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Jon Bruning touts his record as attorney general in new Nebraska ad

Republican Jon Bruning released a new ad for his Senate campaign in Nebraska on Tuesday highlighting his tenure as the state's attorney general.

The ad buy size was not disclosed, but Bruning's campaign said the 30-second spot would air statewide. 

In the ad, Bruning boasts of ending in Nebraska the account gimmicks that he said politicians in Washington use to mask the cost of big government.

“In the past, outside law firms did much of the A.G.’s work, hiding the cost from taxpayers," Bruning says. "Not on my watch."


Kerrey touts fearlessness, bipartisanship in new Nebraska ad

Former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.) is out with a new ad touting his willingness to put the needs of the country ahead of his own needs and those of his party.

Kerrey's campaign did not release details about the ad buy, but said it would start airing statewide on Monday night. The ad features Nebraskans attesting to Kerrey's independence and fearlessness.

"Bob Kerrey's not afraid of anything," says one supporter, as photographs from Kerrey's younger days scroll across the screen.

"Losing part of his leg, he certainly showed the determination this country really admires and respects," says another.

A former Navy SEAL, Kerrey has been distancing himself from Senate Democrats as he works to reclaim a Senate seat in Nebraska. This is his third round of ads where he does not identify himself as a Democrat, but speaks to his willingness to pursue bipartisan solutions.


Crossroads to let loose $1 million in ads against Obama, Ben Nelson

President Obama and Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) are about to become the latest targets in a barrage of television attacks ads emanating from Crossroads GPS, a conservative outside group formed by former Bush adviser Karl Rove.

Ads knocking Obama over his administration's efforts to bolster Solyndra, a failed solar energy company that has become a White House headache, will start airing nationwide on Monday night, the group announced. Crossroads has spent $500,000 to buy time on cable networks.

"Obama says 'spend more' and promises jobs. Obama donors and insiders line up for handouts," the narrator in the ad says, accusing Obama of pursuing risky investments for the benefit of his allies. "Who pays the bill? We do."

Crossroads has reserved another $500,000 of ad time in Omaha, Neb., and Lincoln, Neb., for ads attacking Nelson, a spokesman confirmed.


Republican joins air war in Oregon special House race

Rob Cornilles, the Republican nominee in a special House race in Oregon, went on the air with his first television ad of the campaign on Thursday, the same day both his opponent and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee started airing ads of their own ads opposing his candidacy.

The escalation of the air war almost two months out from the Jan. 31 special election for former Rep. David Wu's (D-Ore.) seat signaled that both parties are heavily invested in a race in which the outcome is likely to attract outsize attention.

A loss by Democrat Suzanne Bonamici, like the loss by Democrats in two special House elections in September, would likely be seized by Republicans as a sign that major electoral gains are in store in other races one year from now.

The Cornilles and Bonamici campaigns did not release the size of their ad buys, but a source in Oregon said that the DCCC spent about $150,000 to attack Cornilles.