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Blumenthal up with first general election ad

After he officially became the Democratic nominee for Senate in Connecticut, Richard Blumenthal's campaign is up with its first ad of the general election.

The campaign tries to warm up Blumenthal with smiling images in what looks like his study, him with sleeves rolled up, shaking hands and touching arms and shoulders, nodding approvingly on a bench with children in a park, and also highlighting the work he's done as the state's longtime attorney general.

"The people of Connecticut know me," Blumenthal says. "And one thing they know for sure is that I will fight for them."

He also continues the anti-Washington theme. He opens his ad, saying, "When I look at Washington, D.C., I don't see a lot of people standing up for the people against the special interests."

This despite his party, the Democrats, in control of the White House, the Senate, and the House. Democrats argue they have passed sweeping legislation on health care, financial regulation, student loans and more that have been against the "special interests." Republicans generally are the ones who argue the opposite, like with regard to the $26 billion state aid package, which House Minority Leader John Boehner's office derided as nothing more than a "special-interest bailout" for unions.