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August 05, 2008

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Two Senate challengers with Democratic backgrounds will soon hit the airwaves touting their records. But they'll be playing up issues traditionally more important to Republican voters.

Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy, a Democrat-turned-Republican who many in the GOP see as their best hope of taking back a Senate seat this year, will launch his first spot tomorrow touting his record as a fiscal conservative. The humorous spot labels him "brown-bag cheap":

Oklahoma State Senator Andrew Rice, a Democrat running against Senator James Inhofe, spends his latest advertisement on his record on health care and his fight for a young girl with cancer. He, too, strikes traditional Republican themes: "My faith teaches to help the powerless," Rice says, reflecting on his time in Thailand as a Christian missionary:

While the Republican brand around the country suffers, candidates in at least a few states think they can find success using fiscal responsibility and faith when presenting themselves to voters.