The U.S. Senate race in Georgia is finally heating up – first with news that former President Bill Clinton will host an Atlanta fundraiser for Democrat Mike Thurmond on Thursday.
Then Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson this afternoon pushed out an eye-catching 30-second TV spot, shot from the sidelines of a Cobb County high school football game:
Isakson continues to pitch himself as a Washington player not content to sit on the sidelines. In the ad, the GOP incumbent emphasizes his role as a defender of conservatism.
But as with his previous ads, there’s a more subtle message here – underlining Isakson’s preference for involving himself in the mix of give-and-take of the Senate, a message aimed at independents. And as anyone who plays football knows, scrimmages involve an element of risk.
As if to emphasize Isakson’s willingness to take a chance now and then, the Associated Press reported the following about an hour ago:
With weeks to go before the midterm elections, Sen. Johnny Isakson is weighing in on two top issues among Republicans, saying the 14th Amendment and the recent health care legislation could both use some tweaks.
Isakson says the government should reconsider the part of the 14th amendment that guarantees citizenship to people born in the U.S. He says he supports passing a statute that would eliminate automatic citizenship for children born to parents who are in the country illegally.
The one-term U.S. senator, who is seeking re-election in November, also says he does agree with some aspects of the health care plan pushed by President Barack Obama, but expects that a Republican-controlled Congress would seek to roll back some parts of the new law.
The script from the Republican’s TV spot:
Isakson to camera: “The sidelines are a great place to watch a football game. But when it comes to fighting for Georgia, I’d rather be in the thick of it. Whether it’s fighting government-run health care, trillions in new spending, liberal Supreme Court nominees or higher taxes.
“My first job in the Senate is to protect our conservative values. That’s why I went to Washington, and that’s why I come home to Georgia almost every weekend. I’m Johnny Isakson and I approve this message. And I’ll continue to fight for the Georgia we love.”
For you football enthusiasts, the game that served as background for Isakson was the Allatoona at Kennesaw Mountain match of Aug. 27. Three-year-old Allatoona (red helmets, silver britches) won the season opener with a 24-22 upset.
Allatoona’s head football coach, Gary Varner, and his staff had all lost their jobs in May, due to layoffs ordered by the Cobb County school system. They were hired back in July.