Wednesday’s Read: Liars, Ads, Immigration, & Primaries

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela

Wow – this is the last column for August! Summer is ending and school starts in Great Falls today. Let’s be careful out there!

As we get ready to turn the calendar that means campaign season is heating up! Today the following items caught my attention:

  • Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire
  • New Juneau Ad
  • Trump Immigration Speech
  • Florida/Arizona Primaries

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire:

It’s always good to see candidates for public office debate. During debates, I like to see which candidate can think quickly on their feet. I did not get to hear the whole U.S. House debate between Democrat Denise Juneau and Republican incumbent Ryan Zinke Monday night, but it seemed to be a pretty good back and forth session.

Of course, both sides feel their candidate won the debate – which one would expect.

One thing that troubled me about the debate was not the answers provided by Zinke and Juneau, but I was troubled by Zinke calling Juneau a liar in his post-debate press release.

It wasn’t much better on Twitter.

It’s not very statesmanlike for a U.S. Congressman to call someone a liar in a press release. Although the press release was written by a staffer, it still reflects poorly on Zinke. He needs to be better than that. His staff needs to be better than that.

New Juneau Ad:

The campaign of U.S. House candidate Denise Juneau (D) released their first campaign ad this week. It’s called “You Know Juneau” and it is a 30-second ad. You can watch it HERE.

The ad is to introduce Denise Juneau to the voters. Leading off, a man asks, “Do you know Juneau?” Then there are about five people who talk about Juneau. One talks about her growing up in Billings and Browning, another says that she is smart and tough, another person said she “stood up to the Feds” over No Child Left Behind, another said she made “job training a priority” as the head of Montana schools, and finally one person said “she boosted graduation rates to record highs.”

With about 10 seconds left in the ad, Juneau comes on screen. She is outside by a fence with cattle in the background. She says she approved his message because Washington could use less politics and more Montana know-how. After that the man who asked the initial question (“Do you know Juneau?”) comes back on the screen and says, “And now, you know Juneau.” Then Juneau comes back on the screen. She crosses her arms but does not say anything. The disclaimer is at the bottom of the screen and her campaign logo is on the left side of the screen and the words, “For Montana For Congress” are on the screen.

My analysis: The things the people said Juneau accomplished will be her bread and butter for her campaign. We should hear more about these in the next 70 days. I liked the ad a lot until the last few seconds when it became a little awkward with her looking at the camera and crossing her arms. They should have had her say something like, “I’m Denise Juneau and I would appreciate your vote on November 8.”

I give the first Juneau campaign ad an eight out of 10 (8/10).

Trump Immigration Speech:

Who is excited about Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump giving a major speech on immigration today?

Me neither. I’m more excited about dinner…

At least his campaign has advertised this as a big deal. We’ll see. Before the big speech in Arizona tonight, Trump is meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico.

Trying to figure out Trump’s views on immigration recently is a lot like trying to nail jello to the wall.

Florida/Arizona Primaries:

Republican U.S. Senator Marco Rubio easily won his primary for the Florida Senate. He will now take on Democratic U.S. Representative Patrick Murphy.

Former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz beat law professor Tim Canova in her Florida U.S. House primary. Bernie Sanders supported Canova. It was not that close.

Out in Arizona, U.S. Senator John McCain easily defeated former state Senator Kelli Ward in Arizona’s Republican Senate primary. McCain now faces Democratic U.S. Representative Ann Kirkpatrick. McCain is running for a sixth term.

 

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