Democrats continue to pound McConnell with ads
July 23rd, 2013
08:54 AM ET
9 months ago

Democrats continue to pound McConnell with ads

(CNN) – Senate Majority PAC, an independent group that works to keep the Senate in Democrats' hands, launched another attack ad Tuesday against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, highlighting the Kentucky Republican as a "guardian of gridlock."

The ad, also sponsored by Patriot Majority USA, is part of a campaign the two groups kicked off last month called "30 Years Is Too Long," as they seek to oust the senator in next year's election.

Using footage of the five-term senator, as well as text from media reports, the 30-second spot argues the senator has lost respect among those in his own party during his tenure on Capitol Hill.

"After 30 years of Mitch, it's time to switch," text on the screen reads.

The ad buy, which will run statewide, costs close to $270,000, according to a Senate Majority PAC official.

While McConnell gets hit by the left, he's also getting hit by the right this week. Matt Bevin, a Louisville businessman, is expected to launch a primary challenge against the longtime senator on Wednesday.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid talked about the Kentucky race Monday night at a Democratic gathering, cheering on the fact that McConnell will likely have a primary opponent, in addition to his Democratic opponent, Kentucky secretary of state Alison Lundergan Grimes.

"(McConnell) tried to make love to the tea party and they didn't like it," Reid said.

The senator's team pushed back at the ads Tuesday.

"Barack Obama's allies know as much about Republicans or Kentuckians as they do about coal jobs and health care," McConnell re-election campaign manager Jesse Benton said. "These ads show that they are desperately trying to throw a life-jacket on Alison Lundergan Grimes' fledgeling campaign in an attempt to let a Nevadan who says 'coal makes us sick,' not a proud Kentuckian, set the agenda for the Senate and continue waging the war on coal and implementation of Obamacare."

McConnell has gone up with his own ads earlier this year.


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soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    Poor McConnell. He is being attacked from all over. He can't put his finger on just one person to take down. Nothing left for him to do. He's set or life for doing nothing.

    July 23, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. it must be said

    Rudy NYC
    "No principles required, just blind obedience."
    Pretty funny coming from a supporter of the Democrat Party that threw out its former VP candidate Joe Lieberman for not blindly obeying the far leftists running the party.
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    That's pretty much what people would expect coming from a right wing ideologue, that blind obedience to the party is good thing that sould be cherished.
    Lieberman was not thrown out of the party. I recall that he was voted out in a primary, but he later entered the final race, and won, as an independent. He was too much of a war mongering, pro-Israel ideologue during the height of the Iraq War. He was all for "bomb, bomb, bomb........bomb, bomb Iran" at a time when most Democrats were not. He liked the Iraq War when most Democrats were against it, and so he was challenged in a primary.
    -–

    Like I said, he was thrown out of the Democrat Party for not blindly obeying the far leftists that control it. A big tent only for those that obey. He won re-election because a lot of Republicnas voted for him. He was and is a good man and was worthy of the support, just not according to the far lefties.

    July 23, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  3. marty

    Why can a United States Senator stand before the public and say that his number one "priority" was to make President Obama a one term president, and not be publicly reprimanded, deemed to commit an ethics violation or be impeached? Doesn't the Oath of Office that Senators and legislators take mean anything anymore?

    July 23, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. California Gary

    Mitch only had one thing on his agenda......to make Obama a one term president........and he failed at that. Not that he didn't try.......he did everything he possibly could to make him fail, at the expense of the country. But when a man has only one item on his agenda, and fails at it, it's hard to see why the good folks of Kentucky would stick with him. But then again, it's hard to see why they put him in there in the first place, so you never know. It will be fun to watch, that's the only thing that is for sure.

    July 23, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. anonymous

    My man Mitch is going to mop the floor with that Grimey Democrat opponent. You can take that one to the bank girls and boys! Mitch will be around long after Obama is gone. He will be busy trying to repair all the damage Obama has done in 8 years. LOTS of repair work there.

    July 23, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. Woman In California

    McConnell needs to go! Unfortunately, I think the people of KY will continue to keep this obstructionist @astard in the senate because they feel he best represents their America and their style of hatred. It's going to be hard to unseat this buzzard and his opponent needs to remember, McConnell's been around the block a few times and knows all too well how to play dirty.

    July 23, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    it must be said wrote:

    Like I said, he was thrown out of the Democrat Party for not blindly obeying the far leftists that control it. A big tent only for those that obey. He won re-election because a lot of Republicanvoted for him. He was and is a good man and was worthy of the support, just not according to the far lefties.
    ----------
    It must be said....Charlie Crist, Arlen Specter and so y others defeated in primaries by the right wing's purist faction.

    No one said Leiberman was a bad man. That's the right wing in you talking. Democrats allowed him to caucus with them despite his photo ops with McCain. Joe was a guy with the bad ideas, which lead to bad choices. He wanted to invade Iran, for crying out loud.

    July 23, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. PaulCat

    I agree. If we switch Mitch and a few others, maybe we will get some work done. They never have any new ideals to help the American people. They just wait to see what Obama comes up with, just to say NO. This is why we pay them $200,000 per year. Isn't it time for their next month long paid vacation? They worked so hard!

    July 23, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. Gunderson

    Aw Yes,
    Me understand now. Lose Mitch, shut down coal mines, no electricity, Putin Care Computers not run, everything big bust. Good plan.

    July 23, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. david

    Good boy. Have a cookie!

    July 23, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. Dan5404

    McConnell is one of the most despicable figures in politics. His only goal is to make Obama fail by obstructing everything. He has done nothing and neither has the Rea-Party dominated GOP for 5 years, and it's on purpose. No concern for America, only their unpopular extreme right policies designed to keep power in the hands of mega corporations and billionaire owners of coal, oil, health provider and insurance companies.

    July 23, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. Thomas

    Make President Obama a one term president !

    Mitch McConnell / Rand Paul
    Aqua Buddha Buddy's 2016

    July 23, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. sammy750

    Old, Senile, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is going to get defeated in 2014. All the voters forces are being put together to defeat McConnell. He has lost his power, just a do nothing senator for the past few years. Even the Tea Party is against him. They don't agree with what he has done or not done.

    July 23, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. Fair is Fair

    "It must be said....Charlie Crist, Arlen Specter and so y others defeated in primaries by the right wing's purist faction."
    ------
    Arlen Specter was primaried (by far-left Joe Sestak) AFTER he became a democrat. So... I guess he wasn't left enough for the left wing's purist faction.

    July 23, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. aCriticalEye

    "We will do whatever it takes to ensure Mr.Obama is a one term president"., Senitor Mitch O'Connel, R-Kentucky
    This old white man just never got over the fact that a black man is running this nation.

    July 23, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. ladyjag

    Every one has an opinion. I know a few Senators and Representatives that need to hit the door. But again in the House, each Sttate sends who they want . Here is the a view of the Republicans, when they came into the WH under bush, we had a balanced budget, we had money in the bank, the repubicans put us in a receission/depression. The Republicans and the TeaParty, apparently hate woman, refused to sign a bill for their protection, they keep telling us we cannot have birth control, we cannot have an abortion. I think we all need to start a pact called wars WOMEN AGAINST REPUBLICAN S

    July 23, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. just askin

    poor poor democrats... they control the senate yet complain about others not getting anything done. the same old blame game obama has been playing for 5 years and counting. did it ever occur to harry reid that he needs to compromise to get republican votes? he and obama can't just demand and jam things down other elected officials throats like they did with obamacare. the democrats poisoned the waters with their approach on obamacare and now complain. mabe they need to start fixing/dismantling that fiasco? even the unions that supported it are now saying it is going to wreck the american middle class. get to work democrats nd clean up your mess!!

    July 23, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    After 5 yrs. of Obama, we are already OVERDUE to switch.

    July 23, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  19. just sayin

    democrats should be worrying about those 9 democrat senators from red states. can you say toast? democrats and obama attacking the second amendment rights of law abiding citizens was a very big mistake that could very well cost them control of the senate. for the good of the nation, i hope it does.

    July 23, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    "Arlen Specter was primaried (by far-left Joe Sestak) AFTER he became a democrat. So... I guess he wasn't left enough for the left wing's purist faction."
    ------------------
    And, why did he become a Democrat in the first place? The point is people being kicked out of their own parties, Fair. Please try to keep up. Thanks, ahead of time.

    July 23, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. Ron L

    Honestly, it is time for many of the long-term Congressmen and Senators to move on. The mere fact you can have someone from either party say THEIR NUMBER ONE GOAL is to make a newly elected President a ONE TERM President. The problem with that statement is the ONLY way you can make it happen, YOU HAVE TO make him FAIL. Which actually means you are putting your own political agenda before the peoples desires and needs. I despise what I am currently seeing happening in Washington. So, many of them care so little about the country as a whole. The country will never reach it's potential if there is little to no compromise between the parties. The deficit can be reduced at the same time we repair the infrastructure. Healthcare coverage can be increase to most American at the same time costs go down. This IRS scandal and future scandals can be ended by simply returning the law to it's original intent. There is so much to be done, but so little accomplished.....

    July 23, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. rs

    just askin

    poor poor democrats... they control the senate yet complain about others not getting anything done.
    ________________________________
    445 filibusters in 5 years lead by Mr. McConnell, who also demands a super majority 60% to pass any bill. There ARE NOT 60 Democrats in the Senate. Get it now? The party of obstruction will not work with the President, or the AMerican people.

    July 23, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    "Arlen Specter was primaried (by far-left Joe Sestak) AFTER he became a democrat. So... I guess he wasn't left enough for the left wing's purist faction."
    ------
    And, why did he become a Democrat in the first place? The point is people being kicked out of their own parties, Fair. Please try to keep up. Thanks, ahead of time.
    --------
    Charlie Crist didn't get primaried. He was the governor who tried to run for senate and lost to Rubio. So that's two you're wrong on. Please try to be accurate. Thanks in advance.

    July 23, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. Woman In California

    @marty

    I couldn't agree with you more. However, I do think the president is to blame for some of this disrespect. When he allowed Wilson to yell and call him a liar, this, in my opinion, opened the door for this type of disrespectful behavior. I used to get real upset over the disrespect shown to him but I don't anymore, because if he's not willing to take a stand (as other presidents have done) and demand some level of respect, why should I?

    July 23, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. cleareye1

    They should have backed the Democrat like this 6 years ago. He was beatable then too with a little more help. As it was, he barely beat a candidate that had a great deal of extra baggage yet managed to create a well run campaign and almost knock this pestilence off his perch.

    July 23, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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