Obama Goes to Bat for Democrats from Arkansas to the Aloha State

By Matt Loffman

May 4, 2010 6:17pm

ABC News’ Teddy Davis and Matt Loffman report:

President Obama has recorded a new radio ad for Sen. Blanche Lincoln, praising the Arkansas Democrat on financial regulation, health-care reform, and job creation.

“This is President Barack Obama and I want to tell you why I support Senator Blanche Lincoln for re-election in the Democratic Primary on Tuesday, May 18,” says Obama in Lincoln’s radio ad.

Incumbent senators typically breeze through their primary when they are up for re-election but Lincoln is facing a well-funded challenge from Lt. Gov. Bill Halter (D), a former Clinton administration official who has the backing of organized labor.

Beyond his new radio ad in Arkansas, Obama is also getting involved in a special election taking place on Saturday, May 22nd, in the urban Honolulu congressional district where he was born.

“Aloha, this is President Barack Obama on behalf of the Democratic Party,” says Obama in a robo-call which is expected to be released on Tuesday. The recorded call is paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (D.C.C.C.).  

Two Democrats, former Rep. Ed Case and state Senate President Colleen Hanabusa, are running against Honolulu Councilmember Charles Djou, a Republican, in this month's winner-take-all special election. The Hawaii congressional seat was vacated when Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D) resigned in order to run for governor. 

Although the seat tilts heavily Democratic in traditional one-on-one races, the President’s party is worried that the seat will fall into Republican hands in the special election when the Democratic vote is split between two strong candidates.

See below for the full scripts:

Obama’s Radio Ad on Behalf of Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark.:

"This is President Barack Obama and I want to tell you why I support Senator Blanche Lincoln for re-election in the Democratic Primary on Tuesday, May 18.

Blanche is leading the fight to hold Wall Street accountable and make sure that Arkansas taxpayers are never again asked to bailout Wall Street bankers.

She is standing on the side of workers who've lost their jobs in this recession by extending unemployment insurance payments and health care while they try to get back on their feet.  And she cast crucial votes to create new jobs in Arkansas and all across America. 

On health care, Blanche took on big insurance companies by voting to end discrimination against Arkansans with pre-existing conditions and fought for tax credits that will help thousands of local small businesses provide insurance to their employees.

I urge you to join me in supporting Senator Blanche Lincoln for re-election on Tuesday, May 18th."

Obama’s DCCC Robo Call in Hawaii:

“Aloha, this is President Barack Obama on behalf of the Democratic Party. 

As you know, there's an election for Congress taking place, and your support for a Democrat is crucial for us to continue pushing forward our agenda for change.  I need a Democrat that will support my agenda in Congress. 

I need someone who will hold Wall Street and the big special interests accountable.  It's crucial that you vote and that you vote Democratic. 

In the next couple of days, an actual ballot will come directly to you in the mail, and all you need to do is fill it in, sign the envelope, and mail it back.  Voting is that easy.  I hope we can count on you to return your ballot as soon as you get it. 

Your vote matters.  Thanks so much.  Bye bye.”

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