Tennessee senator launches first 2014 ads
July 5th, 2013
06:47 PM ET
10 months ago

Tennessee senator launches first 2014 ads

(CNN) – Never mind that the Tennessee Republican thus far has no primary challenger. Sen. Lamar Alexander is already putting out radio and TV ads for the 2014 midterm elections.

His 30-second television spot also features a popular senator from the neighboring state of Kentucky, Republican Sen. Rand Paul.

"Nobody wants to say 'no' to Lamar Alexander," Paul can be seen saying in the ad to a group of supporters.

The ad touts Alexander's "Freedom to Fish Act," which became law last month and places a two-year moratorium on attempts by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to block boating access in the Cumberland River. The commercial will run statewide with an emphasis in the Middle Tennessee region, according to the campaign.

In a 60-second radio ad, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who's also from nearby Kentucky, joins Paul in supporting the "Freedom to Fish Act."

The ads begin running next week in a two-week ad buy that cost $180,000, the campaign said.

Alexander, who won his last election with 65% of the vote, will be seeking a third term. While it's rare for senators to start campaigning so early, Alexander isn't the first. McConnell began running paid ads earlier this year.

– CNN's Ashley Killough and Peter Hamby contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2014 • Lamar Alexander • Rand Paul • Tennessee
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. California Gary

    Lamar would be better off not hitching his wagon to a nut like Paul.

    July 5, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  2. Bob

    This has the markings of polling that has suggested rumblings against the extreme right and perhaps a simultaneous rumbling within the hard right.

    Lamar is the quintessential career politician: he was "mainstream" as governor and has lurched to right since.

    He can and will turn on a dime.

    July 5, 2013 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  3. Tampa Tim

    The Koch brothers will be very pleased.

    July 5, 2013 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  4. Jabbadahut

    There is no time like the present to get ahead of those pesky L iber als.

    July 5, 2013 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  5. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Rand Paul being in the ad verifies the fact that Lamar Alexander has lost touch with mainstream America, and reality in general.

    July 5, 2013 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  6. Lego

    He's insecure. Worried, that he may get a challenger with the right credentials to oust him from the gravy train.

    July 6, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  7. Gurgyl

    GOP is out for another DECADE or so. No one with Brain will ever support these GOP twerps any linger, they are like skunks.

    July 6, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |