New Democratic ad says it's time for McConnell to go
June 20th, 2013
09:26 AM ET
2 years ago

New Democratic ad says it's time for McConnell to go

(CNN) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's re-election is still a long way away, but the ad wars in the Kentucky Republican's 2014 bid for a sixth term in the Senate started early and continue to simmer.

Two independent pro-Democratic groups announced Thursday that they were teaming up to launch a "30 years is too long" campaign that targets McConnell. The groups, the Senate Majority PAC and Patriot Majority USA, say their efforts include TV, radio and digital ads, as well as a new website, to argue that "it's time for a switch."

In the TV commercial, a clip of McConnell saying "I've lived on a government salary for 30 years" is played over and over with text on the screen saying the senator "voted to raise his pay 4 times" and that "he voted for a bailout for Wall Street and to cut Medicare for Seniors."

The groups will spend $250,000 to run the spot statewide in Kentucky, according to a source with knowledge of the ad buy.

The McConnell campaign pushed back against the commercial.

"From office buggings, to racist tweets about Mitch's wife, to the constant stream of negative ads, Barack Obama's allies are desperate to attack Senator McConnell at all costs," McConnell re-election campaign manager Jesse Benton told CNN. "The increasingly unhinged attacks by Washington liberals only reaffirm Kentuckians' pride in Mitch McConnell for fighting to protect Kentucky from Obama's bad ideas."

McConnell went up earlier this year with two ads. It's extremely rare for an incumbent to go up with spots so early in a campaign cycle.


Filed under: Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Senate
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. PDG

    Mitch is the embodiment of everything that is wrong in our political system.

    June 20, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  2. Just a thought

    Yes its time for turtle man to be blown back to the rock under which he crawled. He's been a boat anchor to progress for the last 6 years. His only job has been to stop all and everything being proposed by Pres. Obama and the Dems, just to make sure this country fails. Why do we the tax payers need to continue paying this leech?

    June 20, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. scarf

    Everytime I see a picture of McConnell, he reminds me of the turtle in the old Tootsie Pop commercials.....

    June 20, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  4. it must be said

    It's time for Obama, Reid and Pelosi to go! They are destroying this country with their liberal madness.

    June 20, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. ST

    Oh! Ya, send him back home. He can sing again the same song with Dick Cheney which they used to sing : "we want to make Pres. Obama one-term President". Where has that song gone buddies?

    June 20, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  6. Just a thought

    Look at this guy....Who can think of even one thing this guy did to benefit this country except promote hate and division for the black guy in the white house? This cannot be our new level of achievement in governing....just hate the black person??? really??? is that all you got Mitch???

    June 20, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  7. jboh

    McConnell is a panderer. He opposed the TEA crowd, and then sold out to them. He IS the prime example of an entrenched, elitist, TAKER. Flush the TEA pot.

    June 20, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  8. rla

    I agree - The republicans need a tougher leader who will make the vapid democrats stand up and take notice. Harry reid is of the same ILK an McConnel and should be barred from the congress forever..

    June 20, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. rla

    Here come the uglies– (DEMOCRATS) with their smear campaign... Turtleman- really again the democrats are the party of seinfeld– ugly, vain and dishonest

    June 20, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    Maybe......but the WORST thing that could happen, is for a Dem to be elected.

    The entire Democratic Party is subversive, corrupt, and criminal.

    June 20, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. Data Driven

    My sources in KY tell me McConnell is very much disliked there, but it appears Kentuckians just can't bring themselves to vote for a Democrat. If they did, that Democrat would have to be so conservative as to make Manchin appear to be Trotsky in a flower-print dress by comparison. In which case, why bother changing horses in midstream? I fear Mitch will be with us for a while longer.

    June 20, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. Data Driven

    @rla,

    "party of Seinfeld"

    Is this an actual talking point newly minted by your team? I hope so. People like Seinfeld.

    June 20, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. dew

    I wonder if the same add applies to all career politicians Democrat, Republican or other. The founders never intended and were adamantly against it. Their idea of government by the people in part was meant to curtail just that.

    June 20, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  14. Thomas Antel

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

    Selling America to China is what we do best 2014 .

    June 20, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. Tim

    Can anyone point to one single thing that McConnell has done in his entire 30 years that actually helps middle Americans? Just ONE. Don't waste your time trying to come up with one, because there ARE none. The man is a waste of space and an embarrassment both to the U.S. Senate and to Americans. Obviously, he has no clue how much he is disliked and disrespected.

    June 20, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  16. Thomas Antel

    @Rick McDaniel
    Maybe......but the WORST thing that could happen, is for a Dem to be elected.

    The entire Democratic Party is subversive, corrupt, and criminal.

    =======

    Do you suffer from Dyslexia ?

    Each of your posts are upside down or backwards in theory .

    June 20, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  17. Dan5404t

    He is behind the total obstruction. He and a handful of other right-wing extremists were Obama haters before he was even inaugurated the first time, and it was McConnell that declared he would lead a fight to have the GOP do nothing on anything in order to make Obama and the economy fail, so he could be a one-term president. He has succeeded in one thing: doing nothing. But, despite blocking bills to repair dangerous roads and bridges, improve education and clean up the huge health provider overcharges in healthcare, MConnell's plans failed.because the GOP extremism is so far over the line, voters rejected them. But, he didn't learn a thing. Instead, they got more extreme and threaten the re-election of any GOP lawmaker that even hints at compromise. He needed to go a long time ago. But, until the party really changes, it won't make a lot of difference.

    June 20, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  18. ThinkAgain

    @it must be said: "It's time for Obama, Reid and Pelosi to go! They are destroying this country with their liberal madness."

    Liberal madness? Like private sector job growth every month since May 2010? Osama bin Laden dead? The American auto industry alive and well? The housing market bounding back? Out of Iraq and getting out of Afghanistan? Treating the American people like adults and putting the cost of Bush's two wars and Medicare Part D on the books so we can deal with their expense – instead of HIDING THEM? Passing real healthcare reform so that people can get treatment for simple ailments like an earache for a FRACTION of the cost of going to the ER with a raging systemic infection that requires hospitalization?

    Name Repubs accomplishments ... lousy at domestic policy, lousy at foreign policy, lousy at military policy, lousy at economic policy (trickle-down and tax cuts for the wealthy DO NOT WORK; if they did, then WHERE ARE THE JOBS?!?).

    Again, name Repubs accomplishments ... *crickets*

    June 20, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  19. Denise

    I personally don't want to see him go. Keep the GOP clowns front and center on the national stage!

    June 20, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  20. Steveo

    @Data Driven

    @rla,

    "party of Seinfeld"

    Is this an actual talking point newly minted by your team? I hope so. People like Seinfeld.
    -----------------–
    I love Seinfeld but I think you missed the point. Seinfeld is often called the show about NOTHING!

    June 20, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  21. The REAL Truth...

    @it must be said – It's time for Obama, Reid and Pelosi to go! They are destroying this country with their liberal madness.
    ------------------------–
    ROTFLMAO – seriously?? Obama is more RIGHT WING than Reagan! Please do a little research and educate yourself.

    June 20, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    Is there anything that anyone can point to as a signature issue or piece of legislation that Mitch McConnell has been successful at? Consider this: 3 decades of his salary, along with the perks ( like free healthcare) have resulted in what in terms of accomplishments? Over 6 million dollars in salary alone, and what has been our return on investment? A promise to make Obama a one-term president, a promise that fell short. Why are we bothering with him?

    June 20, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    "I've lived on a government salary for 30 years"
    -------------------------------------------
    I hope the people of Kentucky are wise and vote this government dependent welfare queen/obstructionist out of office.

    June 20, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  24. The REAL Truth...

    @ThinkAgain – Again, name Repubs accomplishments
    ----------------------
    Here you go.....
    – massive unfunded tax cuts (cost unknown, unfunded) despite recomendations AGAINST them by leading economists.
    – A budget surplus on taking office, taken to a $1.47 Trillion deficit in 8 yrs.
    – Doubling of the National Debt ($5.6T to $11.4) and that's without adding all the unfunded items.
    – Bank failures ($850 B)
    – 4.2 million jobs lost, 700,000 a month as Dubya left office.
    – DJ index down by 50%
    – 2 unfunded wars – estimated cost over $3 TRILLION
    – Medicare Part D (unfunded) and cost TBD
    – Economy in the crapper

    Yeah, gotta love the GOP policies.

    June 20, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. A True Conservative

    Right after Harry Reid goes.......you first Dems.........

    June 20, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
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