Jon Tester Cuts the Second-Most Montana Ad of All Time

The Montana Senate race could very well determine whether Republicans will control Congress next January. In one corner is the incumbent, Democrat Jon Tester, a Netroots hero six years ago; in the other is GOP Rep. Denny Rehberg, winner of five statewide elections, friend of mining interests, foe of firefighters. The stakes couldn’t be higher—so naturally, Tester’s latest campaign ad is focusing on…steaks, which he brings with him in his carry-on luggage any time he leaves the state:

This is a natural sequel to his first 2006 campaign spot, which was dedicated entirely to his buzz cut:

But two can play that game. Here’s a Rehberg campaign ad from 2000, in which he carries a baby goat up a hill:

On a more substantive note, Karl Rove’s super-PAC, American Crossroads, is out with a massive statewide ad blitz targeting Tester.

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