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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: Culver launches new campaign ad

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

While you're waiting for tonight's election returns, check out the
television commercial Governor Chet Culver's campaign launched today.
Like the commercial Culver ran last month, this ad emphasizes that the
governor cut spending and his own salary in order to balance the state
budget during this recession without raising taxes. I think the ad is
well-crafted in terms of script and visuals, but like Bleeding
Heartland users IowaVoter and dricey, I am concerned when Democrats
rely heavily on Republican anti-tax messaging. Culver may be
reinforcing conservative frames and limiting his future policy options
if he does win re-election. ... Republicans are already blaming
Democrats for the property tax increases many Iowans will experience
next year. Their outrage is hypocritical, because the state cuts
affecting education and local governments would have been far more
severe if not for the federal stimulus bill, which included aid to
state governments.

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