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Ehrlich borrows Reagan line in new TV ad

John Wagner

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.

By John Wagner  | October 19, 2010; 5:25 PM ET
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Bob, is getting desperate, Marylanders fired him once, & come Nov. 2nd he will sent back to the rock he crawled from under.

Posted by: bobby20 | October 19, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

What I get out of this ad is that Bob Ehrlich doesn't understand that there is a national recession going on and that he thinks that it is awesome that kids and domestic abuse victims can get refused health insurance coverage for "preexisting conditions". Thanks Bob.

Posted by: unrest | October 19, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse


During a gubernatorial debate, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) called illegal immigrants "new Americans."

"There is this nativism rising up and this desire to blame new Americans for the problems in our economy," O'Malley said.

O'Malley repeatedly used the term "new Americans" as a euphemism for illegal aliens.


Posted by: COOLCHILLY | October 19, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious! Ehrlich is "borrowing" a line from Reagan? So, can we expect him to fall asleep during meetings and consult a psychic as well? Actually, Bobby has the Reagan hair right!

Posted by: free-donny | October 20, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

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