PORTLAND, Ore. -- Two Oregon candidates running for U.S. Senate have conflicting assertions in their new TV ads.
Who's telling the truth: incumbent Democrat Sen. Ron Wyden or Republican challenger Jim Huffman?
In his new ad, law professor-turned-politician Huffman accuses Wyden of siding with Wall Street and being a champion of bailout money. That's something Wyden firmly denies in his own TV ad.
The senator's new campaign commercial talks about how different he is from all the other senators in Washington D.C., and calls out his "no" vote on the so-called TARP bailout bill that helped failing banks.
But Huffman's TV and radio ads make it seem like Wyden is in the pockets of Wall Street.
Huffman's new TV ad shows a couple listening to the radio in their yard as an announcer says "More bad news as Sen. Ron Wyden votes for another bailout."
A Huffman radio ad echoes that sentiment: "Politicians like Ron Wyden just keep spending our money to prop up failing institutions with billions in bailouts."
Portland political consultant Len Bergstein says of Huffman's strategy, "if it's a charge -even if it's an unfair charge but it doesn't seem to kind of ring true- then I think voters will have some sale resistance."
Bergstein says voters are picking and choosing which bailout bills are good and bad. Blurring those lines in campaign ads, he says, will likely not prove effective.
So far, polls show Huffman trailing Wyden by a double-digit margin.