Obama Cuts Radio Ad for Carmouche
President-elect Barack Obama has recorded a radio ad that will hit the airwaves today in support of the Democratic House candidate in a Louisiana runoff, a sign, his advisers argue, that he is using his political power to help expand the party's majority in Congress.
In the ad, a copy of which was obtained by The Fix, Obama urges a vote for Caddo Parish District Attorney Paul Carmouche who is facing off against physician John Fleming in a runoff this Saturday for the Shreveport-area seat vacated by Rep. Jim McCrery (R).
"To change America and to get Louisiana's economy back on track -- I need leaders like Paul Carmouche working with me in Washington," Obama says. "Paul Carmouche is the kind of leader we need in Washington...to make a difference for the people of Northwest Louisiana." (Full script is after the jump.)
The radio ad follows two emails that the Obama campaign sent to its Louisiana statewide list: the first was a call for volunteers to help Carmouche, the second sought to raise money for the Democrat's campaign. Obama also recorded an automated phone call to voters in the district.
Obama followed a similar blueprint of support for former state Rep. Jim Martin (D) who faces off against Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R) in a runoff race today in Georgia. The president-elect lent his voice to a radio ad in the general election and then again in the runoff.
Some within the party have been critical of Obama's decision not to appear in person with Martin, believing that the only way the Democrat could win today was an overwhelming turnout among black voters. Republican and Democratic insiders agree that Chambliss is likely to secure a second term tonight.
Obama and his transition team seemed far more focused on building out his Cabinet and White House senior staff than in spending his political capital in Georgia or anywhere else so soon after his election as the 44th president of the United States.
Obama's involvement on behalf of Carmouche and Martin will allow him to take some level of credit if one or both win (Carmouche is the more likely winner at this point) and to avoid any slackening in his political power if they lose.
How Obama chooses to exert his political force over the next two years will be a fascinating thing to watch. Will he risk sacrificing his post-partisan message on the altar of 2010 politics? And, if he does, how much of Obama's appeal is transferable to other Democrats?
Obama radio ad for Paul Carmouche
This is Barack Obama.
Together we made history, but there is still one more important election in Louisiana on Saturday, December 6th.
Democrat Paul Carmouche is running for Congress.
To change America and to get Louisiana's economy back on track - I need leaders like Paul Carmouche working with me in Washington. Let me tell you about Paul Carmouche. Paul is an effective and fair district attorney...who stood up for the victims of violent crime...Paul supports tax relief for the middle class and will work with me to create jobs and get Louisiana's economy moving.
Paul Carmouche is the kind of leader we need in Washington...to make a difference for the people of Northwest Louisiana.
On Saturday, December 6th please support Democrat Paul Carmouche.
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