related to the late senator, is also in the race.

Filed under: Martha Coakley • President Obama • Senate Race
soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. Jerry - Florida

    This guy (NObama) has no shame. I can't believe that some people have not yet awaken to all his lying and buying off other politicians and voters.

    God help America!

    January 14, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Gee, did Barry mention the deal she made with the pedophile priest to serve no jail time? How about when she elected to prosecute a father for punching out an illegal alien who abused his child in a restroom, while letting the illegal go. Obama is disgusting and Coakley is worse. At least Obama's ad spelled Massachusetts right, which is more than Coakley managed to do.

    January 14, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. Kathleen Gargano

    Go Scott Brown!

    January 14, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. hello!

    Reason to send another $25 to Brown today 🙂

    January 14, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. Sam Sixpack

    Education is expensive. Look at this picture in 2020 and ask yourself what you have learned.

    January 14, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. Bing Hastings

    Obama appears sick and weak in this picture.

    January 14, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. Scott, Tucson

    CNN...how about telling us about the 2005 child rape case of a 23 mo girl by her father with a hot curling iron that D.A. Coakley bungled? True it's not as bad as Ted Kennedy driving off a bridge with his girlfriend or of Barney Frank chasing after Congressional page boys but it does show her indecision of a crucial matter.

    January 14, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. Gary

    Coakley is a bad candidate and President Obama is wasting his reputation endorsing her.....we need more Republicans in congress to balance out the Democrats. The Democrats aren't listening to us and will ruin our economy and our healthcare system unless we get a better balance of Republicans in Congress.

    January 14, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. tate

    Move to haiti you little punk

    January 14, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. wake up

    Obama is such a chicago crook politician. Coakley admits to not "know anything about foreign policy". Well, I guess Obama and her have something in common!

    January 14, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. seebofubar

    Well, the way things are going for Odumby, I wouldnt want him helping me.

    January 14, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. rhfrost

    Mission to Accountability to the Truth...
    Truth is by hearing and hearing is by the Word of God...
    Jesus Christ our Savior told us the truth.........
    It is proven all mankind is vulnerable to sin and in need of a savior

    Mission for good government
    1- Control our borders
    2 – Make Public Hearings more accessible for all Representative and Civic Groups
    3- Show all citizens the history of the Constitution and its predominance to a Providence of a Sovereign God of the universe.
    4- Show that the individual can lead a sovereign and accountable life through faith away from big government. Show everyone that an educated community is a strong community. That the family is the framework of a strong community. Tell people why the United States of America is the only country that has not changed hands in the last 266 years. We should show why the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob has shown his Providence of this country all these years.

    January 14, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. Beverly in NC

    We need to make sure Senator Kennedy's seat is filled with a Democrat who will honor his values to serve the People.

    Coakley's opponent is a Tea-Bagger and we do not need any more lunatic do-nothings in any elected office.

    Let's get serious and get Coakley into office. We need intelligent people who are willing to work for America – unlike Republicans who want to bring it down for political game playing. Democrats are the Party of the People and have worked all year passing legislation that benefits average Americans. These are who we want representing us and getting our nation restored sooner.

    January 14, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. Hugo

    Hey Obummer, how about lose the politics for a while and start supporting some JOBS you freaking moron! Mighty easy to sit atop the Hill eating $150.00 imported steak dinners while our Nations small businesses belly up one by one. Governments answer, dump some more regulatory bull crap on the growth and development related industries to remove more of the citizenry's fundamental private property rights. Top heavy government relates to loss of our fundamental rights and loss of our hard earned money, what's left of it that is!

    RAT KILLIN' TIME 2010 AND 2012!

    January 14, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  15. Jeff

    Should the executive branch be campaigning for the legislative branch? it seems a conflict of interest to campaign for the positions which 'check' you in the system of checks and balances.

    January 14, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  16. jpspec

    Elect Scott Brown. If this proves to be a mistake, then in only 3 years, you can vote him out. In contrast, a vote for Coakely will assure that you get Obamacare. If this happens you will no be able to t simply correct this mistake and voting her out. It will be a long, long term mistake.

    We need balance and not one party that is 100% in control..

    Vote for Scott BRown

    January 14, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  17. Vic of New York

    I blame Republicans for the mess our nation is in right now.

    I blame Republicans for the tough choices the President is having to make.

    I blame Republicans for squandering the last 15 years, chasing after bogus causes like Iran, Bill Clinton, fear-mongering, racism, intolerance, greed, and outright lying to the American People – Sarah Palin anyone?

    Massachusetts, you've done it before and you can to do it again. It's time to Tar and Feather those vermin Republicans and run them out of your state on a rail !!!

    January 14, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  18. Bubble of Sanity

    But I thought she was a shoo-in, the heir apparent to the Kennedy throne. What's happening here?

    January 14, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  19. Steve (the real one)

    Sorry CNN, a liberal supporting a liberal, trying to replace a liberal in a long lone of lberals is not quite news.

    The only hope in this is Obama also made pleas for Corzine and Deeds! Mass. is a totally diferent animal, although I still believe in miracles!

    January 14, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. Steve (the real one)

    Long Line and not lone, soory!

    January 14, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  21. PJP

    So Mr Obama, you say, "Obama says in the e-mail. "She'll be your voice, and my ally". Why do we want someone that will be on your side when you are wrong most of the time? We want someone that will stand up to you and not back down just because you are the big "P". I really hope Mr Brown wins. Man do I ever. All this power has gone to your head and you think you are so above everyone else. You just wait, you will be called upon one of these days and if it is not here on earth, you will stand before God Himself and then we will see that you are not so high and mighty. Only He is, not anyone else!

    January 14, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  22. Tim

    What an egghead and narsacist. 2/3 of the country doesn't like his healthcare plan, and he has the bright idea to try to convince people to vote for Coakley to save healthcare.

    What a rube.

    January 14, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  23. Right Leaning Independent

    I smell desperation in Mass. Anything close is a win for the Repubs and a loss in this extremely blue state is a complete and utter disaster for Obama and the Dems. I can not wait for next week!!

    January 14, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  24. Son of the South

    Sad when Obama has to stop and make pleas in MA.

    January 14, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  25. Jimmy James

    I am a Mass resident and I am voting for Brown. I want this healthcare bill stopped. It is loaded with special interest groups getting paid. That was suppose to stop with Obama and his promised change. Now Coakly goes to Washington instead of to the voters in Mass. She attends a fund raiser there loaded with lobbyists for healthcare. I guess the transparency part of his promise is true. It's clearly transparent they are screwing us over and could care less. If Brown wins Mass is going to stop it from being official till after the healthcare vote but if she wins they will certify it right away. The democrats change the rules constantly and nobody says anything. This will be the end of Democrats for a while. Obama and the Dems have pretty much made 8 years + of republican reign a sure thing now.

    January 14, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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