Oregon GOP Senator Uses Obama For Bi-Partisan TV Ad

Oregon GOP Senator Uses Obama For Bi-Partisan TV Ad


As you may remember, state GOP interests were running anti-Obama ads in the South, but they didn’t work.

Maybe that’s why Republican Gordon Smith is using the exact opposite tactic in his re-election bid.

The Obama campaign had this to say (via TPM):

“Barack Obama has a long record of bipartisan accomplishment and we appreciate that it is respected by his Democratic and Republican colleagues in the Senate. But in this race, Oregonians should know that Barack Obama supports Jeff Merkley for Senate. Merkley will help Obama bring about the fundamental change we need in Washington,” said Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton.

Perhaps this is just a one time thing, but it’ll be interesting to see if any ads get made by Dems touting cooperation with McCain. Honestly, it would be a welcome change from the scare tactic ads we’ve seen pop up in recent months.

  • Jeremy

    I live in Portland, Oregon. I can guarantee you that 8 out of 10 Portlanders are Democratic. Portland, Oregon is full of readers. Yes, we read in this state. As far as Mr. Smith’s reverse psychological campaign strategy. Not going to work. Portland is counting down the days until Bush is gone. This city is going to have an all-night kegger. No Republican has a chance in this city until the bad taste off the Bush regime is removed.

  • http://infieldirt.com/ TheMiddle

    I dont think whether Smith wins the election would necessarily indicate the commercials success or failure. It has to be measured against its intended purpose, which is to try and win over voters. If the ad runs and he subsequently closes the gap, it could certainly indicate that the ad was effective and that it would be sensible for other senators, both Republican and Democrat, to try and use the same tactic if they’re running for office on a moderate platform that might typically work against their party. Like a Dem in Virginia or a Rep in Michigan.

    And then if more senators are willing to try the bipartisian tact, it could conceivably help remove at least a small bit of the vitriol that encompasses modern American politics. I think its very important to have heated debate of ideas, it ensures all voices are properly heard and that legislation must be moderated, but the process of our campaigns has become insane. Voters aren’t being informed about the true merits of the issues, but are simply consistently subjected to scare tactics. Thats something I’d like to see changed, at least a little bit.

  • Scrapiron

    No one in congress has worked closely with Hussein. Hussein has not spent a month at his job in the seventeen months since he was elected. He has used Millions of dollars in taxpayer money and his congressional staff in his quest for POTUS.

  • http://www.oregonconservative.com OR Conservative

    Oregon liberals will not allow Merkley to move to the middle. THAT is why Merkley will lose.