The Dahlkemper campaign calls the new ad below "Kathy Strikes Back" but they might as well say the same thing for FactCheck.org.
The embattled Erie Dem starts out by defending herself from outside attacks on her health care reform vote/abortion, which is fair enough, but she then goes on to say "my opponent's allies say I never voted on the bailout. Well here's the bill," she says, holding up a copy of House Resolution 3 from 2009. "I voted against it."
So here is the explainer again. Dahlkemper and some other Dems cast "a purely symbolic" vote against the $700 billion bailout, which of course was approved in 2008, before the Erie freshman took office. The Senate gave the go-ahead for full TARP spending in January, but the House voted against it in that resolution which she holds up in the ad, even though it was all but meaningless. That's why FactCheck has called ad claims like hers -- and the GOP has been happy to repeat -- "Democratic Bailout Baloney."
Speaking of FactCheck, another new ad hits back at 60 Plus -- one of the outside groups targeting her in the district -- and notes the ad-checkers disputed the org's claims about Medicare. The campaign then spins off into an attack on "Cadillac Mike Kelly" and (the go-to Dem attack line on) Social Security privatization: