PI Original Josh Kalven Thursday October 30th, 2008, 9:40am

Hardball Highlights "Obama Voters For Roskam" Website (UPDATED)

Just minutes after interviewing GOP Rep. Peter Roskam's former boss -- Tom DeLay -- on Hardball last night, host Chris Matthews briefly reported that Roskam has launched a website intended to lure 6th District supporters of Barack Obama, which we noted on Tuesday.  Watch it...

Just minutes after interviewing GOP Rep. Peter Roskam's former boss -- Tom DeLay -- on Hardball last night, host Chris Matthews briefly reported that Roskam has launched a website intended to lure 6th District supporters of Barack Obama, which we noted on Tuesday.  Watch it:

Roll Call reported on Roskam's website today, under the headline: "Nervous Roskam Eyes Possible Ticket-Splitter."  The Sun-Times' Abdon Pallasch also devotes an article to the site, getting responses from Democratic challenger Jill Morgenthaler as well as the Obama campaign:

The Web site opens with an Obama quote: "I'm a member of the mutual admiration society with Sen. Roskam. He is always terrific."

Roskam's opponent, former U.S. Army Reserve Col. Jill Morgenthaler, notes the quote is part of a larger one in which Obama explains he disagrees with Roskam.

Roskam is on the opposite side of "virtually every issue" -- the Iraq war, abortion, tax cuts for the wealthy, the bank bailout -- from Obama and Morgenthaler, she said.

"Roskam would continue President Bush's failed policies and [Obama] is supporting Jill Morgenthaler for Congress," Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt said.

(H/T Prairie State Blue)

UPDATE: In his article on Roskam's website, the Daily Herald's Joseph Ryan points to the problem with the 2004 Obama quote that appears there

[Roskam spokesman Matt] Vriesema said the flier and Web site are not meant to indicate an Obama endorsement. However, the Web site does feature an Obama quote from a debate on the state Senate floor in 2004.

The Obama quote says, "First of all, I am a member of the mutual admiration society with Senator Roskam. He is always terrific."

The quote came from a sparring match between Roskam and Obama over legislation the Chicago Democrat proposed to protect workers' overtime rights.

After praising Roskam - typical form for Senate floor debate - Obama said, "Having said that, have I said that he's wrong? I love him, but he's wrong."

Roskam opposed the overtime rules because he said they would chase businesses out of Illinois.

 

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