January 14th, 2010
01:57 PM ET
13 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. Another Day

    Another PR spot for Obama, geeze he is everywhere. My question is why isn't CNN reporting how Coakly's campaign member assaulted a member of the press for asking a question?

    January 14, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. Obama = WORST president EVER

    Good luck with that, B.O. Brown's the next Senator from Mass and your health care takeover is dead in the water.

    January 14, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. Jeff from Boston

    Wait, the Boston Globe conducts non-partisan polls? No one but Democrats read the rag or would answer their calls!

    January 14, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. Concerned

    That should be enough to NOT vote for her!

    January 14, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  5. The Right Worships at the Altar of Ignorance

    "An endorsement from a guy who only about a third of the country's voters actually like? And who is actively disliked by 53% of us?"

    What are you smoking???? There is NO responsible poll that indicates ANYTHING like what you're saying. That's the problem wih you righties . . . well ONE of the problems . . . you think you can just make crap up and the rest of us will believe it. I've got news for you . . . .WE are smarter than that!

    January 14, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. gt

    this women is not smart enough to be a senator,,,

    January 14, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. Mike Syracuse, NY

    @Vic of NY, You want to talk about lies:
    Pass the stimulus and unemployment won't go above 8%, LIE it's 10%
    I will close GITMO in a year- LIE, there is still no plan on how to do this, nor should we!
    Health care will be debated on CSPN- LIE, no debate period, just secret negotiations
    I will find bin Laden- Lie, you're not even trying
    All bills will be posted on the internet before voting, LIE, the stimulus wasn't, neither were other bills
    There will be no lobbyists in the Obama administration-LIE, there are many there with 'waivers'
    As was said in Congress: YOU LIE!!!

    January 14, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. mjm

    "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."

    The Boston Globe indorsed Coakley which is why the released an old poll taken weeks ago. Rasmussen had Brown behind by 1 point on 1/11.

    The Boston Globe isn't fit for lining puppy cages

    January 14, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. Debby

    Please campaign for her Obama just like you did for Reid. hahaha

    January 14, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. Dave

    TRAJ: "Do this for Teddy" LOLOLOLOL are you serious?

    What did Teddy ever do for you? He was expelled from Harvard for cheating. He let a girl drown as he hid in a hotel room to sober up. He was handed the Senate seat on a silver platter. It was bought and paid for for by Daddy.

    The people of Mass need to wake up and take the seat back from the corrupt, elitist, power hungry, control freaks that is the Kennedys and has become the Democrats.

    January 14, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. Daniel

    I've never liked it when a President has endorsed a politician. Once he becomes a 'regular citizen' of a state again he can say anything he wants, but while he is sitting President I would hope he would 'stay above the fray' between his party and it's competitor. Instead just let us respect the office you are in, sir, no matter the party you are from. We only ask that you give us the same respect and let us elect our officials without 'Presidential' input. Thank you.

    January 14, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. U.S. Common Sense

    Now that is funny. In what should have been a gimme for the Democrats, Obama is having to "phone it in" for Coakley while she squandered the first half of the campaign thinking she was going to win the seat simply because she is a Democrat.

    January 14, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. mjm

    What??? January 14th, 2010 3:11 pm ET

    I am so glad we voted for the smart guy last time as opposed to electing Grandpa and Ellie May. One can only assume every child would be encouraged to avoid school and go mouse hunting after failing at the flying academy

    Yes, we love 10% unemployment while watching liberals like obama spend billions on pay-to-play politics. It's great to see politicians getting rich for a change.

    I didn't know people went mice hunting....I mean mouse hunting.

    January 14, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  14. Wanda

    Why would anyone want more of Obama politics in their state. It wouldn't help to pull my vote. I want someone standing on the side of keeping me safe and keeping me out of the poor house which is what Obama evidently wants for all middle class people. I'm for anyone that is against Obama's health care plan. Wake up America before Obama sends us down the tube with poverty and terrorists.

    January 14, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. Rickster

    Well, there's the kiss of death......anything the Doofus-In-Chief endorses is going to fail. He has failed miserably at every single thing he has put his fingerprints on.

    January 14, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. Just Give Me The Gift

    Coakley = 1 vote (nothing more and nothing less to Mr. Obama)

    January 14, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. Molly Weasley

    By all means, vote for the guy who says "I'll throw a wrench into the whole process to screw up everything." You GOP commenters are just pathetic.

    The party of no has nothing to offer, so all he can campaign on is, "I'll screw up everything." Note that Brown offers no ideas of his own, just like the rest of the GOP. It's just, "I don't want to vote for anything the Democrats have to offer."

    January 14, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  18. Scott, Tucson

    Maybe a CNN reporter ought to inform Ms. Coakley that the terrorists not counting her bodyguard thugs, are still in Afghanistan.

    January 14, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  19. Jacq

    I see every paid republican blogger got a bonus from the insurance lobbist they're out in full force.Low life scum bags

    January 14, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  20. Bill

    Think Obama can get the ones who would vote against her to just vote "present" instead? That's his real strength.

    January 14, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  21. Bobert

    Obama's ally, not the American people's...

    I don't think anymore needs to be said.

    Vote Brown

    January 14, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. diana Listmann

    Obama just doesn't get it! He is done!
    Everyone who is in is out!
    Obama is doing everything he can to get rid of small business, who will
    hire then , who will he tax?
    He has already said today he is not even going to give the unions a
    health tax, but hey, we are all going to be taxed!
    Maybe he can go work for the unions when he is done.

    January 14, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  23. sifto77

    Democrats and Obama are flying by the seat of their pants if Mass is even considering voting for a Republican......They had their chance to work for the American people and they abused their power.......Now they are making deals with Big Union bosses–Jimmy Hoffa is laughing wherever he is.....

    January 14, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  24. bill

    I wonder if she actually wants him to appeal on her behalf. He's the reason her polls numbers are hitting rock bottom most likey. Failed policies by a failure of his administration.

    January 14, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  25. Charlie

    Kill that bill! Go Scott Go!

    January 14, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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