When Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., wanted to re-enact a Congressional hearing for a television ad, her campaign turned to a capital closer to home.

Senate rules prohibit using government video for campaign purposes, so Landrieu's campaign filmed the re-enactment using a Louisiana Senate committee room, sources in the state Capitol told the Washington Examiner.

In the scene, Landrieu is shown defending energy interests against the Obama administration and repeats statements she made at an actual Senate Energy Committee hearing in 2013.

Landrieu's campaign had some difficulty getting approval for the project. An aide first asked the Louisiana House if Landrieu could use a committee room for filming, but the speaker's office rejected the request, adhering to an unwritten but strict rule that committee rooms not be used for such political purposes.

Landrieu's campaign then turned to the Louisiana Senate president's office, which allowed filming — a courtesy regularly extended to former state elected officials. Landrieu served in the Louisiana legislature and as state treasurer.

The filming location, which is clearly not a U.S. Senate committee room, might cost Landrieu some political capital.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee called Landrieu's re-enactment of a committee hearing "deceptive," and a citizens' group attacked her as an "actress" in an ad.



Vice President Joe Biden warned the Democratic base to drop the apathy and pledge to vote in the fall midterms or see the administration's initiatives get sunk by a Republican majority in the House and Senate.

Biden headlined an email to supporters “If we lose,” and said Republican lawmakers will pass the tough budget authored by Rep. Paul Ryan and repeal Obamacare if they get control of the Senate.

“If Republicans hold on to their majority in the House and win back control of the Senate in November — and believe me, that's a real possibility — then I can guarantee you that we'll see more backwards proposals like this one coming out of a Republican Congress for the rest of this president's time in office,” said Biden.

“The only way we can put a stop to Republicans' bad ideas, like those in the Ryan budget, is to leave everything on the field every single day from now until Election Day,” he added.

It is the second worried email Biden has sent out on behalf of the Democratic Party ahead of November's crucial midterms. The first warned that Democrats could “lose” to Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

Republicans need to net six Senate seats to gain control of the upper chamber.



Rep. Tom Cotton, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Arkansas, released a new ad touting his military service and featuring the man he says "taught him how to be a soldier.”

The ad, titled "At Ease," introduces Cotton's drill master from basic training, Army Sergeant George Norton.

In the ad, Cotton hits back at Democratic opponent, Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., who charged that Cotton had a "sense of entitlement" because of his military service.

“Mark Pryor says my military service gives me quote ‘a sense of entitlement’ so I brought in an expert,” Cotton says in the ad.

“Did I say at ease, Cotton?” barks Norton.

“Drill Sgt. Norton taught me how to be a soldier. Accountability, humility and putting the unit before yourself. That training stuck,” Cotton continues.

“It better have,” Norton says.

Before he became the representative for Arkansas' 4th District in 2013, Cotton served in the Army for nearly five years, rising up the ranks to captain. He served tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan.