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New Ads Show the 'Stubborn' and Soft Sides of Inhofe

With the presidential contest settling into its general election groove, we'll start paying closer attention to the advertising for this year's congressional races.

Let's start in Oklahoma, where incumbent Sen. James Inhofe (R) is seeking reelection, but faces six challengers, including a few Republicans.

In an effort to get ahead of the competition, Inhofe has "saturated the state" with two ads that showcase his hard and soft sides. The first is "One Man in America," a 60-second spot that uses some pretty straightforward language to describe the senator:

"When our military was ordered to eliminate bases, one hardheaded man was able to prove that every Oklahoma base was worth every penny," the announcer says.

"Stubborn helped the people of my town," says a woman in the ad. Apparently Inhofe's campaign considers stubborness an attribute worthy of a TV ad.

But Inhofe is also selling his softer side.

His second ad is "Africa and The World," a 30-second spot that touts the senator's overseas trips "to quietly get to know the leaders."

The ad features several images of him warmly embracing women, children, and government officials:

Twenty-nine intense trips in 12 years. To the front. To the saddest parts of Africa. To quietly get to know the leaders. Talking, praying, bonds that might bring peace, save a life, bring hope.
Jim Inhofe did that?

Inhofe is perhaps best known nationwide for his skepticism about global climate change, calling it a "hoax." In his role as the ranking member on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, he helped kill a climate bill that failed in the Senate last week. He received a well-documented verbal rebuke from Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) for his stubborness during a March 2007 hearing about climate change that featured Al Gore.

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  June 11, 2008; 1:10 PM ET Ad Watch , Congress
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For some reason you forgot to mention that the Africa claims one of the countries he has visited in Africa is Iraq. Of course, maybe Republicans have a different definition of Africa?

Posted by: Harry Bowman | June 11, 2008 8:17 PM

Stole this name from another website because its true!

Are you serious? Stubborn is somehow good?

And I've read how Inhofe's second ad lists "ethiopia, zambia and Iraq" as places he has visited in Africa. WTF? "AFRICA? IRAQ?"

This is apparently a good way to help defeat Inhofe.

Posted by: Jim Inhofe Hates People | June 11, 2008 8:27 PM

The ad is not saying that he only visited nations in Africa - it's saying that he took 29 trips to other nations in 12 years, including to the front line in Iraq and to the poorest parts of Africa.

In other words, he already has tremendous experience and knowledge regarding the world that we live in; experience and knowledge that his competitors do not likely have.

Posted by: DFCSTech | June 11, 2008 8:29 PM

Hey, I checked, and it really doesn't SAY Iraq is in Africa, it INSINUATES Iraq is in Africa. My bad.

Posted by: Harry Bowman | June 11, 2008 8:43 PM

Listen to four Oklahoma veterans talk about Inhofe's deplorable voting record on veteran's issues and see how he actually voted here: http://oklahomavets.org/

Posted by: Darla Shelden | June 12, 2008 6:11 PM

But who do you think should be picked as VP running mate?
Go to http://www.votenic.com and see what America thinks
2008 Presidential Election Weekly VP Poll.

Posted by: george | June 17, 2008 9:33 AM

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