Coleman Warns Minnesota of 'What to Expect'
Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) has launched a creative preemptive strike against expected attacks from Democratic opponent Al Franken and other groups. "What to Expect" is a 30-second ad that once again mixes Coleman's self-depricating style with mentions of his Senate record, a strategy that's worked for him before ("He brought hockey back!")
Here's the script:
"Here's some things you're probably going to see from the other side. First they'll show you a crummy picture. Then they'll play some scary music. They'll say I'm in the pocket of lobbyists or special interests. But I fought for ethics reform to restore trust in Congress. They'll say I'm a rubber stamp for George Bush, even though The Washington Post has ranked me as one of the most independent senators."
The Minnesota Senate race is one of the closest in the country, with Coleman leading Franken by just 1 point in the latest statewide survey. Franken has started airing a new message that attacks Coleman for supporting President Bush's Social Security privatization plans. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has aired an ad using Coleman's own words against him, specifically on the Iraq war. Coleman's ability to poke fun at himself while mocking the formulaic nature of political attack ads may help him score points with voters sick and tired of the negative.
-- Ed O'Keefe
By Ed O'Keefe |
September 15, 2008; 6:36 AM ET
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