Locked in a tight race, Sen. Gordon Smith (R) and his Democratic challenger this week each began airing new TV ads and neither had anything to do with the nations economic crisis.
Smiths ad seeks to take advantage of the F grade his challenger, state Speaker Jeff Merkley (D) got from the Oregon Farm Bureau. The narrator in the ad calls Merkley a captive to the interests of Portland at the expense of the rest of the state and listed some of Merkleys votes that farmers and loggers opposed.
All of Oregon needs a voice, not just Portland, the narrator concludes.
Merkleys ad has five different women talking about the issue of abortion rights Merkleys support and Smiths opposition.
Over and over Smith votes to take away our fundamental right to choose, one of the women says.
Recent polls have shown the race to be essentially tied.