August 13th, 2010
12:38 PM ET
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DSCC launches first ad of general election–and a war of words

The DSCC released its first ad of the general election on Friday in Pennsylvania.
The DSCC released its first ad of the general election on Friday in Pennsylvania.

(CNN) – The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is out Friday with its first television ad of the general election, thrusting itself into the deadlocked Senate battle between Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak and former Republican Rep. Pat Toomey.

The 30-second commercial calls Toomey "a Wall Street wheeler-dealer" and says the financial industry is "funding his campaign."

"…Millionaire Toomey helped pioneer the use of derivatives – he called them an 'enormous good,'" the ad's narrator says. "But they wound up nearly destroying our economy."

"Pat Toomey spent his whole life either working on Wall Street or working for Wall Street's interests," DSCC national press secretary Deirdre Murphy said in a statement. "The people of Pennsylvania should have a Senator who stands up for them, not the corporate special interests."

Read Toomey's response after the jump:

The DSCC does not release spending figures for its ads, nor will it say how long the ad is slated to air.

Toomey's campaign retaliated immediately, calling the spot "demonstrably false" and accusing Democrats of desperation.

"It is a sign of how desperate Sestak's Washington friends are that they feel the need to swoop in to save liberal Joe Sestak's flailing campaign with ads filled with distortions and out-right lies," Toomey Communications Director Nachama Soloveichik said.

The ad has sparked a back-and-forth between the DSCC and Toomey's campaign. After the DSCC responded to Toomey's rebuttal, the Toomey campaign issued a second response.

Sestak and Toomey each have 43 percent of the vote according to latest Quinnipiac University poll, conducted July 6-11. Twelve percent are undecided. The poll had a 2.7 percent sampling error.


Filed under: 2010 • DSCC • Joe Sestak • Pat Toomey • Pennsylvania
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Facts are not fair to the GOP

    Do we really need more republicans who bow down to Wall Street? The dereguation mob of republicans have caused enough economic destruction.

    August 13, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. vic

    2010 GOP candidates either work for Oil Company or work for Wall Street, or tea baggers or hate main stream media

    What it mean they will work for rich only

    August 13, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Pat Toomey is Wall Street. If he calls derivatives a good thing, he's nuts. Pat Toomey is a walking special interest and the wrong man for the U.S. Senate.

    August 13, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. steph

    I am a Pennsylvanian and a democrat. I'm voting for Toomey. Democrats are destroying this country. For many of us it's about what they are doing to this country. Pretty soon no one is going to recognize this country. Our fore fathers must be turning in their graves. I realize now that I cannot vote for my party but must vote for my country.

    August 13, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    No......he isn't for the Dems......he's for the people.

    August 13, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. msainnyc

    Would probably be good to note that it's for the Senate race in Pennsylvania within the post and not only on the photo tag.

    August 13, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. Gil

    If that is what the republicans want, another chance to destroy our economy then it to them, but don't dry later. The republicans have played into the hands of Big Business, Big Oil and Big Wall Street so that they will do their bidding and vote whatever they tell them to. Toomey can buy this election with his millions and the ruling of the Robert's Supreme Court.

    August 13, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. rick

    Gee.. a republican talking about "distortions and out-right lies". I guess he doesn't go to foxnews.com or watch FOX news.

    August 13, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. stevegee

    MIllions of voters bought the "Hope and Change" snake oil that Obama and the Democrats were selling in 2008. And since then, they've been turning our country into a Socialist nightmare.

    Wake up people! In November, vote American, vote Republican.

    August 13, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. Dont forget to call Rush on openline friday

    Poor guy,he looks more like the crypt keeper or an undertaker.Check his pulse,he may have Cheney fever.

    August 13, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. Bill

    You know in this day and time commercials/ads for politcal office really can go by the wayside. If you are a liberal, this add will agree with what you think and so it is right. If you are a conservative this ad is insulting and you will attack it. The same holds true the other way ... So why do you need to do these ads? People on both sides are equally pasionate about their own points of view and anyone who disagrees with them is not worthy of note ... except for scorn....

    August 13, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    There have been six bailout programs started back in 2006. And the Democrats in congress were right there supporting each and every one.
    This Congress has supported the interests " Too big to Fail" Business 100 % of time on both sides of the aisle, before the interests of the American people.

    The time to clean up both The House and 1/3 the Senate is upon us. Don't vote for the party! It is time the people sent a message to Washington DC we reject politics as usual.

    Fire All incumbents!

    Vote Congress out, “you are fired” if they are in. Vote them out this fall no matter what party they belong to, and in the next election and every election going forward until they become the servants of the people once more.

    This November tell Congress "You Are Fired!"

    August 13, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. bill

    hit back hard dems.and often .the rightwing teabaggers have two years to slime our president,its time.ALL AMERICANS LEARN THE TRUTH.SOMETHING THESE REPUBS WOULDNT KNOW.IF IT HIT THEME IN FACE. COME ON REAL AMERICANS. VOTE VOTE.IT DOES MATTER.

    August 13, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. Obama Reid, and Pelosi are toxic

    All Toomey has to do, is talk policy for the last 18 months, and he walks away the voice of the people. Who do all the moronic Democrats think all of this massive spending and unbelievable debt that goes with it, will be paid by, you, me, and our children and their children, and their children.

    We the people, need to kick Sestak and all the idiots that voted for Obamacare and the fiscal stimulus failure, and financial regulation and immigration, and.... to the curb.

    Toomey just has to remind the below average in intellect, what this country will become if we don't repeal Obamacare, what will hapeen if we continue this massive growth in gov't and the cost to us individually and they will become the onsly sensible vote in this next election!!!

    August 13, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  15. Hangar 13

    Why doesn't the DSCC run ads touting the Democrats' record since they've owned the Congress. Let's see, destroyed FHLMC and FNMA, took over the auto industry, spent a trillion bucks to "stimulate" the economy to lose millions more jobs, rammed an unpopular socialized medicine scheme down Americans' throats.... Never mind, I answered my own question. Eighty-one more days before we take back the Republic, thanks a lot for FUBAR-ing it.

    August 13, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. David

    If the shoe fits...

    August 13, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. GL

    It is about time Sestak ads start. I am sick of seeing Toomeny.

    August 13, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. GL

    if Toomey run on Health Care Reform he is done. This state is all the way for the health Care Reform. This state is nothing like the South.

    August 13, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. W L Jones

    One may criticise our Government all they wont but the botton line is is is stile solid as a rock. The depth of it is for the people through the ageses. (D)

    August 13, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |