Yesterday Jim Gilmore came out with his first television ad of the campaign, and, today, Mark Warner is out with a response:
Democratic Senate Candidate Mark R. Warner has responded to the ad that his GOP opponent, former governor James S. Gilmore III, is airing in television markets down state.
In Warner’s ad, a narrator says even “leading Republicans are calling Gilmore’s attacks on Mark Warner preposterous, ridiculous,” referring to comments made by former delegate Vincent F. Callahan (R-Fairfax) and former Senate President John H. Chichester Jr. (R-Northumberland). The ad then features footage of Chichester praising Warner for working with Republicans to balance the budget when he was governor from 2002 to 2006.
Even so, Gilmore’s ad made refences to some of the policies he would pursue in the Senate if he is elected. Warner’s ad focuses solely on both candidates’ record as governor, which could feed into Gilmore’s arugment that Warner is not being candid about his views on federal issues.
Perhaps true, but Warner has more than enough money to put positive ads out as the campaign goes on.