Oregon Senate candidates push dueling narratives

Monica Wehby talks Cover Oregon failures, Jeff Merkley talks middle class jobs

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley speaks to press August 1; right, Oregon Senate hopeful Monica Wehby. (KOIN 6)
Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley speaks to press August 1; right, Oregon Senate hopeful Monica Wehby. (KOIN 6)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley wants to talk about taxes and the middle class. His Republican rival, Monica Wehby, would love to talk about the federal health care law.

In dueling press events Friday, both tried to advance their preferred narrative of a race on the verge of heating up.

In a conference call with reporters, Wehby said the health care law has failed to deliver on its goal of providing affordable, accessible health care coverage for everyone.

Merkley called a news conference to slam Wehby’s economic policies, saying they’d hurt the middle class.

Ballots are due Nov. 4. A conservative political group with ties to the Koch brothers goes on the air next week with a three-month advertising blitz that’s likely to boost Wehby, attack Merkley, or both.

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