October 22nd, 2010
10:15 PM ET
10 years ago

Nasty ads in Washington Senate race

(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.

The 30-second ad, which is airing in markets across the state, attacks Rossi's voting record during his time in the state legislature.

"With an atrocious record like this, Washington women will never be able to trust Rossi to look out for them," Deirdre Murphy, a spokeswoman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said in a statement.

The Rossi campaign denied the claims in the ad, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) pushed back at the Democratic candidate, three-term incumbent Sen. Patty Murray.

"It's absolutely appalling that Patty Murray and her D.C. friends have continued to engage in an intentionally misleading and divisive ad campaign to cover up for her support for a failed economic agenda," NRSC spokeswoman Amber Marchand said in an e-mail.

"When you see what trashy advertising Patty Murray is willing to associate herself with, it really reminds voters that she has completely forgotten which Washington she represents," Marchand said.

The NRSC began airing its own ad on Friday in which a narrator says Murray "ranks second in Congress in lobbyist contributions."

"They got bailouts and wasteful spending, we got fewer jobs and debt that could last generations," the narrator says.

According to the latest CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll, Murray leads Rossi by a 51-43 margin among likely voters. The sampling error for the survey was plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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Filed under: 2010 • Ads • Dino Rossi • Patty Murray • Washington
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. CNN watcher

    About time Dems hit Repugs on these horrible record of women's issues. They want to take this country back to the 1800's.

    October 22, 2010 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  2. Donna

    I pledge of alligence, to the flag, for the united states of america. and to the republicans, for which it stands, one nation, under corporations, indispictable, without liberty , and justice for few. god bless everyone .

    October 22, 2010 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  3. one voice

    Rossi tried to send the Boeing tanker contract oversees so his GOP cronies could recieve their UNDER THE TABLE million dollar envelopes. This CLOWN is against EVERYTHING that will make the AMERICAN DREAM POSSIBLE. SEND HIM PACKING

    October 22, 2010 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  4. Snow

    As usual the demorats cannot/will not run on their record, but will run on lies,race baiting,class warfare and anything that can cause some sort of fear in the country.

    October 23, 2010 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  5. barry

    Liberals can't tell the truth. It's going to be so nice here in a few days when the Liberals don't have much of a voice. In 2012 we put the one term wonder out and elect a competent leader and we take the U.S.A. back to the top.

    October 23, 2010 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  6. Iwari Daminabo

    It bafles me that d aclaimed citadle of dem. values has degenerated to its lowest ebb. Politicians in emerging democracies are watching.

    October 23, 2010 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  7. Iwari Daminabo

    One basic natural law is that destruction is quicker than rebuilding. It will take a little bit of time to rectify d deficiencies of d 8 yrs of President Bush. Patience is what Obama needs and not destraction.

    October 23, 2010 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  8. deli

    OMG!! i just can not believe this guy Rossi. he just dont get it ,we the people of WA, State dont want this guy period. how many times he ran for the office and never get elected 3 timessss. he should just give up and move on.

    October 23, 2010 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  9. Larry Bradenton, FL

    "Rossi wants to take away a woman's right to choose"...
    Its not just a womens right to choose, nor is it just Rossi. Republicans across the board want to take away everyones freedom of choice.

    October 23, 2010 05:10 am at 5:10 am |