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Posted at 5:28 PM ET, 10/15/2010

Hurt ad calls Perriello a 'rubber stamp' for Obama, Pelosi

By Ben Pershing
Ben Pershing

State Sen. Robert Hurt (R) is turning up the volume on his campaign against freshman Rep. Tom Perriello (D) in Virginia's 5th district, accusing the Democrat of being a "rubber stamp" for the policies of President Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Running in a district where the national Democratic brand is weak this election cycle, Perriello -- like other Democrats around the country -- has sought to distance himself from his party's leadership and convey the idea that he is an independent voice. But Hurt has been unrelenting in arguing the opposite, and his new ad continues to make the case:

"They're in charge. Imposing their vision of America on us. Tom Perriello, a rubberstamp for the Obama-Pelosi agenda," says the ad's narrator, admonishing Perriello for backing Obama's health-care and climate change bills, creating "trillion dollar deficits, staggering debt and unemployment."

"Tom Perriello, he's their Congressman, not ours," the ad concludes.

The 5th district, which stretches from the Charlottesville area down to the North Carolina border, has been flooded with ads in recent weeks. Both Hurt and Perriello have lots of cash left to spend on the airwaves, and the national party committees as well as several outside groups have been spending significant sums there.

By Ben Pershing  | October 15, 2010; 5:28 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races, Ben Pershing, Election 2010, Robert Hurt, Tom Perriello  
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