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Ohio Senate hopeful Mandel touts himself as anti-bailout, anti-establishment

Though the ad doesn't mention incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) by name, the anti-establishment message is clear.

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Brown's campaign responded not to the substance of the ad, but rather attempted to refocus the debate on Mandel's opposition to the auto bailout, which he extrapolated upon during a recent meeting with the Columbus Dispatch editorial board, and his position for diplomatic, rather than legislative, solutions to Chinese currency manipulation.

“Instead of Sherrod Brown, a champion for Ohio manufacturing and middle class jobs, Josh Mandel would be a Senator who opposed fighting for Ohio's 850,000 auto industry related jobs and refuses to stand up for Ohio manufacturers against cheating China, and that's not the kind of change Ohio needs,” said campaign spokeswoman Sadie Weiner.

The race has been consistently close and is likely to remain so until the finish.