Thursday, October 26, 2006

Brown, DeWine center of attention on national TV shows

Brown, DeWine center of attention on national TV shows

DAVID HAMMER
Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Democrat Sherrod Brown said he isn’t celebrating too early in the wake of another poll showing him ahead of GOP Sen. Mike DeWine less than two weeks before the election.

“I’m not dancing in the end zone, I’m fighting for middle class Ohioans and we’ll see what happens,” Brown said in a nationally televised interview Wednesday on CNN.

Earlier in the day, a Los Angeles Times-Bloomberg poll showed Brown with 47 percent and the two-term incumbent DeWine with 39 percent. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

The results prompted CNN’s conservative commentator Bay Buchanan to say of Brown, “He’s in a strong position right now.” Democratic strategist Paul Begala called DeWine “toast.”

But national media still characterize it as a tough race that is essential if Democrats are to take the six seats they need to control the 100-member Senate. “NBC Nightly News” aired a report on the race Wednesday as anchor Brian Williams broadcast from Columbus and Comedy Central’s Emmy-winning news satire “The Daily Show” will be based in the Ohio capital next week.

In a taped interview on CNN’s “The Situation Room” a few minutes before Brown appeared live, DeWine was generally on the defensive. He disagreed with President Bush’s assessment earlier in the day that the U.S. is winning the war in Iraq.

“I don’t know that you can say that,” DeWine said. “You know, this war has hit Ohio very hard. As I travel around the state, Ohioans want our troops home just as soon as they can, but they also want us to leave in the right way.”

He denied he was negligent as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee for accepting what proved to be faulty intelligence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. He tried to go on the offense, accusing Brown of voting against intelligence funding and spy programs.

DeWine has used more of an attacking tone in his television advertising. He continued this week to hammer Brown on the congressman’s late payment of a 1992 unemployment tax bill.

DeWine was forced to change an ad last week when state documents showed it took Brown four months to pay the bill after the state made a claim, not 12 years as DeWine’s initial ad said. The latest DeWine ad says Brown is lying about not paying his taxes while showing a clip of a Brown ad stating the Democrat paid his taxes in full.

State records show Brown did pay the full bill of more than $1,700, including late fees, in April 1994. Brown’s ad says DeWine’s attacks are “so dishonest stations are pulling them off the air.” However, it was a separate Republican National Committee ad that stations refused to run.

ON THE NET
Latest DeWine ad: http://www.mikedewine.com/movies/lying.asx

Latest Brown ad: http://sherrodbrown.com/pages/dishonest

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