(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."
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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.
Gawd for the umpteenth time! Republicans do not obstruct! You have a brigade of flaming Liberals, Obama, Pelosi, Reid...and so forth. Somebody has to be the adult in the room and tell these know nothing progressive idiots NO!
Can you not contemplate, that maybe...just maybe....Obama's ideas stink? Of course they do and the 800 pound Gorilla in the room is Obamacare......great idea!! NOT!
Yes, Yes it is time for McConnell to go. And while you are voting, please, please vote the obstructionist tea people out of office asap
@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.
Somehow you forget to mention we now have a $16 Trillion. The GOP helped but so did the Dems!. That is the REAL TRUTH!
Oh YEAH? Well, I think the Republicans are the party of Charles in Charge. No, wait ... Simon & Simon. No, I got it, I got it ... Republicans are the party of How I Met Your Mother. Put THAT in your TiVo and smoke it! I WIN!
@The REAL truth
You do realize that 25% of senate democrats voted for those exact tax cuts, right? Oh, and I'm sure you're aware that revenues to the federal government went UP every year from 2002-2007 after the tax cuts were enacted.
Don't be ignorant. You have the internet to do research. Inform yourself! Think for yourself. It's very liberating. Don't be a partisan hack.
@steveo – Somehow you forget to mention we now have a $16 Trillion. The GOP helped but so did the Dems!. That is the REAL TRUTH!
I never stated the Dem's didn't help. They did. But if you do a little research, and compare what has been added "net new" to the Nat'l Debt over the last 5 yrs – and I'm not talking about additional borrowing to service current debt loads – Obama if FAR more fiscally conservative than his predecessor OR the Republicans. Is he perfect, but he's far from the flaming liberal he's accused of being. Do some non-Fox research. FACTS don't lie.
A face only a mother could love.......
Looks like he just removed his hood to have his picture taken.
"and I'm sure you're aware that revenues to the federal government went UP every year from 2002-2007 after the tax cuts were enacted."
Correlation =/= Causation.