Cassidy says vote for Landrieu is vote for Obama
SHREVEPORT - Aligned with the party of an unpopular president, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu sought to keep her distance from the Obama administration in the first TV debate featuring all three major contenders in Louisiana's Senate race.
But she faced repeated claims Tuesday from her chief Republican challenger Bill Cassidy that a vote to re-elect the Democratic incumbent on Nov. 4 was a vote for Barack Obama.
Landrieu emphasized her years in office and Senate seniority, saying her re-election bid was a referendum on her three terms in office, not Obama's policies.
Cassidy, a congressman from Baton Rouge, tied the senator to Obama, repeating his oft-used claim that Landrieu supports the president "97 percent of the time."
GOP candidate and tea party favorite Rob Maness positioned himself as the conservative Washington outsider.