Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), who has been trailing badly in the polls, is throwing something of a Hail Mary pass in his tough race against Republican businessman Ron Johnson. He's running an ad proudly in favor of the major health care reform law that has fired up the GOP base in opposition, and attacking Johnson for wanting to repeal its newfound patient protections.
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As Ben Smith reports, Feingold's new ad features supporters speaking on behalf of Feingold's work on health care. "Senator Feingold has always been on our side, fighting the insurance companies...But Ron Johnson won't even get in the ring for us...Russ fought to stop insurance companies from denying Wisconsin children health care due to pre-existing conditions...Mr. Johnson would put insurance companies back in control...Letting them raise premiums and increase our costs whenever they want...Ron Johnson, hands off my health care."
Feingold concludes the ad: "I'm Russ Feingold, and I approve this message, because you deserve a Senator who's on your side."
The TPM Poll Average gives Johnson a lead of 53.0%-43.1%.