In Ore., GOP Senator Cites Working with Obama

Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., is facing a tough re-election challenge in November. He says he's supporting John McCain for president, but in a new campaign ad he touts his achievements working across the aisle with a certain Democrat: Barack Obama.

MICHELE NORRIS, host:

Joe Lieberman is not the only senator blurring party lines. Republican Gordon Smith of Oregon is facing a tough re-election challenge this November from Democrat Jeff Merkley, and Smith has got a new ad this week touting his record working with a certain Democratic colleague.

(Soundbite of television ad)

Unidentified Woman: Who says Gordon Smith helped lead the fight for better gas mileage and a cleaner environment? Barack Obama.

SIEGEL: Well, Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton emailed reporters this morning to clarify. Here's what he said. 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. Burton went on to say, Oregonians should know that Barack Obama supports Jeff Merkley for Senate.

NORRIS: And apparently, the feeling is mutual. Gordon Smith's office confirms that he is, in fact, supporting John McCain for president.

(Soundbite of television ad)

Senator GORDON SMITH (Republican, Oregon): I'm Gordon Smith, and I approve working together across party lines. And this ad...

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