Posted at 3:29 PM on September 9, 2008
by Tom Scheck
3rd District Republican Erik Paulsen released his first TV ad today. The campaign gave the ad to reporters but said it will be on YouTube shortly. I'll link to it when it's up.
The ad features Paulsen's two kids talking about how Paulsen thinks Washington should stop spending and taxing so much. The most significant aspect of the ad, however, isn't what's said but what's seen. The ad features video of Paulsen and GOP Rep. Jim Ramstad. Ramstad, who is retiring, received wide support during his tenure in Congress.
Paulsen is the last candidate in the 3rd to start running ads. I-P candidate David Dillon made a small cable buy. DFLer Ashwin Madia has been running two ads on cable and broadcast.
Can Paulsen run on his own merits? Or must he rely on riding Ramstad's coattails? It's awfully hard to tell...
Having not seen his first ad, I can only guess, but it seems as if the only thing he's trying to convey is how "close" he is to Ramstad. This is only true in the picture sense of the word, as his agenda is FAR Right of where Ramstad was for the last 18 years. His billboard is the same.....who's actually running, Ramstad or Paulsen?