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Senate race ads focus on Medicare, PPACA, debt

Jeff Flake campaigns for a Senate seat in Arizona. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
Jeff Flake campaigns for a Senate seat in Arizona. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — For critical Senate races, Republicans are turning to the playbook that served them so well in the 2010 elections. They're saturating the airwaves with political ads detailing the perils of "Obamacare" and the nation's growing debt.

Democrats have added Medicare to the equation, trying to make the case that revamping the government health care program for older people would virtually destroy it.

To have any chance of winning, it's critical for Democratic candidates in those conservative states to display their independence.

In Indiana, Democrat Joe Donnelly explains in an ad that he would work across party lines to extend all the income tax cuts passed under President George W. Bush, even those for the wealthy. He's incorporated a theme within his political ads, casting his opponent, Richard Mourdock, as an ultra-conservative ideologue who doesn't compromise. His ads end with a man named "The Mourdock Way" yelling out obnoxiously "Hey, Donnelly, it's my way or the highway,"

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