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Democrat touts record of working with…President Bush

Chris Moody Contributor
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Talk about a comeback.

A number of Democrats in embattled congressional races are distancing themselves from Democratic policy issues and President Obama. But here’s a new one: North Dakota Democratic Rep. Earl Pomeroy has released a campaign ad touting his work with former President Bush and Republicans.

“When George Bush proposed a Medicare prescription drug plan, Earl Pomeroy voted yes, putting seniors before party,” a woman’s voice says in the ad over a shot of Bush signing the bill. “Earl joined Republicans to fight Internet predators, protecting kids.”

Pomeroy represents a historically conservative district in a red state — North Dakota went for McCain in 2008 — but who would have predicted when Obama was elected that during his first midterm election as president a Democrat would run on a record of supporting Bush policies? According to Rasmussen Reports, only 13 percent of Americans “strongly approved” of the former president in the final month of his presidency.

Granted, Pomeroy has not always been one to toe the line. (He has already released an ad showing his opposition to cap-and-trade.) But while other Democrats are distancing themselves from the Party’s policy agenda, no one else has actually gone as far as to remind voters that they worked well with Bush.

Dana Perino, former White House press secretary under Bush, called the move “smart politics.”

“On the one hand, the approach is like dogs and cats sleeping together,” Perino said in an e-mail to The Daily Caller,  “People in his district want to see that their Members of Congress can set aside politics and work for good policies.”

Next thing you know, Pomeroy will be out campaigning wearing one of these.

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