September 27th, 2010
05:13 PM ET
11 years ago

Bush in new ad – for Democrat

UPDATED at 5:20 p.m.

Washington (CNN) – Many Democrats have been using former President George W. Bush as a foil in the midterm elections. But one Democratic congressman in a tough re-election bid is using Bush in a new TV ad in a positive way.

Rep. Earl Pomeroy is facing a difficult race as the only congressman in red state North Dakota.

Related: CNN 100: GOP sees opening in North Dakota

His new commercial starts with a shot of Bush signing a bill, with the announcer saying, "When George Bush proposed a Medicare prescription drug plan, Earl Pomeroy voted yes, putting seniors before party."

Brenden Timpe, a Pomeroy spokesman, told CNN the commercial is in response to a National Republican Congressional Committee TV ad that accuses the congressman of forgoing his independence to back the Democratic leadership in Congress.

The NRCC ad charges that "since Nancy Pelosi took over, Pomeroy votes the party line" and it specifically highlights the North Dakota Democrat's vote on President Obama's health care bill.

Timpe noted that when Pomeroy voted for Bush's Medicare prescription drug plan, he "took a lot of grief from within the party" but added that the congressman supported the legislation because "we have a lot of seniors in North Dakota."

It is "an example of his independence and that he acts in a bipartisan way," Timpe said of the Pomeroy's decision to highlight this vote in the commercial.

"The real story is that Earl is an independent guy and every vote he takes, at the forefront of his mind, is what is best for North Dakota," Timpe said.

Pomeroy won 62 percent of the vote in his 2008 race, while John McCain carried the state with 53 percent. But in 2004, Bush did even better in North Dakota, winning with 63 percent.

The two leading non-partisan political ratings show the 9-term Democrat in the fight of his political life. The Rothenberg Political Report has the race as "toss-up/tilt Republican'. The Cook Political Report labels it a toss-up.

–CNN Senior Political Editor Mark Preston contributed to this report

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soundoff (36 Responses)

    Now that was a great President, President Bush we miss you, our present President is screwing things up big time.

    September 27, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  2. Naze

    ,My question I like to ask all you at there, how long did it took to get us to this point about the economy? I don't know if you all remember when President Bush took office, one of the first thing he did start distributing money to all big corporation, such as give them tax cut. Instead pay down the deficit with all the surplus President Clinton left,but no he let big corporation buying small bussiness guest what, what do you think would happen? I tell you what the moment I first heard he was giving a tax cut to the rich I said to myself there's our economy and now you people bickering about the economy when people going to get a job. Let see it is not going to happen as a matter of fact it will get worst, I tell you what the more people leane on their own ability to get things its not going to happen not untill they recognize and thank who get them up each and every morning. For now this is all I have to say let me here thoughts about this.

    September 27, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Bush did a lot of bad for the country, but that does not say that every bill put before him was wrong.
    I'm waiitng to see the ad form a Republican sayin gthe same thing.
    Sorry that can't happen- they vote in a block with a single mind.

    September 27, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  4. Buster Bloodvessel

    Worst Cameo Ever.

    September 27, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  5. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Stupid ad. That Prescription Bill was a pathetic joke. All it did was add to the Bush's disastrous record of never paying for his spending and left the nation with a sky-rocketing debt. That bill was one of the worst ever because there was absolutely no funding for it whatsoever.

    September 27, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  6. Realistic

    I can't wait until 11-3 so all this can end. It would so funny if the Democrats maintain their hold on the house and in the senate. Maybe than, The Tea Party and Palin will go away for awhile, a long while.

    September 27, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  7. Limbaugh is a liberal

    That's right! So-called conservatives (many of whom are on Medicare themselves) complain about expanded government and government intrusion into health care... And yet they excused all of that under Bush. Bush has hugely expanded government and spent enormous money on government run health care. And yet no republican complained then! Hypocrites!

    September 27, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  8. Jason

    Ummm, is the Medicare Bill this ad is championing the same one the Bush admin, worried about getting re-elected, signed into law to pander to seniors? The same bill that basically offered REALLY expensive drugs to senior citizens, at ENORMOUS cost to taxpayers? Sounds like Bush economic policy to me, which means spend recklessly, stay in power, and leave the vast debt to the next guy? This voter is not buying it.

    September 27, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  9. mike

    the progressives are not interested in democrats that are voting to save there own hide just to stay in office it only divides the party if you are democrat vote it and stick with the program if not stop wasting the voters time for your own personnel gain

    September 27, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  10. Common Sense

    What a Tragedy !!! Even Dems smell Sulfer in Bush, sorry I mean, Obama. Run, run, run away from "THE ONE"

    September 27, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  11. Squigman

    It's amazing how this nation, basically flushed itself down the collective toilet by electing this idiot president. And the really amazing aspect of it all, is the fact he roams free, unfettered in his daily life. Where's the justice for those who's lives have been ruined by his policies, and his appointment of unqualified personel to do his bidding? Any other person would have been jailed long ago.

    September 27, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
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