Here’s a snapshot of the latest news on the web concerning the Rehberg-Tester 2012 US Senate race in Montana.
Tester continues to try and run from Obama in his latest ad, as The Hill reports:
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) released a new ad on Wednesday that aims to combat efforts by Republicans to paint him as voting in lockstep with his party and supporting President Obama’s agenda.
The ad, titled “Everytime,” features clips of Tester discussing a number of times he’s bucked the Democratic Party, including his vote in support of the Keystone XL pipeline, a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution and his opposition to EPA regulations of particulate matter.
Click below to watch the ad:
While Tester is attempting to run from his record of voting with President Obama, The Great Falls Tribune notes how both Rehberg and Tester are dodging their respective political party conventions, while adding this note about the last Democratic National Convention. (h/t Kellyn Brown, Flathead Beacon)
Four years ago, Tester flew from Montana with Obama to Denver, where Obama accepted his party’s nomination for president.
Plus, a revived quote backfires on the Tester camp. Huffington Post has this:
Montana Rep. Denny Rehberg has been pounding Democratic Sen. Jon Tester over lobbyist fundraising in their tight Senate race, but Rehberg declared last year in a meeting with the influence peddlers that he probably would have chosen their profession over his own if he had been “smart.”
“We’re pleased that Sen. Tester wants to highlight that Denny chose ranching over lobbying after he left the Lt. Governor’s office,” said Rehberg spokesman Chris Bond, referring to the career choice Rehberg made before running for Congress. “Given that Tester is the number one recipient of lobbyist money in Congress this cycle, it’ll be interesting to see if he chooses farming over lobbying after his unsuccessful reelection bid.”
And finally today, the NRSC is shuffling their priorities when it comes to the 2012 US Senate races, as Politico reports:
The National Republican Senatorial Committee is rolling back its investments in two battleground states and investing heavily in North Dakota, where the GOP is facing an unexpectedly difficult fight to pick up an open Senate seat.
Several strategists told POLITICO that the campaign arm of the Senate GOP will begin running ads in North Dakota starting Wednesday. The NRSC is booking $3.1 million in airtime there between tomorrow and Election Day, a committee source said.