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Political Video of the Day

In today's political video of the day, we take a trip to Montana, and the National Journal's No. 2 rated Senate race this November (by likelihood of the seat switching parties). In this race, State Sen. Jon Tester takes on Republican incumbent Sen. Conrad Burns, who has come under an immense amount of fire for his relationship with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

In this ad, Tester's first (according to the information included with the video at YouTube), he takes a page from the Brian Schweitzer school of Montana politics, emphasizing image over policy. Now-governor Schweitzer famously courted Montana voters in 2004, becoming the state's first Democratic governor in 20 years, by running a lot of TV ads featuring his dog and his gun.

With Tester, the image is all about the haircut in this ad titled: "Creating a Buzz."

The ad drew this response ad (a parody) from the National Republican Senatorial Committee, titled "Liberal Values."

There's been some controversy over the Republican ad's claim that Tester is a bad tipper.