[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/06/art.ellsworth.blunt.2shot.gi.jpg caption=" Reps. Brad Ellsworth (left) and Roy Blunt (right) both released their first TV ads of the campaign season on Tuesday."]Washington (CNN) - What do Republican Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri and Democratic Rep. Brad Ellsworth of Indiana have in common?
These two Senate candidates released their first campaign television commercials Tuesday, yet neither mentioned that they are currently members of Congress.
In his commercial, Blunt talks about his family history, saying "my mom and dad were dairy farmers. My grandmothers were one room school teachers. I was the first person in my family to graduate from college. I became a high school teacher and later a university president."
But the ad doesn't mention that Blunt is a seven-term congressman and a former high ranking Republican in the House. He is favored to win next month's GOP Senate primary in Missouri and will most likely face off in November against Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan. If Blunt and Carnahan win their respective primaries, it would be a battle between two of the most famous political families in the state. Both candidates are trying to succeed Republican Sen. Kit Bond, who is not running for re-election this year.
In his commercial, Ellsworth says "one thing that 25 years as a sheriff teaches you is zero tolerance for bull. There's too much at stake. But out in Washington it's like they live and breathe the stuff. They waste our money. They take care of special interests. And they don't care if lobbyists write the laws or if our jobs get shipped overseas."
But his ad doesn't mention that Ellsworth is a two-term congressman. He will face off against former GOP Sen. Dan Coats in the battle to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh.
Polls indicate a strong anti-incumbent and anti-Washington sentiment with voters this year, possibly leading some candidates who work in the nation's capitol to run against Washington.
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