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Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) is running for reelection side by side with Barack Obama, and George W. Bush — metaphorically, at least — with both former presidents featured prominently in the congresswoman’s first television advertisement.

Slotkin is in a dogfight in Michigan’s newly configured 7th Congressional District, a swing seat with a slight but distinct Republican edge.

To overcome that partisan disadvantage and hold on in a midterm election shaping up as a GOP wave, Slotkin, first elected in 2018, is using her first television ad to tout her bipartisan credentials, emphasizing her service in the Central Intelligence Agency under two presidents: Bush, a Republican, and Obama, a Democrat.

“Representing Michigan is the most important thing I’ve ever done,” Slotkin says in the 30-second spot, talking straight-to-camera. “As a CIA officer, I was proud to work with two presidents, one from each party. And, I served three tours in Iraq alongside our military. I approve this message because I refuse to let partisan politics hold this country back.”

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In the spot, as Slotkin mentions the “two presidents, one from each party,” that she worked for, pictures of her with Bush and Obama flash on-screen, flanking her as she talks, with the picture of her with the 43rd president positioned screen-right and the picture of her with the 44th president positioned screen-left.

The Slotkin ad is notable for two reasons in particular. First, President Joe Biden is nowhere to be seen. Second, there was a time in the not-so-distant past when it was politically verboten for Democrats to suggest anything positive about Bush. Even many Republicans did not want to be seen with a president who presided over two Democratic wave elections, in 2006 and 2008, and left office soon after with abysmal job approval ratings.

The ad is running in the Lansing media market on broadcast and cable television and on digital and smart television and streaming platforms such as Roku and Amazon Fire TV, among others. The Slotkin campaign declined Tuesday to divulge how much money was being spent on this initial buy or when the campaign might expand to the Detroit media market but emphasized that this is just the beginning of the television portion of its battle plan.

If Republican polling is accurate, Slotkin’s messaging and decision to go on the air four months before Election Day is a smart strategy.

Biden’s job approval rating was 36% in a mid-June poll conducted for the National Republican Congressional Committee, with the GOP leading Democrats on the generic ballot 50% to 39%. That Slotkin was losing narrowly to Republican challenger Tom Barrett, 46% to 44%, no doubt also caught the eye of the congresswoman’s campaign team. Politico first reported news of the poll.

Democrats say that Slotkin’s emphasis on bipartisanship in her first campaign ad reflects how she’s voted on the House floor — even if the message in the spot also happens to make sense based on the partisan leaning of Michigan’s 7th Congressional District and the political atmosphere of the 2022 election cycle.

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Slotkin has twice voted against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in floor votes held to elect the speaker of the House, in January 2019 and January 2021. And the congresswoman is ranked in the top 10 of bipartisan lawmakers in Congress by the Lugar Center. Slotkin was ranked ninth.

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Jos Abreus baserunning sparks the Chicago White Sox to a 6-4 win against the Detroit Tigers: Its the little things sometimes

José Abreu stood on first with one out, having reached on an infield single in the seventh inning Saturday against the Detroit Tigers.

Yasmani Grandal flied out to the warning track in center and Abreu tagged up and raced for second.

The Chicago White Sox veteran made it to the bag just ahead of Riley Greene’s throw. The Tigers challenged the call, but it stood after a video review.

“He’s a good baserunner, excellent baserunner,” Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “If his legs feel good, he’s got a little extra gear there he gets to. That’s heads-up knowing the situation.”

The hustle paid off when Andrew Vaughn followed with a single to center. Abreu scored, giving the Sox the lead on the way to a 6-4 victory in front of 29,458 at Guaranteed Rate Field.

“It’s huge,” Vaughn said of Abreu’s running to get into scoring position. “(Abreu’s) not a very fast guy, but he knows baseball. And he knew, ‘Hey, if I can get into scoring position right here.’ You don’t even have to ask him. That’s exactly what he did. It’s the little things sometimes.

“I got a good pitch to hit. A little slider down (against reliever Joe Jiménez), kind of miss-hit it, but it went through the hole and it worked.”

The Sox fought back from an early two-run deficit to take their second straight in the weekend series. Vaughn had the big hit in both games.

“He’s going to have a serious winning career,” La Russa said. “He rises to the occasion. And smart enough to know that a lousy single is all it takes a lot of times. Very smart player and he’s got talent to match.”

Vaughn broke a scoreless tie Friday with a two-out, two-run single in the seventh to help the Sox to a 2-0 victory.

There was plenty of scoring early Saturday.

Abreu had an RBI with a sacrifice fly in the first. The Tigers took the lead with three-run double by Greene on a ball left fielder Eloy Jiménez appeared to overrun near the warning track.

The inning was set up by a ball/-four call on a full-count pitch from Sox starter Lucas Giolito to Kerry Carpenter that according to MLB Statcast was in the zone.

“I got a little (ticked) off after the second inning,” Giolito said. “It was a big pitch that inning on a 3-2 count that I thought was as strike, I would have liked. Could have made the inning go a lot different. But that’s baseball. I could have done a better job limiting damage that inning.

“But I was angry. A lot of times when you’re angry, it can turn into frustration. That takes you out of it. But I made it a point to channel it into aggression toward executing pitches. And (I) started finding a rhythm in the fourth, fifth inning and carried it through seven.”

The Sox tied the game with two runs in the second, but the Tigers regained the lead on an Eric Haase RBI double in the third. Giolito (9-6) allowed just one more hit the rest of his outing, a single in the seventh. He allowed four runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts and one walk in seven innings.

“Yasmani did a nice job recognizing what their approach was,” Giolito said. “We backed off the changeup and started pouring heaters in there. So it ended up working very well.”

The Sox tied the game in the fourth on Jiménez’s RBI single. They took the lead thanks to Abreu’s running and Vaughn’s hitting in the seventh.

AJ Pollock added insurance with a solo homer in the eighth, and Liam Hendriks struck out Greene with two on and two outs in the ninth for his 25th save.

Abreu’s running sparked the win.

“He’s a leader by example,” Giolito said. “So when he’s out there playing his (butt) off, doing the little things right, giving the extra effort, just so we have a chance to scratch another run across, it’s uplifting.

“I think it’s motivation for every single guy watching it in the dugout, on-deck circle, to really lock it in. I saw it from the dugout and gave me that feeling, ‘All right, we’re fighting here, and let’s go win this game.’”

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