NRSC compares Sestak ad to old Dukakis ad from 1988

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

What do failed Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis and current Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak have in common? Their TV ads, says the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

“In watching liberal Congressman Joe Sestak’s new ad today…does this remind you of anyone else?” NRSC spokeswoman Amber Marchand e-mailed to reporters Tuesday, with screen shots of the two short, dark haired Democrats next to each other.

Sestak has taken to the airwaves to complain about negative campaigning from his Republican opponent, former Rep. Pat Toomey.

“Congressman Toomey, and his friends on Wall Street have spent millions on attack ads like these,” Sestak says while leaning on a television screen.


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In an e-mail with the subject line, “It worked so well for Michael Dukakis,” the NRSC compared Sestak’s ad to the 1988 presidential campaign commercial where Dukakis complained about the TV ads from his opponent, Republican George H.W. Bush, while standing next to a TV set.

“I’m fed up with it,” Dukakis says in the 1988 ad. “I’ve never seen anything like it in 25 years of public life — George Bush’s negative TV ads.”