Rep. Joseph Cao (R-La.) is the only Republican who voted for Barack Obama's health care overhaul law (and the only GOP lawmaker to attend the White House Super Bowl party), but that doesn't mean the congressman can count on the president's support for his re-election bid.
Obama appears in a new ad backing Cao's Democratic opponent, state Rep. Cedric Richmond.
It's the president's first appearance in a campaign commercial during the 2010 midterm election cycle, The Wall Street Journal reported. The 30-second spot started airing over the weekend.
"New Orleans needs Cedric Richmond in Congress," Obama says. "And so do I. I hope you'll give Cedric your vote."
Polls show Cao and Richmond (pictured) running about even in the New Orleans district that is historically Democratic.
Richmond's campaign paid for the ad, which was done by AKPD Message and Media, White House adviser David Axelrod's old political consulting firm in Chicago, according to the Journal.
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