Lee Terry has a new TV ad and a mailer out to the Second District. Let’s take a look.
First the TV spot:
For those who remember Lee Terry sweating out his Election Night party in 2006, you will see why he has decided to not watch Jim Esch have at it this time around.
The TV ad hits at one of the main issues of 2008 and Terry frames the issues — He is in favor of expanded drilling for oil and Esch is against.
Now, see Esch’s response to Joe Jordan on KMTV:
Esch, echoing a theme from a recent interview calls the Terry ad, “Lies.”
Esch says, ” We’ve never said any of those things… I’ve said ‘everything is on the table'”.
Except that Esch’s response is pure shenanigans. (Heck, if Terry wanted to go full bore he could have said, “Esch says he will consider kittens and puppies as a fuel source.” We think he took it easy on him…)
In any case, it’s a simple question: Are you, or are you not, in favor of drilling in ANWR? There are arguments to be made on either side. It would likely to be a Yes or No vote on the House floor.
Esch’s problem is that if it’s “maybe” coming from a Democrat, the answer is “No” to drilling. And that’s what Terry has said.
Jim could have very easily come out and said, “That ad is flat out wrong. I am in favor of drilling in ANWR.” And that would be that.
“I don’t necessarily think ANWR is a great idea, but to be honest I haven’t researched it enough.”
So instead it’s a maybe, and Esch’s spin goes nowhere.
Next is the Lee Terry mail piece:
The piece says, “Jim Esch is not Pro-Life.” Esch has said he is against abortion, except for rape, incest, life of the mother. So many consider that to be a classic Pro-Life position.
Except that these days “Pro-Life” has many more variances. The biggie is embryonic stem cell research as spelled-out in the mailer.
Esch has said he is in favor of embryonic stem cell research. That position puts him out of favor (and out of an endorsement) with both Nebraska Right to Life and Nebraskans United for Life. Which is why Esch refused to answer either of their surveys on the issues.
Now you can argue about whether this is the “issue of the day”, as Esch has done. But this is another example of where Esch is trying to have it both ways, by simply not providing his position.
In the mean time, Lee Terry continues to frame the issues of the campaign.
UPDATE 7:00 AM
In this morning’s OWH: “Esch said Monday that he no longer supports using any embryos for research. He said he now supports using skin cells and other types of cells for medical research.”
This is a flip from 2006 when he said: “But after doing a lot of research on it, including visiting the UNMC, I favor us expanding embryonic stem cell research. You are going to have leftover embryos from in-vitro fertilization and no one’s life is improved by just throwing away these cells.“
And he says he answered NRTL’s questionnaire…late.