George W. Bush is making an appearance in a competitive Senate race. And not in a good way.
Rep. Mazie Hirono's, D-Hawaii, Senate campaign is taking to the airwaves with its first TV ad, a 30-second spot that ties Bush to both the congresswoman's primary and likely general election opponents.
"Mazie Hirono knows we can't go back to the Bush policies that have left America deep in debt," the ad's narrator says.
Hirono's ad mentions neither former Democratic Rep. Ed Case nor former Republican Gov. Linda Lingle by name, but its aim is clear.
"The only candidate for U.S. Senate in either party with the judgment to oppose the Iraq war," continues the narrator.
Politically, Case is to the right of Hirono, and Democrats are already tying Bush to Lingle, so it's a pretty smart ad that allows Hirono to go after both opponents at once without coming across as overly negative.
The underdog Case has already gone up with two TV ads of his own.