— From NBC's Mark Murray
On Monday, President Bush will attend a fundraiser (closed to the press) for Ohio Sen. Mike DeWine (R), who's running in one of the most competitive Senate contests this year. But before that visit, the DeWine campaign has launched a brand-new TV ad highlighting his independence. "Senator DeWine is 'courageous,' a 'problem solver,' and an independent thinker,'" the announcer says in it.
The DeWine ad is a direct response to an earlier TV ad the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee began airing, which played up DeWine's ties to Bush. Set to the tune "The more we work together, together, together...," that ad states: "Mike DeWine likes working together with George Bush."