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McCaskill: I've asked Obama to come and campaign in Missouri

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) says she would "welcome" a visit by President Obama in her home state.

McCaskill was speaking to reporters in Missouri Friday when she said she had asked the president to come and campaign there.

"I’ve asked him to [campaign for her in Missouri]," McCaskill said, according to local radio station KMOX. "They have made a decision so far in the campaign to focus on those states they won last time. But certainly I would welcome him here to campaign."


Brown touts Democratic support

Sen. Scott Brown's (R-Mass.) reelection campaign is launching a push to highlight his support from Democrats throughout Massachusetts, an effort to burnish the freshman's centrist credentials to help him win voters in the deep-blue state.

Brown received the endorsement of Charlie Ryan, former Democratic mayor of Springfield, Mass., on Thursday, and on Friday Democratic state Rep. Chris Fallon appeared alongside Brown to become the first sitting lawmaker to offer his endorsement.


Brown ad in Ohio Senate race accuses Mandel of dishonesty

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is tarring Republican challenger Josh Mandel as possibly "the most dishonest candidate in the country" with a new ad released on Friday, though the ad itself is somewhat misleading.

"Pants on Fire" highlights news reports that have called Mandel "the candidate of the 'big lie' " and his receipt of the "Pants on Fire" crown from PolitiFact Ohio for having received more "Pants on Fire" ratings than any candidate in the paper's fact-checking history.


Heitkamp ad attacks Berg on Medicare in ND Senate race

Democratic candidate for Senate in North Dakota launched a new ad on Friday that features an average North Dakotan discussing Rep. Rick Berg's (R-N.D.) position on Medicare.

Margaret Gilmor of Fargo, N.D., addresses the camera and tells the story of her survival of breast cancer. She explains that Berg voted to increase Medicare premiums by thousands — one of the ways Democrats have characterized Republicans' votes for Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) budget — and says "I wouldn't be alive today if Medicare cost that much."


Warren ad says system is 'rigged,' echoing convention speech

Democratic candidate for Senate in Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren is out with a new ad on Thursday repeating one of her most frequent lines on the stump: that "the system is rigged against" small-business owners and others outside of Washington.

"Small business owners bust their tails every day. But they can’t afford armies of lobbyists in Washington," Warren says in the ad.

The idea that "Washington is rigged for the big guys," as Warren says at the close of the ad, echoes her speech at the Democratic National Convention the night before in which she frequently referred to the system being "rigged."


DSCC hits Rehberg over opposition to Buffett Rule

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) is up with an ad in Montana this week attempting to tar Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg as a rich lawmaker out to protect his own interests, to the detriment of average Montanans.

"The average Montanan makes $36,000 a year and pays their fair share of taxes, but Dennis Rehberg thinks millionaires like him shouldn’t have to," the ad says, citing Rehberg's opposition to the Buffett Rule, which would increase taxes on the wealthiest Americans.


Club for Growth slams Donnelly with $800,000 ad buy

The Club for Growth is out with a new ad in the Indiana Senate race, slamming Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly for his support of Democratic policies in Washington.

The ad, "Typical," is part of an $800,000 buy in the state. It attacks Donnelly for supporting "liberal Nancy Pelosi for Speaker" of the House, the bank bailout and a "government takeover of health care" in backing President Obama's healthcare reform law.


American Crossroads attacks Obama 'Forward' slogan

Conservative super-PAC American Crossroads and the 501(c)(4) nonprofit affiliated with it are out with two new ads on Wednesday, one generically attacking President Obama and the other focusing on one of the political action committee's main targets — North Dakota Democratic Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp.

The generic ad, titled "Forward?" features details about the sluggish economic recovery, including the number of Americans — 23 million — without full-time work, over clips of suffering families. It also includes shots at Obama's healthcare reform law, which is referred to as "a new tax on middle-class families," a common Republican refrain, and the debt incurred during Obama's tenure as president.

"Is that really forward, or backward?" the ad asks at the end.

The ad will run on a $6.6 million ad buy from American Crossroads in eight battleground states, including Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.

The second, specific ad out from the affiliated nonprofit, Crossroads GPS, is aimed at Heitkamp, currently one of Democrats' best chances at holding onto a Senate seat in a tough state.

"Big Difference" ties Heitkamp to the president, highlighting her support for healthcare reform and, in contrast, Berg's vote to appeal the law and his opposition to the stimulus and support for a balanced budget amendment. It will run on a $110,000 buy in the state.

Though Republican challenger Rep. Rick Berg is running ahead in most polls so far, the race remains close, largely due to Heitkamp's strength as a candidate. But Crossroads GPS has launched a barrage of ads there in hopes of tipping the scales in a race that Republicans and Democrats alike believe is necessary to win to obtain or retain control of the Senate.

Because Heitkamp is generally well-liked in the state, most of Crossroads GPS's ads have taken this same tactic — tying her to Obama, who lost the state in 2008.

—This post was published at 9:13 a.m. and updated at 9:38 a.m.