Rob Portman and Ted Strickland attack each other today in a pair of new web ads on the subject of China.
So not only are the two running neck-and-neck in the latest Quinnipiac poll, but so are their web ads.
The campaign of Republican Sen. Rob Portman, who's seeking election to a second six-year term, produced an ad titled “Shameful” accusing Democrat Strickland (former Ohio governor) of having a "shameful" record on China and of lying about Portman's record on China.
The Strickland campaign puts out a response “Shameless” showing instances of Portman talking on the House floor about the U.S.'s great trade relationship with China, specifically saying that "China has been a significant factor in the economic expansion we've all enjoyed in this country during the 1990s."
Here's the nut graph explaining Portman's ad:
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Today, the Portman for Senate Campaign released a new web ad called “Shameful” detailing Ted Strickland’s awful record of refusing to hold China accountable and exposing Ted and his out-of-state liberal allies’ latest hypocritical claims on trade. “Shameful" begins playing statewide online today and is further proof Ted Strickland’s low-energy, “invisible” campaign and awful record can’t continue to hide behind the millions of dollars from Harry Reid’s dark money Super PAC.
Here's a nut graph exlaining Strickland's ad:
COLUMBUS, OH -- In response to Senator Portman’s new, false ad on trade titled “Shameful,” today the Strickland for Senate Campaign is releasing a new digital ad on Portman’s record of supporting job killing trade deals -- "Shameless." The spot uses video footage of Senator Portman praising China and urging the passage of unfair trade deals to highlight Portman’s unabashed, decades long record of supporting unfair trade policies that have outsourced hundreds of thousands of Ohio jobs to places like China. The ad will reach targeted voters in Ohio and is a continuation of the Strickland campaign’s ongoing six-figure paid media campaign, which will feature a mix of search, social display and digital pre-roll advertising.