“The elections aren’t over — turn out one more time,” President-elect Barack Obama urges in a radio ad asking Georgia voters to support Democratic senatorial candidate Jim Martin.
Martin is locked in a hotly contested Dec. 2 runoff election with first-term Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss after neither candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote on Election Day.
A win by Martin, along with a victory by Al Franken in the Minnesota recount, would give Democrats a filibuster-proof 60-vote majority in the Senate.
The radio ad is Obama’s first direct involvement in the Georgia runoff race, and “foreshadows at least one TV spot that you’re likely to see soon,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
In the ad, Obama tells listeners: “This is Barack Obama. I want to thank everybody who turned out and voted for me in November. Together, we can get America moving again.
“But the elections aren’t over. In Georgia, there’s a runoff on Tuesday, Dec. 2. And I want to urge you to turn out one more time and help elect Jim Martin to the United States Senate.
“Jim supports my plan to cut middle-class taxes, make sure every American has access to affordable health care, stop spending $10 billion a month in Iraq, and get our economy moving again.
“Jim Martin’s a man of his word. And I know he’ll do everything he can in the Senate to help me change Washington and get America moving again.
“Please join me in supporting Jim Martin for the United States Senate, on Tuesday, Dec. 2. And head to the polls just one more time this year.”
Martin can be heard saying: “I’m Jim Martin, running for Senate, and I approved this message.”
The ad was paid for by Martin for Senate.
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