Rep. Bill Owen's, like anyone running for office, has to have a narrative...for himself and his opponents.
In an interview yesterday on Capital Tonight, Mr. Owens gave a hint of his strategy, referring to himself as a "moderate" and a "centrist" and suggesting that next to jobs, the public's top concern is "why can't you guys in DC get along "
Mr. Owens specifically sidestepped the deficit and seems to be anxious to use his demeanor and Congressional look to make his case.
By comparison, the incumbent will surely hope to suggest his opponent is too strident...too unable to get along...and not a centrist.
Of course the flip side for Mr. Owens is to be seen as too willing to go along and not standing for anything. Just a guy going along to get along.
Time will tell.
Rep. Owens Talks Politics and Pragmatism