By JD Chang
CNN’s Erin Burnett reported on a story today about a debate in Ohio’s Senate race between Republican state treasurer Josh Mandel (R-OH) and incumbent Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH).
One of the nation’s most bitterly fought U.S. Senate races – the battle in Ohio between incumbent Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown and Republican state treasurer Josh Mandel – devolved into the GOP candidate calling his rival a liar at a debate Thursday.
Mandel was responding to charges from Brown that he skipped meetings as treasurer, and was attempting to skip rungs on the political ladder.
“Senator, you are a liar,” Mandel told Brown. “You are lying to the people of the state of Ohio. You are falsely attacking me, and I won’t stand for it. You might want to try to push people around in Washington, but you’re not going to push me around.”
That charge drew an incredulous response from Brown, a first term Democrat.
“It’s just a pretty remarkable thing for a young man to say, or a man of any age to say, in a debate,” the senator said, drawing attention to Mandel’s relative youth. The GOP candidate is 35.
There are hard fought battles all over the country right now, but Erin Burnett decided to spotlight this one. We want to bring this up because we’re curious if this national exposure will affect anything in either news coverage or social buzz for these two candidates.
Here are their current TrendPo Pro charts:
(Josh Mandel is the red line / Sherrod Brown is the blue line)
We’ll check back in a few days to see if the CNN story gets some legs in the press, but we also think it’s something that the candidates can use for their campaigns. If either campaign uses this to their favor, we should see it in their Facebook Likes, Talked Abouts, or Twitter Followers. Social generally follows news.
Since this is a very hotly contested race ($21 million spent by both sides) with national implications, we’re anticipating someone will be able to capitalize on Erin Burnett’s spotlight.
If you want to watch the debate video, click here and forward to 1:18 in the clip.
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