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Mark Warner may want a do-over of last weekend's debate with Ed Gillespie.

The vulnerable incumbent stumbled during it, misrepresenting his Republican opponent’s record and clumsily dodging questions about his own support of the EPA, Obamacare and other Obama initiatives.

Warner has tried to paint himself as an independent operative, but any examination of his record shows that he is one of the most liberal candidates seeking re-election this cycle.

Warner is a “blank check” for Obama, as Gillespie noted in Saturday’s debate:

His press releases are very bipartisan, but his floor votes are very partisan … Governor Warner wouldn’t recognize Senator Warner today.
Warner continued his support for Obamacare, though, saying that the law just needs to be “fixed," not repealed.

Gillespie criticized the president’s failed policy, saying “I fought Obamacare every step of the way.” Gillespie pointed out that Warner had “strong-armed” his colleagues into voting for the legislation.

Warner waffled again when he was asked to take a position on new EPA regulations that threaten thousands of American jobs in the energy industry — including Virginia jobs. He said that he would have to wait until the end of the comment period before he could make a decision. Gillespie has already come out publicly against the new EPA overreaches.

Gillespie’s strong debate performance shows that this election will come down to the wire. Check out debate highlights in the above video.

As Gillespie gains ground, Warner’s camp is right to worry.

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Bill Murphy | July 28, 2014 |

Photo credit: Iowa GOP

Joni Ernst's first event after her deployment — "Veterans for Joni" — happened this morning in Urbandale, Iowa, at The Machine Shed.

Iowans welcomed Joni back from training with open arms and overwhelming support. She started a conversation about pressing national issues, and fielded questions from Iowa reporters.

Check out photos from the event!

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Bill Murphy | July 28, 2014 |

We've already mentioned two misleading Alison Grimes ads: she lied about Mitch McConnell's voting record and wrongfully blamed him for being against coal jobs.

We're not alone, though. Many people and news organizations are also noticing Grimes' lies.

As the Bowling Green Daily News reports, many media outlets are joining the chorus of criticism:

The Washington Post Fact Checker called ads of this nature regarding Medicare “laughable” and “discredited” ... The Hill out of Washington, D.C., says “similar claims in other Democratic ads have been debunked by independent fact-checkers.” ... The Lexington Herald-Leader called Grimes a “throwback to (President) Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.” ... Louisville environmental activist Sarah Lynn Cunningham called Grimes’ attack on McConnell “laughable” and couldn’t think of a single time McConnell has sided against coal.
If Alison Grimes' first two ads are so flawed, how could she be ready to lead Kentucky in Washington? The Bowling Green Daily News has the answer — she's not ready. Kentuckians know the truth about Grimes' campaign:

Kentucky voters are intelligent. They see through these phony ads and the pattern of dodging questions. They also see the same people you hold fundraisers with in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York are the one’s waging the war on coal, not McConnell. These ads show a very inexperienced candidate who stands by these ads even after they’ve been discredited by various news organizations.

Alison Lundergan Grimes is certainly not ready for prime time.
Alison Grimes' ads don't tell the truth. The truth is that she's Obama's candidate, and wrong for Kentucky.

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Bill Murphy | July 28, 2014 |

Today National Review published a leaked copy of Michelle Nunn's Senate campaign plan and it proves what Republicans have been saying from the beginning:

Michelle Nunn's strategy is to hide who she is from Georgia's voters.

This should be an alarm to anyone following the race.

From all appearances, the document was intended to remain confidential. It outlines the challenges inherent in getting Nunn, who grew up mostly in Bethesda, Md., elected to the Senate in a largely-rural state. Her father, Sam Nunn, was elected to the Senate when she was six, and Michelle Nunn attended Washington’s prestigious National Cathedral School and then the University of Virginia and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government before returning to Georgia to do non-profit work and, now, to seek higher office.
Michelle Nunn believes she can hide her true colors from Georgians. Learn more about her strategy by reading her campaign plan below.

2014 Michelle Nunn Campaign Memo by natrev

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Bill Murphy | July 28, 2014 |
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