(CNN) - A new ad by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee says women can't trust Washington Republican Senate candidate Dino Rossi.
In the spot, a narrator says Rossi, a former state legislator, "voted to deny unemployment benefits to women who were fleeing domestic violence."
"Rossi wants to take away a woman's right to choose and, in almost every circumstance, make abortion illegal," the narrator says as ominous music plays in the background.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama told a friendly backyard gathering on Thursday that he was so focused on getting the policy right on helping the economy recover that he didn't devote enough energy to advertising the benefits.
Asked about the negative perception many Americans have about signature legislation of his first two years in office, Obama said opponents of reform fought hard against it and he could have done more to sell it.
Spokane, Washington (CNN) - In an election year colored by sharp rhetoric and voter anger, Dino Rossi's mellow demeanor could be viewed as a drawback in his race against Sen. Patty Murray in Washington.
His laid-back disposition was on display in Thursday's debate in Spokane, the first of two between the candidates, which saw a feisty Murray defending her votes in Washington while Rossi responded with a combination of shrugs and serene criticism of government spending.
Spokane, Washington (CNN) - It may not have been the marquee Senate debate of Thursday night – that one took place in Nevada – but the clash in Washington between Sen. Patty Murray and her Republican challenger Dino Rossi was another study in contrasts highlighted by sharply different visions of President Obama's record.
Seated next to Murray in a Spokane television studio for the first of two debates, Rossi worked overtime to portray the three-term incumbent as beholden to the president's agenda by voting in favor of the health care reform bill, the stimulus package and financial regulatory reform.
Eager to tap into concerns about the economy and the national Republican tailwind, Rossi painted a picture of "extreme partisanship in Washington, D.C. that has really taken us in the wrong direction and down the wrong path."
Seattle, Washington (CNN) - With Sen. Patty Murray looking vulnerable for the first time in her 18-year career, outside groups have pumped millions of dollars into the state of Washington to influence a marquee race that might ultimately decide which party controls the Senate next year.
Among the big-spenders here: American Action Network, a Republican-friendly group that's spent roughly $1.3 million attacking Murray with TV ads criticizing her homespun "mom in tennis shoes" image, and Crossroads GPS, the free-spending arm of American Crossroads, an independent group with ties to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and being advised by GOP heavyweights Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie.
Crossroads GPS has spent $1.3 million on television ads in Washington, including one spot on the air accusing Murray of increasing the national debt by $14 trillion with her votes since joining the Senate in 1993.
(CNN) - Bill Clinton's heading to Washington State to help out a fellow Democrat fighting to keep her Senate seat.
The former president will team up with Sen. Patty Murray at a rally in Everett, Washington, on October 18, according to a release from the Murray campaign.
President Obama joined Murray in Washington State last month, and Vice President Biden's expected to make the trip next month.
(CNN) - Voters in Washington state and Wyoming picked their candidates for the general election, setting the stage for some potential nail biters in November.
In Washington, Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and Republican candidate Dino Rossi emerged from a crowded primary field.
Murray, the incumbent, received 46 percent of the vote and Rossi got just under 34 percent, according to the Washington secretary of state. Under the state's system, the two candidates who receive the most votes regardless of party affiliation move on to the general election. Washington is primarily a mail-in ballot state, and voting was under way for two weeks.
In many ways, Murray and Rossi had already begun their general election campaigns before the primary, focusing their attacks on each other. Polls show a close race in the fall.
(CNN) - Republican Senate candidate Dino Rossi is out Tuesday with his first TV commercial in Washington – an intimate, positive ad that seeks to take advantage of the state's unique non-partisan primary system.
"I worked my way through college waxing floors at the Space Needle. That's why I can't stand what's going on in the U.S. Senate," Rossi says in the 30-second spot. "They're wasting money. On programs that aren't creating jobs or helping the economy. And running up debt that's threatening our future. That goes against everything I believe."
The ad doesn't mention the Republican Party or the name of Rossi's biggest obstacle to election, incumbent Democratic Sen. Patty Murray.
The 30-second spot is hitting airwaves statewide just as Murray released a new ad tying Rossi to former President George W. Bush and slamming him for his connections with Wall Street bankers.