Richmond Features Obama in First Ad

Posted October 2, 2010 at 6:12pm

Louisiana state Rep. Cedric Richmond, who is running to become the state’s 2nd district representative in a race against Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao (R), will feature President Barack Obama in his first general election campaign commercial.

The Democratic lawmaker’s new ad is scheduled to premiere Sunday during a football game between the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers, which will be shown locally on Fox.

Obama will emphasize Richmond’s commitment to the New Orleans community and his record in the state Legislature in the ad, according to a release from Richmond’s campaign.

“New Orleans needs Cedric Richmond in Congress, and so do I,” Obama says in the ad.

While Obama’s favorability ratings have been slumping nationally, he remains a popular figure in the majority-black New Orleans-based 2nd district. The district is at the top of Democrats’ very short target list this year, not just because it was the only district in the state to choose Obama over Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the 2008 presidential race, but because it did so by a 52-point margin. Cao, who is the first Vietnamese-American Member of Congress, won the district in an unusual December general election that saw extremely low turnout.

During his time in Congress, Cao has worked to demonstrate his willingness to work with the White House on some issues. But Obama let voters know where he stood on the race when he endorsed Richmond in mid-September.