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Ad of the day: Republicans use Bennet endorsement against him

The National Republican Senatorial Committee's attack against Sen. Michael Bennet (D) in Colorado introduces a new form of campaign-ad jujitsu.

Watching this ad, viewers would think that this editorial from The Denver Post was endorsing Bennet's opponent, Republican Ken Buck. The ad claims the editorial "summed up Bennet's Senate career in just three words: 'not enough spine.' " Here's a more complete cut from the editorial: "The current health care bill is law because of Bennet's one vote. That vote, and his speech, epitomize his short Senate career: So much potential, yet not enough spine."

Candidates and their supporters regularly take snippets from editorials and reports to cast their opponents in a negative light. But taking an endorsement editorial and using it to slam your opposition is a new one.

(h/t CBS)

In other ad news:

- Republican Meg Whitman is out with an ad, in Spanish, that claims she is against Ariz. immigration law, SB1070, when she has said the law, in English, should be allowed to stand. - (h/t Huffington Post)

-- Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio (R) is up with a two-minute closing ad. (h/t The Afternoon Fix)

-- Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Lincoln Chafee (I) has a new spot out, in which he takes the rare step (for a Democrat) of embracing President Obama. (h/t Politico)

-- The NRSC is up with an ad going after Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) in the ninth inning. The ad claims that Boxer will "continue to vote for higher taxes, job-crushing policies," and that "nothing will change." The ad goes on to call Boxer "more of the same." (h/t The Hill)

-- There is an intense ad battle going on in the Texas governor's race. Gov. Rick Perry (R) released a spot featuring the widow of a slain police officer. In the ad, she claims her husband was "murdered ... by an undocumented alien." She goes on to say that former Houston mayor Bill White, a Democrat and Perry's opponent, "supported sanctuary-city policies that made it difficult for officers to safely do their jobs." White has issued an ad of his own saying, "Perry is using a widow's grief to hide his failures." (h/t Austin American Statesman)

- People for the American Way is out with a new ad calling Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck of Colorado "the corporate Manchurian candidate."

- Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle of Nevada is out with an ad that features the YouTube title "Stupid things Harry says." The narration does not mention the word "stupid," but it runs through a series of statements Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has made both before and during the campaign. - (h/t Time)

- Former USDA employee, Shirley Sherrod, is out with a get-out-the-vote ad for NAACP. (h/t Ben Smith)

- The National Republican Senatorial Committee has pushed an ad mocking Harry Reid as a super hero.

By Emi Kolawole  | October 27, 2010; 11:18 AM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Ad of the day  
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