ABC News' Amy Walter reports:
We’ve seen plenty of Democrats in tight races trying to distance themselves from President Obama. But one Democrat, North Dakota's Rep. Earl Pomeroy, is taking this a step farther by actually embracing President George W. Bush.
Pomeroy is locked in what’s shaping up to be the toughest contest of his 17-year House career. He faces GOP state Rep. Rick Berg.
In one his first ads this cycle, Pomeroy highlighted his vote against cap-and-trade.
"No. I told the president and Congressional leaders no, on cap-and-trade legislation which would raise our electric rates and cost us energy jobs,” says Pomeroy in the ad, “It comes down to North Dakota common sense. It's not about party, it's not about politics. It's about doing what's right for North Dakota. I'm Earl Pomeroy, and I approve this message."
In his latest ad, Pomeroy goes a step further, highlighting his support for the Bush prescription drug plan which he says Berg would "roll back."
The ad opens with a bill signing featuring President Bush while a woman’s voice says, "When George Bush proposed a Medicare prescription drug plan, Earl Pomeroy voted yes, putting seniors before party.. Rick Berg would roll back prescription drug coverage."
To be sure, Pomeroy sits in one of the most Republican states in the country. McCain carried North Dakota with 53 percent of the vote. And, his campaign notes that this ad was in response to an earlier ad by the GOP that attacked him for voting with Speaker Nancy Pelosi 97 percent of the time. Moreover, this isn’t the first time Pomeroy has boasted about his Republican bonafides or his support of President Bush in advertising. However, given that Pomeroy took 62 percent here in 2006 and 2008, it’s amazing just how quickly his fortunes have turned.