Nebraska: Johanns Launches First Ad of Senate Campaign

Posted April 30, 2008 at 6:40pm

Presumptive Republican Senate nominee Mike Johanns on Wednesday launched his first television ad of the campaign, touting his record as governor and Agriculture secretary.

The Johanns campaign said the 30-second spot is running statewide, but declined to reveal how much the buy is costing or how long the ad is scheduled to air. Johanns is running for the seat being vacated by Sen. Chuck Hagel (R), who is retiring.

“Dealing straight up. Standing for what’s right. Hard work. Working together to solve problems. Nebraska values,” a voiceover says as the spot opens. “Now to change Washington Nebraskans are turning to a problem solver they trust.”

Johanns has nominal competition in the May 13 GOP primary, and is favored to win the general election in this solidly Republican state.

The Democratic primary is contested, and features Republican-turned-Democrat Tony Raimondo, a wealthy businessman, and grass-roots favorite Scott Kleeb, the 2006 Democratic nominee in the 3rd district. Democratic operatives familiar with the primary race rate it as a tossup.

— David M. Drucker