Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) has a new TV ad hearkening back to his old spots from his first Senate race in 1992, when the unknown and underfunded state Senator came from behind to win huge victories in both the Democratic primary and the general election. The obvious message is that he's still the humble guy he was back then.
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"Back when I first ran for the Senate, I said I would shoot straight, be independent, and fight for Wisconsin. I promised to stay connected to home. I was just a Middleton guy, running against multimillionaires with lots of TV ads," Feingold says in a voiceover on top of his old ads, which notably featured him posting his campaign promises on his garage door.
The ad then cuts to the present, with Feingold again in front of his house: "Not much has changed today. I still live in the same house, and I continue to always keep my promise to put the people of Wisconsin ahead of any party or corporate interest. Except now I put my promises on my website --Â not my garage door."
Another thing that hasn't changed: Feingold is running against another multimillionaire, businessman Ron Johnson, who has lots of TV ads. The TPM Poll Average gives Johnson a lead of 52.0%-42.8%.