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Ad of the Day: Giannoulias latches on to Obama

President Obama's coattails may not be as long as they were in 2008, but don't tell that to Illinois state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulais (D).

Giannoulias is running for Senate against Republican Mark Kirk and, as the ad makes evident, President Obama has figured prominently in his campaign. But, at a time when Democrats are working diligently to move away from Obama (and his sliding poll numbers), Giannoulias's ad is a rare sight.

Our colleagues over at The Fix spotted the ad earlier, and here's what they had to say:

The front-and-center role that Giannoulias is seeking for Obama in the race to replace retiring Sen. Roland Burris (D) stands in stark contrast to how the president is being treated by other high-profile Senate candidates -- many of whom develop "scheduling conflicts" every time the president appears in their states.

(Obama is scheduled to make stops in Pennsylvania and Connecticut later this month on behalf of Democrats pursuing open Senate seats in each of those states.)

Obama is still quite popular in Illinois, however, and Giannoulias hopes that such a ringing endorsement from the former Illinois Senator will motivate the Democratic base behind him.

More:
- AM Fix: Alexi Giannoulias goes up with Obama ad in Illinois
- The Plum Line: What the enthusiasm gap is costing Democrats
- The Fix: Senate Dems go negative early (and often)

By Emi Kolawole  |  September 8, 2010; 12:41 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency  
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