First, Don Stenberg has a new ad out — essentially comparing himself to Jon Bruning. See it here:
Following is the text of the ad:
Stenberg for Senate
Title: Workhorse, TV :60
DON: Some people believe that elections are all about sound bites and big money.
I believe this election is about our future of our country, about issues and hard work.
As a kid, I mowed lawns and de-tassled corn.
It taught me the value of a dollar.
That’s why, as your State Treasurer, I’ve cut my budget by thirteen percent and I ran the Attorney General’s office on the third smallest budget in the country.
Part of my proven track record of fighting for conservative principles.
Unlike some other folks, I didn’t suddenly become a conservative just to run for office.
And I’m not afraid to stand up to the Republican leaders in Washington. Frankly, I don’t think they’re fighting hard enough to change things. It’s time we finally cut spending and reduced our debt so that we can save America’s future.
You can trust me to fight for Nebraska values, because I always have.
I’m Don Stenberg and I approve this message because there are already plenty of talkers in Washington, what we need now…are some real leaders.
Stenberg media peeps!
It’s “Republican”, not “Republician”.
**UPDATE at 4:40pm**
They moved quickly!
We have heard the Workhorse/Showhorse line before in a campaign, and if anyone can point to an ad, we would appreciate it. (Of course if we were running the Deb Fischer Senate campaign, we know how we’d zag: WARhorse!)
We will let the Bruning peeps talk about the office budget stuff, which has been around for a while.
Otherwise…hey, was that a YOUNG Don running through the corn field? And we always hate the, “look away…look at the camera!” shot. But the rest of the images, etc. were nice and professional looking. In ads that is often half the battle. So far all three candidates have had very professional looking spots, without much goofiness to them.
All that being said. We were curious of the Stenberg camp’s assertion that there are polls now showing Don ahead — essentially based on CreepyGate, and the Club for Growth ads.
So we asked around to numerous folks in the know about internal and public polls.
And we are told that the older numbers showing Bruning over 50% and Stenberg with about half that, and Fischer less, but closer to Don than Don is to Jon…are still the same. That there has not been any recent change.
And FWIW, we understand that Stenberg’s ad buy is LESS than Fischer’s. And while Don has the CFG and DeMint Super PACs on his side, you could argue their hits on Bruning help her as much as Don.
Now that certainly is not to say that the polls can’t change in the next 33 days or so. But our understanding is that the polls do NOT show the other candidates close to Bruning right now.
And we have a feeling they know it.