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October 2, 2014

Daily Ad Track

More often than not, the newest Republican television ads have accused Democrats of cutting Medicare by $716 billion to help pay for President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, otherwise referred to as “Obamacare.”

Democrats have vigorously disputed the charge, which surfaced during Wednesday evening’s presidential debate between Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney. Some media outlets that submit political attacks to fact-checking reviews have sided with the Democrats on this issue. But that hasn’t stopped Republicans from employing this line of attack, which paid dividends in 2010 and might again Nov. 6.

Meanwhile, House and Senate candidates have been running either attack ads or spots responding to attacks.

Here’s what broke through the clutter today:

Indiana 8 

Paging whomever owns the copyright to the Temptations’ “My Girl”…

Rep. Larry Bucshon (R) was up with this ad that plays over a slightly altered version of the Motown classic in an attempt to tie his Democratic challenger, former state Rep. Dave Crooks, to Obama.

New York 24 

How do you respond when accused of being soft on women’s issues? Look directly into the camera and make your case. At least, that’s how Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R) is responding to an ad that her opponent, former Rep. Dan Maffei (D), put on the air earlier this week. Connecticut Senate candidate Linda McMahon responded similarly last week.

The Buerkle campaign did not immediately respond to a request for buy information.

North Carolina 7

Immigration surfaced in a pair of ads that caught our notice.

Rep. Mike McIntyre (D) accused his opponent, state Sen. David Rouzer (R) of advocating for “amnesty” for illegal immigrants. The McIntyre campaign did not immediately respond to a request for buy information.

National

And NumbersUSA, a group that advocates for limited immigration, launched this ad last night on cable news during the presidential debate.

Shira Toeplitz contributed to this report.

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