McConnell out with first re-election spots of the year
January 22nd, 2014
10:39 AM ET
3 months ago

McConnell out with first re-election spots of the year

(CNN) –  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is out with a new TV commercial that his team touts as its first major buy for the Kentucky Republican's 2014 re-election campaign.

McConnell's campaign says it's spending six figures over the next two weeks to run the positive ad statewide. The spot features a Kentucky resident named Robert Pierce, who says McConnell helped him recover from throat cancer.


"These days, I don't have much of a voice. But I and so many Kentuckians have been helped by someone with a strong voice. Mitch McConnell," says Pierce in the commercial.

Pierce then describes how he got cancer after being exposed to high levels of radiation while working at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, before adding that "Mitch McConnell stepped in, and helped create cancer screening programs, and provide compensation for sick workers. He knocked down walls for us. He helped save peoples' lives."

The spot appears to be an effort by the McConnell campaign to raise the Senator's approval and favorable ratings in Kentucky, which are nothing to brag about.

The five-term Senator is facing a conservative primary challenge from businessman Matt Bevin, who enjoys some support from some tea party and grassroots activists. Wednesday Bevin added to those endorsements, as FreedomWorks, a national grassroots conservative group, backed him.

And McConnell's facing a Democratic challenge from Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Grimes' campaign was quick to point out that McConnell used Pierce in a similar ad in his 2008 re-election campaign.

"It is no surprise Mitch McConnell has to recycle old TV ads given that he offers no new ideas. It is insulting to Kentuckians for McConnell to haul out this old, dishonest play every six years when he's on the ballot," said Grimes campaign spokeswoman Charly Norton, in a statement.

"Only the most partisan, embittered, dogmatically liberal activists would have the audacity to call a Paducah cancer survivor's story dishonest. It's a sad day when attack-dog politics trumps basic human decency," said McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore, in response.

While the new spot (both a 60 second and 30 second version) may be McConnell's first major ad buy, it's far from his first. His campaign went up with their first ad in his 2014 re-election campaign in March of 2013, which was extremely early in the election cycle.

When McConnell's counterpart, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, went up with commercials around a year before his November 2010 re-election, the move made political headlines.


Filed under: 2014 • Alison Lundergan Grimes • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. rs

    tom l

    Wendy Davis has lied about the following:
    1. She lied about getting divorced at 19 when she was actually 21
    2. She lied about her mom's education
    3.She lied about her age about when her parents were divorced
    4. She lied about her dad being a deadbeat
    5. The day after her final payment was made for her education, she divorced her 2nd husband
    6. She did not pay her mortgage for her trailer that she lived in after her divorce

    This is your new hero. Congrats
    ____________________________
    Bush lied about WMDs, Cheney lied that "deficits don't matter", and they both lied that the war in Iraq would pay for itself.
    Pathetic, man, just pathetic.

    January 22, 2014 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. tom l

    @rs
    "Bush lied about WMDs, Cheney lied that "deficits don't matter", and they both lied that the war in Iraq would pay for itself.
    Pathetic, man, just pathetic."
    ======

    I agree about Bush. Not sure Cheney "lied" but certainly did say that. Why are you trying to excuse one bad behavior by showing another bad behavior? You're just proving my point. This is why I can't say I'm a republican. I don't want to be beholden to a group has so many proven liars in it (both repubs and dems). I did notice how you conveniently left out that Obama lied about IYLYPYCKI. I just can't understand how an educated person such as yourself would so buy into the D vs. R conundrum. Dems don't care about anyone other than themselves and getting re-elected. Maybe some day you will understand that.

    January 22, 2014 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    tom l

    ... I did notice how you conveniently left out that Obama lied about IYLYPYCKI. ...
    -------------------–
    Gesundheit.

    January 22, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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