Tester ad highlights breaks from Obama
August 7th, 2012
04:04 PM ET
2 years ago

Tester ad highlights breaks from Obama

(CNN) – Democratic Senator Jon Tester released a new television ad Tuesday highlighting his breaks with the Obama administration–like voting against Wall Street and for the Keystone Pipeline–and touting the Montana senator's home state first voting record.

"Why are out of state, corporate super PACs attacking Jon Tester? Because Jon always puts Montana first. Jon was 'the only Democrat who voted against both the Wall Street and auto' bailouts," the ad says.

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The narrator continues: "Jon took on the Obama Administration to delist wolves, saying that's 'what's right for Montana.' Voted for the Keystone Pipeline to 'create jobs and energy security.' And voted 'in favor of a balanced budget amendment.' Jon Tester: Doing what's right for Montana. Always."

The week-long statewide television ad buy titled "Always" will cost $90,000 and is the latest in a series of smaller ad buys by Tester's campaign.

Tester's campaign said in a press release that the ad is in response to money pouring in to the race from special interest groups.

"The spot answers the question of why corporate special interests like Karl Rove's secretive Crossroads GPS and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are spending millions on TV ads in Montana on behalf of Congressman Dennis Rehberg," the Tester campaign stated.

Tester is in a heated battle to defend his seat from his GOP opponent Rep. Denny Rehberg.

Tester defeated incumbent Sen. Conrad Burns in the 2006 election, edging out the three-term Republican by less than 4,000 votes. Two of the top non-partisan political handicappers, the Cook Political Report and the Rothenberg Political Report, both rate the Tester-Rehberg race a toss up.

Rehberg's campaign called the ad "misleading," responding to the claims with a "Reality Check," which challenges Tester's touted achievements like the Keystone Pipeline and voting against Wall Street and links Obama and Tester together.

"Since Obama took office and Tester began rubber-stamping his liberal, tax-and-spend policies 95% of the time, Montana's unemployment rate has risen from 5.3% to 6.3%, and the state has lost construction and manufacturing jobs. Meanwhile, each individual Montanan's share of the national debt has risen by 50%, from $34,000 to over $51,000," said the Rehberg campaign in a press release.

–CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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Filed under: 2012 • Montana • Senate Race
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Democratic Senator Jon Tester released a new television ad
    Tuesday highlighting his breaks with the Obama administration
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    WOW!! Democrats running away from Obama faster than a jack rabbit!!! But no mention that the dirtball voted for Obamacare. Geeeee, I wonder why?!! Looks like another good Senate seat pickup for the Republicans. Good riddance Do-Nothing-Harry-Reid!!

    August 7, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. Laverne

    Mr. Tester all that distanting yourself and YOU STILL LOSE! You will need the dems support a lot more than you think the repubs will support you. You will learn a hard lesson sir!!

    August 7, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. amf140

    This could become a pretty common occurence in the next 2-3 months. There would be a lot more if the Democrats hadn't purged themselves of he Blue Dogs. This is what happens when leadership is replaced with self-interest. Hasn't been any leasding going on from the White House in the last 4 years. We got what we asked for. And thanks to the press, we didn't know what we were getting.

    August 7, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  4. cali girl

    best of luck with that Tester. I wonder why he didn't say he is with the NRA.

    August 7, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Laverne - You will learn a hard lesson sir!!
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    Looks like he already did. Supporting Obama was not a great career decision for a Democrat.

    August 7, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. CBR

    It appears that Mr. Tester was never supportive of President Obama. Then how many of us would vote for Mr. Tester for the Senate. He could learn a few lessons from past Senators from Montana.

    August 7, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. DumbasRocks [R]s

    You should know a thing or two about running from a president, "BEND forward", as fast as you tailless monkees distanced yourself from the Bush failure. In fact, you distanced yourself so far away, that you lost touch of the reality that you [R]s tanked America and that it took a regime change to Obama to save America from the disaster of an economic Depression. And this idiot Tester brags that he voted against policies that saved America from that disaster? Please!

    I'll be looking forward to another 4 years of senseless whining from you rightwing cretins. Wow....who knew that modern humans could be so stupid?

    August 7, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. Jon

    Looks like being a Democrat while Obama is President will cause another Democrat Senator to bite the dust ... but no need to worry, he will have a great retirement package along with the best health insurance for the rest of his life.

    Perhaps we need to vote on whether our Representative or Senator deserves to be paid for what they did since being elected. Right after you vote, there should be a question, how much money should your Representative or Senator should be paid for the work they did since first elected?

    August 7, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. Wes B.

    There is nothing wrong with going against your party on occasion. It seems stupid to me to ALWAYS vote your party line 100% of the time. Our country has millions of people, it seems that everyone won't come down to one of two choices.

    There should be more "middle ground" candidates from both parties.

    August 7, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. Democrat Party

    I think Tester is in trouble!!!

    August 7, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    What a coward.... a REAL Democrat would invite Obama out to campaign for him and wrap his arm around Obama and plant a nice big wet one right on his leftist cheek. Just like he's been doing for the past 4 years. Come on Tester!! Man up and dance with the one that brought you!!

    August 7, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Let me gues.... he won't be going to the Democrat Convention either?! Like I have always said, Democrats will NEVER take responsibility for the disasters they bring upon this country. Tester is a fine example of that.

    August 7, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. tee27

    If you look at the polling Obama is winning and is leading in all the battleground states, This is a big mistake by Tester,

    August 7, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  14. PJ

    Tester is proud of voting against the highly successful auto bailout???????
    And he is proud of voting for the Keystone Pipeline that would "create jobs and energy security"? What is he
    reading? The last I heard the oil will be refined in a no-tax zoned refinery located in South Texas, then shipped to
    China or elsewhere. The jobs, according to the CEO would be temporary and no more than 3-6 thousand.
    Not to mention the Ogallala aquifer and the potential damage it could do to farmers, ranchers and household
    drinking water. Has the Republican Governor of Nebraska signed off on this yet?
    Tester sounds like a loser.

    August 7, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  15. tee27

    If Tester was smart he would take a lesson from H.Reid and go after his opponent on standing with Mitt on his tax issue.

    August 7, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  16. 92 Days until Obama is RE-ELECTED

    @DumbasRocks [R]s – You should know a thing or two about running from a president, "BEND forward", as fast as you tailless monkees distanced yourself from the Bush failure. In fact, you distanced yourself so far away, that you lost touch of the reality that you [R]s tanked America and that it took a regime change to Obama to save America from the disaster of an economic Depression. And this idiot Tester brags that he voted against policies that saved America from that disaster? Please!
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    I'll be looking forward to another 4 years of senseless whining from you rightwing cretins. Wow....who knew that modern humans could be so stupid?
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    Posts here from the right wing Teatrolls gives full credence to the stupidity of humanity.. especially those on the right.

    August 7, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  17. Joan

    Wisconsin is just getting the go ahead to re-open an Enbridge oil pipeline after a horrible oil spill. Check out the leak, clean-up and environmental concerns. The Keystone Pipeline for the northern route was rejected because the REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR of Nebraska would not approve it. Check that out too. When they come back with a safer route, it can probably get approved by that red Republican state and then the government can also approve it. Check that out. The Keystone Pipeline issue is another one that the Republicans exaggerated and acturally lied about and the media cherry picked how much truth to tell. It is much like the last election's "Mosque at Ground Zero" fabrication. Too bad these things don't get fact checked.

    August 7, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  18. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    I wonder why there haven't been any pictures out there of Obama campaigning with Democrats??? If he's sooo popular and his policies are so great, people would be climbing over each other to get a picture with him! So what's the story here libtards?!! Still beleiving all these bogus polls about Obama being ahead? Or do you believe your own eyes watching people running away from Obama???

    August 7, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  19. 92 Days until Obama is RE-ELECTED

    @BEND Forward - Like I have always said, Democrats will NEVER take responsibility for the disasters they bring upon this country.
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    LOL – you must be from the delusional Repug school of "It's a lie, but if we say it often enough it will be true".
    I'd rinse and repeat but suggesting you Teapugs check your FACTS before you spout is pointless. You would know a FACT from a chirping cricket!

    August 7, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  20. Myviewis

    tee27

    If Tester was smart he would take a lesson from H.Reid and go after his opponent on standing with Mitt on his tax issue.
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    I don't think Tester or anybody else is as good of a liar as Harry Reid, wait, maybe Pelosi is.

    August 7, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |