The first TV ad out of the chute in the fall campaign for U.S. Senate in Oregon
comes today from incumbent Democrat Ron Wyden
Wyden's initial TV ad
is a 30-second positive pitch for his re-election that never mentions Republican opponent Jim Huffman, not surprising given that Wyden leads Huffman in the polls
and in fund-raising
Instead, the ad portrays Wyden (who has been in the Senate since 1996 after being in the House since 1980) as an independent voice for Oregon whose willingness to be a "little different" in Washington is a good thing for Oregonians.
One other thing the ad does not mention is that Wyden is a Democrat, a noteworthy omission given that Democrats are expected to lose
Senate seats overall in this off-year election. At one point, the ad says Wyden "bucked two presidents and his party to vote no on the Wall Street bailouts."