Governor candidates give closing arguments on TV
*** Update: Over the weekend, O'Malley began airing a third new spot, a reprise of an attack ad from earlier in the campaign. It highlights Ehrlich's "a fee is not a tax" statement and cuts to "real Marylanders" calling Ehrlich a "typical politician." A similar spot became controversial when Maryland Public Television's Jeff Salkin objected to being used in a poltical ad.
In three commercials on the air now, Gov. Martin O'Malley and former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. make their final pleas for your vote. The commercials are stylistically quite different, but they are similar in that they quickly dismiss the opponent and then attempt to drive home the candidate's message.
O'Malley's two commercials, called "One Leader" and "Only One," are nearly identical to each other in style and content. "Only One" opens with a scene of an empty governor's chair and the words, "Two governors, but only one has made the tough choices to put our priorities first."
"One Leader" touts his endorsement by The Washington Post. In both, images of O'Malley at work are interwoven with iconic Maryland scenery. A narrator says the Democratic governor cut spending while protecting priorities such as education and public safety.
Ehrlich's commercial, titled "I Ask," features the Republican former governor in a candy-cane-striped tie, against a white backdrop. It opens with Ehrlich calling O'Malley's negative ads "nonsense." Looking directly at the camera, he says, "This election isn’t about Martin O’Malley or me. It’s about you." He then says he will "stop spending money we don't have" and repeal the sales tax increase.
All new spots appear after the jump.