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Obama Appears in Ad for Louisiana Democrat Cedrid Richmond

Making his first taped appearance specifically for an ad, President Obama hosts a new television ad for Cedric Richmond, the Democrat running in Louisiana's 2nd congressional district.

This is a possible Democrat pickup seat: it is currently held by GOP Rep. Joseph Cao (who was the only Republican to vote for Health Care when it first passed the house) but was held for a long time by Dem Rep. William Jefferson who was convicted for taking bribes.

Calling Richmond a "champion," Mr. Obama ticks off his career highlights, including mentoring children and helping businesses get on their feet after Katrina. "Cedric's always been there, making a difference for the community. New Orleans needs Cedric Richmond in Congress. And so do I," says the President.

This is not the first ad featuring Mr. Obama praising a candidate, but it is the first one he taped specifically on behalf of a candidate for an ad. Previously, Mr. Obama appeared in an ad by Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias - but that ad was video from Mr. Obama speaking at a fundraiser with the candidate.

Robert Hendin
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