In the 2006 and 2008 elections, it wasn’t hard to find Democratic television ads attacking George W. Bush, who had poor approval ratings at the end of his eight-year presidency.
Now comes Tim Kaine, the Democratic nominee for a U.S. Senate seat in Virginia, touting his collaboration with Republican Bush in a spot that’s designed to portray Kaine as a bipartisan-minded person willing to seek common ground.
“As governor, I worked with the Bush Administration” on a project to provide transit service to Dulles International Airport, Kaine says in the ad as it displays an image of Bush and Kaine together.
Kaine also cites his efforts with the Obama administration to prevent an aircraft carrier from relocating to Florida from Virginia.
“As your senator, I’ll partner with whoever’s president of the United States to do what’s right for Virginia,” Kaine says to camera.
Kaine’s ad first ran this morning in the Richmond area, according to Kantar Media’s CMAG.
Republicans including Kaine’s Nov. 6 opponent, former Senator George Allen, have said that Kaine held “the most partisan job in America” as Obama’s handpicked chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2009 to 2011. Kaine was an early backer of Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.
Kaine and Allen participated in a candidate debate yesterday. They’re vying to succeed retiring Democrat Jim Webb in a race that polls show is close, with perhaps a slight edge to Kaine. Virginia also is a swing state in the presidential election.