McConnell out with first re-election spots of the year
January 22nd, 2014
10:39 AM ET
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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. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Being as bad as he is, McConnell is better then having another teaparty freak like Cruz Rubio lee or Labrador or Scott in congress . The good people of ky could always elect a domocrat replacement and stop the GOP obstruction and incompetence!!!!!!!

    January 22, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. TONE

    Mitch Mconnell helped me recover from an hemroids. These ads are a joke coming from a man, who is against Americans getting healthcare,I do not believe this ad, Anyone is mitch a doctor?

    January 22, 2014 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    Kentucky was the last state my husband and I lived in during his Army days.
    Lovely state; but ...

    Oh yes ... the memories.

    January 22, 2014 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "And, without a doubt, some of the most in depth tantalizing earth shattering breaking news on Wendy Davis. She can NEVER be Governor of Texas because she didn't live in a trailer long enough to suit you."

    Haha...seriously. They took out the misogyny playbook and attacked her hoohoo bona fides because they know just how compelling her life story is for most voters...particularly women.

    January 22, 2014 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    rs wrote:

    So you fell for that one. Wow! (She was separated at 19 but not divorced until 21!).
    Really compared to Rubio's life story relaignment putting Castro in power before his parent left Cuba? Mr. Romney bravely suffering on the beeches of France during the Vietnam War? Ryan making great use of our nation's social safety net – the ones he would deny following generations?
    -------------------------
    Paul Ryan's whoppers went unnoticed in the press. I liked the one where he said that he worked at McDonald's in college. He claimed that he "had waited on tables" and that he "was fascinated by the big Hobart" commerical dishwasher.

    January 22, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. morrie

    He is just another RINO to the T-publicans. Besides that he is to old, get some of the young T-publicans in there.

    January 22, 2014 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. CommonSense

    It's time to get Mitch out of office in 2014!!! Let's make him a last year senator....his main goal was to make our president a one time president, but that failed like all of his plans, Out with the Old, time for New Leaders to make a real change & difference....

    January 22, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. Dead Bear

    Wasn't it Mitch McConnell's goal to ensure that Barack Obama would only be a one-term President??? I guess that would make him another Republican hack who can't achieve his goals or anything else for that matter. He probably blames Obama for his shortcomings though.

    January 22, 2014 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. wendel

    ry a democrat if you want change. Voting for a tea bagger will really screw this impoverished state. Mr no chin needs to retir He did nothing productive in congress this last tearm

    January 22, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Dominican mama

    You really have me laughing over your earlier posts ... !

    January 22, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ rs
    It's that old "are you an undiscovered artist?" advertisement that used to lurk in the back of magazines for by-mail art lessons
    -------------------------------------------------
    OMG I remember -distinctly- those advertisements rs!

    January 22, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The real important question here is: Will Christie stay on his post-op diet now that he has, literally, nowhere to run to (ie the White House), and nowhere to hide?

    January 22, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oops. Sorry Ol' Yeller - I didn't mean my cut and paste of tom's comment to suggest that you wrote the Wendy Davis comment.

    January 22, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. 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.

    January 22, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. Wake up People!

    So Mr. My #1 goal is to make Barack Obama a one term President is now helping people get health care?? Good lord, is this the Twilight Zone or what??

    January 22, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Paul Ryan's whoppers went unnoticed in the press. I liked the one where he said that he worked at McDonald's in college. He claimed that he "had waited on tables" and that he "was fascinated by the big Hobart" commerical dishwasher."
    -------–

    I rather liked his being late for "clean up" duty at the homeless shelter. Rather nice of Mr. and Mrs. Ryan to rewash the sparkling clean pots and pans. You never know what the previous washer might have missed.

    I don't know if it could be considered a lie per se ... but nonetheless it was a whopper.

    January 22, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "This is your new hero. Congrats."

    I dunno whose desperation smells headiest in this thread...yours or McConnell's.

    January 22, 2014 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    tom l

    Wendy Davis has lied about the following:
    -------------------
    Which is worse? Telling a little white lie, or forgetting how to do it? Oops.

    January 22, 2014 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh ... hey tom. I can totally relate to how you feel about Wendy Davis. I recently found out that my grandparents weren't married until TWO years AFTER my mothers birth.

    Thank goodness my mother never knew. Who knows how she might have taken the news.

    /snark

    January 22, 2014 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  20. Gunderson

    Yezzah,
    Those Republican's not doin' nothin for me. With democrats I still haz mah Welfare Check, Food Stamps and Never ending unemployment checks. And Obama Care! Who could ask for anything more ! The rich ain't payin' their fair share !

    January 22, 2014 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. Scorched Earth

    Hey Libs – Instead of posting your drivel all day you may want to check the mail as your UI, disability and welfare checks may have arrived! Just saying!

    January 22, 2014 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh ... hey tom. I can totally relate to how you feel about Wendy Davis. I recently found out that my grandparents weren't married until TWO years AFTER my mothers birth.

    Thank goodness my mother never knew. Who knows how she might have taken the news
    -------------------------------------------------
    ROFLMAO!!
    Good one babe!

    January 22, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. just asking

    Sniffit
    because they know just how compelling her life story is for most voters...particularly women.
    ---

    you mean the bogus life story where she omitted vital facts like her husband putting her through law school, raising the two kids, cashing in his 401K only to be dumped when he paid the last bill from harvard? not quite the tale of doing it all herself that she painted. the woman is a worthless user, abuser and liar. her lies are worthy of liar of the year status but obama has that one locked up.

    January 22, 2014 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. tom l

    I have zero desperation no matter how you want to portray it. You can throw all of the childish and immature comments you want. Maybe a little Fox news comment to try to deflect from te fact that Wendy Davis appears to be uour typical boring opportunist and nothing more. I find it humorous that it's excusable and totally ok when someone with a D does something like this. Perhaps at some point the 5th grade classroom, better know as the ticket, would like to have a rational and constructive conversation.

    January 22, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    just asking wrote:

    -

    you mean the bogus life story where she omitted vital facts like her husband putting her through law school,
    --------------------------
    Her husband did not "put her through law school." He had taken out a personal loan during *her final year* of law school because *her student loans* had run out. Why they broke up and split is another matter entirely. But, he did not put her through law school as the right wing wants to suggest. IN fact, I find the entire "she didn't build that" narrative amusing.

    January 22, 2014 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
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