Ehrlich borrows Reagan line in new TV ad
Former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) resurrects a famous Ronald Reagan line in a new television ad set to debut in both the Washington and Baltimore markets Tuesday night: "Are you better off today than you were four years ago?"
The 30-second is narrated by a casually clad Ehrlich sitting at a kitchen table. He seeks to make the case that things were better before Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) defeated him in 2006.
"Four years ago, unemployment in Maryland was under four percent," Ehrlich says. "Today, it's nearly doubled and nearly a quarter million Marylanders are looking for work. In addition, we face a national health care plan that will hurt small business and cost us jobs. So we have to ask: Are you better off today than you were four years ago?"
Reagan (R) made the last line famous in his successful 1980 campaign against then President Jimmy Carter (D).
Ehrlich has been critical of the federal health care plan ever since its passage but appears to be stepping up his focus on the measure, which O'Malley supported. On Wednesday, Ehrlich's campaign has scheduled an event in Rockville to "discuss federal health care reform," according to an advisory.
In a statement Tuesday night, O'Malley deputy campaign manager Rick Abbuzzese called the new ad "misleading."
"The reason that Marylanders are rallying behind Governor Martin O'Malley heading into the final two weeks of this campaign is that Governor O'Malley has been and will always be on their side when it comes to important issues like creating jobs, expanding educational opportunity, and protecting core priorities in tough times.
| October 19, 2010; 5:25 PM ET
Categories: 2010 Elections, John Wagner
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